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October 28, 2011

FAA Creates New Laser Web Page To Help Make Reporting Easier

Number Of Laser Events Around The Country Continues To Rise

In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of lasers directed at aircraft, the FAA has created a new website to make it easier for pilots and the public to report laser incidents and obtain information on the subject, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Thursday.

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Night Flight Concepts Unveils New Aviation Laser Defense Solutions

Laser Armor Designed To Protect Aircrews From Blinding Lasers

In response to the increasing number of incidents in which laser beams are directed at aircraft cockpits, Night Flight Concepts has unveiled new optical systems for laser defense offer equipment and training options to help aviation organizations defend against laser attacks.

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NAV CANADA Modernizes Surface Detection

Calgary International To Augment Surface Radar With Multilateration

NAV CANADA, the Air Navigation Service Provider for Canada, is deploying Saab Sensis Corporation’s multilateration system for surface surveillance, including VeeLo NextGen vehicle locators, at Calgary International Airport for improved all-weather surface situational awareness.

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Able Flight Student Pilots To Benefit From ForeFlight Donation

Providing Software For Students To Use During Training

When the next Able Flight scholarship winners prepare for a flight, they'll have the option of doing so with ForeFlight's Mobile HD software. ForeFlight, a leading provider of aviation software for pilots, is the newest sponsor of Able Flight's unique flight training program for people with physical disabilities.

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NASA'S NEEMO Mission Ending Early Due To Hurricane Rina

Underwater Training Cut Short By Late-Season Storm

Due to the predicted path of Hurricane Rina, the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, ended earlier than planned. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory and the agency determined Rina posed a risk to the safety of the mission taking place near Key Largo, Florida.

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Virgin Galactic Flights Pushed Further Into The Future

Space Tourism Not Expected To Begin Before 2013

Virgin Galactic's chief pilot says that its new timetable for the first commercial suborbital flights have been pushed to 2013, and the operation will ramp up more slowly than originally projected. Chief Pilot David Mackay said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that "we would certainly like to be in commercial operation by then."

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Fort Lauderdale Airport Closer To Runway Extension Approval

Agreement Between Broward County, Dania Beach Awaits FAA Approval

Broward County, FL and the community of Dania Beach have reached a settlement over a long-simmering dispute over the extension of the south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (KFLL) International Airport. The Broward County Commission approved the agreement on a 7-0 vote earlier this week, with two members not present at the meeting.

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First Hearing Held In Civil Case Stemming From Mid-Air In VA

Medical Helicopter Collided With Cessna 172 On New Year's Eve

A preliminary hearing was held this week in a civil lawsuit filed against a medical helicopter operator stemming from an accident December 31st, 2010, in which two people on board a Cessna 172 were fatally injured.

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Mission Aviation Fellowship Adds New Training Technology

Donor Gifts Enable Purchase Of Flight Simulator For Relief Organization

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has acquired a new high-tech flight simulator, providing another tool to help prepare its pilots for the challenging conditions they face when flying in remote parts of the world. With funds raised by the MAF Ministry Advocates—a volunteer group—supplemented by a matching grant, MAF purchased the RedBird SD flight training device for approximately $60,000.

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AerCap Signs $400 Million Credit Facility For 12 Boeing 737-800s

Aircraft To Be Leased To American Airlines

AerCap Holdings said Monday that it has signed a new $400 million credit facility with a ten year term to provide long term financing for 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft will be leased to American Airlines and form part of AerCap's previously announced transaction with American Airlines for the purchase and leaseback of 35 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. 

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Aviation Day Canada Focuses On Domestic Airlines

IATA-Sponsored Event Held In Ottawa

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) held a forum Tuesday for airline interests in Canada to meet and discuss how to get Canadians to celebrate their airlines. At the center of the discussion was how to convince the Canadian government to stop treating airlines like a "cash cow."

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.28.11

Sean Tucker's Pitts is involved in an unplanned dead-stick landing.
Bombardier has its first Chinese customer for the new CRJ900.
And Embry-Riddle joins some prestigious company.


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Classic Aero-TV: Meet The Boss Oshkosh 2011 -- Same Message, Different Year

Babbitt Takes Only A Few Questions... And Pretty Much Repeats The Party Line

The 'Meet The Boss' event at Oshkosh, where pilots of all types can actually face down the FAA Administrator and ask questions, has been a staple of this annual gathering. This year, though, was a bit of a non-starter in that the time for questions was cut short by EAA President Rod Hightower's own questions and when we finally got the chance to confront the Administrator, there were scant minutes left to question him while the few answers we received were very much like those we had heard in the past.

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Aviation Industry Coalition Sends Unified Message To Congress

Thirty Aviation Organizations Voice Opposition To Tax Increases

A united aviation industry coalition of nearly 30 organizations is opposing proposed tax increases, which would lead to significant job loss across all sectors of the industry and the nation. The coalition of airlines, general aviation, manufacturers, consumer organizations and labor groups is sending a unified message to Congress to reject the proposed taxes.

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LSA POH Standards Cited In Federal Register

Light Sport Manufacturers Must Comply With New Standards By November 12

On July 29, 2011, the FAA announced in the Federal Register the availability of ASTM International standard F2746–09, Specification for Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) for Light Sport Airplane, as well as ASTM F2245-10c, Specification for Design and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane. Manufacturers of fixed wing light sport aircraft are required to revise their POHs for new production airplanes in accordance with these new standards by no later than Nov.12, 2011.

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EASA Certifies 155 HP Centurion Engine For Diamond DA40

Order Book Is Open And Production Is Underway

EASA has certified the 155 hp Centurion 2.0s power pack for retrofit into the Diamond DA40 TDI. The engine can be installed as a direct replacement for the Centurion 1.7 or Centurion 2.0 (both 135 hp mills) under the DA40s existing cowling.

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FAA Proposal Will Allow Part 135 Operators To Upgrade Nav Databases

Shifts Procedure To A Maintenance Task Which Can Be Performed By The Pilot

The FAA has proposed an amendment to maintenance regulations that would remove the task of updating databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment from the "preventative maintenance" category.

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NTSB Finds Pilot Error In Maine Fatal Floatplane Accident

Pilot Failed to Retract The Landing Gear On The Amphib

The NTSB has released its probable cause report in a floatplane accident which occurred August 1st, 2010, in which a 64-year-old ATP rated pilot was fatally injured. A passenger on board the aircraft survived the accident.

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Schumer Calls For Senate Probe Of Flight Safety Rules

Questions Missing E-Mails Concerning Colgan 3407 Pilot's Qualifications During NTSB Investigation

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has sent a personal letter to the chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation, Maria Cantwell (D-WA), asking for a hearing to evaluate progress implementing aviation safety reforms. He also asks that the hearing examine the implications of newly released emails that were not available during the initial crash investigation.

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Klyde Morris 10.28.2011

Klyde Considers A Special P.O. Box

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.28.11)

"U.S. airlines, general aviation and aviation manufacturing companies and their respective employees face intense competition from the rest of the world. Our policymakers should be focused on increasing U.S. international competitiveness rather than viewing the industry as a collection agency." Source: ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.28.11): Annunciator Panel

Grouping of annunciator lights that is usually accompanied with a test switch, which when pressed illuminates all the lights to confirm they are in working order.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.28.11)

Guild Of Air Pilots And Air Navigators (UK)

The Guild was created to establish and maintain the highest standards of air safety through the promotion of good airmanship, and for other purposes.

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