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June 29, 2011

Obama: 'Companies Should Have The Freedom To Relocate'

President Angers NBAA By Equating People Earning Over $250,000 With "Jet Owners"

In a news conference Wednesday, President Obama seemend to distance himself from the NLRB's position on where Boeing should build Dreamliners, but a line about tax breaks for "Jet Owners" drew an immediate, strident response from the NBAA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.29.11

The deal to make Cirrus a Chinese company has been finalized.
Airbus claims 72-billion in new orders at Paris.
And the FAA wants to fine Boeing a million dollars.

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Rise and Fall: The Fortunes/Misfortunes Of The Cirrus Dream (Part 3 Of A Series)

Once The Leading Edge Of A GA Renewal, Cirrus Is Proving To Be A GA Embarrassment

News and Analysis By Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C Well... it appears that one of the proudest efforts in recent American aviation history, Cirrus Aircraft, is no longer a US-owned entity (in any way, as the US Minority Shareholders must sell, as well) . As ANN reported Tuesday (and alluded to in earlier reports), a Chinese company, CAIGA now holds the majority stake in Cirrus Aircraft (a process labeled as a "Merger").

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ACLJ Calls On Delta To End Ties With Saudi Arabia

Says FAA Oversight, Congressional Investigation Needed

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said Monday it is demanding that Delta Air Lines end its partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines, owned by the Saudi government, which embraces discriminatory policies targeting Jews, Christians and women.

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NTSB Says It Cannot Explain A Piper Malibu's Control Malfunction

But Lists The Problem As The Probable Cause Of A March 2010 Fatal Accident

It will be one of those accidents that remains largely unexplained. The pilot of a Piper Malibu reported to ATC that the airplane's controls were locked up, but an investigation by the NTSB could not find a reason for such a problem.

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French Police Force To Acquire Three Additional EC135s

Will Expand The Fleet To 15 Aircraft

Eurocopter said Friday at the Paris Air Show that it will deliver three additional EC135 helicopters to the French Gendarmerie, and will continue its support services for this police force's current 12 EC135s through an extension of the company's existing contract.

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New Shared Data Service Rolled Out By Rolls-Royce, Boeing

Provides Operators With An Integrated Data Source For Engine And Airplane Management

A major planemaker and engine company have launched a shared data service, which they say is the first of its kind in the aerospace industry. It will allow both Boeing and Rolls-Royce to offer faster, better-informed advice to airlines, in order to maximise aircraft availability.

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FAA Establishes Two Helicopter R-NAV Routes Between New York And Washington

Move Provides More Direct IFR Routing For Helos Between The Two Cities

The FAA has established two helicopter RNAV routes as part of the U.S. air traffic service route (ATS) structure and designates two helicopter RNAV routes (TK-routes) in the northeast corridor between the Washington, DC, and New York City metropolitan areas.

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Tanker's First Flight Over Top Of The World Marks New Era In Efficiency

Flying Over The Pole Saves Over Four Hours And $54,000

A KC-135 Stratotanker flew north until it started flying south June 21 an 22, cutting a new pathway over the Arctic Circle and the North Pole between Fairchild Air Force Base, WA, and the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

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Tornado Ground Attack Jets Clock Up One Million Flying Hours

Deep Strike And Recon Aircraft Have Been In Service Since 1979

The RAF's ground attack Tornadoes currently serving in Afghanistan and Libya have clocked up a staggering one million flying hours over the course of their service. Number 617 Squadron, 'The Dambusters', took the aircraft through the landmark in Afghanistan last week.

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American Airlines Changes Boarding Procedure

Economy Class Passengers Now Board In The Order They Checked In

American Airlines has abandoned the convention of boarding passengers seated in the back of the economy class cabin first, opting instead to board non-premium passengers in the order in which they checked in.

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Crying Or No Crying? Malaysia Airlines Bans Babies In A380 First Class Section

Also Does Not Allow Infants In B747 First Class

Malaysia Airlines says it is extending its ban on babies in the first class section of its Boeing 747-400 airliners to its recently-ordered A380 super jumbo jets.

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BRS Notes First Cessna Save

Deployment Came Within 400 Feet Of The Ground On Departure

An attorney who had just had a BRS airframe parachute installed in his Cessna 182 is probably pretty thankful that he spent the money.

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Classic Aero-TV: Stating The Obvious, Again--AOPA Examines Flt Training (Pt 2)

Surprisingly Little New Information Presented and Few Possible Fixes... Why?

At the 2010 AOPA event in Long Beach CA, the organization, while attempting to reorient itself under the somewhat testy leadership of Craig Fuller, held a symposium looking into the current state of the flight training industry.

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Boeing Begins Final Phase Of 787 Flight Testing

Function & Reliability, ETOPS Demonstrations Mark The Last Items On The Checklist

Boeing began Function & Reliability (F&R) testing and extended operations (ETOPS) demonstrations Monday on the 787 Dreamliner. This is the final phase of flight testing prior to certification of the airplane.

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Launch Date Set For Final Shuttle Mission

Last STS Launch Scheduled For July 8th

Space shuttle Atlantis' Commander Chris Ferguson and his three crewmates are scheduled to begin a 12-day mission to the International Space Station with a launch at 1126 EDT on July 8, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Congress Passes Another Short Term FAA Extension

20th Stop-Gap Funding Bill Expires July 22nd

On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed an FAA extension by unanimous consent. The bill (HR 2279) will fund the FAA through July 22. The most recent extension prior to this was set to expire on June 30.

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Republic Pilots Vote To Join Teamsters

Nearly 70 Percent Of Pilots Approved The Consolidations

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters won the representation election Monday for all pilots employed by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings, receiving 68 percent of the total vote.

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AOPA Reports $640,000 Spent On Lobbying Efforts In First Quarter 2011

Represents A Reduction In Lobbying Costs Compared To The Same Period Last Year

AOPA reportedly spent $640,000 on lobbying efforts in the first quarter of 2011. The organization principally lobbied the federal government on issues such as airport infrastructure and the FAA budget.

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Flight Design Earns Multiple Certifications For Design, Manufacturing

TÜV SÜD Auditors Confirm Manufacturer’s Best Practices

With the FAA Aircraft Certification Branch planning to begin visits to Light-Sport Aircraft manufacturers later this year, Flight Design says it has been awarded four certificates by the Certification Body of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.29.11)

"We are very impressed with Cirrus' performance in the global general aviation industry. It has a very strong record of consistent product excellence." Source: Meng Xiangkai, CAIGA president.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.11): Latitude (LAT)

The location north or south in reference to the equator, which is designated at zero (0) degrees. Lines of latitude are parallel to the equator and circle the globe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.11)

Airframes.org Aircraft Database

Interactive database of international aircraft registry data, including the unique 24bit ICAO24 aircraft address used in Mode-S and ADS-B.

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