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December 07, 2011

'Draft Sully' Petition To Be Submitted to White House

More Than A Gag... The Movement Says Much About The Troubled State Of Aviation

As the song goes, "We need a hero..." and that sentiment seems to be the basis of a unique move that first came to light last night with a blog post, some tweets and, now, a White House petition to nominate Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger to be the next Administrator of the FAA. and you know what? We could do FAR worse. The blog that instigated this burgeoning movement (anonymous for the moment, but we have a good idea who started this), notes that, "Draft Sully is grassroots effort to draft Chesley Sullenberger for FAA Administrator, begun by members of the aviation community who care about restoring the FAA as the world’s gold standard in aviation safety. We are not associated with Mr. Sullenbe

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.07.11

It's over. Randy Babbitt has resigned.
GE and Rolls-Royce shut down development of the F-136.
And US airshow planners are off and running.

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Pipistrel Announces Livery Design Contest

First Panthera Will Carry Winning Design On Media Tour

Pipistrel is unveiling a design contest for the livery of the first Panthera, which will be presented on major airshows and media around the World in 2012.

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Unleaded Aviation Gasoline Tested In SU-26M Radial Engine

Air Show Pilot Performs Using High-Octane Replacement Biofuel In Sukhoi Aerobatic Aircraft

An airshow pilot based in the northeast United States and Canada says a high-octane, unleaded aviation gasoline provides power similar to conventional general aviation fuel while improving his aircraft's range. Rick Volker of Rick Volker Air Shows compared the performance of Swift Enterprises Ltd.'s 100SF gasoline with conventional 100LL in separate flights of his Sukhoi Su-26M, a modern aerobatic aircraft with a radial engine.

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St. Louis-Area Airport Aims To Boost Business Aviation Operations

Primary Runway Re-Opened After Extensive Rehabilitation

The recent completion of $7.4 million in improvements at historic St. Louis Downtown Airport is expected to provide a welcome boost to business aviation air traffic and related activities at the facility. The airport’s 7,001-foot primary runway reopened in early November after being repaved and widened from 100 to 150 feet.

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Embraer Opens its Global Customer Center for Executive Jets

Prepares to Deliver First U.S. Built Aircraft to Executive AirShare

Embraer has cut the ribbon on its U.S.-based, global Customer Center located at the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, and presented for delivery the first Phenom 100 assembled in the United States to Robert Taylor, CEO of Executive AirShare.

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USN Blue Angels Finalize 2012 Schedule

Annual Event Frees Airshows To Commit To Event Dates

Ask any show organizer, and they'll tell you the United States Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Blue Angels, is the top air show ticket seller in the US. The 2012 airshow calendar will start to fall into place quickly now. The Navy has published the Blue Angels final schedule for the upcoming season, and it includes 36 stops, most of them civilian airshows, between March 10 and November 3, 2012.

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NASA: There's No Place Like Home? Maybe There Is

NASA's Kepler Confirms First Planet In Habitable Zone Of Sun-Like Star

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. Kepler also has discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly doubling its previously known count. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of their host star.

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US Coast Guard Prosecuting Crash Survivor

Lieutenant Singled Out In MH-60 Accident in July, 2010

A US Coast Guard helicopter co-pilot who was the only survivor of a wire strike last year off the coast of Washington state has recovered and been cleared to retrain. But for now, 31-year-old Lieutenant Lance Leone is flying a desk, and the Coast Guard has charged him with negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and destruction of government property in the crash of the MH-60 Jayhawk.

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Two High-Tech Execs Fined After Diversion

Two Men Plead Guilty To Disruptive Behavior On Air Canada Flight

A bad year for Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry mobile device, just got worse. Two company executives, 45-year-old George Campbell and 38-year-old Paul Wilson, both residents of the Toronto area, have pleaded guilty in a Canadian court to one count each of mischief after what's described as drunken, disruptive behavior forced an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Beijing to turn back and make an unscheduled landing in Vancouver.

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Cost Of Flying, Maintaining V-22 Ospreys Is Soaring

Defense Department Estimates A 61 Percent Increase Over Three Years

New figures from the Department of Defense indicate that the cost of flying and maintaining the Marine Corps' V-22 Osprey fleet of 360 aircraft has jumped from $75 billion over 30 years to $121 billion ... or about 61 percent.

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Rollout Of Malaysia's First EC725 Seen At LIMA

Eurocopter Provides Video Link from France For Important Customer

The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s first EC725 helicopter was unveiled Tuesday at the Langkawi Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2011 (LIMA) in a live video feed from Eurocopter’s French headquarters.

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In Space, The Nearest Dry Cleaner Is A LONG Way Away

NASA Commissions Laundry System For ISS

It's a fair bet that it's impossible to carry enough clean underwear for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station, as space is at a premium. An no one wants to wear the same things day after day with no way to get them clean.

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Aero-TV: Viking Twin Otter Series 400 -- Bringing the DHC-6 Back Into Production

Rugged, Legendary, STOL Twin Makes A Comeback

The de Havilland Twin Otter is an airplane with a long history, and it gained a reputation as a workhorse of an airplane. But after it went out of production, Viking Air became one of the principal suppliers of spare parts and service to keep the airplanes flying.

Aero-TV: Viking Twin Otter Series 400 -- Bringing the DHC-6 Back into Production

Rugged, Legendary, STOL Twin Makes A Comeback

The de Havilland Twin Otter is an airplane with a long history, and it gained a reputation as a workhorse of an airplane. But after it went out of production, Viking Air became one of the principal suppliers of spare parts and service to keep the airplanes flying. Dave Curtis, President and CEO of Viking Air Limited, told ANN at NBAA in Las Vegas this year that he often heard operators ask why the airplane wasn't put back into production.

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Development Halted On F-136 Engine

GE, Rolls Face Reality As Defense Budgets Are Threatened

When the US Department of Defense finally ordered an end to the development of an alternative jet engine for the F-35 in April, GE and Rolls-Royce said their F-136 engine was 80 percent through development, and that they would continue its development at their own cost. Now, GE and Rolls have announced they'll discontinue further development.

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HBC Puts The Brakes On Hawker 200 Program

CEO Boisture Cites Ongoing Economic Pressure In 'Slowing' The Program

The news from Washington continues to be about a slow recovery, but try telling that to the folks working on the Hawker 200 light jet program, who with the rest of the company got some unwelcome news from top management.

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Boeing Rolls Out First Factory-Complete 737 At Higher Production Rate

Delivery Process On Track To Meet 35-A-Month Rate In Early 2012

The first factory-complete Next-Generation 737 to be produced at a production rate of 35 airplanes per month has been rolled off the assembly line. The new 737-800 was towed to nearby Renton Field December 4th, where Boeing conducts functional testing and first flights for all new airplanes.

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NTSB Prelim Released In Thanksgiving Eve Accident

Airplane Impacted Terrain In Mountainous Region Of Arizona, Six Fatally Injured

It was the kind of holiday tragedy that no one likes to hear about, much less report. A pilot picking up his kids for a Thanksgiving visit seems flew into the side of a mountain just after takeoff from Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ. The NTSB's Preliminary report indicates that nothing appeared to be wrong with the airplane, and the pilot gave no indication of any problems before impact.

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Cessna's SVP Mark Paolucci Announces Retirement

VPS Tim White, Trevor Esling To Lead Sales Organization

Mark Paolucci, Cessna's senior vice president, Sales, announced Friday he is retiring at the end of the year after 32 years with the company. Paolucci joined Cessna in 1979 as a design engineer and progressed into a number of key sales and customer support roles.

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California Flight School Owner Busted By Feds

Faces 10 Years For Short-cutting Student Visa Process

The US Attorney's Office reports that 28-year-old flight school operator Karena Chuang of Elsinore, California has been scheduled for a December 21 preliminary hearing on charges she offered foreign students help in circumventing anti-terrorism laws in the US.

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California Teen Wins Sikorsky Challenge To Envision Helicopter Of The Future

Helicopter 2050 Challenge Drew Entries Nationally

Sikorsky Aircraft and By Kids For Kids Co., an organization that inspires kids to be successful inventors, have awarded a California teenager the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award for envisioning a small unmanned helicopter that could carry critical relief supplies and electrical power to the scene of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.07.11)

"This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth's twin." Source: Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.07.11): Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS)

An aircraft system based on SSR transponder signals which operates independently of groundbased equipment to provide advice to the pilot on potential conflicting aircraft that are equipped with SSR transponders.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.07.11)

Daily Sun And Moon Data

You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase.

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