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April 16, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.12

Wing X Pro 7 Adds ADS-B Traffic…
Weekend Tornadoes Damage the Kansas Aviation Museum
And The FCC Is Asked To Look Again At Light Squared

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TSA Loves iPads... Enough To Steal

TSA Baggage Handler Arrested For iPad Theft

At DFW a TSA baggage handler put his own spin on the check-in process by allegedly stealing iPads from passengers checked luggage. Clayton Keith Dovel, 36, of Bedford was arrested Feb. 1 and has been suspended indefinitely, officials said. According to airport police, a traveler reported Jan. 24 that his iPad 2 had been stolen and that he had traced it electronically to a home in Bedford owned by Dovel. While arresting Dovel in that case, airport police discovered another iPad in Dovel's leather satchel. Dovel told authorities that the iPad was his but that he couldn't remember where he bought it, according to police reports. Using that iPad's serial number, police traced it to a Grand Prairie man who had reported that it was s

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Lauderdale Air Show Returns To Fort Lauderdale Beach

Banyan Pilot Shop An Official Sponsor

After a five year hiatus, the Lauderdale Air Show returns to Fort Lauderdale on April 28 – 29, 2012. The Lauderdale Air Show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet Demo Team, Navy Seals elite parachute demonstration team, and other military aircraft demonstrations and flyovers from every branch of the military.

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A Day in The Life: Busy Sunday For NZ Life Flight

Life Flight's Westpac Rescue Helicopter Responds To Three Missions

Sunday should be a day of rest... unless you happen to be a helicopter rescue service. Yesterday (Sunday), a Life Flight Trust team in New Zealand had a busy Sunday with the helicopter responding to 3 missions. In the first mission at approximately 1000, Life Flight responded to a call from an injured hunter in the Orongaronga Valley to the south east of Wellington. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard, was able to locate the hunter, a 47 year old Wellington man, on a steep hillside. The Paramedic was able step off the helicopter onto a small rocky outcrop and then make his way to the patient. Due to the terrain the Paramedic and patient were winched back into

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Bell Helicopter Awarded Support Agreement For Iraqi Bell 407s

Contract To Support Training Aircraft For Iraqi Army Pilots

Bell Helicopter was awarded a contract by US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Alabama  for the procurement of contractor logistics support for 30 Bell 407 helicopters in service with the Iraqi Army. The award valued at more than $15 million allows Bell Helicopter to provide logistics support of 24 Bell 407 aircraft purchased by the Government of Iraq through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and six Bell 407 aircraft purchased by the US Army and supplied to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense at Al Taji Air Base in Iraq.

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CDC Released Report Assessing Risks Of Bats On Commercial Airplanes

Evaluated Potential For Passengers To Be Exposed To Rabies

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report Friday stemming from an incident in August of last year in which a bat was observed on board a commercial airliner shortly after takeoff. While the CDC determined that no one on the plane was exposed to rabies, it did lead to an environmental assessment of the Wisconsin airport where the flight originated.

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Japan National Police Agency Orders First GrandNew Helicopters

Two New Aircraft Part Of Fleet Modernization Program

AgustaWestland and Kanematsu Corporation are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply two GrandNew law enforcement light twin helicopters as part of an on-going program to modernize the Police helicopter fleet. The two aircraft will be operated in Saga and Tottori prefectures.

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France Tests U.S. Navy's Supersonic Sea Skimming Target

'Coyote' Simulates Low-Flying Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

As part of a foreign military sales case, the U.S. Navy worked together with French military to execute France’s first aerial target live fire event using a GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) April 4. France’s military procurement agency Delegation Generale Pour L'Armement (DGA) worked with representatives from the Navy Aerial Target and Decoy Systems program office (PMA-208) and Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) of Chandler, AZ, to provide the GQM-163A SSST for a live presentation on a military test range off the coast of France.

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Lost Spitfires To Return Home

Treasured Warbirds Discovered In Burma

Talk about your buried treasure... Twenty iconic Supermarine Spitfire aircraft will be returning home to the UK soon now that they've been found buried 40 feet underground in Burma. The discovery was made in February by David Cundall, 62 - a British farmer and patriot who spent 15 years searching for the missing aircraft. Since then, Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped in to resolve political and trade entanglements that might have prevented their return. It's believed the 20 planes will be in near perfect condition as they were buried in their shipping containers waxed, wrapped in greased paper, and with their joints tarred.

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Extensive Air Search Under Way For Missing Sailors

Coast Guard, Air National Guard Continue Search For 4 Missing Sailors Near The Farrallon Islands

The US Coast Guard and Air National Guard continue to search for four individuals who remain missing following Saturday's grounding of the sailing vessel Low Speed Chase near the Farallon Islands. Coast Guard air assets conducted a search for missing crewmembers throughout much of Sunday evening, with the exception of a temporary suspension in the early morning hours due to low visibility and adverse weather conditions.  Improved conditions and daylight enabled a continuation of search operations by daybreak Sunday using a Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Sacramento, an MH-65 from Air Station San Francisco, and two Blackhawk helicopters from the 129th Air National Guar

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Tornado Targets Wichita

How Much Abuse Can Wichita Take?

Its the city that can't get a break... first the target of the White House's Hate/Hate relationship with business aviation, and then the victim of a bad economy, it seems like Wichita KS can't catch a break... not even from Mother Nature. A tornado swept through south Wichita on Saturday night, causing significant damage but apparently no major injuries. Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems took a direct hit, officials said, as did the Oaklawn neighborhood and a mobile home park.

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Airborne 04.13.12: MV-22 Down, NTSB Reno Recommendations, and AEA2012 Wraps

Also: AMCC, NTSB, Dassault, F/A-18, UAVs, Test Pilot School, Kitfox, and Ryanair Strips Down!

It was yet another busy week in the Aero-News biz. NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman held a news conference in Reno Tuesday to announce recommended changes in how air races are conducted in an effort to improve safety. We're still recovering from last week's AEA convention, which is maybe understandable after nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals gathered for the convention in Washington, D.C. A rule published last month in the Federal Register means that pilots who have been provided with a Special Iss

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Today Is A Big Day For The 4th Fighter Wing

4th FW Airmen To Launch Massive Flight of Aircraft To Honor WWII History

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing will pay homage to World War II history at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC, Monday, April 16th by launching 70 F-15E Strike Eagles in a training mission to destroy more than 1,000 targets on bombing ranges across North Carolina. They do so to commemorate a pivotal day in history. During World War II on April 16, 1945, the 4th Fighter Group destroyed 105 enemy aircraft as part of an 8th Air Force mission involving 1,252 bombers and 913 fighters. This mission catapulted the 4th Fighter Group to 1,016 enemy aircraft destroyed, more than any group or wing in U.S. Air Force history.

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Klyde Morris (04.16.12)

Klyde Is Still A Space Buff... Despite The Obstacles 


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FAA Approves First Ever Touch Screen Simulator

Touch Screens Replace Most Hardware Controls On FlyThisSim Device

The FAA for the first time has approved a simulator using touch screen technology for many of the device's controls as a Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD). The FlyThisSim (FTS) TouchTrainer is being called a significant breakthrough in flight simulator technology by its designers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.12)

Aero Linx: C-5 Galaxy The C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest aircraft in the world and the largest airlifter in the Air Force inventory. The aircraft can carry a fully equipped combat-ready military unit to any point in the world on short notice and then provide the supplies required to help sustain the fighting force. The C-5 has a greater capacity than any other airlifter. It has the ability to carry 36 standard pallets and 81 troops simultaneously. The Galaxy is also capable of carrying any of the Army's air-transportable combat equipment, including such bulky items as the 74-ton mobile scissors bridge. It can also carry outsize and oversize cargo over intercontinental ranges and can take off or land in relatively sh

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.12): Diverse Vector Area

Diverse Vector Area In a radar environment, that area in which a prescribed departure route is not required as the only suitable route to avoid obstacles. The area in which random radar vectors below the MVA/MIA, established in accordance with the TERPS criteria for diverse departures, obstacles and terrain avoidance, may be issued to departing aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.16.12)

"As you read this on the 16th day of April 2012 the space shuttle Discovery is being prepared for its final flight, not into space, but on the back of a 747 carrier aircraft in route to the National Air and Space Museum. Like Apollo, once again America has taken all that it had invested in the space shuttle and with barely a whimper from the American public who will in decades to come still be reaping the harvest of benefits from that program- we are simply casting it away to scrap or to reside in museums. Again we see an example of just how myopic we Americans remain." Source: ANN Space Journalist, Wes Oleszewski, in comments included in an article looking at the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission... and what has transpired wi

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