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April 29, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.30.12


There’s good and bad news in the NTSB’s annual aviation statistics…

Airbus will pay for wing crack repairs…

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FAA Awards Two-Year Contract Extension For WAAS

Raytheon Will Provide Support To Improve System Reliability

The FAA has awarded a two-year contract extension by the to Raytheon to continue support services on the Wide Area Augmentation System being deployed across the country. WAAS is designed to replace ground-based navigation equipment with a satellite-based system, thus providing greater coverage and operational flexibility.

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Moving A Damaged C-17 Takes A Joint Effort

Massive Aircraft Had To Be Rescued After A Runway Excursion

When a C-17 Globemaster III, recently landed and overran the runway due to inclement weather, the landing gear and other critical parts were damaged. Through months of planning and teamwork by the joint forces located on Forward Operating Base Shank in Logan Province, Afghanistan, this 282,500-pound aircraft was moved with no incidents from its location after the crash.

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New Aircraft To Fly DHL's New Round-The-World Service

Fourth 777 Freighter Delivered To Southern Air Holdings

Southern Air Holdings has taken delivery of its fourth 777F. The new aircraft will be immediately placed into service for DHL Express on the shipper's new round-the-world service from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Leipzig, Germany and back to Hong Kong.

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State Troopers Credited With Assisting In Lifesaving Action

Passenger Had A Heart Attack On A Delta Flight

Two Colorado state troopers are being hailed for their quick action in assisting a Delta flight crew when another passenger suffered a heart attack on a flight from Denver to Atlanta Tuesday.

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Engineers' Group Says Aviation Safety Suffered A Setback With Helios Conviction

Maintenance Engineer Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

A Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer has received a 10 year prison sentence from an Athens, Greece, court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance on a Helios Airways Boeing 737 -300 which impacted a mountain near Athens in 2005. The airplane's oxygen supply failed, and the pilots and most of the passengers fell unconscious.

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NASA Seeks 'Game Changing' Solar Array Systems Proposals

Wants Scalable Technology For Use On Future Manned Missions

NASA's Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop solar array systems to enable space electric propulsion systems of the future. "NASA's Game Changing Development Program focuses on maturing advanced space technologies that may lead to entirely new approaches for the agency's future space missions," said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA's Space Technology Program at the agency's Headquarters in Washington.

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Septuagenarian Aviator Awaits Her Trip Into Space

Original 'Mercury 13' Member Ready To Go

For the 500 or so well-heeled individuals who've signed up with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to make the brief trip into space, there is probably no more qualified person on the list than Wally Funk of Roanoke, TX. At 73, she has been flying since the age of 16 and has amassed 18,600 flight hours and has trained 2,000 pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.29.12)

Aero Linx: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.29.12): Radar Required

Radar Required A term displayed on charts and approach plates and included in FDC NOTAMs to alert pilots that segments of either an instrument approach procedure or a route are not navigable because of either the absence or unusability of a NAVAID. The pilot can expect to be provided radar navigational guidance while transiting segments labeled with this term.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.29.12)

"We were out here every day busting butt moving dirt and filling the areas needed to hold the weight of the huge bird, plus the equipment needed to pull the aircraft from its location to the objective." Source: Army Sgt. Dennis Stout, the project non-commissioned officer in charge of personnel and equipment, after a C-17 Globemaster III, landed and overran a runway due to inclement weather. The landing gear and other critical parts were damaged, but through months of planning and teamwork by the joint forces located on Forward Operating Base Shank in Logan Province, Afghanistan, this 282,500-pound aircraft was moved with no incidents from its location after the crash to a site where the service members and Boeing employees could

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AD: Airbus A330 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-02

PRODUCT: All Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; Model A330-223F and -243F airplanes; and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes.

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