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February 11, 2012

Airborne 02.10.12: FAA Gets Bucks, Boeing Re-Glues 787s, DoT Needs Controllers

Also: More DA40's, SpaceX Tests Draco, NATA Hates Legal Abuse, AEA Talks Rotors, Schumer Hates Helo's, Global's CH11, and M.I.T. In Space!!!

  Steve Appleton Lost In Lancair Crash FAA Gets Reauthorized FAA Mandated to Create UAV Rules New CEO For HBC Sierra Nevada Rebuts HBC Cessna Latitude Gets More Range 787 Fuselage Repairs DOT IG: Controller Shortage Red Bull Stratos Jump Near SpaceX E

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Robinson Turbine Market Appears Strong, RHC Delivers 100th R66

R66 Sales Increase as Robinson Delivers S/N 0100 

It's tough out there... really tough. Between the issues associated with the economy, politics, and the overwhelming bureaucracy that sucks the life out of every business in the nation, there is proof that quality and innovation can still be just enough to succeed despite overwhelming odds. On 23 December 2011, R66 serial number 0100 rolled off Robinson's production line, one year and two months after the R66 Turbine received FAA certification.    

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EU May Be Relenting On ETS

But Relaxing The Law Would Require Action On The Parts Of Other Governments

A day after China announced that its carriers would be forbidden to pay any charges under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) without Beijing’s permission. the European Union said it could suspend parts of a new law requiring airlines to account for their greenhouse gas emissions ... but only if countries were to make clear progress this year toward establishing a global emissions control system.

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FAA Bill Hurts Oregon Air Tour Operator

Amendment Will Help Block Flights Over Crater Lake

The helicopter industry breathed a sigh of relief when New York Senator Chuck Schumer failed to get arbitrary restrictions on helicopter flights over New York amended to the FAA Reauthorization Act. A lesser-noticed amendment, however, grants the National Park Service more direct control over restricting helicopter tours near Crater Lake in Oregon.

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Cessna 172 Lost A Piece Of Prop In Flight

Pilot Declared An Emergency, Landed Safely

There is sometimes almost a sense of complacency when everything about an airplane is working properly. But for the pilot of a Cessna 172 in Jackson, MS in January, that feeling was shattered when, according to the NTSB, a six-inch piece of the plane's propeller broke off, causing severe vibration in the aircraft. This incident fortunately comes to a very welcome conclusion; the pilot landed safely and walked away unharmed.

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WaPo Portrays EAS As Pork

Blog Decries Spending On Essential Air Services

A Washington Post blogger likens the Essential Air Service (EAS) program to a vampire, saying that there had been a bipartisan effort to "drive a stake into it." The EAS pays airlines to fly routes to airports in smaller cities, subsidizing ticket costs to make it possible for those services to continue.

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Mars Science Laboratory Computer Issue Resolved

Data Registers Modified To Correct Reset Problem

Engineers have found the root cause of a computer reset that occurred two months ago on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and have determined how to correct it. The fix involves changing how certain unused data-holding locations, called registers, are configured in the memory management of the type of computer chip used on the spacecraft.

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Bridges Admits Guilt In Fraud Case

Will Face Up To Four Years In Prison, Fines And Restitution

John Knox Bridges, who had been accused of defrauding dozens of people and organizations including the Lindbergh Foundation, the N.C. Transportation Museum, and a well known fresco artist, has agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud charges in an elaborate Ponzi scheme which brought him over $2.3 million. He reportedly spent the money on himself.

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Prince Harry Shows Off Gunnery Skills

Wins 'Best In Class' Co-Pilot Gunner Prize In Apache Helicopter Training

Britain's Prince Harry has taken top honors in his Apache helicopter training class as the best co-pilot gunner. Capt. Harry Wales has already qualified as an Apache pilot.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.11.12)

"There is a vital need for a predictable, long term global framework for market-based measures for aviation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as to avoid the negative impacts of climate change, while enabling the aviation sector to grow. We strongly believe ICAO is a right place to move forward on the framework." Source: Speech by EU Director-General for Climate Action Jos Delbeke.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.11.12): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning. Briefing items may include weather information, NOTAMS, military activities, flow control information, and other items as requested.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.11.12)

Camping With Your Airplane

Whether it be under the wing in a makeshift tarp/tent at Oshkosh, or decked out with a full array of L.L. Bean gear in the Utah or Idaho backcountry, airplane camping can be a particularly fun and unique experience.

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