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August 14, 2012

Environmental NGOs Urge Obama To Uphold EU-ETS

Says Congressional Action Will Hamper ICAO Efforts To Resolve Issue

Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with an environmental focus have banded together and sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to "reject the airline industry's pressure to file an Article 84 action" blocking U.S. compliance with the EU-ETS. The groups say such a move would be consistent with the administration's to reduce carbon pollution.

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Wojick Tapped As New Sales Leader For Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Succeeds Ray Connor, Who Was Promoted To Division CEO In June

John Wojick has been named by Boeing as the new vice president of Sales for Commercial Airplanes. Wojick succeeds Ray Conner, who was named president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in June.

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Gulfstream To Showcase Three Aircraft At Latin American Airshow

Operators Forum Slated for Aug. 15

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will display three of its business jets at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held Aug. 15-17 in São Paulo, Brazil. The show will feature the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150, the large-cabin, long-range G450 and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550.

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Helicopter Crews From Malmstrom AFB Near 400 Saves

Total Now At 396 After Two Rescues Last Week

The 40th Helicopter Squadron based at Malmstrom AFB in Montana added two more rescues to its successful search and rescue count this past week bumping the total up to 396 saves.

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New Helos Delivered For U-M Health System's Survival Flight Program

Three New EC155s First To Be Put Into Emergency Medical Service In The  U.S.

Three new maize-and-blue helicopters will soon be saving lives in the air above the Great Lakes states, and speeding patients toward advanced care at the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals. The arrival of three new American Eurocopter 155 helicopters marks the beginning of a new era for the 29-year-old U-M Survival Flight  program.

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Wyle Navy Flight Instructor Passes 10,000 Hour Flying Milestone

Forty-Year Flying Veteran Counts 50 NASA Astronauts As Former Students

Jerry Gallagher, a longtime flight instructor who has trained many of the U.S. Navy top pilots and even veteran NASA astronauts, has attained one of aviation's most hallowed accomplishments. Gallagher, who trains pilots for Wyle at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent Naval Air Station, flew his 10,000th hour in late June.

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Super Hornet Debut At Australia's Exercise Pitch Black

RAAF Expects Full Operations Capability For The Airplane In December

The Super Hornet multi-role fighters of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 1 Squadron are making their Exercise Pitch Black debut appearance. Nine Super Hornets are operating alongside other RAAF aircraft and international participants for the exercise.

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NASA Selects Space Biology Research Proposals

Ten To Fly Aboard ISS, Five Ground-Based Experiments

NASA has selected 15 experiments to be funded through its most recent research announcement for opportunities in space biology research. Ten of these experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station in the near future. Five others will be ground-based studies.

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China Southern Airlines To Retrofit 40 Aircraft With Blended Winglets

Largest Order In The History Of Aviation Partners Boeing

The largest order in the history of Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) was announced Monday, as the company said China Southern Airlines will equip an additional 40 Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft with Blended Winglets.

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Canada's Cascade Aerospace Now A C-130 Heavy Maintenance Center

LMC Announced Mover At Abbotsford International Air Show

Lockheed Martin announced Firday at the 50th anniversary Abbotsford International Air Show that Cascade Aerospace will be authorized as a C-130 Heavy Maintenance Center (HMC) – only the second such center in the world. Cascade is currently a Hercules Service Center (HSC) and conducts in-service support for Canada's legacy CC-130 and new CC-130J fleets.

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Super Saturday Air Show Celebrates 70-Year Legacy Of Air Assault Division

Ft. Campbell, KY, Plays Host To 20,000 For the Event

Approximately 20,000 spectators turned out Aug. 11, to watch the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell Super Saturday Air Show at Campbell Army Airfield. The Super Saturday Air Show, in conjunction with the Health and Wellness Fair, which had approximately 40,000 people in attendance, are the real eye catchers.

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US Aviation Academy Launches New Website Targeted At Intl. Students

Includes Information About Entry Into The U.S. For Flight Training

US Aviation Academy has officially launched a new website for international students. Widely known as one of the top flight schools for pilots in the United States, the company has taken great strides in reaching international students over the past few years, with their new website being the latest step.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.14.12

Aspen Avionics' Connected Pilot is now STC’d….

A Panel of Environmental  Groups Urge Acceptance of the EU’s – ETS

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Airborne 08.14.12: GAMA Numbers, Gamera Sets Record, Laser Attacks USCG

Also: Morpheus Crash, Bates Quits, Antarctic Rescue Flight, Van's RV14, Boeing Price Increase

GAMA has released the results of the first six months of general aviation industry shipments and billings and the figures are good; good enough to possibly foresee the beginning of an economic recovery for the GA Industry.  Airplane shipments increased 5.9 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011 while the accompanying value of the airplane deliveries rose 13.2 percent.  Only sales of piston singles showed a slight decline. The National Aeronautic Association has certified the June 21, 2012, flight of Gamera II at 49.9 seconds, a new national record for human-powered helicopter flight duration, and submitted flight information to the Federation Aeronautique Int

Breakthrough: Aspen Avionics's Connected Pilot Receives STC

'Groundbreaking Aviation Technology' Is Now FAA Certified

Aspen Avionics has confirmed that Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of Connected Pilot, the first in the series of the company’s revolutionary Connected Panel™ product line that provides a wireless link between certified instrument panel avionics and portable smart devices. Leveraging Aspen’s Approved Model List, Connected Pilot is available to operators and owners of over 900 makes and models of aircraft, and is available for $2,499 through authorized dealers.

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Airborne 08.14.12: GAMA Numbers, Gamera Sets Record, Laser Attacks USCG

Also: Morpheus Crash, Bates Quits, Antarctic Rescue Flight, Van's RV14, Boeing Price Increase

GAMA has released the results of the first six months of general aviation industry shipments and billings and the figures are good; good enough to possibly foresee the beginning of an economic recovery for the GA Industry. Airplane shipments increased 5.9 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011 while the accompanying value of the airplane deliveries rose 13.2 percent.  Only sales of piston singles showed a slight decline. The National Aeronautic Association has certified the June 21, 2012, flight of Gamera II at 49.9 seconds, a new n

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DOT IG: FAA NextGen Metroplex Initiative Delayed

Expected Completion Currently 15 Months Behind Schedule

A report released by the DOT Inspector General indicates that the FAA's "Metroplex" initiative, which is intended to get NextGen up and running in major metropolitan areas, is currently about 15 months behind schedule.

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Pentagon Eyes New Air Force One

Would Serve Presidents Beginning In 2020

The U.S. Air Force is looking at replacing the Boeing 747-200B "VC-25A" aircraft which serve as Air Force One when the President is on board. The acquisition program was authorized late last week by Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Frank Kendall. The authorization also reportedly includes new Marine One helicopters as well.

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Camera Filmed Curiosity Descent To Mars

Developer Had To Pony Up Some Of His Own Money For It To Be Included

The camera that produced a unique perspective of Curiosity's landing on Mars nearly didn't make the trip, but was included after the device's developer put his own money into the program.

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NORAD Jets Intercept Kitfox In NY

Second Plane Also Strayed Into A Presidential TFR Last Week

The pilot of a Kitfox was probably pretty surprised to see a pair of NORAD F-15's on an intercept course last Monday night, but that's what happens when even the smallest aircraft finds its self in violation of a Presidential TFR.

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Pilot Of Skydiving Plane Fatally Injured In IL Accident

All Twelve Skydivers Were Able To Exit The Aircraft And Land Safely

The pilot of a plane carrying a dozen skydivers was fatally injured Saturday morning when the aircraft went down in a residential neighborhood in Taylorville, IL. All 12 of the skydivers were able to get out of the plane before it went down, and landed safely.

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Jamaica Bay Jet-Skier Walks Across JFK Runways

Gains Access To An Airport Terminal Unchallenged

Security at John F, Kennedy Airport in New York City was called into question over the weekend when a man's personal watercraft broke down in Jamaica Bay, and he was able to cross the airport's perimeter security system, walk across two runways, and into Terminal 3 at the airport unchallenged.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.14.12)

"FAA has not yet resolved many of the barriers that will impede the implementation of the task force recommendations." Source: Excerpt from a report prepared by the DOT IG concerning implementation of the FAA NextGen Metroplex project.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.14.12): Permanent Echo

Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth's surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.14.12)

Analog vs. Digital Autopilots

Some pilots call them "Otto." Others pick more personal names. But when it gets back to basics, there are two types of autopiltos; digital and analog.

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