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August 24, 2012

ForeFlight Mobile 4.7 Adds Runway Proximity Advisor, X-Plane Support

Available For Download In The App Store

The latest release of ForeFlight Mobile introduces a new advisor that we hope helps reduce runway incursions – the Runway Proximity Advisor. Other features in version 4.7 include seamless integration with X-Plane 10.11, scratchpad improvements, and the latest bug fixes.

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Nineteen Pennsylvania Airports Get State Investment

Total Grants Add Up To $3.7 Million For GA Facilities

Governor Tom Corbett has announced a $3.7 million state investment that will help 19 airports enhance their operations and accommodate increasing business needs. "Transportation is an economic driver, and Pennsylvania's aviation industry plays a major role in delivering good-paying jobs and connections for commerce," Governor Corbett said.

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SPEEA Charges Boeing With Violating Labor Law

Claims Infractions Took Place During Employee Orientation

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges were filed Tuesday against The Boeing Company by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001. Charges were filed after union representatives said they heard company officials tell new employees they are prohibited from saying negative things about their employment.

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United Airlines Announces First 787 International Routes

Destinations Include Tokyo, Lagos, And Shanghai

United Airlines has announced the first international routes for the airline's newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In addition to the previously-announced service from its Denver hub to Tokyo Narita, starting March 31, 2013, the airline will operate nonstop 787 service five days a week between its Houston hub and Lagos, Nigeria, beginning Jan. 7, 2013.

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A-7 Corsair Wreckage Found Off The Coast Of St. Augustine, FL

Plane Went Down During A Training Mission In 1974

Divers have discovered the wreckage of a Vaught A-7C Corsair II which was involved in a mid-air collision during a training mission in 1974. The pilot of the airplane, Bob Besal, ejected safely from the stricken airplane after he collided with one flown by his commanding officer, but the plane was lost. The other aircraft made it safely back to Cecil Field near Jacksonville, FL, then a naval aviation training base.

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NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving At Bradbury Landing

Checking Out Forward, Reverse, And Turn Capabilities

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury. Making its first movement on the Martian surface, Curiosity's drive combined forward, turn and reverse segments. This placed the rover roughly 20 feet from the spot where it landed 16 days ago.

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Falsified Logbook Leads To Probation For Iowa Pilot

Attempted To Get Commercial Rating Based On Inflated Hours

A pilot who attempted to get his commercial rating without having flown the requisite number of hours to enter the program was sentenced to four years probation for falsifying his logbook. Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous, who holds joint U.S. and Saudi Arabian citizenship, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FAA.

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Man Arrested For Barricading Himself In An Airplane Cockpit

American Eagle Flight Was At A Gate, The Man Was Unarmed

A man was arrested in Baton Rouge, LA, after he locked himself in the cockpit of an American Eagle airplane sitting at a gate at the airport. Andrew Alessi was  unarmed, and will likely be charged with interfering with a flight crew.

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Flight Attendant Union Honors Evolution Of Profession

AFA Celebrates 67th Anniversary Of Union By And For Flight Attendants

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) celebrated the 67th anniversary of the founding of the world's largest flight attendants' union Wednesday.

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Trade-A-Plane Celebrates 75 Years Of Continuous Publication

Four-Generation Family Business Was Founded In 1937

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Trade-A-Plane, which was founded by Crosby Harrison back in 1937. "Since 1937, Trade-A-Plane has served General Aviation as the first choice among active buyers and sellers," said current publisher Cosby Stone. "We are now a fourth-generation, family business and our roots go deep in aviation."

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Woman Makes Unscheudled Return Flight To Pakistan

Reportedly Slept Through A Plane's Two-Hour Layover In Paris

No one is quite sure how a sleeping woman on an airplane in Paris managed to miss the attention of the cabin crew, and apparently no one was booked in her seat for the plane's return flight to the Pakistani city of Lehore. As a result, Patrice Christine Ahmed wound up back in Lehore after a 7,700 mile trip ... and she still wanted to get to Paris.

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Kingfisher Airlines Pilot Brings Woman To The Cockpit

Breaks Rules By Allowing A Guest To Ride Up Front

A pilot for India's Kingfisher Airlines who happens to be the head of the carriers' pilot training program recently allowed a woman to ride in the cockpit of his airplane during a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Kingfisher management says the incident is under investigation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.24.12

 

Quantas Cancels orders for 35 Dreamliners

Machinists at Hawker Beechcraft Voting On a New Contract

Curiosity is Now Rolling at Bradbu

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Airborne 08.24.12: Qantas Cancels 787s, FAA Finds Pipistel (Finally), NTSB Opens Reno Docket

Also: Meigs Field, JCS Attack, Nextant Sells 10 More, EASA Approves Rotax, Moving On Mars, Rebooting The Aviation Biz...

Qantas Airlines, Australia's troubled flagship airline, announced Thursday that it is canceling orders for 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The aircraft are valued at $8.5 billion at list price. You may recall that earlier this week that ANN reported that the FAA said it was unable to locate the manufacturing facilities claimed by Pipistrel using Google Earth, and cited that as one reason why it would no longer authorize the import of the motorgliders into the U.S. As part of its continuing investigation into the September 2011 crash of a highly modified P-51D airplane at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board h

Airborne 08.24.12: Qantas Nixes 787s, FAA Finds Pipistrel, NTSB Opens Reno Doc

Also: Meigs Field, JCS Attack, Nextant Sells 10 More, EASA Approves Rotax, Moving On Mars, Rebooting The Aviation Biz...

Qantas Airlines, Australia's troubled flagship airline, announced Thursday that it is canceling orders for 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The aircraft are valued at $8.5 billion at list price. You may recall that earlier this week that ANN reported that the FAA said it was unable to locate the manufacturing facilities claimed by Pipistrel using Google Earth, and cited that as one reason why it would no longer authorize the import of the motorgliders into the U.S. As part of its continuing investigation into the September 2011 crash of a

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Classic Aero-TV: Nextant's 400XT--Recrafting The Beechjet For Today's Missions

Aero-Recycling... Who'da Thunk It???

It may be the ultimate form of aero-recycling... recrafting solid older airframes with the latest technology and aerodynamic improvements, with the result being very economical high-performance aircraft available for a fraction of the cost of their "newer" counterparts. In the case of Nextant Aerospace, they saw incredible potential in the ruggedly capable Beechjet 400A/XP. The bird built a reasonable amount of market share due to its cabin size, speed and reliability -- and its a favorite for a number of operators.

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XCOR Aerospace To Establish Manufacturing And Operations Base In Florida

Will Potentially Assemble And Fly The Lynx II Reusable Suborbital Vehicle From A Florida Spaceport

XCOR Aerospace has officially announced its intent to establish an East Coast U.S. operational base in Florida and as market demand dictates, establish a manufacturing and assembly center for XCOR Lynx Mark II suborbital reusable launch vehicles as well.

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Qantas Cancels Orders For 35 Dreamliners

Cites Fuel Costs, Labor Unrest, Rising Competition

Qantas has scrapped plans to buy 35 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners after posting its first annual loss in over 17 years. The order was worth $8.5 billion on Boeing's order book. Qantas said that rising fuel costs, ongoing labor disputes, and more international competition led to the decision.

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Machinists At HBC Plan Friday Contract Vote

Union Represents 3,500 Workers At Hawker Beechcraft

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers plan to vote Friday on a new contract at Hawker Beechcraft. The union website indicates that members will be able to vote between 0900 and 1100 CDT at Hartman Arena in Park City KS.

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Klyde Morris 08.24.2012

It Helps To Tell Them What They Want To Hear

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA's Bolden Announces New Commercial Crew And Cargo Milestones

First Contract Cargo Flights Scheduled This Fall

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday new milestones in the nation's commercial space initiatives from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The latest advances made by NASA's commercial space partners pave the way for the first contracted flight of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) this fall and mark progress toward a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years.

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St. Marys, GA, Skydiving Operation Shut Down By Airport Authority

Move Follows Latest Incident Of Skydivers Landing At Kings Bay Submarine Base

The St. Marys, GA, airport authority has voted to shut down The Jumping Place ... a skydiving operation based at the airport ... by revoking its permit to operate. The vote came Wednesday after two skydivers were blown off course on August 12th and landed on the Kings Bay submarine base in southeast Georgia.

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Canadian Hang Gliding Association Releases Report In April Fatal Accident

The Hang Gliding And Paragliding Association Of Canada Cites Pilot Error In Woman's Death

The The Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada has released the results of its investigation into the fatal injury of a woman on a tandem hang glider flight in earlier this year. The findings of this investigation were based on witness statements and evidence held by the RCMP. At this point in time, the investigation does not include any information or statement from the pilot.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.24.12)

“We are very pleased to welcome XCOR to Florida as a prime example of how utilizing Florida’s existing infrastructure and leveraging our talented workforce capabilities can attract new and growing business to our state.”  Source: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carol.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.24.12): Nonprecision Approach

A standard instrument approach procedure in which only horizontal guidance is provided.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.24.12)

Southern Museum of Flight

Located in Birmingham, AL, the Southern Museum of Flight features a wide variety of aircraft and artifacts. Relics from the Wright Brothers, WWI equipment, rare and exotic aircraft from around the world and the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame round out the collection.

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