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April 25, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.26.12

Coming Soon to a Runway Near You - the New Eclipse 550 Very Light Jet…
American says Its Bankruptcy Course is Set - without US Airways…
The NBAA Still Blieves in Innocen

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FAA Greenlights Production Of Eclipse 550

Production Certificate Granted, Delivery Of First New VLJs Expected In Mid 2013

The FAA has awarded a production certificate ... #550 ... to Eclipse Aerospace, paving the way for production of the new Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. Representatives from the FAA presented the production certificate to Cary Winter, Senior Vice President of Eclipse Aerospace, at a ceremony held Wednesday at Eclipse's Albuquerque headquarters.

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Transport Canada Certifies P&WC’s PT6C-67E Engine For Eurocopter EC175

Engine Transitions From Development To Production

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has received Transport Canada type certification for the PT6C-67E turboshaft engine that will power Eurocopter’s EC175 helicopter. The Eurocopter EC175 is a new multirole helicopter and the PT6C-67E is the latest turboshaft engine in the PT6C-67 family for the medium class helicopter segment.

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Enterprise To Be Ferried To New York On Friday

Flight Pushed Back To Wait For More Favorable Weather Conditions

NASA managers, in coordination with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, tentatively selected Friday, April 27th as the date to ferry space shuttle Enterprise from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Doolittle Raiders Honored At 70th Anniversary Ceremony

Only Five Of The Men Who Flew The Mission Still Survive

The five remaining members of the famous Jimmy Doolittle Tokyo Raid were honored in a banquet at the National Museum of the United States Air Force here April 19. Four of the raiders were in attendance; Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher, Maj. Thomas C. Griffin and Lt. Cols. Richard E. Cole and Edward J. Saylor. The fifth, Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, was unable to attend for health reasons.

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Angel MedFlight Scholarship Open To Arizona Aviation Students

Third Year That AZ Students May Apply For $3,000 Award

Angel MedFlight's Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation is now open to students pursuing a degree in an aviation program at an Arizona college or university.  Applications are being accepted through June 4, 2012. For the third consecutive year, Arizona's aviation students will have the chance to apply for a $3,000 scholarship courtesy of Angel MedFlight's Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation.

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Spirit AeroSystems Returns to Full Operations

Operations Curtailed Following Wichita Tornado

Spirit AeroSystems' Wichita, KS, facility has returned to full operations since sustaining structural damage as a result of a tornado on April 14, 2012. Operations were suspended through April 22, 2012, to ensure the safety of employees, evaluate damage, and initiate plans for systematically bringing production back online. All employees returned to work on April 23, 2012.

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Pilot Walks Away From Gear Up Emergency Landing

The But Aging Pilot Found That The Landing Was Just The Beginning Of His Problems

On a rainy night last Friday, pilot Russell Brothers Jr. had a problem with his 1961 Twin Beech. Unable to extend the landing gear on a flight from Miami to Dickson, TN, he made a decision to put the plane down on its belly and hope for the best. The spot he picked out was a field he'd flown into for over 50 years before it closed.

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Help Wanted Sign Out At HAI

Organization Looking To Fill Two Deputy Director Positions

HAI is looking to fill a couple of key positions on its staff. The associtaion says it has openings for a Deputy Director of Flight Operations & Technical Services, as well as Deputy Director of Safety.

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NTSB Prelim Release In WV Streak Shadow Accident

Initial Investigation Finds No Fuel In In-Line Fuel Filter

A pilot flying an experimental aircraft for the first time since it was damaged in an earlier incident was seriously injured when the airplane went down shortly after takeoff. Witnesses said they heard the engine "sputter" and then stop running, and the FAA's initial investigation showed no fuel in the in-line fuel filter on the aircraft. We'll have to wait for the probable cause report to determine if it really is that cut-and-dried.

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New GA Facility Planned For Long Beach, CA

Car Rental Hub To Displace Million Air North And Its Airplanes

At first blush, it might seem that rental cars are taking precedence over airplanes at Long Beach Airport (KLGB) in CA. That's because FBO Million Air North Inc is being displaced by the construction of a rental car hub.

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Commemorative Air Force Releases East Coast May/June Tour Dates

Visits Planned To Eight Cities As The Air Show Season Gets Rolling

The CAF B-29 and B-24 Squadron has announced dates for stops along the east coast in May and June 2012. The Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” and the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” will be touring the east coast of the U.S. and Canada, and will be joined by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III.”

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AD: Boeing 777 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-09

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, -300ER, and 777F series airplanes.

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AD: Learjet Model 60 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-16

PRODUCT: Certain Learjet Inc. Model 60 airplanes.

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Aero-TV: HeliWagon -- The Ultimate Landing Dolly

Providing Extraordinary Flexibility For Helicopter Operators
Sometimes an idea is so simple it just eludes the rest of us who tend to look for far more complex solutions... because we think that's where the true answers are. Not so with Heliwagon... who decided that the way to make a truly versatile helicopter landing pad, was to make it remote controllable so that it could be wherever an operator needed it without a lot of effort and fuss. 

Aero-TV: HeliWagon -- The Ultimate Landing Dolly

Providing Extraordinary Flexibility For Helicopter Operators

Sometimes an idea is so simple it just eludes the rest of us who tend to look for far more complex solutions... because we think that's where the true answers are. Not so with Heliwagon... who decided that the way to make a truly versatile helicopter landing pad, was to make it remote controllable so that It could be wherever an operator needed it without a lot of effort and fuss. HeliWagon claims to have built the most advanced mobile landing pad in the world -- "enabling the pilot or ground crew to have 360 degree walk around visibility with 100% positive control during aircraft movement on

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HBC To Lay Off 350 Workers

Says Market Conditions Require That Additional Employees Be Let Go

Hawker Beechcraft sent out notices to an additional 350 Wichita employees Monday, saying that it was making changes to previously planned production schedules and "resizing our workforce."

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FAA Releases List Of U.S. UAS Launch Sites

Responded To A FOIA Request From The Electronic Frontier Foundation

The FAA has released its first round of records in response to The Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for information on the agency's UAV authorization program. The agency says the two lists it released include the names of all public and private entities that have applied for authorizations to fly the aircraft in the U.S.

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American Exec Says US Airways Will Not Influence Business Decisions

'Nothing Changes' Because Of Non-Binding Agreements With Labor Unions

Top management at AMR Corp. released a letter to its employees Tuesday saying that the recent non-binding agreements made between American's labor unions and US Airways have no real affect on the company's bankruptcy proceedings or business decisions.

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Voices Heard: Swift Action Helps Reverse Course On Warbird Issue

Grass-Roots Efforts Make Help Affect Change In Proposed Legislation

Swift action by members of EAA and Warbirds of America, plus other aviation enthusiasts, made a difference in reversing a threat to warbird aircraft posed by a possible amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310). Thousands of EAA members and aviators contacted their congressional representatives.

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Moon Express Delivers Lunar Mission Design Report To NASA

Details Technical Plans Toward Mining The Moon For Precious Planetary Resources

A mission design package providing NASA with data on the development of commercial lunar missions and plans to mine the Moon for precious planetary resources has been delivered to the space agency by Google Lunar X-Prize contender Moon Express. The newest task order in the $10 million contract called for Moon Express to provide NASA with data about the company's progress through a Preliminary Design Checkpoint Technical Package.

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NBAA Comments On Proposed Changes To Emergency Certificate Actions

Supports Action Being Taken On The Organization's' Initiatives

In February 2012, the NTSB issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which noted many of the industry comments from 2010, but did not propose changing the assumption of truth requirements. The safety board explained that law judges can consider additional evidence submissions related to the emergency determination, but NBAA believes that the requirement for NTSB to assume that FAA allegations are true is still a major problem.

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United Leaning Towards Boeing For $15 Billion Order

Airbus Says It Will Not Cede The Business To Its U.S. Rival

There's a major behind-the-scenes tug-of-war going on between rival planemakers Boeing and Airbus for a $15 billion order from United Continental Holdings ... and right now sources say Boeing is winning the battle.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.25.12)

"This remains a difficult, unprecedented time for our company, our emplloyees, and our industry." Source: Letter from Hawker Beechcraft chairman Bill Boisture and CEO Steve Miller.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.25.12): Scavenge Oil System

A method of returning oil from the engine to the oil tank for cooling and reuse.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.25.12)

Aviation Industry CBT Committee

The Aviation Industry CBT Committee is a nonprofit, membership-driven consortium dedicated to helping the training community get the most out of training technology. 

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