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April 23, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.24.12

Pittsburgh International Gets A Financial Shot In The Runway…
US Airways Doesn't Own American Just Yet…
Sunday's Flight From Tokyo To Boston Was One For The History Book

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.23.12

The economic blood continues to flow at American while it’s
unions say they prefer a merger…
Air Canada and it’s pilots are going back to the bargaining table&helli

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Air Canada, ACPA To Resume Negotiations

Ten-Day Period To Follow The Appointment Of An Arbitrator

Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) have agreed to re-commence negotiations. The parties have agreed to a 10-day negotiation period to begin following the appointment of an arbitrator by the Minister of Labour in accordance with the provisions of the Protecting Air Services Act. Air Canada and ACPA will ask that the arbitrator facilitate the negotiations process pursuant to section 31 of the Act that allows for negotiations to take place.

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Pilots' Cockpit Argument Results In Both Being Fired

Flybe Crew On An International Flight Had A 'Massive Breakdown'

Two pilots flying for British budget carrier Flybe have been let go by the airline after they became engaged in a heated argument during a flight last May. Captain Stephen Bird and First Officer Stephen Akers have both lost their flying jobs.

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FAA Selects Head-up Guidance Systems To Support NextGen Efforts

Rockwell Collins' Technology Offers Synthetic And Enhanced Vision

The FAA has selected Rockwell Collins' Head-up Guidance Systems (HGS) with synthetic and enhanced vision to support its NextGen implementation and applied research efforts. The technology is being installed on the Boeing 737 flight simulator in the FAA’s Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory (FOSL) in Oklahoma City.

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Key Spacecraft Structure For James Webb Space Telescope Passes Design Review

Sunshield Support Is Approved For Manufacture

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope continues to move ahead rapidly, with Northrop Grumman completing engineering design of the structure that supports the sunshield and keeps it aligned.

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US Airways Mechanics Recognized For Excellence In Aviation Maintenance

James "Red" Leslie, Bill Earnest, Glenn Hobbs Receive FAA's Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award

The FAA has presented its coveted Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award to US Airways' Charlotte, NC - based line maintenance supervisor James "Red" Leslie,  Tampa, FL - based lead mechanic Bill Earnest, and San Diego, CA - based mechanic Glenn Hobbs for their 50 years of dedication in aviation maintenance.

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Pilot Preoccupied With Cell Phone Causes Aborted Landing

First Officer Fatigue Also Cited By ATSB

A cell phone is being blamed, at least in part, for a missed approach performed by the crew of a JetStar flight on approach to Singapore on May 27th, 2010. But it wasn't an errant passenger who had forgotten to turn off the phone ... it was the pilot.

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Flight Attendants At Hawaiian Ratify Contract

New Pact Will Be In Effect Through 2016

Flight Attendants at Hawaiian Airlines have ratified an agreement that includes increases to compensation and benefits, and enhances quality of life issues for the over 1,200 flight attendants.  The new contract will remain in place through 2016.

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Lawmakers In The Philippines Vote To End Foreign Airline Taxes

High Taxes On Foreign Carriers Result In Government Losses

In an attempt to entice foreign airlines to resume direct flights to the Philippines, the House of Representatives in Manila has voted to exempt foreign airlines from both the carrier’s tax and gross billings tax. European airlines have cited heavy taxation as the impetus behind quitting direct flights to Manila.

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Report: Growth Seen In World PMA Parts Market

Higher International Acceptance Of FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval To Drive The Increase

The world market for PMA parts is projected to reach $749 Million by the year 2017, according to a recently-released report from the research firm Global Industry Analysts. Growth will be primarily driven by robust gains in South East Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.

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Waveland Investments Acquires Airplane Reseller

NTE Deals With MRO Facilities In Engine And Airframe Parts

Chicago-based Waveland Investments has acquired NTE Aviation. Established in 2001 in Lewisville, TX, NTE engages in the sourcing and reselling of engine and airframe parts to/from MRO facilities, OEMs, airline operators and leasing companies. The company is well recognized within the aviation industry as a specialist in the regional airline turboprop engine and airframe segment and in Boeing 737 Classic applications.

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General Dynamics Awarded Contract For Commercial Airline Radomes

To Produce Tri-Band Radomes For LiveTV Onboard Entertainment

A contract potentially worth more than $10 million has been awarded to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products by LiveTV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways. The company will develop and produce tri-band radomes to support LiveTV's on-board entertainment and communication systems for commercial airlines. Radomes are structural, weatherproof enclosures designed to be transparent to micro or radio waves while protecting antenna or electronic surfaces from the elements.

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AD: Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-06-20

PRODUCT: Certain Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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Airborne 04.20.12: Cirrus Hype, Pipistrel Panthera Unveil, and DA42NG Certified!

Also: Tecnam, King Air 250, LightSquared (Again!), Crew Rest Regs, B737 Max, WingX, ForeFlight, Discovery... and MORE!

After a fair bit of hype, smoke, and mirrors... the "Major Announcement" promised last week by Cirrus Aircraft is that they're going to do what they said they were going to do... last year... and the year before... and the year before that. It's always exciting when someone rolls out a new airplane, and Wednesday the aviation community got its first look at Pipistrel's long-awaited new four-place airplane ... the Panthera. Meanwhile, Tecnam's latest offering, the P Twenty-Ten flew for the first time on April 12th. Transport Canada has

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Rare Junkers JU 52 Coming To Oshkosh For 2012 Show

Aircraft Making Trans-Atlantic Journey For North American Tour

A rare Junkers JU 52 tri-motor will be a main attraction along the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 flight line as part of the airplane’s North American tour. The Junkers JU 52 was designed by the legendary Hugo Junkers and first appeared in May 1932. Within six years, the model was flying 75 percent of all German air passenger flights. The tri-motor configuration supplied a high standard of comfort and reliability, even during flights over the Alps. It remained an important part of European aviation for more than three decades.

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Companies Look To Revive Saturn V F-1 Engines For Future Use

Dynetics, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Announce Exclusive Partnership To Compete For NASA SLS Booster Contract

As the space shuttles are shuffled off to be museum pieces, two companies are looking at older technology as in their bid to supply boosters for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Dynetics and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) made an announcement Wednesday at the National Space Symposium the formation of a long-term partnership to compete for the SLS Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction (ABEDRR) procurement.

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Klyde Morris (04.23.12)

Klyde Bemoans The Season


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Qantas Group Places $2.0 Billion Order For LEAP-1A Engines

First CFM-powered A320neo Aircraft In Qantas Group Fleet

The Qantas Group announced Thursday that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order. The engine order is valued at $2.0 billion U.S. at list price, including spare engines. The announcement takes total LEAP orders and commitments to more than 3,500 engines.

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Air Force Tells Pilots ... Slow Down

Reduced Cruising Speeds Part Of Overall Plan To Reduce Fuel Consumption

The USAF is exploring options in its effort to reduce the amount of fuel used across its 4,693 aircraft fleet. With the recent price increase in oil, the Air Force is seeing a $1 billion increase in fuel cost for 2012. The Air Force is the largest energy user in the federal government, making 900 air mobility flights globally daily, including combat sorties.

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Qantas Pilot May Lose His Job Over Off-Duty In-Flight PDA

The Pilot Became Intimate With A Female Passenger In The First-Class Section Of An A380

A Qantas pilot is facing disciplinary action after he became intimately involved with a female passenger in the premium first class cabin of an A380 flying from London to Sydney via Singapore. The pilot was reportedly off-duty and not in uniform at the time of the incident.

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Space Needle Announces Finalists In Space Race 2012

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Will Be On Hand To Present The Winner With The Grand Prize - A Sub-Orbital Trip Into Space

Eight months after announcing Space Race 2012, a program that celebrates its iconic history, the Space Needle in Seattle has chosen five lucky finalists to compete in a variety of challenges for a chance to fulfill their dream of traveling into space. The contestants will gather in Seattle next month to kick-off the last leg of the competition, with the winner being announced on May 9.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.12): Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS)

Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) is a general-purpose spectrograph that spans ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared wavelengths. It was installed in February 1997 during the Second Servicing Mission. A spectrograph works by breaking up light from an object into its individual wavelengths so that its composition, temperature, motion, and other chemical and physical properties can be analyzed. STIS stopped functioning in 2004 due to a power supply failure, but astronauts replaced a low-voltage power supply board during Servicing Mission 4.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.12)

Aero Linx: The Space Settlement Initiative Will people ever live and work on the Moon and Mars? Will the settlement of space take place in your lifetime? The settlement of space would benefit all of humanity by opening a new frontier, energizing our society, providing room and resources for the growth of the human race without despoiling the Earth, and creating a lifeboat for humanity that could survive even a planet-wide catastrophe. Unfortunately, it seems clear that, as things stand now, space settlement will not happen soon enough for any of us to see it. But that could be changed! ...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.23.12)

“To be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with the Rimowa JU 52 is simply fantastic! The stop at the world’s largest aviation gathering in Oshkosh is definitely one of the highlights of our North American tour and we are really looking forward to it!” Source: Dieter Morszeck, the CEO of Rimowa and grandson of the company’s founder. Rimowa, the German-based company is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of high-quality luggage and is partnering with EAA at Oshkosh for the first time.

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