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April 24, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.25.12

There’s Gold in them thar – asteroids???

Hawker Beechcraft sends out 350 pink slips…

Space X put its’ launch countdown on hold…

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Asteroid Mining Plans Revealed By Planetary Resources

Expanding the Resource Base Of Humanity To Include The Solar System

If all goes according to plan, a newly-formed company will some day in the future initiate prospecting missions targeting resource-rich asteroids that are easily accessible. Planetary Resources, which is backed by Google's top executive as well as Avatar director James Cameron, has unveiled its plan to mine Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals.

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LaHood, Huerta Announce $7.1 Million Grant For Pittsburgh International Airport

Money Awarded For Next Phase Of Runway 14-32 Rehab Project

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $7.1 million grant for the next phase of the Runway 14-32 rehabilitation project at Pittsburgh International Airport (KPIT). “This project will help keep the airport moving safely and efficiently for the more than four million passengers that fly through Pittsburgh each year,” LaHood said revealing the award Monday.

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $598 M V-22 Engine Contract

Company Will Deliver As Many As 268 Engines Over The Life Of The Contract

The Department of Defense has signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce for the delivery of 268 AE 1107C engines for US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 aircraft. In the first year, Rolls-Royce will deliver 70 engines valued at $151 million.

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NTSB Releases Prelim On CT R-22 Accident

State Representative And His Passenger Were Both Injured When The Robby Went Down

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident involving Connecticut State Representative Bill Wadsworth who had taken a friend on a sightseeing flight in his personal Robinson R-22 helicopter. The accident occurred as Wadsworth was approaching South Meadows Heliport (CT73), where he reportedly regularly landed his helo.

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Damaged Qantas A380 Returns To Australia

Sixteen Month Hiatus Required For Repairs

Sixteen months after an uncontained engine failure lead to an emergency landing in Singapore, Qantas Airlines' A380 named Nancy Bird-Walton returned to Kingford Smith Airport in Sydney. The incident in December 2010 led to the grounding of Qantas' entire A380 fleet while emergency inspections were made.

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Boeing, NASA Sign Agreement On Mission Support For CST-100

Initial Commercial Space Transportation Flight Ops To Be Coordinated With Johnson Space Center

An agreement has been signed between NASA's Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) at Johnson Space Center and Boeing to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft.

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That's A Wrap: Aero-Expo 2012 Is In The Books

Over 300 Exhibitors From 28 Countries, 30,800 Industry Visitors From Around The Globe In Attendance

For four days last week, pilots and aviation experts flocked to the Aero-EXPO 2012 international aviation show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. A total of 550 exhibitors from across the entire spectrum of general aviation were present at the exhibition grounds.

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Pentagon Releases Results From August, 2011 Hypersonic Flight Test

HTV-2 Reportedly Withstood Shock Wave Disturbances 100 Times Greater Than Design Paramaters

Following an extensive seven-month analysis of data collected from the Aug. 11, 2011, second flight of DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), an independent engineering review board (ERB) investigating the cause of a flight anomaly completed its report. The findings of the ERB validated the vehicle’s aerodynamic design and uncovered new information regarding the thermal material properties of the vehicle.

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Former FAA Examiner Sentenced To Prison

Pleaded Guilty To Taking 'Tips' From Pilots He Tested

A former FAA flight examiner in Burlington County, NJ, has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for taking tips from pilots over 100 times over seven year. The examiner also admitted to giving tests and issuing certificates on his days off.

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Air Force 2 Involved In Bird Strike

VP Joe Biden Traveling To Santa Barbara, CA, When Incident Occurred

Air Force 2 was involved in a bird strike last week during a vice-presidential visit to Santa Barbara, CA. The Boeing C-32A, a modified 757-200, with Vice President Joe Biden on board was on approach to KSBA Thursday afternoon when the incident occurred.

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Flightcom Announces Venture Series Of General Aviation Headsets

Eight New Models Rolled Out At Aero-Expo In Friedrichshafen

Aviation communications company Flightcom announced the immediate availability of eight new general aviation headsets last week at AERO-Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Venture headsets include two active noise reduction (ANR) models. They will also be available at the EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, WI, in July.

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NASA Awards Aircraft Maintenance And Operations Support Contract

Potential Value To DynCorp Is $176.9 Millions

NASA has selected DynCorp International LLC of Ft. Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services under a contract potentially worth $176.9 million. DynCorp will perform the work at Ellington Field at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, NASA facilities in El Paso, TX, and Edwards Air Force Base, CA, and other locations worldwide as required.

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Former Student Pilot Tries To Steal Airplane At Gunpoint

But He Forgot A Checklist Item: Remove The Tie-Downs

A California man was arrested last Friday after attempting to steal an airplane at gunpoint. Police say 25 year old Troy Daniel Long of Bellflower walked into the terminal office at Compton’s Woodley Airport early Friday morning and took the keys to a Cessna 152.

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Aero-TV: Trig Avionics -- Light Avionics For Light Aviation

Innovative GA Manufacturer Targets Light Aero-Market

It was a grand week for the avionics world as AEA2012 took place in early April, 2012. One of the highlights of that event is the annual "New Product Introductions" session whereby dozens of avionics manufacturers and vendors line up for a chance, rapid-fire, to tell the aviation world what great new products they'll be offering for the coming year.

SpaceX Pushes Back Launch Date

Says More Time Required To Finish Hardware Testing, Data Review

SpaceX said Monday in an e-mail that it has decided to delay it's COTS 2 launch, citing technical difficulties.

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Aero-TV: Trig Avionics -- Light Avionics For Light Aviation

Innovative GA Manufacturer Targets Light Aero-Market

It was a grand week for the avionics world as AEA2012 took place in early April, 2012. One of the highlights of that event is the annual "New Product Introductions" session whereby dozens of avionics manufacturers and vendors line up for a chance, rapid-fire, to tell the aviation world what great new products they'll be offering for the coming year. One of the NPI presentations surrounded the latest offerings form Trig Avionics. Andy Davis, Trig CEO took to the stage to launch the Trig TY91 and TY92 radios. Both models are 2 ¼ inch panel mounted, well suited for light and general aviation pilo

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Fort Worth, Dallas Regional Chambers Issue Joint Statement On AA Takeover Bid

Two Largest Chambers Of Commerce In North Texas Speak With One Voice

The Texas business community is apparently not going to just sit back and let US Airways gobble up American Airlines. The Fort Worth Chamber and Dallas Regional Chamber – the two largest Chambers on Commerce in the north Texas region – held full board meetings Thursday and Friday mornings where the subject of American Airlines was discussed.

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AFA: US Airways FAs Need Contract Before Merger Talks

American Eagle FAs Also Still Hammering Out A Deal

The talk of a merger between AMR Corp and US Airways late last week prompted a statement from the Association of Flight Attendants concerning contract negotiations at US Airways.

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GEnx Engines Powered Japan Airlines' Historic 1st Dreamliner Flight

First Revenue-Generating Flight For The New Powerplant

The April 22 flight of Japan Airlines' GEnx-1B-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliner marked a number of firsts, including JAL's first flight of the newly delivered Dreamliner, the first revenue-generating flight of the GEnx-1B engine, and the first non-stop Asia to Boston flight from Tokyo's Narita International Airport to Boston's Logan International Airport.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Fatal Florida Accident

Host Of A Popular Fishing Program Was Fatally Injured When His Kit-Built Plane Went Down

The NTSB has issued its preliminary report in an accident that stunned the Florida fishing community with the fatal injury of the host of a popular broadcast and Internet fishing show. Jose Wejebe was flying his kit-built CA8-SF when it went down near Everglades City in FL. Witnesses said the airplane went down just moments after takeoff, having reached only about 150 feet in altitude.

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Google Execs Joining Film Director James Cameron In Asteroid Venture

New Company To Be Rolled Out Tuesday

Some big money investors are reportedly behind a new venture that will be unveiled Tuesday in Seattle to mine asteroids. The company, called Planetary Resource, has as its business model extracting minerals and other resources from asteroids, which the company's founders say could add "trillions" to the global GDP.

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Weather Postpones Shuttle Enterprise Flight to New York

Transfer Will Be Rescheduled 'As Soon As Practical'

NASA's planned flight to New York City of space shuttle Enterprise atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until further notice due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday. To ensure a safe flight for Enterprise and the SCA, NASA managers, in consultation with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, decided Friday to delay the flight because of inclement weather in both New York and Washington, where the flight will originate.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.24.12)

"We are greatly concerned by the potential impact that American's union employees' support of U.S. Airways' intentions could have on both the bankruptcy proceedings and the local economy, and are opposed to any mergers prior to American exiting bankruptcy." Source: Joint statement by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Thornton and Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Amb. James C. Oberwetter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.12): Braking Action Advisories

When tower controllers have received runway braking action reports which include the terms “fair,” “poor,” or “nil,” or whenever weather conditions are conducive to deteriorating or rapidly changing runway braking conditions, the tower will include on the ATIS broadcast the statement, “Braking action advisories are in effect” on the ATIS broadcast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.12)

National WWII Glider Pilots Association

The purpose of this association is to promote mutual friendship and good fellowship among the members of the group, to restore and/or rebuild in flying condition if possible one or more World War II Combat CG4A (Waco) gliders, and other gliders and/or aircraft of interest for display to the members and to the public.

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