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March 01, 2013

And So It Begins: Air Force Cuts Thunderbirds, Aviation Support at Public Events

Cuts Include Cancellation of 2013 Thunderbirds Schedule

The USAF has bowed to the inevitable while Washington political gridlock and gamesmanship damages a great nation... seemingly beyond repair. As the U.S. Air Force braces for potential sequester, ANN has been that, "leadership has canceled all aviation support to public for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs."

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.01.13

NASA Needs a Stability of Vision…

The Battle Over LA’s Helicopter Noise Gets Louder…

A Ban on Aerial Photography?

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Dragon Spacecraft Hits Glitch On Way To ISS

Spacecraft's Thruster Pods Failed To Initialize Properly Once In Orbit

After a perfect launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket Friday morning, the SpaceX Dragon supply capsule carrying stores and experiment to the ISS hit a glitch. The spacecraft reached orbit on time at 1010 EST Friday, but a problem with the capsule's thruster pods delayed the deployment of the spacecraft's solar arrays. 

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House Subcommittee Discusses Need For Stability Of Vision For Human Spaceflight

Plan Would Institute A 6-Year Term For NASA's Administrator

The House Subcommittee on Space held its first hearing of the 113th Congress Wednesday to evaluate NASA’s policies, priorities and goals for human space exploration, as the Committee works toward reauthorizing the agency.

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APA: First Officers Should Have Same Qualifications As Captains

Echoes Statement From FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for American Airlines pilots, voiced continued strong support for raising qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. APA President Keith Wilson said that a recent in-flight emergency aboard an Alaska Airlines flight clearly demonstrated the need for highly trained first officers.

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NASA Selects Launch Services For ICESat-2 Mission

Delta II Booster Will Carry The Spacecraft Into Orbit

NASA's Launch Services Program at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, CO, to provide Delta II launch services for the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)-2 mission, currently scheduled for July 2016. A firm fixed-price launch service task order has been awarded under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract.

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New Hampshire Legislature Considers Aerial Photography Ban

Would Make Taking Pictures With Devices "Not Supported by The Ground" A Class A Misdemeanor

A bill currently before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee would "prohibits images of a person’s residence to be taken from the air by a satellite, drone, or any device not supported by the ground."

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Mexico's Aerostar Obtains Part 139 Operating Certificate From FAA

Milestone Decision Clears Way For Modernization Of Caribbean's Busiest Airport

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (ASUR), the first privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, has announced that Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC ("Aerostar") has won approval from the FAA to lease and operate the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin ("SJU") International Airport as a public-private partnership.

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NBAA Salutes AOPA's Craig Fuller Following Retirement Announcement

Bolen Calls Fuller A "Highly Effective Champion" For GA

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement Thursday following an announcement by AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller that he would step down from the organization this year.

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Yeager Brings 'Right Stuff' To AF Academy Symposium

Featured Speaker At February 22 Event In Colorado Springs

The first person ever to travel faster than the speed of sound didn't know anything about airplanes when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in September 1941. But retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager did have a knack for fixing machines and a willingness to do whatever his duty required of him and to take advantage of any opportunity that presented itself, which is how he ended up behind the controls of the X-1 experimental aircraft when it made its first supersonic flight just six years later.

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International Banking Partners Selected To Fund New Air Pacific Aircraft

RFP Process Identifies Two To Finance New A330s

Air Pacific, Fiji's national carrier soon to be flying as 'Fiji Airways' says that following the conclusion of a highly competitive bidding process, it has selected two major international aviation banks for European export credit financing for its three new A330-200 aircraft. The two banks are German-based KfW IPEX-Bank and Helaba. 

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JetBlue's Airbus A320 Fleet To Be Retrofitted With 'Sharklets'

The Letter Of Intent Includes 110 Ship-Sets Of The Wingtip Devices For The Airline's In-Service A320 Aircraft

JetBlue Airways has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of retrofit "Sharklets" for the airline's in-service A320 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2014. Just last week, JetBlue Airways unveiled the first of its A320 aircraft to be outfitted with "Sharklets" ... newly designed wing tip devices that are expected to improve the aerodynamics of Airbus aircraft and significantly cut fuel burn and emissions by up to four percent.

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Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify Narrow-Body Aircraft Agreement

Fills Contingency For Acquisition Of A320neo Aircraft

Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants have ratified a tentative agreement reached earlier this month between the company and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) on new contract terms covering the operation of long-range, single-aisle aircraft the company plans to acquire to complement its current fleet of wide-body aircraft serving Hawai'i from the U.S. West Coast.

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Bombardier Licenses Aeronautical Engineers For Passenger-To-Freighter Conversion

Company Will Modify CRJ100, CRJ200 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace has entered into an agreement with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) of Miami, Florida to become a Bombardier-licensed Third Party Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Provider for passenger-to-freighter conversions for CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft. The freighters will include a large cargo door and will be marketed by AEI as CRJ100 and CRJ200 Special Freighter (SF) aircraft.

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IPC Releases Latest Formation Skydiving World Rankings

US Team Gets Top Spot In 4-Way Female Rankings

The USA tops the International Parachute Championships' (IPC) ranking in the "4-way Female" category with Norway coming second. Despite their success in Dubai, France stayed in the number 3 position. In 4-way open the consistency of the Belgium team elevated them to 1st place with France slipping into 2nd and Russia retaining their 3rd position.

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Airborne 03.01.13: Fuller Leaving AOPA, A-29 Wins LAS, ICAS Eyes Sequester

Also: Farewell Doolittle Raider Tom Griffin, Zuccaro Speaks Truth, Phantom Eye, Austro Engines, Balloon Tragedy, Mars-Bound?

AOPA has confirmed a story first reported here on ANN that AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller is stepping down. Fuller took office on January 1, 2009 with a five year contract. Now as he nears the end of that agreement Fuller said in a statement that he is looking forward to new challenges and opportunities. The U.S. Air Force has selected the Embraer Super Tucano for its Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft. Embraer partnered with Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corporation for its bid. ICAS – the International Council of Airshows has joined those warning of the effects of sequestration on airshows. Should automatic budget cuts go into effect later today, i

FAA May Close More Than 100 Towers At Smaller Airports

Huerta Says Sequester Budget Cuts Will Force Furloughs, Republicans Skeptical

In testimony before the House Transportation Committee's Aviation Subcommittee Tuesday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said that because a very large portion of the DOT’s budget is exempt from the sequester, the FAA will take more than 60 percent of the sequester cuts for all of the DOT, "even though our agency makes up only about 20 percent of the department’s budget."

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X2 Technology Helicopter Design Proposed To US Army

Boeing, Sikorsky Partner To Enter Joint Multi-Role Future Vertical Lift Demonstration Program

Sikorsky and Boeing will submit a joint proposal to build a demonstrator aircraft -- based on Sikorsky’s X2 Technology rotorcraft design -- for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) Phase 1 program. The JMR TD program supports the Army's Future Vertical Lift initiative to deliver the next generation of vertical lift utility and attack aircraft.

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'Inspiration Mars' To Pursue Human Mission To The Earth's Neighbor In 2018

Would Send One Man And One Woman On A 501-Day Orbital Journey

The Inspiration Mars Foundation led by former space tourist Dennis Tito announced Wednesday that it is planning a challenging manned mission to Mars and back. This 501-day journey around the Red Planet is made possible by a rare planetary alignment that occurs five years from now. Under the scenario outlined by Tito in a news release, two professional crew members – one man, one woman – flying as private citizens would embark on what is known as a “fast, free-return” mission, passing within 100 miles of Mars before swinging back and safely returning to Earth. The target launch date is Jan. 5, 2018.

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Ryanair Takeover Of Aer Lingus Blocked By EU

Budget Carrier Will Appeal The Decision

A hostile takeover of Irish airline Aer Lingus by rival Ryanair has been blocked by the European Union. In a statement, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said “The commission's decision protects more than 11 million Irish and European passengers who travel each year to and from Dublin, Cork, Knock and Shannon."

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Klyde Morris 03.01.2013

Is It Better To Go In Circles Or Get The Runaround, Klyde?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Northern Indiana Air Show Considers Cancelling

Golden Knights, Raptor, Osprey All On The Schedule

The South Shore Air Show planned for mid-July in Gary, Indiana, may fall victim to budget cuts imposed by sequestration. The show has several military acts, including the Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team, the F-22 Raptor, and the MV-22 Osprey.

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Gone West: Tom Griffin

Ranks Of 'Doolittle Raiders' Survivors Shrinks To Four

And then there were four. Tom Griffin, who until his death was one of five surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, passed away Tuesday night at the Fort Thomas VA hospital in Cincinnati, OH.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.01.13)

"I find it troubling that the FAA and the Administration are still figuring out how to make these cuts but continue to raise the alarm about furloughs and increased delays. I find it hard to believe that you can’t find $30 million in savings per month, out of a pot of $7.4 billion.” Source: House Transportation Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-PA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.01.13): Localizer-type Directional Aid (LDA)

A NAVAID used for nonprecision instrument approaches with utility and accuracy comparable to a localizer but which is not a part of a complete ILS and is not aligned with the runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.01.13)

Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of the greatest humanitarian/aviation event in history, The Berlin Airlift. Founded in 1988, the Foundation has obtained and restored to flying condition, a Douglas C-54E transport aircraft, which helped support the C-54's which carried out this great mission.

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