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April 03, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.04.13

 The NTSB Announces Dates for the 787 Battery Fire Hearing…

The Search for a 100LL Alternative Gets A Legal Boost…

Velocity Names Twin Engin

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Five Receive Master Instructor Designation In March

Designation Recognized By The FAA For CFI Renewal

Five flight instructors completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in the month of March. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 CFIs currently active in the country. The last 17 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.

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Velocity Aircraft Chooses Superior Air Parts Engines For V-Twin Kit Aircraft

XP-320, XP-360 Will Be The Standard Engines

Velocity Aircraft is now offering its builders the option of either the 160-horsepower, XP-320 Engine or the 180-horsepower, XP-360 Engine manufactured by Superior Air Parts as the preferred engine on their newest kit aircraft, the twin-engine Velocity V-Twin. “Having ... two of our engine models selected as their standard engine is a huge accomplishment for us," said Glen Golden, Superior's V.P. for Sales and Marketing.

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Cessna Employees Offered Voluntary Retirement Program

Company Says Production Will Not Be Affected

Certain employees of Cessna have been offered the opportunity to voluntarily retire in what the company calls an effort to cut costs.

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Prospect Heights, IL, Mayor Questions Obama Position On BizAv

Chicago Newspaper Publishes Mayor’s Questioning Of White House Business Aviation Rhetoric, Proposals

The mayor of a Chicago, IL suburb lent his voice recently to the others signaling support for business aviation, in light of claims put forth by the White House and its supporters concerning tax policies for business aircraft.

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NATA Announces Industry Excellence Awards Recipients

Presented To Those Individuals And Companies That Help Improve GA

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards given annually to individuals, offices, and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community by demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service.

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Sean Williams Named VP, State And Local Government Affairs At A4A

Connecticut State Representative Steps Into Lobbying Role

The U.S. airline trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) has named Sean Williams as its new Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs. Williams comes to A4A with a distinguished record of public service, currently serving his sixth term as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

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Crowdfund Campaign To Support Advertising For Space Program

Thirty Second Ad Will Premier Alongside "Star Trek Into Darkness"

The Aerospace Industries Association is leading a first-of-its-kind crowdfund campaign to showcase to students and young people the exciting new era of U.S. space exploration. If the IndieGoGo campaign reaches its funding goal of $33,000 by May 1, AIA will buy advertising time for an ad trailer on NASA’s new exploration programs in more than 50 movie theaters. 

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Fort Rucker Puts 250 Pound Weight Limit On Civilian Helo Instructors

Pilots Had Filed Suit In Federal Court Against The Restriction

Citing higher fuel and other operating costs, the U.S. Army recently put a policy in place that civilian instructor pilots at its Fort Rucker helicopter training facility in southeast AL, could weigh no more than 250 pounds ... and some of the instructors cried "foul."

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How To Fly To Mars And Beyond In Weeks Instead Of Months

NASA Scientist Presents Paper On Thermonuclear Propulsion

Theoretical physicist Friedwardt Winterberg presented, "To Mars in Weeks by Thermonuclear Micro-Bomb Propulsion," at the Reid Conference Center at NASA's Langley Research Center on Tuesday.

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Jeppesen Introduces CrewAlert iOS App

Mobile Crew Fatigue Mitigation Functionality Designed To Increase Alertness

An improved version of CrewAlert, a mobile app for airline crew for fatigue risk management, has been introduced by Jeppesen. The enhanced CrewAlert app now is able to immediately calculate a strategy from hundreds of thousands of sleep patterns and light exposure combinations to increase crew alertness and overall flight safety.

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EADS HQ Reorganization Effective April First

Nearly 200 Jobs Transferred From Paris And Munich To Toulouse

The new headquarters organization of EADS became effective Monday including the setting up of a single operational headquarters in Toulouse. In the frame of the reorganization, a total of 116 positions currently based in Paris and 75 positions currently based in Munich are transferred to Toulouse.

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Boeing Delivers 7th Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft To US Navy

First Aircraft Produced Under Second Low-Rate Initial Production Contract

The seventh production P-8A Poseidon was handed over to the U.S. Navy by Boeing on March 29,marking the first delivery from the second low-rate initial production contract awarded in November 2011. The maritime patrol aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL, where it joined six P-8As currently being used to train Navy crews.

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Aero-TV: Surviving 08-08-08 -- Aerosonic Overcomes Adversity

Just When You Think All Is Lost, You Can Find The Strength And Friends To Survive

August 8th, 2008 should have been the end of Aerosonic Corporation. Instead, it was a new beginning... albeit one fraught with despair, pain and (nearly) a loss of hope. Yes, it could have been the end... but, instead, it was an opportunity for a rugged company and the industry it was such a pivotal part of, to show what they, and the rest of the aviation community, was made of. And what was that? Stern stuff... amazing stuff... survivor stuff.

Aero-TV: Surviving 08-08-08 -- Aerosonic Overcomes Adversity

Just When You Think All Is Lost, You Can Find The Strength And Friends To Survive

August 8th, 2008 should have been the end of Aerosonic Corporation. Instead, it was a new beginning... albeit one fraught with despair, pain and (nearly) a loss of hope. Yes, it could have been the end... but, instead, it was an opportunity for a rugged company and the industry it was such a pivotal part of, to show what they, and the rest of the aviation community, was made of. And what was that? Stern stuff... amazing stuff... survivor stuff.

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NTSB Announced Dates For 787 Battery Fire Hearing

Two Days Set Aside To Probe January 7th Incident That Grounded The Dreamliner Fleet

The NTSB announced Monday that its two-day investigative hearing into the Jan. 7 battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston’s Logan Airport will be held on April 23-24 at the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

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First Flight: Evektor Electric Powered LSA

SportStar EPOS Makes Two Flights In The Czech Republic

Evektor's electric powered LSA SportStar EPOS made its first flight from the Kunovice airport in Czech Republic March 28. The aircraft was piloted by Evektor's factory pilot Radek Surý. After taxiing tests at 8:25 am, the aircraft took off for its first test flight. After a short, approximately ten-minute flight, it landed successfully and a second flight followed immediately afterwards.

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Smithsonian Releases Wright Brothers Contract

Document Guarantees That Wright Flyer Would Always Be Labeled 'First In Flight'

Amidst the long-simmering controversy about whether the Wright Brothers were actually the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered airplane, the Smithsonian Institution has for the first time publicly released the contract it signed in 1948 with Orville Wright.

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FAA Rejects Use Of Donated Aircraft For Compassion Flights

Non-Profit 'Disappointed', But 'Understands' Agency Rationale

The FAA has rejected a request by Patient AirLift Services (PALS), a nonprofit volunteer pilot organization, to use a donated aircraft to provide free air transportation for patients requiring medical care or other humanitarian purposes.

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Embraer Executive Jets Delivers 1st U.S.-Made Phenom 300

The Aircraft Was Delivered To An Undisclosed Customer Who Will Use It To 'Connect His Business Network In The U.S.'

Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 300 assembled at its Melbourne, FL facility to a customer who asked to remain anonymous. Phil Krull,  Managing Director Melbourne Assembly, Embraer Executive Jets, called the delivery a major milestone that "proves the maturity of our assembly facilities."

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NASA Announces 17th Screening Of Space Program Artifacts

Items Available Free Of Charge To Eligible Institutions

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and the accomplishments of NASA's many programs.

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Pilatus Reports Positive Results In 2012

Company Says 'Major Orders' Position It Well For The Future

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has released a report showing positive annual results for 2012, despite turnover and operating profit decreasing as expected compared with the previous year. The company says that three major orders received totalling over 2.2 billion Swiss francs (about $2.3 billion), Pilatus says it is well-prepared for the future.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.03.13)

"If substantial evidence of a pre-Wright flight claim were to be produced, I hope I would have the courage to admit it." Source: Except from an open letter written by Smithsonian Institution senior curator of aeronautics Tom Crouch.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.03.13): Fast File

An FSS system whereby a pilot files a flight plan via telephone that is recorded and later transcribed for transmission to the appropriate air traffic facility. (Alaska only.)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.03.13)

Things You Don't Want To Hear In The Cockpit

Cockpit warning sounds like an excessive rate of descent, windshear warning, or below glide slope.

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