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October 26, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.26.11

An F-15 is down, but the pilot ejected and is OK.
A Cirrus SR22 is down in Texas.
And frozen thrust reversers may have contributed to an airliner overrun.

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Swift Enterprises' Unleaded Avgas Successfully Tested In Radial Engine

Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp Runs On Swift's 100SF

A company based in the Purdue Research Park has completed an informal round of testing of its high-octane, unleaded, sustainable aviation gasoline in an unmodified World War II-era radial engine. More than 100 gallons of Swift Enterprises' 100SF powered an unmodified Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine during three days of testing conducted at Anderson Aeromotive Inc. in Grangeville, Idaho.

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F-35B Completes 1st Sea Trials On USS Wasp

STOVL Aircraft Completed 72 Short Take-Offs And 72 Vertical Landings

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) heads back toward homeport October 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The first F-35B landed on Wasp's flight deck October 3, beginning an 18-day test period for the aircraft.

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Scottsdale Whistle-Blower Asked To Resign

Airport Commissioner Wrote FAA About Possible Grant Violation

Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commissioner John Washington filed a complaint with the FAA after the Scottsdale, Arizona City Council voted to green-light a 240-unit apartment building just 3,600 feet off the north end of runway 3. In response, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane has called for his resignation.

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Southeast Aviation Show Arrives This Saturday

Education Sessions Will Be Offered Throughout The Day

The Southeast Aviation Show will be held on October 29 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in South Carolina. The event, hosted by the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA), will showcase the latest aviation products, a static aircraft display and educational sessions.

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NATA Roundtable Brings Industry, Political Leaders Together

Two-Day Meeting Focused On Financial And Government Issues

The National Air Transportation Association's (NATA) annual Aviation Business Roundtable once again brought key executives in the industry together with some of the most influential decision makers in Washington, D.C. The two-day event held Monday and Tuesday consisted of high-level meetings to discuss critical financial and political issues affecting the aviation business community.

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G1000 Upgrade Receives EASA Approval

Garmin Touts Industry-Leading Safety Enhancements and Global Datalink

Garmin says it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s validation of the US Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of Garmin’s Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) and Iridium datalink in G1000-equipped King Air 200 and B200 models. These technologies offer pilots unique safety-enhancing capabilities such as stability augmentation, an onboard worldwide datalink weather solution and a variety of voice and data services.

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F-22 At Two Bases Briefly Grounded For Ongoing Oxygen Issues

Officers Ordered A "Pause" In Operational Status At Two Bases

The USAF's full fleet of F-22 Raptors is flying again after a brief "pause" in its operational status. Raptors at two bases had been grounded for a time last week following an oxygen issues experienced by a pilot flying out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.

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First Composite Fuselage Section Panels For A350 XWB Shipped To France

One Of Several Componants Arriving For Assembly Of The New Airliner

Spirit AeroSystems reports that it has shipped the first production composite center fuselage panels for the Airbus A350 XWB program out of its Kinston, NC, facility. The Section 15 fuselage panels are being sent to Saint-Nazaire, France, where final upper shell assembly will occur.

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Attorney / Writer Gets Personal Note About 'Personal Item'

Someone Comments ... In Writing ... About A Sex Toy In A Woman's Luggage

Nearly everyone who has checked luggage on an airplane in recent years at some point has likely seen a tag on their bag when they get it back indicating that it has been opened by TSA. But attorney and writer Jill Filipovic got a little something extra written on the inspection notice tucked inside her suitcase ... an unsigned note on a TSA document.

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Oops! Yak 52 Vs. Meridian

Soviet-Era Trainer Loses Brakes On Takeoff Run

Independent Online reports that a Yak 52 lost air pressure in its pneumatic braking system during a takeoff run at South Africa's Virginia Airport on Saturday. The plane, which relies on differential braking for steering on the ground, then plowed nose-first into the parked Meridian's wing.

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P-3 Operators Conference Achieves Record Attendance In 2011

Annual Meeting Draws Over 450 From 13 Nations

Operators of the P-3 are meeting in Marietta, GA through October 27th for the 24th annual P-3 International Operators Support Conference. The meeting, co-sponsored by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Lockheed Martin, will be attended by a record number of more than 450 registered attendees from 13 nations

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Aviation Partners Boeing Announces New President

Bill Ashworth Comes To The Post From Goodrich Aviation Technical Services

Bill Ashworth has been named as the new President of Aviation Partners Boeing (APB). "We are excited to have Bill as our new President," said Joe Clark, Chairman of APB and CEO of Aviation Partners, Inc. in announcing the appointment.

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Aero-TV: The Future And Lycoming's IE2 -- 'Everything We Know How to Do'

Mighty Lycoming Keeps The GA World Roaring Along...

Lycoming announced its plan to bring integrated electronic engine management to its legacy aircraft engine lineup a few years ago, and what has become known as the IE2 engine series is now coming to market and attracting OEM development partners. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, Lycoming's Michael Kraft, then VP of Engineering, explained that this was not just electronic engine management slapped on a "Lycosaurus," but a completely integrated system which promised electronic control of fuel injection and timing on a per-cylinder basis, computer control of systems such as turbochargers, better starting and fuel efficiency, and even automated pre-flight checks.

Aero-TV: The Future And Lycoming's IE2 -- 'Everything We Know How to Do'

Mighty Lycoming Keeps The GA World Roaring Along...

Lycoming announced its plan to bring integrated electronic engine management to its legacy aircraft engine lineup a few years ago, and what has become known as the IE2 engine series is now coming to market and attracting OEM development partners. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, Lycoming's Michael Kraft, then VP of Engineering, explained that this was not just electronic engine management slapped on a "Lycosaurus," but a completely integrated system which promised electronic control of fuel injection and timing on a per-cylinder basis, computer control of systems such as turbochargers, better starting and fuel efficien

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U.S. House Votes To Halt EU Air Tax

Bill Prohibits U.S. Aircraft Operators From Participating In The ETS

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Monday against U.S. participation in the European Union’s costly emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would impose new emissions taxes on U.S. and other nations’ air carriers flying into and out of the EU.

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NBAA Welcomes House Vote On EU Emissions Scheme

Legislation Passed Monday On A Voice Vote

The NBAA on Tuesday said it welcomed passage of bipartisan legislation prohibiting the implementation of a new carbon-trading regime for aircraft flying from the U.S. to the European Union. The legislation, entitled "The European Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011" (H.R. 2594), was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.

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NASA Releases Third Status Report On Commercial Partner Progress

Ambitions Program Relies On Private Industry For Transportation To ISS

NASA's industry partners continue to meet their established milestones in developing commercial crew transportation capabilities that will ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station, reducing the amount of time America has to depend on Russia for launch services. NASA has outlined an ambitious program moving forward that relies on U.S. private industry to assume transportation of cargo and crew to the International Space Station, while the agency focuses on deep space exploration.

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Guest Editorial: The Ultimate Unintended Consequence

Ten Reasons Why Government Proposals Will Kill Small Community Air Service

I’ve been on the road for six weeks, traveling to communities large and small to discuss the grim future of small community air service in the face of economic pressures on regional airlines. Those pressures only begin with jet fuel at a price equivalent of $120 per barrel, but the factors are many.

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MTSU Training Fleet 'Wiped Out'

Golf-Ball-Sized Hail Grounds 27 Of 30 Trainers At KMBT

Middle Tennessee State University has a fleet of 30 training aircraft including 19 Diamond DA40s and a handful of Piper Arrows, Seminoles and other types. Sadly, 90 percent of the fleet, 27 airplanes, are now grounded indefinitely after getting caught in golf-ball-sized hail on October 18.

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NASA's Garver Defends Commercial Space

Points Out Russia Charges US $450 Million/Year For Crew Transport

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver spoke last week at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She called on Congress to look carefully at bang-for-buck before making arbitrary cuts in NASA's budget for developing commercial spaceflight.

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Nellis AFB F-15C Down Northwest Of Alamo, NV

Pilot Ejects, Transported To Local Hospital

Details are still sketchy about a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle aircraft which went down at approximately 1645 local time Monday on federal lands northwest of Alamo, NV. According to an official release from the base, the pilot ejected from the aircraft and was transported to the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital for medical examination, but was uninjured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.26.11)

  “The European Union is unilaterally attempting to impose an illegal scheme on American airlines. This is unacceptable for all sorts of reasons.” Source: Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.26.11): Type

As used with respect to the certification, ratings, privileges, and limitations of airmen, means a specific make and basic model of aircraft, including modifications thereto that do not change its handling or flight characteristics.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.26.11)

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (NZ)

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust's origins date back to the establishment of the Rescue Helicopter Service in 1970. The primary aim of the Trust is to provide and develop a highly efficient aero medical service for the benefit of the community at large.

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