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January 23, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.24.12

Sebring's LSA show brings mixed reviews.
The Pentagon IDs six Marines killed in a helicopter crash.
And Bombardier announces a deal for up to 10 C100s.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.23.12

Rockwell Collins says an economic recovery may be underway.
The idea of an airline "fat tax" is back.
And Airbus is raising prices.

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ANN Special Feature: Being Current vs. Being Safe - 01.23.12

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the FAA's definition of "current," versus what's really required to be safe.

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CALSTAR Announces Changes in Base Operations

Moving McClellan Park Aircraft To Vacaville Location

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a not-for-profit air ambulance company serving northern and central California announced two changes Thursday in its base operations. The organization has suspended operations of its helicopter base located in Jackson, Amador County (CALSTAR 10). The company will also relocate its helicopter base operations, formerly known as CALSTAR 11, from its location at McClellan Park in Sacramento County to Vacaville in Solano County.

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EagleMed Opens Base at Greenville Downtown Airport in S.C.

Service Employs Pressurized King Air With 900 Mile Range

Greenville Downtown Airport is the new home of a bace for EagleMed, an air ambulance service with bases in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico.

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NASA Joins MIT And DARPA For Student Robotic Competition

SPHERES Challenge Will Have Students Controlling A Satellite Aboard ISS

NASA will join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high school student teams from the U.S. and abroad for the third annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge on Monday, January 23. The event will take place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.

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Kenya Police Get Africa's First AS350 B3e

Helo Will Serve Nation With Uniquely Challenging Terrain

The Kenya Police Air-Wing is expanding its airborne law enforcement and crime prevention unit with the delivery of a Eurocopter AS350 B3e Ecureuil helicopter. The selection follows an open and competitive tender won earlier this year by Eurocopter Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, the Group subsidiary in charge of Southern Africa markets.

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Report Shows Military Helicopter Upgrade Market Poised For Growth

Visiongain Forecasts Business Worth Nearly $4 Billion

Analysis from the European business intelligence firm Visiongain indicates that the military helicopter modernization, upgrade & retrofit market will reach a value of $3.98 billion in 2012. The company attributes the forecast growth to the strains of recent operations combine with tighter budgets, and a need to maintain a qualitative advantage drive the upgrade and retrofit of existing helicopter platforms.

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The Air Force Association Set To Kick Off 2012 Breakfast Series

First Session Of The New Season To Focus On 5th Generation Fighters

The Air Force Association is pleased to announce that Lieutenant General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, will be the guest speaker for the first session of the AFA's 2012 Air Force Breakfast Program.

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American Eurocopter To Provide MRO For EC135, EC145

Designated To Care For Customers In North & Latin America

American Eurocopter announced Tuesday that it has been officially recognized as the regional hub for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for Eurocopter EC135 and EC145 customers in North and Latin America. This certification covers D-level MRO activities for all EC135 and EC145 airframes, blades and dynamic components.

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ATR Claims Top Spot In 90 Seat Turboprop Airliner Market

Reports 157 Airplanes Sold, 79 Options In 2011

ATR reported Tuesday that, according to its sales figures, it represented more than 80% of regional airplane sales in 2011. The company said the airplane's low fuel consumption, combined with comfort and advanced technology are the main reasons for ATR's success, the first signs of which were felt in 2005.

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ACONE To Feature Michael N. Kalafatas, Author Of 'Bird Strike'

Author Will Speak At Annual Icebreaker Social 2012

The guest speaker at the Aero Club of New England (ACONE)Icebreaker Social will be will feature Michael N. Kalafatas, author of "Bird Strike: The Crash of the Boston Electra; The Story of Men and Bird in Conflict."

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QinetiQ Upgrades Transport Aircraft Capability With Avro RJ100 From Falko

Aircraft To Be Used In Flight Test Training, Other Capacities

Defence, technology and security company Qinetiq has upgraded part of its aircraft fleet with the purchase of an Avro RJ100 jet transport, bearing manufacturer’s serial number E3368, from UK aircraft asset manager Falko. The RJ100 which is scheduled to enter service in the first quarter of 2012, will replace a turboprop Hawker Siddeley748 Andover and a BAC One-Eleven jet.

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Norman Ramirez Joins Landmark Aviation As General Manager

Fifteen-Year Aviation Business Veteran To Take The Reins Of Oakland Location

Norman Ramirez joins Landmark Aviation as General Manager of its Oakland International Airport (OAK) location. Norman has worked in the aviation industry for over 15 years.

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Airborne 01.20.12: Citation TEN, Obama's User Fees, EAA's 'Black Thursday'

Also: LightSquared, Kestrel, SpaceX, JetBlue, Mustangs!, FlightDesign, 'Red Tails', Phobos-Grunt... and SO MUCH MORE!

Airborne 01.20.12 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, January 20th, 2012... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: Citation Ten Prototype Makes First Flight The White House Supports User Fees Is LightSquared Swirling The Drain? EAA Lays Off Doze

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Klyde Morris (01.23.12)

Klyde Thinks He Knows Why This Admin Wants User Fees

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Pilot Taxed On Non-Existent Planes

Virginia County Assessor Defies Judge's Finding

A pilot and mechanic in Culpeper County, Virginia holds the tail numbers and data for two antique aircraft which he says were destroyed seven decades ago, and which he hopes to one day rebuild. Commissioner of Revenue Terry Yowell is trying to tax them as tangible property.

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Eighty-Five Exxon FBOs Rebrand As Phillips 66 Aviation

Company Celebrates 85 Years As A Fuel Provider

Eighty-five fixed base operators formerly with Exxon have joined the Phillips 66 Aviation network of branded dealers. The expansion of the Phillips 66 Aviation network heralds the beginning of the aviation pioneer’s 85th year providing fuel, lubricants and support programs to the general aviation industry.

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Arcadia, FL, Holding 3rd Annual Aviation Day

Family Event With Free Admission Gets People Close To The Aircraft

The City of Arcadia southeast of St. Petersburg in Florida is hosting its 3rd annual Aviation Day at Arcadia Municipal Airport (X06) on Saturday March 3rd from 0800-1400 EST. Organizers say this is a family friendly event, so be sure to bring the kids so they can enjoy seeing the airplanes up close. The event also features a pancake breakfast and lunch of hot dogs and burgers in a hangar, so visitors are invited to come early and stay late.

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Owner Of Damaged TBM Sues FBO, Owner

Charges Irresponsibility, Misleading Advertising

The owner of a turboprop aircraft has retained an attorney and filed suit against a Groton, CT FBO and its owner after his plane was damaged by a fuel truck while in for repairs. The FBO acknowledges its role, and says it has insurance, but the lawsuit may be attempting to reach past the corporate "veil" to target the owner personally.

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Bombardier Signs PrivatAir For Up To 10 CSeries Aircraft

Full-Service Provider To Airline Partners To Receive All-Business Class CS100s

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Geneva-based PrivatAir has placed a firm order for five CS100 airliners and has taken options on an additional five CS100 aircraft. Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order contract is valued at approximately $309 million US, and could increase to $636 million US if the five options are exercised.

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AeroThrust To Establish Aircraft Engine MRO Facility In Bahrain

First Such Aircraft Engine MRO Shop In Bahrain To Service JT 8, CFM 56 Series

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) said Thursday that AeroThrust Holdings LLC, USA has formally concluded a joint venture agreement with Bahraini partners to establish AeroThrust Gulf Aviation Services W.L.L in Bahrain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.12)

Aero Linx: The Piper Cub Forum All about the immortal J-3 Piper Cub and L-4 Grasshopper, built by William Piper at Lock Haven, which evolved into the PA-11 Cub Special, PA-18 Super Cub, and the Legend Cub and other lookalikes of today. The author of the site maintained the Piper Cub Forum for twelve years now, which pretty much parallels his love affair with the pretty yellow bird from Lock Haven.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.12): OEM

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) A manufacturer that sells a complete product to its end user. The internal parts used in the final product might be purchased from other manufacturers or internal parts might be manufactured on-site, usually a combination of both. For example: A Camaro might have Firestone tires, windows by PPG, radios by Sony, metal by US Steel but the final product is known as a General Motors Chevrolet Camaro. General Motors is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.23.12)

“The CSeries aircraft represent cutting-edge technology and are true 21st century jetliners. The CS100 jetliner is very well suited for our route expansion plans and we look forward to introducing this very modern aircraft into our fleet.” Source: Greg Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, PrivatAir, in announcing the purchase of up to 10 CSeries Aircraft from Bombardier.

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