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March 09, 2012

Klyde Morris 03.09.2012

Klyde Discovers The 'Glamour' Of Politics


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Pentagon Adjusts JSF Performance Requirements

Makes Changes In Some Key Benchmarks For The 5th Generation Fighter

The Pentagon has proposed some adjustments in the performance requirements for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, including its expected combat radius. The changes still need to be approved by the Joint Requirement Oversight Council (JROC).

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Sprint Set To Dump LightSquared Deal

March 15 Had Been The Deadline Set For FCC Approval Of LTE Network

It looks like LightSquared may be losing a key partner in its attempt to construct a nationwide 4G LTE wireless broadband network, which was shown to interfere with nearly every GPS receiver in current use.

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No Change In Venue For Aviation Hall Of Fame Event

Enshrinement Will Continue In Dayton, OH, For At Least One More Year

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) said Wednesday that the 50th Anniversary of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony will be held in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday October 6th, 2012. The decision was made after significant deliberations and commitments from Dayton business leaders to ensure the event is a financial success during these difficult economic times.

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John Hornibrook Named Chief Pilot At Alaska Airlines

Joined The Carrier As A Second Officer In 1991

Captain John Hornibrook has been named as the Chief Pilot for Alaska Airlines, overseeing its 1,416 line pilots. Hornibrook joined Alaska Airlines as a second officer in March 1991 and quickly progressed to first officer before stepping into the captain seat in January 1999.

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X-37B Marks One Year In Orbit

Still No Updated Landing Date From The USAF

An X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle passed one year in orbit March 5th, with no indication from the Air Force when it will return the unmanned spacecraft to earth.

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UAL Passenger Service And Reservation Employees Vote To Join Union

Vote Covers Nearly 17,000 Workers

In an election conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) was selected to provide representation rights for nearly 17,000 Passenger Service and Reservation Employees at the new United Airlines.

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Rural Colorado Airport Closer To A New Runway

FAA Environmental Assessment Finds No Significant Impact

The city of Fort Morgan, CO, is a step closer to getting a new runway at its municipal airport. The FAA has released its environmental impact assessment of the airport's' plans, and has found there is "no significant impact" on the environment from plans to construct a new runway at KFMM.

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Mobile Air Traffic Control System Supports Emergency Response

Ability To Restore ATC Key In Recovery Efforts After An Emergency

After a disaster, the aviation industry is almost always part of the immediate response. When air traffic control (ATC) infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, portable systems can be quickly deployed – even in remote regions.

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USAF Launches Fuel Savings Flight Tests On C-130 Fleet

Engine Manufacturer Upgrades T56 Turboprop Powerplant

Flight tests are set to begin "soon" for an upgraded version of the Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop engine, which powers the C-130H transport aircraft. The Series 3.5 upgrade is designed to deliver both fuel savings and reliability improvements, as well as improved Life Cycle Costs.

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The GrandNew Enters The Chilean Helicopter Market

First Of Its Type To Be Based In Santiago del Chile

The GrandNew light twin helicopter has entered the Chilean helicopter market with the purchase of one aircraft by Naviera Mistral SA based in Santiago del Chile. This helicopter, which is scheduled to be delivered to its customer within this year, will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport missions.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-04-09

PRODUCT: Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-04-12

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) Airplanes

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Airborne 03.09.12: Coyne Stepping Down, Ryan BK, AmEagle Furloughs

Also: Kfir Down, AEA 2012, ASF Glass Panel Study, USAF Embarrassed, UPS Pilots, Another Downed Cirrus, UAL Assimilates Continental... 
Yes... another week and another collection of intriguing news. This week's report starts with the sad news that long-time NATA Boss Jim Coyne will retire this year, Ryan Airlines announced its long-rumored bankruptcy. Fifty pilots are about to get unemployment as they get laid off by American Eagle and a former Navy jock is lost in a tragic Kfir accident at NAS Fallon. We have more details of our upcoming coverage of AEA 2012 as well as some info on the ASF report that suggests that glass panel cockpits are not influencing safety -- positively or negatively. All this and SO MUCH MORE in this week's edition of AIRBORN

Investments Needed To Meet Forecast Air Travel Demands

LaHood Calls NextGen "Key" To Moving Passengers, Cargo

The FAA released its annual forecast Thursday projecting airline passenger travel will nearly double in the next 20 years. The report underscores the need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA’s NextGen system to accommodate the projected growth.

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Airlines For America Commends Bipartisan Support Of Senate EU ETS Bill

First Senate Democrat Signs On As Co-Sponsor Of The Legislation

Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) released a statement Wednesday praising Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit U.S. aircraft operators from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) because the scheme violates U.S. sovereignty and international law, and imposes an unfair and burdensome tax on U.S. airlines and consumers.

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Boeing Completes Flight Testing For Certification Of 787s With GE Engines

Completes All Flight Testing On Baseline Dreamliner

All flight tests expected to be required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx engines have been completed. This marks the end of all certification flight testing associated with the baseline model of the 787. Testing on engine and airframe improvements will continue as needed, as it does for all airplane programs.

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Popular Blogger Was Flying F-21 Kfir Which Went Down Tuesday

Retired Naval Aviator Was Known As Neptunus Lex

A retired naval aviator who blogged under the name Neptunus Lex has been identified as the pilot of an F-21 Kfir jet which went down Tuesday at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada on Tuesday. The pilots death was confirmed by the blog.

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AMR Corp Changes Course On Pension Plans

Will Maintain, But Freeze Pensions At Current Levels

AMR Corporation has backed off its plan to terminate employee pensions as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, saying now it will maintain the pensions but freeze them at current levels. Pilots' pensions are not included in the new strategy.

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Kingfisher Airlines Faces Fuel Cutoff

Largest Supplier Has Stopped Refueling The Airline's Aircraft

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., the largest supplier of fuel to India's Kingfisher Airlines, has stopped refueling the airline's aircraft due to non-payment. The move resulted in the cancellation of six flights to Bombay Wednesday.

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Sun Moving To A More Active Cycle Of Solar Storms

Current Flareup Could Affect GPS, Communications, Power Grid

A solar storm was expected to wash over the Earth Thursday, affecting systems from the national power grid to GPS receivers. The storm, which was predicted to last about a day, was forecast to be a "G3" event. The solar storm scale ranges from G1 to G5.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.09.12)

“The American people deserve an aviation system that can keep pace with our increasing reliance on air travel and NextGen will help us get there.” Source: FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.09.12): Scheduled Time of Arrival (STA)

The desired time that an aircraft should cross a certain point (landing or metering fix). It takes other traffic and airspace configuration into account.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.09.12)

Aircraft Clubs

The stated mission of this site is to provide support for the sharing of aircraft through clubs, FBO's, flight schools, partnerships and corporate aviation departments.

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