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April 17, 2012

OK Governor Mary Fallin Says American Airlines Should Remain Its Own Entity

Issues An Official Statement on American Airlines Restructuring

In a propared statement released Friday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said that the best thing for her state would be for American Airlines to emerge from bankruptcy looking much like it did before it fell on hard times.  

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F-35 Training Center Begins Formal Instruction

First Classes Opened March 19th

While celebrating each F-35 Lightning II arrival, the integrated joint strike fighter training team also recently opened the doors for the first Air Force certification courses on the logistical support behind the nation's newest weapons platform.

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TSA Announces Testing Of Document Verification Technologies

New Scanners Will Detect Fraudulent Documents More Efficiently

The TSA late last week said it began testing new technologies designed to enhance the agency's ability to identify altered or fraudulent passenger identification documents and boarding passes at Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD). The technology will also be tested at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH) and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (KSJU) in the coming weeks.

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Frontier Airlines To Shift Houston Operations Back To Bush Intercontinental

Move To Larger Airport Planned For July

Based on customer feedback, Frontier Airlines said Monday that it will shift its Houston operations from William P. Hobby Airport (KHOU) back to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH) effective July 11, 2012. Frontier will be the only domestic low-cost carrier at Bush Intercontinental.

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Sikorsky Announces Sale Of S-300C Helicopters To IPTN North America

Sale In Support Of Indonesian Army's Training Requirements

Sikorsky Aircraft has announced the sale of two S-300C helicopters with an option for four more, to IPTN North America, a subsidiary of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI)/Indonesian Aerospace (IAe). These S-300C helicopters will support the Indonesian Army’s requirements to train more than 100 new pilots in the next few years. In March 2012, the Indonesian Minister of Defence, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, announced Indonesia’s commitment to double Indonesia’s military helicopters, increasing the need for helicopter training.

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Geico Skytypers Launches 2012 Airshow Season

Air Show Performance Team 'Skytypes' Messages Flying World War II Aircraft

The GEICO Skytypers will kick off their 2012 season at the Laderdale Air Show, which is returning after a five-year hiatus. The performance will mark the start of the team's 12-show season. The team’s first eight shows provide back-to-back opportunities to see their performance at venues along the East Coast from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Jones Beach, NY.

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CAE Introduces Next-Generation Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainer

Airbus A320 Device On Display At World Airline Training Conference

CAE announced on the eve of the World Airline Training Conference and Tradeshow (WATS 2012) that it has developed a next-generation CAE Simfinity(TM) integrated procedures trainer (IPT) with an enhanced virtual cockpit which offers higher-resolution graphics, multi-touch screens, and a new aircraft-like interface action for sliding levers or turning knobs. The CAE Simfinity IPT also offers optional primary and secondary controls, sound and visual simulation for a more immersive experience.

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Eileen Collins to Speak at Bunker Hill Community College Commencement

Former Shuttle Pilot Graduated From A Community College Before Being Selected To The Astronaut Corps

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Eileen M. Collins, the first female commander of a NASA space shuttle mission, will speak at Bunker Hill Community College's 38th Commencement exercises on June 2, 2012. The College expects to graduate its largest class to date.

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StandardAero Business Aviation Completes EASy II Avionics Upgrades

First Two Upgrades In Dassault Falcon 900 Series Aircraft

StandardAero Business Aviation announced Monday that it has successfully completed it s first two Dassault EASy II Avionics flight deck upgrades on the Dassault Falcon 900EX/DX/LX series aircraft. This first installation of the EASy II Avionics upgrade by StandardAero was completed at the company’s Augusta, GA, facility.

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Camcopter S-100 Makes First Flight With Cineflex Camera

Company Says It Ushers In A New Era In Filming And Broadcasting

Brain Farm Digital Cinema, Snaproll Media, and Schiebel are excited and proud to announce that the Camcopter S-100 achieved its first flight with the Cineflex camera as the first UAS (Unmanned Air System) ever. The days of shooting were successfully carried out in Austria, bringing new levels of innovation to the film and broadcast industry professionals around the world. The introduction of this new aerial cinematography solution will take place at this year s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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'Legacy of Heroes' Helicopter To Visit Mumbai

On Static Display At Juhu Airport Until April 20

Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-92 “Legacy of Heroes” (LOH) demonstration helicopter will visit Mumbai this week, hosting customers and recognizing local heroes while the aircraft is at Juhu Airport until April 20. The aircraft recently began the India leg of its worldwide tour with activities over the last three weeks in Chennai, Bangaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

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JSSI Expands Presence In Middle East

Engages William Khouri As Technical Advisor

Hourly maintenance supplier Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) says it plans to expand its presence in the Middle East with a new office located in the Dubai Airport Freezone and adding William Khouri as the new JSSI Technical Advisor for the region.

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Aero-TV: Garmin's Futuristic G5000H -- A Flightdeck For The 'Relentless'

Want To See What The Heli-Flight Deck of The Future Looks Like? 
There was much to see at this year's Heli-Expo... including a massive event in which (among other things) Garmin took the wraps off the G5000H - and integrated flight deck is specifically designed for twin turbine, medium lift helicopters. 

Aero-TV: Garmin's Futuristic G5000H -- A Flightdeck For The 'Relentless'

Want To See What The Heli-Flight Deck of The Future Looks Like?

There was much to see at this year's Heli-Expo... including a massive event in which (among other things) Garmin took the wraps off the G5000H - and integrated flight deck is specifically designed for twin turbine, medium lift helicopters. The G5000H combines widescreen displays with touchscreen controls... the flight deck features high-resolution, wide aspect ratio primary flight displays (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD). The system supports multiple display sizes and is scalable to support a large number of display and touchscreen controller configurations. The landscape oriented

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WingX Pro7 Version 6.4 Adds ADS-B Traffic, Moving Map Obstacles

Goldstein: 'We Are Focused On Enhancing Flight Safety'

Hilton Software LLC has rolled out the addition of ADS-B traffic to WingX Pro7 that seamlessly integrates traffic targets into its unique patent-pending dual-screen moving map. WingX Pro7 will initially support 1090 MHz ADS-B traffic and add 978 MHz ADS-B traffic in May 2012. WingX Pro7 Version 6.4’s moving map now highlights obstacles on enroute charts and dynamically declutters the screen as the user pinch-zooms.

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Former TSA Administrator Says Airport Security Is 'Broken'

Says Focus Should Be On Uncovering Terror Plots, Not Things Like Passengers' Liquids

Former TSA administrator Kip Hawley says that the agency's focus on individual passengers at airport security checkpoints is misguided, and that far more emphasis should be placed on getting to terrorists long before they enter an airport security line.

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Discovery Will Fly Over East Coast Tuesday Morning

Departs Kennedy Space Center For The Last Time Aboard 747 Transport Aircraft

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Discovery on top will fly above sections of the Central Florida coastline and Brevard County on Tuesday, April 17, starting at about 0700 EDT. This will be the final time Discovery will take to the skies over Florida's Space Coast as the spacecraft will be headed to its new home at the Smithsonian in Virginia.

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Wichita Museum Suffers Tornado Damage

Kansas Aviation Museum Building Bore The Brunt Of The Storm, Airplanes Fare Better

The tornadoes that tore through Wichita over the weekend caused some pretty extensive damage to the building of the Kansas Aviation Museum, but museum officials say that the airplanes actually fared pretty well.

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Lawmakers Urge New Spectrum For LightSquared

Others Question Costs Of Investigations

A group of four lawmakers has sent a letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski urging him to find a solution for LightSquared that will allow the company to move forward with its plans for a nationwide 4G LTE network.

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London ATC Head Says Proposed Thames Hub Is A Poor Airport Location

Sits In The Middle Of The Flight Paths Of Four Existing Busy Airports

The head of Britain's air traffic service Nats says that the proposed Thames hub airport is in "the very worst spot" when it comes to moving airplanes around in London's busy airspace. Richard Deakin, Nats' CEO, said that Air Traffic Control was not taken into account when the $79 billion proposal was developed.

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Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority Validates Avidyne Autopilots

Approves Advanced Features Of Digital Units In cirrus Aircraft

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, today announced that they have received Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil –Brasil (ANAC) validation for their DFC90 Release 2 software upgrade which adds full-time Envelope Alerting (EA) capability and also allows the option of wiring the aircraft for dynamic Envelope Protection (EP) with Flap Sensing for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft in Brazil.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.17.12)

"I want to make this clear: for Oklahoma’s sake, there is no question that the best outcome for our state and its workforce is for American to rapidly and successfully exit from bankruptcy in control of its own destiny." Source: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.17.12): Bearing

The horizontal direction to or from any point, usually measured clockwise from true north, magnetic north, or some other reference point through 360 degrees.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.12)

Airline Dispatchers Federation

The Federation describes its self as the only national organization representing the professional interests of the dispatch profession.  ADF's constituency is comprised of licensed aircraft dispatchers and operational control professionals from 100 aerospace companies including every major U.S. airline.

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