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June 23, 2012

Airborne 06.22.12: NEXRAD Not So Fast, Pilot's Rights, NTSB's GA Forum

Also: Fly Nano! X-37B Landing, F22 FlightSuits, NASA/FAA Cooperate, TSA Fires 7, The 'New' EAA V The 'Old', and Gamera Flies Again!!!

Stand back... we have LOTS of news for you! The NTSB on Tuesday issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots who use in-cockpit FIS-B and Satellite Weather display systems that the NEXRAD "age indicator" can be misleading. The actual NEXRAD data can be as much as 20 minutes older than the age indication on the display in the cockpit. If misinterpreted, this difference in time can present potentially serious safety hazards to aircraft operating in the vicinity of fast-moving and quickly developing weather systems. Oklahoma Senato

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NTSB Announces Forum To Improve General Aviation SAR

Will Concentrate On Federal SAR Regulations, Policies, And Procedures

The NTSB announced Thursday that it will hold a forum focused on general aviation search and rescue operations on July 17 and 18, 2012. In the U.S., following the crash of a GA airplane, inland searches for the aircraft are conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, who are supported by numerous Federal, state, local, and volunteer organizations.

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Descendants Of America's Aviation Pioneers Gather For The First Time

Occasion Was A Celebration Of Historic U.S. Aviation Achievements

Descendants of America's 'first families of aviation' gathered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Wednesday evening for a celebration of the monumental achievements of their fathers and grandfathers and the tens of thousands of scientists, engineers, pilots and production workers who helped make America the world's aerospace and technology leader. It was the first time they had been together as a group.

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Morocco: Triumphant Landing Of Solar Impulse In Ouarzazate

Solar Aircraft Traveled Across Deserts Known For Thunderstorms, Turbulence

After an unsuccessful attempt to Ouarzazate last week, Solar Impulse has completed its flight to Morocco’s Southern region. The prototype landed successfully at 0025 local time 22 June. This was Solar Impulse’s most challenging flight to date due to the hot and arid desert climate famous for its turbulence and high winds.

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More Than $170 Million In Export Financing Approved For Aerovias de Mexico

Ex-Im Bank Deal Benefits Boeing, Delta, Honeywell And Others

The board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) on Thursday approved two final commitments aggregating $171 million in export financing for Aerovias de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (Aeroméxico).  Aeroméxico is Mexico’s largest airline and a founding member of the SkyTeam Alliance.

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Embraer, AVIC Announce JV To Build Executive Jets In China

HEAI Expects First Aircraft Deliveries In 2013

In a signing ceremony witnessed by leaders from Brazil and China held during China´s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s visit to Brazil for the Rio+20 Conference, Embraer and AVIC inked an agreement to build Embraer’s Legacy 600/650 executive jets in China, using the infrastructure, financial resources and workforce of their joint venture Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd. (HEAI), which started operations in 2002.

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Volaris Fined For Failing To Disclose Baggage Fees

First Penalty For A Violation Of The DOT's New Consumer Protection Rules

The U.S. DOT has assessed a civil penalty of $130,000 against the Mexican airline Volaris for failing to inform consumers that they may have to pay baggage fees when buying a ticket on the carrier. This is the first penalty assessed for a violation of the provisions of the Department’s new aviation consumer rule that took effect this past January.

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Wonderful World Of Flying Goes To The Cloud

Famed Aviation Videos Now Available Via Streaming Subscription Service

Aviation Media, Inc., producer of the Wonderful World of Flying series of aviation videos, announced Thursday it will make the entire library of Wonderful World of Flying content available via streaming over the Internet on a subscription basis.

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Secretary Of Transportation Meets With Connecticut Mayors

Working On An Agreement To Allow Progress On Safety Improvements At Sikorsky Memorial Airport

The Mayors of Stratford and Bridgeport, CT traveled to Washington, D.C. this week at the request of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The Secretary called the meeting to discuss proposed safety improvements at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.23.12)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues. Read More

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.23.12): Call Up

Initial voice contact between a facility and an aircraft, using the identification of the unit being called and the unit initiating the call.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.23.12)

San Diego Air and Space Museum

The "Official Air and Space Museum of California", SASM features reproductions of many WWI fighters, early Wright experiments and other historic birds.

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