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August 08, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.09.12

An NTSB Reports Says An Instructor Warned His Student Prior to Fatal  Crash…

An Emergency Flare is Fired at an Australian Medi-Vac Helo,,,

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KCVG In Line For $17.6 Million AIP Grant

Project Will Upgrade Aging Airport Infrastructure

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a $17.6 million grant to rehabilitate a runway and taxiway at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. "Investing in our nation’s airports promotes economic growth," LaHood said in a Tuesday news release.

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Foley: Latin American BizJet Market Could Be Pivotal

European Markets Stagnant, Asian Sector Slowing

With the European general aviation markets essentially stagnant and the Asian markets evidently running out of steam, hopeful eyes in the business jet industry are turning toward Latin America. "We believe this region will continue to play a key role in sustaining what has been a very troubled industry, hopefully until the US market regains its strength," says aviation consultant Brian Foley. 

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Banyan Air Service Appointed Florida Dealer For Quest Kodiak

Multi-Role Turboprop With STOL Capabilities

Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport has recently been appointed as a Quest Authorized Sales Center for the Kodiak. Florida is a strong market for the Kodiak for charter operators, small businesses, personal owners, skydiving operations, U.S. and international government, and humanitarian organizations. 

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Transformed X-48c Flies Successfully

New Model Modified To Evaluate Low-Speed Stability And Control

The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time Tuesday at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. The aircraft, designed by The Boeing Co. and built by Cranfield Aerospace Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA.

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Rolls-Royce Donates Trent 1000 Engine To Virginia Tech

Powerplant To Be The Centerpiece Of VPI's New Engineering Building

Rolls-Royce is donating a Trent 1000 jet engine to Virginia Tech as the centerpiece of its new Signature Engineering Building, which will help to inspire the next generation of high-tech engineers. Construction workers recently positioned the Trent 1000 into the foyer of the Signature Engineering Building where it will hang suspended 15 feet above the floor.

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CAE Sells 3 Full-flight Simulators To Air China

Also Selected As A Preferred Training Supplier For easyJet In Long-Term Contract

CAE has sold three full-flight simulators (FFSs) to Air China for the Airbus A320, A330 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The contracts bring the total number of FFS sales that CAE has announced to date during fiscal year 2013 to 10.

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Boeing Delivers Malaysia Airlines’ 75th 737

Partnership With Malaysia Airlines Spans 40 Years

Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 75th 737 aircraft during an event at Boeing Field. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Wednesday.

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Boeing Team Demos Expanded Control Of Unmanned Aircraft Swarm

Operator Uses Laptop And Military Radio To Task Autonomous Systems And Receive Time-Critical Information

Boeing and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) have demonstrated that an operator on the ground, using only a laptop and a military radio, can command an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) "swarm." Despite limited flight training, the operator was able to connect with autonomous UAVs, task them and obtain information without using a ground control station.

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MLB UAV Provides High-Res Imagery Of Seagrass, Coral Reef Biomes

UAV Collaborative Uses The Bat 4 For Airborne Observation At Select Florida Keys Sites

A high-resolution assessment of carbon dynamics in seagrass and coral reef biomes has recently been completed at several sites in the Florida Keys through a partnership with the UAV Collaborative and MLB Company to better understand the dynamics of vulnerable near shore environments.

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Qantas Removes Pilot From Flight Duty In Alcohol Incident

Is Investigating A Female Pilot Thought To Be Drinking Prior To A Flight

Qantas is investigating an incident which took place last week in which a pilot was removed from the cockpit of a B767 just before takeoff because she had failed an alcohol test.

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FlightView Lands Flight Tracking App Optimized For Android Tablets

New App Is The Only Flight Tracker Available For The Kindle Fire

FlightView has partnered with 3Beam Technologies to launch one of the only flight tracking apps optimized for Android tablets and the first-ever for the Kindle Fire. Unsatisfied with the industry standard of simply migrating smartphone apps to the tablet environment – FlightView’s new app is designed specifically for a tablet’s unique size and capabilities.

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New Quad-Rotor VTOL System Introduced By Lockheed Martin

Developed For Military, First Responders For Urban Environments

A new small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system developed by Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies' gives warfighters, first responders and others in small, cluttered, urban environments an eye-in-the-sky in just minutes.

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Airborne 08.07.12: Pilot's Bill Of Rights Is Law!, Airshow Close Calls, and MARS

Also: HBC Layoffs, UA/Continental Pilots, USAF POGO Crews, Sportys Hot Dogs It...

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor, said Friday that his Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. Airshow Pilot Kent Pietsch is reported in stable condition following Saturday accident that occurred during the first day of a weekend airshow in which he was listed as a featured performer. Wetaskiwin is some 70 km South of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Greg Koontz, known for his precise work in a bright red Decathlon

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FAA Suspends Opposite Direction Operations At Commercial Airports

Move The Result Of Near-Collision Near Washington, DC

The near-collision which happened when airplanes departing from and landing at KDCA in Washington, DC last week were inadevertently placed on a collision course has prompted the FAA to temporarily suspend opposite direction operations at commercial airports pending the development of new procedures. The announcement came in a memo to Acting Administrator Michael Huerta sent Tuesday by Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle.

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FAA Issues TFR Plans For Democratic Convention

Convention To be Held September 3-6 In Charlotte, NC

The FAA will be issuing Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) in support of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. The FAA says the restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the event.

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NASA's Curiosity Rover Caught In The Act Of Landing

Hi-Res Camera In Orbit Grabs Spectacular Image Of Capsule Under Canopy

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide (almost 16 meter) parachute as it descended towards its landing site at Gale Crater.

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FAA May Be Set To Fine AA $162 Million

Figure Revealed In Bankruptcy Filings

The FAA may be looking at a record fine against American Airlines, according to documents filed in AMR Corp's bankruptcy proceedings. If it does so, it would be the largest fine levied against a carrier.

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Florida Air Museum Eliminates Director Position

John Burton, Former Sun 'n Fun President, Looking For A New Job

Florida Air Museum president John Burton has resigned his position following a vote by the Sun 'n Fun board about a month ago to eliminate the job. Sun 'n Fun president John Leenhouts has assumed Burton's former duties at the museum.

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Horizon Air President Responds To Redmond, OR, Customer

Passenger With Parkinson's Disease Became The Center Of A Social Media Frenzy

Horizon Air President Glenn Johnson apologized to a customer on Facebook Monday after the man's trip to visit his daughter was interrupted, and a fellow traveler recounted the experience on the social media site. After the man missed his flight on Friday, he flew to see his daughter on Saturday.

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FAA Holds Helicopter Town Hall Meeting In California

Residents Stridently Express Concerns About Noise, Safety

About 150 people turned out Monday night for a meeting held by FAA representatives in Sherman Oaks, CA, to let the agency know their views about helicopter operations in the area. The people attending the meeting came from all over the greater Los Angeles area, and the majority were upset about what they perceive as low-flying helos.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.08.12)

"We expect to have these detailed procedures in place across the system within a month, and sooner than that at locations that have frequent demand for opposite direction operations." Source: Memo from FAA Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle to acting Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.08.12): Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)

Area navigation based on performance requirements for aircraft operating along an ATS route, on an instrument approach procedure or in a designated airspace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.08.12)

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