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December 19, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.11

Piper Aircraft changed hands again while nobody was looking.
Boeing acknowledges a delay in Dreamliner deliveries.
And FlyersRights wants passenger advocates at TSA checkpoints.


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ANN Special Feature: Night Flying Dangers & Opportunities - 12.19.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller about flying at night, which can bring both dangers and opportunities.

FMI: www.overtheairwaves.com

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Chinese Operator, Nanshan Jet, Takes Delivery of First BBJ

Boeing Notes, "China Emerging As Key Market For Business Jets"

Boeing Business Jets has announced the delivery of a BBJ to Nanshan Jet of Yantai, China, rounding out a 'strong year' of orders and deliveries to Chinese customers. Representatives of Nanshan Jet took delivery of the airplane at the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle. This is the first BBJ for Nanshan Jet and one of the first aircraft the company will operate on its own.

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Challenger Center Announces New Leadership Team

New Execs Contribute 50 Years Combined Experience

Dr. Scott Parazynski, chairman of Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Alexandria, VA, has announced a new leadership team for the non-profit organization.

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NTSB Prelim: Citation Excel Experiences Pitch Trim Malfunction, Possible Icing

No Matter What You Fly, Ice Is Nothing To Be Nonchalant About

A Citation Excel, flying under Part 135, had a rude awakening earlier this month when a 'pitch trim miscompare' warning became a full-blown pitch trim failure. They were nearing 41,000 feet when the Miscompare light went on, followed by "Frozen" behavior by the pitch trim itself. After passing through 8000 feet, where the air was obviously much warmer, the system came back online...

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New EC135 Delivered To Romanian Ministry Of Health

First Of Six Aircraft Under Government Contract

A ceremony was held in Bucharest Friday for the delivery of an EC135 helicopter to Romania's Ministry of Health by Eurocopter Romania. The ceremony was attended by the Romanian Minister of Health Ladislau Ritli, the Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior Mihai Capra, His Excellence Henri Paul from the French Embassy in Romania, His Excellence Andreas Von Mettenheim from the German Embassy in Romania, as well as by Jean-Louis Mascle, CEO of Eurocopter Romania and Xavier Poupardin, Eurocopter Vice President for the EC135 program.

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FAA Certifies AW139 FSTD For ERA Training Center

Approved As A Level 6 Flight Simulation Training Device

The FAA has granted Level 6 certification for the first AW139 flight simulation training device (FSTD) to be operate by Era Training Center (ETC). This certification will allow helicopter operators to conduct AW139 training in ETC's device under CFR Part 61 or train in the FSTD with their own instructors.

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Piper Aircraft Appoints Aftermarket Business Director

Wes Norris Gets The Nod For Customer Support Leadership Role

Aircraft customer support executive Wes Norris has been named  Director of Aftermarket Business for Piper Aircraft. Norris joins Piper after a 31-year career at Hawker Beechcraft Corp.

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MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes.

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AD: Boeing 777

AD NUMBER: 2011-26-03

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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Certified: Avidyne DFC90/DFC100 For PA-46 Aircraft

DFC90 Certified For Entegra-Equipped Matrix & Mirage; DFC100 Certified For R9-Equipped Matrix

The Avidyne revolution marches on... ANN has learned that company has received TSO and STC approval of the DFC90 autopilot for Entegra-equipped Piper PA-46 Matrix and Mirage aircraft, as well as TSO and STC approval of the DFC100 autopilot for Release 9 (R9)-equipped Piper PA-46 Matrix aircraft. The attitude-based DFC90 is a plug-and-play replacement for the existing rate-based STEC55X autopilot currently used in Entegra-equipped PA-46 Matrix and Mirage aircraft. The Mirage certification is the first in which the DFC90 is using dual Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Air Data & Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) inputs. The Matrix has a single-PFD/ADAHRS configurati

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Airborne 12.16.11: Burt/Paul Are Spacebound, Boeing's 747-8I, and SpaceX To ISS!

Also: SWA, Lightsquared, Piper, GE, NLRB, EUETS, TSA, Tarmac Delays, AVW Gets Rotor-Happy, Aviation Partners, Astronaut Undies... and MORE!!!

Airborne 12.16.11 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, December 16th, 2011... Boeing Certs the 747-8I SWA 737 Order Biggest yet SpaceX to Head For ISS Lightsquared Still Doesn't Work/Play Well With Others Piper Makes Some Job Changes GE's H80 Gets Cert From EASA NLRB Drops Boeing Complaint EUETS Could Cost Billions AEA's Paula Derks Guests On 'Barnstorming' TSA Wants Their Stinkin' Badge

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FAA To Tweak Airline Stall Training

New Advisory Circular Finds Lessons In Colgan 3407 Crash

The FAA has come up with draft recommendations to address the issue of airliners entering aerodynamic stalls, partially in response to the Colgan Air crash near Buffalo, NY that claimed 50 lives in 2009.The Wall Street Journal reports that the proposed advisory circular spells out recovery standards for pilots, training instructors, simulator providers and other segments of commercial aviation.

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Klyde Morris (12.19.11)

Klyde Seems 'Occupied'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Prelim: Chip Light Warns Bell 407 Just Before Power Failure

Gulf Autorotation Into The Drink Results In No Injuries

There are few more unwelcome incidents in flight, to a help pilot, the glaring 'uh-oh' imposed by an illuminated chip light. In such circumstances, all you can and should do is get on the deck as soon as circumstances permit... before those circumstances are forced.

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Blue Angels Advance Team Gets Excitement Started

Planners Bring F/A-18s, Meet Media To Set Mood For 2012

It's exciting to have your airshow selected for an appearance by the US Navy Blue Angels. And that excitement starts early, as the team sends advance planners to selected locations, often including one of its signature blue and gold F/A-18 Hornets.

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Boeing Delivers 2nd Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft To ROKAF

Airplane Is 1st To Be Modified By Korea Aerospace Industries

The Boeing Company delivered the second Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Tuesday. The aircraft was delivered to ROKAF Base Gimhae, the main operating base for the Peace Eye fleet. Peace Eye No. 2 is the first aircraft in the fleet to be modified into an AEW&C configuration by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) at its facility in Sacheon.

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Second Annual Human Spaceflight Technical Forum Planned For Mid January

NASA, FAA, Industry Representatives Expected To Participate

A second Human Spaceflight Technical Forum is being planned by aerospace engineering company Special Aerospace Services to focus on the value of human spaceflight to the nation and its strategy going forward. 

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Texas Welcomes 24 International Student Pilots From China

Will Train At The US Aviation Academy In Denton, TX

Half way around the world the Chinese student pilots are preparing for a lifelong career in aviation, in America. Twenty four Chinese international student pilots from Capital, Shenzhen, Szhehuan and Tianjin Airlines are getting their flight training by the US Aviation Academy at Denton Municipal Airport in Denton, Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.11)

Aero Linx: Antique Airfield Website of the Antique Airplane Association and the Airpower Museum. The Antique Airplane Association, Inc. was first formed in August of 1953 by a few persons with a deep interest in old airplanes. At that time no other association existed that had a specific interest in antique and classic airplanes. No aviation historical groups had yet been formed. The AAA was organized to "Keep the Antiques Flying" and this basic premise has always been our main interest and primary function. We do provide our membership with aviation history and memories of the important parts our own members have played in this fascinating subject.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.11): Nonradar Approach

Nonradar Approach Used to describe instrument approaches for which course guidance on final approach is not provided by ground-based precision or surveillance radar. Radar vectors to the final approach course may or may not be provided by ATC. Examples of nonradar approaches are VOR, NDB, TACAN, and ILS/MLS approaches.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.19.11)

"At no time should minimum altitude loss be a criterion..." Source: From a draft document released by the FAA, containing draft recommendations to address the issue of airliners entering aerodynamic stalls, partially in response to the Colgan Air crash near Buffalo, NY that claimed 50 lives in 2009.The Wall Street Journal reports that the proposed advisory circular spells out recovery standards for pilots, training instructors, simulator providers and other segments of commercial aviation.

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