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December 26, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.26.11

The Pentagon is happy Japan will acquire F-35s.
Boeing's newest VP will watch the company's carbon footprint.
And a Russian airliner's new wing has been made by Diamond Aircraft.


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ANN Special Feature: The Dangers of Busting Class-E Airspace - 12.26.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller about the importance of remembering where Class-G ends, and Class-E begins, over small airports located close to larger ones.

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J.F. Lehman & Company Acquires Doss Aviation

Training And Support Services Are The Newly-Acquired Company's Core Business

Middle-market private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company ("J.F. Lehman"), said Thursday it has acquired Doss Aviation, Inc. ("Doss Aviation"), a provider of aviation support services primarily to the U.S. military and other government customers.

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ECC Gets Two Planes For Use By A&P Students

Donors Of Piston Twins Not Disclosed

Students in the aviation maintenance program at Everett Community College in Washington state have been given two donated airplanes to practice on next year. The college's technician school is located at Paine Field, but the donated planes didn't come from Boeing.

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Ground Troops Replaced By Aircraft On US Border

Republicans Decry Cuts, But Aircraft Can Cover More Ground

National Guard troops deployed to patrol the southwestern US border with Mexico will see their numbers cut in January from the current 1,200 to about 300. Replacing them will be military planes and helicopters, according to the Arizona Republic.

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S-92 Helo For Irish Coast Guard SAR Ops Complete

Aircraft To Fly Deep Atlantic Ocean Missions, Serve Ireland's West Coast

Production of an S-92 helicopter for operation by CHC Helicopter on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard has been completed by Sikorsky. Equipped for dedicated search and rescue (SAR) operations, the helicopter will provide coverage for deep Atlantic Ocean missions, service Ireland's offshore islands, and provide rescue cover from Cork to Galway on the country's west coast. Based at Shannon, the new aircraft will replace the current Coast Guard SAR helicopter, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter, which has given 20 years of unbroken service.

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Astronaut Cady Coleman To Visit International Women’s Air And Space Museum

Veteran Of Both ISS And Shuttle Missions

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum, in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center, will host a special guest appearance from astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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FAA Presents 'Master Mechanic' Award To Hamilton Sundstrand Employees

Two Repair Technicians Each Have Completed 50 Years Of Aviation Service

The FAA has presented Hamilton Sundstrand employees James Shepley and Edward Moore with the Charles E. Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award for 50 years of aviation service with the company. James Shepley, 80, and Edward Moore, 74, both repair technicians in Hamilton Sundstrand's Customer Service organization, began working at Hamilton Sundstrand in 1957 and 1961 respectively.

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Thai International Selects Rolls Royce for Its Dreamliners And A350 XWBs

Engines To Power 20 New Airplanes For The Asian Carrier

When Thai International Airlines takes delivery of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350 XWB airplanes, they will have Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines hanging under the wings. The airline is buying the airplanes as part of its fleet modernization program.

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Northrop Grumman Extends Its Commercial Space Portfolio

Recently Announced Stratolaunch Project "Will Revolutionize Space"

The recent announcement by Stratolaunch Systems that it is building the largest aircraft ever constructed will increase the commercial space portfolio of Northrop Grumman, which counts Stratolaunch partner Scaled Composites as a subsidiary.

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Eurocopter Delivers Two EC225s To Héli-Union

Aircraft To Be Flown Primarily In Offshore Operations

Two Eurocopter EC225s have been delivered to Héli-Union, a provider of commercial air transportation services worldwide. The new helicopters are the first EC225s to join the company’s fleet of some 30 rotary-wing aircraft.

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NASA Collaborates With Rockwell Collins On UAV Navigation

Developing Communication Link To Facilitate Flight In The NAS

NASA and Rockwell Collins have announced a collaboration that could lead to the development of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) control and non-payload communications (CNPC) data link that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft to safely operate in the national airspace.

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Improved Surveillance Capability Coming To NAS

Raytheon System Designed To Increase Safety, Efficiency, And Capacity

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract to Raytheon to incorporate Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) capability into its suite of APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders to support the FAA's NextGen plan for transformation of the National Airspace System.

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Aero-News Alert: Medical Helo Down In Northeast Florida

Three People On Board Enroute To Gainesville To Harvest Organs For Transplant

A medical helicopter en route from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, to the University of Florida in Gainesville on Monday has gone down with three people on board. All were reportedly fatally injured in the accident.

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Airborne 12.23.11: FAA Allows Pilot Rest, TSA Petition, 2011's Aero-Innovators

Also: Avidyne, Piper, AeroNav, Satellites, EAA, AVW, NTSB, SpaceX... and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Happy Holidays from the crews at Aero-News, Aero-TV and Airborne! Even though the year is coming to a surprisingly busy close (and thank God for that, eh?), there was plenty to cover this week in Airborne-land. Airborne 12.23.11 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, December 23rd, 2011... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: <

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Klyde Morris (12.26.11)

Klyde Can't Make Sense Of The New Rest Regs, Either

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Prelim: Cherokee 6 Encountered 'Bad Weather' Before Accident

Wreckage Covered Area Approximately 1/2 Mile Long By 200 Feet Wide

Another tragedy... and another case in which Mother Nature appears to have played a part. We can't emphasize enough that the power of weather to overpower the capabilities of ANY aircraft in the wrong place and the wrong time is without question... and if you, as Pilot-In-Command, have questions about your aircraft or your ability to execute a flight, then stay on the ground so that you family and friends can celebrate the holidays... instead of a funeral.

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Southwest Airlines, AirTran Mechanics Set To Vote On Seniority Integration

No Date Set For Final Ratification Vote Among Members Of Two Unions

Southwest Airlines said in a news release Thursday that the Executive Boards of both the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), the union representing Southwest Airlines aircraft Mechanics, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the union representing the Mechanics of AirTran Airways, voted to send a negotiated Seniority Integration Proposal to their respective memberships for a ratification vote.

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NASA Completes Cryotest Of All Flight Mirrors On James Webb Telescope

Reflective Surfaces Spent Ten Weeks At 379 Degrees Below Zero

The last six primary mirror segments and the secondary mirror that will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope have passed their final cold test. This milestone concludes testing on the telescope's individual mirror segments and represents the successful culmination of a years-long process that broke new ground in manufacturing and testing large space-qualified mirrors.

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WACO Classic Receives Great Lakes Production Parts Approval

Company Expects Production Of The Classic Bipe To Begin In Ernest

WACO Classic Aircraft announced on its blog this week that the FAA has granted the company production approval for parts for the Great Lakes. Peter Bowers, who posted the update, said the move will allow the company to "ramp up" production of the classic bipe.

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NASA Launches Internet Radio Station

The Format? 'Third Rock,' Recruitment Ads

NASA's mission of discovery and exploration is being showcased in a custom-produced Internet music radio station that is crafted specifically to speak the language of tech-savvy young adults. "Third Rock - America's Space Station" debuted this month with what's described as a New Rock/Indie/Alternative format.

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Gogo Going Public

Files S-1 Registration Statement For Initial Public Offering

In-flight Internet connectivity provider Gogo said Friday it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.26.11): European Space Agency (ESA)

European Space Agency (ESA) A fifteen-member consortium of European countries for the design, development, and deployment of satellites. The Space Telescope — European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF) supports the European astronomical community in exploiting the research opportunities provided by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The ESA members are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, with Canada as a cooperating state.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.26.11)

Aero Linx: NASA Eclipse Site This is NASA's official Eclipse Web site. It contains maps and tables for 7000 years of solar and lunar eclipses and includes information on Eclipse photography and numerous other Eclipse-related topics. Eclipse predictions provided by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.26.11)

"We are proud of both Maintenance groups' initiative and persistence, allowing for Mechanics from both Unions a voice in their future, outside of arbitration. The integration of two large airlines is not an easy task, but the Aircraft Mechanics from both sides demonstrated understanding and diligence through this process, and their efforts should be recognized and commended." Source: Brian Hirshman, Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, in comments associated with the upcoming vote to send a negotiated Seniority Integration Proposal to the memberships of both the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), the union representing Southwest Airlines aircraft Mechanics, and the Internat

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