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September 13, 2011

Full U.S. House Passes FAA Funding Extension, Bill Goes To The Senate

Latest Continuing Resolution Pays For FAA Through January 30th, 2012

In a move that practically assures that Congress will not pass a long-term funding bill for the FAA this year, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a package of extensions for funding multiple transportation programs, including the FAA, that will keep the agency open through January 30th, 2012. The measure now goes on to the Senate, where at least one Senator has said he may try to block the bill on a topic not related to aviation or the FAA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.13.11

When does the line blur between sight-seeing and instruction?
The crooks are developing UAVs, too.
And Virgin Galactic fills in its executive ranks.

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Paul Poberezny Celebrates 90 Years Among Friends

Fly-In Birthday Party Held At EAA Museum

Nearly 300 people joined Paul Poberezny in celebrating his 90th birthday Sunday at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.Thirty-one aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport on a glorious late-summer Wisconsin day. A steady stream of people stopped by the EAA AirVenture Museum to give Paul birthday wishes at a lunch in the Founders’ Wing of the EAA AirVenture Museum.

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Private-Use FBO Terminal Agreement Signed At Van Nuys Airport

Maguire Aviation, NetJets Team Up To Build New Facility

Two aviation services companies have inked a deal to build a dedicated, private terminal at Van Nuys Airport. Van Nuys-based FBO Maguire Aviation and NetJets have put together a long-term lease package that will provide NetJets with a private-use facility custom-designed and operated to NetJets’ specifications and Owner preferences.

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Chinese Agency Getting Two EC155 Helos

Eurocopters Will Be Used For VIP, Police Missions

The Dalian Municipal Public Security Bureau in northeast China is acquiring two EC155 helicopters from Eurocopter for police missions, with the first to be deployed during an upcoming meeting of the World Economic Forum.

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NASA-Mentored FIRST Robotics Champions Hired By Moon Express

Team Will Develop Lunar Robots In The Newly Established Moon Express Robotics Lab For Innovation(MERLIN)

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Moon Express announced Monday that it has established the "Moon Express Robotics Lab for Innovation" (MERLIN) and has hired a team of the nations' brightest engineering students who became international superstars through the FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Japan's National Police Agency Orders Three More AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland Will Deliver A Total Of Seven Of The Medium Twin Helos To Japanese Law Enforcement

The Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has signed contracts with AgustaWestland for three AW139 medium twin helicopters, the company announced Wednesday in conjunction with Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. These helicopters will be used by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Nagaono Prefectural Police and Hokkaido Prefectural Police to perform multi-role law enforcement missions.

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NASA Accepting Applications For Aeronautics Scholarships

Successful Candidates Will Receive Up To $35,000 Per Year For Two Years

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2012 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2012. Graduate students must apply under a specific research topic to align with NASA's aeronautics research programs. The list of available topics is posted online.

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Delta Named To Dow Jones 'Sustainability Index'

List Recognizes Companies That Make A 'Positive Environmental And Social Impact Worldwide'

Delta Air Lines has been added to the Dow Jones "Sustainability Index for North America," and is among four global airlines listed as "Sustainability Leaders" in the annual survey. Delta is among 143 companies named to the North American index Thursday by the Dow Jones Indexes and global sustainable investing firm SAM, which together annually review 2,500 companies to create the sustainability indexes.

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'Legacy of Heroes' S-92 Demo Tour Under Way

International Tour Recognizes First Responders And Role Of Helicopters In Emergency Operations

"Legacy of Heroes" is the name of the demonstration tour launched late last week by Sikorsky with a specially customized S-92 helicopter. The tour, which began its multi-country visit from Sikorsky's Global Helicopters facility in Coatesville, PA, will recognize first responders to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe while promoting the company's family of products including the H-92 helicopter, the military version of the company's commercial S-92 helicopter.

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New Pilot Training Center Opened In Paris

ATR Will Train Pilots Near Charles de Gaulle Airport In New FFS

A new pilot training center equipped with a brand new Full Flight Simulator (FFS) has been opened by European turboprop manufacturer ATR near Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France. The sim, manufactured by Thales, will allow crew members to be trained on the ATR 72-500.

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APA Vows To 'Never Forget'

Union Officers Participate in 9/11 Observances

As part of participating in 9/11 memorial observances Sunday, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) national officers affirmed APA’s commitment to "never forget" the fellow American Airlines flight crewmembers and many others who perished in the terrorist attacks on the US 10 years ago.

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AD: Embraer ERJ-170 -190

AD NUMBER: 2011-18-04

MANUFACTURER: Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model ERJ 170 and ERJ 190 Airplanes

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AD: Bombardier DHC-8-400

AD NUMBER: 2011-18-18

MANUFACTURER: Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 Series Airplanes

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Aero-TV: Moving Forward -- The Kestrel/Honeywell Partnership Takes Form

Honeywell's TPE331-14GR Gets The Nod For 'Efficiency, Reliability and Power'

While last year's Oshkosh finally revealed the answer to "What's Alan Klapmeier going to do next?" This year's Oshkosh was all about "What Powerplant Will Alan Select For The Kestrel?" Well... the answer, much to the delight of a great number of folks at Honeywell, is none other than the TPE331-14GR.

Aero-TV: Moving Forward -- The Kestrel/Honeywell Partnership Takes Form

Honeywell's TPE331-14GR Gets The Nod For 'Efficiency, Reliability and Power'

While last year's Oshkosh finally revealed the answer to "What's Alan Klapmeier going to do next?" This year's Oshkosh was all about "What Powerplant Will Alan Select For The Kestrel?" Well... the answer, much to the delight of a great number of folks at Honeywell, is none other than the TPE331-14GR. The Kestrel team went through a vigorous process to determine which engine would be best suited to power the current product in development. The Kestrel team notes that their mission is to 'combine high cruise speed and long range, while carrying large payloads in and out of short runways, wi

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Aero-Homework: Just Two More Questions... For Now

I have An Aero-Homework Assignment for Each and Every One of You

I have gotten quite a jolt (in a really good way) out of the responses so many of you have provided to the Ten Questions we posed a number of days ago. The info, passion and integrity of your responses have been inspiring... and convinced me now, more than ever, that my plans for the Aviation Transformation Conference are more critical than I had thought. Based on thousands of comments and responses, there is a surprisjng amount of consensus behind the concern that aviation REALLY is in every bit as much trouble as we feared.

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Another FAA Continuing Resolution Appears Headed For Passage

House And Senate Members Want To Avoid Fight, Partial FAA Shutdown Of The Previous Round

Members of the U.S. House and Senate seem to be anxious to avoid all the bad publicity that surrounded the partial shutdown of the FAA last month, which came as a result of the political bickering over funding the agency just before the August recess.

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FAA Sets 18-Day TFR For UN General Assembly

Temporary Flight Restriction In Place Through September 30th

The FAA has set the first of what it says will be several TFRs in New York City beginning September 13th and running through September 30th. The TFRs coincide with the 66th General Session of the United Nations in New York City. The TFR will be in effect from 0800-1700 daily beginning Tuesday.

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Lake Aircraft FAA Type Certificate, Assets Offered For Sale -- Again

Only Certified Single-Engine Amphibious Production Airplanes Currently Certified For Production

After over 40 years of ownership and several unsuccessful attempts to sell previously, Revo Inc. is again offering for sale the assets of Lake Aircraft, reportedly the only FAA-certified single-engine amphibious airplane produced in the world. The offering includes all of the intellectual property and equipment needed to manufacture the Lake Renegade, Seafury and Seawolf airplanes.

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NBAA Questions Obama Administration Plan For Business Aircraft Taxation

Bolen: Administration's Proposal At Odds With Job-Creation Agenda

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on Monday issued a statement in response to news that President Obama's jobs plan (the American Jobs Act), unveiled Monday, includes a provision singling out business aviation with a proposal to lengthen tax-depreciation schedules for business aircraft. The move would be a reversal of a decades-old IRS policy for taxation of the asset, and removing a proven incentive for the purchase of business aircraft.

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Gone West: Mort Brown

103 Years Of Aviation History... In One Man's Life

As if the news of Cliff Robertson's passing wasn't enough to bear, we've learned that another true aviation legend has passed on. Mort brown was a 103 year old aviation icon who witnessed more aviation history than anyone I know. Mort was the first Chief Pilot of Production Flight Test, Cessna Aircraft Company, from 1937 - 1972. During Mort's nearly 35 years with Cessna, it has been calculated that Mort was responsible for releasing over 85,000 airplanes through Production Flight Test, of which Mort personally logged over 14,000 first flights. Mort accumulated over 20,760 actual flight hours on various airplanes.

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FAA Proposes $1.1 Million Civil Penalty Against Aviation Technical Services

Alleges Company Made Improper Repairs to 44 B737-300s

The FAA is proposing a $1.1 million civil penalty against Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS), of Everett, WA, for allegedly making improper repairs to 44 Southwest Airlines B-737-300s. The FAA alleges that ATS failed to accomplish all the work required by three FAA airworthiness directives calling for five repetitive inspections and a one-time inspection to find and repair fatigue cracks in the fuselage skins of the planes. 

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Multiple TFRs In Place For Several Hours Tuesday Over Columbus, OH

President Obama Takes Jobs Tour To Important Electoral College State

The FAA has issued a fairly complex series of TFRs for President Obama's visit to Columbus, OH, as the chief executive continues his tour touting his jobs program announced last Thursday. The TFRs will be in effect from 1245-1530 EDT on Tuesday, September 13th.

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EASA, CASA Issue Emergency AD For Tecnam Twin Landing Gear

Calls For Inspection / Modification / Replacement Of Emergency Accumulator For Landing Gear Extension

EASA and CASA have noted an issue with the landing gear on Tecnam's P2006T significant enough to warrant the issuance of an Emergency AD. The directive, initially issued by EASA September 9, revises EASA AD 2011-0153-E dated August  25, 2011.

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Safe Landing: Robert Stangarone Joins Embraer

Tapped As VP For Corporate Communications, For North America

Robert Stangarone has joined Embraer as Vice President, Corporate Communications, for North America. He is based at the Company’s U.S. headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.13.11)

“The sale of Lake Aircraft is a rare opportunity to quickly set up manufacturing operations and continue production of the successful line of amphibious airplanes.” Source: Armand Rivard, President of Revo Inc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.11): Part Out

To remove a part from or disassemble an aircraft, engine, propeller, or assembly of parts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.11)

Ford Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation

The Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization devoted to perpetuating America's aviation heritage through building, preserving and maintaining a flying 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft.

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