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March 23, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.12

Diamond Seeks Certification To Go Unleaded

American Eagle's Plans For Restructuring Don't Pleaase Everyone

A Push Toward Tourism Could Help Grow US Air Travel

 

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A4A Members Challenge German Departure Tax

Files Legal Complaint Against Levy It Says Illegally Penalizes U.S. Carriers

Airlines for America (A4A) on Wednesday filed an initial legal complaint to reject the German Air Transport Tax, which the advocacy group says illegally penalizes carriers serving the country by taxing U.S. airlines the maximum amount of $59 per passenger.

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BTS Releases December 2011 Airline Traffic Data

System Traffic Up 0.5 Percent from December 2010 

The U.S. DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday that U.S. airlines carried 58.9 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in December 2011, 0.6 percent more domestic passengers and 0.3 percent more international passengers than in December 2010. These increases resulted in a systemwide increase of 0.5 percent in passengers from December 2010. 

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Pilot Safe In Kunsan AB F-16 Accident

Fighting Falcon Went Down During A Routine Training Mission

An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, during a routine training mission March 21. The aircraft, assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron here, was flying a mission as part of the 51st Fighter Wing's ongoing exercise.

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Experimental Payloads Selected For Commercial Suborbital Flights

Twenty Four Experiments To Fly On Suborbital Launch Vehicles, Zero-G Aircraft, Balloons

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 24 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft.

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Southwest Airlines Celebrates First Boeing 737-800 Aircraft

Will Eventually Take Delivery Of 33 Of The Updated Single-Aisle Airplanes

Southwest Airlines hosted a celebration Wednesday for the arrival of the carrier's very first Boeing 737-800 aircraft at its Maintenance Hangar in Dallas. Employees, media, and invited guests had their first opportunity to see the new aircraft, as Southwest Executives hosted a walk-through and tour of the airline's newest addition to the fleet and brand new aircraft type.

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Pilatus Aircraft Sued For 2009 Accident

Widow Of The Pilot Says Company Is Partly To Blame For The Butte Crash

Pilatus is being sued by the widow of a pilot who was flying a PC-12/45 which went down near Butte, MT, fatally injuring all 14 people on board. Janet Summerfield has also sued Martin Aviation Inc., in connection with the case.

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Pilot Who Violated Restricted Airspace In California Arraigned

But He's Charged With Transporting Marijuana, Not Busting A TFR

The pilot of a Cessna 182 who failed to check NOTAMS was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession and transporting marijuana for sale in a Long Beach, CA court. And he might not have ever been noticed, but he busted a TFR in place for a visit President Obama made to the LA area in February.

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Birdman Video Is Faked, CGI Experts Say

An Elaborate Internet Hoax, But A Hoax None The Less

Maybe you've seen the viral video which has been passed around the Interwebs recently showing a man flying like Icarus with fabric wings attached to his shoulders. It looks pretty convincing, but experts in the movie business who regularly generate spectacular images using computers say it's a very good fake ... but it's a fake.

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Pima Air And Space Museum Flies Giant Paper Airplane

Flight Lasted Six Seconds Over The Arizona Desert

A 45-foot long, 800 pound paper airplane will be hung in the Pima, AZ, Air and Space Museum following a six-second flight over the Arizona desert.

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United Flight Stranded In Alaska For Two Days

The Reason? Broken Lavs

Passengers on board a United airlines flight from San Francisco, CA, to Shanghai got an unexpected two-day layover in Anchorage, AK, this week because the airliner's lavatories malfunctioned.

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Airborne 03.23.12: No More 3rd Class Meds?, Searching For Amelia, SnF Pays Up!

Also: AOPA, EAA, Pipistrel, TSA, Airbus, Boeing, SpaceX, Piper in 1943, Glen Moyer... and Ashton Kutcher In Space???

The sport and general aviation business scored some serious equal time this week as they made more news than they have in quite the while. First and foremost, two of the alphabets appeared to have eaten their wheaties and taken on the FAA over the issue of requiring a Third Class medical cert for strictly recreational aviating. Other top stories include the welcome news that an advisory circular published by the FAA, says the agency would not be issuing Airworthiness Directives for airplanes in the Experimental category. We also have details about Sun 'n Fun fixing yet another blunder concerning last year's tornado and their initial willingness to victimize the vi

Finally -- Somebody Gets It... Diamond Seeking Unleaded Fuel Certifications

Will Pursue Unleaded Fuel Capability For ALL Diamond Models

After all the news we've had to impart about GA companies (one in particular) screwing up the business, it sure is nice to point out one that seems to have its heart in the right place... and in doing so, this very smart company may position itself as the future leader of the GA market. Better yet... they may just EARN that distinction rather than just being one of the few to survive the last few years of a disastrous economy and all the attendant political fallout. Diamond Aircraft has announced that they are actively pursuing certification of unleaded fuel operation for its gasoline powered models, starting with the popular Lycoming powered versions of the DA40 single and DA42 twin engine aircraft.

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Airborne 03.23.12: No More 3rd Class Meds?, Searching For Amelia, SnF Pays Up!

Also: AOPA, EAA, Pipistrel, TSA, Airbus, Boeing, SpaceX, Piper in 1943, Glen Moyer... and Ashton Kutcher In Space???

The sport and general aviation business scored some serious equal time this week as they made more news than they have in quite the while. First and foremost, two of the alphabets appeared to have eaten their wheaties and taken on the FAA over the issue of requiring a Third Class medical cert for strictly recreational aviating. Other top stories include the welcome news that an advisory circular published by the FAA, says the agency would not be issuing Airworthiness Directives for airplanes in the Experimental category. We also ha

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DOT IG Focuses Senate Testimony On FAA Oversight Of Airlines

Says Agency Faces 'Challenges' In Implementing The 2010 Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act

At a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security regarding the FAA's commercial airline safety oversight, the Department of Transportation's Inspector General said the FAA still faces challenges in implementing the 2010 Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act.

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A4A Outlines Path To Grow U.S. Air Travel At Senate Hearing

Recommends Push To Promote Tourism Without Compromising Safety

Airlines for America (A4A) has presented recommendations to the U.S. government for improving security and immigration as a way to boost travel and tourism to and within the United States. "We need to act promptly and decisively to make travel and tourism promotion a national priority without compromising security and safety," said A4A Senior Vice President for Safety, Security and Operations Thomas L. Hendricks, who testified Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

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Airbus, Boeing, Embraer Collaborate On Aviation Biofuel Commercialization

Accelerating Availability Is Key Pillar Of Industry’s Sustainable Growth Strategy

EADS / Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three leading airframe manufacturers agreed Thursday to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources.

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American Eagle Outlines Restructuring Plan

FA's Call Plan 'Outrageous', Pilots Pledge Careful Scrutiny

American Eagle has laid out a restructuring plan that cuts $75 million in annual employee costs, a move that the carrier's labor groups are eyeing somewhat skeptically, to say the least.

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Klyde Morris 03.23.2012

If It Can't Be Proved, Did It Happen?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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'Red Tail' Member Visits The Pentagon

Original Tuskegee Airman Meets With AF Chief Of Staff

The Air Force hosted one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and his family March 16 during a tour of the Pentagon. Retired Lt. Col. Walter McCreary, his daughter Stephanie Lynch and grandson Nicholas Lynch were given a tour of the Air Force Art Gallery, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit in the Pentagon.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.23.12)

"I think it is fair to say that the public has been impressed with how much the FAA has accomplished in just 17 months. Still, much work remains to be completed by both the agency and the industry." Source: Prepared remarks from Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).   

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.12): Metering Fix

A fix along an established route from over which aircraft will be metered prior to entering terminal airspace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.12)

International Aviation Records

Since the beginning of aviation, pilots have always tried to surpass themselves, to fly further, faster and higher.

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