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April 12, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.13.12

President Obama Is Asked Again To Support General Aviation…

America's Top Airlines Score Record Performance Levels…

Beijing Is Poised To Become The World's Busiest Air

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Two Marines Fatally Injured In Osprey Accident

Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Went Down Wednesday In Morocco

An accident involving an MV-22 Osprey on Wednesday fatally injured two Marines, and left two others with severe injuries. According to the DoD, the Osprey was operating from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) when it went down in a Royal Moroccan military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, while participating in the bilateral Exercise African Lion.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.12.12

Houston - We May Have A New Neighbor…
A TSA  Agent Is Among Those Caught In A Kiddie Porn Net
If It Was Good Enough For Fred And Ginger In 1933, Flying Down To Rio Is An E

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U.S., Brazil Sign Aviation Partnership

Bi-Lateral Agreement Will Help Develop Aviation Sector In The South American Country

The U.S. Department of State, the FAA, and the TSA, together with Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations, have announced the launch of the U.S.- Brazil Bilateral Aviation Partnership.

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Hartzell Selected For GE H80-Powered Thrush 510G Agricultural Aircraft

Propeller Manufacturer Has Worked Closely With Thrush Aircraft On The Project

Thrush Aircraft has selected Hartzell Propeller Inc. as the preferred propeller provider on a Thrush aerial applicator powered by GE's H80 engine. Hartzell has worked closely with Thrush Aircraft to select a propeller that would get the aircraft, with a full hopper, off the ground in the shortest possible distance.

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Former NASA Scientists Say Climate Change Is Not Settled Science

Group Of 49 Issues A Letter To Administrator Charles Bolden Protesting Such Assertions

Nearly 50 former employees of NASA have sent a letter to administrator Charles Bolden asking that the agency stop saying that human-caused global warming is scientific fact. The 49 scientists say that such claims are "unproven and unsupported remarks."

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GP7200 Engines Recognized For Fuel Consumption Benefit

Performance Handbook For A380 Revised To Show Improved Fuel Burn

Airbus recently revised its performance handbook to indicate that GP7200-powered A380 aircraft have been demonstrating fuel consumption levels better than previously stated.  This latest revision – the third positive adjustment since 2007 -- reflects an additional 0.5% improvement to the previous version of the performance handbook and further increases the GP7200-powered aircraft's competitive advantage.

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Coast Guard Exercises Contract Option For Additional Maritime Patrol Aircraft

EADS North America To Supply Two HC-144A Airplanes

The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a $78.5 million contract option to purchase the service's 16th and 17th HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft from prime contractor EADS North America. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. More than 250 CN235 aircraft are currently being operated by 27 countries.

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ESA, JAXA Sign Astro-H Agreement

Mission Will Study Black Holes, Neutron Stars, Other 'Extreme Phenomena'

An agreement has been signed by ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation on Astro-H, an important mission that will provide a unique opportunity for probing extreme phenomena in the Universe.

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Garuda Indonesia Orders 11 Nore A330s

Aircraft Are A Key Element In Fleet Modernization Program

Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 11 more A330-300 widebody aircraft. The contract was signed Tuesday in Jakarta by Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia and Tom Williams, Executive Vice President, Programmes, Airbus, in the presence of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Future Vertical Lift Aircraft Faster, With Less Logistics Footprint

Capabilities Of Conceptual Aircraft Are Already Known

While what is now being called "Future Vertical Lift", or FVL, by the Army is still a concept, its capabilities are already known. The FVL concept will be "able to support the Army and the ground commanders better than we can do it today," said Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence.

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Dispute Puts Medical Flights At Risk

Service Provider Is Facing Eviction At Van Nuys Airport In Dispute With Former Partner

They say that a business breakup can be like a divorce, and in this instance, it could be the kids who suffer most. Two companies based at Van Nuys airport in California are fighting over the rights to medical helicopter transport business, and the disagreement could mean delays or even cancellations of flights to transport severely injured or ill children and organs designated for transplants.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-07-04

PRODUCT: Certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 680 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing Comapny Airplanes (747)

AD NUMBER: 2012-02-16

PRODUCT: Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Sailplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-06-15

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Classic Aero-TV: GAMI's G100UL Fuel -- The Future Of GA Fuels?

Taking A Different Approach To Find A Creative Solution

There is a lot of talk these days about the future of GA fuel, and we all know that 100LL will be phased out at some point in the likely not-too-distant future. ANN spoke with representatives from GAMI/Tornado Ally Turbo at Oshkosh this summer which took a different approach to the problem. Head of Engineering, George Braly, told us that what they did was find a fuel that works, and then write a specification around that fuel. The GAMI solution was to pick a high-compression normally-aspirated piston engine, add a turbo-normalizer, and apply for an amended STC. After a great deal of wrangling with

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Boeing Makes 737 MAX Design Decisions

New-Engine Variant To Offer Customers Substantial Fuel Savings In 2017

Boeing said Wednesday it has made a series of design updates to the 737 MAX to further optimize the new-engine variant's performance. "The 737 MAX is on-track to deliver substantial fuel-savings to customers starting in 2017," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program.

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FAA Prepares EIS On Possible SpaceX Texas Launch Site

Company Plans Orbital And Sub-Orbital Launches From Proposed Facility

The FAA is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of SpaceX's proposal to launch orbital and suborbital launch vehicles from a private site in Cameron County in southern Texas. The EIS will consider the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and reasonable alternatives, including the No Action Alternative.

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Some Mayfair Mews Apartments Residents Unhappy With Navy's Compensation

Homes Were Destroyed When An F/A-18 Struck The Complex

Stories are coming in via the Internet of people who feel the Navy is being less than generous in its compensation for an F/A-18 hitting an apartment complex and destroying their homes. The incident occurred last Friday, and amazingly no lives were lost when the jet went down.

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L-3 To Acquire Thales’ Civil Aircraft Simulation, Training Business

Completion Of The Deal Expected By Summer's End

L-3 Communications announced Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Thales Training & Simulation Ltd’s civil aircraft simulation and training business. The purchase price is approximately $132 million, and will be funded with cash on hand.

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NORAD Fighters Intercept KAL 777 After Bomb Threat

Airliner Escorted To Canadian Military Base

Two F-15 fighters under the direction of NORAD intercepted a Korean Airlines Boeing 777 Wednesday shortly after departing Vancouver, BC at approximately 0400 PDT. The intercept was due to a potential threat associated with the aircraft.

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TSA Agent Swept Up In Child Porn Sting

Agency Has Suspended The TSO From His Job

A 59-year-old TSA agent assigned to Logan International Airport in Boston, MA, was one of 55 people rounded up in a child pornography crackdown which involved multiple law enforcement agencies. Jose E. Salgado of Chelsea, MA, has been suspended from his duties because of the criminal charges filed against him.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.12.12)

"With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled." Source: Letter signed by 49 former NASA scientists to Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.12): Isobaric Chart

A weather map representing conditions on a surface of equal atmospheric pressure. For example, a 500 mb chart will display conditions at the level of the atmosphere at which the atmospheric pressure is 500 mb.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.12)

Inernational Wheelchair Aviators

IWA began in 1972 as just a monthly "fly to lunch" group of four paraplegic aviators from the Southern California area.

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