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April 19, 2013

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Battery System Design Changes

Instructions To Operators To Be Released Next Week

The FAA has taken the next step in returning the Boeing 787 to flight by approving Boeing's design for modifications to the 787 battery system. The changes are designed to address risks at the battery cell level, the battery level and the aircraft level.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.19.13

The Airbus/Boeing WTO Battle Heats Up Again…

Airline Pilot Unions Fight to Keep Guns in the Cockpit…

Aircraft Owners in Maine Face a T

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Bridgeport, Stratford Reach Agreement On Sikorsky Memorial Airport

Signing Ends Nearly 20 Years Of Negotiations Between The Cities

Stratford, CT Mayor John A. Harkins and Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch have signed what is being described as an historic agreement that will reduce the footprint of Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, correct the frequent flooding on Main Street, and provide many additional positive benefits for the residents of Stratford. The agreement has been already ratified unanimously by the Bridgeport City Council and the Stratford Town Council.

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FAA Issues SAFO For Fuel System Icing Inhibitors

Move Follows NTSB Probable Cause Report From A 2009 Fatal Accident In Montana

The FAA has issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to advise pilots, operators, and manufacturers of airplanes of the results that can occur if airplane flight manual (AFM) limitations, instructions, or placard information for adding fuel system ice inhibitors (FSII) are not adequately highlighted and closely followed for airplanes that require these additives for safe operation.

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ACG Prevails On Appeal With Olympic Airlines

Judge Determines That Olympic Was Bound By Its Acceptance Of An Aircraft Lease

Aviation Capital Group Corp. (ACG) said in a news release that it has prevailed in the appeal filed by Olympic Airlines (Olympic) concerning the April 2012 trial judgment in ACG’s favor. In a case that has attracted considerable attention in the aircraft leasing industry, the English Court of Appeal rendered judgment Wednesday in ACG’s favor in ACG Acquisition XX LLC v Olympic Airlines S.A.

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Kuwait Requests C-17 Globemaster III Purchase

Looks To Acquire A Single Aircraft For $371 Million

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for 1 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $371 million.

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NASA's Newest Solar Mission Spacecraft Delivered To Launch Site

IRIS Will Study Energy And Plasma Movement In The Sun

Scientists will soon gain a better view into energy and plasma movement near the surface of the sun, thanks to delivery of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft to Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, in preparation for launch. 

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Bombardier Expands Training Network For Global 5000, Global 6000

CAE-Built Simulator Now Available At Dallas Training Center

Bombardier says it is expanding its worldwide training capabilities for business aircraft customers with the addition of a Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) for Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck. The newly added, CAE-built FFS is located at Bombardier's training center in Dallas, Texas and was installed in March 2013.

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JAL Orders Six 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems

Japanese Carrier Already Operates 737s With The Wingtip Devices

Tokyo-based Japan Airlines has ordered six Blended Winglet Systems (with options) for Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft.  Already an operator of Next-Generation 737 Blended Winglets, this is the first JAL order for 767-300ER Blended Winglets, according to a news release from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB).

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ILFC Delivers 250th 737NG To China Airlines

Two Additional Airplanes In The Pipeline For The Carrier

The first of three new Boeing 737-800 aircraft has been delivered to China Airlines by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). The leasing company says that the airplanes will boosting the airline’s capacity to expand its flight route network by adding new, modern aircraft to its fleet.

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Eurocopter Establishes Corporate Foundation

Will Focus On Emergency Aid, Those Living In 'Extremely Difficult' Conditions

Eurocopter last week held the first board meeting of its new Corporate Foundation, which unites the company’s humanitarian and philanthropic activities worldwide, underscoring the company’s increased commitment to social responsibility. The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation is an independent, apolitical and non-profit legal entity funded by Eurocopter, Eurocopter Deutschland and Eurocopter Group subsidiaries.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-07-09

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-700, -700C, -800, and -900ER series airplanes, Model 747-400F series airplanes, and Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 13-07-08

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-08-04

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Airborne 04.19.13: Dassault Certifications, New Czech LSA, Dreamliner Waits

Also: TBird Update, SpaceShipTwo Progress, AAL Takes Itself Down For A Day, USAF UAV Medal Cancelled, Restoring Blue Angel Funding...

The FAA has certified the two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. The approvals came just days after the aircraft received its EASA type certificate. Jihlavan Airplanes of the Czech Republic plans to introduced a new mid-line model of ultralight/light sport aircraft, the Skyleader 400. The airplane's "sports car-inspired" design, with new features such as side opening canopy, "aggressive" cowling and easily maneuverable landing gear, is targeted directly at sport aviation enthusiasts. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airline Pilots Protest Loss Of FFDO Program

Pilot Unions Urging Members To Write To Congress

One of the cuts being made in President Obama's FY2014 budget is the complete elimination of funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, which puts armed pilots on board airliners.

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WTO Airbus/Boeing Fight Likely To Reignite

World Body Reviews Airbus' Compliance With Subsidy Decision

The fight between Airbus and Boeing over government subsidies to the planemakers is likely to heat up again, as the World Trade Organization (WTO) has held a hearing to review compliance by Airbus and the EU with its decision.

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NBAA Joins In Launching 'Farm To Fly' 2.0

DOT, Agriculture Among Those Renewing Biofuels Pledge

The NBAA has joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to launch a new initiative aimed at furthering the development of a jet fuel that is not only a renewable resource, but is also completely free of carbon pollutants. NBAA is one of more than 300 members of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), dedicated to demonstrating the aviation industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship in creating a carbon-neutral air fleet by the year 2020.

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Klyde Morris 04.19.2013

And Later, There Will Be Cake ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Maine Aircraft Owners Face Confusion Over Excise Taxes

Local Governments Now Collecting Taxes, But Not Sure How Much To Charge

A shift in Maine tax law has aircraft owners in limbo over how much excise tax they will be asked to pay to local governments.

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European Forum Will Focus On Growing Threat Of Space Debris

Experts Gathering Next Week In Germany

The continuing growth in space debris poses an increasing threat to economically vital orbital regions. Next week, hundreds of top experts from across the globe will meet at Europe’s largest-ever debris forum to share their latest research findings and discuss potential solutions. Satellite operators worldwide, including those flying telecom, weather, navigation, broadcast and climate-monitoring missions, are now focusing their efforts on controlling space debris.

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Doolittle Raiders Attend 33rd FW Hangar Dedication

Gathering Expected To Be The Final Public Reunion Of The Remaining Squadron Members

The four surviving members of the famous Doolittle Raiders of WWII gathered for what was called their final public reunion Wednesday at Eglin AFB in Florida.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.19.13)

"Every day thousands of armed airline pilots are on board our Nation's airliners serving as FFDOs, and the last line of defense, by preventing aircraft from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The $22 million annual budget for the FFDO program has not changed since training began in 2003, despite a 100-fold growth in the number of FFDOs." Source: Statement from the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) protesting the defunding of the FFDO program by President Obama.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.13): Nonradar Arrival

An aircraft arriving at an airport without radar service or at an airport served by a radar facility and radar contact has not been established or has been terminated due to a lack of radar service to the airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.13)

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Welcome to eballoon.org -- the online ballooning encyclopedia. This site is an extensive resource about everything to do with hot air balloons. Detailed descriptions of how hot air balloons work, a breakdown of the different parts of the balloon and a large section on ballooning history.

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