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October 24, 2011

Suspended: Piper Shelves Altaire Jet

Piper Announces "Indefinite" Suspension Of Light Jet Development

ANN has just received confirmation of something we feared and related to you just a few days ago... the suspension of Piper much vaunted entry into the jet manufacturing arena. Piper has announced that they are 'indefinitely suspending further development' of the Piper Altaire business jet following a review to align the company's business goals with the light jet market outlook, investment strategies and overall economic forecasts.

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Researcher Claims Connection Between Romantic Affair, Rise In ATC Errors

Government Contract Was Reportedly Negotiated Between FAA Employee And Raytheon Executive Who Were Intimately Involved

A researcher at Georgia State University says that operational errors among air traffic controllers between December 2008 and October 2010 have risen some 3,300 percent when compared to January 2007 and November 2008. And, he says, the most likely cause for that dramatic increase is a contract for training awarded to Raytheon worth nearly $1 billion.

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Flight Control Software Designed To Help Pilots Stick Carrier Traps

Office Of Naval Research To Start Testing Next Year

Select pilots in early 2012 will commence testing new flight control software, funded in part by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), intended to facilitate aircraft landings on Navy carrier decks with unprecedented accuracy.

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TAM Finalizes Order For 32 A320 Family Aircraft, Including 22 A320neo

Biggest Airbus Operator In Southern Hemisphere Adds To Its Fleet

Brazil's largest airline has finalized a purchase agreement for 32 eco-efficient Airbus A320 aircraft, comprising of 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft. The order from TAM Airline follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed last February. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date.

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Aircastle And Southern Air Announce 747-400SF Freighter Leases

Two Aircraft To Support Carrier's Fleet Renewal And Business Expansion

Aircastle Limited and Southern Air Holdings have entered into long-term leases under which Southern Air will utilize two 747-400SF aircraft owned by Aircastle. The aircraft are expected to enter commercial service during the first quarter of 2012, advancing Southern Air's fleet renewal and business expansion program.

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STC For Glass Upgrade Rejuvenates DC-9

Low-Time Aircraft Transformed Into VIP Airliner

The private owner of a DC-9 has found a unique use for the aircraft - transforming the commercial jet into a VIP airliner with a new, NextGen-compliant cockpit. Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services successfully completed the configuration with the help of Universal Avionics.

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'Fed Up' Former JetBlue FA Completes Substance Abuse Treatment

Steven Slater Must Repay Airline For His Antics

Steven Slater became something of an Internet celebrity after he swore over a JetBlue airplane intercom, grabbed a couple of beers, popped an emergency chute, and slid from the jet to the ranks of the unemployed in August of last year. At the time, Slater said he was "fed up" with his job ... which he obviously no longer has.

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Civil Air Patrol Provides Simulated 'Threat' For NORAD Pilots

Gives Pilots Training In Intercept Of Civilian Aircraft

Pilots assigned to Aerospace Control Alert units have a unique mission - to defend the U.S. and Canadian homelands by controlling that airspace and being prepared to respond to threats. Because of that enormous responsibility, these units routinely train for this mission. And since the aircraft they would be charged with intercepting aren't fighter jets, ACA pilots rely on more realistic "adversaries" to train with.

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Precision Conversions Receives 757-200PCC Combi Conformity Aircraft

One Of Two Airplanes To Be Converted Into Passenger/Cargo Configuration

Precision Conversions' 757-200PCC Combi program is progressing with the delivery of the conformity aircraft from Cargo Aircraft Management. The 1994 Pratt & Whitney powered 757-200 has been inducted at Flightstar Aircraft Services facility in Jacksonville, FL, and is currently undergoing modification.

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IBA Projects Growing Need For Outsourced Management

Bureau Sees New Issues In Redelivery, Repossession, Retirements

Earlier this month, International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) met with leading Japanese banks, investors, aircraft lessors, airlines and financiers for a series of structured meetings designed to identify the forthcoming challenges to the aviation finance sector and pinpoint particular exposures or strategic opportunities.New equipment and technology, new financing opportunities, engine investment and an aggressive leasing environment appear to be the main areas of future interest.

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AD: Certain Embraer Regional Jets

AD NUMBER: 2011-21-15

MANUFACTURER: Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Airplanes

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AD: Certain Airbus A300 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2011-21-09

MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A300 B4-103, B4-203, and B4-2C Airplanes

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Aero-TV: Inspiration Through Aviation -- Equipping Teachers at AirVenture 2011

The Next-Generation Will Be Shaped By Amazing People -- Like Teachers...

Acknowledging a fertile opportunity for synergies between general education and the general aviation community, the Experimental Aircraft Association, in cooperation with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, proclaimed Tuesday, July 26 as Teachers Day at EAA AirVenture 2011. Sponsored by BuildAPlane, the event was designed to assist educators in bringing aviation into classrooms. Teachers at all grade levels from across the United States were invited to participate at no charge.

Aero-TV: Inspiration Through Aviation -- Equipping Teachers at AirVenture 2011

The Next-Generation Will Be Shaped By Amazing People -- Like Teachers...

Acknowledging a fertile opportunity for synergies between general education and the general aviation community, the Experimental Aircraft Association, in cooperation with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, proclaimed Tuesday, July 26 as Teachers Day at EAA AirVenture 2011. Sponsored by BuildAPlane, the event was designed to assist educators in bringing aviation into classrooms. Teachers at all grade levels from across the United States were invited to participate at no charge.

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Klyde Morris (10.24.11)

Klyde Is Getting Wise To The Future Of The TSA

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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US Army Wants Switchblades ASAP

Small UAS Promises Better Precision, Less Collateral Damage

Aerovironment, Inc. calls its small, tube-launched UAV the "Switchblade Agile Munition," after the manner in which its wings unfold as it leaves its launch tube. It's becoming known informally among YouTube enthusiasts as the "kamikaze drone." At under 2.2 kg (4.8 lb.), the aircraft, along with its launcher, control system and video downlink viewer all fit in a backpack.

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Police Called To Plane Stranded At Gatwick

Passengers Flew 10 Hours, Then Sat For Another Nine After Diversion For Fog

USA Today reports police were called onto a diverted Air India 777 which had flown for 10 hours on its route from Mumbai to London Heathrow, only to be diverted to London Gatwick because of fog. After another nine hours on the sitting plane, passengers started getting very frustrated, and police were called to the airport.

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New Arizona Flight Training Program Set For Students In January

Yavapai College And North-Aire Partner To Serve Veterans And Civilians.

The flight-training component of Yavapai College's new Professional Airplane Pilot Flight Program will be offered by North-Aire Aviation, the two parties said Friday. Starting in January, this relationship allows both veterans and civilians to couple an Associate of Applied Science Degree with advanced flight certifications, providing a career path into the aviation industry.

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NY Congresswoman Wants NIMBY Complaints Streamlined

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy Wants FAA To Pay For Toll-Free Hotline

A New York Congresswoman is backing anti-aviation NIMBYs in her district by calling on the FAA to cooperate in making it easier for her constituents to lodge complaints about aircraft noise.

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Daher-Socata Rolls Out TBM Number 600

The Very Fast Turboprop Program Exceeds Its Initial Goal In Total Airplanes Produced

The 600th series production TBM very fast turboprop aircraft ... a TBM 850 ... was rolled out of the Tarbes, France production facility by Daher-Socata on Thursday. A ceremony at the Daher-Socata factory in Tarbes, France gathered TBM-related teams around the milestone aircraft before its upcoming delivery to the aircraft’s owner, a private customer from northwestern U.S.

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Virgin Australia Pilot Injured By Jet Blast

Was Blown From Staircase During Preflight Inspection

A pilot for Virgin Australia was blown from an aluminum ladder while conducting the preflight inspection of his 737 at Brisbane International Airport by the jet blast from a Qantas flight taxiing out for a departure to Sydney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.24.11)

Aero Linx: ADS-B and Next-Gen Avionics What is ADS-B? -- ADS-B is a replacement for (or supplement to) traditional radar based surveillance of aircraft. ADS-B is a major change in surveillance philosophy – instead of using ground based radar to interrogate aircraft and determine their positions, each aircraft will use GPS to find its own position and then automatically report it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.24.11): Air Navigation Facility

AIR NAVIGATION FACILITY Any facility used in, available for use in, or designed for use in, aid of air navigation, including landing areas, lights, any apparatus or equipment for disseminating weather information, for signaling, for radio-directional finding, or for radio or other electrical communication, and any other structure or mechanism having a similar purpose for guiding or controlling flight in the air or the landing and takeoff of aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.24.11)

"The training the ACA units get from these exercises is crucial, and it's training they can't get unless they actually go up in the air and fly against small, general aviation aircraft." Source: CAP Col. Leo Burke, Michigan Wing commander, speaking about training received by CAP throughout the year as CAP wings across the country take to the skies during unit training exercises as "tracks of interest" to give the alert pilots a chance to practice scrambling and intercepting aircraft in a safe, controlled environment..

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