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October 19, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.19.11

A P-51 gets banged up in a Florida landing incident.
The Air Medical Transport Conference wraps up today in St. Louis.
And ground is broken for a new control tower in Cleveland.


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Captain Sully, F/O Skiles Reunite For Charity Flight

Will Pilot The Historical Flight Foundation's DC-7B From Miami To Charlotte

The pilots who famously landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 in an Airbus A-320, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crewmembers onboard, will make another trip to CLT, the flights scheduled destination, on November 18, 2011. But this time the airplane will be a 1958 DC-7B from Miami, and a few select passengers will be on board.

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FAA Awards $2 Million Environmental Grant To San Diego International Airport

Goal Is To Reduce Conventional Fuel Use And Improve Air Quality

The FAA has awarded a $2 million grant to San Diego International Airport to reduce the use of conventional fuels at the airport to improve air quality.  “We are committed to helping airports around the country make the necessary infrastructure investments that will reduce fuel costs and help protect the environment,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Santa Monica NIMBYs Protest

Residents Exploit Leaded Fuel Issue As Part Of Closure Campaign

Residents of Santa Monica, California and two other nearby communities gathered to protest over the weekend, calling for the closure of the Santa Monica Airport and blaming aircraft operations for noise, pollution and compromised safety in their neighborhoods. The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that protesters from West Los Angeles and Venice joined locals to picket.

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Grass-Roots Effort Will Focus On BizAv Benefits

Target Audience Is Non-Aviation Decision Makers

Two aviation executives revealed plans to launch a grassroots effort to educate policy and business decision makers at the national, state/provincial or local level at the recently-completed NBAA convention in Las Vegas. Brenda Libby, Sales and Marketing VP for Canadian-based Starlink Aviation, and René Banglesdorf, CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation will partner with the NBAA and the “No Plane, No Gain” advocacy campaign.

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MedEvac Foundation International Receives $250,000 Donation

Gift From American Eurocopter Will Promote MedEvac Safety

A donation in the amount of $250,000 has been made to the MedEvac foundation by American Eurocopter. The money will be used to support the Foundation and its research to promote safety within the industry.

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Sailplane Pilot Dies In WA Crash

Production Company Had Helo Overhead Filming At Time Of Accident

The NTSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a DG-1000 sailplane which hit trees on takeoff from Cle Elum Airport in central Washington state about 1600 PDT on Thursday. The aircraft, N7760A, was reportedly being filmed for use in a Cadillac commercial. The pilot was the only person onboard, and there were no injuries reported on the ground.

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Memorial Service Held For Roger Keeney

Love Of Flight Filled His 100 Years

A memorial service was held Saturday for Charles Roger Keeney of Lomita, CA, who died of natural causes at age 100 on August 27. Keeney flew for the last time in his Super Cub on his 97th birthday, in February of 2008. His service was held in a hangar at Torrance Municipal Airport, which was called the Lomita Flight Strip when Keeney opened his Acme Aircraft Company there in 1945.

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Sikorsky Brings Environmentally Friendly Cogeneration Plant On Line In Stratford

Will Supply 84 Percent Of Company's Industrial Energy Needs On Site

Sikorsky commissioned a combined heat and power cogeneration facility late last week that produces enough power to supply 84 percent of the company's 2-million-square-foot Stratford, CT, facility's needs. That output equates to the annual energy use of approximately 1,100 area homes.

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Could TSA Reauthorization Outlaw Parody?

Language In House Resolution 3011 Raises Eyebrows, Dander

A bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which would reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration, and it contains language which has brought concerns that those who parody the TSA or the Federal Air Marshal program could face reprisals from the feds.

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Night Flight Concepts Showcases At AMTC

Company Displays Innovative E-Learning, Testing Products

Night Flight Concepts, which delivers products and services for EMS and SAR night-vision applications, is showcasing innovative night vision goggle solutions at this year’s AMTC, the Air Medical Transport Conference, which wraps up Wednesday in St. Louis, MO.

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Eurocopter Order Book Active At AMTC 2011

Helicopter Marketing Associates Signs For Three EC135s, Indiana University Health Places Order For EC145

The order book for American Eurocopter is getting a workout at the Air Medical Transport Conference in St. Louis. On Monday, the company announced orders for three EC135s by Helicopter Marketing Associates (HMA) for placement in the air medical industry, as well as one EC145 which will go to Indiana University Health LifeLine.

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust Orders Two AW169s

Marks The First Helo Of Its Type In The Australasian Market

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has signed a contract for two AW169 helicopters, AgustaWestland announced Tuesday from the AMTC Conference being held in St. Louis, MO. The aircraft will be used to perform a wide range of emergency medical service and search and rescue missions in New Zealand. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2015.

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Aero-TV: Looking In The Mirror -- Defining Some Of The Issues That Plague BizAv

We're In Tough Straits... But How Much Of That Is OUR Fault?

Cruising the exhibits and hallways of NBAA over the past few years, has been an exercise in quiet desperation. While much of the industry had resigned itself to suffering the unkind fate of bad press, negative attention from Washington, and a public image that was sliding from 'not so good' to 'pretty darn deplorable' this year's NBAA convention saw a whole new attitude taking shape.

Aero-TV: Looking In The Mirror -- Defining Some Of The Issues That Plague BizAv

We're In Tough Straits... But How Much Of That Is OUR Fault?

Cruising the exhibits and hallways of NBAA over the past few years, has been an exercise in quiet desperation. While much of the industry had resigned itself to suffering the unkind fate of bad press, negative attention from Washington, and a public image that was sliding from 'not so good' to 'pretty darn deplorable' this year's NBAA convention saw a whole new attitude taking shape. It started Sunday morning, with the first of the pre-NBAA press conferences when Hawker Beech Boss Bill Boisture started off with a stirring and pointed rant at Washington…

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Another Viewpoint: What Happened to Cirrus Design?

What Led To The Current State Of Their Media Relations?

Analysis/Opinion By Rich Belzer ANN E-I-C Note: Our recent stories concerning our experiences in attempting to cover the issues involved with Cirrus Aircraft have produced quite a bit of information... as well as shaking loose a number of persons who, heretofore, were unwilling to speak out. The amount of info that has resulted has been illuminating as well as disappointing in that we have learned that things were even worse than we believed. Regardless; we have also received some interesting insights and reports as to not only what happened to Cirrus... but what its future might hold. In particular, Rich Belzer's analysis is intriguing... and while we do not necessarily agree with each of h

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Trading Of AMR Halted For A Second Time

Steep Losses Trigger Automatic Stop Order

Monday was another bad day for AMR stockholders, as an ongoing labor dispute triggered steep losses in the airline's shares to the point that trading was automatically halted. It was the second time this month that trading was temporarily suspended due to rapidly falling prices.

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GAO Report Raises Concerns About Runway Safety

House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica Calls For FAA To Address The Safety Issue

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) raises concerns about the increasing number of runway safety incidents at U.S. airports, according to the House Transportation Committee.

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Flight For Life Wins 2011 Vision Zero Award

Honored By Eurocopter For Safety Record Since 1984

American Eurocopter says it's proud to announce that the Flight For Life Transport System has won the 2011 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. As part of the award, American Eurocopter presented the program with a check for $10,000 to continue its efforts towards safety both within the organization and with its customers.

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Three New Flight Directors Chosen To Lead NASA's Mission Control

Will Head Up Teams Of Flight Controllers For ISS Operations

NASA has selected three new flight directors to manage International Space Station operations. Judd Frieling, Tomas Gonzalez-Torres and Greg Whitney will join a select group of human spaceflight leaders in the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants Vote To Authorize Strike

Nearly Unanimous Vote To Implement 'CHAOS' If Necessary

Flight Attendants at Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Spirit Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), overwhelmingly authorized a strike should management fail to reach an agreement with Flight Attendants. In a strike vote that concluded Monday, 98.4 percent of Spirit Flight Attendants voted to authorize a strike, if necessary.

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Landmark Aviation Open For Business in Tampa

FBO Will Take Part In Company's Charitable Support Program

Landmark Aviation officially began operations on Saturday, October 8th at Tampa International Airport in Florida. “We are excited to finally be a part of the Tampa International Airport and surrounding communities,” President & CEO Dan Bucaro explained. “We have been looking forward to operating on this field for several months now.”

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.19.11)

"As we move into a new era of spaceflight, these flight directors will help us transition the knowledge and experience from the existing human spaceflight programs into the next period of exploration and space station operations." Source: John McCullough, chief of the Flight Director Office at Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.19.11): Sail Back

A maneuver during high wind conditions (usually with power off) where float plane movement is controlled by water rudders/opening and closing cabin doors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.19.11)

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

Established in Washington, D.C. in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment.

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