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January 11, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.11.12

Operation Migration wins a temporary reprieve from the FAA.
The NTSB finds two aspects of Reno to look at more closely.
And the Coast Guard may not prosecute a wire strike victim afte

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USAF To Upgrade C-130 Training Devices

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract Worth $24 Million

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $24 million contract to upgrade weapons systems trainers used in the C-130 Aircrew Training System (ATS) II. The program provides a comprehensive academic and simulation training program for C-130 aircrews worldwide. The visual system and imagery databases in the weapons systems simulators will be updated to provide the most advanced and realistic training.

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Jeff Lochridge Tapped To Lead Superior Air Parts Supply Chain

Named Group Vice President Responsible For Parts And Component Procurement

Timothy T. Archer, Group CEO, Superior Aviation Beijing, CO. Ltd., announced Monday that Jeff Lochridge has been promoted to Group Vice President of Supply Chain Management responsible for parts and component procurement for all subsidiary companies of Superior Aviation Beijing.

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AIA, NDIA, PSC Release Joint Industrial Base Report

Warn Of Adverse Effects Of Deep Defence Cuts

Impending cuts to the defense budget will stifle the ability of the defense industry to deliver innovation and urgent wartime capabilities according to a report released by the Defense Industrial Base Task Force Friday. The Task Force, composed of companies from AIA, NDIA and PSC, was formed last October as a result of Defense Secretary Panetta's meeting with representatives of AIA's Executive Committee in September.

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FAA Introduces Mobile Service For iOS, Android Devices

Access Many Popular Portions Of FAA.Gov From Your Phone Or Tablet

The FAA has rolled out a service for iOS and Android mobile devices to give pilots and other access to the FAA.gov website from their phones or tablets.

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Airbus, Hong Kong Airlines Finalize A380 Deal

Superjumbos Had Gotten Tied Up In EU-ETS Flap

The Chinese government has cleared the way for Hong Kong Airlines to complete its purchase of ten A380 airliners in a deal worth about $3.8 billion. The deal had been up in the air because of the European Union's imposition of its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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Unmanned Military Aircraft Taking Over

But Study Shows UAVs face Limits To Further Deployment

It's becoming harder and harder to be surprised by statistics on the growing use of unmanned aircraft in warfare. Israel recently announced that its UAVs now fly more flight hours than its manned aircraft. Now, wired.com reports a Congressional study finds 31 percent of all military aircraft are drones.

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Max-Viz And Rocky Mountain Aircraft Announce CL-215 EVS Installations In Turkey

Canadair Water Bombers To Get Enhanced Vision Systems

Those who watched the reality TV show "Ice Pilots" on NatGeo last year may remember the delivery of two CL-215 water bombers purchased from a Canadian aviation company by the government of Turkey. Now, those two airplanes are to be fitted with Enhanced Vision systems through a cooperative agreement between Max-Viz and Rocky Mountain Aircraft of Calgary, Alberta Canada.

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Patient Attempts Leap From Air Ambulance

Injured Man Restrained, Transferred To Ground Ambulance

Air ambulance work involves difficult missions, but a crew taking an injured man to a South Carolina hospital had an unusual added issue when the patient reportedly tried to jump from their helicopter in flight.

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First A350 XWB Section 15 Delivered To Airbus

Upper And Lower Shell Of The Center Fuselage Section Fabricated By Spirit AeroSystems

The first composite center fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB program has been delivered to the European planemaker by Spirit AeroSystems. The upper and forward lower shell (Section 15) composite fuselage panels were joined in Spirit's Saint-Nazaire, France, facility before being delivered to Airbus.

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Solar Energy Crucial To Dragon Success

Deployable Solar Arrays Provide Spacecraft's Primary Power

For its first mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will use deployable solar arrays as its primary power source for running sensors, driving heating and cooling systems, and communicating with SpaceX’s Mission Control Center and the Space Station.

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FAA Grants STC For EC155B1 Medical Kit

Metro Aviation Approved For The Installation Of Specialized Interior

The FAA has granted an STC (SR09591RC) to Metro Aviation for a complete Emergency Medical System kit and associated options for the Eurocopter EC155B1. This is the first EC155B1 to be equipped with an EMS package in the United States. Metro Aviation, Inc. received approval late December after five months of completing the STC program.

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NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Completes Mission Operations

Spacecraft Spent Sixteen Years Peering Into The Cosmos' Most Extreme Environments

After 16 years in space, NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) has made its last observation. The satellite provided unprecedented views into the extreme environments around white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. RXTE sent data from its last science observation to the ground early on Jan. 4.

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Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- What's Your Most Exciting Memory?

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 4)

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'What's Your Most Exciting Memory?' Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man whom many have no hesitation calling the best they

Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- What's Your Most Exciting Memory?

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 4)

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'What's Your Most Exciting Memory?' Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professio

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Lauerman Promises Easy Transition As Greenway Takes Charge At Avemco

Long-Time Avemco Boss Will Play Active Role Over Next 18 months

ANN has had the chance to follow up on Monday's somewhat surprising news that Jim Lauerman was giving up the top seat as President of Avemco -- with former AOPA staffer JJ Greenway taking over. During a Tuesday afternoon chat, Lauerman noted that the transition has been under consideration "for some time" and will allow him to remain at Avemco for the next 6 months in order to give Greenway every possible assistance in taking over the aviation insurance juggernaut. In addition to the time he has committed to staying at Avemco, Lauerman will remain available to Avemco for another 12 months in a consulting role, after he which he admits he 'might really retire.'

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Bell Will Assemble New Commercial Helo In US

Decision Reflects Expectations For Winding Down Of V-22 Program

For about the last 20 years, Bell Helicopter has built all its new commercial helicopters in Canada. But an internal company e-mail Monday announced a break from that trend, saying that a new helicopter code-named Magellan will be built in Amarillo, Texas.

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Boeing Achieves 737 Rate Increase

Company Delivers First 737 Built At The New Rate Of 35 Airplanes A Month

As of Tuesday, Boeing successfully achieved a production rate of 35 airplanes a month for the Next-Generation 737, with the delivery of the first airplane produced at the new rate to AWAS Aviation Services, Inc. Norwegian Air Shuttle will lease the airplane from AWAS.

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Virus 914SW Has Departed On 62,000 Mile Flight

Company Hopes To Demonstrate Potential For Climate Studies

When Burt Rutan's Voyager became the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe without refueling in 1986, the feat was being called, "the last first" in aviation. (Until the late Steve Fossett did it solo in GlobalFlyer in 2005.) While that mark is no longer available to be claimed, aircraft developers have found a new incentive for pursuing higher-efficiencies - the Green Movement.

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Twin Lawsuits Filed In ID Helo Crash

Complicated Litigation Involves At Least Nine Parties

The insurance industry is watching as two Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists litigate over injuries they suffered in a helicopter crash which occurred during a project to put tracking collars on wildlife. The Insurance Journal reports the lawsuit seeks compensation for the loss of the helicopter, loss of reputation, investigation costs, loss of earnings and business disruption.

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TSA Still Defending 'Cupcakegate'

Screeners Have Discretion Concerning What To Allow On A Plane

Around the holidays, a story about a woman who had a cupcake confiscated in an airport security line in Las Vegas caught the attention of the national media, including those of us here at ANN. The cupcake had been a gift from a student to a teacher, who had taken it with her on her holiday travels.

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Pair Flying Ditched Cirrus Were On A Medical Mission To Haiti

Doctor Says He Will Definitely Have Another Airplane

The doctor and his daughter who ditched their Cirrus off the coast of Andros Island in the Bahamas Saturday are continuing their medical mission to Haiti ... albeit on a commercial flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.11.12)

"If we become aware of a risk that exceeds the boundary of what we think is acceptable, we will make those changes. But not currently." Source: FAA director of Flight Standards Service John McGraw.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.11.12): Area Chart

Part of the low-altitude en route chart series, this chart furnishes terminal data at a larger scale for congested areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.11.12)

GPS.gov

The official U.S. Government information about the Global Positioning System (GPS) and related topics.

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