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January 17, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.12

The docking of the SpaceX Dragon with the ISS is delayed.
Airbus reports record sales and deliveries in 2011.
And JetBlue CEO David Barger thinks higher fares are a good idea.

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Flight Design Extends Warranty At No Added Cost

Strong Warranty Expected to Stimulate New Aircraft Sales 

German aircraft manufacturer Flight Design has significantly improved its warranty program, calling it the XP or eXtended Protection Warranty. The new warranty program covers new airplane purchases, as well as those previously delivered.

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India's Dhruv Helo Records Fifth Crash

Five Onboard Test Flight Expected To Survive

An indigenously-developed multi-role helicopter in India has suffered what that nation's News X Live online service says is the fifth crash in the program's troubled development. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv went down Sunday at the Mana Airport in Chhattisgarh's Raipur district.

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NASA Moves Shuttle Engines From Kennedy To Stennis

RS-25Ds To Be Repurposed For SLS Heavy Lift Vehicles

The relocation of the RS-25D space shuttle main engine inventory from Kennedy Space Center's Engine Shop in Cape Canaveral, FL, is underway. The RS-25D flight engines, repurposed for NASA's Space Launch System, are being moved to NASA's Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi.

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Passengers From Flight 1549 Gather In Charlotte For Reunion

'Miracle On The Hudson' Plane Now On Display At the Carolinas Aviation Museum

Three years ago Sunday, US Airways Flight 1549 departed LaGuardia airport for a routine flight to Charlotte, NC, but got only as far as the Hudson River. The flight, piloted by Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger famously ditched in the river after a bird strike caused both engines to flame out, but in what has now become known as "The Miracle On The Hudson," not a single passenger or crewmenber lost their lives in the accident.

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Militants Find WWII-Era C-47, Gravesites

Indian Paramilitary Forces Say Planes Crashed in 1946

More members of the Greatest Generation may soon be coming home. An online news service in Bangladesh is reporting that Indian paramilitary forces have discovered the wreckage of a World War II C-47B cargo aircraft in northeastern Tripura state.

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Palatka, FL Airport Holds Second Annual Fly-In

Activities Planned To Interest Pilots, Public

Palatka, FL airport officials are set for their second annual Community Open House/Fly-In planned for Saturday January 28th. The event is planned for 0900-1600 EST. “This will be a great opportunity to come out and meet local pilots from all over North East Florida and share what we do with our local and regional community members. There will be plenty of food, fun and festivities," said Airport Manager, John Youell.

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F-15E Reaches Flying-Hour Milestone

Aircraft Has Flown Over 10,000 Hours Since 1990 Introduction

In the early hours of the day on January 13th, the aircraft parking ramp at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan was alive with activity. Checklists were run, hatches checked, bombs loaded and missions briefed, as the crew chiefs, support units, and flyers of F-15E Strike Eagle #89-0487 achieved a milestone 10,000 flying hours.

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Pilot, PAX OK After Landing Gear Failure

Velocity Airplane Landed On Its Belly In Key West, FL

A 2010 Velocity kitplane suffered a landing gear failure and landed on its belly at Key West International Airport Sunday, but the story has a mostly happy ending. While the airplane was damaged, the pilot and three passengers all escaped without injury.

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Tuskegee Airman Honored During Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass Concert

Orlando, Florida Performance Of 'Red Tail Skirmish' Salutes Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard R. Hall, Jr.

A member of the Tuskegee Airmen was honored during a concert by the United States Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass January 14 at The First Academy Faith Hall in Orlando, FL. Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard R. Hall, Jr., a Winter Park, FL, native, was attending Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans when he was called to active duty in 1942 to serve with the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Eminent Domain Backfires On Indiana County

Landowner Wins Settlement After Claiming Undervaluation

Eminent Domain laws allow government agencies to condemn private land for projects which benefit the public, but as one Indiana county has learned the hard way, taking more than is needed, or fudging on the fair value of that land, can get expensive. An attorney for a woman whose land was taken for a runway expansion says he'll file for a judgment to collect $865,000 in compensation won by the landowner in court.

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Aspen's Uczekaj Earns Instrument Ticket

Checkride Passed And Certification Granted January 11

Aspen CEO John Uczakaj writes in his blog Monday that he is the proud holder of an instrument rating to tack on to his PPL. Uczakaj writes that he received the rating on January 11th.

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A Little Aero-Humor Among Friends -- Dan Gryder Guitar Lesson On YouTube

Video Prompts Request For Advice From Jack Pelton

Dan Gryder is a Delta pilot, also an instructor and airshow performer in the DC-3. But he's also a bluegrass musician known for putting together jam sessions at his campsite at Oshkosh each year. Recently, Dan posted a video on YouTube, offering an introductory lesson to guitar players and linked it on his Facebook page, which prompted a humorous exchange with former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.12

Kestrel Aircraft will not assemble its planes in Maine, after all.
India's home-grown helicopter suffers another setback.
And another government committee concludes Lightsquared's pla

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Aero-TV: A Revolution In Progress -- Jerry Gregoire Explains Redbird and Skyport

Here and There, The Aviation Revolution Is Alive And Well...

I don't have to tell you that all things aviation are not in the best shape we've seen them... but here and there, true believers are doing their best to not keep the art and craft of aviation alive and well... but doing their best to advance the art wherever possible. One of those people, a revolutionary at heart, Jerry Gregoire, is trying to make a critical part of the aviation world in the hopes that his own brand of revolution will spark others.

Aero-TV: A Revolution In Progress -- Jerry Gregoire Explains Redbird and Skyport

Here and There, The Aviation Revolution Is Alive And Well...

I don't have to tell you that all things aviation are not in the best shape we've seen them... but here and there, true believers are doing their best to not keep the art and craft of aviation alive and well... but doing their best to advance the art wherever possible. One of those people, a revolutionary at heart, Jerry Gregoire, is trying to make a critical part of the aviation world in the hopes that his own brand of revolution will spark others. Jerry is putting his money where his heart is... A few weeks ago, he finished construction of a multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory, l

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Air France-KLM Unveil Plan To Restore Profitability

Cost-Cutting, Restructuring At The Core Of The Plan

The Board of Directors of Air France-KLM has examined a proposed transformation plan for the group to be implemented over three years (2012-2014) which will focus on three priorities set out on November 9th last year: restoring competitiveness through cost-cutting, restructuring the short- and medium-haul operations and rapidly reducing debt.

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SpaceX Dragon Flight To ISS Postponed

No New Launch Date Set For COTS 2 And 3 Demos

SpaceX's much anticipated launch of an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to dock with ISS has been postponed, with no new launch date set for the test. SpaceX had gotten permission from NASA to combine the COTS 2 and 3 demonstration flights into one.

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F-35C Carrier Landing Capability Questioned

Tail Hook May Be Too Short To Snag Arresting Gear

Engineers testing the capability of the F-35C to snag an arresting cable on an aircraft carrier have come up with a stunning conclusion: the airplane may not be able to do it.

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Ignominious Splash Ends Phobos-Grunt

Debris Of Failed Russian Mars Probe Now Beneath The Pacific

Officials in Russia, US and Europe agree that based on tracking data, it appears the failed Phobos-Grunt Mars probe burned up on re-entry over the Pacific Ocean Sunday afternoon. The BBC reports the spacecraft's last orbit took it over Japan and the Solomon Islands, to the east of Australia and New Zealand. Alexei Zolotukhin of the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti, "Phobos-Grunt fragments have crashed down in the Pacific Ocean." The official Russian conclusion is that the fragments fell about 1,250 kilometers (777 miles) west of the island of Wellington at about 1745Z.

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Delta, US Airways Among AMR Suitors

Analysts Worry Delta + AMR Might Be Too Big

As Delta Airlines, US Airways and a private equity firm called TPG Group appear to be mulling bids to take over struggling American Airlines, business experts are weighing in on who might prevail, and wondering if anti-trust regulators will go along.

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Remains Found, Believed To Be From Downed Comanche Off Massachusetts Coast

Aircraft Went Down On Flight To Hyannis From Martha's Vineyard

The bodies of two people believed to have been aboard a single-engine Piper which authorities believe went down in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Massachusetts have been found on a beach, but the wreckage of the airplane has not been located.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.17.12)

“I am pleased with the aggressive package we have put forth in conjunction with strong local support to make this major job creation contribution to Superior.” Source: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.12): Obstruction Light

A light or one of a group of lights, usually red or white, frequently mounted on a surface structure or natural terrain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.12)

The Beginner's Guide To Aeronautics

The next time your youngster asks "how does an airplane fly," or "how to rockets get into space," ... you can direct them to this website from NASA's Glenn Research Center.

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PRODUCT: Socata Model TBM 700 airplanes

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