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January 19, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.12

Wall Street vultures are circling over LightSquared.
A ministry is fined for interfering with aviation communications.
And TSA is again on the defensive over radiation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.12

GAMA responds to the White House's continued support of user fees.
A contractor reports a helicopter down in Afghanistan.
And the Citation Ten prototype has made its first flight.


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ANN Readers Sound Off About User Fees

Reaction To 'We The People' Petition Response Overwhelmingly Negative

ANN certainly struck an nerve when we asked for your comments following a fairly perfunctory response from the Office of Management and Budget concerning a petition against aviation user fees. Some went to far as to call for a boycott, with pilots refusing to fly for a day in an effort to point out how GA and the economy are intertwined.

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PZL-Swidnik Signs Contracts For Five Helicopters And 14 Upgrades

Total Contract Value Placed At Around $115 Million

The Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement with PZL-Swidnik for the supply of five W-3WA Sokól helicopters and the upgrade of 14 helicopters. The manufacture and upgrading activities will be undertaken at the PZL-Swidnik factory in Poland, and the total value of the contract is placed at about $115 million (US).

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'FIFI' Becomes A Snowbird ... Of Sorts

World's Only Airworthy B-29 Superfortress To Visit Florida This Spring

The Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron is proud to announce that the world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” is going to visit Florida during the month of March. While in Florida “FIFI” will be visiting, Gainesville, Daytona, Titusville, Ft. Lauderdale, Punta Gorda, Lakeland and Tallahassee.

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Bell Expected To Introduce Clean Sheet Helicopter 'Soon'

Non-Military Aircraft In Development For Long-Haul Offshore Market

Bell Helicopter is reportedly getting very close to unveiling its new civilian helicopter, which it is developing for use primarily in the offshore oil market. The aircraft will fill a niche transporting oil and natural gas workers more than 200 miles off shore.

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Aspen Adds Worldwide Terrain Data For ESV

Upgrade Also Improves Resolution In 'Virtually All' Areas

Aspen Avionics Tuesday announced the availability of an improved Jeppesen terrain database that expands the Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) operation area to regions outside of the continental United States. The new terrain database significantly improves terrain data resolution in virtually all operating areas, enabling the Evolution System to display synthetic vision most everywhere Aspen customers fly.

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FAA Bill Focus Of Anti-Cravaack Radio Ads

Pressure On Republican To Break Ranks, Support Union Election Rules

A series of radio ads sponsored by the Communications Workers of America has been launched in some Minnesota markets. The target of the ads is Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack, who has been in favor of the version of the long-term FAA funding bill coming out of the Republican-controlled house which supports changes in union election laws.

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Blended Winglets Save Three Billion Gallons Of Aviation Fuel

API Claims Significant Fuel Savings For Business, Commercial Aircraft

As of 1456 PST on Sunday, January 15, 2012, the patented Blended Winglet Technology developed by Aviation Partners Inc. has saved the worlds' commercial and business aircraft operators an estimated three billion gallons of jet fuel, according to a company news release.

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US Aviation Takes 10,000th Work Order

Expanding Services To Be Added Going Forward

Since 2006, when US Aviation opened their service department, they have written up 10,000 work orders covering everything from annual inspections, to repairs for gear up landings and burned out tail lights. They are one of the largest Cessna repair facilities in the south, and have become a factory authorized service center for Mooney, Diamond, Centurion, Lycoming, most major Light Sport Aircraft manufacturers, and are developing relationships with other GA aircraft companies.

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WingX Pro7 Version 6.1 Adds Support For iPhone, Zaon Traffic, AvConnect

Integrates Seattle Avionics' Auto-Router Route Planning Capability

Hilton Software LLC announces WingX Pro7 support for iPhone including its 3D Synthetic Vision and optional AHRS integration. Enhancements to WingX Pro7 Synthetic Vision include new pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-pitch capabilities that provide a pilot with look-around ability and a new Birds Eye View mode enabling pilots to get an expansive 3D terrain view.

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Thales, Aerovision Present Frontex With UAV For Border Control

Fulmar UAV Was The Only Fully Spanish Model Presented To The European Agency For Border Control Purposes

Thales and Aerovisión have given a real flight demonstration of the Fulmar UAV for the European Agency Frontex, which is charged with coordinating the border control operations of the European Union member states.

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WSI To Launch Fusion 4.2 With Expanded Global Weather

Latest Version Improves Worldwide Tracking And Avoidance Of Flight Hazards

WSI (Weather Services International) said Tuesday it will soon be releasing WSI Fusion 4.2. The new version, which will be available by the end of January, further extends WSI Fusion's global weather and flight management capabilities for improved operational efficiency, safety and global decision-support.

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New Canadian Customer Signed By AeroMechanical Services

New Client Will Be The Company's Largest

AeroMechanical Services (AMA) has signed a contract with an airline that will become the Company's largest Canadian customer for seven Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 220 and 12 of the next generation AFIRS 228B, for a total of 19 aircraft.

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Aero-TV: 5 Questions At Oshkosh -- What's Right with GA?

OK... Let's Start With The Positive Side Of The Situation...

Do we have to tell you that these are difficult times for aviation? After decades of stunted growth, the wiles of a bad economy, tough politics and escalating complication have driven way too many flyers out of the world of flight. Still... it does have a few things that keep people entranced and that said, let's look at the bright side of the issue before we delve into the problems we face. Over the course of a few days at Oshkosh 2011, the Aero-TV crews took a break now and then to question the attendees about what was truly right about aviation.

Aero-TV: 5 Questions At Oshkosh -- What's Right with GA?

OK... Let's Start With The Positive Side Of The Situation...

Do we have to tell you that these are difficult times for aviation? After decades of stunted growth, the wiles of a bad economy, tough politics and escalating complication have driven way too many flyers out of the world of flight. Still... it does have a few things that keep people entranced and that said, let's look at the bright side of the issue before we delve into the problems we face. Over the course of a few days at Oshkosh 2011, the Aero-TV crews took a break now and then to question the attendees about what was truly right about aviation.

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NTSB Cites ATC Error As Probable Cause In Near Mid-Air

Embraer 145 Came Within 300 Feet Of A Cessna 172 At The Same Altitude

Today the NTSB cited an operational error by a tower air traffic controller as the probable cause of a near mid-air collision involving a commercial jetliner and a small private plane over the Gulfport-Biloxi airport.

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OSHA Orders AirTran Airways To Reinstate Pilot

Whistleblower Owed Over $1 million In Back Wages And Damage

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages plus interest and compensatory damages.

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Sukhoi Began Flight Tests Of 3rd Serial Su-35S Fighter

Airplane Reportedly Performed 'Flawlessly'

The 3rd serial multi-purpose fighter — Su-35S-3 joining the flight test program Tuesday. Piloted by test pilot Taras Artsebarsky, the airplane took off from the airfield at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association. Various modes of propulsion and integrated control systems, as well as stability and controllability characteristics, were tested in the flight, which lasted over two hours. Engines, systems and equipment all reportedly operated 'flawlessly'.  

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NTSB Prelim Released In Wyoming Helo Accident

No Injuries, But Unlicensed Pilot Fled The Scene

This is one of those stories that is just a little bizarre, and which could have had much, much more serious consequences. A mechanic who had been issued a student pilot certificate in 1988 was flying a Bell 407 with passengers on board, and (big surprise) went down during the so-called joyride.

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Second 'Flysafe Giveaway Extravaganza' Winner Announced

Avidyne Launches A Third Annual Contest For 2012

After hearing he was the grand prize winner in Avidyne's "FlySafe Giveaway Extravaganza", Piper Archer owner Stephen Gansky of Newtown, PA's comment was one heard often from contest winners: “I can’t believe it! I never win anything, this is great.”

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Mooney Makes Emergency Landing On Florida Beach

Pilot And His Dog, The Only Passenger, Walk Away From The Incident

A 1970 Mooney 20F made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon on Atlantic Beach in northeast Florida. The pilot was accompanied only by his pet dog, and both were reportedly uninjured in the accident.

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NASA To Hand Over Shuttle Trainer 'Keys' To Seattle Museum

Full Fuselage Trainer Schooled Astronauts In Emergency Procedures, Cockpit Controls

Most likely by the time you read this, NASA's Johnson Space Center will have officially handed over the "keys" to the Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer to the Seattle Museum of Flight. The ceremony is planned for 0830 CST Thursday, and will include an official signing of the Space Act Agreement that will transfer ownership of the trainer, which includes both a crew cockpit and shuttle cargo bay area.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.19.12)

"I've watched as pilots I know who fly for the major and regional carriers take pay cuts or lose pensions. I've watched as Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft and others shut down production lines. And now we are going to turn around and tell these people they have to pay an additional fee per flight." Source: ANN Reader Ron Ivey of Leesburg, FL.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.19.12): Marginal Visual Flight Rules (MVFR)

MVFR criteria means a ceiling between 1,000 and 3,000 feet and/or 3 to 5 miles visibility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.19.12)

United States Parachute Association

USPA’s mission is to "promote safe skydiving and support those who enjoy it."

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