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January 30, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.12

Employment with US airlines is on the rise.
An early wildfire season means more jobs for aircraft mechanics.
And US Airways flight attendants may soon have a new contract.


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ANN Special Feature: Know Your Electrical System - 01.30.12

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about Bob's belief that modern aircraft demand pilots become thoroughly familiar with electrical systems.


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EADS Board Of Directors Announces Future Top Management Appointments

Tom Enders To Take Over As CEO Following Louis Gallois

The EADS Board of Directors has met Thursday for one of its regularly scheduled meetings in Amsterdam. During this meeting, it was determined that Tom Enders would be designated to take over the role of CEO when Louis Gallois steps down from the position at the end of his mandate.

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Republic Airways Names New Frontier CEO, President And Interim COO

Company Also Names Other Key Executive Positions

Republic Airways announced Thursday that David Siegel will join the Company as CEO, President, and interim Chief Operating Officer of Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. Siegel’s appointment is another step towards the goal of making Frontier Airlines a viable, strong and independent business. Siegel and the entire Frontier executive team will be based at Frontier’s headquarters in Denver, CO.

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Squadrons Team Up For E-2D Evaluation

Units Conducting Four Weeks Of Operational Analysis

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 combined forces with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 to bring a joint detachment to Naval Air Station Jacksonville Jan. 16, to help meet its schedule for the E-2D Hawkeye Initial Operational Test and Evaluation. The squadrons are conducting four weeks of operational evaluations.

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New Yoga Room Now Open At SFO

Just In Time For Delays Caused By Runway Construction

Pardon the California stereotype, but we didn't make this up. Four years of runway construction at San Francisco International Airport is coincidentally getting underway just as a new "Zen Room" opens, so passengers stressed out over the delays will be able to keep themselves stress-free, centered and stretched, just inside the security checkpoint in Terminal 2.

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Airbus Takes Orders For A320neos, A330 Freighters

A330 Production Hits An All Time High

Airbus says it has firmed up its largest-ever Latin-American order, while it continues to increase production of its A330 airliner.

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NASA's Kepler Announces 11 Planetary Systems Hosting 26 Planets

Agency Continues To Find New Planets And 'Planet Objects', But None In The Habitable Zone

NASA says its Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form.

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Nominations Open For European Biz-Av Award

Winner To Receive Award At EBACE 2012 In May

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the co-organizers of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), are calling for nominations for the 2012 European Business Aviation Award. The award honors individuals and/or companies who have made significant contributions to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, and is presented each year during EBACE.

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First Of Five 747-8 Freighters Delivered To AirBridgeCargo Airlines

Cargo Carrier Has Options For Five Additional Aircraft

The delivery of the first of five new Boeing 747-8 Freighters to AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group was made Thursday. "The introduction of the Boeing 747-8F represents a huge commitment to our customers since we are investing in state of the art equipment to further expand our network," said Tatyana Arslanova, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

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Becker DVCS6100 Included In Army’s New UH-72A Lakota MEP Aircraft

First Aircraft With The Intercom Flying For Mississippi National Guard

Becker Avionics' Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS 6100) is being included in the avionics package on the U.S. Army’s new UH-72A Lakota Mission Equipment Package (MEP) aircraft, a variant of this highly successful Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).

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Custom Helicopters Sold For $29 Million

Exchange Income Corporation Adds Helo Service To A Growing Aviation Portfolio

Exchange Income Corporation has signed a letter of intent to acquire the operations and assets of Custom Helicopters, a privately-owned provider of helicopter-based aviation services in Manitoba and Nunavut.

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Danish Company In Discussions For MH-60R Helicopter Support

Danish Aerotech Would Service Seahawk Helos For The Royal Danish Navy

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed Monday between Danish Aerotech A/S and Sikorsky to discuss the possibility of establishing a maritime helicopter logistic support capability in Denmark should the Danish Government acquire MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for the Royal Danish Navy.

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AD: Thielert Aircraft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-02-05

PRODUCT: All Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-02-114 reciprocating engines.

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Has The FAA Hotline Become A Tool Of Criminal Harassment?

Friend Of "Aviation Criminal" Site Gets Turned In, Anonymously, For Alleged Medical Ailment

News/Analysis by ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell ANN is monitoring the complex and bewildering plight of an airman in California who was turned into the FAA some weeks ago, via the FAA Hotline, anonymously. The anonymous tipster told the FAA that "Pilot X" (identified that way in order to allow him some protection from further harassment) had kidney stones -- a malady the FAA Medical folks can consider immediately disqualifying for flight privileges.

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Airborne 01.27.12: GAMA To Obama--Support GA!, FAA Funding, A380 ADs, Sebring!!!

Also: NTSB, Cubs, OMB Killing Towers, Atlantis' New Home, Great Glider Vids, And Traveling Politicians!!!

Airborne 01.27.12 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, January 27th, 2012... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: GAMA Wants Obama To Support GA House and Senate Leaders Appear To Compromise On FAA Funding EASA Issues A380 AD

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Klyde Morris (01.30.12)

Apparently, Klyde's Not Much Of A Joiner...


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NIMBYs At Work: California Resolution Backs Helo Restrictions

Critics: Flights Causing Most Noise Would Be Exempted

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill in the state legislature which supports the idea of federal restrictions on noisy, low-flying helicopters over Los Angeles neighborhoods. But opponents, including helo operators, say most of the helicopters riling the neighbors would be exempt, and the proposed restrictions would achieve little.

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Airline Consumer Advocate Launches Final Push For Airline Passengers Rights Says Three Hour Rule May Be At Risk

Final negotiations appear to be underway for the long anticipated FAA Reauthorization Bill in Congress. Flyers Rights, in concert with its national partners, are engaging in a final push to get the Senate version of the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights included in the final bill.

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Northrop Grumman Statement On the Global Hawk Block 30 Program

Expresses Disappointment With Pentagon Decision To Cancel The Program

Following the announcement Wednesday by the Pentagon that it was cancelling the Northorp Grumman Global Hawk Block 30 program as a cost-savings measure, the company released a statement expressing its disappointment with the move, and said it plans to work with the Pentagon to assess alternatives to program termination.

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NASA Renames Earth-Observing Mission In Honor Of Satellite Pioneer

Meteorologist Verner Suomi Recognized By The Space Agency

NASA has renamed its newest Earth-observing satellite in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin who is recognized widely as "the father of satellite meteorology." The announcement was made Jan. 24 at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans.

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New Composite Main Rotor Blades Developed For Model 47 Fleet

Scott’s–Bell 47 Says New Blades Interchangeable In Pairs With OEM Parts

Scott’s–Bell 47 (SB47) has firmed up a contracted with IAC Ltd. to develop new composite main rotor blades for the model 47 fleet. The new main rotor blade will consist of a custom selected airfoil for improved performance and will be developed using the latest composite materials design & manufacturing technologies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.12): Hovering In Ground Effect

Hovering In Ground Effect Operating at such an altitude (usually less than one rotor diameter above the surface) that the influence of ground effect is realized.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.12)

Aero Linx: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft. Each year the Museum hosts thousands of visitors, school groups, families and senior citizens. Tourists of all ages from the U.S and abroad come here to witness the history and the future of the helicopter. Through our library's continually growing collection of documents, artifacts, films, memoirs and research the Museum serves as an important source of public information about rotary wing aircraft. Appropriately, the Museum is

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.30.12)

"I think this story is very important and should be questioned and told. The FAA must, in no way, take an anonymous phone call and turn it into an inquisition on the pilot. A simple inquiry would have been the best first contact. The pilot is guilty until proven innocent, and as the letter clearly states, it's ALL on the accused pilot. And I take that as the FAA can do anything they please to go as far as they please to make you prove anything they demand, along with suspending or revoking a pilot's medical until they feel the matter is resolved, AND demanding private medical records that have no bearing on the complaint. All this from an anonymous phone call. Read More





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