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February 13, 2012

Seven-Time Master CFI Stowell To Be Featured During 2012 Safety Standdown

Program Will Debut In Florida In March

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee identified loss of control–inflight (LOC-I) as the number one cause of fatal general aviation accidents over the last decade. Consequently, this year’s FAASTeam Safety Standdown offers a multi-layered approach to help pilots reduce the risk of an inflight loss of control.

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WAI Announces Conference Speakers

Annual Event Scheduled Next Month In Dallas

Women in Aviation International (WAI) promises attendees at its 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be informed and inspired by an exceptional lineup of speakers. This year’s conference happens March 8-10 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.

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New Maintenance Director At Flight Design

Dave Armando Named By German Firm's US Importer

Flight Design has announced the appointment of Dave Armando as Director of Maintenance for Flight Design USA. The Connecticut company is the national importer for Flight Design GmbH, designer and producer of the CT and MC series of Light-Sport Aircraft. The German company is also developing a new four seat aircraft designated C4.

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ERAU Flight Data Analysis Research Project Completed

CAPACG, AvConnect Analyzed Garmin G1000 Data Using Advance Cloud-Based Tool

The the first-ever detailed analysis of Garmin G1000 flight data for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) has been completed by CAPACG and AvConnect. This study is one task associated with a multifaceted, FAA-funded research project – entitled the General Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Research Project – through the Center for General Aviation Research.

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Greenwalt Named AIA's Vice President Of Acquisition Policy

Formerly Served On House Appropriations Committee Staff

William Greenwalt has joined AIA as Vice President of Acquisition Policy, bringing extensive procurement public policy experience in both the legislative and executive branches to the position. "Bill has tremendous experience in both government and industry," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

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Night Flight Concepts Unveils New Solutions At Heli-Expo

NVG And Laser Defense 'Transform Night Operations'

At HAI's Heli-Expo 2012, Night Flight Concepts (NFC) says it will showcase new night vision solution options that deliver greater safety and performance. NFC’s new cost-effective NVG Solution Bundles for NVG sustainment and Laser Armor Laser Defense solutions for civil operators both promise to transform night operations.

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BAE Systems Announces New Regional Aircraft Support Contracts

Outlines Initiatives For Improved Service On Avro RJ, Jetstream Turboprop Operators

A range of new contract wins across its Regional Aircraft Support and Engineering businesses was announced by BAE Systems on Friday. The regional jet maker also outlined new initiatives for improved support offerings.

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SpaceX To Launch Asiasat 6 And Asiasat 8 In 2014

Satellites Will Boost To Orbit Aboard A Falcon 9 Rocket

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) unveiled an agreement Wednesday for the launch two AsiaSat communications satellites using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in 2014.

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AOPA Announces Management Changes

Heidi Williams Promoted To VP, Air Traffic Services And Modernization

AOPA has promoted Heidi Williams to Vice President, Air Traffic Services and Modernization. Craig Spence, Vice President of Operations and International Affairs, will continue to lead AOPA's security advocacy efforts and will take on greater responsibilities related to international activities.

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NASA Seeks Proposals For Green Propellant Technology Demonstrations

Agency Seeks Replacement For Toxic Hydrazine

NASA is seeking technology demonstration proposals for green propellant alternatives to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine. As NASA works with American companies to open a new era of access to space, the agency seeks innovative and transformative fuels that are less harmful to our environment.

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Southwest Airlines Announces New 'Vice President Of People'

Just Southwest's Way Of Saying 'Human Resources'

As an airline known for often doing things their own way, Southwest Airlines recently introduced Julie Weber as the new "Vice President of People." In her new position, Weber is responsible for all activities involved in bringing the right People into Southwest Airlines; giving all Employees the opportunity for personal and professional growth; and assuring quality and depth of Leadership throughout the Company.

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FAA Certifies 5-Blade Propeller On Dornier 228-Series

MT-Propeller Claims Increased Performance, Reduced Noise With New Prop

MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH has received an FAA STC for the next generation 5-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-27-1-E-C-F-R(G)/CFRL250-55b on the Dornier Do228-100, -200 Series Series with the Engines Honeywell TPE331-5-252D, TPE331-5B-252D or TPE331-10T-511D, TPE331-10P-511D. The installation is certified by FAA STC No.SA03052NY.

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Bell's New '525' Proves To Be Relentless

Launch Customer For Garmin G5000H, 525 Relentless Joins Bell's Ranks As Super Medium Helicopter

Promoted with a fair degree of showmanship, Bell Helicopter has unveiled the first public view of what they call the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless, early on the opening day of the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. “Today, we celebrate with our customers – not only the launch of this new product – but the result of our collective efforts to define a new class of helicopter that raises the bar on innovation in the industry,” said John Garrison, President & CEO, Bell Helicopter.

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Airborne 02.10.12: FAA Gets Bucks, Boeing Re-Glues 787s, DoT Needs Controllers

Also: More DA40's, SpaceX Tests Draco, NATA Hates Legal Abuse, AEA Talks Rotors, Schumer Hates Helo's, Global's CH11, and M.I.T. In Space!!!

  Steve Appleton Lost In Lancair Crash FAA Gets Reauthorized FAA Mandated to Create UAV Rules New CEO For HBC Sierra Nevada Rebuts HBC Cessna Latitude Gets More Range 787 Fuselage Repairs DOT IG: Controller Shortage Red Bull Stratos Jump Near SpaceX E

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Eurocopter Unveils New EC130 T2

Seven Launch Customers Order A Whopping Total of 105 Helicopters

Eurocopter has shown off their latest variant in the distinguished EC130 program, dubbed the EC130-T2. Enhancements to comfort, operational performance and versatility provided the foundation for this upgrade program. The EC130 T2 was revealed during  the 2012 Heli-Expo exhibition in Dallas, Texas, where Eurocopter also announced seven launch customers for the rotary-wing aircraft covering a total of 105 bookings: Maverick Helicopters, Papillon Helicopters, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Scandinavian Helicopter Group, Air Commander, Europavia and Enloe FlightCare.

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US Navy Leads On 'Green' Fuels

Transition Driven By Logistics Concerns

Environmentalists are pushing the carbon agenda, but it could be the US Navy which ends up leading breakthroughs to free us from fossil fuels. The reasons have little to do with global warming, and everything to do with military logistics.

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Lider Aviacao Buys Three S-92 Helicopters

Helos Will Work Brazilian Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms

Sikorsky Aircraft has sold Brazilian helicopter operator, Lider Aviacao, S-92 helicopters. Lider will operate the aircraft predominantly to serve the growing Petrobras demand for large rotorcraft capable of transporting workers to offshore oil and gas platforms. The three new aircraft will join Lider's existing fleet of four S-92 helicopters and 42 Sikorsky S-76 helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas market in Brazil.

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Klyde Morris (02.13.12)

Klyde Remains a Mite 'Occupied'


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'God' Gone From USAF RCO Patch

Atheists Group Protested Religious Tone

The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers has succeeded in getting the word "God" removed from the patch logo for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. A group of 35 GOP lawmakers have written Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, urging them to put it back.

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Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype Introduced At Heli-Expo

Van Horn Aviation Claims Increased Performance From New Design

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) will display a prototype of its new Bell 412/212 tail rotor blade here at Heli-Expo. Designed by VHA engineers in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron representatives, the new tail rotor blade is predicted to increase tail rotor authority while reducing pilot workload and eliminating inspections required by the current rotor blade’s airworthiness directives (AD).

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Concorde To Supply Batteries For B717, MD-90

Boeing Has Approved Units As Alternative IRS Standby Power Supplies

Concorde Battery said in a news release Thursday that Boeing has approved Concorde’s RG-150-1 & RG-150-2 battery packs as alternative IRS standby power supplies for Boeing models 717 and MD-90 Series. Concorde says its sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG), absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries are a more economical solution with no maintenance requirements and reduced cost per flight hour.

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Precision Aviation Group (PAG) Launches Rotorcraft Services Division

Gardner Aviation Services (GAS) Will Be Headquarters For New Venture

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has launched a Rotorcraft Services Division at its subsidiary Gardner Aviation Services (GAS). This Division will provide Helicopter-specific Avionics Upgrades/Installs, Airframe Maintenance, and MRO services at GAS' 35,000 square foot facilities located at the Atlanta Regional Airport (KFFC), in Peachtree City, GA.

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Piaggio Aero Introduces The P.180 Avanti II Aircraft In China

CAEA Aviation To Become Exclusive Chinese Sales Agent

Piaggio Aero and CAEA (Beijing) Aviation Investment Co., Ltd. officially announced at the Singapore Air Show their agreement for the sale of the first two P.180 Avanti II aircraft in China. The aircraft will be delivered in Beijing in July 2012 and will be operated in China following Piaggio Aero’s CAAC Certification that was obtained in October 2011.

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Dassault Falcon Offers ADS-B Out STC For Falcon 50EX Aircraft

Replaces Existing Transponders With Upgraded Units

AN STC to install ADS-B Out on Falcon 50EX aircraft equipped with ProLine 4 avionics has been issued to the jet manufacturer. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance dates set by airworthiness authorities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.13.12)

Aero Linx: American Helicopter Society (AHS) International The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is the world's premier vertical flight technical society. Since its inception in 1943, AHS has been a major force in the advancement of the global rotorcraft industry. AHS works to affect change to benefit the industry and create recognition of the benefits of vertical flight. AHS leads advocacy efforts to Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, FAA, and the public. We are pushing for the advancement of future vertical lift.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.13.12): Gyroscopic Precession

Gyroscopic Precession A characteristic of all rotating bodies. When a force is applied to the periphery of a rotating body parallel to its axis of rotation, the rotating body will tilt in the direction of the applied force 90° later in the plane of rotation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.13.12)

"I’ve set five goals for the Navy, the biggest of which and we’re going to meet these goals is that by 2020 at least half of all energy that the Navy uses, both afloat and ashore, will come from non fossil fuel sources." Source: Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy... who has formed a belief that freeing the US military from the constraints of the world petroleum supply will be crucial to preserving its ability to act when necessary.

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