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February 15, 2012

Aero-News Alert: FCC Rejects LightSquared's 4G Wireless Service

Final Action Comes Following A Letter From the NTIA

The FCC has pulled the plug on LightSquared's attempt to establish a 4G wireless data network on frequencies adjacent to those used by GPS.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.15.12

The President has signed the new FAA funding bill.
The European Space Agency is celebrating a successful Vega mission.
And Boeing's biggest single order ever is finalized.


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President Obama Signs Long-Term FAA Bill

Ends String Of 23 Continuing Resolution Funding The Agency

The final piece of the long-term FAA funding puzzle fell into place Tuesday, as President Barack Obama signed the $63.4 billion long-term FAA funding measure hammered out by Congress. The signing brings to an end a string of 23 short-term continuing resolutions which have funded the agency since 2007.

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ALAFCO Orders An Additional 35 A320neos

Lessor Strengthens Portfolio With World’s Fastest Selling Aircraft

Kuwait-based aircraft leasing company ALAFCO Aviation Lease And Finance Company has finalized a purchase order for 35 A320neo Family aircraft, bringing its total backlog for the type to 85. The firm contract is an increase of the previous agreement signed at the 2011 Dubai Airshow for 50 A320neo aircraft.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Formation Of Suborbital Coalition

Will Facilitate Flights By Teachers, Students, Researchers, And Companies

As the commercial spaceflight industry prepares for its first commercial launches, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is announcing the creation of a new coalition to bring suborbital spaceflight to students, teachers, researchers, and companies across the country. The passage of legislation to ensure a stable regulatory climate for commercial spaceflight was the starting gun, and regular commercial service is expected within two years.

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Era Helicopters Orders Seven EC135s

Aircraft Will Be Deployed Throughout Gulf Of Mexico Operations

Era Helicopters and American Eurocopter announced Era’s acquisition of seven EC135 helicopters. With this purchase, Era’s fleet will include 17 of the model.

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Max-Viz Gains EASA STC Approval For King Airs

EVS Compatible With Video-Enabled Proline 21 Flight Decks

EASA has granted an STC to Max-Viz for the installation of Max-Viz-EVS-1500 Infra-red Enhanced Vision Systems on European Registered Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 Series aircraft as well as the King Air C90GT and GTi.

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Boeing To Begin Final Phase Of 737 MAX Wind Tunnel Testing

Planemaker Says Re-Engined Airplane On Track For 2017 Entry Into Service

The  final phase of wind tunnel testing is scheduled to begin on the 737 MAX program this week. "Wind tunnel testing is on the critical design path of the program," said Michael Teal, chief project engineer and deputy program manager, 737 MAX program. "Based on previous work in the wind tunnel, we are confident this final phase of testing will substantiate our predictions of the aerodynamic performance of the airplane."

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HAI Heli-Center To Return To AirVenture

Two Organizations Announce Agreement During Heli-Expo

The EAA and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) have renewed an agreement that assures the return of the popular Heli-Center on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh flightline in 2012 and includes other support for this year’s 60th annual EAA fly-in gathering, which will take place July 23-29.

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Steven Rush Elected President Of PHPA

Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International Meeting Held At Heli-Expo In Dallas

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, elected Steven Rush to serve as president at its board meeting in Dallas, Texas on February 12, 2012. OPEIU represents approximately 3,000 helicopter pilots throughout the United States and Canada.

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NASA Hosts Events To Celebrate 50 Years Of Americans In Orbit

Glenn, Carpenter To Participate In Events At KSC In Florida

In celebration of 50 years of Americans in orbit, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host several events February 17 and 18 with some of the country's first space travelers.

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Pentagon Eyes 'Economical' New Bomber

AF CoS Gen. Norman Schwartz Said Design Should Not Be 'Extravagant'

As the Air Force looks for its next bomber aircraft, the design should not be "extravagant," and the aircraft should be affordable. Those parameters were laid out in a speech by Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz last week.

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Woman Misses Flight When TSA Can't Screen Her

Female Screeners Home, So Pat-Down Couldn't Be Done

An odd case in Rock Springs, Wyoming suggests we may need to plan further ahead when flying out of small commercial airports. A woman says the TSA did not allow her to board her flight from Rock Springs to Denver because all the female screeners had been sent home for the day by TSA, leaving nobody who could legally perform a pat-down at the checkpoint.

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Stun Gun Found On Virgin Australia 737

Airline Believes It Fell Out Of A Carry-On Bag

A cabin crew making final checks of a Virgin Australia 737 before takeoff Friday reported found a stun gun. It's believed to have fallen out of a passenger's bag as a flight attendant rearranged items in an overhead bin.

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Stolen Airplane Down In Concord, CA

Only Person On Board Fatally Injured In The Accident

A Cessna 172 reported stolen from Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR) in Contra Costa County, CA, was found crashed into the bank of a canal west of Fresno, CA last week. The sole occupant of the aircraft was fatally injured in the accident.

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Creating A Hold -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 7)

One Of The More Unpleasant (And Often Pointless) Tasks In Flying IFR Has Never Been Simpler

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users.

Creating A Hold -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 7)

One Of The More Unpleasant (And Often Pointless) Tasks In Flying IFR Has Never Been Simpler

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.

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Blakey: Obama Budget Puts 350K Aerospace, Defense Workers' Jobs At Risk

Says Companies Are Already Starting To Downsize Anticipating Austerity Budgets

In a statement released shortly after the President rolled out his FY2013 budget outline, AIA president Marion Blakey released a statement calling the budget a "direct hit" on American aerospace and defense workers. She says the result of the approximately $487 billion, ten-year cut to the defense budget alone, buying power to procure technologies that fuel U.S. military strength will be reduced in 2013 by approximately $20 billion.

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A4A: White House Budget Would Offset Deficit On Backs Of Airline Customers

Airline Association Says FY2013 Budget Proposal Seeks To Raise Billions Of Aviation Dollars, Will Cost Thousands Of Jobs, Impact Fares, Affect Service

Airlines for America (A4A) said Monday following the release of President Obama's budget that the White House budget proposal seeks to offset the deficit on the backs of airline customers by adding even more tax increases. The group says the budget as it is written would impact demand for air travel and ultimately cost jobs and service to communities.

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Boeing, Lion Air Finalize Historic Order For Up To 380 737s

Airline Orders 201 737 MAXs, 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs ... Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Order For Boeing

Jakarta-based Lion Air finalized a deal with Boeing Monday for a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range). The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes.

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NASA Budget Request Tops $17 Billion

Includes $4 Billion For Human Exploration Operations

As President Obama was releasing his proposed budget for FY2013, NASA was rolling out its budget request for the fiscal year which will begin October 1. The agency says in a news release that, despite a "constrained" fiscal environment, the NASA FY13 budget "continues to implement the space science and exploration program agreed to by President Obama and a bipartisan majority in Congress."

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LCI Signs Agreement For Fleet Of AgustaWestland Helos

Deal Covers Purchase Of Multiple AW139, AW169, AW189 Models

A deal has been inked between AgustaWestland and Lease Corporation International (LCI) covering the purchase of a fleet of AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters. The related contract, which also includes options, is valued in excess of $395 million U.S. Building on its successful growth in the narrow and wide-body fixed-wing leasing market, LCI’s new helicopter division plans to offer helicopter operators an attractive alternative to buying and financing the purchase of the helicopters.

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Bond Aviation Group Orders 16 S-92 Helicopters

Largest One-Time Order For The S-92 Ever Received

Sikorsky Aircraft today announced that Bond Aviation Group, the British helicopter operator and subsidiary company of the World Helicopters Group, has signed a contract to buy 16 S-92 helicopters. The purchase is the largest one-time acquisition of S-92 aircraft ever received by Sikorsky Aircraft.

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Pilots' Union Hails ICAO Panel Action To Safeguard Lithium Battery Shipments

ALPA Calls For Approval By ICAO Air Navigation Commission And Council

Recommendations made by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel that the organization apply dangerous goods safety standards in the areas of labeling, training, inspection, and pilot notification to shipments of lithium batteries by air are being applauded by the Air Line Pilots Association.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.15.12)

"It makes absolutely no sense at a time when we should be encouraging economic and business development enabled by travel and tourism that we would discourage flying by trying to balance the budget on the backs of airline customers with yet another tax." Source: A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.12): Repair Station

A maintenance facility certificated under 14 CFR part 145 to perform maintenance functions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.12)

Avaition On Snopes

Urban legends about aviation abound. If you have an interest in a particular urban legend, or just want to see what kinds of things have cropped up over the years, you can go to and enter the search term "aviation."

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