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February 17, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.17.12

The Icon A5 is now officially spin-resistant.
Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks out against UAVs. the LightSquared mess really over?

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Pipistrel Circumnavigation Attempt Is Safe In Antarctica

Landed On The Southernmost Continent February 16th

The Slovene pilot Matevž Lenarcic, who is flying around the world in his modified Virus SW 914 Turbo with an Intercooler unit, made a succesfull landing in the Antarctic February 16th at 1800 CET on the antarctic base of Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva. This historic moment is the first-ever landing of a Pipistrel airrcaft of the 7th continent.

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Concerned About UAVs In U.S. Airspace

Former New Mexico Governor Warns Of 'Government Snooping At An Entirely New Level'

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is running for President of the United States as a Libertarian, is calling congressional approval of legislation making it easier for the government to operate unmanned drones over U.S. soil an “ominous step that raises serious concerns about individual freedom and privacy.”

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Gulfstream G280 Moves Closer To Entry-Into-Service

Company Says Aircraft Surpassing All Performance Expectations

Gulfstream’s G280 aircraft is steadily moving toward entry-into-service, having completed several flight-test milestones en route to type certification later this year from the FAA. The aircraft received a provisional type certificate (PTC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel on December 29, 2011. A PTC from the FAA will follow. The aircraft is slated to enter service mid-year.

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Eurocopter Completes Another Successful Heli-Expo

Launched Its Latest Helicopter Evolution And Logged 191 Orders

Eurocopter says it had a highly successful 2012 Heli-Expo exposition, marking 20 years of helicopter excellence announcing orders and commitments for 191 rotary-wing aircraft, as well as spotlighting the latest innovation in production, safety and services. The high point of Eurocopter’s activity at Heli-Expo – the world’s largest helicopter industry event – was its rollout of the new EC130 T2, which features enhanced comfort, improved operational performance and increased versatility.

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Air Australia Goes Bankrupt, Parks Planes

Thousands Of Passengers Stranded, Told To Make Other Arrangements

When budget carrier Air Australia found its self without the money to maintain its daily operations on Friday Australian time, it parked its planes and told thousands of passengers they need to make other travel arrangements.

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Metro Aviation Orders Five EC145s

Joins Louisiana Fleet Of 17 Used In EMS Work

American Eurocopter reports that Metro Aviation has signed for five more EC145 helicopters. The agreement is for three firm orders with an additional two options. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in March and it will be joining a fleet that currently includes 17 EC145s.

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CAP Names National Chief Diversity Officer

Volunteer Position To Ensure CAP Is A 'Diverse Organization'

Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr on Wednesday introduced Lt. Col. Jo’Andrew D. Cousins as the organization's national chief diversity officer.  In that role, a volunteer position created by CAP’s National Board in August 2011,  Cousins will report directly to Carr and will work with Don Rowland, CAP executive director, and other leaders in the organization.

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USAF, Boeing Mark Delivery Of 1st Re-winged A-10 Thunderbolt II

Wing Replacement Program Extends The Life Of The Aircraft Through 2040

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated the rollout of the first re-winged A-10 Thunderbolt II in a ceremony held on Wednesday at Hill Air Force Base. Boeing is under contract with the Air Force to deliver 233 wing sets through 2018.

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Lockheed Martin's Fighting Falcon Evolves With New F-16V

'V' Designation Derived From Pilot Nickname 'Viper'

A new version of the F-16 was unveiled Wednesday at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit – all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements.

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Embraer Delivers 300th Phenom Jet

Phenom 300 goes To An Undisclosed U.S. Customer

Embraer recently delivered the 300th Phenom jet, capping off the latest series of milestones which includes the assembly and first flight of the initial aircraft from the Company’s year-old Melbourne facility in Florida.

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1st Block C V-22 Osprey Delivered To US Marine Corps

Latest Variant Features New Weather Radar, Other Improvements

The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of the first MV-22 Osprey produced with the new Block C suite of design upgrades. The program is a strategic alliance between The Boeing Company and Bell Helicopter.

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Red Tails Screening Segregated - By Sex

Dallas School Officials Accused Of Stereotyping

A decision by Dallas, Texas Public Schools to send 5,700 fifth-grade boys on a bus trip to see the movie "Red Tails," while showing "Akeelah and the Bee" for the girls, has ignited a controversy surrounding stereotypes. The district used $57,000 in federal funding for low-income students to pay for the bus trip for the boys.

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Airborne 02.17.12: User Fee War!, Heli-Expo Highlights, LightSquared is Toast!

Also: Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky, Red Tails, Eurocopter, Enstrom, NBAA, EAA, A4A, AEA, And A Few More A380 Cracks...

Wow... what a wild week! The aviation world got more than it fair share of news this week -- good and bad -- as the Obama Administration set its course on User Fees but also finally an FAA reauthorization Bill... while the Helicopter industry gathered in Dallas and sold HUNDREDS of helicopters in one of the better gatherings we can recall. Boeing finalized a monstrously big order, LightSquared finally got its comeuppance and ANN shows that there are still some affordable and solid values in the LSA market. All that... and SO MUCH MORE in the latest episode of AIRBORNE!

Airborne 02.17.12: User Fee War!, HeliExpo Highlights, LightSquared is Toast!

Also: Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky, Red Tails, Eurocopter, Enstrom, NBAA, EAA, A4A, AEA, And A Few More A380 Cracks...

Airborne 02.17.12 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, February 17th, 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:

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Florida House Passes Aviation Tax Exemption

Measure Provides Sales Tax Exemption On Maintenance, Parts To Aircraft With MCTOW Above 2,000 Pounds

The Florida House of Representatives has voted to expand the state’s sales tax exemption on aviation maintenance parts and labor to include lighter turbine and piston aircraft.

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LightSquared CEO Blasts FCC For GPS Ruling

Says Company Is 'Committed To Finding A Solution'

Following Wednesdays decision by the FCC to not allow LightSquared to proceed to develop its 4G broadband data network on frequencies adjacent to those used by GPS receivers, LightSquared issued a statement blasting the agency, saying it had caved in to special interests by protecting GPS. In a statement, the company said that the FCC had "harmed not only LightSquared, but also the American public by making it impossible to build out a system that would meet public policy goals of successive administrations."

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Works To Hit LAS Delivery Dates

Exploring Options To Mitigate Delays Meeting April 2013 Deadline

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) said Wednesday that it is exploring ways to mitigate delays in meeting the April 2013 delivery schedule for the first aircraft called for under United States Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) contract. SNC was awarded that contract in late December, but due to a lawsuit filed by Hawker Beechcraft, which was disqualified by the Pentagon from bidding for the contract, has been prevented from initiating work.

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Rohrabacher Critical Of Administration's NASA FY '13 Budget Request

Likens SLS To The MV Titanic

California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, issued a statement Wednesday strongly critical of the NASA FY 2013 budget request released by President Obama.

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ICON A5 Achieves Historic Safety Milestone

Successfully Completes Spin-Resistance Testing To FAA Part 23 Standard

The ICON A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) has successfully completed a demanding regimen of spin-resistance test flights. This milestone will make the A5 the first production aircraft in history to be designed to and completely comply with the FAA’s full-envelope Part 23 spin-resistance standards developed from NASA’s work on the topic.

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Texas Commercial Airports To Collaborate On Statewide Association

Modeled After Similar Organizations In Florida And California

Passenger airports in Texas joined forces Wednesday in San Antonio, announcing the formation of the Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA) to collaborate on airport issues which will support new economic development and benefit travelers in the state. "By coming together as an organization, the passenger airports in Texas can speak through one clear, strong voice," said Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System and TCAA Chairman.

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Klyde Morris 02.17.2012

Klyde's 'Boss' Is Hoping For Some Change


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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.17.12)

“For too long Florida has lost aircraft maintenance and repair business to other states because it hasn't remained competitive in its tax policy.” Source: Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island, FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.12): Handoff

An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter the receiving controller's airspace and radio communications with the aircraft will be transferred.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.12)

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

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