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February 02, 2012

American Airlines Outlines Reorganization Plan

Targets $3 Billion in Annual Financial Improvement by 2017, Requires Significant Cost Reductions, Including Employee-Related Savings Across All Work Groups

American Airlines has released a business plan which targets an annual financial improvement of more than $3 billion by 2017, including $2 billion in cost savings and $1 billion in revenue enhancements. The airline says additional cash flow will enable American to renew its fleet and to invest several hundred million dollars per year in ongoing improvements in products and services to deliver a world-class travel experience for customers.

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Universal Avionics Partners With ATI To Provide FANS Training

New Datalink System Interfaces Between Pilot And ATC

Universal Avionics Systems Corporation has partnered with Air Training International Ltd. (ATI) to provide Future Air Navigation System (FANS) operational training for UniLink UL-800/801 Airborne Datalink System.

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SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New Engine

New Video Shows SuperDraco Engine in Action

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company’s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. “SuperDraco engines represent the best of cutting edge technology,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technology Officer.

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LightSquared Fights On In Battle For FCC Approval

Sprint Nextel Has Given The Company Another Six Week Extension

LightSquared has until mid-March to resolve its issues with the FCC over its proposed 4G broadband network under an extension of its deal with Sprint Nextel. The move comes after a 30 day extension was granted to the company at the end of 2011. Approval of the service from the FCC is a condition of a 15 year agreement between the wireless provider and the start up broadband company.

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Southwest Airlines, AirTran FAs Ratify Seniority Integration Agreement

Join Pilots And Flight Instructors In Clearing The Way For Final Merger

Flight Attendants from Southwest Airlines, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 556, and AirTran Airways, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) Council 57, voted Tuesday to ratify their Seniority Integration Agreement.

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AMR Under Federal Pressure Over Pensions

PBGC Files $91 Million In Liens Against The Airline

As part of it bankruptcy reorganization strategy, AMR corp has discussed the possibility of shedding its pension obligations to bring the company back to solvency. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) doesn't think that's a very good idea, and has filed $91 million in liens against the airline in an effort to pressure it to hang on to its retirement plans.

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100LL Lawsuit Called 'Legal Abuse' By NATA

Coyne Warns GA Threatened In California

At a time when deficit spending and a business exodus in California threatens the state with a fiscal crisis next month, aviation business advocates are warning a lawsuit against the leaded avgas supply chain could devastate the aviation business in the state.

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Flight Training Adelaide Orders DA40 Fleet

Agreement Is For As Many As 26 Of The Aircraft

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) has contracted with Diamond Aircraft, in conjunction with their Australian distributor Hawker Pacific, for the purchase of up to 26 DA40 aircraft, to be based at Parafield, Australia. The first four of eight 2012 deliveries will be made midyear, with options for 18 additional aircraft scheduled for 2013 and 2014 delivery.

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Aviation Unites To Challenge EASA Fees

Letter Sent To EASA Board Of Management "Expressing Concern" Over GA Fee Structure

The entire aviation world has mounted a concerted challenge to EASA over its scale of fees and charges, which are characterised as inexplicably high and are acting as a major drag on the aviation industry in Europe. IAOPA has joined organizations representing every facet of regulated aviation on the EASA Advisory Body in writing to the Chairman of the EASA Board of Management expressing concern at the damaging effect of EASA’s fees.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers 4,000th Commercial Product From Canadian Facility

Air Medical Holdings Gets Milestone Aircraft

Bell Helicopter has delivered the 4,000th commercial product since it began production at its Mirabel, Canada, facility 25 years ago. During a small ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel, long-time customer, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), took delivery of the 4,000 aircraft – a Bell 206L4.

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Former Southwest CEO Speaks At Naval Academy Leadership Conference

Tells Attendees 'Turbulence Is Inevitable, But Misery Is Optional'

Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest and Braniff Airlines, presented his views on leadership Tuesdays as the keynote speaker for the second day of the Naval Academy Leadership Conference. "Attitude starts at the top," said Putnam to an audience of students and faculty from both military and civilian universities. "Make your vision clear, and if you say your people are important, you better mean it."

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Prop Strike Claims Life In California

Victim Was Hand-Propping 1974 Cherokee

A resident of Lakeside, California was reportedly killed when the propeller of a Piper PA-28R-200 he was hand-propping struck him in the head at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The accident happened Monday at about 0830, and has elicited numerous comments within the community about the proper technique for hand-starting, and whether it should be attempted at all.

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Website Aims To Rally Support For American Airlines Workers

Transport Workers Union Launches Site As Lobbying Tool

Representatives of the Transport Workers Union, Local 514, have launched a website it hopes will rally support for unionized American Airlines workers by emphasizing how jobs could be affected by the airline's bankruptcy filing. The union says that to date, nearly 2,000 individuals have added their names to the list of supporters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.02.12

A deal favoring West Virginia was needed to get an FAA funding compromise.
Labor unions fire back at proposed changes in organizing rules.
And NASA has new video which might be just t

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Aero-TV: Diverting To A Different Airport -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 2)

Changing Your Mind Is Not An Easy Thing To Do When You're IFR... But R9 Makes It SO Much Easier

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.

Aero-TV: Diverting To Different Airports -- Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 2)

Changing Your Mind Is Not An Easy Thing To Do When You're IFR... But R9 Makes It SO Much Easier

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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Aviation Organizations React To FAA Compromise Bill

Industry Support Is Strong For Long-Term Funding For The Agency

Following the announcement late Tuesday that House and Senate negotiators had reached an agreement on a long-term authorization bill for the FAA, several of the industry's organizations were quick to express their support for passage of the measure.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Bell 206 Helicopters

Main Rotor Blades May Fail During Flight

The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) (2012-02-51) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 helicopters with certain main rotor blades installed.

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Bell's 'Magellan' To Be Called 'Relentless'

Company's Behind-The-Scenes Filings Offer Clues

The Information Age makes secrets harder than ever to keep. The one major announcement we know has been saved for Heli-Expo 2012 is slowly leaking out. Star-Telegram.com is reporting that Bell Helicopter, which has been readying what it calls a clean-sheet, turbine twin helicopter code-named "Magellan," will apparently call the model "Relentless" upon introduction.

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Some F-35s Grounded For 'Chute Issues

Decision Interrupts Testing in CA, Training In FL

The Pentagon announced this week it has suspended high-speed ground and flight operations of more than 15 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets after discovering improperly packed parachutes under the pilot's ejection seat. The decision will affect six Air Force variants of the F-35 fighter jet based at Edwards AFB in California, which will halt flight testing there until the parachute issues are resolved.

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Progress Supply Mission To ISS Successful

World Watching After Five Failed Russian Missions In 2011

The International Space Station got a delivery of supllies including water and fuel Saturday, as a Russian Progress M-14M unmanned capsule docked with the station in orbit. The Progress ship had launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Thursday, and arrived at its destination at 0008Z, according to mission control sources quoted by AFP News.

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Scientists Watching Alaskan Volcano For Eruption Activity

International Air Travel Could Be Disrupted If The Volcano Creates An Ash Cloud

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is reporting on its website that renewed eruptive activity of Cleveland Volcano has been observed in satellite data, and AVO is raising the Aviation Color Code to Orange  and the Alert Level to Watch. A new lava dome has been observed in the summit crater, and as of 30 January 2012 was approximately 130 feet in diameter.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.02.12)

“After a five-year delay and 23 temporary extensions, this measure is key to advancing the nearly eight percent of our nation’s economy impacted by the aviation industry.” Source: Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.12): Rain Shadow

An area of reduced precipitation on the lee side of a mountain barrier caused by warming of air and dissipation of cloudiness as air descends the barrier.

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DOT IG Report Finds Shortage Of Air Traffic Controllers

Says FAA Has Agreed With Three Of Five Recommendations.

A report issued by the Department of Transportation Inspector General on the FAA's oversight of staffing and training at its most critical air traffic control facilities indicates that staffing levels and training at some of the nations' most critical Air Traffic Control facilities is not up to par.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.02.12)

The Association of Experimental Rocketry of the Pacific (AERO-PAC)

AERO-PAC is the Northern California and Northern Nevada prefecture of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Three high-power rocketry launches are held each year at their launch site in the Black Rock Desert.

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