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March 15, 2012

Southwest Airlines Shuffles Executive Suites

Incorporating Some AirTran Execs Into The Southwest Corporate Structure

Southwest Airlines announced several executive changes at the company on Tuesday.

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Military Planes To Be Auctioned As Scrap By Government Liquidation

27 Million Pounds Of Tactical, Cargo And Combat Aircraft Up For Sale Starting Wednesday, March 21

For the second time in its 10-year history auctioning surplus and scrap property for the Department of Defense, Government Liquidation will be selling a record-amount of scrap metal made up of decommissioned military aircraft.

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NASA Administrator Bolden Participates In 'Stay With It' Campaign Launch

Effort Focused On Connecting Students With Experienced Engineers, Other Role Models

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joined leaders of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to launch the "Stay With It" campaign with a Facebook Live discussion on Wednesday at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta.

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Social Media Users Eligible For Smithsonian Shuttle Invite

Online Followers Will Have An Opportunity To Attend Transfer Ceremony

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will invite 30 of their social media followers to the first "NASA Social" on April 19 to welcome space shuttle Discovery to the national collection. Registration opens at noon EDT Thursday, March 15, and closes at noon Friday, March 16. Thirty participants will be selected randomly from online registrations.

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Piper Names Dealer For India

Announcement Made At India Aviation 2012

Aircraft Search & Aviation Professionals is the latest addition to the growing international network of Piper Aircraft dealers. The Aircraft Sales vertical of ASAP will hereby be known as Piper India. Piper and Piper India made the joint announcement at India Aviation 2012, held March 14-18 at the Begumpet Airport.

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NASA Sub-Scale Solid-Rocket Motor Tests Material For Space Launch System

Will Assist In Development Of Full-Scale SLS SRBs

A sub-scale solid rocket motor designed to mimic NASA's Space Launch System, or SLS, booster design successfully was tested Wednesday by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The 20-second firing tested new insulation materials on the 24-inch-diameter, 109-inch-long motor. The motor is a scaled down, low-cost replica of the solid rocket motors that will boost SLS off the launch pad.

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New Heavy-Fuel Engine Tested On Camcopter S-100

First Flight With Optional Engine Deemed A Success

A Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS has been successfully flown using a new heavy-fuel engine, the company announced Monday. After extensive development, the S-100 successfully made its maiden flight with the new heavy fuel engine at Schiebel's range near the production facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

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Langley Tests New Fuel Delivery System

Flightline Mobile Refueler Could Save Millions In Operating Costs

Airmen at Langly Air Force Base in Virginia are testing a new fuel delivery system that officials say could revolutionize flightline operations and save the Air Force millions of dollars. The new Hydrant Mobile Refueler has been in development for roughly a year and a half, and it could be implemented throughout the Air Force in 2012, according to the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management superintendent.

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Geico Skytypers New Webisode Series – “In-Formation”

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Air Show Activities As An Air Show Performer

The Geico Skytypers, the only civilian flying unit in the world to use World War II-era planes to ‘type’ their messages in the sky, recently launched a webisode series entitled, “In-Formation”. 

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iPad Now Authorized As Class 1 EFB For Flight Options

Cost-effective, Innovative Upgrade Enhances Operations, Service Capabilities

Fractional jet operation Flight Options, LLC has been authorized by the FAA to utilize iPads as a Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) devices, the first to receive such authorization. The Flight Options’ Legacy 600 fleet leverages the iPad to allow its flight crews to address a variety of functions that were historically accomplished with paper references.

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First A350 XWB Aft Fuselage Built

Assembly Will Be Incorporated In The First Flying Aircraft

Structural assembly of the first A350 XWB aft fuselage destined for the first flying A350 XWB (MSN1) has been completed at Airbus’ manufacturing site in Hamburg (Germany). The fuselage section will now undergo its secondary interior structural assembly and system installation before being delivered to the A350 XWB final assembly line in Toulouse (France).

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Flightstar Named Bombardier Learjet Authorized Service Facility

Will Service Lear 40 And 45 Model Bizjets

The Flightstar Corporation has been named a factory authorized Line Maintenance Facility (LMF) for the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45 series of aircraft. Flightstar joins a network of over 50 Bombardier service facilities in 21 countries, consisting of factory Authorized Service Facilities (ASF’s) and Line Maintenance Facilities (LMF’s) catering to the service needs of Bombardier business aircraft.

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Is Cessna Losing Its Brain Trust??

A Number of High-Profile Persons Leave Amid Rumors of 'Culture Change'

Aero-News/Analysis by Jim Campbell, CEO/Editor-In-Chief ANN is monitoring a number of reports about the disarray that appears to be taking place inside Cessna -- as the company transitions from the 'Cessna That Jack (Pelton) Built' to a new era under the helm of Scott Ernest. Last year, after the forced retirement of long-time CEO Pelton, there were reports of an internal shakeup in the works... made even more apparent by the naming of former GE Exec, Scott Ernest, to take over the GA and Business Aircraft manufacturer.

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Classic Aero-TV: Viking Twin Otter 400--Bringing the DHC-6 Back Into Production

Rugged, Legendary, STOL Twin Makes A Comeback

The de Havilland Twin Otter is an airplane with a long history, and it gained a reputation as a workhorse of an airplane. But after it went out of production, Viking Air became one of the principal suppliers of spare parts and service to keep the airplanes flying. Dave Curtis, President and CEO of Viking Air Limited, told ANN at NBAA in Las Vegas this year that he often heard operators ask why the airplane wasn't put back into production.

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Dreamliner Wins Coveted Collier Trophy

Prestigious Prize Honors The Greatest Aeronautic Achievement An America In 2011

The 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy, one of the aerospace industry's most prestigious honors for excellence, has been awarded to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The award places the airplane in an exclusive group of pioneers that revolutionized air travel.

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McCain Amendment On Grand Canyon Overflights Passes The Senate

Attached To Highway Bill, Amendment Favor Air Tours Over The National Landmark

An amendment offered by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to the federal highway bill has been included in the final version of the legislation passed by the Senate Tuesday. The amendment will ease restrictions on air tour operators flying over the Grand Canyon.

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SpaceX Signs Launch Agreements With Asia Broadcast Satellite, Satmex

Both Plan To Launch Aboard Falcon 9 Rockets

SpaceX continues to fill up its order book with contracts to launch satellites, picking up two more commitments this week. The commercial launch company signed contracts with Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) for two launches aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

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Goodrich Shareholders Approve UT Merger

Nearly 100 Percent Of Shareholders Favored The Move

Goodrich shareholders have voted to approve a proposed merger with United Technologies Corp. in a special shareholder meeting held Tuesday. The final tabulation indicates that more than 98 percent of votes were cast in favor of the transaction, which represents approximately 75 percent of the total outstanding shares of Goodrich common stock as of February 6, 2012, the record date for the special meeting.

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Majority Of Canadians Want Air Canada Negotiations, Not Government Intervention

Survey Released Tuesday Was Paid For By Air Canada Pilots Union

In a survey conducted by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) and released Tuesday, a majority of Canadians want Air Canada to negotiate a new contract with its pilots and avoid having the federal government impose arbitration. Fifty-eight per cent of poll respondents agreed that Air Canada should negotiate directly with its pilots to agree on a mutually acceptable contract.

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NASM Trophy Awarded To Burt Rutan And The Cassini-Huygens Flight Team

Both Recognized For Work In The Aviation And Aerospace Fields

The Smithsonian Institute has announced the recipients of its 2012 National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement and Current Achievement categories. Burt Rutan has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement award, while the Current Achievement trophy will go to the Cassini-Huygens Flight team. They will be presented their awards March 21 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.15.12)

“While my amendment doesn’t solve all of the problems with the National Park Service Air Tour Plan, it does address significant concerns raised by the FAA regarding the Plan’s impact on commercial jets serving Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport.” Source: U.S. Senator John McCain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.15.12): Terrain Forced Flow

An airflow that is modified or channeled as it passes over or around mountains or through gaps in a mountain barrier.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.15.12)

The Emergency Volunteer Air Corps

The Emergency Volunteer Air Corps promotes and coordinates effective and useful additional General Aviation volunteer participation in emergency relief efforts, especially following disasters.

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