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April 20, 2012

Aero-News Alert: Pakistani Airliner Down With 127 On Board

No Survivors Have Been Found At The Accident Scene

A Bohja Air 737 has gone down on approach to an airport in Islamabad, according to Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority. All 127 people on board are thought to have been fatally injured in the accident.

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American Airlines' Unions, US Airways Press For Merger Deal

AMR Group Still Reluctant To Tie The Knot

Three of the principal unions representing workers for American Airlines have reportedly made a deal with US Airways Group to convince bankrupt AMR Group to start merger talks with its rival airline.

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Bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines Gets New Top Management

COO John Spanjers To Succeed Sean Menke As CEO Effective June 1

Pinnacle Airlines announced a leadership transition under which John Spanjers, currently chief operating officer of the company, will succeed Sean Menke as chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2012. Spanjers has been COO at Pinnacle since September 2011, and was president of Mesaba Aviation prior to joining Pinnacle.

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Lenarcic Completes Circumnavigation In Modified Pipistrel Virus

Touched Down Back In Slovenia Thursday Afternoon

For most, making a solo circumnavigation of the planet would be an accomplishment in any aircraft. Word came in Thursday that "extreme pilot" Matevž Lenarcic touched down back in Slovenia after successfully circumnavigating the World in a Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo.

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NMB Calls For Union Election At Pinnacle

Says Merger Has Created A Single Carrier For Purposes Of Representation

The National Mediation Board (NMB) said Wednesday that the Pinnacle/Mesaba/Colgan merger has created a single carrier for representation of over 1,300 Flight Attendants. Over 600 Flight Attendants at Mesaba are currently represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).

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Federal Law Enforcement Busts Uncertified Repair Company In South Florida

Sixteen South Florida Residents Charged with Operating Hialeah Commercial Aircraft Cockpit Window Repair Company Without FAA Certifications

A twenty-one count indictment unsealed by federal officials late last month charges sixteen south-Florida defendants in connection with the continued operation of ATR Aircraft Transparencies Repair Inc., a Hialeah-based company that overhauled large commercial aircraft cockpit windows, despite having had their FAA certificate to operate revoked.

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AIA Welcomes Export Control Review Of Space Systems And Components

Blakey: Congress Nees To Act Quickly On The Proposal

The Defense Department on Wednesday released an assessment of the implications of normalizing export controls on satellites and related components, giving decision makers in Congress crucial information on how reform can strengthen both our national security and space industrial base.

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Eclipse Operator Receives Part 135 Paperless Cockpit Approval

North American Jet Charter Group Moves To iPad EFB

North American Jet Charter Group (NAJ) has recently been approved for a paperless cockpit on Part 135 flights. The iPad will now become an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) for all NAJ operated Eclipse Jets. This approval gives pilots the option to use Foreflight or Jeppesen en route and approach charts as well as paperless versions of General Operating Manuals and Minimum Equipment Lists — all stored and referenced through the iPad interface.

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EASA Certifies FreeFlight Systems Radar Altimeter

Company Continues To Expand European Presence

Avionics supplier FreeFlight Systems announced Wednesday that Heli Air Monaco has received EASA certification for the RA-4000 Radar Altimeter installed in Eurocopter AS350, AS355 and EC130 helicopters. The certifications cover most of Heli Air Monaco’s fleet of 14 helicopters used in scheduled and on-demand passenger, freight and other services.

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New Online Portal For Aircraft Rentals Being Readied For Launch

'OpenAirplane' Hopes To Make Rentals Easier, Improve Safety

A new online portal focused on the aircraft rental market is being readied for launch by the creators of 'mytransponder.com'. OpenAirplane is being designed as a solution for pilots who want to fly away from their home bases without the need for a local checkout.

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Eurocopter Targets Next Phase Of Growth In Japan

Consolidates Businesses And Expands Facility At Kobe Airport

The inauguration ceremony at Eurocopter Japan’s brand new facility at Kobe Airport Tuesday marked a new milestone for Eurocopter in a country that has been one of its most successful markets in Asia. With the support of the Japanese government and local authorities, Eurocopter Japan will augment its support and services capacity to enhance helicopter safety, cost-efficiency as well as mission capabilities, and contribute to the country’s aviation industry development.

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F-35 Team Hits Weapons Testing Mark

NAVAIR Completes Testing Of Nine Weapons Combinations

After ejecting a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3, the test team took a collective breath, and watched as it hurtled toward the concrete deck.  Coming to rest in the foam covering the pit floor, the March 29 “pit drop” marked the end of two weeks of testing nine different weapons combinations inside the Joint Strike Fighter’s two internal weapons bays.

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Aerojet Delivers 50th Flight-Ready Solid Rocket Booster To ULA

SRB Slated To Launch A 'Future Mission' In 2013

The 50th Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) built by Aerojet has been delivered to United Launch Alliance (ULA) in support of the Atlas V launch vehicle. The 50th-delivered SRB, along with two additional boosters, is scheduled to help launch a future mission in 2013. Aerojet won the Atlas V SRB contract in 1999 and delivered its first successful flight for the July 2003 launch of Rainbow 1, a commercial communications satellite.

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TSA Screener Indicted In iPad Thefts

Could Face 10 Years In Prison If Convicted

The TSA screener accused of stealing iPads from passenger's luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has been indicted on charges of theft by a public servant. If convicted, Clayton Keith Dovel of Bedford, TX, could face as many as 10 years in prison.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.12

The Slogan "Keep Em Flying" Is Taking On A New Urgency…
Pinnacle Airlines Will Be Directed Through Bankruptcy By A New Leader…
And, Extreme Pilot Matevž Lenarc

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Airborne 04.20.12: Cirrus Hype, Pipistrel Panthera Unveiled, and DA42NG Certified!

Also: Tecnam, King Air 250, LightSquared (Again!), Crew rest regs, B737 Max, WingX, ForeFlight, Discovery... and MORE!

After a fair bit of hype, smoke, and mirrors... the "Major Announcement" promised last week by Cirrus Aircraft is that they're going to do what they said they were going to do... last year... and the year before... and the year before that. It's always exciting when someone rolls out a new airplane, and Wednesday the aviation community got its first look at Pipistrel's long-awaited new four-place airplane ... the Panthera. Meanwhile, Tecnam's latest offering, the P Twenty-Ten flew for the first time on April 12th. Transport Canada has certified both regular and special mission versions of the DA42 NG, powered by Diamond’s proprietary Austro Engin

Airborne 04.20.12: Cirrus Hype, Pipistrel Panthera, and DA42NG Certified!

Also: Tecnam, King Air 250, LightSquared (Again!), Crew Rest Regs, B737 Max, WingX, ForeFlight, Discovery... and MORE!

After a fair bit of hype, smoke, and mirrors... the "Major Announcement" promised last week by Cirrus Aircraft is that they're going to do what they said they were going to do... last year... and the year before... and the year before that. It's always exciting when someone rolls out a new airplane, and Wednesday the aviation community got its first look at Pipistrel's long-awaited new four-place airplane ... the Panthera. Meanwhile, Tecnam's latest offering, the P Twenty-Ten flew for the first time on April 12th. Transport Canada has

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Warbird Community Rises To Meet Threat

'Title 10 Amendment' Could Devastate Historic Aircraft Fleet

EAA and the Warbirds of America are joining with the Commemorative Air Force, Collings Foundation, and other warbird groups in opposition of a proposed amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that could have a devastating effect on the fleet of civilian-operated historic military aircraft.

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SAFE Responds To NPRM On ATP Certification Requirements

Says Focus Should Be On Proficiency & Airmanship Skills, Not Flight Hours

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently submitted a response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), "Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations" (Docket No. FAA-2010-0100; Notice No. 12-01). The four-page response was formulated based on input solicited from SAFE’s nearly 700 members.

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AEA Urges Congress To Repeal Fuel Fraud Provision In Highway Bill

Aviation Fuel Taxes Being Diverted To Federal Highway Fund

The Aircraft Electronics Association is urging its members in the U.S. to contact their member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives and request they sign a letter in support of a provision in H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, or the Highway Bill of 2012, which would repeal the fuel fraud provision.

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Colorado Governor Signs Sweeping Commercial Space Bill

Measure Intended To Further Expand The State's Competitiveness In The Aerospace Industry

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Thursday he says will position Colorado to capitalize on significant new opportunities in commercial space transportation. Gov. Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 35 during an industry luncheon at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The law limits liability for companies that would operate space flights from the proposed Spaceport Colorado. 

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FAA May Be On The Hook For Legal Fees After Dropping Civil Complaint

U.S. Court Of Appeals Remands Green Aviation Management Case Back To The Administrator

On April 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second highest court, granted an appeal filed by Green Aviation Management Co., LLC (Green Air), a New York based jet charter company (USCA D.C. Case No. 11-1260).

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Klyde Morris 04.20.2012

Hey Klyde ... How About Those Grizzlies ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Cessna Seeks Pilot-Interns To Show Off The Skycatcher

Ten Paid Positions To Fly To Cessna Events, Write About Them, And Wave The Company Flag

Cessna Aircraft says it is looking for a few good pilots! If you've ever dreamed of flying for one of the world’s leaders in general aviation and getting paid for it, this could be the summer job for you. Cessna will be filling 10 positions this summer to fly and dispatch the 162 Skycatcher throughout the U.S.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.12)

"The Department of Defense has made numerous attempts through the years to preclude any former military aircraft from being flown in civilian hands. This view has never been supported by any safety or security imperative and is currently being couched as a move to supposedly 'preserve' rare military aircraft." Source: Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.12): Final Controller

The controller providing information and final approach guidance during PAR and ASR approaches utilizing radar equipment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.12)

The Texas A & M "Flying Aggies" Flying Club

The primary purpose of the Texas A&M Flying Club, Inc. ("the Club") is to provide its members affordable flying opportunities using well-maintained aircraft in a safety-oriented environment. The Club will lease or own aircraft suitable for operation and use by its members for business, personal pleasure, or instructional flights.

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