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April 03, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.04.12

Diamond's New Twin, the DA52 Completes Its Initial Test Flight…

Two New Telephone Systems Cater To The Business Aircraft Market…

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New Aircraft Introduced At Jacksonville, FL P-8A Roll-Out Ceremony

Will Be Integrated With Unmanned BAMS Platform For Maritime Patrol

More than 1,200 distinguished visitors filled the Patrol Squadron 30 hangar at Naval Air Station Jacksonville March 28 to celebrate the first fleet delivery of the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission aircraft. "In the same year that our maritime patrol and reconnaissance force (MPRF) is celebrating 50 years of service for the P-3 Orion, we're also celebrating the fleet introduction of P-8 Poseidon," said Capt. Mark Stevens, VP-30 commanding officer and master of ceremonies.

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First F-35 Center Fuselage Produced By Integrated Assembly Line Delivered

IAL Will Increase Affordability For The Joint Strike Fighter

The first F-35 center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman's Integrated Assembly Line (IAL) was delivered to Lockheed Martin on March 16, 2012. While the company has delivered 69 center fuselages since 2005, this is the first produced using the IAL.

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Boeing, TAAG Announce Order For Three 777-300ERs

Order Includes Purchase Rights For Three Additional Airplanes

Boeing and Angola flag carrier TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola (Angola Airlines) finalized an order Monday for three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at $895 million at list prices, also includes purchase rights for three additional 777-300ERs. Aviation growth throughout the African continent continues to outpace the world average as more people fly to and from Africa. Angola's economy continues to grow at a rapid pace and with that growth comes more demand for air travel.

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Ten Complete Masters Instructor Course In March

Join Only About 700 Instructors To Complete Rigorous Course

Ten instructors completed their accreditation by Master Instructors LLC in the month of March. According to the orgainzation, fewer than 700 of the 96,000 registerd CFIs in the country have been so accredited. The last 17 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.

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NBAA's Bolen Responds To Wall Street Journal Aviation Story

Says Business Flying Less Dangerous Than Driving A Car

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen has written a letter to the Wall Street Journal responding to a March 14th article focusing on corporate CEOs and other high-level executives who fly their own airplanes.

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St. Clair, MO, Mayor Sees Path To Airport Closure

Wants To Shutter St. Clair Regional Airport, Meets With FAA Officials In Washington, D.C.

St. Clair, MO, Mayor Ron Blum recently met with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., and returned saying that he has "a clear path for closure" of St. Clair Regional Airport (K39). FAA deputy associate administrator for airports Catherine Lang and others gave Blum four action items that would have to be addressed to move the closure forward.

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Saab Marks 75 Years As Aviation Company

Founded In 1937 To Develop Indigenous Fighter Aircraft

April 2nd was a doubly historic day for the defence and security company Saab. While the company celebrated its its 75th birthday, Gripen fighters from four countries participated in the exercise Lion Effort currently underway in Sweden.

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Glider Pilot, Passenger Fatally Injured In Australia

Reports Indicted The Glider Disconnected From Its Tow Plane Too Early

A 50 year old glider pilot thought to be a flight instructor and a 21-year-old woman believed to be his student were fatally injured Sunday in an accident near Ararat Airfield in Australia.

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Buyer Sought For Lancaster, NY Airport

Current Owners Frustrated Over Taxes, Regulations, NIMBYS

Since being designated as a reliever airport for Buffalo Niagara International (KBUF), the owners of Buffalo-Lancaster (NY) Regional Airport (KBQR) say they have been the target of a determined group of city residents who have complained about noise and fought further growth of the facility. Couple that with high taxes and strict regulations, and the owners say the airport is on the market.

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Hubble Spies A Spiral Galaxy Edge-On

Dubbed The 'UFO Galaxy' Based On Appearance In The Image

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the "UFO Galaxy." NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship. This is why the astronomers at the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, Cocoa, FL, gave it this attention-grabbing nickname.

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Former Record Holder Unable To Get A Pilot Certificate Renewal

Rachel Carter Had Double Heart Valve Replacement At 19 Years Old

The young girl who at one time was the youngest to fly across the country on her own ... with her father in the right seat ... has been denied the renewal of her pilot certificate due to a double heart valve replacement eight years ago. FARs do not allow persons who have had such surgery to hold pilot certificates.

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Agricultural Spray System For Enstrom 480B Certified In China

Wuhan Helicopters Is Chinese Launch Customer

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation and Isolair Inc. recently received Chinese certification for the Innovator II 3900-480 spray system. The lightweight system fits all Enstrom 480 and 480B models, and can be quickly installed or removed for ease of use. The launch customer in China for the Isolair spray system was long time Enstrom customer Wuhan Helicopters.

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Classic Aero-TV: Aspen Connected Panel-Seamlessly Integrate iPad In The Cockpit

Aspen Avionics Announces The Revolutionary Connected Panel Program

Uniform standards? Seamless integration? Interoperability? Increase the value of (and the ability to operate) our GA fleet? Ridiculous! GA has never been able to get its act together THAT much... so far... but maybe, just maybe,  its time that changed -- at least, if Aspen Avionics and their partners have something to say about it. It happened at Oshkosh... like most neat things that involve aviation... Aspen Avionics announced a (patent-pending) line of Connected Panel products that integrate aviation application data from personal handheld devices with certified avionics mounted i

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F-22 Scientific Board Findings Announced

Ten Of 14 Incidents "Did Not Reveal A Root Cause"

Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the aircrafts' on-board oxygen generation systems and briefed its findings and recommendations in trying to determine a root cause for pilots experiencing unexplained physiological events with the F-22 Raptor.

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MD Helicopters Announces 1st New Helicopter In 15 Years

The MD 540F Designed For The Commercial And Military Markets

MD Helicopters released details Monday of its new scout helicopter—the MD 540-F, the newest addition to MD’s fleet of single engine turbine helicopters. The 540F is an upgrade to the popular MD 530F, boasting a 6 bladed, fully articulated rotor blade system made up entirely of composite material and a more rugged landing skid built for heavier take-off and landing weights.

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EADS North America Unveils Latest Evolution Of Its Armed Aerial Scout

AAS 72X+ Delivers Even Greater Capability Over Company’s Previously Developed Armed Scout Technical Demonstrator Aircraft

EADS North America unveiled its Armed Aerial Scout 72X+ (AAS-72X+) Monday at the annual Army Aviation Association of America convention in Nashville during a press conference at the company’s exhibit. The AAS-72X+, an armed derivative of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter will be manufactured by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit in Columbus, MS.

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US Airways Flight Attendants Reject Tentative Agreement

Airline Will Consult With National Mediation Board On Next Steps

Flight attendants at US Airways  represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), have voted to not ratify a proposed five-year collective bargaining agreement. US Airways and AFA reached a tentative agreement on January 27, 2012 that would cover the airline's 6,700 flight attendants who are based in its three hub cities of Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia and Phoenix and its Washington, D.C. focus city.

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Terrafugia Marks First Flight Of Production Prototype

Company Says Its 'Flying Car' Is One Step Closer To First Delivery

The Transition Street-Legal Airplane is now a significant step closer to being a commercial reality, according to Terrafugia, the company producing the roadable S-LSA. The production prototype of the Transition Street-Legal Airplane completed its successful first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, NY on March 23, 2012.

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Airliner Accident In Siberia Fatally Injures 31 People

Forty-Three Were Aboard The ATR-72 When It Went Down

An ATR-72 reportedly went down in Siberia Monday, resulting in the fatal injury of 31 of the 43 people on board. The 12 who survived are reported to be hospitalized in serious condition.

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China Pulls The Plug On 24 Dreamliners

Gives Boeing A Loss Of Nine 787 Orders For 2012

The Chinese government has approved a shift in orders for one of its flagged carriers from 24 Dreamliners to 45 737's, pushing Boeing into the net loss column on 787 orders for 2012.

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JetBlue Captain's Wife Releases Statement Following Incident

Asks That The Media Respect The Family's Wish For Privacy

JetBlue Airways on Sunday released a statement by Connye Osbon, wife of Captain Clayton Osbon, on behalf of the Osbon family.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.03.12)

"When I drove it into the shop, literally from the road through the garage door, I was amazed that I had just flown it at Plattsburgh a few days before." Source: Terrafugia Chief Test Pilot Phil Meteer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.03.12): ATCSCC

Air Traffic Control System Command Center. An Air Traffic Tactical Operations facility responsible for monitoring and managing the flow of air traffic throughout the NAS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.03.12)

Vintage Sailplane Association

The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquision, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist the National Soaring Museum in the preservation of soaring history and the promotion of vintage sailplane activity.

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