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May 16, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.17.12

GA airports play a pivotal role in society…

GAMA is praising the reauthorization of the Export-import Bank..

Ratcheting up enforcement agains

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NASA Modifies Launch Service Contract To Add Falcon 9 Rocket

Will Be Available For Use In Future Missions

NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, CA, to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet.

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EBAA Awards Go To Eurocontrol's David McMillan, IBAC's Don Spruston

Honors Presented At EBACE In Geneva

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA have announced that David McMillan, director general of Eurocontrol, and Don Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), are the recipients of the 2012 European Business Aviation Awards.

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Nextant Aerospace Acquires New Facility For 400XT Production

Expands Capacity To 48 Planes Annually To Meet Demand

Nextant Aerospace announced at EBACE Monday that it has acquired a new manufacturing facility for the Nextant 400XT, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet.

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Four European Companies Recognized With 2012 EBAA Safety Of Flight Awards

Award Recipients Lauded For Making Safety Part Of Organizational Culture

At the 12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, four companies were honored as recipients of the 2012 EBAA Safety of Flight Awards, given their outstanding safety records. The awards were presented in conjunction with the 2012 European Business Aviation Safety Workshop, which has become a traditional component of EBACE.

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Medical Official Explains F-22 Pilot-Protection Efforts

Carbon Dust Was Found In Raptor Air Filtration System

Air Force officials have instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command said May 9. "The health and safety of our pilots -- all of our pilots -- is the utmost priority," said Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Daniel O. Wyman.

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Airbus Corporate Jets Gain Approval For Part 135 Operations

Will Enable More Widespread Charter Use

Airbus’ ACJ318 and ACJ319 have gained EASA, FAA and GACA eligibility for Part 135 operations, while a variant of its ACJ319 has also gained CAAC eligibility, making it easier for operators to seek and obtain approval to carry fare-paying charter passengers.

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Airlines Post Record First-Quarter On-Time Performance

BTS Releases Statistics For The First Three Months of 2012

Between January and March this year, the nation’s largest airlines posted their best on-time arrival rate for the first quarter of any year since the Department began collecting comparable flight delay data in 1995, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released today. The 15 carriers reporting on-time performance posted an on-time arrival rate of 84.0 percent during the first quarter of 2012. 

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Daher-Socata’s TBM 850 Elite At EBACE 2012

The 2012 Model Year Version Of Daher-Socata’s Very Fast Turboprop Aircraft Is Introduced To European Customers

Daher-Socata displayed the new TBM 850 Elite version of its very fast turboprop aircraft at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), held May 14-16 at Geneva International Airport’s Palexpo exhibit center.

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Boater Rescued By Floatplane Pilots

Had Fallen In And Was Treading Water Near His Circling Boat

A boater who had fallen from his 14 foot fishing boat into the 45-degree water of Pokegama Lake near Grand Rapids, MN, last Monday was rescued by a trio of floatplane pilots who happened to notice his boat in a "death circle" on the lake below ... one rotation every six to eight seconds.

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Woman Arrested, Detained For Days For Taking Photo Near Airport

She Had Snapped A Pic Of A Helicopter Display

A Kodak moment went seriously awry recently when a mother of three was arrested for taking a picture of an object that was intended as public art and in plain public view.

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Nineteen Cats Too Many For Lufthansa To Check

So, The Person Who Brought Them To The Airport Abandoned 15, Causing A Bomb Scare

A 44-year-old American man could face animal cruelty charges after he allegedly tried to check 19 cats on to his Lufthansa flights from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to New York, Italy's ANSAnews agency reports.

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Aero-TV: Launch Of STS-134 -- Final Mission for the Endeavour

A Year Later, The American Space Program Seeks Definition After The Shuttle Era

It was just a year ago... and the dream was nearly over. After decades of watching American ingenuity and perseverance launch hundreds of people into space, we were about to relegate our last manned launch system to the scrap heap of history... with no real way to know when that capability might someday be restored -- if ever.

Aero-TV Remembers: Launch Of STS-134 -- Final Mission for the Endeavour

A Year Later, The American Space Program Seeks Definition After The Shuttle Era

It was just a year ago... and the dream was nearly over. After decades of watching American ingenuity and perseverance launch hundreds of people into space, we were about to relegate our last manned launch system to the scrap heap of history... with no real way to know when that capability might someday be restored -- if ever. It was STS-134... the last flight of Endeavour.

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PZL Mielec Contracted To Build Eclipse 550 Airframe And Wings

Holland: Deal Is "Another Major Milestone" For The Re-Emerging Company

Just a few weeks ago, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland assured the aviation community that Sikorsky would continue to be a significant partner in the re-birth of the Eclipse twin jet. That was born out Tuesday as Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec and Eclipse Aerospace announced they have signed an agreement to produce airframe components for Eclipse Aerospace in Poland and ship them to Eclipse's facilities in Albuquerque, NM, for final assembly and delivery.

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Space Florida Expands Cape Canaveral Launch Capabilities

Environmental Assessment Supports Expansion At Launch Complex 36B, Enables Joint FAA Launch Site Operators License For LC-36 And LC-46.

Space Florida will finalize an Environmental Assessment (EA) this summer that will enable the expansion of its two launch sites at Cape Canaveral Spaceport, Launch Complexes 36 and 46. The EA supports the expansion of LC-36 – specifically Pad B – to enable static test firing of all varieties and sizes of rocket motors and launch of university-developed or other small sounding rockets.

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Gulfstream G650 Makes European Debut At EBACE In Geneva

Test Airplane Sets Unconfirmed Speed Record In Atlantic Crossing

Gulfstream's G650 made its first trans-Atlantic crossing on May 12 en route to the 12th European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. The aircraft flew 3,780 nautical miles squawk-free and nonstop in just 6 hours and 55 minutes.

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FAA Makes Progress With UAS Integration

Interim Rules Allow UAVs Up To 25 Pounds For Some Public Safety Agencies

For more than five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Tributes Continue For 'Mama Bird' Johnson

CAP, WAI Honor The Lifelong Aviatrix

Aviation organizations worldwide are celebrating the life of Evelyn "Mama Bird" Johnson, who passed away recently at the age of 102. An honor guard of Civil Air Patrol cadets will salute CAP’s, and the entire aviation community’s, “Mama Bird” when she is laid to rest Wednesday morning in Jefferson City, TN.

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It's A 'Top Prop' For Cessna Skylane

Hartzell Propeller Introduces New 3-Blade Conversion For The Popular Cessna

Hartzell Propeller  has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a 3-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Cessna 182S, 182T Skylane, T182T Skylane TC, up through models in current production.

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Bird Strike Risk Squelches GA Waste Station Expansion

FAA Warned That It Was Too Close To Fulton County Airport

The planned expansion of a waste-transfer station in Cobb County, GA, appears to be dead in the water following an FAA assessment that the facility would draw birds, increasing the risk of a bird strike at nearby Charlie Brown Airport (KFTY) in Fulton County.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.16.12)

“With her passing we have lost one of the brightest lights and leading torch bearers of aviation.  Her enthusiasm for aviation is aptly captured in the phrase 'love at first flight'.” Source: Col. Alvin J. Bedgood, commander of CAP’s Southeast Region.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.16.12): National Route Program (NRP)

A set of rules and procedures designed to increase the flexibility of user flight planning within published guidelines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.16.12)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association

The UAVS Association came into being in late 1998 when key individuals from Matra-BAe Dynamics-Alenia (MBDA), British Aerospace (BAe) and Remote Services recognised that the UK UAV industry did not have a collective voice or representative in industry's interface with government and the regulators.

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