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May 23, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.24.12

First Flights in Experimental Amateur Built Aircraft can be hazardous to your health!

SpaceXs Dragon is taking more than Tang to the Space Station…

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NTSB Study Finds High Incidence Of Accidents On E-AB First Flights

Statistic Tops 10 Percent, Better Training And Documentation Recommended

An NTSB study found that in 2011, 10 of 102 accidents involving experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft built by their owner went down on their first flight. And, of 125 accidents involving previously-owned aircraft, 14 were on new owner’s first flight.

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SASC Releases Report On Counterfeit Electronic Parts

Results Of A Year-Long Investigation By The Senate Armed Services Committee

A Senate Armed Services Committee investigation discovered counterfeit electronic parts from China in the Air Force’s largest cargo plane, in assemblies intended for Special Operations helicopters, and in a Navy surveillance plane among 1,800 cases of bogus parts, a committee report released Tuesday shows.

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Third Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft Delivered To ROKAF

Airborne Battle Management Aircraft Is 2nd To Be Modified By Korea Aerospace Industries The third Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft was been delivered by Boeing to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on May 16. The aircraft was delivered to ROKAF Base Gimhae, the main operating base for the Peace Eye fleet.

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Republican Convention To Impact GA In Tampa In August

Multiple TFRs Will Be In Place During The Event

An e-mail forwarded to ANN by a representative of Alfred Whitted Airport (KSPG) in Tampa, FL, outlines what kinds of temporary flight restrictions pilots can expect when the Republican National Convention comes to town August 26-30. If anything, the restrictions will be more stringent for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC early in September, as the President will be in attendance.

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US Airlines Expected To Profit Over Summer Season

High Travel Demand And Falling Fuel Prices Cited

Airline stocks have been rebounding as investors expect that a combination of high travel demand will combine with softening fuel prices to boost industry profits. Airlines have been limiting the supply of seats and boosting prices for some time. Collectively, they imposed about a dozen broad fare increases last year and two so far in 2012 which has led to higher revenue per mile.

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Kennedy Space Center Welcoming Visitors During 50th Anniversary Year

Popular Summer Travel Destination Features VAB Tour, Opportunities To View Launches

NASA is offering visitors rare access to several key areas of Kennedy Space Center during its 50th anniversary year to enhance a popular destination that already features an array of authentic attractions showcasing the space program and opportunities for up-close viewing of ongoing rocket launches.

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Sandia Aerospace Reveals New Transponder

STX 165 Is A Compact Design With Applications In The GA, UAV Markets

Albuquerque based avionics manufacturer Sandia Aerospace has received FAA TSO certification for its new Mode C Transponder with built-in encoder. The small and light weight STX 165 has a ½ 3ATI front bezel and measures approximately 7” inches behind the panel depth.

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Airbus, EADS EFW, ST Aerospace Finalize A330P2F Conversion Program Agreement

Set For Full Industrial Launch Later This Year

Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW have finalized the agreement to establish the collaboration for the launch of the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion program. This follows the MoU announced at the Singapore Airshow in February this year setting out the project’s foundation and granting ‘Authorisation To Offer’ for the A330P2F.

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Airlines From India And China Fail To Comply With EU Carbon Rules

EU Reports A "Systematic Non-Reporting" Of Emissions Data

Airlines from India and China have failed to submit 2011 carbon dioxide emissions data in a challenge to European rules looking to expand the ETS. The European Commisson's website said that there has been "systematic non-reporting" of emissions data to and from Europe from ten airlines based in India and China.

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Robotic Refueling Mission Results To Be Presented At NASA Workshop

Sessions Focus On On-Orbit Satellite Servicing

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will present results to date from the satellite-servicing Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) during the Second International Workshop, On-Orbit Satellite Servicing, hosted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, May 30-31.

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Pentastar Aviation Announces New Chief Pilot

Kip Catlin Brings DO And GM Experience From Part 135 Operation

Kip Catlin has joined Pentastar Aviation as Chief Pilot for the organization. With over 12,500 flight hours, Catlin was most recently a captain at Northern Jet Management, flying Citation Bravo and Lear 40/45 aircraft.

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Texas EAA Chapter Flies Kids At Young Eagles Rally

Event Coincided With International Learn To Fly Day

The Dalworth, TX Chapter of the EAA gave about three dozen area kids airplane rides Saturday during a Young Eagles Rally at Arlington Municipal Airport. "This is a pay-it-forward type of program," said Brandon Gordon, president of EAA chapter 34.

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Mesquite, TX 'Take To The Skies AirFest' Comes Early This Year

Formerly The Summer Balloon Classic And AirFest

A festival of aviation featuring two days of aerobatic air shows will be head in a new location this year at Mesquite Metro Airport with earlier dates for cooler temperatures over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.

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Aero-TV: L-3 Avionics's GH-3900 -- A Whole New Attitude

L-3 Continues Pushing The Envelope For Standby Instrumentation

During ANN's amazing sweep through all the news that came about as a result of the extraordinary week that was AEA's 2012 Convention and trade Show, we saw some truly amazing gear. One of the more intriguing introductions came with L-3 Avionics Systems announcement their updated and enhanced GH-3900 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS).

Aero-TV: L-3 Avionics's GH-3900 -- A Whole New Attitude

L-3 Continues Pushing The Envelope For Standby Instrumentation

During ANN's amazing sweep through all the news that came about as a result of the extraordinary week that was AEA's 2012 Convention and trade Show, we saw some truly amazing gear. One of the more intriguing introductions came with L-3 Avionics Systems announcement their updated and enhanced GH-3900 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS).

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Senate Democrats Pass Bill To Increase Passenger Security Fees

Republicans Had Offered An Amendment To Preserve Fees At Current Levels

The Department of Homeland Security bill passed Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee contains language that would increase passenger security fees in an effort to make up a budget shortfall at TSA.

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Cessna Continues Single-Engine Aircraft Safety Education Initiative

Latest Effort Aimed At 100-Series Singles Produced Between 1946 And 1986

Cessna is building on a proactive safety initiative started in 2011 designed to educate single engine owner/operators on new inspection procedures. The latest effort is aimed at 100 series single-engine piston aircraft owners around the world, and informs them about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures that will be added to 100 series Cessna service manuals.

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Florida Leaders, Kaman Workers Warn Against More Aerospace, Defense Cuts

Lt. Governor, Congressman Oppose Sequestration

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll addressed more than 400 workers Monday at the Kaman Aerostructures facility in Jacksonville to warn about the threat to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $500 billion in sequestration budget cuts scheduled for January 2013.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates SpaceX, NASA On COTS2 Launch

Calls Falcon 9 Launch "A Great Accomplishment"

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation sent a congratulatory message to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA for a successful launch and orbital insertion of the Dragon spacecraft Tuesday morning. Dragon was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL.

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Reno Air Races Still On For This Fall

Safety Panel Would Not Prevent The Race’s Return

Recommendations from a panel of safety experts are not about to prevent the Reno Air Races from continuing as scheduled this September. Some of the changes have already been implemented, including appointing a safety director with the authority to stop the race due to a safety concern.

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NORAD Exercise Planned For Washington, D.C.

Military Flights Coordinated Through Multi-Agency Effort

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 12-08 beginning early Wednesday morning, May 23, in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Airlines Earn Less In Baggage Fees In 2011

Decrease Comes In Spite Of Higher Passenger Loads

According to the Department of Transportation, U.S. airlines earned less in baggage fees last year despite the increase in passenger traffic. The 17 largest U.S. airlines earned $3.36 billion in baggage fees in 2011, down slightly from $3.4 billion the previous year.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.23.12)

"We obviously have to go through a number of steps to berth with the Space Station, but everything is looking really good and I think I would count today as a success no matter what happens with the rest of the mission.” Source: SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.12): SARP–Standards and Recommended Practices

Developed by ICAO, SARP covers all technical and operational aspects of international civil aviation, such as safety, personnel licensing, operation of aircraft, aerodromes, air traffic services, accident investigation and the environment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.12)

The Flying Clippers

The history of Pan Am's fabulous flying ships. Great pix, a timeline and everything you ever wanted to know about these massive but graceful machines.

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