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May 04, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Files For Bankruptcy

Company Pulled The Trigger On The Long-Rumored Reorganization Late Thursday

It's not like no one saw this coming, but its still a blow to the aviation manufacturing industry, not to mention the local economy in Wichita. Hawker Beechcraft has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code.

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Cessna, AVIC Partnership Strengthens Supply For China's Aviation Needs

Agreement Signed Between Wichita Planemaker And Chinese Entities

A strategic partnership has been signed between Cessna Aircraft Company, the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd., (CAIGA) and the Shijiazhuang Municipal Government. This agreement is a progression stemming from the strategic framework that Cessna entered into with CAIGA parent company, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), in March 2012.

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Bombardier Learjet Begins Wichita Expansion

Governor Brownback Hails A 'New Era Of Growth" For The Company

Representatives from four levels of government joined Bombardier Learjet executives and other stakeholders Monday to highlight the official ground breaking ceremony marking the expansion of Wichita’s Learjet site.

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FAA Proposes Fines Against Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines

Says Horizon Failed To Comply With An AD On Certain Aircraft

The FAA announced it was assessing civil penalties against two Seattle-based airlines Thursday totalling over $600,000.

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Pinnacle Flight Attendants Will Decide On AFA Representation

Merger Created A Single Carrier With Mesaba And Colgan

A strong majority of Pinnacle and Colgan Flight Attendants recently joined Mesaba Flight Attendants in requesting that the National Mediation Board (NMB) hold an election for representation with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), a request that has been granted by the NMB, though no firm date for the vote has been set.

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FAA Publishes Oskhosh NOTAM For Flight Planning

Lets Pilots Know What To Expect When Flying Into AirVenture In July

The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), available now for download from the agency. The NOTAM, which is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday, July 20, through noon on Monday, July 30, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land and depart at nearby airports.

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ATR Delivers 1,000th Aircraft

Turboprops flying In Over 90 Countries For 180 Airlines

ATR marked an important stage in its history Wednesday with the delivery of its 1,000th aircraft, an ATR 72-600 which will be decked out in the colors of the Spanish airline Air Nostrum, which has a commercial agreement with Iberia.

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Oceano – The Little Airport that Could

Local Pilots Save CA Airport From Developers

Oceano Airport is a beautiful airstrip that sits within a stones throw of Pismo Beach. A recent flight out there led to a short walk to get lunch and then time spent on the beach watching the windsurfers and dune buggies. The walk could have been avoided by using one of the bikes that are available to “borrow” right on the airport grounds.

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Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association launches 'RANGE'

iOS-Based Pilot/Lifestyle Digital Magazine

The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) has ventured into the public discussion space with a new digital publication called "RANGE," now available in the iTunes App Store for iPad users. RANGE is an initiative to publicly advance discussion on issues faced by commercial airline pilots while also providing lifestyle content for the organization's active audiences.

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Iowa Pilots In Hot Water For Harassing Birds

At Issue Is Interpretation Of Airborne Hunting Act

Two men from Des Moines have been charged with violating a federal law prohibiting the use of aircraft to harass animals. Paul Austin and Craig Martin made several low passes over Saylorville Lake on November 16, 2011 in their Fly Baby and Aeronca aircraft.

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Ebay Bids Top $200K For Neil Armstrong’s Corvette

1967 Stingray Coupe Reportedly Owned By Astronaut

A 1967 Stingray coupe reportedly once owned by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon is up for auction on Ebay. The seller says in the ad "This Corvette was delivered to Mr. Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon, on December 15, 1966 from Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida under a program initiated by Mr. Rathman to provide our astronauts with a Corvette.

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IAOPA Celebrates 50 Years Of Aviation Advocacy

Organization Holds 26th World Assembly In South Africa

Stellenbosch, South Africa was the site for the 26th World Assembly of the International Council of AOPA in April. Three days of debate produced a list of resolutions which will guide IAOPA’s work in the next few years. The IAOPA Newsletter said that delegates from ten European AOPAs were present who joined with representatives of AOPAs from every continent to celebrate 50 years of International AOPA.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-09-01

PRODUCT: Certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 560XL airplanes.

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Airborne 05.04.12: Piper, Blue Angels, and NTSB Tallies GA Accidents

Also: Cargo Pilots, HBC, Fuel Fraud, Eclipse, Airbus, SpaceX, Bombardier, Plane-Dancing, and P-38s!!

Whew... one of these weeks, we might have a lighter news week and a chance to catch our breath... but THIS was NOT that week. Piper aircraft is continuing with a strong trend in GA aircraft sales and deliveries for the first quarter of 2012, a pattern it had established over the first quarters of the previous two years. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the commanding officer for the 2013-14 seasons during a press conference. The NTSB this week released accident statistics for 2011, and while the news was good for airlines, with no fatal accidents last year, the news was not so good for GA, which saw an increase in both accidents, as did Part

White House Tells House Lawmakers: Commitment to User Fees Continues

Holding Firm In The Face Of Growing Congressional, Industry Opposition

The White House again recently reiterated its commitment to imposing new user fees on general aviation (GA), in response to a call from 195 Members of Congress to abandon the proposal as “the wrong approach” for GA to pay for its use of the aviation system.

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Full Landing Test Of Crew Space Transportation Spacecraft Completed

Second CST-100 Drop Test Demonstrates Parachute And Air Bag System Performance

The second parachute drop test of the Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft went as planned on May 2 at the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, NV. The test demonstrated the performance of the entire landing system.

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Final F-22 Raptor Delivered To The U.S. Air Force

Fleet Consists Of 187 Operational And Eight Training Aircraft At Seven U.S. Bases

The 195th and last F-22 Raptor was delivered to U.S. Air Force leadership in a ceremony held Wednesday at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site in Marietta, GA. With this delivery, the U.S. Air Force now possesses the world’s only 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft fleet in the world.

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Klyde Morris 05.04.2012

We Won't Ask For Your Money, We Already Have It

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Flight Test Program Begins For PW1200 Engine

Will Evaluate Performance, Operability, And In-Flight Start-Up

Monday saw the first test flight for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1200G engine family. The PW1217G engine designed for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft flew on a specially designed stub wing aboard Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed at the company's Mirabel Aerospace Center, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.

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Eurocopter’s X3 Development Team wins Howard Hughes Award

Recognized For Outstanding Improvement In Helicopter Technology

The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International has awarded its annual recognition for helicopter technology improvement to Eurocopter’s team that developed its X3 hybrid demonstrator aircraft, which Eurocopter announced will be presented to both civil and military customers during a United States tour this summer.

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Perigee 'Super Moon' On Visible In North America May 5-6

Closest Lunar Approach To The Earth This Year

The full Moon has a reputation for trouble. It raises high tides, it makes dogs howl, it wakes you up in the middle of the night with beams of moonlight stealing through drapes. If a moonbeam wakes you up on the night of May 5th, 2012, you might want to get out of bed and take a look. This May’s full Moon is a "super Moon,” as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full Moons of 2012.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.04.12)

"These Cessna aircraft will be manufactured in the United States, in Kansas, and sent to Shijiazhuang, China, to undergo final assembly and then be sold in China." Source: Mike Shih, Vice President, China Strategy and Business Development for Cessna.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.04.12): Fail-Safe Aircraft Structure

The attribute of an Aircraft structure that permits it to retain its required residual strength for a period of unrepaired use after the failure or partial failure of a principal structural element.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.04.12)

International Flight Services Association

The International Flight Services Association is a global professional association created to serve the needs and interests of airline and railway personnel, inflight and rail caterers and suppliers responsible for providing onboard services on regularly scheduled travel routes.

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