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September 18, 2012

Airlines Report 18 Delays Longer Than Three Hours On Domestic Flights In July

Most Attributed To Severe Weather In Chicago On A Single Day

After several months of no serious tarmac delays, airlines reported 18 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and one tarmac delay of more than four hours on international flights in July, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Monday.

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NTSB Prelim Released In Wiggins Air Boss Accident

Aircraft Went Down Last Monday In Lansing MI, One Fatally Injured

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report in an accident involving an Wiggins Air Boss gyroplane in which the only person on board was fatally injured. The pilot had recently finished building his aircraft, and was conducting flight tests when the accident occurred.

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Canada's Airlines Hoping To Return To The Black In 2013

Conference Board Of Canada's Industrial Outlook Shows Second Consecutive Year Of Losses In 2012

Canada's airlines can expect a second consecutive year of losses in 2012, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada's Air Transportation Industry - Summer 2012.

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Massive Nazi Transport Plane Found Off The Coast Of Italy

Me-323 Was Shot Down In 1943

A Messerschmitt Me-323 that was shot down in July of 1943 off the coast of Italy was discovered by divers looking for another downed airplane in about 200 feet of water.

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BBJ Proves Range Capability With Record-Setting Trans-Pacific Flight

Sets Record For Speed Over A Recognized Course

A Boeing business jet set a new world record for "Speed Over a Recognized Course" when it flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand for installation of its VIP interiors. The BBJ, a 737-700 modified for VIP use, made the 5,658 nm trip in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

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First Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars In A Cluster

Nothing Habitable Yet, But The Night Sky Would Be Spectacular

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth.

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Cessna Opens New Citation Service Center In Valencia, Spain

Will Serve Citation Owners In Western Europe, Northern Africa

Cessna Aircraft Company is celebrating the grand opening of its new regional Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain. The 100,400-square foot, state-of-the-art facility is located at Valencia Airport (ICAO: LEVC) in eastern Spain, convenient for Citation customers across Western Europe and North Africa.

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Even Toy Aircraft Are Restricted From Operating In Regulated Airspace Over D.C.

2009 NOTAM Prohibits Model Aircraft Operations

Adam Eidinger was contacted by the FAA on September 14th regarding his “quadcopter” that he lost the week earlier in a Washington D.C neighborhood, just 1.5 miles north of the White House. Seems he had been making numerous flights with his flying camera mount through airspace that has been restricted from these types of flights.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Reveals Geological Mystery

Image From Long-Lived Rover Puzzles Scientists

Even with all the news about Curiosity ... NASA's new kid on the Martian bock ... making the headlines, the agency's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers.

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Louisiana Man Found Guilty Of Firing On National Guard Helo

Aircraft Was Engaged In A Marijuana Eradication Program

A Winn Parish, LA, man has been found guilty of shooting at an Army National Guard helicopter that was assisting in a search for a marijuana field in August, 2010.

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Rockwell Collins To Provide Advanced Displays For USAF B-1 Cockpit

Company Awarded $21 Million From Boeing For The Program

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a $21 million initial production contract from The Boeing Company to provide high resolution 6-by-8-inch color displays for the fleet of U.S. Air Force B-1 aircraft. The contract is part of the Air Force’s Integrated Battle Station Program.

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One Giant Leap For Cosmic Pizza

Baltic Pizza Chain Sends A Pie To The Fringe Of Space

Well ... pizza can now be added to the list of things that have been sent to the upper fringes of the Earth's atmosphere. Cili, one of the oldest pizza chains in the Baltic, has sent a pizza to over 108,000 feet ... into the upper levels of the atmosphere ... using a special balloon.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.12

The Breitling Jet Team Stands Down After Loss of an Aircraft…

The NTSB Urges Safety Inspections of the GE GenEx 1B and 2B engines…

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Airborne 09.18.12: Air Combat Scam Uncovered, Three Astros Home, Reno Race Update

Also: AvGas, NTSB, Dreamliner, EAA Members Speak Up, Innocent ParaGlider Stirs 9/11 Hysteria

ANN, with the help of Aviation Criminal's Kristy Graham, has uncovered what appears to be an enormous and ongoing scam offering aerial combat "Top Gun" type flight experiences to the public for highly discounted rates in the $300 to $400 price range. These offers are being promoted through a variety of "Daily Deals" marketing sites like Groupon, Living Social, Member Deals US, even Amazon and others. Three members of the Expedition 32 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth on Sunday, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months. An emotional ceremony before a crowd of tens of thousands on Sunday paid tribute to a pilot a

Aero-TV: FedSpeak At Oshkosh 2012 -- This Year’s ‘Meet The Boss’ Session Says Little (Part 2)

Huerta's Inaugural 'Meet The Boss' Outing Leaves Much To Be Desired

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first appearance at AirVenture in the top job Thursday, July 26th, but the crowd that gathered only filled about a third of Forum Pavilion 7. It was not an auspicious beginning, but as the session wore on, it became obvious that the no-shows were missing little. 

Aero-TV: FedSpeak At OSH2012--‘Meet The Boss’ Session Says Little (Part 2)

Huerta's Inaugural 'Meet The Boss' Outing Leaves Much To Be Desired

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first appearance at AirVenture in the top job Thursday, July 26th, but the crowd that gathered only filled about a third of Forum Pavilion 7. It was not an auspicious beginning, but as the session wore on, it became obvious that the no-shows were missing little. After a rambling speech that was long on boilerplate and short on detail, Huerta got around to the annual Q&A that has become one  of the hallmark political events of any Oshkosh. During the question and answer session, which was not moderated by EAA as had been anticipa

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NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations For GEnx-1B And -2B Engines

Move Follows Pre-Delivery Engine Failure On A Boeing Dreamliner

The NTSB has issued two urgent safety recommendations to the FAA regarding two recent occurrences in which the fan midshaft on General Electric GEnx-1B engines fractured or exhibited crack indications; and a GEnx -2B incident that appears similar in nature.

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Reno Honors Those Fatally Injured In Accident Last Year

Ceremony Held On Final Day Of 2012 Reno Air Races

We all remember the shock we felt last year when we learned that Jimmy Leeward's modified P-51 "Galloping Ghost" went down at the Reno air races last year, resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot and 10 spectators on the ground. The accident was remembered with a moment of silence Sunday, the final day of racing at Reno-Stead Airport for the 2012 edition of the Reno Air Races.

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Alcohol Use Indicated In Fatal LSA Accident

Pilot Tested Positive For Ethanol In His Blood And Urine

The NTSB indicates that the pilot of a Polaris Polar Star flying boat which went down on July 20, 2011 had been consuming alcohol prior to his flight. The accident resulted in the fatal injury to the pilot, identified as Lucas McDowell Smith, 40, and Cara Lee Donohue, 27, a passenger on board the aircraft.

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Widow Of 9/11 Flight 93 Pilot Dies Of Accidental Overdose

Death Ruled Accidental, Heart Condition A Contributing Factor

The widow of the captain of United Flight 93 … which went down in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11 as passengers fought to regain control of the airplane …  died in May of an accidental overdose of prescription medications complicated by a heart condition and alcohol use.

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Horry County, SC, Zoning Board Votes To Ground Helo Tours

Overturns A Decision By Zoning Administrator That Allowed Flights To Continue

The helicopter tour operator that has generated so much controversy in Myrtle Beach, SC, may finally be grounded after a vote last week by the Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals. The board voted last Monday to overturn the decision by a county zoning administrator that allowed the flights to continue.

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Cherokee Caught In A Crosswind Damages Eight Airplanes On The Ground

Pilot Was Attempting To Land At French Valley, CA, Airport

The pilot of a Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee apparently was unable to correct for a crosswind while landing at French Valley, CA, Airport (F70) on Friday afternoon. The pilot reportedly lost control of his airplane, struck an airplane that was taxiing for takeoff from the airport, and then slid across the tarmac, damaging seven others along the way.

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Pinnacle Pilots Respond To Section 1113 Bankruptcy Filing

Airline Has Moved To Reject The Pilots' Collective Bargaining Agreement

Capt. Tom Wychor, Chairman of the Pinnacle Airlines arm of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), released a statement Friday regarding the Section 1113 filing by Pinnacle Corporation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.18.12)

"We are issuing this recommendation today because of the potential for multiple engine failures on a single aircraft and the urgent need for the FAA to act immediately." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.18.12): Emergency Locator Transmitter

A radio transmitter attached to the aircraft structure which operates from its own power source on 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.12)

National Business Center Aviation Management Directorate

The Directorate's primary goals are "...to raise the safety standards, increase the efficiency, and promote the economical operation of aircraft activities in the Department of the Interior." and "...to be the preferred Center of Excellence..."

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