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September 20, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.21.12

Shhhh! The FAA Wants Quieter Helicopters….

Florida is Next in Line for the Metroplex initiative…

Flyer’s Rights.org says “

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FAA Acting Administrator Huerta To Speak At NBAA2012

Remarks Will Come At Opening General Session Of The Annual Conference

The NBAA announced Wednesday that Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the FAA, will deliver remarks during the Opening General Session of the NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), which is scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

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The U.S. Navy Proposes Photovoltaic Project On Ford Island

Would Cover The Historic Runway At Pearl Harbor With Photo-Electric Generating Cells

Ford Island, in the heart of Pearl Harbor, is a site that many have likened to Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and the Alamo. The 4,000 foot runway, part of Naval Air Station Ford Island from 1921 to 1961, has been part of the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark since 1964 and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.

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Tuskegee University Welcomes Airmen Home, Commits To New Aviation Generation

Future Students Will Have Aviation Track Available

After more than 60 years, part of Tuskegee’s aviation legacy returned to historic Moton Field. Four original Tuskegee Airmen were welcomed back to the historic training site by the National Park Service and Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon, on Sept. 15.

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Algae.Tec, Lufthansa Sign Biofuel Collaboration Agreement

Plan to Build A Production Facility In Europe

Australian biofuel company Algae.Tec Limited and Lufthansa have signed a Collaboration Agreement for the construction of a large-scale algae to aviation biofuels production facility. The site will be in Europe adjacent to an industrial CO2 source. Lufthansa will arrange 100% funding for the project. Algae.Tec will receive licence fees and profits.

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U.S. Aviation Academy Moves To New Location

New Home To Be At North Texas Regional Airport

U.S. Aviation Academy has formally announced their move to a new location in Grayson County, about an hour north of Dallas.

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Flexjet And Bombardier Display New Learjet 85 Aircraft Mock-Up In Chicago

Bombardier's Fractional Launch Customer Showcases New Aircraft Model At Exclusive Event

Flexjet, the first fractional jet ownership company to offer shares on the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft, and business aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, were in Chicago on Wednesday as part of an 11-city U.S. tour offering the opportunity to experience firsthand the aircraft that they say is poised to "revolutionize the industry."

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Predator B Demos Automatic Takeoff And Landing Capability

Expected To Significantly Reduces Land Incidents And Operator Training Costs

A Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA has successfully completed 106 full-stop Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) landings, a first for the multi-mission aircraft, using technology developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The milestone was first achieved with four ATLC landings on June 27 at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA.

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JetBlue Founder Pushes For New Fuel Research

Proposes An 'X-Prize' For A Process To Convert Natural Gas To Jet Fuel

The founder of JetBlue, and a handful of other airlines, says that the solution to volatile jet fuel prices is a process to convert natural gas into something airliners can burn, and he wants to put up a $1 billion "X-Prize" to make it happen.

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Judge Tosses Arkansas Plane Crash Lawsuit On A Technicality

Plaintiff's Attorney Did Not Present Compelling Evidence At Trial

A judge in Washington County, AR, has thrown out a lawsuit stemming from an aviation accident because the plaintiff did not present sufficient evidence about the accident's cause.

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Family Faced With Additional Fees To Sit Together On American Flight

Equipment Change Months After Booking Moved Seat For A Five-Year-Old Away From Her Parents

A family which booked a trip to Florida's Walt Disney World was informed recently by American Airlines that it had changed the flight schedule and equipment for their return flight ... and that their five-year-old daughter was now seated several rows away from her parents. American's solution? Pay an additional $60 in fees for 'Premium Seating' to assure seats together.

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AD: Lycoming Engines Reciprocating Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-19-01

PRODUCT: Certain Lycoming Engines (L)O-360, (L)IO-360, AEIO-360, O-540, IO-540, AEIO-540, (L)TIO-540, IO-580, and IO-720 series reciprocating engines.

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AD: The Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-16

PRODUCT: Certain Cessna Model 750 (Citation X) airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.20.12

American Delivers 11,000 Layoff Warnings…

Competition for a New Marine One is as Hot as That for the Oval Office

Endeavour is GO At Last On i

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Aero-TV: Van’s Revolutionary RV-1 -- Handing Over the Keys to a Classic

A True Bit Of History Receives Proper Honors

On OSH2012's Monday afternoon at Phillips 66 Plaza, The RV-1 designed and built by Dick VanGrunsven, which was the basis for the entire line of RV series of aircraft designs, was dedicated in a ceremony in front of hundreds of RV fans that assembled in the hot Wisconsin sun to see it transferred to its new home . . . the EAA  AirVenture Museum. On the dais was EAA's Chad Jensen, EAA President Rod Hightower, Ernie Butcher from Friends of the RV-1, and Dick 'Van' VanGrunsven.

Aero-TV: Van’s Revolutionary RV-1 -- Handing Over the Keys to a Classic

A True Bit Of History Receives Proper Honors

On OSH2012's Monday afternoon at Phillips 66 Plaza, The RV-1 designed and built by Dick VanGrunsven, which was the basis for the entire line of RV series of aircraft designs, was dedicated in a ceremony in front of hundreds of RV fans that assembled in the hot Wisconsin sun to see it transferred to its new home . . . the EAA  AirVenture Museum. On the dais was EAA's Chad Jensen, EAA President Rod Hightower, Ernie Butcher from Friends of the RV-1, and Dick 'Van' VanGrunsven.

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Redbird Flight Training Conference Draws High Profile Speakers

GAMA's Bunce, Jack Pelton, Confirmed For The Event

The Second Annual Migration Flight-Training Conference at Redbird Skyport will feature industry leaders Pete Bunce, CEO of GAMA, Jack Pelton former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, and AOPA president Craig Fuller, who will discuss the future of the flight training industry.

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Competition Heats Up For Presidential Helicopter Contract

AgustaWestland Partners With Northrop Grumman To Bid On The 'Marine One' Replacement, Other Projects

Northrop Grumman Corporation and AgustaWestland have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to respond to anticipated requests for both the new Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter and the Navy’s recently announced program to develop a new “Marine One” Presidential Helicopter.

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American Notifies 11,000 Employees Of Pending Layoffs

Spokesman Says Less Than Half Of Those Likely To Actually Be Let Go

American Airlines has reportedly sent layoff notices to some 11,000 employees, though the company says it does not expect that many will actually lose their jobs.

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AIAA Bestows 2012 Aircraft Design Award On HondaJet Design

Michimasa Fujino Honored For HondaJet Design Technical Achievement

HondaJet Designer, Michimasa Fujino, was presented the 2012 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aircraft Design Award. Fujino is president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, Greensboro, NC, which produces and sells the HondaJet, an advanced light jet aircraft.

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Two Florida Men Injured In Columbia Accident

Pilot Was Practicing Touch-And-Goes When The Airplane Went Down

To men from Jupiter, FL, were injured Sunday when the Lancair LC42-550FG they were flying went down while performing touch-and-goes at the Okeechobee County Airport. The aircraft reportedly hit a tanker truck at a nearby feed and supply store after a bouncing on landing.

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Boeing, American Airlines, FAA Collaborate On 737 ecoDemonstrator Airplane

Testbed Jet To Advance Progressive Environmental Technology

Boeing and American Airlines showcased a Next-Generation 737-800 airplane known as ecoDemonstrator in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, to highlight testing of environmentally progressive technologies.

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Photos Leaked Of Second Chinese Stealth Fighter

Aircraft Has Similarities To F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor

Photos leaked Sunday out of China suggest the country is developing a second stealth fighter that has similarities with both the F-35 Lighting II and the F-22 Raptor. The photos were leaked as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is visiting China.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.20.12)

“I am so glad that HondaJet’s unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount technology is acknowledged as a significant technological advancement for aircraft design." Source: HondaJet Designer Michimasa Fujino.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.20.12): Rear Flank Downdraft

A region of dry air subsiding on the back side of, and wrapping around, a mesocyclone. It often is visible as a clear slot wrapping around the wall cloud.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.20.12)

National Center for Aviation Training

To meet the aviation manufacturing workforce demand, Sedgwick County built the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita, KS. 

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