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April 01, 2013

Airborne Special Ed. 04.01.13: New AOPA Prez?, FAA In Chap 11, RC Plane User Fee

Also: LAS dogfight, Harrison Ford Might Lead EAA, And Lots of Other Strange News...

Its a VERY Special Day at Aero-TV... and after years of requests, we have produced a special edition just for this auspicious occasion... a day that Aero-News has long made a focal point, each year, of all manner of "interesting" news and events. This year, we bring you insider info on the possible new President of AOPA... an aviator known the world over. We also have news about how heavily the sequestration mess has weighed upon the FAA and its recent Chapter 11 petition. We have frightening news about the President's proposal to undertake user fees against RC aircraft

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NASA, NSBRI Select 23 Proposals To Support Crew Health On Missions

Ideas Chosen From 100 Submitted To The Agencies

NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) of Houston will fund 23 proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep space exploration missions. The selected proposals are from 18 institutions in 14 states and will receive about $17 million during a one- to three-year period.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.01.13

A New Leader for AOPA with Highly Placed Connections…

Embraer and Beechcraft Will Decide the LAS Contract by Dogfight…

The FAA in Bank

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Airborne Special Edition 04.01.13: New AOPA Prez?, FAA Files Chap 11, RC Airplane User Fee

Also: LAS dogfight, Harrison Ford Might Lead EAA, And Lots of Other Strange News...

Its a VERY Special Day at Aero-TV... and after years of requests, we have produced a special edition just for this auspicious occasion... a day that Aero-News has long made a focal point, each year, of all manner of "interesting" news and events. This year, we bring you insider info on the possible new President of AOPA... an aviator known the world over. We also have news about how heavily the sequestration mess has weighed upon the FAA and its recent Chapter 11 petition. We have frightening news about the President's proposal to undertake user fees against RC aircraft, as well as Boeing long-term "fix" for their onboard electrical power woes... and what Airbus is trying to d

Boeing Eyes Eco-Friendly Dreamliner Fix

Solar Panels Will Provide Auxiliary Power

ANN April 1 Special Coverage With a battery re-design underway, Boeing is reportedly considering a potential longer-term solution for its beleaguered Dreamliner that the company says is a "green" fix for the 787's electrical issues. The company plans to cover the wings, horizontal stabilizer, and upper fuselage with solar-electric cells to generate power currently supplied by the airplane's lithium-ion batteries.

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Sequestration Pushes FAA Into Chapter 11

Will Follow The Industry Template For Reorganization

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Citing the cuts forced on the FAA by sequestration, Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the agency would be entering Chapter 11 in an effort to completely reorganize the agency.

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USAF Tasks KC-46A With Civilian Refueling Mission

Revenue Stream To Help Offset Cost Of The New Tanker

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Sequestration has the Pentagon scrambling for cash in an effort to assure readiness in its ranks, and Air Force Officials announced today that the KC-46A under development by Boeing will be assigned to re-fuel airliners on extra-long-haul routes.

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CubCrafters Announces VSTOL LSA

Targets Takeoff From A Helipad

ANN April 1 Special Coverage When you've already got a takeoff run of about 50 feet, it's not that much of a stretch to go VSTOL. That's the thinking behind a CubCrafters "CaveWorks" project for a VSTOL LSA the company hopes to have ready to announce at AirVenture in July.

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Klyde Morris (04.01.13)

Moe, Larry and Curley, Klyde?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Joseph Ratzinger Mentioned As New AOPA President And CEO

Former Pope A Pilot, Brings Instant Credibility

ANN April 1 Special Coverage One of the names that is being quietly discussed as a candidate to replace Craig Fuller as president and CEO of AOPA is Joseph Ratzinger ... who the world knows better as now-former Pope Benedict XVI.

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President Proposes RC Airplane User Fee

Calls The Models 'Expensive Toys For Rich Boys'

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Saying that everyone who makes use of the NAS should be paying their "fair share" for its administration, President Obama today has proposed a $10-per-flight user fee for people operating remote-controlled aircraft. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the President feels that anyone who can afford to buy an RC airplane and fly it can afford to help keep the NAS safe while flying.

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Harrison Ford Eyed As New EAA Leader

Negotiating For A Leave Of Absence In Advance To Reprise 'Han Solo' Role

ANN April 1 Special Coverage One of the names prominently mentioned as EAA searches for a new leader is one that would bring plenty of "Star Power" ... quite literally ... to the organization. Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" movies, and who is also a licensed pilot, is said to be considering taking the helm of the well-known "letter group."

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LAS Contract To Be Decided By Dogfights

Best-Of-Three Series Planned Between Super Tucano And AT-6

ANN April 1 Special Coverage The U.S. Air Force today announced that it will select its Light Air Support  (LAS) aircraft by holding a series of dogfights between the Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano and Beechcraft’s AT-6. The winner of two out of three contests will be awarded the contract to build 20 airplanes for use in Afghanistan.

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Aspen Offers ECM For GA

Will Spoof UAV Signals Should Drones Fly Too Close To Equipped Airplanes

ANN April 1st Special Coverage Aspen President John Uczekaj announced today that the company will be offering Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) for installation in GA airplanes. Uczekaj said that the move is in anticipation of FAA approval of UAV testing in the NAS.

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Russians Land Mars Rover

Roscosmos Sends Race Challenge To NASA

ANN April 1 Special Coverage In what may be the ultimate off-road spectacle, Roscosmos has challenged NASA to a Baja-style race between Curiosity and Russias' Mars rover that it secretly landed on the red planet last week.

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Dual-Purpose AF-1 On The Drawing Boards

Obama Administration Says New Design Sensitive To Complaints About Government Spending

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Saying the President is acutely aware of the negative reactions to comments about no tax breaks for those who can afford business jets as struggles over a new budget continue, the Obama Administration has announced plans to develop a new, economical, dual purpose Air Force One.

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Shuttle To Come Out Of Retirement

Will Be Refurbished As Unmanned Meteor Hunter

ANN April 1st Special Coverage NASA announced today that the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which was to have gone on permanent display at the Kennedy Space Center visitor’s complex, will instead be rolled back into the VAB for refurbishment as an unmanned meteor hunter.

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AirVenture Mulls Annual Fly-In Name Change

Pelton: It's Time To Face Facts And Recognize Our Core Constituency

ANN April 1 Special Coverage In a move that is being described as one that better reflects the organization, EAA is considering re-branding AirVenture from "The Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration" to "The Worlds Largest Gathering of Old White Guys" (WLGOWG).

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Cirrus Announces SSBJ

Company Says Chinese Technology The Key To The Effort

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Cirrus Design has unveiled plans to build a Supersonic Business Jet using reverse-engineered technology supplied by its Chinese owners. A mockup of the plane, designated the SX50BS-SSBJ, is expected to be on display at this year's NBAA convention in October.

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ACLU Applies For UAV Testing Authority

'Who's Watching The Watchers? We Are'

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Buried deep on the FAA's list of organizations that have applied for the authorization to evaluate UAVs is a surprising candidate ... the ACLU. The civil liberties group has requested permission to fly a variety of small drones in test scenarios from an undisclosed location.

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Teamsters Announce Massive Airline Purchase

Would Mean The End To Protracted Contract Negotiations

ANN April 1st Special Coverage Saying they are tired of endless contract negotiations, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced today that they are joining with ALPA, AFA-CWA, and other unions in the execution of hostile takeovers of all domestic airlines.

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Obama Administration Authorizes Drone Attacks Against Journalists

Fox News Moving Studios To Hardened Bunkers, Just In Case

ANN April 1st Special Coverage President Barack Obama today issued an executive order that will allow drone strikes against domestic journalistic organization he deems to be a threat to national security, and the move drew immediate criticism from conservative news organizations and commentators.

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Michelle Obama Stymied In Effort To Obtain Pilot’s License

Says TFRs Preventing Training Flights ‘Frustrating’

ANN April 1 Special Coverage It’s a classic government Catch-22. First Lady Michelle Obama said recently that she has long had a desire to learn to fly, but strict TFR regulations are frustrating her efforts. In a conversation captured by an open microphone, the First Lady said recently that the hectic travel schedule she and President Obama keep mean that nearly everywhere they go, there is a TFR in place.

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Beechcraft Introduces The 'Hello Kitty' T-34 Mentor

Pentagon Commissions The Model In Hopes Of Attracting Younger Female Aviators

ANN April 1 Special Coverage Beechcraft today announced that it would be re-releasing the T-34 on the 65th anniversary of the first flight with a special edition "Hello Kitty" model, the T-34HK. "We wanted to appeal to the younger, female aviators", said Beechcraft spokesman Stan Down. "Our market research shows that younger female flyers prefer an airplane with a softer side."

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