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April 05, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.05.13

A Kansas Congressman Wants Guarantees for Beechcraft…

US Airways Is First to Win Certification of NexGen Apps…

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US Airways First Airline To Receive FAA Certification Of NextGen Applications

ACSS SafeRoute Avionics To Be Installed On Airline's Airbus A330 Wide-Body Aircraft

US Airways, in partnership with ACSS, an L-3 Communications & Thales Company, has received FAA certification on its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft for SafeRoute, a set of four flight deck applications that will provide enhanced operational safety and efficiency in all phases of flight as part of the FAA's NextGen implementation program.

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Private Aviation In China: Not So Fast

Analyst Brian Foley Sees A Market That Will Grow, But Slowly

China has been hailed as the next great market frontier for private general aviation aircraft. Indeed, during the worldwide recession the country snapped up expensive, high-end business jets at an unprecedented rate, providing a rare glimmer in an otherwise flagging industry. 

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Flight Attendants Request Seat At 'Stakeholder' Security Hearing

Session Will Focus On TSA's Recently-Revised Knife Policy, Other Safety Issues

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, welcomed news from the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security of an upcoming hearing titled: "TSA's Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives." The hearing is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:00pm.

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Delta To Upgrade MD-88, MD-90 Fleet With Enhanced Navigation, FMS

Improvements Designed To Take Advantage Of NextGen

Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it plans to outfit its fleet of 182 MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft as well as several flight simulators with standardized, state-of-the-art glass cockpits and GPS navigation that will improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and position the airline to take advantage of procedural improvements outlined in the FAA's NextGen Air Transportation System.

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Garmin Pilot App Adds Dynamic Maps With Track-Up

Updated Version Of iOS App Includes Latest Navigation Features

Garmin has released an updated version of the Garmin Pilot app for the iPad and iPhone that incorporates Garmin’s dynamic navigation maps. The new dynamic maps enable numerous capabilities including track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi integration on the moving map.

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Korea Looks To Purchase F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Potential Sale Of 60 Lightning II Airplanes For $10.8 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress March 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Korea for 60 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $10.8 billion.

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New Features Included In Latest ForeFlight Release

Extended Runway Centerlines, Hazard Advisor In Latest Package

ForeFlight has released a new version of its popular app just in time for the beginning of the spring flying season. ForeFlight Mobile 5 is now available for download in the App Store.

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Plot To Defraud BP For Helicopter Use Lands LA Man In Prison

Fraudulently Billed The Oil Company For Use Of Helicopter

The owner of a Louisiana oil spill remediation company will spend 18 months in prison for fraudulently billing BP for the use of a helicopter following the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Boeing Opens New Everett Delivery Center

State Of The Art Facility Benefits 747-8, 767, 777 And 787 Customers

Boeing on Wednesday opened its new expanded Everett Delivery Center (EDC), a world-class facility which will be the home of deliveries for the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. The grand opening ceremony was attended by Boeing employees, customers and state dignitaries.

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NASA Invests In Small Business Innovative Research And Technology Proposals

SBIR Addresses Specific Technology Gaps In Agency Missions

NASA has selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-06-07

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters.

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AD: Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes (Revised)

AD NUMBER: 2004-21-08 R1

PRODUCT: All Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 190, 195 (L-126A,B,C), 195A, and 195B airplanes that are equipped with certain inboard aileron hinge brackets.

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Airborne 04.05.13: AEA2013, Velocity Twin, Electric LSA

Also: Solar Impulse, Bizarre Zodiac Accident, Sequestration Kills Again, Airline Tickets by The Pound

What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas – but that was not the case with the recently concluded 56th annual AEA Convention and Trade Show. Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, distributors, repair stations and other general aviation professionals took part in the 4 day event and then left Vegas armed with new product knowledge, networking and training experiences and much more. Velocity Aircraft is now offering its builders the option of either the 160-horsepower, XP-320 Engine or the 180-horsepower, XP-360 Engine manufactured by Superior Air Parts as the preferred engine on their newest kit aircraft, the twin-engine Velocity V-Twin. Evektor's electric powered LSA Spo

Airborne 04.05.13: AEA2013, Velocity Twin, Electric LSA

Also: Solar Impulse, Bizarre Zodiac Accident, Sequestration Kills Again, Airline Tickets by The Pound

What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas – but that was not the case with the recently concluded 56th annual AEA Convention and Trade Show. Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, distributors, repair stations and other general aviation professionals took part in the 4 day event and then left Vegas armed with new product knowledge, networking and training experiences and much more. Velocity Aircraft is now offering its builders the option of either the 160-horsepower, XP-320 Engine or the 180-horsepower, XP-360 Engine manufactured by Superior Ai

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Congressman Wants Guarantee That Beechcraft Is Competitive For USAF Contracts

Kansas Representative Pompeo Looks To Air Force For Answers As Legal Dispute Over LAS Continues To Simmer

Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo is asking the U.S. Air Force for assurances that Beechcraft's loss of the initial LAS contract will not shut the company out of future bidding on the airplane.

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Texas Transportation Commission Approves Funding For ATC Services

Ensures Flight Operations Safety And Economic Impact For Local Communities

Recognizing the importance of air traffic safety at municipal airports, the Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved funding to pay for the continued operations of air traffic control towers at 14 airports in Texas. Currently, 21 percent of aircraft take off and land at these towered airports in Texas. Cuts in federal funding for air traffic control services at 149 facilities nationwide are scheduled to begin in phases starting next week.

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Air Show Interests Lobby On Capitol Hill

Industry Stung By Military Cancellations Due To Sequestration

It's no secret that several major air shows around the country have severely scaled back their plans or cancelled their shows entirely after sequestration forced the U.S. military to place a freeze on aircraft demonstration teams like the Navy's Blue Angels, the Air Force Thunderbirds, and others.

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AEA Comments On FCC Aviation Communications NPRM

FCC Considering Changes To Rules Governing 121.5 ELTs

On April 1, the Aircraft Electronics Association submitted comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking published at 78 Fed. Reg. 6276 (January 30, 2013). The FCC sought comments on issues regarding 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), in effort to ensure that it's rules pertaining to Aviation Communications remain up-to-date.

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Klyde Morris 04.05.2013

Those UFOs Might Blow Up The Twitterverse, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AEA New Product Introductions Available On YouTube

ANN Again Partners With Aircraft Electronics Association To Showcase New Products Introduced This Year In Las Vegas

For quite a few years now, the Aero-News network has been privileged to work alongside the staff of the AEA in order to bring the aviation world the info, excitement, and critical news of interest to aviators and other aviation professionals the world over. After another successful trade show, this year in Las Vegas, videos of the new products introduced at the 2013 show are now available on Aero-TV.

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Aztec Airways Beech 18 Makes Emergency Landing On Florida Highway

Instructor Inadvertently Shut Off Both Engines During Engine-Out Scenario

What was supposed to have been a routine training flight turned into a real-world scenario as an instructor working with a student in an Aztec Airways 1959 Beech 18 inadvertently shut down both engines during an engine-out training scenario.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.05.13)

"Tell the public about all of the aerial entertainment that will be available at your event. Emphasize your dates, location and website URL." Source: ICAS website.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.13): Verify

Request confirmation of information; e.g., “verify assigned altitude.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.13)

TIGHAR

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (acronym TIGHAR, pronounced "tiger") is the world's leading aviation archaeological foundation.

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