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April 09, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.10.13

If You’re a Fan of the Blues – You May Be Seeing Red…

Airbus Breaks Ground in Alabama…

This Li’l Rascal is No Spanky

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FAA, PANYNJ Reach Agreement On Airport Safety Violations

Issues Revolved Around Aircraft Rescue And Firefighting At The Port Authority's Four Airports

The FAA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) have reached a settlement agreement about aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF)  violations from December 2010 to June 2012 at four New York area airports owned and operated by the PANYNJ;  John F. Kennedy, Teterboro, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International.

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Bodies Recovered After Beech Baron Went Down In The South Pacific

American-Born Wireless Executive And His Wife Fatally Injured In The Accident

The remains of two people on board a Beech Baron that went down in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of New Zealand have been recovered by New Zealand authorities. Parts of the airplane have been brought to the surface as well.

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The New Renegade Light Sport Carbon Bipe Is Here

New Airplane To Be Dubbed "Lil Rascal"

Renegade Light Sport LLC has put a carbon fiber spin on the venerable aerobatic Pitts S1C from Steen Aero, and christened the plane the Renegade "Lil Rascal." Previously known as the Carbon Pitts, Renegade was notified by Aviat that it held a trademark on the word "Pitts," necessitating the name change.

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FAA Published SAIB For Airplanes Cable-Driven Flight Controls

Action Stems From Reports Of Fraying In Flap Extension Cables

The FAA recently received a report of a failed flap extend cable which occurred on approach when the flaps were deployed to 45 degrees. The sudden retraction of the right flap caused the airplane to roll about 80 degrees to the right. The pilot was unable to retract the left flap, but was able to maintain control with the assistance of a passenger, divert to another airport, and land safely.

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Southwest Airlines Pilots Host Congressman Lipinski

Senior Transportation And Infrastructure Committee Member Meets With Southwest Personnel

The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) announced that representatives from the union provided Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) (pictured) with a comprehensive tour of Southwest facilities at Midway International Airport Friday. Lipinski, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and member of the Aviation Subcommittee, represents the Third Congressional District of Illinois, which includes Midway Airport.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Completes Launch Vehicle Adapter Review

Designed To Connect Crew Capsule To The Booster

NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Boeing has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the component that would connect the company's new crew capsule to its rocket. The review is one of six performance milestones Boeing has completed for NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is intended to make available commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers.

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F-35B Conducts First Night Time Vertical Landing

Data Collected Includes Helmet And Lighting Conditions For Night Ops

An F-35B Lightning II completed the first short takeoff and vertical landing during a test mission at night to expand the flight envelope and deliver capability to the warfighter. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations.

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Transition Roadable Aircraft Being Held Up By Highway Administration

Still Awaiting Certification From The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

It has an "N" number and a "VIN" number ... but Terrafugia's Transition roadable aircraft is still lacking complete certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and that is holding up the announcement of production dates for the hybrid aircraft/car.

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Students Explore Science and Space Applications At LMC

Company Opens Its Doors For 'Young Minds At Work' Day

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company campuses across the nation opened their doors Thursday to more than 3,200 children aged six to 18 to introduce them to the wonders of science, physics and mathematics in the space industry through Young Minds at Work day. The annual event is designed to inspire children to consider pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees by demonstrating applications in our everyday life.

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Garmin G600 Panel Retrofit Now Available For Pilatus PC-12

FAA STC Granted For The Installation Of The Advanced Avionics

The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Pilatus Aircraft for the installation of the Garmin G600 avionics system in all pre-NG PC-12 aircraft produced between 1994 and 2008. Developed in cooperation with Garmin, the upgrade is designed to allow PC-12 owners to take advantage of modern flat-panel avionics.

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Sequester May Have Claimed Spirit Airline's Initial Flight From Philly To Dallas

FAA Paperwork Not Completed In Time To Allow The Flight To Proceed

Spirit Airline's first flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Philadelphia scheduled last Thursday was forced to fly to Atlantic City instead, and the sequester may have been the culprit.

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Baggage Handler In Minneapolis-St. Paul Caught Stealing From Passengers

Reportedly Stole About $84,000 Worth Of Other People's Belongings

Here we go with another story about someone deep on the bowels of an airport pilfering other people's stuff. David Vang, a 23-year-old baggage handler working at the Minneapolis - St. Paul airport in Minnesota, has been arrested and charged with stealing some $84,000 worth of items from bags traveling through the airport. He has been charged with 11 counts of felony theft.

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Veteran Says He Was 'Embarrassed' By Florida Skydive Operator

But The Business Owner Tells A Different Story

Eddie Bryant is a decorated, disabled combat veteran from both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, having been presented with a Purple Heart and ARCOM with Valor. He is also an avid skydiver, according to his blog "My Life, My Adventures" with over 300 jumps to his credit. He lives in Ohio.

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Airborne 04.09.13: Towers Extended, Panthera Flies, ForeFlight Upgrades

Also: GA Museum Downsizes, Air Show Lobbying, AEA NPIs Online!, Pilatus Looks Up, NTSB Skeds 787 Hearing... and More

The FAA said Friday it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. ANN has learned that one of the most exotic new airframes promised for the experimental (and eventually, certificated) aviation biz, has pulled off its first flight without difficulty. The new Pipistrel Panthera completed its 54 minute maiden flight on 4 April, 2013. ForeFlight has just announced a new version of its popular app just in time for the beginning of the spring flying season. ForeF

Airborne 04.09.13: Towers Extended, Panthera Flies, ForeFlight Upgrades

Also: GA Museum Downsizes, Air Show Lobbying, AEA NPIs Online!, Pilatus Looks Up, NTSB Skeds 787 Hearing... and More

The FAA said Friday it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. ANN has learned that one of the most exotic new airframes promised for the experimental (and eventually, certificated) aviation biz, has pulled off its first flight without difficulty. The new Pipistrel Panthera completed its 54 minute maiden flight on 4 April, 2013.

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An Interesting Observation From The International Council of Air Shows

So... Why Is The USA Kicking Its Military Flying Teams To The Curb?

ICAS' John Cudahy notes that, "In the whole world, there are 43 active military formation aerobatics teams. The oldest (the French Air Force Patrouille de France) was formed in 1931. The newest (the Royal Thai Air Force Blue Phoenix) was formed in 2012. Only two of them – the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds – have indefinitely cancelled their 2013 performance schedules."

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Boeing Completes Certification Testing for New 787 Battery System

Final Test Flight Conducted Late Last Week With An Airplane Intended For LOT Polish Airlines

Boeing completed a 787 certification demonstration flight late last week on line number 86, a Boeing-owned production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines. The flight marked the final certification test for the new battery system, completing the testing required by the FAA.

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Successful Flight Test Conducted With Panther Sport Aircraft

Designer Of The Airplane Reports No Issues With Controls, Performance, Or Handling

The Panther Sport Aircraft developed by Sport Performance Aviation of Green Cove Springs, FL, conducted a successful first flight Sunday.

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NASA Leading Manned Expedition To The Moon? 'Not In My Lifetime,' Bolden Says

Administrator Says Attempting Such A Mission Would Likely Jeopardize All Of The Agency's Human Exploration Efforts

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said at a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in Washington on Thursday that NASA would not be leading an effort to return men to the Moon "probably in my lifetime." He said that NASA will be focusing on human missions to asteroids and Mars.

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Orbital Rolls Out Antares Rocket

Erected On Launch Pad At Wallops Island For Upcoming Test Flight

Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out the first fully integrated Antares rocket from its assembly building at NASAs Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in eastern Virginia early Saturday morning in preparation for its inaugural flight that is scheduled for April 17 at approximately 1700 (EDT).

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NBAA, NATA Welcome Clear Message to President Obama: No User Fees

Letter Signed By 223 Members Of The U.S. House Of Representatives

A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives recently delivered a resounding, bipartisan message to President Obama in opposition to his repeated calls for aviation user fees, drawing praise from the NBAA and NATA for the 223 members who signed a letter to President Obama.

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ForeFlight Announces Version 5, Terrain Awareness, Traffic, Stratus 2 Support

New Version Improves Situational Awareness, Expands iPad Capabilities

ForeFlight has released the latest version of its popular flight planning and cockpit app for pilots; ForeFlight Mobile 5. The new version, available for download from App Store, delivers a wide range of new features.

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Two Pilots Lost In Dominican Republic Air Show Accident

Plane Went Down Into The Ocean During 'Air Show Of The Caribbean'

Two pilots were fatally injured Sunday when the airplane they were flying appeared to fail to recover from a maneuver and go down in the ocean during the "Air Show of the Caribbean" being held along the Santo Domingo waterfront in the Dominican Republic.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.09.13)

“We expect the Port Authority to have trained safety personnel to ensure the safety of the travelling public and airport personnel, just like we have at all airports in the United States.” Source:  FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.09.13): Wide Body Aircraft

Generally considered to be any airliner with more than one aisle in the passenger cabin. Examples of wide-body aircraft include the Airbus A300, A310, A330, A340, A350 and A380; the Boeing B-747, B-767, B-777, B-787, DC-10 and MD-11.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.09.13)

Civil Aerospace Medical Institute Library

The Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) Library is a special library primarily committed to serving the unique information needs of research staff.

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