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November 16, 2011

Slammer-Time! Felon/Pilot David Riggs Goes to Jail

High-Flying Con/Flyer Gets Wings Clipped... By LA Court

It finally happened... after countless episodes of "how long can he keep getting away with this nonsense?", Convicted Felon and occasional aero-embarrassment, David G Riggs (48), was sent to jail a few hours ago after a Judge affirmed his 2010 conviction for a dangerous high-speed jet buzz job over the Santa Monica Pier in 2008. Riggs will also have to pay some $6000 in court costs and associated fines and fees. Riggs became a pilot in 1984, and has multiple convictions for wire fraud, bank fraud and passport fraud.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.16.11

Bombardier and Airbus announce new sales deals in the UAE.
Jeppesen partners with a college in Dubai.
And the Total Eclipse Jet earns another certification validation.

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Analyst: Pilot Contract Progress Key For AMR To Avoid Chapter 11 Filing

Fitch Ratings Calls Pilot's Demands 'Unsustainable'

The absence of progress this week in contract talks between AMR Corp. management and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) raises the risk that American Airlines will be forced into a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Fitch Ratings sees agreement on terms similar to those proposed by management as essential if the carrier is to move toward a sustainable operating profile in 2012 and beyond.

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PurePower Engines Surpass 1,000 Hours Of Full Engine Testing

Company Official Says The Powerplants Are 'On Track' For Certification

Pratt & Whitney has successfully completed more than 1,000 hours of full engine testing on its PurePower engines for its first two applications – the PW1500G engine series for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft and the PW1200G engine series for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Four PW1500G engines and two PW1200G engines have undergone testing to date. Each engine model will run a total of eight test engines leading to engine certification.

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Wolf Aviation Fund Issues RFP

Grant Proposals Due December 15

Each year, the Wolf Aviation Fund provides grants for a number of individuals and organizations doing great work in general aviation. To date 307 projects or programs have received awards, with their applicants receiving the funding and recognition that is vital for folks working on new ideas.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes Change Incorporation In San Antonio

Airliner Now Being Prepped For Delivery To JAL

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to undergo change incorporation work in San Antonio, Texas, returned to Everett on November 13. The airplane completed an eight month change incorporation program and will now go through final preparations in Everett before delivery to Japan Airlines (JAL).

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Jacksonville, FL, Aviation Authority Introduces On-Line Flight-Tracking System

WebTrak System To Allow Residents To Monitor Nearby Flights And Report 'Excessive' Noise

The Jacksonville (FL) Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that it has added the WebTrak Flight-Tracking and Noise Information system to the Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) page of the JAA website.

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CSeries Aircraft Flight Deck Demonstrator Debuts At Dubai

Shows Off Advanced Communications And Navigation Displays

A full-scale flight deck demonstrator for the all-new CSeries aircraft is making its world debut at the Dubai Airshow. Visitors to the Bombardier CSeries aircraft dome are able to experience first-hand the most advanced flight deck demonstrator in the industry.

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American MD-80 Hits Fire Truck At DFW

No Injuries, But Questions On How It Could Happen

Officials with the FAA, DFW International Airport's Department of Public Safety and American Airlines are all trying to figure out how an incoming flight from Charlotte, using an automated docking system to pull up to a gate, had its wing strike a fire truck parked in a designated fire lane last Thursday.

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Fundraiser Offers Chance to Fly a P-51 Mustang

Donations To Help SAFE Accomplish Its Education Mandates

In cooperation with Stallion 51 of Kissimmee, FL, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has launched a fundraising campaign that offers donors a shot at an introductory flight in the dual-control P-51TF Mustang known as The Little Witch. Valued at $3250, the session includes two hours of pre- and post-flight briefings, plus one hour in the aircraft with a Stallion 51 instructor.

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Wayne County Airport Workers Say Proposal Offers Better Safety, Other Benefits

AFSCME: Wayne County, MI, Airport Authority Has Made Poor Financial Decisions Which Has Led To Their Current Situation

A number of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local Unions that represent workers at Michigan's Wayne County Airport said  Monday that they will propose ways to ensure better airport safety, less waiting for planes, and cheaper airplane ticket prices.

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Woman Injured By Prop In Sweden

Witnesses Say She Walked Toward Plane After Arrival

A woman described as being in her 70s, but otherwise unidentified, is reported hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after walking into the propeller of an idling aircraft at Viared's air field outside Borås, in southern Sweden Saturday.

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Aero-TV: Gulfstream G650 -- NBAA 2011 Production Update

Gulfstream's Fly-by-Wire BizJet Gets Ready For Prime-Time

Just a few weeks ago, the power players at Gulfstream updated one and all on the final details leading up to eventual production of Gulfstream's most ambitious and capable bizjet, yet, the G650. Gulfstream officials noted that the aircraft has moved several steps closer to its anticipated certification later this year after completing tests of its fly-by-wire system, engine inlet compatibility and operation in hot weather, among other tests. At the time of this update, the four aircraft remaining in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,077 hours on more than 626 flights.

Aero-TV: Gulfstream G650 -- NBAA 2011 Production Update

Gulfstream's Fly-by-Wire BizJet Gets Ready For Prime-Time

Just a few weeks ago, the power players at Gulfstream updated one and all on the final details leading up to eventual production of Gulfstream's most ambitious and capable bizjet, yet, the G650. Gulfstream officials noted that the aircraft has moved several steps closer to its anticipated certification later this year after completing tests of its fly-by-wire system, engine inlet compatibility and operation in hot weather, among other tests. At the time of this update, the four aircraft remaining in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,077 hours on more than 626 flights.

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Rotax Issues Service Bulletins For Certain 912, 914 Engines

Inspections Must Be Conducted Before Further Flight

Rotax has issued service bulletins for many of its 912 and 914 model engines. The bulletins apply to both 921A, F, S UL, ULS, and ULSFR model engines, as well as a group of its 914F and UL engines.

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IMC Club International Blasts FAA Chart Fee Proposal

Issues A Statement Strongly Opposing Plan To Charge For Chart Update Downloads

The FAA's recent announcement that it will begin charging for the download of airport and approach chart information used by popular mobile device apps like WingX has drawn sharp criticism from the IMC Club's board of directors.

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Qatar Airways Pulls Airbus Deal, Then Signs It

Airline CEO Said European Planemaker Should 'Go Back To Basics' Before Relenting

The CEO of Qatar Airways unexpectedly pulled the plug, at least temporarily, on a $6.5 billion deal with Airbus, saying at the Dubai Air Show that the European planemaker is "still learning how to make airplanes." But later in the day, the two kissed and made up and signed the deal.

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Eclipse Aerospace Announces UAE Type Certificate Validation

Five Aircraft Already Sold In the Region

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted Type Certificate Validation for the Total Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. Making its first appearance at the 2011 Dubai Airport Expo and Airshow, Eclipse Aerospace has already secured commitments and contracts for 5 Total Eclipse aircraft to customers who will register their aircraft in the UAE.

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SwiftFuel Speed Record Recognized By FAI

'Smokey' Young Used Green Fuel to Make Aviation History

The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) will award the Louis Bleriot Medal to air racing pilot Richard “Smokey” Young, director of Orange Coast College's pilot aviation training program, at a ceremony in Los Angeles November 17th. Young set a world speed record last year in a piston-engine aircraft fueled by a new high-octane biofuel.

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United Pilots Take Complaints To U.S. Congress

Circulate Report Critical Of The Airline's Safety On Capitol Hill

A 101-page report critical of United Airlines is being passed around Capitol Hill by pilots who fly for the carrier. The report, which was prepared by ALPA, blasts the airline for its use of computer-based training as the primary tool for teaching procedural changes following the merger with Continental Airlines, and the lack of classroom sessions or simulator time to reinforce the computer training.

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Airworthiness Of Mexican Accident Helo Questioned

Weekend Poll Shows Mexican Citizens Skeptical Of Blame On Weather

Official government statements about Friday's crash of an AS332 Super Puma helicopter near Mexico City, which killed the nation's Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora and seven others, suggested the tragedy might have had to do with bad weather. Some Mexican citizens are skeptical, instead suspecting action by drug cartels. Now, news has surfaced that there may have been issues with maintenance performed after the aircraft exhibited problems two days before the accident.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.16.11)

"Besides its immediate impact on aviation safety, this FAA action will set a sad and dangerous precedent for the future of aviation in the United States. It will open the door to imposing future additional charges such as weather briefings, calls to ATC while enroute, and formerly free usage of the ATC system." Source: Excerpt from a statement made by the IMC Clubs International Board of Directors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.16.11): Service

A generic term that designates functions or assistance available from or rendered by air traffic control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.16.11)

Professional Pilots Rumor Network

The moderated forum covers topics from all aspects of aviation with a focus on professional pilots.

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