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November 09, 2011

Barb Tolbert Elected Mayor Of Arlington, WA

Arlington Fly-In Director To Lead Small Community

ANN has learned that Barbara Tolbert, who serves as executive director for the very successful Arlington Fly-In in the Seattle suburb, has been elected Mayor of Arlington in balloting held Tuesday.

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UK's Red Arrows Suffer Second Fatality In Three Months

Pilot Was Ejected While Hawk T1 Sat On Ground At RAF Scampton

The RAF Red Arrows jet demo team may be anxious to put the year 2011 behind it. For the second time in less than three months, a team member has been fatally injured. The latest case happened Tuesday at about 1100Z, when 35-year-old Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, a native of South Africa, was ejected while his BAE Systems Hawk T1 sat on the ground at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.09.11

That asteroid missed us, but got close enough for pictures.
Piper reports an improved third quarter.
And AirTran pilots have approved a seniority integration plan.

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NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter Development Formally Completed

Operational Configuration Approved By NAHEMA

The NH90 program has reached a major milestone with the declaration of compliance for the NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant’s Final Operational Configuration, This marks the NH-90 TTH’s development completion, and enables deliveries to begin before year-end in the helicopter’s full operational definition.

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Canadarm Turns 30

Canadian Space Agency Salutes Three Decades Of Industry Innovation

Canadarm, which many consider to be Canada's national icon of technological innovation, made its space debut on the U.S. Space Shuttle on November 13, 1981. Designed to deploy and retrieve space payloads, the robotic arm quickly became a critical element in the Space Shuttle Program. It worked flawlessly for 90 Shuttle missions.

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Korean Pilot Accused Of Propaganda

Korean Air Embarrassed Its Employee Promoted North Korean Regime

The Los Angeles Times is quoting a spokesman for Korean Air, which was founded in 1962 by the government of South Korea, as saying the airline is "embarrassed and shocked" at the news that one of its pilots started a pro-North-Korean propaganda website in 2006.

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Eurocopter Announces Sales In China

Three New Machines Ordered For 'Utility Missions'

On November 5 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Wuhan Helicopter and Eurocopter China ceremonially signed an order for two AS350 B3e and one EC120 B light single-engine helicopters for use in utility missions.

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CIT Announces Order For Up To 30 E-Jets

Represents First Direct Order With Airliner Manufacturer

Transportation finance company CIT Group has placed an order for up to 30 Embraer 190 and/or Embraer 195 jets through its subsidiary CIT Aerospace, ten of which are firm. Deliveries are scheduled through 2015.

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Lawn Chair Balloonist Accepts Iraq Challenge

Two-Man Mission To Fly From Dubai To Baghdad

At the time he made his legendary lawn chair flight from Bend, Oregon to a field in Idaho in 2008, most people figured Kent Couch was a little nuts. But now, he's been invited to turn this unusual form of flying into a symbol of freedom in Iraq.

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL, MRO Puts $25 Million Into Capital Expansion

Investment Will Enhance Company’s On-Site Repair Capabilities

Independent jet engine Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility CTS Engines plans to implement a $25 million capital expansion program at its Ft. Lauderdale facility. The investment, which will be provided by parent company Neff Capital Management LLC, is expected to greatly increase both the size and scope of the company’s on-site MRO capabilities over the coming year.

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Frasca Contracts with Bristow Group For S76 Simulator

Level B FSS Qualified To CAA Level 3 Standards

Frasca International has contracted to sell Houston-based Bristow Group Inc. a Sikorsky S76 Level B Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will also be qualified to CAA's Level 3 Flight Training Device standards. In addition to the S76 device, Frasca has delivered two Level B Full Flight Simulators (FFSs) for the Eurocopter EC225 and Sikorsky S-92 aircraft.

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Rugby Is Very Good To ExecuJet Australasia

Company Reports Biggest Charter Revenue Month

ExecuJet’s Australasian charter office in Sydney reports that the Rugby World Cup led to a strong demand for charter services from Sydney and Melbourne to cities in New Zealand where the games were being held.

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Birmingham, AL MRO Becomes Embraer Phenom 100, 300 Authorized Service Center

Constant Aviation Expands Their Embraer Experience Throughout Their Service Network

Birmingham, Alabama MRO Constant Aviation has been selected by Embraer to become an Authorized Service Center at their Birmingham (BHM) Facility on the Phenom 100 and 300 airframes. Constant Aviation will be able to provide complete maintenance and avionics services as well as modifications, composite repairs, Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on both types of aircraft.

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AD: MD Helicopters Model MD900

AD NUMBER: 2011-22-08

MANUFACTURER: MD Helicopters, Inc. Model MD900 Helicopters

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AD: Revision - Cessna 150 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2009-10-09 R2

MANUFACTURER: Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes

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Aero-TV: TracMap GPS Mapping -- Guidance For Agricultural Flying

GPS Quidance For Ag-Pilots... What Will They Think Of Next?

TracMap is a GPS-Enabled device designed specifically for the ag pilot, making it possible to fly precise grid patterns over spray areas.

Aero-TV: TracMap GPS Mapping -- Guidance For Agricultural Flying

GPS Guidance For Ag-Pilots... What Will They Think Of Next?

TrackMap is a GPS-Enabled device designed specifically for the ag pilot, making it possible to fly precise grid patterns over spray areas. Colin Brown, President of TrackMap GPS says that the device is for the guys who fly close to the ground. The system was designed in New Zealand where agricultural flying in mountainous areas can be particularly challenging.

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Congressman Graves: GA Won't Accept A 99% Solution To LightSquared Problem

Requests That FCC Halt Development Until Full Accuracy Assured

Congressional lawmakers have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to halt further action in granting a waiver for upstart telecommunications provider LightSquared to deploy its proposed nationwide 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, until that company demonstrates those powerful wireless signals will absolutely not interfere with existing Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

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NASA Proposes Orion Spacecraft Test Flight In 2014

Agency Moves To Implement Deep Space Exploration Plan

NASA plans to add an unmanned flight test of the Orion spacecraft in early 2014 to its contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the multi-purpose crew vehicle's design, development, test and evaluation. This test supports the new Space Launch System (SLS) that will provide the cornerstone for America's future human spaceflight efforts.

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Network, Low-Cost And Regional Airlines All Report Profits

Ancillary Fees Continue To Be A Major Revenue Center For Carriers Large And Small

Scheduled passenger airlines reported a profit margin of 5.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011, up from the 0.5 percent loss margin in the first quarter but a smaller profit margin than the 9.0 percent margin during the second quarter of 2010, according to a report of preliminary data released Monday by the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

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FAA Conducts Wildlife Strike Outreach For GA Airports

Poster Campaign Focuses On Reporting Incidents

The FAA recently launched a wildlife poster outreach campaign for the GA community, including pilots, airport sponsors, mechanics, engine manufacturers, students at aviation schools, and aviation organizations, to increase wildlife strike reporting among this important segment of aviation.

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Stangarone, Pribyl Elected To Lindbergh Foundation Board

Kermit Weeks Joins Aviation Green Alliance

The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation is pleased to announce the elections of Embraer's Vice President of Corporate Communications Robert Stangarone and GAMA's Director of Communications Katie Pribyl to the Foundation's Board of Directors.  

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No Fly Zones - On The Moon?

NASA Wants To Protect Footprints, Among Other Things

It seems incredible to be saying this, but it won't be long until private citizens are traveling in space, and NASA is suggesting there should be protections against tourists spoiling the historic landing sites of the six Apollo missions which went to the Moon between 1969 and 1972.

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First Year A Success For Southeast Aviation Show

Nearly 1,000 People Visited The Airport, Including Over 200 Pilots

Organizers of The Southeast Aviation Show held on October 29 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in South Carolina say the event was an unqualified success, with nearly 1,000 people visiting the airport including over 200 pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.09.11)

“This is not an acceptable answer or solution for general aviation. 100 percent accuracy is needed to ensure a safe flight for general aviation.” Source: Letter from Congressman Sam Graves and others to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.09.11): Designated Manufacturing Inspection Rep

An individual appointed in accordance with § 183.31 who possesses aeronautical knowledge and experience, is employed by a production approval holder (PAH) or a PAH’s approved supplier, and meets the qualification requirements of this order.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.09.11)

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Providing information that is timely and pertinent for the advancement of the professional Aviation Maintenance Technician.

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