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December 27, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.27.11

The Allied Pilots Association won't be representing American Airlines pensioners.
A medical helicopter is down in Florida.
And another Soyuz launch vehicle has failed.

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APA Will Not Represent AA Retirees

Follows Course Charted By ALPA In Similar Proceedings

The head of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) has sent a letter to retired American Airlines pilots outlining the union's position on the airline's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

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Solar Energy Company CEO Fatally Injured In Aviation Accident

Pilot Was Only Person On Board On Flight From PA to CA

The CEO of a company which recently opened a solar array manufacturing facility in Las Vegas was fatally injured when his airplane went down in Pennsylvania Thursday. Brian Robertson, 38, was the only person on board the Cessna 441 when it went down two miles from York, PA.

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Pilot In Scottsdale Accident Reported Sun In His Eyes

SR22 Went Down On Approach Following Near Collision With Traffic

An accident on December 15th involving two airplanes in the traffic pattern at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL) in Arizona points to the importance of the concept of "see and avoid." While there was no mid-air collision, the pilot of an SR22 who was fatally injured when his plane went down reported being unable to see a Gulfstream on final approach because the sun was in his eyes. A passenger on board the Cirrus was seriously injured, but able to escape the wreckage of the airplane.

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Southwest, AirTran Instructors Reach Integration Agreement

Merger Of The Two Seniority Lists Headed To Members Of Both Flight Instructor Employee Groups For A Ratification Vote

A tentative Seniority Integration Agreement was reached late last week between the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 557, the union representing Southwest Airlines Flight Instructors, and the Flight Instructors of AirTran Airways.

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Air Expeditionary Units Inactive After Last Airmen Leave Iraq

Flag-Casing Ceremony Held In Mid-December Marked The End To Units' Operational Status

Four air expeditionary units that were the air and space components to U.S. Forces-Iraq inactivated during a flag-casing ceremony December 18. The 467th Air Expeditionary Group, 368th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing and 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq stood down following the conclusion of Operation New Dawn.

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Corporate Angel Network Marks 30th Year Since First Flight

Pilot Flew A 16-Year-Old Cancer Patient Home For Christmas On December 22nd, 1981

From its first flight involving one patient and one airplane, the Corporate Angel Network has grown to an extensive array of companies that has helped tens of thousands of people with cancer reach get access to treatment. The non-profit group, which offers free flights aboard business aircraft to patients traveling across the country for medical care, celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.

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Scuba Divers Discover Downed Airplane Off Florida Coast

Experts Say It May Be A Helldiver Resting Inverted In 185 Feet Of Water

A group of scuba divers on a Christmas Eve dive may have discovered the remains of a Curtiss Helldiver SBC2, but the identity of the aircraft has yet to be confirmed.

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NY Sheriff Fights Budget Cuts With Helo Naming Rights

Looks For Creative Solution To Keep Law Enforcement Aircraft Flying

Onodaga County, NY, Sheriff Kevin Walsh says he doesn't particularly like the idea of of a corporate sponsor for the department's Bell 407, but the alternative, he says, is grounding the aircraft in 2012.

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Russian Air Force Takes Delivery Of Final SU-27SM(3)

A Dozen Upgraded Multi-Role Fighters Completes State Contract With Sukhoi

The Sukhoi Company has completed delivery of 12 new multi-purpose Su-27SM(3) fighters to the Russian Air Force. The last batch of aircraft was sent to an undisclosed place of deployment. They were released under a state contract, signed between the Sukhoi Company and the Ministry of Defence at the MAKS-2009 air show.

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A330 Delivery Transports Humanitarian Supplies To Thailand

Medicine, Blankets And Clothing For Flood Victims Arrived In Bangkok With New Airplane

The Airbus Corporate Foundation and ‘Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen’ (LOG or ‘Wings of Help’) have transported some 12 tons of humanitarian goods to Bangkok aboard the delivery flight of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s newest A330-300 from Toulouse, France. The aircraft, which was delivered late last week, is the first of an order for seven A330-300s placed last year and joins an existing fleet of 20 A330s already operated by the airline.

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GE Capital Aviation Services Places Order For Two Additional ATR 72-600s

Follow-On To First Order Placed At The Paris Air Show

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and ATR announced an order for two additional ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft, along with two options, late last week. This is a follow-on to GECAS’ first-ever ATR order placed in June at the Paris Air Show and brings the total number of ATRs ordered by GECAS to 17 with 17 options.

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Screeners Call Cupcakes A Security Risk

Goodies Confiscated At McCarran International In Las Vegas

Add frosted cupcakes to the list of items that can not be brought through a security checkpoint, at least at MaCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. That's what Rebecca Hains found out the hard way last Wednesday when she attempted to clear security with her red velvet treat, which was packed in an eight-ounce mason jar.

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Aero-TV: Supporting Gulfstreams, 24/7/365 - Taking Product Support to New Heights

One Of The Industry's Most Aggressive Product Support Teams Fights The Menace Of 'AOG'

AOG... it stands for Aircraft On Ground and what it really means is that an expensive and critical asset, a company's much needed business aircraft, is not in the air when it needs to be. To the folks at Gulfstream, those are fighting words... even though the Gulfstream line is rumored to boast over a 99% reliability rate.

Aero-TV: Supporting Gulfstreams, 24/7/365--Taking Product Support to New Heights

One Of The Industry's Most Aggressive Product Support Teams Fights The Menace Of 'AOG'

AOG... it stands for Aircraft On Ground and what it really means is that an expensive and critical asset, a company's much needed business aircraft, is not in the air when it needs to be. To the folks at Gulfstream, those are fighting words... even though the Gulfstream line is rumored to boast over a 99% reliability rate. Gulfstream's Airborne Product Support team is ready 24/7/365 in order to keep down the expenses of 'down time." As a matter of fact, a timely Gulfstream assistance flight can reportedly save two days or more of waiting for a replacement windshield or tire. The Gulf

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Unfortunate Discovery -- WACOs Don't Float (For Long)...

Pilot and Two Passengers Swim Away Unscathed After Ditching Near FL Keys

For reasons yet unknown, a 1989 Waco Classic biplane ended the year with a splash as it was ditched off Sombrero Beach, FL, near the Marathon airport in the FL Keys. The Jacobs powered bipe reported suffered some manner of power interruption, while the pilot called for a Mayday on the local unicom frequency and managed what appears to be a pretty well-controlled ditching into the Atlantic. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office confirms that there were three people on board the Conch Air Waco flight-seeing aircraft (three men, according to local media reports), the pilot and two passengers. All three occupants refused medical attention (but probably did ask for a towel...) and the aircraft appeared to su

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It's Not Looking Good For A Long-Term FAA Bill

Insiders Say Another CR Is The Most Likely Outcome

Washington insiders are saying that it's very likely that the U.S. Congress will not be able to come up with a compromise on long-term funding for the FAA, and that a 23rd continuing resolution (CR) will be passed to keep the agency open beyond January 31st.

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Lightsquared: Study Shows No Interference On Properly-Filtered GPS Units

Claims Independent Confirmation Of Its Position On The Issue

As evidence backing up its filing last week with the FCC claiming owners of legacy GPS equipment have no standing to block its plan to deploy terrestrial 4G transmitters, LightSquared filed the first set of data from independent testing of precision GPS devices which were modified to coexist with the company's proposed nationwide 4G LTE network.

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Industry Forecaster Predicts Gradual BizAv Rebound

Strong Markets In Asia, The Middle East, Parts Of Latin America

Yet another business aviation forecaster is predicting the start of a long-term industry recovery in 2012. Forecast International (FI), a provider of market intelligence, forecasting, proprietary research and consulting services for the worldwide aerospace, defense, electronics and power systems industries, expects modest improvements next year, with stronger growth coming in 2013.

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Another Setback For Soyuz

Rocket Carrying Satellite Failed To Reach Orbit

A Soyuz 2 launch vehicle failed to place a communications satellite in orbit Friday, the second unmanned launch vehicle failure for the Russians in five months.

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First Lady Participates In NORAD Tracks Santa

Michelle Obama Answered Calls From Children Across The Country

For the second year in a row, First Lady Michelle Obama took time from her schedule to deliver holiday cheer to children across America by personally answering phone calls on Santa's journey as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

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Terminally Ill Child Focus Of Latest Southwest Airlines Flap

Parents Say Child Was Removed From A Protective Seat

The parents of a terminally ill eight-year-old child say Southwest flight attendants insisted they not use a special seat for the boy because they were concerned it did not meet FAA guidelines. The family was returning to New Hampshire from a vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.27.11)

“Corporate profits and cash holdings have reached record levels. That, coupled with three or four years of drastically reduced aircraft deliveries, implies considerable pent-up demand.” Source: Richard Aboulafia, vice president of The Teal Group.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.27.11): Critical Structure

A load bearing structure/element whose integrity is essential in maintaining the overall flight safety of the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.27.11)

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Aeronautical Navigation Products (AeroNav Products) supports pilots, air traffic controllers, and aviation planners with a myriad of products and services to promote safe aeronautical navigation.

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