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June 09, 2011

ANN Special Feature: Challenges Facing Experimental Rotorcraft - 06.09.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Doug Barker, President of the Utah Rotorcraft Association, about the group's Rotors Over The Rockies event this weekend, and about the unique challenges facing experimen

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.09.11

IATA closes its summit by announcing new leadership.
A new "checkpoint of the future" will allow flying with dignity.
And orders grow for the Bombardier CSeries.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.09.11

IATA closes its summit by announcing new leadership.
A new "checkpoint of the future" will allow flying with dignity.
And orders grow for the Bombardier CSeries.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.09.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.09.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.09.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Challenges Facing Experimental Rotorcraft - 06.09.11 (ANN Special Report, with Doug Barker, President of the Utah Rotorcraft Association)

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EU Staunchly Defends Airline's Inclusion In Emissions Plan

Hedegaard: "We Do Not Intend To Back Down"

The Climate Commissioner for the Eurpean Union is steadfast in his insistence that all airlines regardless of registration be included in the EU's carbon emissions plan set to go into effect January 1st, 2012.

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NTSB: Beech 58 Reported Fire before Going Down

Impact Into Mountainous Terrain Takes Four Lives

A charter flight went down late last month after the pilot of the Beech Baron reported a fire shortly before the aircraft impacted in mountainous territory. The controller inquired as to the pilot's intentions... but no response was made as the radar returns indicated a fast descent before the aircraft disappeared and subsequently was reported down. Conditions were clear and eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft made a sharp turn before impact. Witnesses also made reports that seemed to indicate the possibility of some kind of power issues...

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Finnair First To Fly Crew Schedules Built On Jeppesen Suite

Fatigue Risk Management Functionality Built Into Crew Management Solution

Finnair has become the first commercial carrier to develop crew schedules based on recently introduced Jeppesen fatigue risk management functionality integrated with its Crew Management suite.

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Business Jet Access Opens New Dallas Facility

Formerly Shared Space With Sister Company Business Jet Center

Business Jet Access (BJA) dedicated its new Dallas Love Field facility Monday  with an open house celebration. Located on the West side of the airport along Denton Drive on 7.5 acres, the 50,000 square foot facility incorporates two large hangar bays and a main office terminal building.  

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Smyrna Air Center Completes First Power 90 Upgrade Conversion

GE Aviation M601 Engine Now Powering AeroMetric King Air E-90

Smyrna Air Center has completed its first Power 90 Upgrade conversion for geospacial services company AeroMetric. GE Aviation’s M601E-11A engines are now powering AeroMetric’s King Air E-90 aircraft for their site in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Erickson Air-Crane Forms Strategic Alliance With Ecocopter Peru

Combines Heavy, Medium, And Light Helo Services In One Package

An unprecedented alliance between Ecocopter and Erickson Air-Crane will benefit the dynamic sectors of oil, gas, mining and energy in Peru.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Will Soon Begin Night Vision Training

Environmental Tectonics Corporation Successfully Completes Factory Acceptance Testing Of Night Vision Training System

Factory acceptance of a Night Vision Training System (NVTS) sold to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has been completed by Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC), the company announced Monday.

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Fairfax County PD Selects Becker Avionics DVCS6100

Audio Panel To Be Integrated In Department's Bell 429

The Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division has selected Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for integration into its new Bell 429 helicopter.

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Admire Them While You Still Can: Extraordinary Shuttle/ISS Images Released...

Unique 'Portrait' Of Shuttle And International Space Station Are Inspiring... In A Sad Way

In a matter of months, such a sight will never be seen again... no matter how high you fly. Recently released pix of the International Space Station, docked with the space shuttle are being seen for the next to last time in history. The shuttle, the vehicle that helped build the complex during the last decade, is about to fly its last flight and this next-to-last flight has produced some exquisite, and somewhat heart-breaking imagery. Interestingly; the photos are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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Delta Screws Up... In A Big and Unpatriotic Way

Shakes Down Returning Soldiers for $2800

One expects their homecoming from military duty to be emotional, and a mostly upbeat experience... until the airline taking you home shakes you down for big bucks. According to a number of the soldiers returning home from duty in Afghanistan, Delta decided to assess over a dozen of the returning war-fighters $200 a pop for those carrying a Fourth bag... even though the soldiers insist that their military travel orders allow them to carry four bags for free. Delta, on the other hand, biting the hand that keeps them free, says that its policy only allows soldiers to travel with three bags free of charge.

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Classic Aero-TV: Expert Insights -- AirFleet Capital Sees Encouraging Trends

GA's Financial Gurus See Some Signs For Hope...

While there wasn't all that much to see and do at this year's AOPA Expo/Summit/SnoozeFest, A small cadre of ANN and Aero-TV folks did their best to gauge the state of the industry by chatting up a number of the folks that have been slogging away despite the worst economy in many moons. We got particularly lucky in being able to grab a few minutes with the folks of Air Fleet Capital, Inc., who genuinely possess some of GA's most expert insights into the true health of this business's current state.

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There's A New Chute Patent In Town...

Aviation Safety Resources Granted New Patent for 'TriChute' Safe Landing System

Aviation Safety Resources has been awarded patent No. 7934682 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its TriChute Safe Landing System. The new patent revises and updates the technology from a previous patent. The TriChute Safe Landing System is designed to equip GA aircraft with a pilot-controlled mechanism that lands passengers and aircraft safely in the event of an in-flight emergency. The technology activates a series of ballistic systems that separate the passenger compartment from the fuel-containing wings and deploys three parachutes that bring the passengers and wings down in separate, controlled level landings.

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First Doolittle Award Presented To 4th Fighter Wing

Award Promotes History And Heritage Of The Unit On Which It Is Bestowed

The 4th Fighter Wing received the inaugural Air Force Historical Foundation Doolittle Award during a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA, June 2.

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NTSB Prelim: Botched Landing Attempt Goes Very Badly, Four Lost

At All Times, Take-Off, Aborted Landing, Go-Around -- Whatever... FLY THE AIRPLANE!

A tragic NTSB prelim is giving us a few clues as to what caused the loss of four lives on the First of June -- a pilot in a rented Skyhawk encountered squirrelly winds, had problems with a landing, started going around and apparently lost control of the airplane at low altitude, with fatal results for all on board. I don't have to tell you all how unnecessary this was... Still, it is incredibly tragic...

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NATA: Air Charter Summit Concludes... Massive Agenda Confronted

Highlights Key Issues Affecting Community

NATA has just concluded its popular Air Charter Summit... The Air Charter Summit is the Part 135 on-demand air charter industry's most popular event with its wide array of business, regulatory and legislative topics on issues affecting the aviation community at-large. This year's summit included a robust agenda with issues that touched on all facets of the Part 135 and fractional program management communities, including charter brokering, Transportation Security Administration updates, audit standards, combating drug trafficking, frequently issued Part 135 violations and the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program.

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More (Sad) Signs Of The Times -- Goodrich Shutting Down Landing Gear Plant

Another Victim of These Tough Economic Times Succumbs

We keep hearing about how the economy is about to turn around any minute now... but in the mean-time, the aviation landscape is being littered with a terrifying body count... this time a major airframe parts fabrication plant.  Goodrich Corporation has  announced it will close its Marble Avenue landing gear facility in Cleveland, Ohio by the end of 2012 due to 'program volume decline and the lack of appropriate new work to cost-effectively fill available capacity.'

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.09.11)

"Delta Air Lines today increased its free checked baggage allotment for U.S. Military traveling on orders in Economy Class to four checked bags. Delta's revised baggage policy also allows U.S. military personnel traveling on orders in First and Business Class to check up to five bags at no charge. This change also adds dependents traveling with active military on orders. Each bag may weigh up to 70 lbs. (32 kg) and measure up to 80 linear inches (203 cm), which offers added flexibility over the standard 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches (157 cm) allotment. Because of weight, balance and space constraints, Delta Connection carriers accept up to four bags at no charge... Source: From Delta Airlines' ridiculous press release, issued after the media hoop

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.09.11): Traffic Situation Display

A tool used by Traffic Management Specialists to monitor the position of air traffic and to determine the traffic demand on airports and sectors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.09.11)

Radial Engines, Limited

From its formation in 1981, Radial Engines, Ltd. has become the world's premier FAA Certified Repair Station specializing in the Jacobs, Continental, and Lycoming radial aircraft engines.

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