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May 21, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.22.12

Who will be in the inaugural class of the Aviation Educator Hall of Fame?

A bankruptcy judge has delayed ruling on American Airlin

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SpaceX Launch Attempt Set for 0344 EDT Tuesday, May 22nd

Launch from Cape Canaveral Would Set The Stage For Historic Test Flight

SpaceX and NASA have set 0344 EDT on Tuesday, May 22nd for the next attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to orbit that would make SpaceX the first commercial company in history to try to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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Canadian Tactical Helicopter Squadron Reborn Under Historical Number

Fifteen F-Model Chinooks Will Fly As 450th THS

The reactivation of 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, which is to be the home of the Canadian Forces' Chinook Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter, was formalized on May 2, 2012, by an official Canadian Forces order. As confirmed on May 2, 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, under the command of 1 Wing and based in Petawawa, Ontario, will be home to 15 F-Model Chinooks.

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Final CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Delivered For Mexico

Aircraft Based On The Same Airframe As U.S. Coast Guard's HC-144A Ocean Sentry

EADS North America has delivered the fourth and final Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to be supplied to the Mexican Navy under a U.S. Coast Guard managed foreign military sales agreement. The Coast Guard employs the CN235-300 in the HC-144A Ocean Sentry configuration for a range of missions, including search and rescue, disaster relief and drug interdiction.

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Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts Investigation

FAA Looking Into Monday Incident Over Denver

An unidentified object over Denver has led to an FAA investigation. The object appeared Monday when the pilot of a Cessna Citation CJ1 flying at 8,000ft MSL called ATC to report “A remote-controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by the other way, about 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large remote-controlled aircraft.”

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Connecticut State Police Helo Rarely Flies

'Trooper One' Logged Only 42 Hours Last Year

When it was purchased, the Connecticut State Police hailed their "Trooper One" helicopter as a state-of-the-art tool for law enforcement ... and it made appearances all over the state. In 2002 ... its first full year of operation ... the aircraft flew nearly 1,000 hours over 490 missions.Television station WFSB found that last year, the helo flew only 42 missions totalling 42 hours.

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Technology Improves Rescue Support For Rocket Launches

Anti-Collision System Similar To Airliners Helps AF Personnel Clear Launch Ranges

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a communications satellite onboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 4. As the rocket lit up the sky and was hurled into space, personnel from the 920th Rescue Wing stood by and watched, knowing their part of the mission had already been accomplished.

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Alcohol Use Reported Among Indian Pilots, Cabin Crews

Fourteen Pilots Have Allegedly Reported For Duty Under The Influence

India's civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said Wednesday that fourteen pilots and 31 cabin crew members allegedly reported for duty under the influence of alcohol in the first three months of the year.

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Virgin Atlantic Will Allow Cell Phone Calls On Trans-Atlantic Flights

Airline Partnering With AeroMobile To Offer Service

Passengers aboard Virgin Atlantic flights will soon be able to make cell phone calls and send text messages while travelling across the Atlantic, the airline announced Tuesday. Select aircraft will offer immediate availability of the service while a total of 20 aircraft will be equipped by year’s end.

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FAA Grants Approval To APB For 767 Blended Winglets

Benefits Boeing Converted Freighter Program

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced Thursday that it has received approval from the FAA demonstrating compatibility for installing Blended Winglets on the Boeing 767 Converted Freighter (767-BCF). This development assures that Boeing 767-300ERs with Blended Winglets are viable candidate for future conversion to freighters by Boeing.

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Three To Be Inducted Into WMU's Aviation Hall Of Honor

Ceremony To Be Held June 15th

Three aviation professionals whose careers have made a lasting impact in their fields will be honored by Western Michigan University next month when they are inducted into the College of Aviation Hall of Honor for 2012.

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TrueNorth Selected By AMAC For Airbus ACJ A319 VIP Aircraft

Scalable Telecommunications System Incorporates HD Voice, Wi-Fi, Hi-Speed Data

TrueNorth Avionics has announced its selection by AMAC Aerospace in Basel, Switzerland, to provide its scalable Simphone OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system for an Airbus ACJ A319 VIP Aircraft.

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Indonesian Airline Expansion Raises Safety Issue

New Airline Entrants Could Jeopardize Region’s Safety Record

The development of Indonesia’s new middle class, and their penchant for travel has triggered the establishment of dozens of new air carriers, which has regional safety experts concerned. A spate of airline accidents in 2007 led to a thorough industry review by the government after the EU banned all Indonesia carriers for two years.

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Frequent Fliers Sue American Airlines Over Suspension Of Unlimited Pass

Airline Says Travel Passes Were Abused

Two frequent fliers are suing American Airlines over the suspension of their unlimited lifetime airpasses, purchased in 1987.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.21.12

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again – and Space X will…

The FAA will reexamine pilot rest rules for cargo pilots…

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Airborne 05.18.12: GA Airports, Onex Flies!, EBACE Highlights

Also: Mama Bird Johnson, Lights out For LightSquared, New Cessnas and LearJets, Nextant 400, ACJs, MLX770 Certs, and Aero-Cat-tastrophe!

The FAA has just released a report called 'General Aviation Airports: A National Asset', which was compiled following an 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation (GA) airports. The first customer-built example of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft has flown for the first time. Bill Fisher of Jackson Tennessee flew his AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex on Thursday, May 10th. Bill received the fourth Onex kit sold by Sonex Aircraft, shipped on August 5, 20

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Klyde Morris (05.21.12)

C'mon Klyde.... 'Burping Dragon?'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Nebraska Governor Heineman Declares May 'General Aviation Appreciation Month

National Organizations Praise The Proclamation

National aviation organizations are commending Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman for declaring May “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”   Alliance Press Secretary Devin Osting, Nebraska Department of Aeronautics Director Ronnie Mitchell, Nebraska Aviation Council President Sandi Decker and Nebraska Aviation Trades Association President Brian Wilcox, among others, were present for the signing of the proclamation with the Governor Wednesday morning at the Capitol.

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Air Force Releases Tanker Basing Criteria

KC-46A Rollout To Occur In FY2016

The Air Force has released its basing criteria for the KC-46A refueler that will be used to select candidate bases for the aircraft’s training unit and initial two operating bases. The formal training unit and first main operating base will be at active duty units, while the second main operating base will be at an Air National Guard unit.

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Henry Kissinger Subjected To TSA Pat-Down Search

Former Secretary Of State Selected For Additional Screening

For many of us, it would be difficult not to recognize former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and central figure in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. But apparently, a TSA screener at LaGuardia Airport in New York City did not ... and pulled Kissinger out of a security line for additional screening even after asking his name.

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CAF B-29 To Visit Carolinas Aviation Museum

B-24 And P-51 Will Accompany "Fifi"

The Commemorative Air Force's iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, Fifi-- the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world --- is coming to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 25. The B-29 will arrive with the B-24, Diamond Lil, an equally rare World War II bomber and one of only two still flying.

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FA-22 Raptor To Fly In Fleet Week Air Show

First Time For The Air Force Plane In The San Francisco Exhibition

For the first time in the history of Fleet Week, the Air Force F-22 Raptor will be blazing through the skies of San Francisco during the 31st annual Fleet Week celebration October 4-7, 2012. The FA-22 is one of the fastest jets to ever fly during Fleet Week with top speeds of Mach 1.8 or just over 1,300 mph.

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High Performance Aviation Moves To Sugar Land, Texas

Flight Training Company Shifts Operations To Sugar Land Regional Airport

In an effort to capture more of the Houston flight training market, High Performance Aviation (HPA) said Wednesday that it is relocating its headquarters from Lone Star Executive Airport  (KCXO) in Conroe, Texas ... its home for the previous two years ... to the Sugar Land Regional Airport (KSGR) in Houston.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.21.12): Sea Breeze Front

Sea Breeze Front A coastal phenomena, it is restricted to large bodies of water and their immediate coast lines. This is usually the landward extent of the sea breeze. Due to the imbalance of heating between land and water, a region of maximum upward motion or convergence occurs by mid-afternoon in the summer some 10 to 15 miles inland. Air mass thunderstorms or a line of towering cumulus clouds with showers can form along the front. At the beach, there are blue skies and a light breeze. This often occurs along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida's east coast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.21.12)

Aero Linx: Cardinal Flyers Online The web site came about through the urging of a number of Cardinal owners who wished for a central location for information about the Cardinal. The goal has always been to capture and retain the accumulated wisdom of the Cardinal Owning population in a way that helps most of us learn and helps all of us remember. Much of the material on this site is based on the CFO Email digest created by Paul Millner. Paul does a great job of editing and moderating that list, and the members of that list do a fine job of telling their experiences for the common good.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.21.12)

"This is a rare opportunity for people in our community to see the aircraft which won WWII... I have no doubt this exhibit will inspire young people in our community to set their sights higher and become successful in life." Source: Shawn Dorsch, President of the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Commemorative Air Force's iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, Fifi-- the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world --- is coming to Charlotte on May 25. The B-29 will arrive with the B-24, Diamond Lil, an equally rare World War II bomber and one of only two still flying.

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