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May 05, 2012

Airborne 05.04.12: Piper, Blue Angels, and NTSB Tallies GA Accidents

Also: Cargo Pilots, HBC, Fuel Fraud, Eclipse, Airbus, SpaceX, Bombardier, Plane-Dancing, and P-38s!!

Whew... one of these weeks, we might have a lighter news week and a chance to catch our breath... but THIS was NOT that week. Piper aircraft is continuing with a strong trend in GA aircraft sales and deliveries for the first quarter of 2012, a pattern it had established over the first quarters of the previous two years. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the commanding officer for the 2013-14 seasons during a press conference. The NTSB this week released accident statistics for 2011, and while the news was good for a

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Patent Licensing Agreement Inked Between Aspen Avionics, Microsoft

exFAT File Technology Helps Avionics Industry Leader Provide Cutting-Edge Capabilities To Customers

A patent licensing agreement has been signed between Aspen Avionics and Microsoft that gives Aspen broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. The agreement is the latest forged by Microsoft for exFAT and the first in the avionics and commercial sector.

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APA, Transport Workers, FAs At AA Issue Open Letter To Airline Board

Unions Urge Management To 'Engage With US Airways Now'

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines, has co-signed an “open letter” to the AMR Board of Directors urging a merger with US Airways.

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FAA Warns Passenger For Filming Bird Strike

Action Violated Electronic Device Regulation

A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight last month who recorded a bird strike minutes after takeoff received a warning from the FAA to abide by the regulations or face a future penalty. Grant Cardone was on a flight headed for Los Angeles on April 19 when the aircraft encountered a flock of birds causing the right engine to shut down.

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A400M Receives Initial Type Certificate From EASA

Restricted TC Precedes Full Certification, Which Is Expected In A Few Months

Airbus Military has received the initial type certification for the A400M new generation airlifter, marking a key milestone on the road to first delivery around the turn of the year. This first approval, known as a Restricted Type Certificate (RTC), was presented by EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou at an internal ceremony Friday in Toulouse, France.

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AUVSI Presses DOT To Release Small UAS Proposed Rule

ARC Issued Recommendations In 2009

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) President & CEO Michael Toscano has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asking him to expedite the publication of the small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) notice of proposed rulemaking.

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Pilot In Fatal Hang-Gliding Accident Swallowed Camera Chip

Memory Card Recovered Thursday

The hang glider pilot who was involved in a tragic accident in which a woman fell to her death was held in jail until a camera memory chip he swallowed passed through his system.

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Glider Pilots Ride Mountain Waves For Long Cross-Country Flight

Flew As High As 20,000 Feet, But Came Up Short Of Their 1,000 Mile Goal

Thursday was a spectacular day to be a glider pilot in Northern Nevada, and glider pilots Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett took advantage of an atmospheric phenomenon known as mountain waves to attempt a 1,000 cross-country flight using nothing but rising air, altitude converted to energy, and the jet stream for propulsion.

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F-15E Air Crew Ejects Safely During Training Mission In Southwest Asia

USAF Officials Say No Enemy Activity Was Involved In The Incident

The crew of an F-15E Strike Eagle on a training mission in an undisclosed location in southwest Asia was forced to eject from the airplane Thursday morning. Both crewmen are reported to be fine, but the airplane was lost.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.05.12)

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our largest lenders and bondholders on a solution to stabilize and improve our capital structure.” Source: Robert S. (Steve) Miller, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.05.12): Final

Commonly used to mean that an aircraft is on the final approach course or is aligned with a landing area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.05.12)

University Avaition Association

1947 National Association of University Administrators of Aviation Education (NAUAAE) organized in Denver, Colorado, in order to encourage and expand the growth and status of aviation education programs nationwide.

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