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June 14, 2012

Osprey Accident Leaves Five Injured

No Fatalities When The V-22 Tilt-Rotor Went Down In Florida

An Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing went down at approximately 1845 EDT June 13 on the Eglin Range, north of Navarre, FL. Five crew members aboard the aircraft were taken to local area hospitals, but there were no reported fatalities.

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London Air Services Orders Five Learjet 75s

First Canadian Launch Customer For The New Aircraft

A firm order for five Learjet 75 aircraft has been placed by London Air Services (LAS), according to a news release from Bombardier. The order is valued at approximately $65 million based on the 2012 list price for typically equipped aircraft. LAS is the first Canadian operator to place a firm order for the new light jet.

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Alaska Airlines, Machinists Reach Tentative Agreement

Six-Year Contract Covers Carrier's Ramp Service And Stores Agents

Alaska Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) jointly announced Tuesday they have reached tentative agreement on a new six-year contract covering the carrier's 587 ramp service and stores agents. The agreement includes wage increases of 10 percent over the life of the contract, long-term incentive bonuses, and job security and improved productivity provisions.

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AAR Selected To Extend Airlift Support For U.S. Military

Largest Airlift Provider In Afghanistan Chosen To Renew Support Of DoD Operations

The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has exercised a renewal option for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through May 31 of 2013. The option has a value of $104 million and is part of a task order awarded to AAR in June 2010.

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Customs And Border Protection Receives Upgraded Lockheed Martin P-3

Fifth Airplane Delivered 50 Days Ahead Of Schedule

The fifth P-3 Orion with new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications has been delivered to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Greenville, SC, more than 50 days ahead of schedule.

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Morris, IL, Objects To Placement Of Aerobatic Box

Council Voted 7-1 Against FAA-Approved Practice Space

The city council in Morris, IL, voted 7-1 against the placement of an aerobatic practice box near the Morris Municipal Airport June 6th. The box, which encompasses an area covering 3,600 feet by 3,600 feet up to 5,000 AGL was approved by the FAA in May.

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Sport Flying Haven In Southwest New Mexico On The Auction Block

Fly-In Community Once Owned by Antivirus Software Pioneer John McAfee To Be Auctioned

The Sky Gypsy Café, the ultimate sport flying location and an integral part of the airpark community in Rodeo, New Mexico, will be auctioned on Monday, June 25 at 1100 MDT by real estate auctioneer Williams & Williams. Located in a valley by the Chiricahua Mountains and the Coronado National Forest, the property includes the Sky Gypsy Café, the Galaxy Theater, a small RV park, a four-bedroom home, four airplane hangars and a state-of-the-art greenhouse.

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Missing Russian Plane May Have Been Commandeered By Revelers

About A Dozen People Plus A Pilot Were On Board The An-2 In The Urals

Russian officials say they are looking for an An-2 biplane which went missing Monday in the Urals. It is thought that it may have been commandeered by those on board ... described in the Russian media as "drunken revelers" ... who were looking to extend a weekend holiday.

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New Panama ATC Center To Operate Hardware From Thales

TopSky ATC Expected To Manage All En Route And Approach Segments In Panamanian Airspace

After signing a contract with the government of Panama on November 25th of last year, Thales has released the hardware list for a new building which will house a 12 Control Working Position (CWP) Air Traffic Control (ATC) Center capable of managing all of the en route and approach segments of Panama’s airspace.

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Anaheim Mayor Says 'Not So Fast' On Airplane Purchase

City Had Plans For A Cessna Grand Caravan

The Mayor of Anaheim, CA, has put the (air) brakes on the city's planned $2.2 million purchase of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Mayor Tom Tait says he needs more information before he can approve the purchase. The city had green-lighted the acquisition last month, saying there was a strong public safety case made for the purchase of the aircraft.

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Popular Rotorcraft Association Sets Convention

Group Will Again Gather At Mentone, IN, After Oshkosh

Gyroplanes, gyrocopters, helicopters and autogyros, including other sport and general aviation aircraft, will gather at the Mentone Airport (C-92) in Indiana, July 31 through Aug. 4 for the 50th annual convention of the Popular Rotorcraft Association.

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Seaplane Airline Begins Bimini Service From South Florida

Tropic Ocean Airways Launches Regular Seaplane Flights From The Miami Seaplane Base To North Bimini, Bahamas

South Florida’s seaplane airline Tropic Ocean Airways said Wednesday it has begun regular service between the Miami Seaplane Base and North Bimini. The airline, which began regular service four days per week to the Bahamian island from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) in March, added the Miami Seaplane Base as a stop on its regular route. Flights will depart FLL and stop in Miami prior to the short yet scenic 30 minute flight to North Bimini.

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German Company Continues Development Of Personal Electric Helicopter

Proof-Of-Concept Aircraft Won The Lindbergh Prize For 2012

You may recall a while back on AirBorne that we featured an Aero-Video of the Week that was a multi-rotor electric helicopter which looked like it sat on a large exercise ball. That aircraft went on to win the 2012 Lindbergh prize for Innovation, announced in April at AERO-Friedrichshafen.

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Passenger Satisfaction With Airport Security Increases

Findings Included In Travel Leaders' 2012 Consumer Survey

While the TSA may be much maligned, and in at least some cases deservedly so, it appears as if American travelers are growing accustomed to the variety of security measures they are likely to encounter at airports. Two-thirds (66.2 percent) of U.S. travelers indicate they are "satisfied" with the level of security at airports – that's up 6 percent from last year – and only 17 percent indicate they are "unsatisfied." 

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Aero-TV: Upgrading Yesterday’s Six-Pack – Kelly Mfg’s RCA 2600 Digital AI

A New Way To Look At 'Conventional Format' Gauges

This industry never ceases to amaze me... especially in terms of what it will do to satisfy all aspects of a fickle market. While the amazing capabilities of the latest electronic displays have offered extraordinary capabilities to the avionics industry, in particular, the reliability and simplicity of these systems offer much to recommend them as well. So... what do you do when you want "conventional" display formats for gauges like an Attitude Indicator -- but want the added benefits of these latest in glass display technology? You make dedicated replacement gauges that look and operate just like the more conventional gauges BUT boast the added simplicity and reliability of the newer technologies.

Aero-TV: Upgrading Yesterday’s Six-Pack – Kelly Mfg’s RCA 2600 Digital AI

A New Way To Look At 'Conventional Format' Gauges

This industry never ceases to amaze me... especially in terms of what it will do to satisfy all aspects of a fickle market. While the amazing capabilities of the latest electronic displays have offered extraordinary capabilities to the avionics industry, in particular, the reliability and simplicity of these systems offer much to recommend them as well. So... what do you do when you want "conventional" display formats for gauges like an Attitude Indicator -- but want the added benefits of the latest in glass display technology? You make dedicated replacement gauges that look and operate just like the mo

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SNC Files Action To Reinstate Light Air Support Contract

Company Seeks to Maintain Fairness, Transparency Of Acquisition Process

In response to the lawsuit filed by Hawker Beechcraft, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) filed an action in the United States Court of Federal Claims Tuesday to seek reinstatement of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Light Air Support (LAS) contract awarded to the company last December.

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NTSB To Hold GA Safety Forum

Announced By Member Earl Weener In A YouTube Video

The NTSB released a video to YouTube Wednesday featuring board member Earl Weener announcing a General Aviation Safety Seminar to be held next week in Washington, DC.

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DOT IG Finds U.S. Customs Missing UAV Support Equipment

Says Agency Has Not Property Budgeted For Use Of Its Unmanned Aircraft

The inspector general (IG) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) on June 11 that it has not adequately obtained resources to support its unmanned drones, while also admonishing the agency for failing to properly plan for use of the aircraft. CBP’s Office of Air and Marine has never appropriately budgeted and acquired all of the necessary resources to support its 10 existing and planned UAV aircraft, said the IG report.

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China Set To Retaliate Against EU For ETS Actions

Chines Government Says It Will Impound European Aircraft

If the EU chooses to impose fines or other punishments against China for violating the term of its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), China says it stands ready to retaliate ... by impounding European aircraft which land at Chinese airports.

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NuSTAR Launched From Pacific Atoll

NASA Confirms Successful Deployment Of Solar Arrays

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon EDT (0900 PDT) Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects.

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China To Launch Piloted Space Capsule As Early As Saturday

UCS Issues Paper On Chinese Intentions For Building A Space Station

China is expected to launch a piloted space capsule to dock with an experimental space laboratory as early as this Saturday. The launch is a trial run for eventually docking a capsule with a Chinese space station.

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Alan Joyce Tapped As New IATA Chairman

Qantas Executive Named At Beijing Conference

Qantas Airways CEO and Managing Director Alan Joyce has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors, the organization announced Tuesday. Joyce succeeds KLM President and CEO Peter Hartman, whose one-year term expired at the conclusion of the Association’s 68th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Beijing. Joyce’s appointment is effective immediately and is for one year, ending with the conclusion of IATA’s 69th AGM, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.14.12)

“We are taking this step only after very serious deliberation and exhausting the other avenues available to us to address our concerns. Despite repeated written and verbal attempts, we have not received adequate explanation – much less justification – for the termination of our contract.” Source: Taco Gilbert, Vice President of ISR Business Development at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.14.12): Ceilometer

A device using a laser or other light source to determine the height of a cloud base.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.14.12)

The Monocoupe Club

This website, Monocoupe.com is dedicated to Monocoupe Aeroplane and Engine Company enthusiasts worldwide. This site chronicles the legacy of America's first two place, enclosed cabin monoplane.

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