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May 30, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.30.13

The ICAO Will Remain in Montreal…

The Jetman Cometh to Reno…

Repurposing Historic Hangar One…


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Texas Governor Signs Law To Allow Launch Pad Construction On Texas Coast

Supports Effort To Lure SpaceX Launch Facility In Boca Chica Beach

A bill passed by the Texas Legislature to allow for the construction of a launch facility on the Texas coast has been signed into law by Governor Rick Perry. The bill is part of an effort on the part of the state to lure SpaceX to Texas for its launch operations.

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American Airlines Mechanics File For Election To Become Teamsters

Union Says Mechanics And Related Workers Seek Strong Representation

American Airlines mechanics and related workers filed for an election with the National Mediation Board (NMB) as part of a months-long effort to become Teamsters. The petition for an NMB election comes on the heels of a similar move by US Airways mechanics seeking Teamster representation who filed for their election earlier this month.

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VR-62 'Nomads' Rescue Five Adrift Sailors

Diverted From Convoy Duty To Assist In SAR Efforts

A crew from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Six Two (VR-62) helped rescue a boat and five people who were adrift and lost at sea last week.

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E-Jets Family Achieves 10 Million Flight Hours

Milestone Includes Some Seven Million Flight Cycles

After a little more than nine years in operation, the worldwide fleet of Embraer 170/190 family of E-Jets achieved a landmark 10 million flight hours, this month, with an average mission conclusion rate of 99.9% and the completion of seven million flight cycles.

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GSA, NASA Seek Rehab Proposals For Historic Hangar One Airship Station

Structure Completed In 1933 For Navy Recon Airships

The U.S. General Services Administration, on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit lease proposals for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of NASA's historic Hangar One, located at Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA) in the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA.

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Space Florida Welcomes New Chair, Members Of The Board

Attorney Bill Dymond Appointed Interim Chair Of The Organization

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace development organization and spaceport authority, has recently welcomed a new interim Board Chair and three new members to its Board of Directors.

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Report: F-35, V-22, Black Hawk Targeted By Chinese Cyberspies

Among More Than Two Dozen Weapons Systems Compromised By Electronic Intrusion

A confidential Pentagon report shows that Chinese cyberspies have collected data on more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems, including the F-35, the V-22 Osprey, and the Black Hawk helicopter. The report, which was obtained by the Washington Post, indicates that Chinese cyber-espoinage compromised sensitive information that allowed that country to develop its version of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft much more quickly than it could have on its own.

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Bombardier Targeting Longer Maintenance Check Intervals For CSeries Aircraft

Line Maintenance Check Proposed At 850 Flight Hours, Base Maintenance Check At 8,500 Flight Hours

At its European Regional Review in Munich, Germany, Bombardier Aerospace said that that prior to the airliner’s entry-into-service, it is targeting CSeries aircraft line maintenance checks (“A Checks) at intervals of 850 flight hours and base maintenance checks (“C” Checks) at intervals of 8,500 flight hours.

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Aurora Tests Airborne Greenhouse Gas Instrumentation

Integrated Aboard Centaur Aircraft In Preparation For Arctic Mission

An advanced greenhouse gas measurement system developed by a team comprised of Harvard University's Anderson Research Group, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD), and Aurora Flight Sciences has been integrated aboard Aurora Flight Sciences' Centaur aircraft.

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NGC, EADS Defend Euro Hawk Program

Issues Response To 'Media Reports' Of Problems With Control Systems

In a statement they say is a response to recent media reports that there are "challenges" with the control system of the Euro Hawk UAS, Northrop Grumman and EADS have issued a statement defending the program.

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Possible Artifact From An Air Accident Found In The Everglades

Pendant Discovered During Annual Florida Python Roundup

During an annual hunt for pythons in the Florida Everglades, a hunter discovered an artifact that may be a remnant from one of two aircraft accidents which occurred in the area over the past 40 years.

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Gardner Aviation Services (GAS) Changes Name

Company Now Known As Precision Aviation Services (PAS)

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a provider of products and services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries, announces Peachtree City, GA based Gardner Aviation Services (GAS) has changed the company name to Precision Aviation Services (PAS).

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Classic Aero-TV: Acro-Dizzy-Yaks -- Bud and Ross Granley Take to the Skies

One Of Aviation's Most Amazing Pilots Joins His Son In Aerobatic Amazement

Previously WebCast on May 2nd, 2012: Today is Airshow Ace and long-time Aero-Friend, Bud Granley's birthday... and we wanted to celebrate! According to his bio, flying has been a part of Bud Granley's life since he was 9 years old. He and his brothers were playing when they saw a Tiger Moth biplane glide to a landing on their uncle's farm. They ran to see the plane, and were amazed to find that their Dad was the pilot. He had secretly earned his flying license. Bud and his two brothers were hooked on aviation after that. Their father made a career of fly

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Breitling Significantly Increases Reno Air Race Sponsorship

World-Famous 'Jetman' To Make Second North American Appearance At Event

The National Championship Air Races announced Wednesday that its longtime sponsor, Breitling, has significantly increased its sponsorship of the northern Nevada event over the next three years and will also be bringing the world famous Jetman to Reno this fall for a rare North American performance. This is the largest sponsorship commitment in the Reno Air Race’s 49-year history.

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ICAO To Stay In Montreal

Agreement Signed With Canada To Keep HQ Where It Is Through 2036

The government of Canada and the ICAO have signed an agreement that will keep the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal until at least 2036. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Jean-François Lisée, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade (and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region), Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum, and ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin signed the new agreement Monday.

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New Jersey Sues Gas Stations Accused Of Knowingly Selling Leaded AvGas

Motorists Thought They Were Filling Up With Unleaded Gasoline, Attorney For Stations Says They Were Not Aware

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced Tuesday the Division and its Office of Weights and Measures have sued six gas stations, their parent company, and two fuel distribution firms, after the gas stations allegedly sold aviation fuel, which contains toxic lead, during a three-day period in December, to consumers who thought they were filling their cars with ordinary, unleaded motor fuel.

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Pipistrel Launches 'Pipistrel Academy' Flight School Program

Training Available Online Designed To Adapt To Student's Rate Of Learning

An innovative training solution for new pilots was unveiled at AERO 2013 by Pipistrel that is geared towards all future Pipistrel owners or flight school students wanting to earn their pilot license in a Pipistrel aircraft.

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IAM Blasts Teamster Efforts At American Airlines

Teamsters 'Destroying The Labor Movement' Pantoja Says

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has filed a request for an election against the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to represent the Mechanic and Related employees at American Airlines with the National Mediation Board (NMB). In a prepared response to the filing, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers General Vice President Sito Pantoja said that the Teamsters are undermining labor unions in general.

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Near Collision Reported At Washington Reagan National Airport

Regional Jet And Military Helicopter Closed To Less Than 1,000 Feet Lateral Separation

The FAA said that a Republic Airlines regional jet flying for US Airways and a military helicopter closed within about 950 feet of lateral separation near Washington Regan National Airport (KDCA) Friday afternoon.

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Angel Flight Plane Raised From Pond In New York

Body Of One Person On Board The Airplane Is Still Missing

The wreckage of a Piper PA-34 that had been operating as an Angel Flight on Friday when it went down in upstate New York has been raised from the pond in which it became submerged. Authorities are still searching for the body of Frank Amerosa of Utica, NY, who was being flown home from Boston following treatment for brain cancer.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.30.13)

"With this online tool we will help them to prepare for the pilot exam in any flight school worldwide with the confidence of taking all the advantage from their Pipistrel airplane." Source: Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.30.13): Undersun

An optical effect seen by an observer above a cloud deck when looking toward the sun, as sunlight is reflected upwards off the faces of ice crystals in the cloud deck. [Also known as subsun.]

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.30.13)

Wings for Science

An extraordinary journey, dedicated to science and education. The goal is to provide local public research projects with an exclusive airborne capability. Wings for Science is a unique opportunity to discover scientific activities.

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