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October 17, 2011

Piper Announces Another New CEO, Altaire Review

Former Raytheon & Hawker VP Simon Caldecott Replaces Berger

Just days after touting its business jet project at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, Piper Aircraft has announced another turnover in top management, and a new interim CEO whose first statement is to question whether the Altaire development program is properly aligned with market forecasts and company goals.

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Obama Bus Tour Results In Rolling TFRs

North Carolina And Virgina Pilots Would Be Well Advised To CAREFULLY Check NOTAMS Through Wednesday

President Obama is on the road this week promoting his jobs bill, but his chosen method of transportation could spell problems for pilots who are not careful about checking NOTAMS along the route. 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.17.11

The first US-bound Dreamliner has rolled off the line.
Airbus oppens a big new plant in Wales.
And the US DOT gives a mixed report card to US airlines.

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ANN Special Feature: The Missing Denominator - 10.17.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves says the recently released 2010 Nall Report is not really useful in making real progress on general aviation's accident rate.


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NTSB Prelim: Skybolt Wing Came Apart Before Pilot Hit the Silk

Structural Failure In-Flight: About As Serious As It Gets...

No one has to tell you that there are a few instances in aviation when the pucker factor is at an all-time high... and a structural failure is pretty close to the top of the list. There is a reason why most aerobats wear a chute (and should)... and that is the result of the more extensive stresses and forces involved in aerobatic flight... and the possibility that a small problem or failure can progress to a much larger one. In this case, the pilot made the solid decision that trying further flight in a compromised airplane was not smart and elected to air out his chute. Smart.

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NASA, NIA Announce 2012 Student Rover Contest

Undergrad And Graduate Level Students Will Be Eligible To Compete

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are launching a 2012 undergraduate and graduate level student robotics competition. The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage) Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge will allow up to eight teams to compete at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) next spring. The prize is $10,000 and a chance to attend the popular analog and robotics testing event, NASA Desert Rats, in the fall of 2012.

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NTSB Prelim: Pilot New To Aircraft Stalled On Takeoff

Lesson: If Not Familiar With New Type of Aircraft, PLEASE Get Additional Guidance/Instruction

There are a great variety of exciting and innovative experimental aircraft on the used market... but many of them have unique handling, performance or operational issues that DO require more insight than the average spam can. If in doubt, get solid guidance and/or instruction from persons with actual experience with the aircraft in question...

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FAA Approves 32 Helicopter WAAS LPV Instrument Flight Procedures

Another 33 In Development And Approval Stages

The FAA has approved 32 helicopter WAAS LPV instrument flight procedures, with another procedures in various stages of development and approval. The procedures were developed by Hickok & Associates under a contract with the agency.

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Biofuels Approved For Use In All HBC Turbine Powered Aircraft

Company Is An Initial Founding Member Of The Aviation Green Alliance

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced this week that all of its turbine-powered aircraft are now approved to use biofuels - a renewable resource that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions. To be used in HBC aircraft, they must meet American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) turbine fuel standards.

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Civil Air Patrol Members To Hone Executive Skills At National Staff College

Professional Development Program Being Held At Maxwell Air Force Base

Sixty-two Civil Air Patrol members from across America will be primed for executive-level success at CAP’s 2011 National Staff College, which runs through October 22 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. This annual professional development opportunity enhances the leadership abilities of members who are, or will be, assuming positions of regional or national importance within the Civil Air Patrol.

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CAE Awarded Contracts For Four Full-Flight Simulators

Contracts Valued At C$55 Million

CAE says it has sold four Level D full-flight simulators (FFS) including a Boeing 777-300ER to Cathay Pacific Airways, an Airbus A320 to the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence, an Airbus A330 FFS to Lufthansa Flight Training GmBh and a Boeing 777-300ER to an undisclosed customer. Cathay Pacific also ordered a CAE Simfinity integrated procedures trainer (IPT).

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Dr. Kevin T. Geiss Speaks at AFA Breakfast Series

Deputy Asst. Sec. of the Air Force For Energy Slated For Oct. 26

The Air Force Association is pleased to announce Dr. Kevin T. Geiss, a member of the Senior Executive Service, as the guest speaker for the October session of the AFA Air Force Breakfast Program. This session will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 0700-0900 EDT at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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Summit Aviation Receives First Bill Olson Award of Excellence

Company Credited With Saving Money, Improving Logistics For US Army

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently was presented with the Bill Olson Award of Excellence during the 2011 Cargo Helicopters Users Conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

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FAA Issues TSO For FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B

FDL-978TX Meets FAA Requirements For NextGen

The FAA has granted a TSO to FreeFlight Systems for its RANGR FDL-978TX ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) UAT 978MHz transmitter. The RANGR FDL-978TX system will interface to FreeFlight Systems WAASGPS receiver 1201, dual antennas, and a panel mounted control head.

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Trojan Horsemen Team to Fly Again

Team Will Fly A 'Missing Man' In Honor Of Lost Team Mate

It's been a tough time for the Trojan Horseman since the loss of a team mate in a WV Airshow crash last month, just hours after another, separate, tragedy occurred at the Reno Air Races... On November 11th, 2011 the team will fly together publicly for first time since then. Trojan Horsemen team members will fly a formation flight over the start of the Veterans Airlift Command annual golf tournament and Fund-raising dinner, then fly the missing man in honor of Jack "Flash" Mangan. Flash was originally scheduled to lead this mission and his team mates will complete it for him. Flash and his company, RMG, have always supported veterans causes.

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Bob Miller Flight Training Announces Online IFR Webinar/Ground School

IFR Ground/Refresher Webinar Course Starts November 1st--First Session Is FREE!!!

Frequent ANN contributor, Bob Miller, will be conducting an 8-week instrument pilot ground/refresher webinar course beginning Tuesday, November 1, from 7pm to 9pm EST (0000Z to 0200Z).  This fast-paced course is designed for the serious instrument pilot who wants to review all the critical components of the complex world of IFR flight. This "live" interactive course will include the organization and structure of the national airspace system as it pertains to the instrument pilot.

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Aero-TV At NBAA2011 Revisited: Back In Production -- Reborn As The Eclipse 550

Production Set To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets, Deliveries Planned For 2013

In what may be one of the industry's most successfull turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland, CEO and Chairman of Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550, the new twin-­engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.

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Aero-TV At NBAA2011 Revisited: Updating The Fleet -- Cessna Intro's The Latitude

Second New BizJet Announcement In 14 Days

For the second time in 14 days, Cessna Aircraft Company introduced plans for a new airplane. Plans for the new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet Monday morning at the start of the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. This is Cessna's second new product announcement in the past 14 days; the company launched the Citation M2 light business jet on September 26.

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Klyde Morris (10.17.11)

Klyde Has A Little More Fun With SecDoT LaHood....


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High Pilot Attrition Continues At American Airlines

Airline Says Capacity Cuts May Spur Layoffs

American Airlines has announced that it will cut its capacity three percent more than it forecast in January this year, retiring 11 of its Boeing 757s, but not just because of falling demand or fuel efficiency concerns. The airline says its pilots are choosing to retire in numbers way beyond expectations.

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Sikorsky May Miss Opportunity To Bid On Armed Aerial Scout

New Army Timeline Calls For Demo Flights By April

A new timeline for demonstration flights of a follow-on aircraft to the Kiowa Warrior may come too early for Sikorsky to get its new Raider into the competition. The Army announced at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC this week that it will consider either a continuation of the Warrior program, or will select an off-the-shelf aircraft that can be adapted to the Armed Aerial Scout program.

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MI State Rep. Requests Probe Of Airport Official's 'Severance' Package

Wayne County Official Received Payment When She Left Voluntarily To Become Head Of Detroit Metro Airport

A Michigan state representative is calling for an investigation into what was termed a "severance package" given to a former Wayne County official when she left her job with the county voluntarily to become the new head of Detroit Metro Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.17.11)

Aero Linx: American Helicopter Museum and Education Center The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft. Each year the Museum hosts thousands of visitors, school groups, families and senior citizens. Tourists of all ages from the U.S and abroad come here to witness the history and the future of the helicopter. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.17.11): Blizzard

Blizzard A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow in the air to frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for a duration of at least 3 hours. A severe blizzard is characterized by temperatures near or below 10°F, winds exceeding 45 mph, and visibility reduced by snow to near zero.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.17.11)

"APA’s rank-and-file members are not privy to inside financial information. Our advisers have in fact indicated that the airline does not face any immediate liquidity crisis and possesses respectable cash reserves." Source: The Allied Pilots Association, in comments associated with a follow-up to a statement citing the observation that American Airline's attrition rate was so conspicuous that on October 3, APA felt the need to issue a news release making clear that the pilots did not have any insider information about an impending bankruptcy, but were likely reacting to the general decline in the stock market.

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