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April 30, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.01.12


Boeing rolls out the first 787 Dreamliner built in South Carolina

Soon to be headed for Taiwan – aircraft stamped Made in the USA

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Mexican Operator Takes Delivery Of Milestone EC145

Aircraft Is The 500th Of The Model To Enter Service

The 500th EC145 helicopter was delivered by Eurocopter Thursday. The aircraft, along with the 501st production helicopter, were provided to Transportes Aereos Pegaso, which is the largest Mexican operator in the Gulf of Mexico. Pegaso already operates 13 EC145s and four of the predecessor BK117 versions, with an additional EC145 to be provided to this customer in May.

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TSO Approval Granted For UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit

Deliveries Of Universal Avionics’ UniLink System Underway 

The FAA has granted Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for Universal Avionics’ third generation Airborne Datalink System, UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). Delivery of UL-800/801 units has begun with Universal’s Manufacturing Division operating at full capacity to fulfill orders.

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FAA Approves Another iPad EFB

Axis Jet To Use Tablets In The Cockpit

Axis Jet, a Sacramento-based aviation company, has received approval from the FAA to utilize Apple's iPad tablet by the company's flight crews as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers.

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New Japanese Low-Cost Carrier Receives First A320

Jetstar To Begin Service This July

Jetstar Japan has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320. The new low cost carrier will begin service based at Narita in July and connect to Kansai, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Okinawa. The airline plans to expand the fleet from three aircraft initially to 24 within three years.

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Spitzer Locates Galaxy With A Split Personality

Sombrero Galaxy Is Complex, Scientists Say

While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round elliptical galaxy with a thin disk embedded inside, is one of the first known to exhibit characteristics of the two different types.

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New Aviation Safety Website Designed To Help Companies With Safety Programs

Global Aerospace Launches Site With Multiple Partners

A new website dedicated to providing safety resources to the aviation community hax been launched by Global Aerospace Inc. Developed through the company's SM4 safety program the new website is an indispensable resource for aviation professionals who are serious about improving and promoting safety within their organizations.

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Loose Dog Causes LaGuardia Delays

Pooch Vacated Its Crate, Held Up Operations For About 10 Minutes

A dog which escaped from its crate while being loaded onto a plane caused about a 10 minutes shutdown of LaGuardia airport Thursday.

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Security Screeners At LAX Arrested On Drug Trafficking And Corruption Charges

Employees Accused Of Taking Bribes To Allow Narcotics Shipments Through

Four current and former airport screeners have been arrested for allegedly allowing narcotic shipments to pass through x-ray checkpoints in exchange for payments up to $2400. The four individuals were arrested over incidents that occurred between February and July 2011.

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AD: The Boeing Company 767 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-14

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes.

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AD: Learjet Model 45 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-08

PRODUCT: All Learjet Inc., Model 45 airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-18

PRODUCT: All Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2B and 2B1 turboshaft engines.

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AD: The Boeing Company 737 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-17

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes equipped with analog transient suppression devices (ATSDs) installed in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate ST00146BO.

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Airborne 04.27.12: Eclipse Production Cert, HBC Layoffs, Trans-Global Pipistrel

Also: NTSB, Nextant, Asteroid Mining, SpaceX, HTV-2, Barnstorming, Warbird Reprieve, Plane Dumb Plane Thief... and MORE!

Eclipse Aerospace has gotten the green light from the FAA for the production of its new model 550 VLJ. This week, Hawker Beechcraft sent out notices to an additional 350 Wichita employees, saying that it was making changes to previously planned production schedules and "resizing our workforce." For most, making a solo trip around the planet would be an accomplishment in any aircraft. Word came in last Thursday that "extreme pilot" Matevž Lenarcic touched down back in Slovenia after successfully circumnavigating the World in a Pi

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Klyde Morris (04.30.12)

Klyde Still Feels Insecure


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UK SAR Pilot Suspended For Picking Up Steaks In Helicopter

Rescue Helicopter Diverts To Butcher Shop After Training Exercise

You have to hand it to the British, they do love their steaks - even if it means diverting a military helicopter on a training mission to pick up some fresh filets. An unnamed pilot for Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been suspended after flying a CHC-operated helicopter on an 85 mile detour from northern Scotland to the island of Orkney after a training exercise.

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F-16s, MiGs Engage Over Bulgaria

But Fortunately, The MiGs Were Part Of A Friendly Training Exercise

U.S. pilots from the 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, have been given a rare opportunity to train and share experiences with Bulgarian air force MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots during their deployment in support of Thracian Star 2012.

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First Mars Express Gravity Results Plot Volcanic History

Reveals Important Information About The Red Planet's Geology

Five years of Mars Express gravity mapping data are providing unique insights into what lies beneath the Red Planet’s largest volcanoes. The results show that the lava grew denser over time and that the thickness of the planet's rigid outer layers varies across the Tharsis region.

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Wing Phases Out Flight Suits Effective May 1

New Directive Designed To 'Create Synergy Among All Personnel'

Some Airmen at Peterson AFB in Colorado who have been issued flight suits will need to hang them up for good May 1. On April 10, a policy letter released from Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, directed personnel assigned to AFSPC to stop wearing flight suits, the green flight jacket and the A-2 leather jackets, no later than the end of the fiscal year.

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Becker Avionics Delivers 1,000th Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS)

Milestone Unit Installed For Westchester County Police

Becker Avionics reached a significant operational and sales milestone last month when the company delivered its 1,000th Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS) since introducing the leading edge Digital Audio System family. The unit was delivered to Bell Helicopter-Textron for completion on the Westchester County Police Bell 407GX airborne law enforcement patrol helicopter.

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Birmingham, UK Rioters Fired At Police Helicopter Last Year

Closed Circuit TV Footage Shown To Jury During Trial

In the early morning hours of August 10th, 2011, a gunman fired shots at a police helicopter during riots in Birmingham, UK, according to images pulled from closed circuit TV cameras. The incident happened in the Aston area of Birmingham. Six men and two teenagers are on trial, answering to charges in Birmingham Crown Court of riot and reckless arson. They have denied all of the charges.

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Colorado Pilot Forfeits Airplane After Smuggling Conviction

Methamphetamine Involvement Leads to Multiple Charges

James Handzus was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County PA, court to nine to 22 years after his conviction of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.12)

Aero Linx: Air Traffic Control Association Established in Washington, D.C. in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment. It provides a forum in which those concerned can address the myriad issues inherent to the development of viable air traffic control systems and aviation infrastructures, and the ever increasing demands on the global navigable airspace environment. Those in the aviation community; the providers of air traffic control, system architects, manufacturers, suppliers, system operators and users join together in ATCA to share their collectiv

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.12): Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring(RAIM)

Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) A technique whereby a civil GNSS receiver/processor determines the integrity of the GNSS navigation signals without reference to sensors or non-DoD integrity systems other than the receiver itself. This determination is achieved by a consistency check among redundant pseudorange measurements.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.30.12)

“If there’s one person that knows the insidious nature of this drug it’s Mr. Handzus, someone who clearly should have known better. Those who become addicted to this have their lives ruined. What Mr. Handzus was trying to put out on the streets… could have caused a lot of problems for a lot of people.” Source: First Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, in comments about James Handzus... a pilot who was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County PA, court to nine to 22 years after his conviction of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy. A narcotics enforcement team discovered in March 2011 that

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AD: Airbus A310 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-12

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.

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