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June 07, 2012

Pilatus PC-12 Down In Polk County, FL

Four Reportedly Fatally Injured In The Accident

A Pilatus PC-12 has gone down in Polk County, FL, near the town of Lake Wales. Initial reports are that four people have been fatally injured in the accident.

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Airborne 06.08.12: Eclipse Production Restarts, Great Lakes AD, Solar Impulse Takes A Trip

Also: Canon, AirVenture Cup, WingX, Aspen, Virgin Galactic, RIP: Ed King, Gulfstream Record, Boeing Phantom Eye... and MORE!
What a cool week! You really have to admire a company that says what they're going to do and then follows through. That's exactly what happened with Eclipse Aerospace, as Mason Holland took the stage during the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference held this past Friday in Albuquerque and announced the official launch of initial production of the new model Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. It's rare that we get a news release from a company concerning an  Airworthiness Directive (AD), but the folks at WACO (WALK-o) thought it was important to note that they are taking seriously an AD for Great Lakes airplanes built before the

NASA, Congressman Agree On Future Of The Commercial Crew Program

Wolf: Goal Is Not Creation Of A Commercial Space Industry

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, said Tuesday he had reached an agreement with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the future of the commercial crew program.

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NASA Joins Girl Scouts Celebrating 100 Years Of Inspiration And Empowerment

Deputy Administrator Garver, Two Female Astronauts Will Keynote Event

NASA will mark the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America by hosting a Girl Scouts Rock@NASA event from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT June 8 in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium located at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and two former astronauts, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Pam Melroy, will participate.

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NTSB Assists Government Of Nigeria In Aviation Accident

Boeing Aircraft Went Down, Fatally Injuring All 153 On Board

The NTSB is dispatching an investigator to assist the government of Nigeria in its investigation of the crash of a Dana Air Boeing MD-83 airplane, Flight # 0992.

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Aviation Safety Seminar By Avemco President Part Of Rochester WINGS 2012

'Northeast Flying Gotchas' Presented On June 9th

Among the featured speakers for the Rochester WINGS 2012 aviation expo at the Greater Rochester International Airport June 8-9 will be Avemco Insurance Company President, Jonathan “JJ” Greenway, who will address the educational session, “Northeast Flying Gotchas!” on Saturday, June 9 at 2pm.

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Fifteen Washington DC Youths Will Build An Airplane

Non-Profit Organization Raising Funds For D.C. Area, Other Build-A-Plane Project

The Washington, D.C. non-profit organization Discover Aviation Now is actively seeking funds for a Build-A-Plane project, which is giving 15 students the ultimate education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Dreamliner Supplier Management Head Appointed New Boeing President In Japan

Current President Mike Denton Is Retiring In October

Boeing today announced that George Maffeo, vice president of 787 Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will succeed Boeing Japan president Mike Denton, who will retire from the company in October.

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Board Rejects Proposal For Commercial Service At Georgia Airport

Suburban Field Would Have Been Atlanta Reliever

The Gwinnett County, GA, Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposal to bring commercial service to Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The board also voted to withdraw the preliminary application to the FAA to privatize the airport.

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Pentagon Tells Miami-Dade: No Commercial Air Show At Homestead

South Florida Event Would Have Targeted Major Aviation Companies

In an effort to draw major aviation companies and potential buyers to south Florida, Miami-Dade's Beacon Council sent a request to the Air Force for the use of the runway at Homestead AFB for a commercial aviation expo. The Air Force said "No."

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Luxury Hangars Going Up At Southern California Airport

32 Units Planned At Cochran Regional Airport

San Diego developer Karl Higgins is betting $10 million on well-heeled aviators' interest in a luxury hangar for their aircraft. Higgins is planning 32 hangars to be built at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, CA. The project is scheduled to begin by the end of the year, and will be accomplished in phases over the next three years on a 4.5 acre site.

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Regional Group Opposes Long Island Helicopter Routing

Concentrated Noise Over Certain Communities A Concern

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council is asking residents of New York's Long Island to oppose a new FAA regulation establishing a mandatory North Shore route for helicopters. The group says the new rule would “exacerbate air traffic congestion and make helicopter noise permanent over some communities.”

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CFM56-7B Engine Sets New First-Run World Record

First Engine To Achieve 50,000 Flight Hours Without A Shop Visit

German airline TUIfly and CFM International marked a new first-run time-on-wing world record set by a CFM56-7B engine powering one of the airlines Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The engine logged more than 50,000 hours without a shop visit.

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Preparations Underway For X-37B Landing

After A Year In Space, Exact Touchdown Time And Date Still Undetermined

Preparations for the second landing of the X-37B, the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base. While the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, it is expected to occur during the early- to mid-June time frame.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.07.12

NASA and Congress Streamline the commercial crew program…

Space X may pursue military contracts…

The UK’s Manchester Airport is Out of Gas?

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Aero-TV: John and Martha King -- Examining Redbird's Skyport

Two Veteran CFIs Look At The Potential Of The Skyport Program

The aviation world sat up and paid attention when the redbird Skyport program was announced... and while most folks weren't all that sure of what was going on, a few industry veterans were pretty excited and for darned good reason. Skyport was a chance to do something "completely different."

Aero-TV: John and Martha King -- Examining Redbird's Skyport

Two Veteran CFIs Look At The Potential Of The Skyport Program

The aviation world sat up and paid attention when the redbird Skyport program was announced... and while most folks weren't all that sure of what was going on, a few industry veterans were pretty excited and for darned good reason. Skyport was a chance to do something "completely different." Two of the flight training industry's leading vets, John and Martha King were there and heavily involved in the planning and execution of the program. And to say the least, they were excited about the potential of what Jerry Gregoire's troops were about to show the aviation world.

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NTSB Makes Safety Recommendations Stemming From 757 Runway Excursion

Mechanical Defects And A Breakdown In Monitoring Procedures Cited In The Wyoming Incident In 2010

The NTSB met Tuesday to develop a set of safety recommendations stemming from a 2010 runway excursion which occurred in Wyoming. On December 29, 2010, at about 1138 MST, American Airlines flight 2253, a Boeing 757-200, ran off the departure end of runway 19 during light snow after landing at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport (KJAC). The airplane came to rest about 730 feet past the departure end of the runway in deep snow. None of the 179 passengers and six crewmembers were injured.

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EU-ETS 'Discriminatory' To Business Aviation, Bolen Tells Senate Committee

Association Reiterates Support For Global Approach To Aviation Emissions

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen testified Wednesday before a Senate committee that the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) "singles out a great American industry for discriminatory treatment." Bolen called the European scheme "fatally flawed."

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SpaceX May Pursue Military Contracts

Successful ISS Mission May Open Doors Previously Shut Tight

The successful flight of a Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station may open the door for the launch of military satellites by SpaceX ... a goal said to be more elusive than flying cargo for NASA.

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Gone West: Avionics Pioneer Edward J. King, Jr.

King Radio Corporation Developed A Broad Range Of GA Radios And Other Innovations

Edward J. King Jr, a pioneer in the avionics industry and the founder of King Radios, passed away June 3rd at the age of 90. King Founded King Radio Corporation in 1959. 

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Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified

Was A Crewman Aboard An AC-47D Aircraft Which Went Down In 1965

The remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger, 32, of Lebanon, Ore., will be buried June 8 in his hometown.

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Manchester, UK Airport Out Of Fuel

Delays Expected For Inbound/Outbound Flights

Manchester airport, the third busiest airport in the UK is facing a crisis from temporarily running out of jet fuel. Flights to and from the airport are expected to be delayed, especially those flying to long-haul destinations. The issue is with fuel supplies from the Stanlow refinery, which were disrupted due to concerns about quality.

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Young U.S. Missionary Couple Fatally Injured In African Accident

Plane Went Down In A River In Zambia

A young couple performing missionary work in Africa was fatally injured last weekend when the Cessna 206 they were flying went down in the Zambezi River in Zambia.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.07.12)

"NASA and the committee have affirmed that the primary objective of the commercial crew program is achieving the fastest, safest and most cost-effective means of domestic access to the ISS, not the creation of a commercial crew industry." Source: Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), Chair of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.07.12): Oscillation (Weather)

A shift in position of various high and low pressure systems that in climate terms is usually defined as an index ...  a single numerically-derived number that represents the distribution of temperature and pressure over a wide ocean area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.07.12)

Hyner View

Hyner View, located in scenic central Pennsylvania, has been home to foot-launched flying for both hang gliders and paragliders since 1975.

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