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July 31, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.31.12

Attendance Down and Dissension in the Ranks At Oshkosh…

American Eagle Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement….

The FAA Releases

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Flight Attendant Union Reaches Tentative Agreement At American Eagle

Negotiations Made Difficult By Bankruptcy Conditions

American Eagle Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), announced a tentative agreement last last week after months of negotiations between AFA and American Eagle management.

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Synergy Aircraft: A Bold New Future For Aviation

Is John McGinnis The Next Burt Rutan?

Aviation has always had its share of dreamers and innovators, and from those people have come some of the largest leaps in technology, aerodynamic efficiency, and safety. At Air Venture last week, a young aerospace engineer conducted presentations at the innovation forum on his vision for the future of aviation.

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Pipistrel Receives Two Prestigious Awards At Oshkosh

Recognized For Engineering And Personal Aircraft Design

The Pipistrel Aircraft Team received two prestigious awards at AirVenture, which wrapped up on Sunday. The company was the recipient of the 'Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award', which has been presented annually by the EAA since 1960 to "a person who has made outstanding advancements in the field of light aircraft design."

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Reflections On AirVenture 2012

Industry On Hold, And Barely Holding On, As The Economy Continues To Drag

As we wrap up AirVenture 2012, I look back on my excitement to be coming and then my concern on leaving. I was really hoping to see new and innovative products announced by the manufacturers (Airplane, Avionics, and Powerplants). I was hoping to see considerable improvement in customer demand. I was hoping that the crowds would be stronger than last year.

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Latest Annual Review Of Aviation Safety Published By EASA

Only One Fatal Accident Reported Among Scheduled Operations

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published its Annual Safety Review for 2011. In Europe, there was a single fatal accident in scheduled operations during the year. For the decade 2002-2011, the rate of accidents in scheduled operations in EASA Member States was one of the lowest in the world with 1.6 fatal accidents per 10 million flights.

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Finding The Best Cold Cuisine At Oshkosh

We Had A Secret Shopper Out On The AirVenture Grounds

Finally, after days of searching, I have reached my goal; to find AirVenture’s best ice cream.

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New Contract Concluded Between Tokyo Fire Dept, Eurocopter

Will Add A Second EC225 To The Firefighting Fleet

The Tokyo Fire Department has signed on another EC225 this month, adding to its Eurocopter fleet of fire-fighting, emergency medical services as well as search & rescue helicopters. Following the purchase of an EC225 last December after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Tokyo Fire Department signed a contract for another EC225 this month, to add on to its Eurocopter fleet of fire-fighting helicopters.

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Small (Rotary) Wings For Big Pilots

Rotary Wings Not Angel Wings

You know in the past I’ve written about how difficult it is for big pilots to find something they can fit into so they can fly like everyone else. Being 6’1”, 285 lbs, with really wide shoulders, I’ve provided a lot of comic relief trying to get into airplanes at fly-in’s.

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NASA Selects Space Launch System Advanced Booster Proposals

Six Companies Chosen For Systems Development

NASA has selected six proposals it says will improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System (SLS). The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for SLS heavy-lift rocket.

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Maryland State Police Executes Options For Three AW139s

Will Bring Total Fleet To Nine Aircraft

Maryland State Police Aviation Command has executed options under their current contract for three additional AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft will be used for emergency medical, search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions. This order follows an initial contract for six AW139s placed in 2010.

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Company Offers Aircraft Covering Originally Designed For Models

Iron-On Polyester Fabric Covering For Light Aircraft

The ORATEX covering for General Aviation aircraft was actually designed for model aircraft. In 2001, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, developed a microlight glider that used off-the-shelf model aircraft covering to cover the glider. The project was very successful and led to the development of a new covering for full-sized aircraft.

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UAV Navigation To Sponsor Reno Race Plane

Company To Apply Rich Experience In Championship Air Races and AirShow

UAV Navigation will sponsor its CEO and co-founder Guillermo Parodi's jet aircraft in the upcoming Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show in September 2012. Parodi will be flying a Cassutt Special III dubbed, "N-A-RUSH."

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Airborne-Oshkosh Day Two Redux: New Planes, Redbird, Aspen, and MORE!

Oshkosh Day Two Coverage -- Part Two Of Five Part Hightower Interview, A Chat With Phil Boyer!!!

We have two more new airplanes to tell you about at AirVenture. The wraps came off the new RV-14, and Lisa Airplanes Akoya amphibious skiplane made its U.S. debut. Meanwhile SeaRey was showing off its 20th anniversary edition amphib and announced an innovative new flight training program. Continental Motors, Redbird Simulators, and the King Schools have all gotten together in an effort they're calling Zulu Flight Training. The school, which is officially a division of Continental, sees advanced full motion flight simulators and advanced technology training

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Oshkosh Attendance Down Approximately 40 Thousand Compared To 2011

Members Express Concerns About Premium Chalets On The Flightline

EAA president and CEO Rod Hightower was upbeat in his closing news conference Sunday at Wittman Regional Airport, but there is some growing dissension among the rank-and-file members of the EAA about the direction the event, and the organization, is going.

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Delta Subsidiary Comair To Cease Operations

Airline Predicts No Significant Changes To Schedules Or Locations Served

Delta Air Lines will cease operations of its subsidiary, Comair, Inc. after Sept. 29, 2012. In a memo issued Friday to the Officers and Directors of Delta Air Lines, Don Bornhorst, Senior Vice President of Delta Connection, said that regional flying has and will remain a key component of Delta's network, but that customer expectations and the unit costs of regional flying have evolved.

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Dreamliner Engine Focus Of NTSB Investigation

GEnx Engine Failed On Pre-Flight Test Saturday At Charleston International Airport

The NTSB has gotten involved in an investigation stemming from the failure of a GEnx engine hung on a Boeing Dreamliner being prepared for delivery to Air India. Debris reportedly fell from the engine during a pre-flight test Saturday sparking a grass fire at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina. Boeing and General Electric, the engine's manufacturer, are both involved in the investigation.

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Bankruptcy Not Withstanding, HBC Defends Executive Bonus Plan

Proposes $5.3 Million Be Paid To Eight Top Managers

Hawker Beechcraft last week presented a plan to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein that would pay $5.3 million in bonuses to eight top executives, saying they are a "talented and capable group" who have a lot of work to do in helping the company emerge from its current state.

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AirVenture Features World's Only Flying Eye Hospital

ORBIS Uses Aviation And Circles The Globe To Eliminate Avoidable Blindness

Aviation has a long history of providing mobility for medical and other humanitarian purposes. At AirVenture 2012, featured prominently on Phillips 66 Plaza, was an impressive example ... a DC-10 with an interior configured as a Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) operated by ORBIS International. 

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Sports Performance Aircraft Displays Single Seat Panther Prototype At AirVenture

SPA President Dan Weseman Says First Prototype Progressing Towards Completion

Among the things AirVenture is known for is the introduction of new designs in the kit-built arena, and as the winds picked up a bit and a sprinkle or two hit fell outside his booth at AirVenture, Sports Performance Aircraft President Dan Weseman told me that single-seat Panther prototype is still 3 months away from completion.

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Bob Hoover Talks About Ideas For Airplanes Of The Future

One Of Aviations' Legends Offers His Perspective About Aviation Innovation

The freak storm that blew through Oshkosh Thursday morning brought greener grass, a break from the heat, and an opportunity to meet the famous pilot, Bob Hoover.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.31.12)

“I  will not be here when it happens. But there will be a fix to all of these problems soon, I am sure of it.” Source: Aviation Icon Bob Hoover.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.31.12): Charted VFR Flyways

Flight paths recommended for use to bypass areas heavily traversed by large turbine-powered aircraft. Pilot compliance with recommended flyways and associated altitudes is strictly voluntary.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.31.12)

First launched in December of 2002, HBA has grown steadily to be one of the most knowledgable and friendly aviation discussion groups on the internet.

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