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April 16, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.13

A Computer Glitch Grounds American and Strands Thousands…

DoD Halts the Distinguished Warfare Medal for Drone Pilots…

A Missouri Senat

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American Airlines Grounded By Computer Problems

Reservation System Failed Nationwide Causing Flight Cancellations

American Airlines has grounded all of its flight after a nationwide glitch shut down its computerized reservation system. The ground delay was imposed on all of the carrier's flights until 1700 EDT as the airline works to resolve the issue.

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Navy To Honor Sally Ride

Academic Research Ship To Be Named For America's First Woman In Space

The United States Navy has revealed that its next ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) vessel will be named after the first American woman to fly in space. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement Friday that the ship will be christened the R/V Sally Ride.

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Thunderbirds Announce 2014 Officer Selections

Tyndall AFB, FL, Pilot Tapped As Thunderbird Number 1 And Squadron Commander

The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage III, has officially selected the officers who will be joining the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2014 demonstration season.

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FAA Says Hijack App Won't Work In The Real World

App Developer Is A Certified Commercial Pilot

The FAA says that the app developed by European researcher Hugo Teso which he claimed could be used to take over navigation systems in commercial airliners would not work on avionics certified for flight. Teso admitted at the 'Hack in a Box' conference in Amsterdam that it had only been tested on a simulator.

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Indiana Congressman Urges Mabus To Reinstate Funding For Blue Angels

Jet Demonstration Team Had Been Scheduled To Perform In The Congressman's District

The cancellation of the Blue Angel's 2013 performance schedule has dealt severe, and sometimes knockout blows to air shows and other events around the country this year. The cancellation of the performance at the Hadi ShrinersFest in Evansville, IN, the first week of July prompted that region's representative in Congress to write a letter to Secretary Of the Navy Ray Mabus asking that funding for the performances be restored.

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Embraer Executive Jets Signs Deal For Lineage 1000 In China

Boosts Company's Order Book For China To 29 Airplanes

Embraer Executive Jets announced it had signed a deal for a Lineage 1000 ultra-large executive jet with a previously undisclosed Chinese customer at a news conference held in advance of the official opening of the 2013 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for May. The deal boosts Embraer Executive Jets’ overall order book in China to 29.

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United Airlines On Track To Save 85 Million Gallons Of Fuel In 2013

Airline Reducing Fuel Consumption And Equivalent CO2 Emissions Through Better Operations, Technology, And Engineering

United Airlines is honoring April as "Earth Month" by announcing its new goal to save 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013, equivalent to 828,750 metric tons of CO2 or roughly $275 million dollars at current fuel prices. Fuel is the airline's single largest expense and its primary focus environmentally, and the company has several initiatives in place that will allow it to achieve its fuel efficiency goal.

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Pratt & Whitney, UConn Advance Additive Manufacturing Research

Establish Laboratory For R&D Using 3D Modeling Data

Pratt & Whitney has partnered with the University of Connecticut to establish one of the nation's most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center.

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Volaris Becomes First Mexican Airline With 'Sharklet'-Equipped A320

Carrier Has 44 A320neo Aircraft On Order

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris recently celebrated the delivery of its first "Sharklet"-equipped Airbus A320 with a special flight from Mexico City to Cancun. Volaris is the first Mexico-based operator of the new wing tip devices.

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Duncan Aviation Installs First Rockwell Collins IMS-3500 On A Citation XLS+

Allows Wireless Data Transfer To Pro Line 4 And Pro Line 21 Avionics

The first installation of a Rockwell Collins Ascend IMS-3500 Information Management Server on the Citation XLS+ platform under Rockwell Collins’ Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) has been completed by Duncan Aviation.

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Sikorsky Bolsters Training Presence In South America

Teams with Brazilian Air Force Academics To Teach Rotorcraft Technology, Launches Black Hawk Training Center in Colombia

Sikorsky made two announcements regarding training in South America during the LAAD Defense and Security Exhibition being held in Rio de Janeiro. The company has has signed a Letter of Interest (LOI) with the Brazilian Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA) to establish a Rotorcraft Innovation Team.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-07-01

PRODUCT: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42, DA 42 M-NG, and DA 42NG airplanes.

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AD: BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG Rotax Reciprocating Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-07-12

PRODUCT: Certain BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG Rotax 912 F2; 912 F3; 912 F4; 912 S2; 912 S3; 912 S4; 914 F2; 914 F3; and 914 F4 reciprocating engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.16.13

Legislators Express Safety Concerns About Tower Closures…

Tecnam to Introduce the Snap Aerobatic LSA…

Boeing’s X-48C Completes F

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Airborne 04.16.13: Diamond Updates DA40, Bali 737 Downed, AirVenture Cup Is On!

Also: NASA, Lycoming To Appeal, Heritage Flight Perseveres, FAA Med Updates, CTLS Gets Cool(er), Renegade Bipe Update

Diamond Aircraft has announced the introduction of the DA40 XLT configuration to further enhance the cabin interior and comfort of its highly regarded DA40 product line. On April 13, 2013 at about 3:15 p.m. local time, the airplane crashed on approach to Ngurah Rai Airport, due to unknown circumstances. There were no fatalities reported. The month-old Lion Air Boeing 737-800 went down short of the runway. The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will continue racing in 2013 with the full support and involvement of EAA. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 04.16.13: Diamond Updates DA40, Bali 737 Downed, AirVenture Cup Is On!

Also: NASA, Lycoming To Appeal, Heritage Flight Perseveres, FAA Med Updates, CTLS Gets Cool(er), Renegade Bipe Update

Diamond Aircraft has announced the introduction of the DA40 XLT configuration to further enhance the cabin interior and comfort of its highly regarded DA40 product line. On April 13, 2013 at about 3:15 p.m. local time, the airplane crashed on approach to Ngurah Rai Airport, due to unknown circumstances. There were no fatalities reported. The month-old Lion Air Boeing 737-800 went down short of the runway. The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will continue racing in 2013 with the full support and involvement of EAA. All this... and MORE in today'

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Another Amazing, Thoughtful Factoid From The Int'l Council of Airshows

ICAS Continues To Provide Solid Analysis Of The TRUE Damage Done By Sequestration

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (via Wikipedia) using 2011 figures, the defense budget of the United States ($689.6 billion/year) is larger than the defense budgets of the next 16 countries combined (China, Russia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Israel).

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House, Senate Leaders Express Bipartisan Safety Concerns About Tower Closures

Urge Administration To Direct FAA To Look For Alternative Savings In Its Budget

Leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation have sent a bipartisan letter to the Administration expressing profound disappointment with the FAA's unprecedented decision to close 149 air traffic control contract towers to meet the sequester’s budget reduction requirements.

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NBAA Welcomes Congressional Leaders' Bipartisan Call To Keep Towers Open

Bolen 'Heartened' Committee Chairs And Ranking Members Recognize The Importance Of Contract Towers

A letter to the Obama administration from House and Senate transportation leaders voicing strong concerns over the FAA’s recent decision to close 149 air traffic control contract towers has drawn support from NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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NTSB Sends Team To Assist In Lion Air Accident

Boeing 737 Missed The Runway At Ngurah Rai Airport In Bali, No Fatalities Reported

The NTSB has sent a team of investigators to assist the government of Indonesia on its accident investigation of an accident involving a Lion Air Boeing 737-800.

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SpaceShipTwo Advances Towards Powered Flight

Completes 'Spectacular' Cold-Flow Test Over Mojave, CA

After successful nitrous venting and feather tests last week, Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic have competed a "Cold Flow" flight that representatives of the two companies called "spectacular. The test is seen as another important step towards powered flight.

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FAI Sports Marketing Company To Promote Gliding, Hang Gliding Events

Signs MoUs With FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) and the FAI Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Commission (CIVL)

Memorandums of Understanding have been signed between FAME, the marketing arm of FAI, the World Air Sports Federation and the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) and the FAI Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Commission (CIVL), to allow the two sports bodies to work with FAME to create project teams, and with financial backing facilitate the creation and presentation of their specialist events.

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No Golden Parachute For AA CEO Tom Horton

Bankruptcy Judge Says The Package, Worth Nearly $20 Million, Is Not Allowed By Law

A severance package totalling $19.9 million for American Airlines CEO Tom Horton is not allowed under federal bankruptcy laws. That is the determination of Judge Sean Lane, who said that his decision was based on a section of the law enacted in 2005 to prevent excessive payments to executive after a company was forced to reorganize.

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FAA Issues Large-Scale 737 AD

Will Require Inspection Of Horizontal Spar Attachment Pins

The FAA published an AD on Monday for certain model 737 airplanes requiring the inspection of attach pins of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, and replacing certain attach pins with new, improved attach pins. The AD is expected to affect about 1,050 airplanes in the fleet. The cost per individual airplane is estimated to be around $9,627, for a total compliance cost to U.S. airlines of $10,108,350.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.16.13)

“We still don’t know what impacts closing these air traffic control towers will have, and to ensure that safety remains the top priority, the agency needs to focus intently on finding savings in other areas of its budget.” Source: Joint statement from Representatives Shuster, Rahall, and LoBiondo concerning the FAA's decision to close 149 contract towers under the sequester.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.13): GPS Stand-Alone Approach

A nonprecision approach procedure based solely on the use of the global positioning system and an IFR-certified FMS/RNAV unit using GPS signals.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.13)

Civil Air Patrol

The auxiliary of the US Air Force, with over 56,000 members, including 27,000 cadets ages 12-21. With around 1,700 units, the CAP operates the world's largest fleet of single-engine, piston aircraft (535), and an extensive communications network.

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