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December 29, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.30.13

Will You Be Grounded on New Year’s Day??

The US Air Force – Short on Pilots?

Embraer’s Legacy 450 Makes Its First Flight…

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First Flight: Embraer Legacy 450

Fly-By-Wire Legacy Completes 95 Minute Test Flight

The newest bizjet in the Embraer Executive Jets' stable, the Legacy 450, made a successful first flight Saturday. Embraer test pilots Eduardo Camelier and Eugênio Cará, supported by flight test engineer Carlos Kobayashi, flew the aircraft for one hour and thirty-five minutes, conducting the evaluation of handling and performance characteristics.

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Russian Helicopters, AgustaWestland, Turbomeca Extend Collaboration

Three Companies Working On Core Joint Projects

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, AgustaWestland, and Turbomeca have agreed to continue working together on core joint projects. The agreements were reached during a visit by a Russian Helicopters delegation headed by CEO Alexander Mikheev to AgustaWestland and Turbomeca's respective production facilities in Italy and France.

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Looking Back At How NASA Looked Ahead During 2013

Focusing On The Future Was The Dominant Theme Of A Busy Year For NASA's Aeronautical Innovators During 2013

We’ll have a recap of the year in several categories, including aerospace, after January 1. But NASA has already listed what the agency thinks are its major accomplishments for 2013. They include a new “strategic vision” that will guide the agency's aviation research efforts now and into the future, which was adopted even as world class research continued at NASA centers across the nation to make air travel ever more efficient and environmentally friendly.

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Leasing Firm Avation PLC Firms Up Order For Five Additional ATR 72-600s

Aircraft Previously Listed As Five Options For The Company

The commercial passenger aircraft leasing company Avation PLC and the European regional turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR are pleased to announce the agreement for the purchase of five additional ATR 72-600s. The aircraft purchase, which involves the exercise of five options, is valued at some $120 million.

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FAA Greenlights Maryland Wind Turbine Project

Says Structures Pose No Hazard If Properly Marked

A wind farm proposed by Fair Wind Power Partners LLC for western Maryland on Backbone Mountain has been given the go-ahead by the FAA, providing the wind turbines on the mountain are properly painted and lighted.

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Orbital Appoints Tom McCabe As Senior Vice President And General Counsel

Will Join The Company January 6th

Orbital Sciences Corporation has appointed Mr. Tom McCabe as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective January 6, 2014. He will direct Orbital’s legal, ethics and compliance, and regulatory affairs functions and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Dulles, Virginia.

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U.K. MoD Announces New Typhoon Squadron

One Of The Oldest Squadrons In The Royal Air Force Is To Be Re-Equipped With The Latest Typhoon Jets

In a move that the RAF says is part of a transformation of the RAF’s combat air capability which will see battle-proven Tornado GR4 aircraft replaced by advanced Typhoon and F-35B Lightning II fighters, Number 2 (Army Co-operation) Squadron, based at RAF Marham and its personnel are currently training for their next tour of duty early next year flying Tornado jets in Afghanistan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.29.13): Inner Marker

Inner Marker A marker beacon used with an ILS (CAT II) precision approach located between the middle marker and the end of the ILS runway, transmitting a radiation pattern keyed at six dots per second and indicating to the pilot, both aurally and visually, that he/she is at the designated decision height (DH), normally 100 feet above the touchdown zone elevation, on the ILS CAT II approach. It also marks progress during a CAT III approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.29.13)

Aero Linx: Paper Airplanes! he most amazing thing about a paper airplane is that all you need to make one is a sheet of paper—nothing more. You don't need scissors, glue, tape, or paper clips. A few folds, a couple of adjustments, and you have a superb paper flyer. The properties of paper give the airplane all the attributes it needs.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.29.13)

"Production of advanced high-tech helicopters has long been a truly global industry. Our goal of creating a modern, competitive and fast-growing helicopter sector demands active international engagement. Working closely with partners such as AgustaWestland and Turbomeca and other sector leaders helps us to improve the quality of our product and strengthen our position on the global market." Source: Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev, referring to the fact that Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, AgustaWestland, and Turbomeca have agreed to continue working together on core joint projects. The agreements were reached during a visit by a Russian Helicopters delegation headed by CEO A

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AD: AgustaWestland S.p.A. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Agusta S.p.A.)

AD NUMBER: 2013-25-09

PRODUCT: Certain AgustaWestland S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters.

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