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February 18, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.018.13

Bendix King Expands myWingman, Sponsors Rob Holland…

The Air Show Industry is Feeling Sequestration Pains…

The FAA Issues a RFP for UA

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FAA Approves FlyThisSim Touch Trainer For Diamond Aircraft

Approval Means Time Can Be Logged For Private And Instrument Rating And Currency

The FAA has approved the FlyThisSim TouchTrainer flight simulator as a Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) for Diamond DA20, DA40 and DA 42 aircraft.  The DA 20 simulation has twin GNS 430 simulations and an analog instrumentation, the DA 40 and 42 have G1000 avionics simulated.

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American Hot Air Balloonists Rank 1-2 In The World

USA Home To Three Of Top 10, Five Of Top 20 Ranked Pilots Worldwide

Two time World Champion Johnny Petrehn of Leawood, KS is again the top ranked hot air balloon pilot in the world according to the "Hot Air Balloon World Ranking List" recently released by the Ballooning Commission of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

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NASA Unveils Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan

Prioritizes Technologies Essential To NASA's Goals

NASA's Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency's website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA's mission and achievement of national goals.

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NASA's Chandra Suggests Rare Explosion Created Our Galaxy's Youngest Black Hole

Phenomenon About 26,000 Light Years From Earth

New data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star.

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Rocket Pioneer Tim Pickens Joins Moon Express As Chief Propulsion Engineer

Establishes Huntsville Office In Pursuit Of The $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE

Award-winning rocket pioneer Tim Pickens has been hired by Moon Express as Chief Propulsion Engineer, responsible for overall propulsion architectures used in Earth departure stages, lunar breaking stages and lander propulsion systems.

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Third Annual Women Of Aviation Week Kicks Off March 4th

The American Aviation Community Gets Ready To Celebrate The 3rd Annual Event

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide announces the 3rd annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 4-10, 2013. Held annually during the week of March 8, anniversary date of the first female pilot certificate worldwide, the week aims to foster diversity in aviation by celebrating history, raising awareness, and sparking vocations as thousands of girls and women are introduced to aviation through industry-wide collaboration.

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Crowley Helps Alaskan Teen Pursue Love Of Flight

Sponsors Alaska Air Carriers Association 2013 Scholarship

Less than a month shy of his 18th birthday, Alexander Agosti is a little closer to his dream of becoming a professional pilot thanks to Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Alaska petroleum distribution group, which sponsored the Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) 2013 Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship. Agosti earned the scholarship for his outstanding academic record and passion for aviation.

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LifeFlight Eagle Selects Two Bell 407GX For Its Medical Mission

Air Medical Transport Company Operates In The Kansas City, MO, Region

Bell Helicopter has reached an agreement with LifeFlight Eagle for the delivery of two Bell 407GX aircraft. LifeFlight Eagle will utilize the helicopters to transport critically ill and injured persons in the Kansas City, MO area.

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Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) Integrated On UAV Platform

Raytheon Developing Electronic Warfare Capability For Predator/Reaper Aircraft

A highly autonomous, unmanned electronic warfare capability is under development by Raytheon Company and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The system is based on equipping GA-ASI's Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) with Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD).

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Lockheed Martin WindTracer Achieves Airport Efficiency Enhancements

Lidar Measurements Led To Reduction In Diagonal Spacing On Adjacent Runways

The FAA has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin's WindTracer Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U.S. airports.

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BAE Systems Adds Spares Support Contract With Eastern Airways

Value Of Business Secured In 12 Months Reaches $54.5 From Seven Airlines

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has won another contract for its rate-per-flying-hour aircraft spares support service to bring the total value of business from this service to $54.5 million over the past twelve months from seven airlines. The latest contract is with Eastern Airways of the UK and covers a three-year support deal for the airline’s fleet of 16 Prestwick-built Jetstream 41 turboprop airliners.

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CA Skydiver Survives/Videos Chute Problem

Fall And Impact Caught On Helmet-Mounted GoPro Camera

Authorities said he was "lucky to be alive," and Geraldo Flores spent two weeks unconscious in a hospital with broken ribs and a lacerated tongue, but the California skydiver survived a failure of his parachute after exiting an airplane at 13,000 feet, and his fall and impact were captured on his helmet-mounted GoPro camera.

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Airshow Industry Hit By Sequestration Fears

Event Cancellations Mount, More Expected

ANN is in the process of cataloguing a number of aviation events, airshows, and open houses, that are already shutting down or getting canceled due to the expected budget cuts and concerns raised by the pending Sequestration deadline imposed by the inaction of our governing body to... well... govern. So far, about a half dozen major events are either getting cut or cut back as they attempt to deal with Pentagon directives to do so or fearing the financial loss imposed by the cancellation of Military participation in their events. ANN has confirmed reports of the cancellation of aviation events at a number of major military bases such as Luke AFB's "Storm on the Horizon" had been scheduled for March 16-17, Joint Base Langley also a

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Bendix/King Expands myWingMan App, Teams With Rob Holland

1.1 Software Update Provides New Levels of Flight Planning, Navigation, Efficiency and Situational Awareness

Honeywell's Bendix/King division has revealed that you can now 'touch and go' even farther with the new myWingMan iPad app software version 1.1 update. This iPad app software upgrade can be downloaded at the Apple app store. Pilots can download a free 60 day trial of the app, also at the Apple app store. The myWingMan app now supports Attitute and Heading Reference sensors (AHRS), delivers improved user interfaces and provides greater flight planning flexibility. It also brings new, remarkable levels of flight planning, navigation, efficiency and situational awareness into the cockpit.

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Airborne 02.15.13: $11B Aero-Merger, Patrouille Suisse Cut, More Sequestration $

Also: Super Cub SAIB, Iranian Fighter Fraud, Orion Chute-Out, Garmin Radar Altimeter, Lightspeed FlightLink

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine to create the world's largest airline, with an implied combined equity value of approximately $11 billion based on the price of US Airways' stock as of February 13, 2013. Imagine how you’d feel if the Federal Government disbanded the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds. Well perhaps you can appreciate the

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Introducing The LSA-Compliant Carbon Pitts LS1 And LS2

Renegade Light Sport Goes For An All-American Light Sport 'Twist & Shout' Aircraft In 2013

Just a week after announcing their move to a new a 70,000 foot facility at the St Lucie County Airport (KFPR) in Fort Pierce Florida, Renegade Light Sport Aircraft said that it is getting set to manufacture the first Renegade Carbon Pitts LS1 and LS2 aircraft. This is the same company who brought the first fully aerobatic light sport to the market with their Lycoming AE-IO-233 powered Renegade FK-12 Comet.

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Klyde Morris (02.18.13)

Klyde Gets Snowed In...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Eurocopter Cuts Ribbon On New Production Center In Mexico

Will Build High-Tech Aircraft Components At Aerotech Industrial Park Next To Querétaro Intercontinental Airport

Eurocopter expanded its global industrial footprint and enhanced the company’s presence in Mexico with today’s inauguration of a new manufacturing center of excellence at Querétaro, which is to produce high-technology aircraft structural metallic components.The event was attended by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, along with other key government, local and Eurocopter officials.

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Boeing's 777X May Have Folding Wingtips

Would Allow Longer-Wingspan Airplane To Operate At The Same Airports As Current 777s

How do you make an airplane with a longer wingspan acceptable to airports for which it is currently approved? One answer might be to make the airplane with folding wingtips, which is reportedly what Boeing is considering for its updated version of the 777.

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Oshkosh Government Approves Land Purchase For Aviation Industrial Park

Will Be Located At The Southeast Corner Of Wittman Regional Airport

If you're attending AirVenture at Oshkosh this summer, you might notice some activity on the southeast corner of Wittman Regional Airport. The Oshkosh Common Council has approved $608,460 for the purchase of about 35 acres of airport land for an aviation industrial park that will be marketed to aviation and support industries.

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Warbirds And Legends Event To Feature Two Lockheed PV-2s

Medium-To-Heavy Bomber And Patrol Aircraft Flew Mostly In The Pacific Theater In WWII

The inaugural Gathering of Warbirds and Legends planned for August 1-4 in Topeka, KS, is pleased to announce a special attraction for those who love the Lockheed aircraft of the Golden age of aviation! The unusual collection slated for Topeka now includes a model 12A, a newly restored 18 (The Lodestar), and not one, but Two Lockheed PV-2s.

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Special Treatment For Celebs Draws TSA Investigation

Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Allowed To Bypass Security

When a reality TV star and a rapper are trying to make a connection in New York on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to LA, it just makes sense to take them through a non-public area of an airport to help them make their plane. Right?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.13)

Aero Linx: Royal Air Force Model Aircraft Association Interested in aeromodelling? Want to fly off some of the best runways in the country? Want discounts on recommended retail prices? Want to be able to borrow infrequently used expensive tools rather than buy your own? The RAF Model Aircraft Association (RAFMAA) offers all these and more. The primary aim of any sport within the Royal Air Force is to contribute to military effectiveness by encouraging personal qualities such as courage, resilience and esprit de corps. RAFMAA has enjoyed strong support from senior leadership in the RAF who recognise our joint goal of improving air-mindedness, particularly for those Servicemen and women that don’t have day-to-day close

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.13): Albedo

Albedo The ratio of the amount of radiation reflected from an object's surface compared to the amount that strikes it. This varies according to the texture, color, and expanse of the object's surface and is reported in percentage. Surfaces with high albedo include sand and snow, while low albedo rates include forests and freshly turned earth.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.18.13)

“This is yet another bold move to bring a 100% America made Lycoming Powered aircraft to the LSA market. We are so pleased to have had Steve Wolf deliver our prototype S2 last Saturday. Steve has been commissioned by Renegade to provide all the aerobatic instruction for each new Carbon Pitts purchased. We believe that there is no one on the planet with a deeper understanding of aerobatic training than Steve Wolf of Wing Over Aviation. We will be looking to immediately manufacture the Carbon LS1 airframe (shown below) with our two seat LS2 soon to follow by Air venture Oshkosh 2013 right out of our new manufacturing facility at Ft. Pierce FL." Source: Philip Wyatt, Director of Marketing for Renegade, in comments associated with the an

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