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February 07, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.08.13

NTSB Identifies Start of the JAL Dreamliner Battery Fire…

One Dreamliner is Going Home…

Gulfstream’s G280 Wins EASA Certificatio

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NTSB ID's Origin Of JAL Boeing 787 Battery Fire

Design, Certification And Manufacturing Processes Come Under Scrutiny 

At a news conference today, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman identified the origin of the Jan. 7 battery fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston Logan Airport, and said that a focus of the investigation will be on the design and certification requirements of the battery system. "U.S. airlines carry about two million people through the skies safely every day, which has been achieved in large part through design redundancy and layers of defense," said Hersman. "Our task now is to see if enough - and appropriate - layers of defense and adequate checks were built into the design, certification and manufacturing of this battery."

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FAA Allowing Dreamliner Ferry Flight

Not For Testing, Airplane To Be Repositioned From Fort Worth To Seattle

The FAA has approved a one-time ferry flight one of Boeing's Dreamliners, but no passengers will be on board. The flight, which will reposition one of the airplanes from Boeing's paint facility in Fort Worth, TX back to Renton, WA today (Thursday) will be the first since all of the airplanes were grounded due to a series of incidents with the electrical system on the plane.

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Cessna Foresees Rising Caravan, Citation Demand In India

Sales VP Says India Expected To Be Among the Fastest-Growing Economies This Year

A Cessna Aircraft executive says the company foresees rising demand for its Caravan and Citation aircraft in India this year as customers respond to anticipated government reforms.

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Gone West: AFA Founding Member Edith Lauterbach

Union Honors Life And Legacy Of flight attendant Hired By United Airlines In 1944

The Association of flight attendants-CWA (AFA) issued a statement Tuesday after the passing of AFA's last remaining founding member, Edith Edna Lauterbach. "Today, the flight attendant community lost our hero, our guiding light - Edith Lauterbach," the statement said. "As our heavy hearts remember our friend and trailblazing founder, we reflect on Edith's contributions to our profession and our union each and every day."

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Electronic News Gathering Company Takes Delivery Of An AS350 B2

New Helo For U.S. Helicopters Of Marshville, NC Part Of Fleet Modernization Program

One of the largest operators of electronic news gathering helicopters in the country has just taken delivery of a new AS350 B2 AStar aircraft as part of its fleet modernization program. U.S. Helicopters, Inc. based in Marshville, NC, has served dozens of major television stations located in cities in most of the lower 48 states.

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Embraer Selects Honeywell To Provide Avionics For New E-Jets

2nd Generation Of Airliners To Include Primus Epic 2 System

Embraer's second generation of E-Jets, planned to enter service in 2018, will be delivered with Honeywell's Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics system. Embraer says the decision is an important milestone in the program that is expected to be launched later this year. Last month, Embraer selected Pratt & Whitney as the engine supplier.

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U.S. Coast Guard Awards Contract Option For One Additional HC-144A

Option Aircraft Is 18th of 36 Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft USCG Will Acquire

The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to purchase the service's 18th HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft from prime contractor EADS North America. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. More than 230 CN235 aircraft are currently being operated by 29 countries.

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Social Media Campaign Aims To Raise Money For Young Eagles

STS Aviation Group Sets $2,000 Goal Earmarked For Introductory Flights

A social media campaign to raise money for the EAA Young Eagles has been launched by STS Aviation Group, a conglomeration of aviation service companies. Their goal is to raise $2,000, which will help EAA Young Eagles provide the American Youth with free flights and an introduction into the world of aviation.

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Villa Air Introduces The ATR 72-600 In The Maldives

The Carrier Has Leased The Aircraft From GECAS

Maldivian carrier Villa Air, commercially known as FlyMe, is about to become the very first operator of an ATR -600 series aircraft in the archipelago. The airline will start operating an ATR 72-600 which has been delivered to the US-based lessor GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services Limited), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing company of GE, who is leasing the aircraft to Villa Air.

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American Eurocopter Puts An EC145 On The Books For Boston MedFlight

Will Serve Multiple Hospitals In The Region

Boston MedFlight has placed an order with American Eurocopter for an EC145 helicopter for emergency air medical transport. Boston MedFlight is a not-for-profit organization providing critical care transport service.

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Army Divisions Will Get 9 Gray Eagles For Training, But Deploy With 12

Army Has Purchased 152 Of The UAVs To Spread Over 10 Active-Duty Divisions

The U.S. Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations units, aerial exploitation units and the National Training Center. But with the current program of record, a purchase of 152 Gray Eagles in total, the Army won't have enough of the aircraft to give a full assignment of 12 aircraft to every one of the divisions it plans on equipping; so some may get as few as 9 aircraft.

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Report: Global Commercial Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Market Strong In 2013

Visiongain Expects The Sector To Reach $24.6 Billion This Year

A new report from UK-based analysis firm Visiongain indicates that the global commercial aircraft gas turbine engine market will reach a value of $24.6 billion in 2013, as engine manufacturers seek to up their production rates to meet the demand from airlines for new aircraft by providing engines which improve flight performance and meet noise and environmental regulations.

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AIG Names Joseph J. Trotti President And CEO Of Its Aerospace Division

International Growth Will Be A Focus Area

Joseph J. Trotti has joined American International Group (AIG) as President and CEO of its Aerospace division, part of AIG’s Global Specialty business. Mr. Trotti is responsible for all aspects of AIG’s Aerospace business and will be instrumental in driving the division’s growth in the Asia Pacific region, Canada, Continental Europe, and Latin America.

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NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes Comet ISON

Images Captured From A Distance Of Nearly 500 Million Miles

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has acquired its first images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). The images were taken by the spacecraft's Medium-Resolution Imager over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013, from a distance of 493 million miles. Many scientists anticipate a bright future for comet ISON; the spaceborne conglomeration of dust and ice may put on quite a show as it passes through the inner solar system this fall.

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Aero-TV: Politics At NBAA 2012 – The Alliance For Aviation Across America

NBAA 2012 Provides Focused Forum For Aviation Advocacy

The annual NBAA convention, heretofore to be called "BACE" has become a focal point for the business aviation community and a great spot to seek the pulse of the industry as it attempts to survive in less than optimal times. From politics to the economic climate, its obvious that the aviation world, and business aviation in particular, has a target on its back that several dedicated organizations are attempting to ameliorate despite the uphill battle we face.

Aero-TV: Politics At NBAA 2012 – The Alliance For Aviation Across America

NBAA 2012 Provides Focused Forum For Aviation Advocacy

The annual NBAA convention, heretofore to be called "BACE" has become a focal point for the business aviation community and a great spot to seek the pulse of the industry as it attempts to survive in less than optimal times. From politics to the economic climate, its obvious that the aviation world, and business aviation in particular, has a target on its back that several dedicated organizations are attempting to ameliorate despite the uphill battle we face. One of those making the case for aviation and especially the GA side of it is a rather new player in the aviation political arena known

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Airlines Starting To Mull Dreamliner Refunds

Hope To Recoup Some Lost Revenue From Cancelled Flights

They bought the airplanes, and now they can't use them. So some airlines are reportedly starting to consider "asking" Boeing to help them out with lost revenue from cancelled flights.

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Ryan Gumm Named Pinnacle Airlines Corp. COO

Will Become President And CEO After Emergence From Bankruptcy

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. has named Ryan Gumm as senior vice president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 5, 2013. Upon the Company's emergence from bankruptcy, Gumm will become president and chief executive officer, and John Spanjers will retire.

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New Florida Home Spells A New Chapter For Renegade

Owner Says His Mission Is To Put 'Sport' Into Light Sport Category

In the days immediately preceding the Sebring LSA expo, Renegade owner Christopher "Doc" Bailey and his new Director of Marketing Philip Wyatt were busy securing a brand new 70,000 square foot, four million dollar facility at KFPR or Saint Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, FL. This addition from Lee’s Summit Missouri was one that was a long time coming for this LSA Company, and will take the Lycoming-powered fleet of aircraft forward at a rapid pace.

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1st Ariane 5 Flight Of 2013 Is 'Go' For February 7 Liftoff

Two Satellites To Be Boosted Into Orbit Thursday Evening

Arianespace’s year-opening Ariane 5 mission has been given the “go” for liftoff on Thursday, February 7 following Wednesday launch readiness review for this dual-payload, heavy-lift flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana. The readiness review – which is held prior to all Arianespace missions – validated the status of Ariane 5, its Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a spacecraft, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the system of downrange tracking stations.

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ERAU Announces Plans For Nation’s First Degree In Commercial Space Operations

Rapidly Expanding Commercial Space Sector Means Job Opportunities For Graduates

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University plans to launch the nation’s first bachelor’s degree in Commercial Space Operations. The new degree program, which would be offered at the school's Daytona Beach, FL, campus, will supply the commercial spaceflight industry with skilled graduates in the areas of space policy, operations, regulation and certification, as well as space flight safety, and space program training, management and planning.

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First Anti-Drone Laws Passed In Virginia

Municipal Agencies In Charlottesville Banned From Using Information Gathered By UAVs

A city in Virginia has become the first in the nation to ban its municipal agencies from using information gathered by UAVs it owns, leases, or borrows in Federal and state courts. And the resolution, passed 3-2 Monday by the Charlottesville, VA, city council, calls for strong privacy legislation from both the state and federal legislatures.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.07.13)

"This will be an LSA Mall in many aspects as each LSA category will be covered. We will cover all the LSA bases within the 2013 season." Source: Christopher "Doc" Bailey, talking about his new facility for Renegade Light Sport Aircraft in Fort Pierce, FL.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.07.13): Upper-Air Weather Chart

Weather maps that are produced for the portion of the atmosphere above the lower troposphere, generally at and above 850 mb.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.07.13)

Great War Flying Museum

Formed in 1970 at Brampton, Ontario in Canada, the Great War Flying Museum is an all-volunteer group is dedicated to recreating the sights, sounds and feel of World War One combat aircraft.

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