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January 20, 2014

NASA Announces Partnership Opportunities For U.S. Commercial Lunar Landers

Soliciting Proposals For Cargo Deliveries To The Moon

Building on the progress of NASA's partnerships with the U.S. commercial space industry to develop new spacecraft and rockets capable of delivering cargo, and soon, astronauts to low Earth orbit, the agency is now looking for opportunities to spur commercial cargo transportation capabilities to the surface of the moon.

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NASA UAVs Track Atmospheric Conditions For Climate Change Research

Aircraft Being Deployed From Dryden Research Center In CA

NASA's uncrewed Global Hawk research aircraft is in the western Pacific region on a mission to track changes in the upper atmosphere and help researchers understand how these changes affect Earth's climate. Deployed from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA, the Global Hawk landed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam Thursday at approximately 5 p.m. EST and will begin science flights Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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Boeing: Space Surveillance System Reduces Risk Of Satellite Loss By 66 Percent

Spacecraft Makes 12,000 Deep-Space Observations Per Day

The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed.

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Hawkair Selects Executive For Women In Leadership Program

Canadian Regional Carrier Taps Jocelyn Labell For The Training

Canadian regional airline Hawkair has selected Jocelyn Lebell for the Women in Leadership Executive Development Program. "Jocelyn is a promising young executive who has demonstrated an ability to see how elements fit in a global context." said Jay Dilley President of Hawkair. 

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Denmark's Air Alsie Named Dassault Falcon Authorized Service Center

Company Is Largest BizAv Operation In Northern Europe

Dassault Aviation recently approved Air Alsie of Denmark as a Dassault Falcon Authorized Line Maintenance Service Center. Part of the Sandma Holding A/S group and based at Sønderborg Airport (SGD) in southern Denmark, Air Alsie is one of the largest business aviation companies in Northern Europe and a leading Falcon operator.

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Your Name Can Be Sent To An Asteroid By NASA

Invites Public To Submit Names For 2016 Mission

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency's Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft.

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Boeing, Alaska Airlines Announce Order For Two 737-900ERs

One-Hundredth Next-Generation 737 Delivered

Boeing and Alaska Airlines completed Boeing's first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes.  The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with the direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines.

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Air Canada Named Best Long Haul Airline In The Americas

Based On Ratings Of 450 Airlines By Website

Air Canada has been named the Best Long Haul Airline (Americas) for 2014 by the airline safety and product reviewing website, The results are based on ratings of 450 airlines globally by hundreds of thousands of passengers.

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Planetary Resources Moves Resource Exploration To The 'Final Frontier'

Chris Lewicki To Present Keynote Speech At The Vancouver Resource Investment Conference

A keynote presentation by Planetary Resources' Chris Lewicki will be made at the annual Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) 2014. VRIC is the world's largest investment conference dedicated to natural resources, held in Vancouver, Canada.

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World's Largest Civil Aviation Event Sets Sights On Americas

'Routes' Experienced Record Year In 2013

Last year was another record year for Routes, a series of airline and airport networking events, with more delegates than ever before attending its World and Regional Route Development Forums. Those include "World Routes," which sponsoring organization UBM says is "the world's largest civil aviation gathering."

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Global Hawk Boasts Best Safety Record Designation

USAF Says Aircraft Had A Perfect Safety Record In 2013

The Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has been designated as the platform with the best safety record in the U.S. Air Force in 2013. Detachment 1 of the 69th Reconnaissance Group contributed to that designation.

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USAF Awards Follow-On Contract For GPS-Challenged Navigation, Geo Registration

Will Improve Accuracy For Positioning And Pointing Applications

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a phase three navigation system related contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.14

Preventing a Rush to Judgement on Sleep Disorders…

Utilizing Social Media to Promote Water Flying…

Next for NASA – Commercial Lu

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Airborne 01.17.14: SeaRey Elite!, Santa Monica Admonished By FAA, Wrong-Way SWA

Also: CubCrafters New Dealer, Aeromarine-LSAs New Zigolo SSDR, 'It's About Time' Scholarship

We are at Sebring!!! Just in time for the US Sport Aviation Expo, the FAA has certified the Searey Light Sport Amphibious Airplane, Elite Version. The Searey Elite, designed and manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, is equipped with a Rotax 914 turbocharged engine and is equally at home on the ground or on the water. The city of Santa Monica, CA has been told in no uncertain terms by the FAA that they cannot close the airport and open up its 227 acres for redevelopment until at least 2023, and likely not ever, according to a communication sent by the agency to

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Elite Bristell LSAs Present USSAE2014 Special Event Coverage

USSAE/Sebring 2014 Sponsor: BRISTELLusa

One of the most recent LSAs to come on the market, the Bristell was introduced in September, 2011. The all-metal low-wing airplane was designed by Milan Bristela and is manufactured by BRM Aero in the Czech Republic. It may look familiar, but the Bristell maximizes what people liked about the current crop of low-wing sport flyers into one new airframe. Bristell is the product of designer Milan Bristela, already well-known for previous efforts LSAs. But the Bristell is an attempt to go those designs 'one better' and incorporate the experiences he has had with those previous airframes in this updated design.

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Already Conducting UAV Research

First Flights Come Just Weeks After FAA Designation

Just weeks after its designation as one of six federally-approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi conducted several test flights over South Texas ranchland to continue research and training on the RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Sport Aviation Expo Sponsor, CubCrafters, Is Ready For STOL Action!

Sport Aviation's STOL Champion, CubCrafters, Helps ANN Bring You Sebring!!!

“The Carbon Cub SS is a thoroughly modern, high performance airplane that has taken the fundamentally superior design of the Piper Super Cub and reinvented it using 21st Century materials (such as carbon fiber) and computer-aided design technology. Superior engineering results in the Carbon Cub SS having 50 percent fewer parts and being 250 pounds lighter than a similarly equipped Super Cub. Mounting a lightweight 180 horsepower engine to this airframe results in a horsepower to weight ratio of just 7.33 pounds (compared, for example, to a Cessna 172R's 15.33 pounds).

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Boeing Starts Assembly Of Final KC-46A Test Aircraft

On Track To Complete All  Four Test Aircraft By Midyear

The fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program is being assembled at Boeing's Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017.  

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Ready For Service... ConciAir Helps Present USSAE2014!

ConciAir Is Here To Return Our Industry To Service!

The name ConciAir is a play on the word "concierge", and our goal is to be able to accomplish any task placed before us in a timely, courteous, and professional manner. ConciAir is proud to provide the following signature services for private individuals: Aircraft Management Maintenance Management & Oversight Aircraft Technical Evaluations Asset ROI Analysis Project Management

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Klyde Morris 01.20.14

Such Are The Travails Of The Exoskeletal-Americans, Klyde


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Bolivia To Purchase Six Super Puma AS332 Cle Helos

Airbus Helicopters To Supply Aircraft For Public Safety And Disaster Relief Missions

The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) has selected the latest high-power version of the Super Puma to fight drug trafficking and perform public-security and disaster-relief missions throughout the country. The contract includes a logistics package that will support fleet sustainability in the coming years.

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FAA Proposes $150,000 Civil Penalty Against Talon Air, Inc.

Says Pilots Had Not Completed Required Proficiency Checks

The FAA is proposing a $150,000 civil penalty against Talon Air, Inc., of Farmingdale, New York, for allegedly violating Federal Aviation Regulations by allowing four pilots to fly without proper training or examinations.

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Spartan College Names Peter H. Harris As New CEO

Board Member Becomes Chief Executive Of The Aviation School

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, a leading aviation education college for over 85 years, today announced the appointment of one of its Board members, Peter H. Harris, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Harris will succeed Jeremy D. Gibson, who served in that role for the past eight years.

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Historic TECNAM Helps Present USSAE2014 Coverage

Tecnam's History Provides A View To The Future! 

Tecnam traces its origins back to 1948 and the first aircraft designed and built by the Pascale brothers, Luigi and Giovanni. Sixty six years later, the “Professore” – Luigi Pascale, continues to design beautiful, but highly functional aircraft such as the award winning P2008, P2010 and the much awaited Astore, low wing replacement for the class leading Tecnam Sierra P2002. As well as being a fully approved supplier to the commercial aviation sector, Tecnam has produced around 4,000 light aircraft propelling it to world leadership in the Light Sport eligible market. With active sales in over 60 countries supported by more than 100 service centers, Tecnam’s passion for aviation has spread across

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Aspen Bombardier Accident

One Fatally Injured, Airplane Destroyed

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred at Aspen Airport on January 5. The accident resulted in one fatal injury, and received additional media attention because it was witnessed by at least two celebrities who Tweeted about the crash.

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The Airplane Factory Helps Present Sebring's USSAE 2014 Special Event Coverage

The Airplane Factory Sling – Best-Handling LSA – A Real Airplane 

The Airplane Factory Sling is a high performance, 2 place Light Sport Aircraft that fits the needs of private individuals as well as flight schools and flying clubs alike. The Sling has been reviewed by many as one of the best handling LSA’s on the market as well as being referred to as a REAL airplane, not just a toy! And with its sexy, yet aggressive aluminum construction you’ll be sure to turn some heads on the ramp. The Sling utilizes the ever popular Rotax powerplant making it a highly economical cross-country airplane. It features plenty of shoulder room and baggage space for you and a guest to get away for the weekend. The Ready-to-Fly Sling is delivered standard with th

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MGL Avionics Leads The Way To ANN's USSAE 2014 Special Coverage

Bright, Powerful, Intuitive: MGL Avionics Is A Next Generation EFIS.... Today!

Since 2001, MGL Avionics has been producing avionics for the Experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft markets. The flagship product is the iEFIS - a comprehensive flight, engine and navigation instrument designed to meet the demands of the modern pilot. It is the next generation EFIS system utilizing a custom developed, pressure sensitive, sunlight-readable touchscreen that can also be operated using gloves. iEFIS combines the undeniable advantages of simplified operation that a touchscreen can offer with rich traditional knob and button controls that are equally indispensable in the cockpit environment. The pressure sensitive touchscreen operates much like a tactile button preventing false

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Versatile Renegade Light Sport Supports USSAE2014 Special Event Coverage!

Renegade Light Sport Offers Amazing Adventures 

Welcome to Renegade Light Sport... one of the most versatile and adventurous companies in the LSA industry! We have SO MUCH to offer you! From an amazing range of light sport airframes to new engine alternatives and the exciting new SPAR sport aviation racing program, Renegade has more to offer than you might have expected!

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Amazing Amphib! Sport Aviation Expo Sponsor Progressive Aerodyne Goes EVERYWHERE

Progressive Aerodyne Does it All -- Land, Sea and Sky!

Explore 'no limits' living in the newly FAA certified Searey Elite Amphibious Light Sport Airplane. This distinctive aircraft, designed and manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, offers superior handling and great performance. The Searey Elite, equipped with a Rotax 914 turbocharged engine, is equally at home on the ground, in the air, or on the water. This stylish aircraft offers many advanced features; the large sliding windows offer easy access to the cockpit and the option to fly with the canopy open. The Searey Elite also has the very latest in flight, GPS, and AOA and Gear Position warning systems, a large cabin, and so much more. Seasoned pilots have known and trusted Searey Amphibious Aircrafts for more than t

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.20.14)

"As NASA pursues an ambitious plan for humans to explore an asteroid and Mars, U.S. industry will create opportunities for NASA to advance new technologies on the moon." Source: Greg Williams, NASA's deputy associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.14): Departure Center

The ARTCC having jurisdiction for the airspace that generates a flight to the impacted airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.14)

Association of Naval Aviation

The mission of ANA is to educate the general public about the overall military status of the United States, to encourage widespread interest as to the importance of Naval Aviation in the defense of the United States and its allies.

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