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November 19, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.13

The FAA To Check Pilots’ BMI…

A Russian Airliner is Down With the Loss of 50…

The 777X Is Off To A Record Launch…

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Pilatus, Falcon Aviation Services Sign Letter Of Intent For PC-24

Order Book Set To Open At EBACE 2014

While the official opening of the order book will not take place until EBACE 2014, Pilatus has announced that Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi has decided to enter into a Letter Of Intent thus confirming their strong interest in the newest Pilatus aircraft. The Letter Of Intent was signed Monday during a ceremony in Pilatus’ Chalet A 56 at the Dubai Airshow.

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FAA 'Certifies' American Legend ‘Super Legend’

Grants S-LSA Approval For The Sport Airplane

American Legend Aircraft Company announced today its Super Legend has completed S-LSA approval and FAA certification review. The Super Legend is a Lycoming-powered version of the Legend Cub. It features wing flaps, larger tail feathers, an enhanced baggage area, extended windows, carbon fiber components and adjustable seating.

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Piaggio Aero P.1HH Hammerhead UAS Program Achieves First Flight

The UAV Technology Demonstrator Successfully Performed Remotely Piloted Full Test Flight

Piaggio Aero, together with Selex ES, announced at the Dubai Air Show 2013 that the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has achieved the demonstration and validation phase of the program with the maiden flight of the P.1HH DEMO, Piaggio Aero’s UAV technology demonstrator. The P.1HH HammerHead UAS platform is a derivative of the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II aircraft, newly designed for ISR multi mission purposes.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Achieves Milestone In Safety Review

Company Presents Overview Of Safety Practices To The Agency

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade. The detailed overview of safety practices the company is implementing was a major milestone for SpaceX under a funded Space Act Agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

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FAA Certifies Learjet 75

Granted Full Type Certification From Agency On November 14

The FAA has granted certification for Bombardier's Learjet 75 aircraft. FAA certification for Learjet 75 aircraft was received on November 14, 2013. Certification and delivery efforts and activities are in progress for the Learjet 70 aircraft.

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Boeing, flydubai Announce Historic Single-Aisle Agreement

Largest-Ever Boeing Single-Aisle Airplane Purchase In Middle East

Boeing and flydubai have announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow. The commitment from the airline of the emirate of Dubai, valued at $11.4 billion at list prices (including orders and purchase rights), is the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in the Middle East.

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Etihad Airways Orders 87 Airbus Airliners

Signs Deal For 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neo Aircraft, One A330-200F

Etihad Airways, national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neo aircraft and one A330-200F as part of its fleet modernization strategy. The contract was signed Sunday at the 2013 Dubai Airshow by James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

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ALPA Cautions U.S. Government About Massive Middle-Eastern Airplane Buys

Says State-Run Gulf Airlines Will Be Able To Unfairly Compete With U.S. Carriers

Not everybody is thrilled with Boeing's massive orders for the newly-announced 777X, which was unveiled at the Dubai Air Show Sunday, and additional major orders for Airbus.

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Second Of Two VIP S-92 Helicopters Delivered To The Turkish Prime Ministry

Will Provide Head Of State Transportation

Sikorsky announced at the Dubai Air Show that it recently delivered the second of two VIP S-92 helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry, as part of a contract signed in 2011. The new helicopters provide Head of State transportation along with another S-92 helicopter operated by the TNP since 2005.

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Saudi Arabian Carrier To Become Region's First ATR-72-600s Operator

Alpha Star Aviation Services Orders Two Of The Larger Airplanes To Add To ATR 42-600 Fleet

ATR and the Saudi Arabian Private operator Alpha Star Aviation Services have announced the signature of 2 ATR 72-600s, of which one is firm and one optional. The aircraft will join its smaller stablemate, an ATR 42-600, already successfully operating at the company since end 2012.

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Aerial Target Drone Damages USS Chancellorsville During Exercise

Navy Says Aircraft Malfunctioned, Two Sailors Suffer Minor Injuries

The U.S. Navy says that an aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) off the coast of Southern California at approximately 1325 PST Nov. 16, while the ship was conducting a radar tracking exercise during routine training at sea.

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B.A.S.E. Jumper Rescued From Narrow Ledge After Parachute Failure

Landed On An Outcropping 300 Feet From The Bottom Of The Mountain

A B.A.S.E. jumper's parachute malfunctioned during a jump off Lee Mountain in Sedonia, AZ last week leaving the 27-year-old injured and stranded about 300 feet from the bottom of the mountain.

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Airborne 11.19.13: Airborne's 3rd Year Starts NOW, NTSB Rejects ECi NPRM, SARA High-Points

Also: Andrews Cancels Airshow, Pentagon Scraps Russian Helos, CubCrafters Upgrades, Flight Design Jubilee, Dream Chaser Vid

Welcome to the THIRD YEAR of Airborne... our second anniversary of production having been yesterday, Monday, November 18th... U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign the landmark overhaul of Part 23 certification guidelines into law. NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation saying its NPRM for an Airworthiness Directive covering thousands of ECi cylinder assemblies goes well beyond the Board's recommendations for inspecting and replacing the cylinders. Sixty-seven percent of members of the International Associa

Airborne 11.19.13: Airborne Starts 3rd Year, NTSB Rejects ECi NPRM, SARA Passes

Also: Andrews Cancels Airshow, Pentagon Scraps Russian Helos, CubCrafters Upgrades, Flight Design Jubilee, Dream Chaser Vid

Welcome to the THIRD YEAR of Airborne... our second anniversary of production having been yesterday, Monday, November 18th... U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign the landmark overhaul of Part 23 certification guidelines into law. NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation saying its NPRM for an Airworthiness Directive covering thousands of ECi cylinder assemblies goes well beyond th

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More Med Scrutiny: FAA To Begin Examining Body Mass Index For Pilot Candidates

Claims BMI Is An Indicator Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, A Disqualifying Condition

Sometimes it seems like somebody at the FAA lays awake at night coming up with ways to make it more difficult for those who might want to fly to obtain a pilot certificate. It looks like the latest effort will come from a medical angle. The FAA is preparing new guidelines for its medical examiners that could disqualify many pilots because of their Body Mass Index (BMI). The move could impact a significant number of Private Pilot certificate holders.

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Airliner Down In Tatarstan, 50 On Board Fatally Injured

Boeing 737 Went Down On Approach To Kazan International Airport

A Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 on a flight from Moscow to Kazan went down Sunday after missing its initial approach to the Kazan International Airport. The airplane carried 44 passengers and six crew members. All were fatally injured in the accident.

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Dreamliner Reaches 1,000th Order With Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways becomes Boeing's Largest 787 Customer

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner received its 1,000th customer order today when Etihad Airways announced an order for 30 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at $8.7 billion at list prices. With this order, the Dreamliner family has reached this sales milestone faster than any other widebody airplane in aviation history.

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Emirates Orders 50 Additional A380s, Boosting Fleet To 140

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum: 'A380 Continues To Be Emirates’ Flagship'

Dubai-based Emirates airline has placed an additional order for 50 A380 aircraft, confirming the continued strong demand for very large aircraft in the Middle East that are needed to meet the region’s higher than average traffic growth.

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GE Lands Record Number Of Jet Engine Agreements At Dubai Air Show

Commitments For High-Thrust Jet Engines And Services Reach $26 Billion

At Sunday’s opening day of the Dubai Air Show, GE Aviation received $26 billion in jet engine orders and services agreements for wide-body Boeing aircraft from three leading airlines in the Middle East. Collectively, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways ordered 450 of the new GE9X engine now under development for the new Boeing 777X.   GE also received orders for GEnx engines for the Boeing 787 and GE90 engines for the Boeing 777.

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Rolls-Royce Wins $5 Billion Etihad Airways Order

Trent XWB Engines To Power 50 Airbus A350 XWB Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has won a $5 billion order from Etihad Airways for Trent XWB engines to power 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The order includes long-term TotalCare support. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has ordered 24 A350-900 Regional, 16 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 aircraft.

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NASA Launches Mission To Study Upper Atmosphere Of Mars

MAVEN Spacecraft Boosted From Cape Canaveral Monday Afternoon

A NASA mission that will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water launched into space at 1328 EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket's second stage 53 minutes after launch. The solar arrays deployed approximately one hour after launch and currently power the spacecraft. MAVEN now is embarking on a 10-month interplanetary cruise before arriving at Mars next September.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.19.13)

"Airman applicants with a BMI of 40 or more will have to be evaluated by a physician who is a board certified sleep specialist, and anyone who is diagnosed with OSA will have to be treated before they can be medically certificated." Source: Editorial published in the Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.19.13): Acrobatic Flight

An intentional maneuver involving an abrupt change in an aircraft's attitude, an abnormal attitude, or abnormal acceleration not necessary for normal flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.19.13)

The Ninety Nines

The Ninety Nines is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries - they currently have over 5,500 members throughout the world. International Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, OK.

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