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November 21, 2011

First CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Delivered To Mexico

Aircraft Based On The Same Airframe As U.S. Coast Guard's HC-144a Ocean Sentry

EADS North America has delivered the first of four Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) it will supply to the Mexican Navy. The program is a foreign military sales contract managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard uses a configuration of this same twin-engine aircraft -- the HC-144A Ocean Sentry -- for its own patrol, surveillance, transport and disaster relief mission duties.

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NTSB: Cause Of Franklin Accident 'Undetermined'

Board Could Not Find A Definitive Reason For Kyle And Amanda's Airplane To Lose Power

The NTSB has released what many will likely find to be an unsatisfying probable cause report in the accident which eventually cost Amanda Franklin her life. In its official report, the board said the airplane lost engine power "for undetermined reasons."

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.21.11

Boeing announces another deal with a leasing company.
Alaska Airlines mechanics have a new contract.
And Gulfstream earns a provisional TC for the G650.

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ANN Special Feature: The Physiology of Night Flying - 11.21.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller, who explains the physiology of flying after dark.

FMI: www.overtheairwaves.com

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AgustaWestland, Abu Dhabi Aviation Form JV

Bringing Helo Maintenance To Abu Dhabi International

AgustaWestland and Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, took advantage of the Dubai Airshow this week to announce the establishment of a joint venture in the UAE in the field of helicopter maintenance.

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Hawaiian Adding Five More A330s By 2015

Transition Will Include A350s As The Airbus Composite  Airplane Becomes Available

Hawaiian Airlines  said Thursday that the next step in its long-range fleet renewal and expansion plan with the signing of a new firm order with Airbus to purchase five new A330-200 aircraft for delivery between 2013 and 2015, with purchase rights for an additional three A330s.

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NASA Offers Kids A Look Into NPP

Elementary Students, Families Invited To Third Sunday Experiment

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Sunday, November 20th from 1300 - 1500 EST. It's a free afternoon of eye-opening, hands-on activities spotlighting NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP).

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Rotorsim Inaugurates Joint NH90 Training Program For Netherlands

Sim System Also Available For Other Operators

Rotorsim, a consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, announced its continued expansion into the military training market on Monday by officially inaugurating the launch of the Joint NH90 Training Program (JNTP) for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

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First InFlight 911 Service Will Utilizes FAA-Approved iPad

Device Will Be Used To Communicate In-Flight Emergencies

A new service will help airline pilots and staff to alert up to 100 government personnel simultaneously in the event of an inflight crisis will use Apple's iPad tablet device as its primary means of communication. 

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Getting A Shuttle Down The Street

Retired Orbiter To Be Towed Through LA Streets To Its Museum Home

It is somewhat slower than space shuttle Endeavour was designed to travel, and might even be a bit slower than the crawler speed that used to carry the orbiter to launch complex 39A. At some point next year, the retired spacecraft will be towed through the streets of Los Angeles to its new home at the California Science Center.

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STAT MedEvac Chooses Metro Aviation For Completions

Five Eurocopters To Be Outfitted For EMS, Single-Pilot IFR

Metro Aviation, Inc. reports it has entered into a contract with STAT MedEvac for three EC135 and two EC145 helicopter completions. This is a continuation of a relationship that began with the introduction of the first EC135 aircraft in the United States, which was completed by Metro Aviation, Inc., for operation by STAT MedEvac.

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Royal Saudi Land Forces' Black Hawk Helicopters Set For Upgrades

Sikorsky Aerospace Services To Retrofit Aircraft With Latest Technology

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced the signing of a follow-on contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) to upgrade its fleet of Black Hawk UH-60A helicopters to the more modern UH-60L aircraft configuration at the Dubai Air Show last week.

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Emirates Airlines Selects Rockwell Collins Avionics For 62 New Aircraft

Full Suite Of Components To Be Installed In Airbus And Boeing Jets

Emirates Airlines said at the Dubai Air Show Monday it has selected a comprehensive package of Rockwell Collins avionics for 32 new Airbus A380 and 30 new Boeing 777 aircraft. Aircraft deliveries are in progress and will continue through 2015.

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Southwest Sued Over Expired Drink Tickets

Passenger Claims There Is No Expiration Date On The Coupons

Will this make the Southwest reality show? A man in Illinois is suing the airline because it would not honor drink tickets it said had expired, but which the plaintiff says have no expiration date.

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Aero-TV: An Aero-American Effort -- Hawker Beechcraft Stays On Point

Hawker Beech Remains Feisty And Hopeful About Their Future Prospects

OK... We admit it, we like Bill Boisture... one of the last plain-speaking CEOs in the BizAv game since Jack Pelton was forced to retire. And he was in rare form at NBAA2011. Hawker Beechcraft president and CEO Bill Boisture had a fairly pointed message for the Obama Administration during his remarks at a news conference at the 2011 NBAA convention in Las Vegas. He said policies that have a direct negative impact on what is arguably the strongest export sector for U.S. manufacturing are counterproductive. He added that the administration had been informed of the impacts its policies are having on the domestic aircraft manufacturing industry, and with the recently-announced policies still unfavorable to aviation

Have You Checked Out AIRBORNE -- ANN's Newest Aero-TV Program?

Rave Reviews Suggest We Have A Real Hit On Our Hands And This Is Just The Beginning!

Well... after several months of planning, practicing and preparation, the first generation of a new programming effort from Aero-TV has hit cyberspace. Last Friday, ANN released Airborne 11.18.11 -- with the intention to offer this as a weekly news feature through the end of 2011 and then ramp things up in a BIG WAY as 2012 gets underway. Click HERE To View 'AIRBORNE' On Aero-TV!!!

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Aero-TV: An Aero-American Effort -- Hawker Beechcraft Stays On Point

Hawker Beech Remains Feisty And Hopeful About Their Future Prospects

OK... We admit it, we like Bill Boisture... one of the last plain-speaking CEOs in the BizAv game since Jack Pelton was forced to retire. And he was in rare form at NBAA2011. Hawker Beechcraft president and CEO Bill Boisture had a fairly pointed message for the Obama Administration during his remarks at a news conference at the 2011 NBAA convention in Las Vegas. He said policies that have a direct negative impact on what is arguably the strongest export sector for U.S. manufacturing are counterproductive. He added that the administration had been informed of the impacts its policies are having on

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One-Hundredth U.S. Piaggio P.180 Avanti Delivered To Avantair

Fractional Fleet Size Now At 57 Aircraft

Fractional aircraft company Avantair has taken delivery of the 100th Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti aircraft to be delivered in the United States. The centennial aircraft, serial #1216, recently arrived at Avantair’s headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.

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Klyde Morris 11.21.2011

Klyde Says "Pass The Ketchup" ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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F-35B Cost Overruns Threaten Marine Helos

Deficit Politics May Require Raiding Funding For UH-1Y, AH-1Z

Some defense budget overruns are covered by Congress simply gritting its teeth and writing bigger checks. But with a growing public outcry over the federal deficit, overruns on the development of the Marine Corps F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter are so large that corresponding cuts elsewhere may affect other aviation assets.

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Chinese Spacecraft Returns To Earth Following Docking Experiment

China Progressing With Plans For Its Own Space Station

The Chinese Shenzhou 8 spacecraft, which twice docked successfully with the Tiangong 1 module launched separately, returned to earth Thursday. China says it is working towards building its own space station, after being denied participation in the ISS program.

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Sense And Avoid Radar Sensor Successfully Completes First Flight Demonstration

X-Band Radar Sensor Affords 60 Seconds Of Avoidance Time

A Multi Sensor Detect Sense and Avoid (MSDSA) program developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completed its first airborne demonstration using a prototype, x-band radar sensor. This new Sense and Avoid (SAA) sensor repeatedly detected and tracked airborne intruders resulting in over 60 seconds of avoidance time.

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US Army Successfully Tests Hypersonic Weapon System

Boost-Glide Vehicle Flew Non-Ballistic Trajectory To Target

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first test flight of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept Thursday.  At 0630 EST (0130 Hawaii-Aleutian Time), a first-of-its-kind glide vehicle, designed to fly within the earth’s atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range, was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii to the Reagan Test Site, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll.

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Bombardier Aerospace To Establish Manufacturing Capability In Morocco

Plans $200 Million Investment Over Eight Years

Bombardier Aerospace said Wednesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco for the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Morocco. The exact site location will be announced at a later date. Bombardier Aerospace intends to invest approximately $200 million in equipment, buildings and start-up costs over the next eight years.

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Pilot Stuck In Lavatory Triggers Terror Scare

But It Turned Out To Just Be A Jammed Door

Even the pilot has to go once in a while, but on a recent Chautauqua Airlines Delta Connection flight from Asheville, North Carolina to New York, a jammed bathroom door caused the co-pilot to think the airplane was under attack.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.11)

Aero Linx: ANN/Aero-TV's YouTube Channel For those of you who want to view iPhone or iPad friendly versions of the (over) 1100 Aero-TV video features, we have a solution for you... and its been around for a LONG time. ANN posts ALL our video features, both Aero-TV and the recently introduced Airborne programs, to a number of web video syndicators... including mighty YouTube. Most of our Aero-TV, and ALL of your Airborne programs, are also available there in High-Def formats, some as high as 1080P. Be sure to check out the many exciting programs we've produced for you there and via the main Aero-TV sites associated with ANN.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.21.11): Time Group

Time Group Four digits representing the hour and minutes from the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) clock. FAA uses UTC for all operations. The term "ZULU" may be used to denote UTC. The word "local" or the time zone equivalent shall be used to denote local when local time is given during radio and telephone communications. When written, a time zone designator is used to indicate local time; e.g. "0205M" (Mountain). The local time may be based on the 24-hour clock system. The day begins at 0000 and ends at 2359.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.21.11)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "The captain disappeared in the back, and, uh, I have someone with a thick foreign accent trying to access the cockpit." Source: The bizarre report made by a First Officer for a Chautauqua Airlines Delta Connection flight from Asheville, North Carolina to New York, in which a a jammed bathroom door caused the co-pilot to think the airplane was under attack.

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