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January 03, 2013

Finnish Border Guard To Acquire Two Additional Super Puma Helos

Eurocopter To Supply The AS332 Aircraft For Maritime Search And Rescue Missions

The Finnish Border Guard plans to expand its Eurocopter fleet with the acquisition of two additional AS332 L1 Super Puma helicopters fully equipped for maritime search and rescue missions in the country’s challenging conditions.

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SimCom Training Centers Selects Eric Hinson As President

Joins Company After Serving As EVP Of Flight Safety International

SimCom Training Centers has named business aviation and training industry professional Eric Hinson as its new President. Hinson, who will report directly to Wally David, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, will oversee and direct the activities of SimCom’s four training center locations and 56 operational simulators.

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FAA Authorizes TSO For Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B

Also Approves Latest GTN 3.0 Software

The FAA has authorized a TSO along with AML STC approval for the Garmin GDL 88 series. The GDL 88 is the industry’s first dual-link ADS-B solution available for certified aircraft. With the AML STC, the GDL 88 is approved for installation on most Part 23 fixed-wing aircraft, and it will begin shipping immediately starting at $3,995.

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Congress Passes Risk-Sharing Regime Extension For The Space Launch Industry

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Passage Of The Legislation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation on Wednesday thanked Members of Congress for the extension of government risk-sharing for commercial launch companies. A bill to extend the current framework for one year passed the House and Senate in the closing hours of the 112th Congress, and has been sent to the President for signature. The previous law expired on December 31, 2012.

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Iran Unveils New Attack Helicopter

Toufan 2 Introduced Wednesday During Naval Military Exercises

Iran has unveiled a new attack helicopter it calls the Toufan 2 (Storm 2) which bears a striking resemblance to a Bell AH-1J Cobra.

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Pilot Spots Thief At His House ... From The Air

Target Of The Robbery Was A Trailer At The Pilot's Home

A Florida pilot returning from a trip to North Carolina on over the holidays decided that he wanted to get a look at his house from the air ... and that serendipitous overflight led to the arrest of a man who had stolen a trailer from the pilot's home in Glades County, FL.

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Philippine Navy To Acquire AW 109 Power Helicopters

Purchase Comes Amid Territorial Dispute With China

The Philippine government plans to acquire three AgustaWestland AW 109 Power helicopters for its navy as part of a modernization program it hopes will bolster its position in a territorial dispute with China.

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Eurocopter Celebrates Two NH90 Program Firsts

Initial TTH Helos Delivered To Belgium, NFH Aircraft To French Navy

Eurocopter achieved a milestone in its NH90 program with two ceremonies held at its Marignane facility near Marseille in the south of France during which the manufacturer delivered Belgium’s first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) in the presence of the Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem; along with the French DGA defense procurement agency’s first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), in its naval Step B version, to be used by the French Navy.

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Prince William Flies New Year's Day SAR Mission

Man Believed Swept Out To Sea Not Located

The Duke of Cambridge Prince William was part of a team of first responders that undertook a search and rescue mission on New Year's Day shortly after midnight, but were unfortunately unable to locate a man who was reportedly swept out to sea by a large wave on the coast.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.13

Huerta is Approved as FAA Administrator…

APA Approves Framework for Possible American/US Airways Merger…

Is Boeing Back on Top???

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ANN Selects 'Best Of The Breed' 2012: GA 'Plane Of The Year'--Diamond's DA40 XLS

After Surviving A Tough Year, We Think There Are Still A Few Things To Celebrate

Final Compilations by ANN Editor-In-Chief/Roving Aeronaut, Jim Campbell Each year, we put our heads together, look over reader input as well as our own reports and other sources of info and try to recognize the VERY BEST aircraft in a number of pivotal categories. This particular series will cover the aircraft we consider to be the VERY BEST of the whole breed. In the past, we have broken these awards into a number of categories but the plain fact of the matter is while there is much to be thankful for as far as 2012 is concerned (the survival of the industry, most of all), there are few categories in which there were products that distinguished themselves sufficiently to per

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Classic Aero-TV: Col. Mark Tillman (4)--The Most Important Left Seat In Aviation

An Honored Flyer Tells Of His Service To America (Part 4 -- Final)

OK... we gotta tell you... this one was one of the best speeches we have EVER heard at any aviation event... and it occurred this year at the 2012 AEA Convention and Tradeshow. The kind folks of Universal Avionics pulled off quite a coup and arranged for a truly inspiring speaker for one of the most important gatherings in all of aviation -- the opening ceremonies of the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. And Universal's choice knocked it out of the park. Former Air Force One Command Pilot Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman, the United States’ 12th Presidenti

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APA Board Approves Framework For Potential AA, US Airways Merger

Terms Of The Preliminary Agreement Not Disclosed By The Union

In a move that could have implications for the emergence of AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines and American Eagle, from bankruptcy, the board of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) voted to approve a preliminary labor framework that would be put in place should American merge with US Airways as it comes out of Chapter 11 reorganization.

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EAA Chairman Calls Huerta With Personal Congratulations

NBAA Also Sends Message Of Congratulations To The New Administrator

Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board, called Michael Huerta personally on Tuesday to offer the organization's congratulations after Huerta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as permanent Administrator of the FAA. Huerta had served as acting administrator for a year after Randy Babbitt's resignation in December 2011.

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ANN 2012 Year In Review: Sport Aviation

Reno Had Its Revival, Rotax Began Delivering Injected Engines, And A New Airplane From Vans

The Reno Air Races made a comeback following 2011's tragic accident at the event, which was just one of the good-news stories this year from the world of sport aviation. There was a brand-new airplane from Vans shown for the first time at Oshkosh, and Felix Baumgartner completed his record-setting skydive from the fringe of space. On the down side, the NTSB released its report on accidents in the Experimental/Amateur-Built category, which showed a disproportionately large number of fatalities particularly in the early months of ownership, Glasair was sold to a Chinese investor, and Rod Hightower ended his short tenure with EAA.

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ANN 2012 Year In Review: Aerospace

With Shuttles Retired To Museums, NASA Says It Is Making Progress Towards 'What's Next' In Space ... Commercial Companies Getting The Job Done

This year saw the retirement of the Space Shuttle Fleet to museums from coast to coast, and sparked a lot of navel-gazing about what is next for America in space. While we continue to buy rides to ISS from Russia, commercial companies made progress towards servicing the station, with SpaceX completing the first non-government delivery to the outpost.

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Boeing Back On Top

Ends 2012 As The World's Number One Planemaker

Boeing expects that when it tallies up all of the orders and deliveries for 2012, it will once again emerge as the world's number one manufacturer of commercial airliners. If so, it would be the first time in a decade that the company has bested its European rival Airbus.

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Principato, Hendricks Applaud Senate Confirmation of Huerta’s Nomination

Calls Full Time Administrator Critical To Moving Aviation Policy Forward

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato issued a statement Wednesday in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Michael Huerta’s nomination to be Administrator of the FAA.

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Boeing 737 MAX Gets Milestone Order From Aviation Capital Group

More Than 1,000 Orders For The Re-Engined Single-Aisle Airplane To Date

A milestone order pushing the number of 737 MAX airplanes on the books over 1,000 was announced Wednesday by Boeing and Aviation Capital Group. The leasing company placed an order for 60 airplanes, consisting of 50 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s, which was finalized in December 2012. The 737 MAX has now accumulated more than 1,000 orders.

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CAP’s New Governance Structure Fully Implemented

Civil Air Patrol Begins The New Year With A New Way Of Doing Business

The Civil Air Patrol's new governance structure, which is now fully implemented, has changed the role of CAP’s leadership and even the relationship between its 61,000 volunteers and CAP National Headquarters’ 100 employees.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.03.13)

"Given the challenging fiscal times facing our country and our industry, we need a full time Administrator who can dedicate the next five years to working with all industry stakeholders to create a national aviation policy that will ensure the country remains both an economic engine and be globally competitive well into the 21st century.” Source: ACI-NA president and CEO Greg Principato.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.03.13): Delta T

Change in temperature. A simple representation of the mean lapse rate within a layer of the atmosphere, obtained by calculating the difference between observed temperatures at the bottom and top of the layer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.03.13)

National Coalition for Aviation Education

The National Coalition for Aviation Education is a membership organization that was formed in 1993 when the founding member groups signed a formal charter and established a partnership with the FAA.

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