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January 31, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.31.13

The Boeing 787 Battery Probe Keeps Going and Going and Going…

Alaska’s Aviation Fatality Rate Shows Dramatic Decline…

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Aerial Firefighters See Challenges To Continued Fleet Modernization In 2013

The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) Annual Meeting Focused On Wildland Firefighting Issues For The Coming Year

Representatives of the US aerial firefighting industry predict ongoing challenges involving fleet modernization, as legacy aircraft continue to age, and the Federal government has yet to sign off on a viable transition plan for operational funding of proposed, new generation, large airtankers.

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Spacecom, SpaceX Announce Agreement For AMOS-6 Satellite Launch

SpaceX Closed 2012 With 14 Launch Contracts

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Space Communication Ltd. (Spacecom) have announced an agreement to launch Spacecom's AMOS-6 satellite on SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 will insert the communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), further enhancing Spacecom's existing satellite fleet.

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ForeFlight Mobile For iPhone Reinvented

Company Now Offers Military Flight Bag Support

An update to ForeFlight Mobile ... version 4.8 ... is available for download in iTunes App Store. This release introduces three big new things: a fresh new design for the iPhone, background downloading support for database and charts, and support for the Military Flight Bag Procedures Database format, enabling pilots who defend our freedom to load worldwide Department of Defense terminal procedures directly into ForeFlight Mobile.

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GoAir Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A320 Equipped With 'Sharklets'

Airplane One Of 20 Ordered By The Carrier In 2006

India’s GoAir, wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has taken delivery of its first "Sharklet" equipped A320 aircraft financed by ACG (Aviation Capital Group) under a sale and leaseback arrangement which will see the Aircraft added to ACG's growing portfolio of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320ceo in 2006.

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Dassault Falcon Focuses On Growing Indian Market

Company Looks To Strengthen Position In Emerging Markets Worldwide

Dassault Falcon is investing heavily in India to better serve its expanding customer base in the Indian Subcontinent and prepare for future growth. These investments will be highlighted, along with Falcon's full line of large-cabin, long-range business jets, at Aero India which opens February 6, at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India.

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Astrium Wins ESA Contracts To Design Ariane 6

Will Also Continue Development Of Ariane 5 ME

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, €108 million ($146 million) worth of prime contractor agreements covering the development of the Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers. The contracts follow on from the decisions reached at the ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Naples on 20-21 November 2012.

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Thales Delivers First Maritime Surveillance Aircraft To Turkey

Two Additional Aircraft In The Pipeline Under The Meltem II Program

Thales has achieved delivery of the first of three maritime surveillance aircraft under the Meltem II program for Turkey. This aircraft will be operated by the Turkish Coast Guard from Izmir Air Base. Pierre Eric Pommellet, Senior Vice-President of Thales Group, officially handed over the aircraft at a ceremony held at the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) facility in Ankara.

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Book Focuses On Pilot Fatigue And Its Consequences

Author Says It Is A 'Scathing Expose' Of FAA Inaction

Tired pilots crash airplanes at a much higher rate than well-rested pilots. That's the assessment of Ace Abbott, author of "The Rogue Aviator," who recently released his second book, "Dead Tired: Pilot Fatigue-Aviation’s Insidious Killer." The book has an accompanying website where one can garner information about the book and read excerpts.

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St. Augustine, FL Airport Opens Full-Runway-Length Taxiway

Final Phase Of The Airport's Runway And Taxiway Improvement Program

The final segment of an overall runway and taxiway improvement program at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ) in St. Augustine, FL, has been completed. The last section of taxiway along the entire length of the primary 8,000 foot runway is now open for use.

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Military Exercises Conducted Over Neighborhoods Using Blank Rounds

Helicopters Practicing In Houston Look And Sound Like The Real Thing

It appeared as if the military were conducting a raid over a residential neighborhood in southeast Houston Monday afternoon. There were helicopters in the air and the sound of gunfire could be heard. And while the helicopters were real, the guns were shooting blanks.

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Classic Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure--How Did You Get Into Aerobatics?

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Aerobatic Beginnings

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob talks about his beginnings in aerobatic flight. Ask any pilot who he thinks is the best he (or she) ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man w

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NTSB Still Dissecting Dreamliner Battery

Microscopic Examinations Being Conducted In Areas Of Short Circuiting

In its sixth update on its investigation into a battery fire aboard a JAL Dreamliner January 7, the NTSB said  its examination of the damaged battery has transitioned from macroscopic to microscopic examinations and into chemical and elemental analysis of the areas of internal short circuiting and thermal damage.

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Boeing 737 Program Starts Building At Higher Production Rate

Narrowbody Production Has Risen 20 Percent In Two Years

Assembly of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the rate of 38 airplanes per month is underway, according to Boeing. Over the past two years, production of the 737 has risen more than 20 percent, from 31.5 to 38 airplanes a month. In 2014, the rate will go up again to 42 airplanes a month.

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Boeing Reports Record Revenue And Backlog

Revenue Rose To $22.3 Billion On Increased Commercial Airplane Deliveries

Boeing is reporting record fourth-quarter revenue of $22.3 billion and core operating earnings (non-GAAP) that increased by 9 percent to $1.8 billion, driven by strong performance across the company's businesses and higher deliveries of commercial airplanes. 

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EASA Updates European Roadmap To Tackle Aviation Safety Risks

EASA Updates European Roadmap To Tackle Aviation Safety Risks

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just released an updated roadmap to tackle key aviation safety risks. Released in a document known as the European Aviation Safety Plan (EASp), 86 key safety actions to tackle operational, systemic and emerging aviation safety issues are identified for implementation until 2016.

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Curiosity Maneuver Prepares Rover For Drilling

'Pre-Load' Test Determines Force Needed To Penetrate The Martian Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has placed its drill onto a series of four locations on a Martian rock and pressed down on it with the rover's arm, in preparation for using the drill in coming days. The rover carried out this "pre-load" testing on Mars Monday (PST). The tests enable engineers to check whether the amount of force applied to the hardware matches predictions for what would result from the commanded motions.

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Alaska Fatal Aviation Accident Rate Down Substantially

Only 11 Fatalities Recorded In The State Last Year Compared to 23 In 2011

While one fatal accident is one too many, Alaska showed a marked improvement in the number of fatalities in aviation accidents in 2012 when compared to 2011. Last year, there were 11 fatalities resulting from aviation accidents in the state while in 2011, there were 23.

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Dreamliner Batteries Swapped Out By Japanese Airlines

ANA, JAL Both Said They Had Exchanged Batteries Prior To Fleet Grounding

ANA said it had to change lithium-ion batteries in its Dreamliners ten times before the FAA and other world aviation authorities grounded the airplanes for issues with the power cells. But a spokeswoman for the airline did not say there were specific problems with the batteries, only that "batteries in general have to be replaced as frequently as need arises."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.31.13)

"The private, aerial firefighting industry has submitted a viable plan to replace today's dwindling number of former Cold War Era military aircraft with modern tankers, derived from commercial jets. Although that plan was submitted more than a year ago, it has yet to be acted upon by the US Forest Service (USFS)" Source: Tom Eversole , Executive Director of the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.13): Back-Sheared Anvil

A thunderstorm anvil which spreads upwind, against the flow aloft. A back-sheared anvil often implies a very strong updraft and a high severe weather potential.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.13)

Bonanza Airlines

Bonanza Air Services (BAS) was formed in early in 1945 by Edmund Converse, a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; Charlie Keene, once an operator of a small charter operation in Santa Paula, California; and June Simon, daughter of "Pop" Simon the former secretary-director of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

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