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November 25, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.25.13

Legislators Question the Airline Merger Settlement…

NTSB To Host Weather Safety Seminar…

Boeing Machinists Should Build Transit Busses

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NASA Spacecraft Begins Collecting Lunar Atmosphere Data

Entered Planned Orbit November 20th

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon's equator -- a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope of the changes and processes occurring within the moon's tenuous atmosphere.

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NTSB To Hold Safety Seminar On Managing Weather Related Risks For VFR Flying

Has Partnered With FAA, AOPA To Present The Session In Virginia

The National Transportation Safety Board will present a seminar next month highlighting the lessons that have been learned from the NTSB's investigations of accidents involving weather related risks of flying under Visual Flight Rules.

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AA Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A321 Transcontinental Aircraft

Three-Class Product Part Of Carrier's Fleet Renewal Program

Continuing its fleet renewal momentum this year, American Airlines today took delivery of the first Airbus A321 Transcontinental aircraft, complete with fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service next year, making American the only U.S. carrier to offer customers more choices with a three-class configuration when flying between New York and Los Angeles, and New York and San Francisco.

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Relief For Malnutrition Shipped To Dubai On Emirates’ 38th A380

Airbus Corporate Foundation, Emirates Airline, And Action Against Hunger Partner To Deliver Humanitarian Cargo

Airbus Corporate Foundation, Emirates Airline, and Action Against Hunger (ACF) have announced a partnership to utilize future A380 Emirates deliveries over the next few years to transport humanitarian support to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). Details of the collaboration were shared to commemorate World Children’s Day.

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NASA Seeks American Small Business Proposals For High Tech R&D

Program Seeks Solutions To Specific Technology Gaps In NASA Missions

To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

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Boeing Huntington Beach Marks 50th Anniversary, Looks To The Future

Played Major Role In US Space Exploration Achievements

Boeing is celebrating 50 years of innovation at its Huntington Beach, CA campus, where accomplishments span from the Apollo program to the International Space Station to current advances in cybersecurity, C4ISR and other areas.

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NASA-Led Firefly Mission To Study Lightning

National Science Foundation Cubesat To Launch This Month

Somewhere on Earth, there's always a lightning flash. The globe experiences lightning some 50 times a second, yet the details of what initiates this common occurrence and what effects it has on the atmosphere – lightning may be linked to incredibly powerful and energetic bursts called terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs -- remains a mystery.

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Bell Helicopter Signs Purchase Agreement With New South Wales Police Force

Will Be The First Bell 412EPI In Australia

Bell Helicopter has announced a signed purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to be operated in Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for both tactical and response missions.

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Bombardier And Nok Air Of Thailand Sign Purchase Agreement

Deal Is For Up To Eight Q400 NextGen Aircraft In New Extra Capacity Seating Configuration

Low-cost Thai carrier Nok Air has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has also taken options for two additional Q400 NextGen aircraft, as well as purchase rights on four others. Bombardier also confirmed that Nok Air will be the launch customer for a new extra capacity seating option, which will allow the Q400 NextGen aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers.

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NASA Astronaut, Food Scientist To Discuss Thanksgiving In Space

Six Crewmembers Will Participate In The American Holiday Tradition This Week

NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Vickie Kloeris, the agency's manager of the International Space Station food system, will discuss the space station's Thanksgiving menus in live satellite interviews from 0700-0830 EST Wednesday, Nov. 27.

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Dassault Aviation Set To Deliver First 2000S Business Jet In India

New Falcon Entry Level Jet Off To Flying Start

Dassault Aviation is preparing to deliver its new Falcon 2000S business jet into the important Indian market, following certification by the Indian airworthiness authorities. The 2000S was certified on November 1st, continuing a process that began in the spring of 2013 with the receipt of FAA and EASA approvals.

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Low-Cost UK Carrier Flybe To Close Six Bases

Will Continue To Serve Airports As Jobs Are Cut

As part of its effort to "reduce redundancies" which will result in the loss of some 500 positions, the UK low-cost carrier Flybe announced it will close six airport bases, but will continue to serve those airports.

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Airborne 11.22.13: AEA 3Q/13 Avionics Market, FAA v Fat Aviators, Lear 75 Cert

Also: B777X Launch Record, Deadstick Landing Bill, B737 Down, Super Legend, Boeing To Hunt For New Plane Building Site?

The Aircraft Electronics Association announced its third quarter Avionics Market Report for this year. In the months of July, August and September 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.72 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report. The FAA, which many industry insiders claim is out of control already due to other issues, is preparing new guidelines for its medical examiners that could disqualify many pilots because of their Body Mass Index, also known as BMI. N

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Connecticut Democrats Vow To Fight For New Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sequestration Could Cut Replacement Of The Sikorsky Pave-Hawk

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) have vowed to fight budget cuts to the U.S. Air Force’s combat rescue helicopter program in response to reports that the program was on the chopping block as a result of sequester. Cutting the program would mean that the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters would not be replaced by 112 newer aircraft.  

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Klyde Morris (11.25.13)

Klyde Is Scared Of The Internet... But Then Again, Who Isn't?


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Seattle Councilwoman Urges Boeing Workers To 'Take Over Factories'

Comments Came At A Rally Organized By Machinists

A newly-elected member of the Seattle City Council who is a self-described Socialist has told Boeing's machinists that they should "take over the factories" if Boeing moves production of its 777X airplane out of the Puget Sound region.

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Many Questions Linger From Nashville C172 Accident

Canadian Plane Was Hundreds Of Miles Off Course, Circled KBNA For Over Two Hours

There are still many unanswered questions from an accident involving a Canadian Cessna 172 which went down at Nashville International Airport (KBNA) October 29 resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot. The wreckage of the plane sat on a runway at KBNA for several hours before being noticed by another pilot.

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Pilot Shortage Is Already A Reality In Some Sectors

Flight Schools Having Difficulty Finding Instructors To Teach New Pilots

The pilot shortage that is looming for the airline industry has already hit GA, and that has the manufacturers of general aviation airplanes concerned.

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Proud Bird Gets A One-Month Reprieve

KLAX Restaurant Back In Negotiations With Airport Officials For A New Lease

The Proud Bird restaurant, a fixture for decades at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), was due to close its doors Thursday after failing to come to terms with airport managers for a lease for the eatery.

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Iran Claims To Have Developed That Country's Largest UAV

Fotros Aircraft Capable Of Remaining Aloft 30 Hours, Officials Say

An unmanned aircraft that defense officials for the Islamic Republic of Iran say is that country's largest was unveiled in Tehran Monday.

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Commuter Air Technology Introduces Exhaust Gas Extractors For King Air 350

Extends Warranty Period For Latest King Air Technology

Commuter Air Technology (CAT), an AGC Aerospace and Defense Company, says it has expanded production of its popular CAT Exhaust Gas Extractors for the King Air turboprop to the 350 model. The exhaust gas extractor technology adds the possibility of longer flights and quicker speeds to King Air aircraft operators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.13)

Aero Linx: The Naval Airship Association The Naval Airship Association promotes the history, education, applications, and technology of lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicles including balloons, blimps, dirigibles, zeppelins, and other airships. Despite its name, membership in the Naval Airship Association requires no naval affiliation and is open to anyone. Membership includes full website access and a subscription to our excellent quarterly publication, The Noon Balloon (Hard copies in color; see sample issue on right), in addition to the latest LTA news.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.13): Westerlies

Westerlies Usually applied to the broad patterns of persistent winds with a westerly component. It is the dominant persistent atmospheric motion, centered over the midlatitudes of each hemisphere. Near the earth's surface, the westerlies extend from approximately 35 to 65 degrees latitude, while in the upper levels they extend further polarward and equatorward.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.25.13)

"...should take over factories and shut down Boeing's profit-making machine..." Source: This bit of nonsense comes courtesy of a newly-elected member of the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant, who is a self-described Socialist. She has told Boeing's machinists that they should "take over the factories" if Boeing moves production of its 777X airplane out of the Puget Sound region. God help Seattle...

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