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February 10, 2013

Airborne 02.08.13: NTSB Updates 787 Battery Failure Info, Baumgartner's Record

Also: Fed Indicts Helo Personnel, Barnstorming On The TSA, New Name For NBAA Convention, Dynon, L-39 SAFO

At a news conference today, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman identified the origin of the Jan. 7 battery fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston Logan Airport, and said that a focus of the investigation will be on the design and certification requirements of the battery system. Among the names being mentioned to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation is NTSB chair Deborah A.P. Hersman, and some in the know say she is the leading candidate for the post. When Felix Baumgartner stepped off his capsule into the fringe o

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Eurocopter India Retains Market Lead In 2012

Captured 70 Percent Of The Region Civilian Helicopter Market

Paced by the sales of light helicopters in 2012, Eurocopter India continued its leadership role in the Indian market last year – capturing a 70 percent share of the new civilian helicopter bookings and 43 percent of registered deliveries in this key geographical region.

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Injured Howler Monkey Airlifted To Rehabilitation Center In Belize

LightHawk Provides Emergency 'Flight For Life' For Endangered Primate

Mia, a Yucatan black howler monkey hit by a car last week in Bermudian Landing, got a second chance at life when it was airlifted to the Wildtracks Primate Rehabilitation Centre in Sarteneja. The flight, arranged through LightHawk, a volunteer conservation aviation group based in the United States, transported its passenger to the Center in northern Belize for rest, recuperation, and, hopefully, restoration to the wild in a few weeks time.

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UK MoD Signs Ground-Breaking Service Agreement With Heli-One

Brings Deep Experience In Specific Engine Type To The Table

Lars Landsnes, Vice President of Heli-One's European Operation, joined Ian Craddock, Head of Helicopters 2 of the MoD at RAF Benson, on February 7 to sign a new contract for a long-term Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) arrangement for the Makila 1A1 engines fitted in the new Puma HC Mk2 helicopter.No. 33 and 230 Squadron's fleet of 24 Puma HC Mk2s will be serviced by a pool of new, powerful Makila 1A1 engines.

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Hubble, Spitzer Discover Strobe-Like Flashes In A Suspected Binary Protostar

Light Bursts Come At Regular, Predictable Intervals

Two of NASA's great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light. Every 25.34 days, the object, designated LRLL 54361, unleashes a burst of light. Although a similar phenomenon has been observed in two other young stellar objects, this is the most powerful such beacon seen to date.

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NASA's 'Destination Station' Coming To Phoenix

Program Teaches The Public About Living In Space

The public is invited to learn more about living in space, directly from NASA experts and space-exploring astronauts, in a series of special events coming to Arizona. The agency's "Destination Station" activities in the Phoenix and Tucson areas start Thursday, Feb. 21.

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First Engines For India's C-17 Aircraft Delivered

Pratt & Whitney Ships 10 F117 Powerplants To Boeing

The first 10 F117 engines to be hung by Boeing on C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force have been delivered by Pratt & Whitney. India's Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government in 2011 to acquire 10 C-17s.

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PRISM Offers SMS Packages For Small Helicopter Operators

Helicopter-Specific Products Aligned With ICAO Safety Concepts

Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM) has released an update to their Safety Management System (SMS) packaging and pricing for helicopter operators. The company says PRISM Essential and Professional subscription packages provide the industry’s most comprehensive set of tools to assist aviation companies as they implement and manage an effective SMS program.

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Emerging Markets Aviation Awards Recognizes Shell Aviation In The Middle East

Wins Best Regional Aviation Fuel Provider Award For Third Straight Year

Shell Aviation has been named the best aviation fuel provider for the Middle Eastern and surrounding region at the Emerging Markets Aviation Awards (EMAA). The award was presented to Shell Aviation at a ceremony held during the annual Airport Suppliers conference, which took place recently at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

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New EC135 Helicopter Order Booked In India

Company Also Delivers An Aircraft To An Existing Customer

An EC135 was delivered to Mahindra & Mahindra at Aero India 2013 this past week. The company says it plans to use its new aircraft for corporate transportation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.10.13)

Aero Linx: The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada’s airports. Formed in 1992, as the devolution of airports to local control was beginning, the CAC has established itself as the reliable and credible federal representative for airports on a wide range of significant issues and concerns. Canada’s airports are engines for economic development in the communities they serve and one of their most important elements of local infrastructure: Our communities’ vital links to intra-provincial, national and international trade and commerce. Our 45 members represent more than 20

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.10.13): Waypoint

Waypoint A predetermined geographical position used for route/instrument approach definition, progress reports, published VFR routes, visual reporting points or points for transitioning and/or circumnavigating controlled and/or special use airspace, that is defined relative to a VORTAC station or in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.10.13)

“We hold our breath every time an injured howler comes to us for treatment. Because there are so few black howlers left in the wild, it’s vital that we save as many as we can.” Source: Wildtracks’ co-founder Zoe Walker, dicscussing the recent save of Mia, a Yucatan black howler monkey hit by a car last week in Bermudian Landing. The animal got a second chance at life after being airlifted to the Wildtracks Primate Rehabilitation Centre in Sarteneja. The flight, arranged through LightHawk, a volunteer conservation aviation group based in the United States, transported its passenger to the Center in northern Belize for rest, recuperation, and, hopefully, restoration to the wild in a few weeks time.

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