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February 05, 2013

Boeing Delivers 6th Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft To US Navy

Final Delivery Of The First Production Lot

The sixth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft was delivered by Boeing to the U.S. Navy Jan. 31, successfully completing the first group of low-rate initial production aircraft that are dramatically improving the service's maritime patrol capabilities. The delivery is the final aircraft from a contract awarded in January 2011.

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ALC Signs Contract For 25 A350 XWB Aircraft

Significant Lessor Order For Airbus' Newest Aircraft

Los Angeles, CA, based aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has signed a contract for 25 A350 XWB Family aircraft, consisting of 20 A350-900 and five A350-1000, the largest member of the A350 XWB Family. ALC also has options for five additional A350-1000s.  With this new order, ALC becomes the 35th A350 XWB customer and the order takes the A350 XWB backlog past 600 (to 617).

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IMC Clubs BoD Adds Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown

Was Selected To Provide Expertise In Club Development

To accommodate IMC Club’s consistent growth and the need to further develop its organizational structure, on Monday February 4, 2013 the IMC Clubs appointed Joe Brown, president and chief operating officer of Hartzell Propellers, to its Board of Directors.

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NASA, ATK Complete Second Key Avionics And Controls Test For SLS Booster

ATK Says It Has Designed Affordability Into New Avionics Subsystem

The second in a series of development tests for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) booster program was completed by NASA and ATK on January 30 at ATK's Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a "hot fire" of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control (TVC), the new SLS booster avionics subsystem and new electronic support equipment (ESE).

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Black Hornet Nano UAVs In Service With British Defense Forces

Handheld Surveillance Helicopters Flying To Support Troops In Afghanistan

British troops in Afghanistan are the first to use state of the art handheld nano surveillance helicopters, according to a statement released by the U.K Ministry of Defense (MoD).  The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle measures around 4 inches by 1 inch, and provides troops on the ground with vital situational awareness.

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Herschel Finds A Star Possibly Making Planets Past Its Prime

Ten-Million-Year-Old Star Could Still Create 50 Jupiter-Sized Planets

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system. The findings were made using the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Telescope, a mission in which NASA is a participant.

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Tenth EC135 Training Helicopter Delivered To Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

Customized Version For The Service Based On The EC135 T2 Aircraft

Eurocopter Japan has delivered the 10th EC135 Training Helicopter (TH135, a variant of Eurocopter’s EC135 T2) to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (MSDF). The first TH135 was delivered in December 2009, to begin the replacement of their single-engine training helicopter fleet.

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Air Canada Introduces Q400 Service in Western Canada

Increases Capacity with Next-Generation Aircraft

With departures Friday of Air Canada Express flights AC8371 from Calgary to Fort McMurray, AC8430 from Calgary to Regina and AC8586 from Calgary to Saskatoon, the carrier introduced new Q400 service in Western Canada. 

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Flight Attendant Union Renews Pledge To Combat Human Trafficking

AFA Statement Issued In Recognition Of National Freedom Day

Marking the culmination of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) reaffirmed its commitment to work toward ending human trafficking. Since 1942, February 1 has been commemorated as National Freedom Day, the day when President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment to end slavery.

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Air Force Award Will Accelerate Development Of New Nano-Bio Devices

Funds Research By FlexTech Alliance For Remote, Wireless Monitoring Systems

The remote, wireless monitoring of physiological functions and structural performance in real time has long been a goal of many manufacturing industries. Achievement of that goal is now a step closer to reality with the announcement of an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) award to FlexTech Alliance of San Jose, CA.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-01-05

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B3 and EC130B4 helicopters.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-02-08

PRODUCT: All Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.13

Court Approves Hawker’s Reorganization Plan...

The FAA Issues an AD for Piper Airplanes…

The NBAA’s Annual Convention Gets a Make

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Airborne 02.05.13: Bad News For The Blues?, HBC Reorganization, Collier Nominees

Also: Airbus, Dynon, Hang-Glider and BASE Jumpers, Corporate Angels, Julie Clark... and More!

If Congress fails to do its job and the USA goes over the financial cliff, fans of the Navy's Blue Angels may wind up singing "Bye, Bye, Birdie!" The Blue Angels have scheduled more than 30 events for the second half of 2013, and they may not fly any of them if automatic budget cuts go into effect due to sequestration. Hawker Beechcraft said in a statement Friday that Judge Stuart M. Bernstein has approved its entire Joint Plan of Reorganization, paving the way for the company to emerge from  Chapter 11 protection. The National Aeronautic Association has released the nominees for the prestigious 2012 Collier Trophy, the "Greatest Award in Aviation." The award is

Classic Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- Getting a Little Help Along the Way

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 3)

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 continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'Getting a Little Help Along the Way.' Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he 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

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Court Approves Hawker Beechcraft's Plan Of Reorganization

Confirmation Paves The Way For Company To Emerge From Chapter 11 This Month

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved all of Hawker Beechcraft's Joint Plan of Reorganization (Plan), paving the way for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 in the second half of February. In confirming the Plan, Judge Stuart M. Bernstein found that it satisfied all of the requirements of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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FAA Issues AD For Piper GA Airplanes

Will Require The Inspection Of Stabilator Control Cables In Cherokee, Cherokee Six, Seneca, And Seminole Models

The FAA has published in the Federal Register an AD for Piper PA-28, PA-32, PA-34, and PA-44 airplanes. The FAA said AD was prompted by reports of control cable assembly failures that may lead to failure of the horizontal stabilator control system and could result in loss of pitch control.

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Program Manager Appointed For Airbus Mobile, AL, Assembly Line Construction

Alabama-based Company Now Responsible For All Aspects Of Facility's Construction

Airbus has selected Hoar Program Management (HPM), an Alabama-based company, as program manager for its A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. In this role, HPM will be responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction of the facility, including supporting procurement of design and construction service providers and suppliers. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

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NBAA Renames Annual U.S. Show 'Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition'

Bolen Says New Brand Is More In Line With Other, Similar Events

The NBAA has re-branded its largest annual U.S. event from “Annual Meeting & Convention” to “Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition” (“BACE”). In announcing the change, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that, given the global nature of business aviation, the Association co-hosts dedicated, business-aviation-only events around the world.

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US Airways' Piedmont Airlines, ALPA Reach Tentative Agreement

Called A Significant Step Toward Reaching New Collective Bargaining Agreement With Pilots

US Airways subsidiary Piedmont Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents the airline's 375 pilots, the airline announced late last week. The tentative agreement is subject to language being finalized, which is expected to occur over the next few weeks.

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Paraguayan Presidential Candidate Fatally Injured In Helicopter Accident

Had Helped Lead 1989 Coup That Overthrew Dictator Alfredo Stroessner

A retired general in the Paraguayan military who was running for election as President of that country was fatally injured Saturday night in a helicopter accident in Northern Paraguay. Lino Oviedo had been traveling to a campaign event when the aircraft went down.

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New 777-300ER Makes First Flight For AA

First U.S. Carrier To Operate The -300ER Model

American Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to fly the 777-300ER when it departed on its inaugural flight Thursday evening from Dallas/Fort Worth to Sao Paulo.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.05.13)

"Today's (Friday's) ruling marks the final significant step in the restructuring process." Source: Robert S. ("Steve") Miller, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, Inc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.13): Departure Control

A function of an approach control facility providing air traffic control service for departing IFR and, under certain conditions, VFR aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.13)

USS Hornet Museum

The Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET Museum participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission.

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