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January 22, 2014

NTSB Releases Prelim In Elkmont, AL Accident

One Person Fatally Injured During Ferry Flight Of Recently-Purchased Airplane

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident which occurred on November 30 of last year that resulted in the fatal injury of the new owner of an airplane. According to the responding FAA inspector, the pilot was moving the recently-purchased PA-28-161 to the destination airport where it would be permanently based.

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CAE Sets New Record For Full-Flight Simulator Sales

Forty-Three Sold Fiscal Year To Date, Company Says

CAE says it has set a new record for the sale of full-flight simulators (FFS) with 43 FFS already sold year to date in fiscal 2014. The latest contracts include the sale of five full-flight simulators -- one B787 simulator to Air Canada, one B737NG simulator to an undisclosed customer in North America as well as two A320 simulators and one B737NG simulator to an undisclosed customer in Asia.

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Twenty-Three Fokker Aircraft Placed In 2013

Inventory Remains Steady, Fewer Placements Than In Previous Years

A total of twenty-three Fokker aircraft were placed with twelve existing and three new Fokker operators in 2013 by their respective aircraft sellers and lessors. These comprise twelve Fokker 50’s and eleven Fokker 100’s.

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Penn State Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Its Lunar Lion Moon Lander

Only University Contestant For The Google Lunar XPRIZE

Penn State's Lunar Lion team, the only university-led team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, has gone live with a crowdfunding campaign on RocketHub. The goal: to raise $406,536 toward the design and build of a prototype of its Lunar Lion moon lander that will land on the Moon by December 2015, the deadline for Google's Lunar XPRIZE.

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U.S. Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry Aircraft

First Of Three Aircraft To Be Delivered To The USCG This Year

Airbus Group, Inc. has delivered the 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 235 of which are currently in operation by 29 countries. This is the first of three HC-144A's planned for delivery this year.

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British MPs Travel To Aberdeen For Helo Accident Investigation

Members Of Transport Select Committee Said Accidents Are Too Common

Members of the British Parliament serving on the Commons Transport Select Committee have opened an investigation into an accident involving a helicopter carrying offshore oil workers back in August. Four people on board the Super Puma were fatally injured when it went down in the North Sea.

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ESA's 'Sleeping Beauty' Wakes Up From Deep Space Hibernation

Rosetta Spacecraft Makes Contact After 31 Dormant Months

It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter in the story of the Rosetta space mission this evening as ESA heard from its distant spacecraft for the first time in 31 months. Rosetta is chasing down Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will become the first space mission to rendezvous with a comet, the first to attempt a landing on a comet’s surface, and the first to follow a comet as it swings around the Sun.

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Trimble Adds Unmanned Aircraft System To Its Agriculture Portfolio

UX5 System Designed For Aerial Imaging And Mapping

Trimble has added its UX5 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to its Agriculture product portfolio for aerial imaging and mapping. The Trimble UX5 system can enable Ag service providers to easily capture aerial images for scouting and monitoring crop health such as detecting pests, weeds and nitrogen deficiencies.

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Gone West: Tuskegee Airman James Bowman

Went On To A Career As An Educator Following WWII Service

Tuskegee Airman James Bowman passed away near Pittsburgh, PA Monday at the age of 91. Bowman trained and served with the famed unit, rising to the rank of warrant officer, but never saw combat.

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ATK Awarded Composite Components Contract For The Boeing Dreamliner

Will Produce Substructural Composite Components For The 787 Beginning Immediately

ATK has been selected by Boeing for a contract, beginning immediately, to produce substructural composite components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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BAE Systems Produces 3D Printed Part For Use On BAe 146

Component Produced Using Additive Manufacturing Technology EASA Approved

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has designed and achieved EASA Form 1 certification approval for an aircraft part for the BAe 146 regional jetliner using innovative new 3D printing (Additive Manufacture) technology. The part is a plastic window breather pipe used as a vent to stop condensation from forming on cabin windows.

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PRODUCT: Sikorsky Model S-70, S-70A, and S-70C helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.22.14

Gulfstream to Expand In Georgia …

Florida and Israel to Partner on Space Research…

Bombardier to Test Its Carbon Fiber Wing…

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Aero-TV: A WingX Pro Update -- How Much Can You Cram In An iPad

The Aero-Software Revolution Remains Impressive and Aggressive In Scope

As ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell trundled around EAA AirVenture 2013, he stopped at the WingX display to see how much more he could cram into his iPad. Jim admitted to Hilton Goldstein, the founder and CEO of Hilton Software, that he has a hard time keeping up with all that’s new. Goldstein said that things are improving and expanding all the time. He pointed out that operational updates make WingX faster, and they have moved into ADS-B functions. Another new feature is an improved weather display.

Aero-TV: A WingX Pro Update -- How Much Can You Cram In An iPad

The Aero-Software Revolution Remains Impressive and Aggressive In Scope

As ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell trundled around EAA AirVenture 2013, he stopped at the WingX display to see how much more he could cram into his iPad. Jim admitted to Hilton Goldstein, the founder and CEO of Hilton Software, that he has a hard time keeping up with all that’s new. Goldstein said that things are improving and expanding all the time. He pointed out that operational updates make WingX faster, and they have moved into ADS-B functions. Another new feature is an improved weather display.

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Gulfstream To Expand In Brunswick, Georgia

New Maintenance Facility To Result In 100 Additional Jobs

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. plans to expand its service center at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Brunswick, GA. The company signed a lease with the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to develop a $25 million, 110,000-square-foot  maintenance repair and overhaul facility near its two existing hangars.

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Boeing, GECAS Announce Order For 20 737 MAXs, 20 Next-Generation 737s

GECAS Orders For 737 MAX Grow To 95

Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has place an order for 40 737s. The order, valued at $3.9 billion at list prices, consists of 20 737 MAX 8s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s.

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Space Florida And Israel's Chief Scientist Announce Request For Proposals

RFPs For Joint Innovation Projects Due February 28, 2014

This month, Space Florida and MATIMOP (Israel’s industrial center for research and development), on behalf of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office, issued a joint Request For Proposals (RFP) for research and development projects sponsored by companies in both states.

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Bombardier Preps For Full Scale Structural Test On Advanced Carbon Fiber Wing

Moog Aerospace Test System Will Be Utilized In The Fatigue Testing

Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fiber wing. The system will be used to carry out fatigue testing of the composite structures of the wing. This testing forms part of the CSeries aircraft certification test program.

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Daher-Socata Delivers 40 TBM 850s In 2013

Five Percent Increase In TBM Aircraft Delivered From 2012

Forty new TBM 850s were delivered in 2013, providing a five percent increase from 2012 and representing a 20 percent market share for aircraft in its category – up from 18 percent in 2012, according to a news release from Daher-Socata. This marks the fourth best year for the company’s TBM aircraft family since 1990, the company said.

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Pilots, Others Invited To An Adventure In Flying And Service

Bahamas Habitat’s 14th Fly In To Serve Others Set For February

Fly In to Serve Others, a twice-a-year volunteer experience to deliver much-needed supplies and support for island projects conducted by Bahamas Habitat, is anything but predictable. That’s the nature of The Bahamas ... and the opportunity to serve.

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USAF Releases Report In Okinawa Helicopter Accident

Incident Raised Concerns In Japan Over U.S. Military Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has released a report following the investigation of an accident involving an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter that resulted in the fatal injury of one of the service members on board.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.22.14)

“Partnering with countries that value and invest in next-generation space and aerospace technology development and commercialization falls directly into our mission of ensuring a robust high-tech industry right here in Florida. Florida and Israel have complimentary goals and resources in these areas and we look forward to enhancing Florida’s economy through this partnership.” Source: Space Florida President Frank DiBello.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.22.14): Lateral Separation

The lateral spacing of aircraft at the same altitude by requiring operation on different routes or in different geographical locations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.22.14)

Airmail In America

Learn about the proud history of airmail at this site, a part of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

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