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February 21, 2014

Airborne 02.21.14: GAMA Briefs on 2013, 777X Decision, CubeSats!

Also: Rod Machado's New Book, Scorpion Update, Google Lunar XPRIZE, Aviation Website Woes

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the worldwide 2013 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers at its annual “State of the Industry” event held in Washington, D.C., and the news was somewhat positive. Boeing said it evaluated criteria that were designed to find the wing fabrication location that would best support the 777X business plan. The new composite wing center will be located north of the Everett factory, and is expected to sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come. A business accelerator focu

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Airborne 02.21.14: GAMA Briefs on 2013, 777X Decision, CubeSats!

Also: Rod Machado's New Book, Scorpion Update, Google Lunar XPRIZE, Aviation Website Woes

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the worldwide 2013 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers at its annual “State of the Industry” event held in Washington, D.C., and the news was somewhat positive. Boeing said it evaluated criteria that were designed to find the wing fabrication location that would best support the 777X business plan. The new composite wing center will be located north of the Everett factory, and is expected to sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come. A business accelerator focused on independent media delivery systems is incubating its first project: Outernet, which it says is the world’s first tru

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.21.14

New Safety Hallmarks for Helicopters…

The UK Adopts New Safety Measures for Offshore Helos…

Laser Attacks Are on the Rise…


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KC-46 And 767 Employees Saluted For Major Assembly Milestones

First Test Aircraft In Final Stages Of Production

A new chapter in Boeing’s long history as the world’s leader in military air refueling is being written at the Everett, WA 767 factory, where the first of four KC-46 Engineering and Manufacturing Design (EMD) test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force is in the final stages of production.

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U.S. Navy's COMNAVAIRLANT Hosts Tuskegee Airman

Event Featured Air Force Master Sgt. Ezra M. Hill, Sr.

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) celebrated African American/Black History Month Feb. 19, by hosting an Original Tuskegee Airman.

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NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr. Orders Hawker 400XPR

Delivery Expected In The First Half Of This Year

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. has signed an order for the Hawker 400XPR upgrade package, with delivery expected in the first half of 2014. Truex Jr. is the first NASCAR driver to select the 400XPR, which offers a value proposition ideal for the transportation requirements of professional race car drivers.

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ESA Selects Planet-Hunting PLATO Mission

Space-Based Observatory Will Search For Distant Planets

A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA’s third medium-class science mission. It is planned for launch by 2024. The PLATO – Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars – mission was selected by ESA’s Science Program Committee for implementation as part of its Cosmic Vision 2015–25 Program.

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Rolls-Royce Demos 13 Percent Fuel Savings On T56 Enhancement

'Hurricane Hunter' Aircraft Will Be First To Fly The Upgraded Engine

Rolls-Royce has completed assembly and ground testing of the first enhanced T56 engine for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) WP-3D aircraft, demonstrating fuel use reduction over 13 per cent.

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Curiosity Adds Reverse Driving For Wheel Protection

Adds New Functionality To The Rover's Toolkit

Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the rover covered 329 feet, the mission's first long trek that used reverse driving and its farthest one-day advance of any kind in more than three months.

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'The Muses' Woman Of The Year 2014 Luncheon Honors SpaceX President

Gwynne Shotwell To Keynote Annual Fundraising Event

The Muses Woman of the Year honoree SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell will share her career insights and experiences with moderator Val Zavala, KCET Vice President of News and Public Affairs on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the California Club. The event begins at 10:30 am.

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Florida Express Jet Launching Low-Cost, Intra-State Service

Will Fly Between Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, And Tallahassee

Florida Express Jet Travel Inc., doing business as Florida Express Jet, plans to launch low-cost air service between Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tallahassee next month.

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Sea Fury Down Near Breckenridge, TX

Pilot Fatally Injured Flying Restored Aircraft He Had Recently Purchased

The pilot of a restored Hawker Sea Fury ISS-25 was fatally injured Tuesday when the airplane went down near Stephens County Airport in Breckenridge, TX.

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F-35B Aircraft Fly In Formation In STOVL Mode

Mission Measured Impacts Of Each Aircraft On The Other

Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode for the first time last week. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward.

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Precision Aviation Group Expands Australia Facility

Breaks Ground On New Repair Station

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has recently expanded its operations in Brisbane, Australia with an additional 5,000 square feet.  The expansion will house the Repair Station ... Precision Accessories and Instruments - Australia (PAI-AU). 

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Aero-TV: Maverick Flying Car -- The Ultimate 'What-Is-It?'

Multi-Talented Vehicle Tackles Air And Terrain

Here’s a short story titled, A World Beyond Roads, which sounds like fiction but it’s not, and this video will prove it. Our story begins… It’s one of those days that makes you want to get out and go—go anywhere. You pull a vehicle out of your garage that looks something like a dune buggy. The steel tube frame and the exposed wheel suspension leaves no doubt that this baby is meant for rough riding. Of course, the propeller mounted on the back does portend that this vehicle is special.

Aero-TV: Maverick Flying Car -- The Ultimate 'What-Is-It?'

Multi-Talented Vehicle Tackles Air And Terrain

Here’s a short story titled, A World Beyond Roads, which sounds like fiction but it’s not, and this video will prove it. Our story begins… It’s one of those days that makes you want to get out and go—go anywhere. You pull a vehicle out of your garage that looks something like a dune buggy. The steel tube frame and the exposed wheel suspension leaves no doubt that this baby is meant for rough riding. Of course, the propeller mounted on the back does portend that this vehicle is special.

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FAA Issues Final Rule To Improve Helicopter Safety

Will Require Radio Altimeters, Use Of Higher Weather Minimums For Alternate Routes

The FAA has issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s and industry’s concern over continued risk in helicopter operations.

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UK CAA Announces Measures For Offshore Helicopter Safety Improvements

New Rules Follow Multiple Offshore Accidents Involving Fatalities

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a series of measures intended to increase the safety of offshore helicopter flights. The changes are the result of a comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations undertaken in conjunction with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and advised by a panel of independent experts.

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Bombardier Learjet Obtains FTV1 Flight Test Permit For Learjet 85

Aircraft Has Successfully Completed APU, Engine Runs And Low-Speed Taxi Tests

The FAA has awarded a first flight test permit to Bombardier Learjet for the Learjet 85 aircraft Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1). In addition, engine run testing and low-speed taxi testing have been successfully completed on the flight test vehicle.

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Garmin Pilot App Adds 3D Synthetic Vision Capability

Updated Version For iOS Devices Incorporates 3D Topographic Landscape To Display

Like a number of their competitors before them, Garmin has announced an updated version of the Garmin Pilot application for the iPad and iPhone featuring synthetic vision as an option for premium subscribers. 3D Vision incorporates GPS-derived airspeed, altitude, and vertical speed overlaid on rich 3D topographic landscape. 3D Vision is transformed when optionally paired with the GDL 39 3D, which superimposes back-up aircraft attitude information overtop the Garmin SVX display.

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Klyde Morris 02.21.14

Wait, Klyde, Did You Say 'New Jets'?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Google Lunar XPRIZE Selects Five Teams For Milestone Prize Competition

Six Million Dollars To be Awarded For Technological Achievements

The Google Lunar XPRIZE has selected the five international teams that will be finalists for Milestone Prizes, with a total purse of $6 million to be awarded this year. After reviewing 33 total submissions, the nine member independent judging panel selected 11 submissions from the following teams: Astrobotic (US), Moon Express (US), Hakuto (Japan), Part-Time-Scientists (Germany), and Team Indus (India).

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Kuwait Airlines Firms Up Commitment For 25 Airbus Aircraft

Order For Ten A350 XWB And 15 A320neo Family Aircraft

Airbus confirms Kuwait Airways, the National airline of Kuwait, has ordered 25 aircraft including ten A350-900 and 15 A320neo Family aircraft as part of the airlines’ fleet renewal strategy. Kuwait Airlines already operates three A320, three A310, five A300 and four A340 Family aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.21.14)

“This rule is a significant advancement in helicopter safety. This rule will help reduce risk and help pilots make good safety decisions through the use of better training, procedures, and equipment.” Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.21.14): Maneuvering Speed (VA)

The maximum speed at which full, abrupt control movement can be used without overstressing the airframe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.21.14)

The PSA History Page

This page is devoted to the history of Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). Founded in 1949 by Kenny and Jean Friedkin, the airline grew into a San Diego and California institution before being swallowed up by USAir in 1988.

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