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February 03, 2014

Airborne 02.03.14: American's New Look, EAA/FAA Review, SAFE Pilot Proficiency Mtg

Also: Asiana Run-Over Did NOT Kill Teen, Cassutt Flight, Bahamas Flt Adventure, RC Helo Recall

As American Airlines grows, the paint shop is being kept busy. American has placed into service the first legacy US Airways aircraft, an Airbus A-319, painted in the new American Airlines livery. Clearing the path for today's aviators and looking ahead to the possibilities in future years highlighted two days of work by EAA and FAA officials during the 10th annual Recreational Aviation Summit, held at the EAA Aviation Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. The second Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, known as SAFE, Regional Pilot Proficiency Project has been set for Melbourne, Florida March 8–9. Pilot Proficiency Project weekends were developed and are presented quarterly aroun

FAA Announces Revised Safety Rating For India

Country's Civil Aviation Authority Does Not Meet International Safety Standards

The FAA has assigned a Category 2 rating to India under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, based on a recent reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. This signifies that India’s civil aviation safety oversight regime does not currently comply with the international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Clean Sky SGO ITD 'Hybrid' Ice Protection System Tests Deemed Successful

Tests Conducted In The Joint Technology Initiative's Integrated Technology Demonstrator

The European Union 'Clean Sky' Joint Technology Initiative is a research program aimed at developing breakthrough technologies which will significantly improve the impact of aviation on the environment. Within this initiative, the System for Green Operations Integrated Technology Demonstrator (SGO ITD) looks to improve aircraft operation through management of energy and mission trajectory.

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First US Airways Aircraft Flies In American Airlines Livery

An Airbus A319 Returns To Service As The First Legacy US Airways Aircraft Painted In American Airlines Colors

American Airlines has entered into service the first legacy US Airways aircraft, an Airbus A319, painted in the American Airlines livery. The newly dressed plane, tail number N700UW, debuted its freshly painted fuselage with service from Charlotte to New York's LaGuardia Airport on flight 2060.

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NASA's LRO Snaps A Picture Of LADEE Spacecraft

Each Spacecraft Orbiting The Moon At 3,600 Miles Per Hour

With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was able to take a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft as it orbited our nearest celestial neighbor. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) operations team worked with its LADEE and LRO operations counterparts to make the imaging possible.

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Air Transat Orders Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets

Will Be Installed On Airline's Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s

Air Transat has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its fleet of Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft, according to a news release from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB).  APB's newest program is the culmination of a five year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet.

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Embraer Executive Jets Names New Regional Sales Executives

Two Added To Sales Team In Europe, Africa, Middle East, And Asia-Pacific Regions

Embraer Executive Jets announced today the addition of two seasoned business aviation executives to its regional sales teams. Peter Griffith is appointed as Vice President Sales & Marketing, Europe and Africa to lead sales efforts in the region, replacing Colin Steven, who is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities in business aviation.

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Milestone EA-18G Airborne Electronic Attack Kit Delivered

Targeting And Attack Component Critical To Airplane's Mission

The 100th airborne electronic attack (AEA) kit for the EA-18G Growler aircraft has been delivered by Northrop Grumman. The AEA kit is a critical component of the aircraft, which allows warfighters to target and attack the most complex enemy communication and air defense systems.

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EASA Announces Acceptance Of NCAMP Material Certification Process

European Agency Accepts Data Developed Through FAA Process With NIAR

EASA recently released Certification Memorandum CM-S-004 to announce “acceptance of the composite specification and design values developed using the NCAMP process.” NCAMP is the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance, part of Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).

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Swiss EMS Pioneer Selects Becker Avionics For New Bell 429 Fleet

Digital Aircraft Audio System To Be Installed In Air Zermatt AG Aircraft

Air Zermatt AG in Switzerland selected the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital aircraft audio system, for their new fleet of Bell Helicopter 429 light-twin helicopters.

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RQ-21A Blackjack Begins Operational Test Phase

Initial Operational Test And Evaluation Underway In California Desert

The Navy and Marine Corps' newest small unmanned aircraft system RQ-21A Blackjack began its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) in early January at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA. As part of IOT&E, this first low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot of the Blackjack, previously known as RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS), will demonstrate the system’s effectiveness and suitability in realistic combat conditions.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2014-02-02

PRODUCT: Bell Model 206L, L-1, L-3, and L-4 helicopters.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2014-02-04

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.03.14

FAA & EAA Spend Productive Two Days Together…

First US Airways Aircraft Flies In American’s Livery…

Southwest to Expand Its

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The Allure Of Flight? See It Begin Right Here For 16 Year-Old Luke Lachendro

Jim Koepnick's Aviation Imagery Shows Us The Origins Of A New Aviator

Ever have one of THOSE Days? You know, the ones that dig into your soul and chip away until the day seems to be heading for the dumper at a breathtaking rate? Well... it was beginning to look like it was going to be one of THOSE... again. That is, until I saw something inspiring on our good friend, Jim Koepnick's, Facebook page. If you don't know Jim, you should. Koepnick provided stunning imagery and a truly human touch to the visual outreach of EAA for many years until getting caught up in the wholesale house-cleaning that occurred during Rod Hightower's leadership of the organization. Without so much as a fare-thee-well, Jim and a lot of other really great people wound up without jobs... an action t

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Klyde Morris (02.03.14)

Klyde's Looking For An Upgrade...


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Local Pilots Fly In To Serve Others In The Bahamas February 20 - 23

Bahamas Habitat Founder Says Need Is Great 'Beyond The Rows Of Resorts'

On Thursday, February 20, local pilots will join aviators and aviation professionals from around the U.S. to head to The Bahamas for the 14th Bahamas Habitat Fly In to Serve Others. The bi-annual four-day volunteer experience with Bahamas Habitat will deliver much-needed supplies and support for island projects.

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Official Report: Teen In Asiana Accident Not Killed By Fire Equipment

Document Prepared By San Francisco International Airport And City's Fire Department

San Francisco airport and fire department officials said in an official report released Wednesday that a Chinese teenager who was struck by fire equipment following the Asiana 777 accident at San Francisco International Airport was dead before she was hit by the foam-spraying rigs.

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Boeing Plants To Face Scheduled FAA Audit

Both Washington State And South Carolina Locations Will Be Examined

The FAA is getting set to perform scheduled audits at Boeing facilities in Washington State and North Carolina. The facilities are audited every two years to assure compliance with Boeing's production certificate.

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Airborne 01.31.14: Hoover Tribute, New Enstrom Boss, Airborne Schedule Upgrade!!

Also: Sikorsky Sale?, Sebring Synopsis, F-35B Software Glitch, Boeing Sued Over Asiana Accident, ANN Readies For AEA 2014!

We here at ANN are pleased to inform our viewers that on February 21, the legacy of Robert A. "Bob" Hoover will be recognized as the aviation community gathers to honor Bob's long, successful flying career. Jerry Mullins, the current president and CEO of Enstrom Helicopters, has announced his retirement to be effective today. A veteran in the aviation industry for 40 years, Mullins says, “It’s been a great run. Part of me will always be connected to the helicopter industry.” We are picking up rumors that something

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New C-27J Cargo Planes Stored In Arizona Boneyard

Military 'Has No Use' For For The Spartans

New C-27J Spartan cargo planes ordered by the U.S. Air Force are being delivered ... directly to a storage "boneyard" in the Arizona desert. There are reportedly nearly a dozen new Spartans sitting on the ramp at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ.

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Aspen Accident Survivor Plans Lawsuit

Defendants Not Yet Named, But Bombardier Is A Likely Target

One of the two people on board a Bombardier Challenger 600 airplane that survived an accident in Aspen, CO plans to file a lawsuit in Pitkin County in Colorado, but no defendants have yet been named.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.03.14)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Insurance Association The Aviation Insurance Association is committed to enhancing the aviation insurance industry worldwide and the professional lives of those who work in it through a variety of programs and services. These programs include, but are not limited to: Educational conferences, seminars and courses designed to improved the skills and knowledge of industry professionals...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.03.14): Downburst

Downburst A strong downdraft which induces an outburst of damaging winds on or near the ground. Damaging winds, either straight or curved, are highly divergent. The sizes of downbursts vary from 1/2 mile or less to more than 10 miles. An intense downburst often causes widespread damage. Damaging winds, lasting 5 to 30 minutes, could reach speeds as high as 120 knots.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.03.14)

"That memorable moment was over so quickly...but will be remembered for so long of a time. Remembered by Luke. And remembered by his aviation family. Those of us gathered there. And those keeping track on Facebook. Because we all are family. It just seems to be that way for those with aviation in their blood. Just like we will all follow Luke's journey of flight and life." Source: Excerpted from some of the remarks made by aviation photographer, Jim Koepnick, as he photographed a 16 year old Luke Lachendro's first solo... 

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