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February 19, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.019.13

Boeing To Propose A Stop Gap Battery Repair…

Airbus Moves to Plan B for the A350-XWB Batteries…

Introducing the Renegade Carbon Pitts

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Beechcraft Emerges From Chapter 11

Company Formally Secures Long-Term Financing, Ends Bankruptcy Process

Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, announced Tuesday it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process as a new company well-positioned to compete vigorously in the worldwide business aviation, special mission, trainer and light attack markets.

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NBAA Applauds Progress On International Aircraft Emissions Policy

Bolen Says The New Standards Represent A 'Milestone' For The Industry

The NBAA is praising two notable accomplishments by a global body tasked with creating standards, which will begin to limit aircraft-carbon emissions and continue to reduce noise levels in the near term. The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) wrapped up its current three-year assignment from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on February 14.

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Russian Meteor, Asteroid DA14, Show Importance Of Detecting Space Objects

Meteor Caused Damage In Russia, Asteroid Passed Within 17,000 Miles Of Earth Friday

Two objects with the potential to cause substantial damage on Earth left the planet relatively unscathed in close encounters on Friday. In one, a meteor exploded spectacularly over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, raining down fragments of space rock which, along with shattering glass, reportedly injured several hundred people. The shock wave from the meteor blew out thousands of windows in the city.

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AA Mechanics Reach Majority Support For Teamsters At Key Stations

Have Been Gathering Cards Since September 2012

The Teamsters Airline Division and the Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition (TAMC) announced late last week that at many maintenance stations across the country, American Airlines mechanics and related workers have reached a majority of cards signed for Teamster representation. With a majority of cards at the major hubs in hand, the Teamsters Union is nearing majority support throughout the system and is one step closer to filing for an election with the National Mediation Board.

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XCOR Advances Business Development Team

Three New Senior Appointments Announced

A trio of new senior appointments in the Business Development Team were announced Thursday at XCOR Aerospace, signaling the continued progress and confidence in the Lynx suborbital spacecraft program. Greg Claxton joins XCOR where he will lead the Retail Sales Channel, Khaki Rodway has been promoted to lead the Payloads Sales Channel, and Lisa Rigano has been hired to lead Product and Customer Experience Development.

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State Of Florida Plans Presence At Paris Air Show

Delegation To Be Led By Governor Rick Scott

The state of Florida is sending a delegation of government officials and aerospace executives to the Paris Air Show in June. The delegation will be led by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R).

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Nellis Prepares For F-35A Arrival

First Production F-35C Flies Initial Sortie

The 57th Wing is preparing for the arrival of four F-35 Lighting IIs Feb. 28. Arrival of the F-35s to Nellis Air Force Base, NV, will mark the first time in the aircraft's history operational tests will be performed on the aircraft.

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NASA Casts A Wide Net For STEM Education Partners

Agency Is Receptive To A Wide Range Of Possible Partnership Activities

NASA is inviting potential partners to help the agency achieve its strategic goals for education. Using its unique missions, discoveries, and assets, NASA supports education inside and outside the formal classroom to inspire and motivate educators and learners of all ages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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GOL Announces CEO Of Smiles S.A.

Executive Moves To Airline From Banco Citibank

Low-cost Latin American airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. had named Leonel Andrade s Chief Executive Officer of Smiles S.A. ("Smiles"), a subsidiary of the Company. According to Constantino Junior, hiring Leonel Andrade will add value to Smiles.

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One Hundredth UH-1Y Delivered To The U.S. Government

Roots Traced Back To Vietnam-Era UH-1 'Huey'

The 100th UH-1Y was delivered to the U.S. government Jan. 16, marking a key development for U.S. Marine Corps aviation. The aircraft was the 100th of 349 H-1 helicopters expected by the Marine Corps under Bell Helicopter's current program of record government contract. The USMC Light/Attack Helicopters program (PMA-276) comprises both the UH-1Y utility and the AH-1Z attack aircraft.

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Video Game Company Pulls Out Of Search For Buried Spitfires

Says In A Statement That No Archival Evidence Exists For Planes In Myanmar

The Belarusian video gaming company that was backing a search in Myanmar for as many as 140 Supermarine Spitfires thought to be buried in crates as WWII was drawing to a close has pulled its financial backing from the project.

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Boeing, ADASI Sign Teaming Agreement For Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Allows For Marketing And Support Of ScanEagle And Integrator Systems In Abu Dhabi

A Teaming agreement has been signed by representative of Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company (ADASI) and Boeing for the two companies to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems.

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Monday Marked Anniversary Of First Cow Milked On An Airplane

Product Was Said To Be Parachuted Into St. Louis During Air Expo

For many, Monday was Presidents' Day, the day the government set aside to honor the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. But in the dairy industry, it was also noted as the anniversary of the first time a cow was milked on board an airplane.

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Airborne 02.19.13: Airshows Suffer Sequester Mess, myWingman Upgrades, SpaceX Launching March 1st

Also: LSA Pitts!!, ICAS, Bahrain Air, B777X Folding Wings, GA Airport Study, Spitfire Disappointments

The airshow industry is in a flat spin as we again near the edge of the cliff and the sequestration going over will bring. ANN is tracking an unsettling number of events, airshows and open houses that either have or soon will be preparing cancellation notices. Honeywell's Bendix/King division has revealed that you can now 'touch and go' even farther with the new myWingMan iPad app software version 1.1 update. NASA and its international partners are targeting Friday, March 1, as the launch date for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.19.13: Airshows Hit By Sequester, myWingman Upgrades, SpaceX Launch

Also: LSA Pitts!!, ICAS, Bahrain Air, B777X Folding Wings, GA Airport Study, Spitfire Disappointments

The airshow industry is in a flat spin as we again near the edge of the cliff and the sequestration going over will bring. ANN is tracking an unsettling number of events, airshows and open houses that either have or soon will be preparing cancellation notices. Honeywell's Bendix/King division has revealed that you can now 'touch and go' even farther with the new myWingMan iPad app software version 1.1 update. NASA and its international partners are targeting Friday, March 1, as the launch date for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Spa

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Ready For A Laugh? ANN's Annual April 1st Edition Is Just Around The Corner!

YOU Can Be A Part Of The Aero-Insanity! Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN staff looks forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act weirder than the loons who run Sun 'n Fun... and in this group, that's really saying something. (At least we get group rates on appropriate professional care... which comes in handy more often than we care to admit -- Ed.) Once a year it's fun to let it all hang out, and this year is no exception. Rest assured we already have some "doozys" in the can for April 1... but we wanted to give our readers THEIR CHANCE to submit their i

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Airbus Goes To Battery 'Plan B'

Will Not Place Lithium-Ion Batteries Into Service Aboard A350 XWB

While saying it is confident that the lithium ion (Li-ion) main battery architecture it has been developing with Saft and qualifying for the A350 XWB aircraft is robust and safe, there will not be any of the batteries aboard the airplanes when it enters service, the company says.

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Boeing Eyes Short-Term Battery Solution

Will Propose Interim Fix As Early As This Week

Boeing thinks it has a short-term solution to the battery problems that have grounded the entire fleet of Dreamliners for more than a month, and hopes to be able to propose a stop-gap fix to regulators as early as this week.

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Three GA Airplanes Caught In Presidential VIP TFR

Fighter Jets Intercept Two Cessnas And A Lancair Near Florida Resort

A visit by President Barack Obama to Port St. Lucie, FL, resulted in three GA airplanes having encounters with NORAD F-16 fighter jets after they strayed into the restricted area around a resort where the President was staying.

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US Airways' PSA Airlines, ALPA Reach Tentative Agreement

Details Of Contract Not Yet Released By The Pilots' Union

PSA Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways, announced late last week that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents the airline's 515 pilots. Details of the agreement will be made available by ALPA.

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AgustaWestland Helicopter Deal In Jeopardy After Bribery Arrest

Finmeccanica CEO Arrested, Resigns Over The Scandal

The Indian Defense Ministry has given AgustaWestland a short 7-day deadline for an explanation as to why a helicopter contract should not be cancelled. The company is embroiled in a bribery scandal that resulted in the arrest of Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi February 12th.

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Embraer Executive Jets Flies 2nd Legacy 500 Prototype

Serial Number One Has Already Flown More Than 44 Hours In 23 Flights

The second Embraer Legacy 500 made its maiden flight Friday, officially entering the flight test and certification program. “The test program is proceeding as planned and now that Serial Number Two has flown, the test campaign will accelerate for this break-through midsize jet,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.19.13)

"When you have a fireball of this size we would expect a large number of meteorites to reach the surface and in this case there were probably some large ones." Source: Paul Chodas of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.13): En Route Automation System (EAS)

The complex integrated environment consisting of situation display systems, surveillance systems and flight data processing, remote devices, decision support tools, and the related communications equipment that form the heart of the automated IFR air traffic control system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.13)

Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide is an independent, not-for-profit, global consortium of businesses and organizations that want to foster diversity, thus growth, in the air and space industry.

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