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February 20, 2013

Piper Names Jack Mill V.P., Engineering

Has Served As Interim VP For Several Months

Piper Aircraft Inc. has named Jack Mill as Vice President of Engineering, reporting to President and CEO Simon Caldecott. Mill most recently had been leading the Piper Engineering team as VP in an interim role for several months. "Jack brings more than 30 years of aircraft design and engineering experience at Piper and the aerospace industry," Caldecott said. Since  joining Piper in 1985 he held positions of increasing responsibility in Design, Engineering Management, and Piper's delegated FAA Organization.

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Able Flight Scholarship Programs Get Boost From Signature Flight Support

Signs On As 'Major Sponsor' For 2nd Annual Benefit Event

Signature Flight has signed on as a major sponsor of Able Flight's scholarship program. Able Flight is a non-profit organization that provides flight and aviation career training scholarships to people with physical disabilities.

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Camcopter S-100 Completes Successful Trails For Thales Radar System

UAS Helo Later Puts On Aerial Display At IDEX In Abu Dhabi

Flight test trials of the Thales’ I-Master radar system have been successfully completed aboard a Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System). The flight trials on Camcopter S-100 took place on 7 February 2013 at the Schiebel test facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The flights, each lasting several hours, successfully proved both sensor performance and the stability of data transfer between radar operator and the airborne I-Master.

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Dick Rutan To Speak At 56th Annual AEA International Convention

Aviation Record-Holder Will Deliver Keynote Address During AEA Official Opening

Dick Rutan, a pilot, entrepreneur and adventurer who made history in December 1986, after completing a nine-day, nonstop and nonrefueled flight around the world that established a flight-endurance record, will be the keynote speaker during the official opening at the 56th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show.

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Teachers In Space Accepting Applications For Summer Workshops

Sessions Focusing On Space Medicine and Human Factors

The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space (TIS) is accepting teacher’s applications for its free Space Medicine and Human Factors summer workshop. Teachers in Space is a project to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging teachers with authentic astronaut training and real space science experiences combined with information and resources they bring into classrooms across America.

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Cobham's Advanced Avionics Suite Selected For S-61 Modernization Program

Decommissioned Aircraft Being Converted Into Modernized S-61T Fleet

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) plans to equip Sikorsky's modernized S-61T helicopter with a suite of advanced avionics provided by S-TEC Corporation/Cobham Commercial Systems (Cobham) of Mineral Wells, Texas. In early 2010, the U.S. Department of State entered into an IDIQ (indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity) agreement to purchase up to 110 modernized S-61 helicopters for passengers and cargo transport missions worldwide. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky).

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Jetstar Japan Takes Delivery Of Its First A320 With Sharklets

Carrier Becomes The First Operator Of The New Fuel Saving Devices In Japan

Low-cost Japanese carrier Jetstar Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with "Sharklet" fuel-saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Japanese carrier for the type.

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Cassidian Delivers A New Eurofighter Flight Simulator To Spanish AF

Sim Will Be Used By The Aircrew Of The 14th Wing Of The Albacete Air Base

A new Eurofighter flight simulator to be used by the aircrew of the 14th Wing of the Albacete Air Base has been delivered by Cassidian, adding to the two already installed at the Morón de la Frontera Air Base in Seville. The simulator delivered is part of the ASTA advanced training system. Cassidian has been responsible for all tasks related to the installation and commissioning of this Cockpit Trainer/Interactive Pilot Station (CT/IPS-E) which, together with the Full Mission Simulator (FMS), form the ASTA.

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NGC Navigation System Integral To 1st Flight Of nEUROn UCAV

Provided AHRS For The Demonstration Flight Through German Subsidiary

Northrop Grumman Corporation, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator, which completed a successful first flight in December. NGC's German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV demonstrator.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.20.13

It’s Beechcraft Now --- Fresh Out of Bankruptcy!

American Eagle Looks to New Aircraft With a Merger Spinoff Still Possible…

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Aero-TV: Dynon Embraces ADS-B – Equipping SkyView For Tomorrow’s SportPlanes

LSA Capabilities Continue To Evolve... and Impress

You have to be impressed with the state of the art as far as the LSA market is concerned. At this time, one would be hard pressed to name a serious GA avionics technology that isn't available in some form for the Light-Sport market... and at prices that will raise eyebrows and lighten pocketbooks.

Aero-TV: Dynon Embraces ADS-B – Equipping SkyView For Tomorrow’s SportPlanes

LSA Capabilities Continue To Evolve... and Impress

You have to be impressed with the state of the art as far as the LSA market is concerned. At this time, one would be hard pressed to name a serious GA avionics technology that isn't available in some form for the Light-Sport market... and at prices that will raise eyebrows and lighten pocketbooks. One of the latest updates to Dynon's impressive SkyView offerings is the advent of ADS-B information and technology. The most recent update of SkyView now offers (when coupled with the SV-ADSB-470 UAT Band Traffic and Weather Receiver), highly desired weather features for US customers. 

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American Eagle Could Still Be Spinoff Target After Merger

CEO Says New Aircraft Fleet Plan Is A 'Priority'

The CEO of American Eagle says that a fleet of new regional aircraft is a top priority for the regional carrier that he knows is still a spinoff target should American and US Airways complete a planned merger.

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Cessna 310 Down West Of Vero Beach

Occupants Reported To Include Grandsons Of Buffalo Bill Cody

While authorities have not yet officially released the names of those on board, a Cessna 310 that went down last Thursday is reported to have been carrying brothers 67-year-old Kit and 65-year-old Barry Cody, the grandsons of Wild West character Buffalo Bill Cody. The two were identified by a family member, according to Fox News.

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Pennsylvania's Braden Airpark Losing FBO

But Authorities Say The Airport Will Remain Open For GA Traffic

Amid questions about the airport's future, Moyer Aviation is ending a relationship of more than 20 years at Braden Airpark in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley and consolidating its operations at Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport (KMPO). The company had been providing FBO and air charter services at Braden Airpark (N43) on a month-to-month lease.

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DuPage Airport Completes Runway Extension Project

Lengthened Runway Strengthens Airport’s Capabilities To Handle Large Aircraft

After six months of construction and a five-year FAA approval process, DuPage Airport (KDPA) has completed construction to extend its secondary runway. The 1,343 foot extension strengthens capabilities at the general aviation facility that serves corporate flight departments and national security operations. 

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ESA Assesses Impact Of Russian Meteor

Largest Such Event In More Than A Century

The first firm details of the meteor impact which occurred Friday  in Russia, the largest in more than a century, are becoming clear. ESA is carefully assessing the information as crucial input for developing the Agency’s asteroid-hunting effort. According to the ESA, at 0320 GMT on February 15, a natural object entered the atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

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Pipistrel Distributor Takes Motorglider To Just Below FL230

Near Aircraft Type Record Of 23,435

Pipistrel's Greek distributor Michail Anastasiou recently flew a Taurus Motor Glider to an altitude of 6,927 meters, or 22,726 feet, which is near the world record for a two-place Ultralight, and the highest that a Taurus has ever flown.

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Swiss Airline Target Of Diamond Theft

Jewels Stolen From Fokker 100 Jet Cargo Hold

Diamonds estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars were stolen from the cargo hold of a Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 operating for Swiss Airlines at the Brussels Airport late Monday. The group of eight thieves brazenly cut a hole in the airport perimeter fence and drove out onto the tarmac where the airplane was parked.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.20.13)

“Today marks the rebirth of an 80-year-old American aircraft manufacturing business with a globally recognized brand. Beechcraft has emerged from this process a stronger company with both financial and operational strength and stability." Source: Bill Boisture, Chief Executive Officer of Beechcraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.20.13): Scavenge Oil System

A method of returning oil from the engine to the oil tank for cooling and reuse.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.20.13)

The Space Data Association

A non-profit association that brings together satellite operators who value controlled, reliable and efficient data-sharing critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum.

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