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November 01, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.1.12

CAP Begins Sandy Damage Surveys…

GAMA Says the State of the Industry Remains Mixed…

American’s Pilots Spent Halloween on the Pic

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'Smiling Faces' 777 Delivered To Air China

Celebrating 40 Years Of Partnership With Chinese Customers

The livery of a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane recently delivered to Air China, the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China, features a distinctive blended paint design of 40 smiling faces of Chinese people, to represent the critical role that the Chinese aviation industry has played in bringing China to the world.

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CAP Launches Aerial Photo Missions For Emergency Management

Flying Around The Chesapeake Bay, Other Areas Affected By Hurricane Sandy

There is no better way to get a 'big picture' view of damage from a storm like Sandy than to see it from the air. Thus the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has launched a series of sorties to photograph damage from the storm in and around Chesapeake Bay and other critical areas.

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Japan Accepts Last Delivery Of 2012 From Enstrom Helicopter

Eight Aircraft Have Have Been Delivered To Japan This Year

Representatives from Japan visited Enstrom the week of October 22, 2012 to accept their last delivery for the year. This delivery marks eight aircraft for the year, completing a total 10 out of a contracted 30 TH-480B helicopters that have been delivered.

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NBAA Announces Re-Election Of Moore, Newton To Board Of Directors

Board Is Responsible For Managing The Direction, Affairs Of The Association

The Voting Membership of the NBAA re-elected two directors, Lloyd “Fig” Newton and Scott A. Moore, during its 65th Annual Meeting held Wednesday at the Orange County Convention Center. “Both of these individuals have proved to be outstanding Board Members, and we are happy to have them continue in this capacity,” said Richard Shine, chairman of the NBAA Board of Directors and CEO and chief pilot of Manitoba Corporation.

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Bombardier Signs Rolls Royce Service Agreement

Establishes Second Amsterdam Training Facility With CAE

Bombardier and Rolls Royce recently signed an engine service agreement for their Global Express series of business jets. This agreement will authorize Bombardier Aircraft Service Centers in Dallas, Tucson, Hartford and Fort Lauderdale to perform maintenance on BR710 engines installed in the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.

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Hawker Beechcraft Announces Orders For Nine Turboprop And Piston Aircraft

Orders Valued At More Than $34 Million

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced Wednesday during the 2012 NBAA Convention in Orlando, FL, that it has signed orders for nine new Beechcraft products with a total value of more than $34 million. The orders, which include one King Air 350i, two King Air 250s, two King Air C90GTxs and four Baron G58s, were placed by four Beechcraft distributors throughout South and Central America.

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Business Aviation Ready To Assist In Sandy Relief Efforts

HERO Database Provides Aircraft To Aid Workers

NBAA members are offering their assistance this week with Hurricane Sandy rescue and cleanup efforts.  NBAA announced Wednesday that companies and operators participating in NBAA’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database are currently working with national emergency agencies and personnel to assist with post-storm relief.

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Gulfstream Receives Approval Of New Flight Management System

Upgrade Improves Aircraft Safety, Flight Paths And Fuel Efficiency For GIV, GIV-SP, G400, G300

Gulfstream Aerospace has received FAA approval to begin installing updated flight management system (FMS) software, version 6.1, on GIV series business jets. The new software is designed to enhance aircraft safety, reduce fuel consumption, provide access to more airports and improve operational efficiency.

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GE Honda Aero Engines Nears Completion Of HF120 Engine Testing

Certification Expected Mid 2013

GE Honda Aero Engines expects to complete FAA certification testing on its HF120 engine by the end of 2012. The HF120 engine, which is the successor of the HF118, will feature a 5,000 hour overhaul schedule, dual channel FADEC, and a counter-rotating turbine design which will be a first in the civilian marketplace.

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Lindbergh Foundation Announces Aviation Green Alliance Awareness Campaign

Campaign Will Run Five Month Informational Ad Series

On Tuesday the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation announced that its Aviation Green Alliance is running a five month awareness campaign to highlight advances in green aviation. The campaign, which will be carried in most major aviation publications, begins this month with an informational ad about API’s Joe Clark and his company’s Blended Winglet technology.

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China Civil Aviation Attends NBAA

Taking Off With General Aviation In The 21st Century

At the NBAA Conference in Orlando, FL, the China delegation held a press conference and provided an update on their growth of General Aviation. Francis Chao Managing Director of China Civil Aviation Report moderated the conference and provided his update on the status of GA Infrastructure is still a pacing item.

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Airborne at NBAA2012, 11.01.12: Part 145 Worries, Nextant, Pelton Update

Also: Kestrel, Hartzell, King Air Record, Tuskegee Airmen... and More!

When it comes to the FAA’s proposed re-write of part 145 repair station rules, the avionics industry certainly has a lot of skin in the game. At the NBAA conference Wednesday, AEA vice president for government and industry affairs, talked with ANN’s Jim Campbell about the industry’s position on the proposed new rules. Following the success of Nextant's 400XT re-manufacturing program, company CEO Ken Ricci said at the NBAA convention in Orlando that the company has its eyes on the next airplane to get the full makeover ... but he is unable to say just yet what airplane it will be. EAA's Jack Pelton, who was recently named chairman of the board, and who has taken over the duties of CEO on an a

Airborne at NBAA2012, 11.01.12: Part 145 Worries, Nextant, Pelton Update

Also: Kestrel, Hartzell, King Air Record, Tuskegee Airmen... and More!

When it comes to the FAA’s proposed re-write of part 145 repair station rules, the avionics industry certainly has a lot of skin in the game. At the NBAA conference Wednesday, AEA vice president for government and industry affairs, talked with ANN’s Jim Campbell about the industry’s position on the proposed new rules. Following the success of Nextant's 400XT re-manufacturing program, company CEO Ken Ricci said at the NBAA convention in Orlando that the company has its eyes on the next airplane to get the full makeover ... but he is unable to say just yet what airpl

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NBAA Second General Session Speakers Range From Heroes To Pundits

Tuskegee Airmen, Matalin And Carville Highlight The Session

The second general session of the NBAA conference in Orlando featured a diverse slate of speakers on topics ranging from WWII aviation to Presidential politics.

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Eclipse Reveals Lexavia As Enhanced Vision Supplier

First Jet Scheduled For Delivery Q3 2013

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. announced Wednesday a supplier contract with Lexavia Systems for an Enhanced Vision system in the Eclipse 550 Jet, scheduled for first delivery in the third quarter of 2013. The Lexavia model chosen, the LFS6000, is one of the most compact and lightweight Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensors available today.

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Aerosonic Guides ANN Special Coverage of NBAA 2012

Aerosonic OASIS Serves As Primary Sponsor of NBAA 2012 Coverage

Aerosonic has been serving the needs of the Aviation industry since 1953. Timeless design and superior craftsmanship are just a few of the reasons why pilots have relied on Aerosonic Corporation for nearly sixty years to enhance the safety of their aircraft. Our customers include the major manufacturers of today’s civil, military and business rotor and fixed wing aircraft. We are a proud direct supplier to all branches of the US Military forces. At the core of the company’s products is the capability to measure pressure and convert it to useful information that enables safe aircraft operation. Over the years this expertise has become known as Air Data...

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Hartzell ASC-II Composite Propeller Selected For Kestrel

Expected To Maximize Cruise, Provide Good Short Field And Low End Performance

Hartzell Propeller has been selected by Kestrel Aircraft as the propeller supplier for its new all-composite, single-engine turboprop. Working closely with Kestrel, Hartzell is developing a new ASC-II structural composite blade to optimize performance through the aircraft's flight envelope and maximize cruise performance, while still providing good low end performance for operations in and out of short runways.

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NASA Rover's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals

Similar To Volcanic Soils Found In Hawaii

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover.

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Boeing, Aviation Capital Services Announce Commitment For 35 737 MAXs

Agreement Continues Momentum For The 737 MAX In The Airplane-Leasing Industry

Boeing and Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostech) announced a commitment by Rostech to purchase 35 737 MAX airplanes. It is the first commitment for the 737 MAX from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

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King Schools Announces It Will Release International Operations Overview

It's The 24th Course Targeting The Needs Of Turbine Powered, Professional And Owner-Flown Operators

King Schools is preparing to release its 24th course targeting the needs of turbine powered, professional and owner-flown operators. The King pro-series of courses includes everything from initial transition to jets and high-altitude flying, to certificate courses for operations such as RVSM, RNP, MNPS, P-RNAV, International Operations and Part 135 initial and recurrent pilot training.

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Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Brings You NBAA 2012 Special Coverage!

2-inch Glass Standby Display Unveiled by Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics

The MD302 Standby Attitude Module — SAM™ — is the industry’s newest generation of 2-inch standby instruments. SAM provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure. SAM delivers an easy-to-fit, compact design with selectable orientation (horizontal and vertical) like no other, ensuring a perfect fit within any panel. The unique two-screen display features high-definition graphics and extra-wide viewing angles.

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Snecma Begins Silvercrest Engine Tests

Total Of Eight Engines Will Be Built For Certification Process

On Tuesday, Snecma announced that it has started ground development tests of the new Silvercrest business jet engine. For testing purposes, the Silvercrest is equipped with a number of sensors recording over 900 different parameters and monitoring both mechanical and thermodynamic performance. The tests are being performed at a test facility in Villaroche, France.

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GAMA Says State Of The Industry Remains A ‘Mixed Picture’

Associations Numbers For The First Half Of 2012 Were Promising

Caroline Daniels, chairman of GAMA, said the state of the industry remains a “mixed picture.” Daniels, along with GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, shared their perspectives during NBAA2012’s Media Breakfast.

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NBAA2012 Sponsor: TrueNorth Avionics -- Fly. Connect. Succeed.

NBAA2012 Sponsor: TrueNorth Avionics

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, TrueNorth is a leading aerospace technology company that designs, develops, and manufactures satellite telecommunication solutions for business aviation. TrueNorth’s innovative Simphone OpenCabin® is the first app-based business jet solution to offer reliable, high quality performance with global reach, enabling a Lifestyle in the Sky™. Business Aviation allows companies to go to where business is, compete in a global market and stay one step ahead of the competition and be more productive. At TrueNorth, we believe that while business aviation makes you more productive, our technology should help you be more effective.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.01.12)

"Ask them if they are a member of the General Aviation Caucus, and ask them to join if they aren't." Source: House General Aviation Caucus Chair Sam Graves (R-KS), in remarks to the NBAA 2nd General Session.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.01.12): Radio Magnetic Indicator

An aircraft navigational instrument coupled with a gyro compass or similar compass that indicates the direction of a selected NAVAID and indicates bearing with respect to the heading of the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.01.12)

Written Exam Practice Tests

Getting ready to take a written? This site might help. The practice tests, made up of all of the official FAA questions and answers, may help you ace any of the FAA Written Exams.

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