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November 18, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.12

The Jig is Up for David Riggs…

Latin America To See Robust Aeronautic Growth…

Gulfstream Delivers the First G280…

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Beijing’s Public Security Bureau Takes Delivery Of An AW139 Helicopter

Two Additional Aircraft Delivered For VIP Transport In Quinghai Province

The Fire Fighting Department of Beijing’s Public Security Bureau has taken delivery of an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. This aircraft will perform fire fighting and disaster relief mission in and around Beijing as well as law enforcement missions in cooperation with the Beijing Police.

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Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland Join In UAS Test Venture

Coalition Formed To Assist In Search For Test Site

The Governors of Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland have agreed to work together to pursue a test site designation from the FAA for the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace.

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NASA's Kepler Completes Prime Mission

But Far From Retiring, The Telescope Will Continue Searching The Skies

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope's 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years.

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Airbus Extends RFID Part-Marking Across All Its Aircraft Families

Efficient And Error-Proof Identification Of Aircraft Components

Airbus has become the first commercial aircraft manufacturer to deploy Radio-Frequency-Identification (RFID) part-marking to aircraft components on all its aircraft families. This innovation, which will bring value-chain visibility, error-proof identification and efficiency savings in component lifecycle management, will be progressively rolled-out in 2013 to all seats and life vests for the A320, A330 and A380 aircraft families.

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Virgin America, Air China Launch Interline Agreement

Partnership Allows Connecting Flight On A Single Ticket

An interline agreement has been announced between Virgin America and Air China Limited, the national flag carrier of China, which offers seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective routes in North America and Asia.

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US Navy, Raytheon Receive Pentagon Engineering Award

Recognized For GPS-Guided Precision Landing Program

A U.S. Navy program that uses technology developed by Raytheon to land aircraft in harsh weather has been recognized with a Department of Defense engineering award. The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1A ship system received the Systems Engineering Top 5 Programs Award for "successful implementation of systems engineering best practices resulting in program success."

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Lost in Space: Rogue Planet Spotted?

Orphaned World May Help To Explain How Planets And Stars Form

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope have identified a body that is very probably a planet wandering through space without a parent star. This is the most exciting free-floating planet candidate so far and the closest such object to the Solar System at a distance of about 100 light-years.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.12)

Aero Linx: Naval Helicopter Association NHA was founded in 1976 and is incorporated in California as a 501(C)(7) nonprofit professional organization to promote the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; provide a forum whereby persons in these organizations involved with vertical lift aircraft can interact with each other at meetings and conventions; to provide recognition to those persons who have made significant contributions to those purposes. In pursuing these objectives NHA keeps members informed of new developments and accomplishments in vertical lift aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.12): Chandler Wobble

Chandler Wobble A small motion in the Earth's rotation axis relative to the surface, discovered by American astronomer Seth Carlo Chandler in 1891. Its amplitude is about 0.7 arcseconds (about 15 meters on the surface) with a period of 433 days. It combines with another wobble with a period of one year, so the total polar motion varies with a period of about 7 years. The Chandler wobble is an example of free nutation for a spinning non-spherical object.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.18.12)

"The initial discoveries of the Kepler mission indicate at least a third of the stars have planets and the number of planets in our galaxy must number in the billions... The planets of greatest interest are other Earths and these could already be in the data awaiting analysis. Kepler's most exciting results are yet to come." Source: William Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope's 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years.

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