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February 24, 2014

Airborne 02.24.14: Zero-G Swimsuits, AgustaWestland Blacklist, AEA Public Invite

Also: NM Eliminates Plane Tax, Roadable FA/18, F35 STOVL Formation, TARC 2014

Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated have taken swimsuit modeling where it’s never gone before. Flying with the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO G), Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness – as if in outer space – for SI’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit issue. AgustaWestland may find itself frozen out of the Indian helicopter market if a measure to blacklist the company passes that country's parliament. The move is under consideration in the wake of allegations of kickbacks given to the company associated with a $733 million deal dating back fo

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Airborne 02.24.14: Zero-G Swimsuit Shoot, AgustaWestland Blacklist?, AEA Invites Customers

Also: NM Eliminates Plane Tax, Roadable FA/18, F35 STOVL Formation, TARC 2014

Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated have taken swimsuit modeling where it’s never gone before. Flying with the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO G), Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness – as if in outer space – for SI’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit issue. AgustaWestland may find itself frozen out of the Indian helicopter market if a measure to blacklist the company passes that country's parliament. The move is under consideration in the wake of allegations of kickbacks given to the company associated with a $733 million deal dating back four years for a dozen AW101 VIP helicopters. The AEA Annual Convention has always been an industry show primarily aimed at AEA mem

Aeromexico Orders APB Split Scimitar Winglets

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

Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (Aeromexico) has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The program from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) 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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Airbus And COMAC To Cooperate On Sustainable Air Transport Growth

Focus On Global Interoperability, A More Sustainable Aviation And Efficient ATM

Airbus and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in an effort to enable a sustainable growth in air transport. The agreement was signed by Günter Butschek, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and He Dongfeng, President of COMAC.

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JetNet Releases 2013 Year-End Pre-Owned Helicopter Market Data

Says Some Trends In The Report Are 'Striking'

Aviation market analyst JetNet has released year-end numbers for the pre-owned helicopter market for 2013, revealing what it says are a number of striking trends.

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European Aviation Leaders To Speak At EBACE2014 Opening Session

European BizAv Convention Opens May 20

Frank Brenner, director general for Eurocontrol; André Kudelski, vice chairman of Geneva International Airport and chairman and CEO of the Kudelski Group; and Roland Werner, state secretary of transport, Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, will be the Opening General Session speakers at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2014) in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20 to 22.

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Airbus Invests In Robotics As Part Of Its Commitment To Innovation

Airbus Plant In Spain Spearheads The FUTURASSY Project

The Airbus Puerto Real plant in Cádiz, Spain is leading a project to expand the automation of its assembly processes with the use of two armed humanoid robots to perform repetitive tasks, freeing up highly skilled workers to work on higher value tasks.

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Gettysburg Embarked Helicopter Detachment Completes 1000th Flight Hour

Ship Deployed With The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, Det. 2, embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), successfully conducted its 1,000th flight hour of the current deployment, Jan. 17. "One-thousand flight hours is an incredible feat, and it would not be possible without the dedication of the aircrew and the skill of our maintainers," said Lt. Cmdr. Jack Clark, the detachment's officer in charge.

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NASA's Chandra Sees Runaway Pulsar Firing An Extraordinary Jet

Phenomenon Located About 60 Light Years From The Center Of A Supernova That Produced It

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy -- of high-energy particles. The pulsar, a type of neutron star, is known as IGR J11014-6103. IGR J11014-6103's peculiar behavior can likely be traced back to its birth in the collapse and subsequent explosion of a massive star.

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U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin Bring Enhanced Capability To Apache Cockpit

Test Modernized Day Sensor Assembly At Redstone Arsenal

Team Apache Sensors, including the U.S. Army's Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office and Aviation Flight Test Directorate and Lockheed Martin  conducted a test flight of the Apache AH-64E Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) during an event at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL.

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NASA Completes First ATTREX Science Mission

Global Hawk Makes Flight Of Over 17 Hours To Gather Data

NASA's Global Hawk No. 872 completed a 17.5-hour science flight Feb. 14, it's first for the 2014 Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.24.14

ALPA Reiterates Support for Safe Skies Act…

Will Augusta Westland Be Blacklisted in India?

Garmin Introduces New Portable Weather Receiver&he

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Albuquerque Bidding For World Ballooning Championships

America's Ballooning City Is Bidding Against Saga, Japan

The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Balloon Federation of America is inviting the world’s hot air ballooning community to return to the Land of Enchantment for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Championship. The Duke City is one of two sites bidding for the host role, the other is Saga, Japan. Albuquerque is already considered by most as the world center of ballooning as it is host to the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta each October.

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ALPA: NTSB Hearings on Crash of UPS 1354 Reinforce Need for One Level of Safety

Supports 'Safe Skies Act of 2013'

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) has reiterated its support for immediate passage of the Safe Skies Act of 2013 that would end the "cargo carve-out" and help ensure that every pilot is a well-rested pilot. "As we learn more about the events leading to the UPS crash in Birmingham, Alabama, it is becoming more apparent that separate rest requirements for cargo and passenger pilots is unsustainable, unsupportable, and unconscionable," said Capt. Lee Moak, president of ALPA.

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Klyde Morris (02.24.14)

Klyde Wants Them To Show Him The Money...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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World’s Largest Rocket Contest Launches Next Generation Of Aerospace Leaders

TARC Will Engage More Than 700 Student Teams This Year

More than 700 student teams representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing for the Aerospace Industries Association's 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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GAMA Welcomes Three New Members

Blackhawk Modifications, FreeFlight Systems, GE Honda Aero Engines Join The Association

The Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has approved Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., FreeFlight Systems, and GE Honda Aero Engines as new members of the association. GAMA now has 87 members.

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Airborne 02.21.14: GAMA Briefs on 2013, 777X Decision, CubeSats!

Also: Rod Machado's New Book, Scorpion Update, Google Lunar XPRIZE, Aviation Website Woes

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the worldwide 2013 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers at its annual “State of the Industry” event held in Washington, D.C., and the news was somewhat positive. Boeing said it evaluated criteria that were designed to find the wing fabrication location that would best support the 777X business plan. The new composite wing center will be located north of the Everett factory, and is expected to sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come. A business accelerator focu

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New Ways To Protect Astronaut DNA Before Entering Space Radiation Environments

Researchers Say Personalized Medicine Will Transform Human Space Flight

Significant attention has been given to methods of shielding human space participants from radiation on missions. But what if some astronauts suffer from susceptible DNA before entering the space radiation environment? Two American scientists have proposed that certain astronaut molecular profiles may 1) reduce inherent DNA stability, 2) slow DNA repair, and 3) render DNA more susceptible to mutational events when exposed to the radiation of space.

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National Naval Aviation Museum Wrapping Blue Angels Winter Promotion

Special Package Of Attractions At The Pensacola, FL Facility

The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida is welcoming locals and tourists alike travelling to the museum grounds for the Blue Angels Winter Special during its last two weeks before commencement.

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Diamonds In The Tail Of The Scorpion

New ESO Image Of Star Cluster Messier 7

A new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7. Easily spotted with the naked eye close to the tail of the constellation of Scorpius, it is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars in the sky — making it an important astronomical research target.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.24.14)

Aero Linx:  The International Aviation Club of Washington, DC New trends and critical developments throughout international air transportation are the focus of the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC. Since 1961, the IAC has been the forum for new faces and new pronouncements affecting commercial aviation in the United States and the worldwide community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.24.14): Altostratus

Altostratus This middle cloud genus is composed of water droplets, and sometimes ice crystals, In the mid-latitudes, cloud bases are generally found between 15,000 and 20,000 feet. White to gray in color, it can create a fibrous veil or sheet, sometimes obscuring the sun or moon. It is a good indicator of precipitation, as it often precedes a storm system. Virga often falls from these clouds.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.24.14)

“We are proud and grateful for the influx of talent TARC has injected into the aerospace and defense industry’s workforce development pipeline since the program’s inception. During a time when America struggles to match our international counterparts in producing sufficient graduates in STEM education fields, TARC has helped thousands of skillful and knowledgeable young people get started on challenging career paths.” Source: AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, commenting on the upcoming 'TARC' Team America Rocketry Challenge.

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