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February 19, 2014

Airborne 02.19.14: Latitude First Flight, Piper Picks Up, NASAO Search

Also: Spitfire Flight Scholarship, Alan Klapmeier, C130J Engine Order, Lightspeed

Cessna is celebrating the successful first prototype flight of its highly-anticipated Citation Latitude midsize business jet. The first flight of the Citation Latitude tested flaps, landing gear, pressurization systems, anti-ice capabilities and, of course, stability and control. The test flight reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph. Cessna flight engineers said all systems are performing as expected. Piper Aircraft has announced it achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and new airplane deliveries for 2013 in a challenging global

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Airborne 02.19.14: Latitude First Flight, Piper Picks Up, NASAO Search

Also: Spitfire Flight Scholarship, Alan Klapmeier, C130J Engine Order, Lightspeed

Cessna is celebrating the successful first prototype flight of its highly-anticipated Citation Latitude midsize business jet. The first flight of the Citation Latitude tested flaps, landing gear, pressurization systems, anti-ice capabilities and, of course, stability and control. The test flight reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph. Cessna flight engineers said all systems are performing as expected. Piper Aircraft has announced it achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and new airplane deliveries for 2013 in a challenging global market for aircraft sales. The growth was led by increases in the sales of piston-powered training aircraft. Christopher J. Will

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.14

2013 Was Very, Very Good for Piper…

The Citation Latitude Achieves First Flight…

Boeing’s 777X Production Will Stay At Home&hell

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DoD To Cut F-35 Order By Eight Airplanes For FY2015

Budget Request Set For Release March 4

The Pentagon plans to scale back the number of F-35 airplanes it will request in the FY2015 budget, according to sources with knowledge of the document. In the next fiscal year, the Department of Defense will ask for 34 of the fifth-generation fighters, eight fewer than had been anticipated.

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Company Plans Free Worldwide Wi-Fi Beamed From CubeSats

'The Outernet' Would Utilize Hundreds Of The Small Satellites For Connectivity

A business accelerator focused on independent media delivery systems is incubating its first project: Outernet, which it says is the world’s first truly global media delivery service.

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Airbus, Korean Air Aerospace Celebrate 1000th Sharklet Delivery

Production Of The Wingtip Devices Began In 2012

Airbus and Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) on Tuesday celebrated the handover of the 1,000th "Sharklet" wingtip device for the A320 Family, and 25 years of partnership at a special ceremony at the Korean manufacturer’s facility in Busan.

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Chinese Moon Rover Survives Lunar Night

But Yutu Is Not 100 Percent Operational, Officials Say

China's Yutu moon rover has apparently survived the frigid lunar night, but is not quite ready to get back to work, according to the Chinese space agency.

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Another Vega Launcher For Arianespace Takes Shape At Guiana Spaceport

Payload Will Be A Satellite For The Republic Of Kazakhstan

The launcher for Arianespace’s initial Vega flight of 2014 began its build-up this week at the Spaceport in French Guiana, marking the first step in a mission campaign that will lead to its orbiting of the DZZ-HR high-resolution observation satellite. To initiate the activity, Vega’s P80 first stage was transferred yesterday from the Spaceport’s Booster Integration Building to the SLV launch zone. 

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Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving 'Doughnut' Riddle

Opportunity's Wheel Broke The ‘Pinnacle Island' Rock From A Larger Specimen, NASA Says

Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January. Only about 1.5 inches wide, the white-rimmed, red-centered rock caused a stir last month when it appeared in an image the rover took Jan. 8 at a location where it was not present four days earlier.

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Key Industry Anniversaries To Be Embraced At BGAD Cambridge

General Aviation Day To be Held September 23 At The UK’s Leading Business And General Aviation Show

The UK’s 10th Business and General Aviation Day (BGAD) will once again be hosted by Cambridge International Airport on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in association with European Business Air News - which marks a significant (25th) anniversary this year.

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ATR Develops Onboard Operational Software Offer For iPad

Now Provides Single-Point Performance Software (SPS) For The Apple Tablet

The European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft ATR continues to deploy its support offer for air operations with the development of its onboard Single-point Performance Software (SPS) computation application for the iPad. This software, available at Apple Store, allows ATR pilots to compute their take-off and landing parameters in real time and conditions, and also to edit, sign and send their weight and balance sheets.

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Restored P-51C 'Tuskegee Airmen' Moves Into Hinz Hangar

Retired Navy Commander Don Hinz Founded The Red Tail Project

A fully restored P-51C has been moved into its new permanent home ... a hangar at the CAF Red Tail Squadron's headquarters in South Saint Paul, MN.

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Eighteen Fatally Injured In Accident In Nepal

Older-Model Twin Otter Was Carrying Tourists

A 40-year-old Twin Otter with 18 passengers and crew on board has gone down in Nepal, resulting in the fatal injury of all on board.

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Boeing Wind Updates Service To Optimize In-Flight Operations For Qatar Airways

Real-Time Wind Data To Conserve Fuel For Airline And Increase Operational Efficiency

Boeing and Qatar Airways have announced a five-year agreement to provide Boeing Wind Updates services for the airline to maximize in-flight operational efficiency. Boeing Wind Updates provides customized, real-time wind and temperature information to aircraft. This data allows for more efficient trajectory prediction during pre-flight operations and continuous optimization in-flight by providing tailored wind information for flight crews and the aircraft flight management system.

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Navy Plans F-35 Carrier Trials This Fall

'C' Variant Faces Several More Years Of Testing Before Becoming Operational

The U.S. Navy is looking at conducting F-35 operations from an Aircraft Carrier later this fall, but does not seem to be in any hurry to deploy the Joint Strike Fighters at sea.

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Aero-TV: Sagetech’s Clarity Receivers -- ADS-B On The Move

Immensely Clever, Portable, Nav... In The Palm Of Your Hand

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell talks with Sagetech’s Todd Lester at EAA AirVenture 2013 to find out more about the Data Burst system and how it enhances the use of your iPad in the cockpit. The Clarity function of the system operates even while your iPad is sleeping. It continues to monitor weather and traffic allowing a single press of the Clarity button to populate the display with current information. A popular part of the Data Burst function is its AHARS capability. Because it is battery powered, it can backup instrument and navigation data for up to 8 hours.

GAMA Releases 2013 Year-End Aircraft Shipment And Billing Numbers

Details Presented At Annual "State Of The Industry" Event

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the worldwide 2013 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers at its annual “State of the Industry” event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and the news was once again positive for an industry that appears to be in recovery. Sales and deliveries were up across the board.

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Aero-TV: Sagetech’s Clarity Receivers -- ADS-B On The Move

Immensely Clever, Portable, Nav... In The Palm Of Your Hand

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell talks with Sagetech’s Todd Lester at EAA AirVenture 2013 to find out more about the Data Burst system and how it enhances the use of your iPad in the cockpit. The Clarity function of the system operates even while your iPad is sleeping. It continues to monitor weather and traffic allowing a single press of the Clarity button to populate the display with current information. A popular part of the Data Burst function is its AHARS capability. Because it is battery powered, it can backup instrument and navigation data for up to 8 hours.

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Piper Records Double-Digit Increases In 2013 Revenue And Deliveries

CEO Caldecott: Company Met Financial And Production Forecasts

Piper Aircraft achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and new airplane deliveries for 2013 in a challenging global market for aircraft sales, the company said Tuesday. The growth was led by increases in the sales of piston-powered training aircraft. Piper ended 2013 with a 13 percent increase in revenue from new aircraft sales of $168,776,759, compared to $148,968,967 in 2012, the second consecutive year of 13 percent revenue growth.

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Boeing To Locate New 777X Composite Wing Center In Everett

Wing Fabrication Facility To Sustain Thousands Of Puget Sound Area Jobs

In a move that's really not much of a surprise, Boeing has picked its Everett, WA, site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. Boeing 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 will sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come.

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New Space Shuttle Exhibit To Open Feb. 26

On Display At The National Museum Of The U.S. Air Force

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors will be cleared for liftoff when the museum's new Space Shuttle Exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 26.

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NTSB Releases Agenda For Investigative Hearing On UPS Flight 1354

Hearing To Be Held Thursday In Washington, DC

The NTSB has released the agenda for the investigative hearing on the ongoing investigation into the Aug. 14, 2013 accident involving UPS Airlines flight 1354, an Airbus A300-600, on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, AL.

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NASAO Executive Board To Form Search Committee For Association President

Kim Stevens Named Interim Director

Christopher J. Willenborg, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), has announced that the Executive Board will establish a search committee for the Association’s next President and CEO.

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Luscombe Model 8A Fuel System Focus Of New SAIB

Procedures Needed To Prevent Power Loss During Takeoff, Climb

The FAA has published a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin SAIB for the fuel systems on Luscombe Model 8A airplanes equipped with a fuselage mounted main fuel tank and Continental A- 65-1 engines (the original production configuration). The SAIB addresses the need for procedures to prevent the possible loss of power on takeoff and climb.

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U.S. Cargo Spacecraft Wraps Up Its First Station Resupply Mission

Will Burn Up On Re-Entry Over The Pacific Ocean

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus spacecraft, which delivered  nearly one-and-a-half tons of supplies and scientific equipment to the International Space Station in January, completed its first commercial cargo mission to the orbiting laboratory Tuesday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.19.14)

"This exhibit will inspire us all to learn more about space and the role of our Air Force in space, and we hope that when you visit - whether that be in person or online - it will inspire you, too." Source: Museum of the Air Force Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, on the upcoming shuttle exhibit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.14): Navigation Database

The information stored in the FMS/ RNAV; contains most of the time-sensitive navigational information found on en route and procedural charts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.14)

National Coalition for Aviation Education

The National Coalition for Aviation Education is a membership organization that was formed in 1993 when the founding member groups signed a formal charter and established a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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