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January 11, 2013

FAA To Review Boeing 787 Design And Production

Emphasis Will Be On Electrical Power And Distribution Systems

In light of a series of recent events, the FAA will conduct a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly. The purpose of the review is to validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety.

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FAA Publishes Modified Noise Rules For Tiltrotors

Brings U.S. Regulations Into Agreement With ICAO Standards

The FAA has published a rule in the Federal Register governing noise certification standards for issuing type and airworthiness certificates for a new civil, hybrid airplane-rotorcraft known as the tiltrotor. This noise standard establishes new noise limits and procedures as the basis to ensure consistent aviation noise reduction technology is incorporated in tiltrotors for environmental protection.

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Bondholders To Weigh In On American Airlines Merger Prospects

Creditors Hold As Much As $2 Billion In Debt For The Airline

A group of bondholders carrying some $2 billion in debt for American Airlines and AMR Corp. is getting involved in the decision about the airline's potential for a merger with US Airways group.

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Middle East Airlines Firms Up Order For 10 A320neo Family Aircraft

Single Aisle Aircraft Continues To Attract New Customers

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm contract for ten A320neo Family aircraft (five A321neo and five A320neo aircraft). This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding which was announced on 12th July 2012. MEA will announce its engine choice at a later date.

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Low-Cost Romanian Carrier Cancels 737 Order

Blue Air Cites Financial Difficulties In Dropping Plans To Acquire Five Of The Aircraft

The Romanian low-cost airline Blue Air said in a statement Thursday that it has cancelled orders for five Boeing 737 aircraft it had ordered in 2008. The carrier's parent company Romstrade cited financial difficulties as the reason for scrapping plans to acquire the new aircraft.

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Tenth Annual Living Legends Of Aviation Awards Set

January 18th Ceremony Once Again Hosted By John Travolta

The 10th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" Awards, presented by Bell Helicopter and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, announce some of this year's honorees. The awards will be held January 18, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton. The 10th annual awards will be hosted by "The Official Ambassador of Aviation" John Travolta, and will celebrate a decade of recognition during aviation's second hundred years.

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Delta Airlines Tops List Of U.S Airlines For Fee Collection

Airline Collected Mover Than $1.2 Million In Fees In The 3rd Quarter Alone

2012 saw a slight increase in both baggage fees and reservation change and cancellation fees among the nation’s top 10 major airlines studied recently by a business travel organization. Topping the list once again was Delta Airlines which, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in the 3rd quarter of 2012 alone had collected over $1.2 million in fees. In 2011 the airline collected nearly $1.7 million in total fees. United Airlines was ranked number two with a little over $1 million in total fees.

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FBO Closes At Dutchess County, NY Airport

Richmor Aviation Loses Its Lease With The Airport After 30 Years

Dutchess County, NY Airport (KPOU) FBO Richmor Aviation has closed its doors after 30 years of business, according to a statement from the company.

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Selling Space: Men's Personal Grooming Product Company Sponsoring Space Contest

Has Recruited Buzz Aldrin As The Public Face Of The Axe Apollo Giveaway

The personal care product company which markets the line of AXE products for men has launched (if you'll pardon that pun) a new brand called "Apollo", and is offering tickets to space as part of its initial promotion.

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Helicopter On Rescue Mission Breaks Through Ice

Seal Hunters Had To Pull The Pilot To Safety, All Three Survive

Two seal hunters who had become stranded on an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic were probably pretty happy to see the helicopter that had been dispatched to rescue them ... but when the aircraft broke through the ice and started to sink, they suddenly found themselves in the role of rescuers.

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AD: Thielert Aircraft Engines (Oil System)

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-12

PRODUCT: All Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-02-114 reciprocating engines.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-11

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (BHTI) Model 205A, 205A-1, and 205B helicopters with certain starter/generator power cable assemblies (power cable assemblies).

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-10

PRODUCT: All Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-365C, SA-365C1, SA-365C2, and SA-366G1 helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.11.13

A New Rotary Engine for LSA??

The Sign on the Door at Enstrom Reads “Under New Management”

2012 Was a Record Year for Cub Crafters&helli

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Airborne 01.11.13: Enstrom Sold To China, Eclipse Pitches USAF, Record Year For CubCrafters

Also: Pipistrel NOT Afraid of Dark, Dreamliner Woes, Aspen Quick-Fixes, BIG Airship Nears Completion

China has gobbled up another aircraft manufacturer. Word comes from Enstrom that as of December 27, 2012, Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd, has acquired Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, moving from one foreign owner to another. The US Air Force is looking to replace its 20-year old fleet of Legacy business jets used for their Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) Multi-place Training Track and Eclipse Aerospace thinks it has the answer. Pipistrel is officially flying the first European Ultralight aircraft certified for Night Flight in Poland, the Alpha Trainer. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 01.11.13: Enstrom's China Sale, Eclipse Pitches USAF, CubCrafter Record

Also: Pipistrel NOT Afraid of Dark, Dreamliner Woes, Aspen Quick-Fixes, ANN at Sebring!, BIG Airship Nears Completion

China has gobbled up another aircraft manufacturer. Word comes from Enstrom that as of December 27, 2012, Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd, has acquired Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, moving from one foreign owner to another. The US Air Force is looking to replace its 20-year old fleet of Legacy business jets used for their Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) Multi-place Training Track and Eclipse Aerospace thinks it has the answer. Pipistrel is officially flying the first European Ultralight aircraft certified for

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Grand Caravan EX Earns FAA Type Certification

Cessna Says Performance Tops Initial Projections

The FAA has granted Type Certification to Cessna for its Grand Caravan EX, which the company says has bested initial performance targets. Powered by the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine, Cessna says the Grand Caravan EX has shown a 38 percent improvement in the rate of climb of the Grand Caravan, a figure which exceeds the original 20 percent improvement projection.

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Air Force Announces KC-46A Candidate Bases

Next Step Includes Extensive 'On-The-Ground' Surveys Of Each Location

The U.S. Air Force has announced its candidates for active duty, training, and ANG bases for the KC-46A tanker which is expected to come online beginning in FY2016.

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Klyde Morris 01.11.2013

Be Careful Klyde ... Don't You Go Where The Huskies Go ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Paul Adams Named Chief Operating Officer Of Pratt & Whitney

Will Lead A Unified Operations Strategy Across All Business Units

Paul Adams, 51, has been appointed Pratt & Whitney Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. He will report to Pratt & Whitney President David P. Hess.

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New Orleans' Lakefront Airport Announces Super Bowl Plans

Aircraft Reservations Required February 1-4

New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW) is requiring reservations from aircraft operators for airport use February 1- 4, 2013 for the Super Bowl XLVII event on Feb. 3, according to a release from the FAA Safety Team. A heavy volume of air traffic is expected during this time so a parking reservation system has been established to insure that ramp space will be available for arriving aircraft.

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Horizon Air Pilots Ratify Six-Year Contract

Seventy-Seven Percent Of Those Voting Approved The New Deal

Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Wednesday that the carrier's 610 pilots ratified an agreement to extend the current contract for three years, creating a new six-year pact. Among pilots who voted, 77 percent approved ratification.

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SWAPA Offers Congratulations To New FAA Administrator

Union's Top Issues Include NextGen, Duty Rest Enforcement

The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) said Wednesday it is pleased to offer congratulations to Michael Huerta on his recent confirmation as Administrator of the FAA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.11.13)

"I want to stress that the KC-135 units not replaced with the KC-46A will continue to fly the KC-135R for the foreseeable future." Source: Gen. Mark Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.11.13): Delamination

Separation of the bond between the individual plies of a laminated composite structure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.11.13)

NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations

NOAA ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. The NOAA fleet is managed and operated by the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), an office composed of civilians and officers of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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