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December 19, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.13

NASA Delays a Resupply Mission for Space Walks…

The SeaLite Float Plane Achieves First Flight…

Boeing to Establish Research Centers in

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IATA: Airline Financial Outlook Strengthens

Global Net Profit Of $12.9 Billion Expected In 2013

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made an upward revision to its industry financial outlook. For 2013 airlines are expected to return a global net profit of $12.9 billion. This is expected to improve to a net profit of $19.7 billion in 2014. Both are improvements on the September forecast which anticipated an industry net profit of $11.7 billion in 2013 increasing to $16.4 billion in 2014.

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SkyCraft Airplanes Says Minisport Certification Two Months Away

First Deliveries Are Expected In March

SkyCraft Airplanes remains two months away from completing certification for the SD-1 Minisport, with its current first delivery expected to be made in March, the company reported this week on its website.

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Boeing Promotes Key Leaders

Move Designed To Position Company For Future Growth

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney has announced the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft.

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Northrop Grumman Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of First B-2 Spirit Delivery

Stealth Bomber Provides Key Strategic Deterrent In Nation's Diplomatic Toolbox

On a grey, chilly afternoon 20 years ago Tuesday, the first operational B-2 stealth bomber, the Spirit of Missouri, circled the airfield at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo, once, then landed, marking the start of a remarkable history that has given the U.S. one of its most powerful defensive – and diplomatic – weapons.

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Gone West: Former King Radio President Robert Tye Cox

Joined King Radio In 1969

Honeywell has posted on its Facebook page that former King Radio President Robert Tye (R.T.) Cox passed away December 13, 2013, at the age of 96.

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JPL To Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology

Would Allow Spacecraft To Land Safely In Previously Unusable Areas

A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

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NASA Mars Spacecraft Reveals A More Dynamic Red Planet

Tracks Features That Show Possibility Of Liquid Salty Water

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings -- possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.

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New American Employees To Vote On Livery

Will Choose Between 'Legacy' And 'Flag' Versions For The Merged Airlines

Saying he wants all employees to have a voice in the identity of the New American Airlines, CEO Doug Parker sent an open letter to the company asking them to choose the airline's new livery.

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'AirMule' Achieves Major Milestone

Several Automatic Test Flights Completed On Path To Full Mission Demonstrations

The AirMule, an unmanned VTOL aircraft developed by Tactical Robotics, has successfully completed a major milestone in preparation for full mission demonstrations scheduled for next year. The aircraft has completed several fully automatic test flights in which it carried out take-offs, flights to and from a specified location and landing back at its point of origination.

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Embraer Delivers 1,300th Ipanema Agplane

Milestone Airplane Goes To Fort Aviação Agrícola

The Ipanema agricultural airplane has achieved a historic 1,300 units delivered. After more than 40 years of uninterrupted production, the aircraft continues being a best-seller: in 2012, 66 Ipanemas were sold to customers in Brazil and the Mercosur community, for an increase of 12% over the previous year (58 airplanes). The forecast for this year is that 70 aircraft will be delivered.

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Helicopter Pilot Slides Aircraft Across Ice Near Skaters

Some Think He Should Lose Flying Privileges For The Staged Stunt

It was one of those things that probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Eight Canadians who had gone by helicopter in search of the perfect frozen lake for a hockey game wound up as part of a controversy after the pilot of one of the aircraft skidded his helo across the ice through a group of skaters.

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Canadian Hunters Fined For Shooting At Coyotes From A Helicopter

Two Convicted Of Violating Saskatchewan Wildlife Regulations

Two hunters charges with firing at coyotes from a flying helicopter have been hit with fines totaling $21,000 (Canadian) after being convicted under Saskatchewan's wildlife regulations.

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The Great Big ‘Heart’ Of GA -- Dr. Richard McGlaughlin’s Haitian Efforts

An Amazing Aviator Gives Generously Of His Time and His Skills To Help Those in Need--Via GA

Last night, we published what was described as, "...one of Aero-TV's most compelling stories to date." Tonight we raise the bar... with the amazing details behind the work that Dr, McGlaughlin was embarked upon when his Cirrus gave up the ghost and went swimming. ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell continues his sit-down with Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and talk with him about what happens when he actually gets to Haiti and takes on his mission to come to the aid of a people clearly in need of all the help that they can get.

The Great Big ‘Heart’ Of GA -- Dr. Richard McGlaughlin’s Haitian Efforts

An Amazing Aviator Gives Generously Of His Time and His Skills To Help Those in Need--Via GA

Last night, we published what was described as, "...one of Aero-TV's most compelling stories to date." Tonight we raise the bar... with the amazing details behind the work that Dr, McGlaughlin was embarked upon when his Cirrus gave up the ghost and went swimming. ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell continues his sit-down with Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and talk with him about what happens when he actually gets to Hait

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NASA Postpones Orbital Launch

Sets Spacewalks To Repair Faulty Station Pump Module

NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station. Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft, atop its Antares rocket, now will launch no earlier than January.

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ALPA To U.S. Government: Reject Norwegian Air’s Evasive Scheme

Foreign Company Seeks To Exploit Legal And Regulatory Loopholes To Evade Its National Laws And Gain Economic Advantage Over U.S. Airlines

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today called for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to immediately reject Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit application because the company appears to be attempting to evade its national laws and regulations to compete unfairly against U.S. airlines and their employees. The call came in an answer that ALPA filed in response to NAI’s application.

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Frost & Sullivan: Military Helicopter Industry To Decline by Almost Half

Civil Market Flourishes, Supports A Broader Range Of Industries

As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters, according to new analysis released by Frost & Sullivan. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support civil helicopter purchases.

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First Flight: Thatcher CX5 SportPlane

Pilot Calls The Airplane 'Really Superb'

The Thatcher CX5 ... a two-place version of the CX4 kitplane, flew for the first time Tuesday from Jack Edwards Airport in the Florida panhandle. Pilot Dr. Glen Bradley described the events of the day in great detail, from breakfast at a fast-food chain and then bolting on the wings to the airplane's touchdown after the flight.

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Ethiopian Airliner Lands At GA Airport

Unable To Land At Kilimanjaro, No Injuries Reported

An email that arrived at ANN Wednesday morning contained some photos of a Boeing 767 that had made an emergency landing at Arusha Airport in Tanzania ... and it's unclear how the airplane will ever leave the airport, at least in one piece.

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First Flight A Success For Belite SeaLite

First Flight Of Amphibious, Carbon Fiber, Float-Equipped Aircraft Falls On 110th Anniversary Of Wright Brother's First Flight

On the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s first powered flight, Belite announced the successful first test flight of their new aircraft, the Belite SeaLite. The SeaLite is an amphibious, carbon fiber float-equipped aircraft, designed to legally fly under U.S. FAR 103 regulations off of either water or land. Although the first test flight was from a conventional grass runway, the expanded test plan will soon demonstrate takeoff and landing operations from water as well.

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Two Reported To Be Fatally Injured In Accident Near Atlanta, GA

Premier I Jet Went Down Tuesday Night Shortly After Takeoff

A Raytheon 390 Premier 1 business jet went down Tuesday night shortly after takeoff from Fulton County Airport near Atlanta on its way to New Orleans. The two people on board the airplane were fatally injured, according to authorities.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.19.13)

“Some airlines will out-perform our estimates and others will under-perform. But, on average, airlines will only make a net profit of about $5.94 per passenger in 2014.” Source: Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.13): Depression

A region of low atmospheric pressure that is usually accompanied by low clouds and precipitation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.13)

World Airport Codes

Okay, we know you know every airport code and abbreviation in the United States. Well do you know the codes, abbreviations, runway lengths, and other information IN THE WORLD? Well, do ya?

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