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December 02, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.13

The Small Airplane Revitalization Act is Now Law…

China is Going to the Moon…

The Search is Over in Glasgow…

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Eurocopter Receives First Indonesian-Produced Main Fuselage Assembly

Components Manufactured For EC725 And EC225 Helicopters

PT Dirgantara Indonesia/Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) has delivered the first complete main fuselage assembly it has produced for Eurocopter EC725 and EC225 helicopters, marking a significant milestone in the companies’ industrial partnership. This no. 1 assembly – consisting of the integrated upper and lower fuselage sections – was built at IAe’s Bandung, Indonesia facility in West Java.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Additional MQ-8C Fire Scout To The U.S. Navy

Aircraft To Be Flight Tested Prior To Operational Use Next Year

The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of a second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter after the aircraft's final assembly was completed at the Northrop Grumman's unmanned systems center in Moss Point, MS.

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Arianespace Orders Ten New Vega Launchers From ELV

All Ten To Be Ready For Launch By Late 2015

Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Pierluigi Pirrelli, Chief Executive of ELV (European Launch Vehicle), signed an agreement during the 31st French-Italian summit in Rome for Arianespace to order ten Vega launch vehicles from the Italian manufacturer.

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Spirit AeroSystems Announces New Board Member

Christopher E. Kubasik Will Serve On The Audit And Government And Security Committees

Spirit AeroSystems has announced the appointment of a new member, Christopher E. Kubasik, to its board of directors effective Nov. 25. "Chris brings a wealth of financial expertise and industry leadership background, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the board," said Bob Johnson, board chairman of Spirit AeroSystems.

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Rolls-Royce Receives $215 M For F-35B Liftsystem Production, Support

Proprietary Technology Enables STOVL Capability

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a $215 million contract to produce and support LiftSystems for the F-35 Lightning II program, and F-35B jets continue to demonstrate success in operations, training and test. The unique technology of the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem provides F-35B aircraft with the capability to perform short take-offs and vertical landings (STOVL) and is currently in service with the US Marine Corps in Yuma, AZ.

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International Space Summit Gathered Industry Executives In The UK

More Than 90 Senior-Level Representatives from 75 Companies Participated

The International Space Commerce Summit ... ISC2013 ... gathered the elite of the space industry with more than 90 senior level executives coming from 75 leading organizations. Executives with a long history in the industry, along with top experts and entrepreneurs, delivered 35 presentations that focused on the legalities, policies and financing of space based activities, satellites infrastructure, space technology, applications and human spaceflight infrastructure.

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U.S. Army Orders 'Blimp In A Box' Sustainment Equipment

Lighter Than Air Systems Equipment To Be Utilized In Training And Evaluation Exercises

Lighter Than Air Systems (LTAS), a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group Inc. has received an order from prime defense contractor A-T Solutions, Inc. for sustainment equipment related to its "Blimp in a Box" aerostat systems ("BiB").

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Analysts Identify 3,164 Space Payloads Proposed For Launch Through 2032

Teal Group Says The Payloads Have An Estimated Value Of More Than $235 Billion

Coinciding with the SATCON Satellite Communications Conference & Expo held November 13-14 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, Teal Group space analysts have identified 3,164 space payloads proposed to be built and launched to earth or deep space orbits between 2013 and 2032.  They estimate the value of these satellites and other space payloads at more than $235 billion.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-23-17

PRODUCT: Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-535E4-37, -535E4-B-37, -535E4-C-37, RB211Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-23-15

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-23-13

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes; and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series airplanes).

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-23-16

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a broken forward support fitting at the inboard track of the inboard flap.

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Aero-TV: Krafting' The Future -- Lycoming's Boss Offers a Progress Report

Lycoming Continues To Power Much Of GA Via Innovation and Perseverance

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell sits down with Lycoming’s Michael Craft at EAA AirVenture 2013 to get an update on what’s going on in the world of general aviation engines. Topics about new products include the new Lycoming iE2 engine. With its electronic ignition, throttle, mixture, and prop control operated through an integrated system, it’s a state of the art one-lever controls everything powerplant.

Aero-TV: Krafting' The Future -- Lycoming's Boss Offers a Progress Report

Lycoming Continues To Power Much Of GA Via Innovation and Perseverance

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell sits down with Lycoming’s Michael Craft at EAA AirVenture 2013 to get an update on what’s going on in the world of general aviation engines. Topics about new products include the new Lycoming iE2 engine. With its electronic ignition, throttle, mixture, and prop control operated through an integrated system, it’s a state of the art one-lever controls everything powerplant. As for the lightweight O-233, it’s a great little engine waiting for the market to develop for its use.

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Klyde Morris 12.02.2013

They're Holding Out For Tutti-Frutti, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NORAD Stands Ready To Track Santa's Flight

New Website Goes Live Dec. 1

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is prepared to track Santa's yuletide journey!  The newly redesigned NORAD Tracks Santa website goes live Sunday, Dec. 1 featuring a holiday countdown, daily games and activities, videos, music and more.  Beyond a new look, features such as a 3D globe and new interactive games take advantage of today's modern web. 

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CHC Continues To Grow Its S-92 Helicopter Fleet

Places Order For Nine Additional Aircraft

A multi-year contract to purchase nine S-92 helicopters, with options to acquire up to 15 more, has been signed between Sikorsky and CHC Helicopters for use in transporting offshore oil workers and for possible search and rescue operations. Deliveries of the first five new S-92 helicopters are scheduled for 2015 and the remaining four in 2016.

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Army Purchases Bird-like, Micro-Unmanned Aerial System

Gainesville, FL Firm Wins $4.5 Million Contract

The Army recently purchased 36 Maveric unmanned aerial systems as a result of an urgent request from Soldiers in theater. The request was made to the Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, VA, in March and Soldiers will receive them this month.

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Upgraded RAF Puma Takes To The Skies

Training Underway On The Puma Mk2 Helicopter Following Upgrade Program

Crews from the RAF’s 33 and 230 Squadrons are carrying out training flights on the upgraded aircraft from their base at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The £260 million ($424 million) upgrade means that the helicopters benefit from new engines which give them 35% more power and improved fuel efficiency to allow them to fly faster and twice as far as the Puma Mk1.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems May Face Layoffs

A Quarter Of Its Workforce May Be Idled If New UAV Contracts Are Not Forthcoming

Military budget cuts may cost General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) as much as 25 percent of its workforce as new domestic and foreign orders for unmanned aircraft decline.

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Saint Louis University Satellite Launched Aboard Minotaur Rocket From Wallops

First Spacecraft For The University Designed, Built, And Tested By Students

Among the payloads launched from Wallops Island, VA aboard a Minotaur rocket was the first spacecraft designed, built, tested and operated by students at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, at Saint Louis University. The Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Missouri Space Grant funded the project development and the launch of COPPER is sponsored by NASA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.02.13): Execute

Execute Used by ATC when prompt compliance is required to avoid the development of an imminent situation. Expedite climb/descent normally indicates to a pilot that the approximate best rate of climb/descent should be used without requiring an exceptional change in aircraft handling characteristics.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.02.13)

Aero Linx: Aerobatic Club of British Columbia If you’re interested in aerobatics, this is a great place to be. Our club is comprised of aerobatic instructors, competitors, air show performers, and people who like to do aerobatics just for fun. We meet once a month to discuss aerobatics and club business. We also hold aerobatic coaching and practice sessions at the Abbotsford International airport, and host an annual aerobatic competition. The club is full of people who are knowledgeable and passionate about aerobatics.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.02.13)

"Puma and Raven are both dependable systems. However, this requirement called for a small, subtle capability that could be employed by a single Soldier. Maveric meets this unique requirement." Source: Tami Johnson, project manager, REF, commenting as the Army recently purchased 36 Maveric unmanned aerial systems as a result of an urgent request from Soldiers in theater. The request was made to the Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, VA, in March and Soldiers will receive them this month.

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