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December 26, 2013

Textron Finally Fesses Up -- 'Yup, We Bought Beech'

The First Concrete Details Emerge

In releases issued as most of America was still scarfing up leftover turkey and stuffing (with extra gravy), GA's remaining All-American powerhouse has officially commented on their purchase of Beech and let loose with just a few details as to what may thereafter transpire. Textron Boss, and the architect of what may ultimately be the best hope the American GA biz has against being swallowed up whole by the Chinese, Scott C. Donnelly, notes that, “The acquisition of Beechcraft is a tremendous opportunity to extend our general aviation business. From our customers’ perspective, this creates a broader selection of aircraft and a larger service footprint— all sharing the same high standards of quality and innovation. The i

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.26.13

A Rare Christmas Eve Spacewalk Is A Success…

A Mozambican Airliner Was Crashed Intentionally…

Boeing to Open New Flight Training Cente

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ILOA Participating In China Chang'e-3 Moon Mission

Galaxy Imaging With Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope To Be First USA-Based Activity On Lunar Surface Since 1972 Apollo 17

International Lunar Observatory Association is participating in the Chang'e-3 Moon lander mission. This great feat of engineering is the first Moon landing in almost 40 years, and could very well, with a rising tide of interest and imperative for lunar development, mark the beginning of permanent operations on the Moon.

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Boeing To Expand Aviation Training In Russia

New Training Center To Be Located At The Skolkovo Innovation Center

Boeing has announced it will expand its flight and maintenance training capabilities in Russia with a new, state-of-the-art training campus. The new full-service training facility— set to open in 2015—will be located in the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow. Boeing will work in cooperation with Industrial Investors Group and their subsidiary Transas on the project.

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Propeller Systems From GE Aviation Dowty Propellers Mission-Proven

Extreme Operating Conditions With ShinMaywa US-2 Amphibious Aircraft

Powered by GE Aviation’s Dowty Propellers, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s fleet of ShinMaywa US-2 STOL search and rescue amphibian aircraft has been proven in extreme mission conditions, as demonstrated by a challenging rescue at sea during the summer.

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Sailing Satellites Into Safe Retirement

New Method For Deorbiting Satellites Near First Test Flight

When satellites reach the end of their working lives, they may pose a threat to other spacecraft as they continue to orbit in a dormant state for many decades. But now a new way to deorbit aging satellites in a safe manner is nearing its first test in space. In the future, satellites might carry a packaged ultra-lightweight ‘gossamer sail’ to open as they head towards retirement.

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $57.1 M Services Contract For AE 1107C Engines

For US Marine Corps And Air Force V-22 Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a $57.1 million contract to support AE 1107C engines for V-22 aircraft operated by the US Marine Corps and Air Force. The award, the final option year of a five-year MissionCare contract, includes repair and support services, with work carried out at Rolls-Royce facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Oakland, California, as well as fleet support at customer bases.

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Air Canada Confirms Approval Of Regulations Extending Pension Funding

OSFI Approval Of Reducing Amendments To Canadian Pension Plans Also Confirmed 

The Government of Canada has advised the Air Canada that, further to the agreement announced on March 12, 2013, new regulations applicable to Air Canada's pension funding obligations have been formally approved.

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Cessna Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Greensboro Service Center

One Of 15 Company-Owned Facilities In Service Network

Cessna this month is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Greensboro Citation Service Center. The facility, located at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC, is one of the busiest in the network of company-owned service centers, and this year alone handled approximately 2,500 service orders for aircraft operating in or traveling through the mid-Atlantic United States.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.26.13)

"The landing of Chang'e-3 is very likely to accelerate plans for Human and Robotic Moon Missions, in China, the USA and elsewhere." Source: Steve Durst, Founder and Director of the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.26.13): TROWAL (TROugh of Warm Air ALoft)

Typically used during winter weather, it is a "tongue" of relatively warm/moist air aloft that wraps around to the north and west of a mature cyclone.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.26.13)

FAA Sleep Apnea Fact Sheet

There has been a lot of discussion and controversy over a proposed Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) policy in the past month. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) inhibits restorative sleep. The FAA began to push its policy because they say it has significant safety implications.

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