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January 05, 2014

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Hawaii Commuter Ditching

Says Airplane Floated About 25 Minutes In The Ocean Before Sinking

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report from an accident December 11 off the coast of Kalaupapa, Hawaii that resulted in one fatal injury. Eight people on board the Cessna 208B survived the accident.

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Carnivorous Plant Inspires Potential Protective Coatings For Aircraft

Substance Could Prevent Ice From Adhering To Surfaces During Flight

A tropical carnivorous plant – the pitcher plant – which traps its prey inside its body with a virtually frictionless surface is inspiring a new generation of coatings capable of repelling liquids including blood, oil, honey and even ice on aircraft.

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Mi-28N Night Hunter Helicopter Enters Service With Russian Defense Ministry

Aircraft Has been Operated By Russia's Armed Forces For Several Years

The Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter, made by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom and part of State Corporation Rostec, has officially entered into service with the Russian Defense Ministry under an order signed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Before officially entering into service, the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter was operated by the Russian Armed Forces for several years.

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More NASA BARREL Balloons Take To The Skies

Twenty Balloons Measuring Earth's Radiation Belts

The second year of an unprecedented balloon campaign in Antarctica has just begun. The NASA-funded mission – called the Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses, or BARREL – is led by Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. The mission is unique, as it relies not on one gigantic balloon, but on many smaller ones, 20 in total.

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CenTex Aerospace Receives Brazilian Approval For King Air Conversion

ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) Validates The HALO 250 Conversion For 200 Series Aircraft

Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has granted approval to CenTex Aerospace for their HALO 250 conversion for the Beechcraft 200 series King Airs. The FAA issued their STC approval to CenTex on October 16th 2012, and then on January 22nd of 2013 Transport Canada issued their approval.

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NGC Expands Industry Support For E-2C Hawkeye Program In Japan

Establishes 'Just-In-Time' Inventory Management Process

Northrop Grumman Corporation has entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corporation of Illinois and Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, expanding industrial support for the Japan E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a "just-in-time" inventory management process.

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First Asteroid Of 2014 Discovered

Likely Entered Earth's Atmosphere On New Year's Day, Disintegrated Before Impact

Early Wednesday morning (Jan. 1, 2014), while New Year's 2014 celebrations were still underway in the United States, the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, AZ, collected a single track of observations with an immediate follow-up on what was possibly a very small asteroid -- 7 to 10 feet in size -- on a potential impact trajectory with Earth.

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Avjet Announces FBO In Seoul, Korea

Move Based On Strong Growth In Business Aviation In The Region

Avjet Corporation, a provider of large cabin private jet services, says that Avjet Asia and Korea Airport Corporation (KAC) will open a fixed base operation (FBO) in Seoul, Korea. KAC announced that Avjet Asia has a multi-year contract to manage the FBO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.05.14): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen's meteorological information (AIRMET/WA) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms that are rapidly developing and increasing in intensity, or low ceilings and visibilities that are becoming widespread which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.05.14)

Aero Linx: From Private to Professional Pilot The goal of this blog is to show the steps which I (Swayne Martin) will be taking over the next few years in my pursuit of a Professional Pilot career. I will show step by step my path towards this goal, beginning with my first Flight Lesson. In addition, I will show you what inspires me in aviation from the flights I have taken to the people I have met. Along the way, I hope to inspire young or new pilots to follow their passion and take it to the next level.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.05.14)

"This year the Van Allen Probes and the BARREL balloons will be exploring what happens at dusk. Balloon campaigns in the Antarctic region have long seen these bursts of particles precipitating down toward Earth at dusk. This year, the spacecraft and the balloons will have coordinated measurements to determine what's happening up in the belts during these events." Source: Robyn Millan, principal investigator for BARREL at Dartmouth. The second year of an unprecedented balloon campaign in Antarctica has just begun. The NASA-funded mission – called the Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses, or BARREL – is led by Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

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