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January 30, 2014

NBAA Welcomes Industry-Recommended Changes To RVSM Certification Process

Has Advocated For The Change For Several Years

The NBAA welcomed changes enacted on Jan. 27 by the FAA that will streamline the process for operators seeking to receive a letter of authorization (LOA) for operations in Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) airspace above 28,000 feet MSL. NBAA representatives, who first brought the challenges related to RVSM authorization to the attention of FAA officials several years ago, have been among the participants on a joint industry/agency task force focused on ways to streamline the authorization process.

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NTSB Issues Factual Report In 2012 Atlanta Police Helo Accident

Two Fatally Injured When Aircraft Struck Power Lines And Went Down

The NTSB has released its factual report from an accident which occurred November 3, 2012 involving an Atlanta Police Department helicopter. The two people on board the aircraft, a commercial pilot and a pilot-rated tactical flight officer (TFO), were fatally injured and the Hughes OH-6A, N368PD, was substantially damaged following a collision with power lines and terrain while maneuvering at Atlanta, Georgia.

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Pacific Fleet Commander Gets Close Look At P-8 Advanced Capabilities

Accompanied VP-16 On Eight-Hour Patrol Over South China Sea

Adm. Harry Harris, Pacific Fleet commander, saw firsthand the advanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon on a flight with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, Jan. 24. The P-8A flew an eight-hour maritime surveillance mission over the East China Sea, highlighting the full range of the Poseidon's game-changing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

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Lion Group Chooses CFM56-5B To Power A320ceo Fleet

Valued At More Than $1.2 Billion U.S., Deliveries Scheduled To Begin In Mid-2014

Lion Group has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 60 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. The agreement is valued at more than $1.2 billion U.S. at list price; the aircraft order was announced in March 2013.

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Waypoint 2 Space Earns FAA Safety Approval For Spaceflight Training Programs

Company Intends To Set Highest Industry Standard For Commercial Spaceflight Training

The FAA has granted safety approval to spaceflight training company Waypoint 2 Space for training services that are expected to begin late spring of 2014. The FAA safety approval solidifies Waypoint 2 Space’s commitment to establishing the safest and highest training standards for the industry.  

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A350 XWB MSN3 Commences Cold Weather Testing In Iqaluit Canada

Airplane Subjected To Temperatures As Cold As -28°C

Airbus’ A350 XWB MSN3 development aircraft with a team of 48 Airbus specialists has completed cold weather trials at Iqaluit, Canada. Temperatures reached down to -28°C (-18.4°F). The scope of the trials included: APU and engine starts after cold soak; verifying system behavior; low-speed taxi and rejected take-offs. It also performed a local flight as planned.

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Red Flag Returns To Nevada

Squadrons From The U.S., UK, And Australia Gather For Intensive Training

The latest iteration of the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as allied and U.S aircraft launched to simulate battle in the sky over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Allied aircrews from Great Britain and Australia joined U.S. warfighters in the continued effort to maximize combat readiness, capability and survivability in a contested and degraded environment during Red Flag 14-1, hosted by the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

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Air Charter Safety Foundation Welcomes 26 North Aviation

Added To A List Of 106 Companies That Belong To The Safety Standards Organization

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that 26 North Aviation, Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania is the newest company to join the ACSF. Along with 106 other companies, 26 North Aviation now supports the ACSF’s vision to enable on-demand air charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry.

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New Mexico Wing Of CAF Set To Close

Local Leadership Cites Disagreements With National Organization

The New Mexico Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) located in Hobbs, NM has decided to suspend its operation citing disagreements with the organization's national leadership.

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Gone West: Tuskegee Airman Earl Rudisill

Support Crewman Kept Electronic Equipment Operational

Another of the famed Tuskegee Airmen has gone west. Earl Rudisill passed away last Thursday in Columbus, OH, at the age of 97.

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Helicopter Investment Secures 1,000 UK Jobs

UK Defense Secretary Announces Plans To Upgrade Merlin And Apache Helicopters

More than a thousand engineering and manufacturing jobs across the UK have been secured by a multi-million-pound Ministry of Defense contract to upgrade 2 fleets of military helicopters – Merlins and Apaches.

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Boeing Sued By Chinese Asiana Accident Survivors

Class Action Suit Seeks $50,000 For Each Of The Claimants

About 80 Chinese survivors of the Asiana Airlines accident in San Francisco last year have joined a class-action lawsuit against Boeing.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.14

EAA and FAA Meet for Recreational Summit...

Meet the NEW Eastern  Airlines…

Lockheed Martin Wins FAA Extension…

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Aero-TV: Velocity's Spacy V-Twin -- A 21st Century Multi-Engine Airplane

Velocity Aircraft Shows Off Their Twin-engine Model At The AOPA 2013 Convention

While at the AOPA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to get out on the ramp and check out the twin-engine Velocity prototype. He met with John Abraham, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Velocity Aircraft and asked what’s in the future for this unique homebuilt airplane.

Aero-TV: Velocity's Spacy V-Twin -- A 21st Century Multi-Engine Airplane

Velocity Aircraft Shows Off Their Twin-Engine Model At The AOPA 2013 Convention

While at the AOPA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to get out on the ramp and check out the twin-engine Velocity prototype. He met with John Abraham, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Velocity Aircraft and asked what’s in the future for this unique homebuilt airplane. Abraham said they are happy with the progress they are making on the airplane. However, the next production kit prototype will have some changes. For example, the current 160 hp engines will be replaced with 180 hp engines, the position of t

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Top FAA Officials Meet In Oshkosh For Recreational Aviation Summit

Tenth Annual Event Focuses Multiple Issues Relative To Sport Aviation

Two days of intense focus on major issues within recreational aviation kicked off Tuesday morning as EAA leadership and senior FAA officials gathered at the EAA Aviation Center for the annual Recreational Aviation Summit.

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More Airborne!! After 200 Amazing Episodes, Airborne Gets A Schedule Upgrade

Will Commence A Three Episode Per Week Schedule, February 3rd!

It's been an interesting run for the crew of Airborne -- ANN and Aero-TV's ground-breaking, twice-weekly, aviation news program. After 200 highly acclaimed episodes and a programming model that has been copied by many, and equaled by none, ANN is proud to announce that Airborne will undergo a schedule upgrade and be seen each Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting right away -- next week! "We've gotten great compliments and really solid viewing stats for the program," notes ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell.

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Boeing Reports Record 2013 Revenue, EPS And Backlog

Fourth-Quarter Revenue Increased 7 Percent To $23.8 Billion Reflecting Higher Deliveries

Boeing reported fourth-quarter revenue of $23.8 billion and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) that increased 29 percent to $1.88, driven by strong performance across the company's businesses and higher deliveries (Table 1). Fourth-quarter core operating earnings (non-GAAP) of $1.8 billion includes a $406 million non-cash charge to settle A-12 litigation dating back to 1991, retiring a longstanding risk to the company.

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FAA Extends Lockheed Martin's Work Supporting The National Airspace System

Work Will Sustain Reliable, Safe Air Travel Throughout United States

The FAA has extended work supporting foundational elements of the National Airspace System (NAS) performed by Lockheed Martin through October, 2017. The corporation was awarded a $440 million extension to the NAS Integration Support Contract (NISC), which it has held for the past four years.

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Challenger Disaster Ebook By ‘Voice Of NASA’ Hugh Harris Available

Released On The 28th Anniversary Of The Space Shuttle Accident

On the twenty-eighth anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster came the release of a new e-book Challenger: An American Tragedy – The Inside Story from Launch Control by Hugh Harris.

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Marine F-35B Aircraft Hit Software Snag

Problems May Lead To Further Delays In Delivering The Aircraft

The annual report from the Department of Defense Office of Test and Evaluation (OT&E) indicates that the F-35B STOVL variant for the U.S. Marine Corps may be delayed by software code it says is "unacceptable."

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New Eastern Air Lines Files With U.S. DOT

First Step In Launching A New Carrier Under A Legacy Brand

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., (Eastern) has filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Eastern plans on commencing its Part 121 certification with the FAA shortly, and has retained legal counsel and consultants for this purpose.

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NASA's 2013 Astronaut Candidates Promote STEM Education At Smithsonian Event

Will Talk With Local Students About The Value Of STEM Programs

NASA's 2013 astronaut class will participate in an educational event at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington Thursday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.30.14)

"We look with pride to the working relationship we have built with FAA, beginning with Paul and the heritage he established 60 years ago. We get together to find solutions in a way that will benefit the entire GA community." Source: EAA Chairman Jack Pelton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.14): Popcorn Convection

Slang for showers and thunderstorms that form on a scattered basis with little or no apparent organization, usually during the afternoon in response to diurnal heating.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.14)

deHavilland Caribou and Buffalo Web Site

This site is dedicated to all the flight and maintenance crews who flew or are now flying these great aircraft. Photos, history, specifications and more.

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