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February 17, 2014

Airborne 02.17.14: Santa Monica Safe... For Now, Pipistrel's 600th, AEA2014 News

Also: AmEagle Out?, Wildcat Shotgun Start, FAA Grounds Valentine's UAV, Pilot Shortage?

A Federal Judge has ruled in favor of the position advocated by the Federal Aviation Administration, namely that Santa Monica city’s challenge to the FAA requirement that Santa Monica Airport continue to be a publicly-accessible airport was untimely, and dismissed the case. The 600th airplane from Pipistrel's Sinus and Virus family of aircraft has been completed and rolled out of the company's production facility. Pipistrel has produced, together with other aircraft models and powered hang-gliders, well over 1200 different aircraft. The rejection of a 10-year

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Airborne 02.17.14: Santa Monica Safe... For Now, Pipistrel's 600th, AEA2014 News!

Also: AmEagle Out?, Wildcat Shotgun Start, FAA Grounds Valentine's UAV, Pilot Shortage?

A Federal Judge has ruled in favor of the position advocated by the Federal Aviation Administration, namely that Santa Monica city’s challenge to the FAA requirement that Santa Monica Airport continue to be a publicly-accessible airport was untimely, and dismissed the case. The 600th airplane from Pipistrel's Sinus and Virus family of aircraft has been completed and rolled out of the company's production facility. Pipistrel has produced, together with other aircraft models and powered hang-gliders, well over 1200 different aircraft. The rejection of a 10-year contract by the American Eagle pilot's Master Executive Council (MEC) leaves the main airline with "no choice but to begin l

Aerolíneas Argentinas Places Order For A330-200s

Selects GE's CF6 Engines For The Widebodies

Aerolíneas Argentinas has signed a purchase agreement for four Airbus A330-200s to renew and consolidate their widebody fleet. Argentina’s flagship carrier will deploy the new A330 aircraft for medium and long haul routes from their Buenos Aires hub to destinations throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States.

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes First Flight

Test Flight Conducted At Point Magu, CA

The U.S. Navy has successfully flown the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for the first time. Conducted at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA, the flight will allow the team to ramp up testing efforts to prepare the system for operations.

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Falcon Aviation Services Orders Two Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft

Aviation Company Operates Corporate Jets, VIP Charter Flights, Other Aviation Services

Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a firm purchase agreement with Bombardier for two Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft. Falcon Aviation Services is based at Al Bateen Executive Airport and operates a fleet of corporate jets conducting VIP charter flights, and a fleet of helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas industry.

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Air Costa Selects PurePower Engines For 50 Embraer Aircraft

Airline Has 50 Firm Orders And 50 Options For E2 E-Jets

Pratt & Whitney will provide exclusive power for 50 firm Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, with an additional 50 purchase rights, for an order announced today by Embraer and Air Costa. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018.

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US-Bangla Airlines Of Bangladesh To Launch First Operations

Initial Routes Will Be Flown By Two Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace today welcomed Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines Ltd. to the family of Q400 aircraft operators. The airline has acquired two previously owned Q400 turboprop aircraft from a third party and as publicly noted by US-Bangla, it is scheduled to commence domestic operations as of April 2014.

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NASA Welcomes University Participants To Develop Science Payloads

Seventh Year For The 'RockOn!' Program For College Students

Registration is open for NASA's seventh annual RockOn! workshop to be held June 14-19 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA. This workshop, offered in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia, engages university and community college students and faculty interested in learning how to develop science payloads for spaceflight.

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Embraer Executive Jets Signs Contract With Hawker Pacific

Deal To Provide Support For Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 In Asia Pacific

Embraer Executive Jets has signed a contract with Hawker Pacific to provide full maintenance support to Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 customers in the Asia Pacific region. This agreement comes ahead of the Legacy 500 midsize jet’s entry into service in the first half of 2014. The Legacy 450 mid-light jet’s certification is expected a year later.

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BOC Aviation Selects PurePower Engines For New Airbus Aircraft

Deliveries Of 15 A320neo Airplanes Scheduled To Begin In 2017

BOC Aviation has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines for 15 firm A320neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.

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Boeing Delivers First Peace Eagle Aircraft To Turkish Armed Forces

Airborne Early Warning And Control Provides Advanced Surveillance And Battle Management Capabilities

Boeing is helping Turkey improve its self-defense capabilities with the recent delivery of the first Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) now has advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets, with the first of four AEW&C aircraft it has received from Boeing.

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NASA Announces Fifth Round Of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

Sixteen Satellites From Organizations In Nine States Will Fly Between 2015 And 2017

NASA has selected 16 small satellites from nine states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a primary school, non-profit organizations and NASA field centers.

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LMC, AeroVironment, Inc. To Pursue Joint Opportunities In UAS Markets

Companies Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Explore Opportunities For Unmanned Aircraft Systems In International Markets

Two aerospace companies have announced an agreement to jointly pursue opportunities in unmanned aircraft system (UAS) development. AeroVironment, Inc. and the Lockheed Martin Corporation made the announcement Thursday at the New Delhi Defense Expo.

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Bombardier, Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation, Flightsafety International Sign LOI

Pilot Training Centre To Be Located In Jiangsu, One Of China's Most Affluent And Fast-Growing Provinces

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that it has co-signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation and FlightSafety International to establish a local training center for pilots of its Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.17.14

Pipistrel Marks a 25th Anniversary Milestone…

American Seeks a New Regional Carrier…

Flyers Rights.org Wants Merger Transpa

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ANN Hosts Industry Experts For Annual Aero-TV LIVE Coverage of AEA2014

Innovators and Experts All: Phil Boyer, Jerry Gregoire and Alan Klapmeier Will Join ANN As Guest Commentators

The Aero-News Network, the long-time partner partner with the Aircraft Electronics Association, is preparing yet another new addition to their aggressive programming roster for the March 12-15 AEA 2014 Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, TN. In addition to the hundreds of stories, and dozens of hours of follow-up Aero-TV and AeroCast podcasts, ANN produces an unprecedented 10 hours of live web programming during this pivotal event.

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Klyde Morris (02.17.14)

Klyde's Got Connections... Everywhere!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 02.14.14: Beech Looks Up, Mallard Returns!, ALPA v Norwegian

Also: Moffett Under New Management, UAV v GA -- No War Needed, EAA Skiplane Fly-In, FAA and PEDs

Beechcraft Corporation said in a report delivered Monday that, in the fourth quarter, the company delivered 72 commercial Beechcraft products compared to 48 Beechcraft airplanes in the same period the previous year. Throughout the entire year, the company saw a 64 percent increase in deliveries with 205 commercial Beechcraft products delivered during 2013 compared to 125 in 2012. Joe Frakes has announced the creation of Mallard Aircraft, a new venture to reintroduce the Turbine Mallard amphibious utility, commuter, VIP and special mission aircraft. Aviation

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ISS CubeSat Work Proceeds As Crew Landing Moves Up A Day

Heavy Snow Predicted At Kazakhstan Landing Site Forces Schedule Change

Expedition 38 continued more CubeSat deployments Wednesday morning as the six station residents worked ongoing science and maintenance. Meanwhile, an upcoming landing for a space station trio has moved up one day due to predicted heavy snow at the Kazakhstan landing site.

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Union Says Lack Of Pay And Respect Leading To Pilot Shortage

Number Of Qualified Pilots Under New Rules Not A Primary Factor, According To Teamsters Local 357

Pilots who fly for one of the nation's largest regional airline companies say it's not a lack of qualified pilots, but rather a lack of pay and respect that's grounding airplanes and could cause a ripple effect in the nation's air transportation system.

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National Space Club Honors Kepler's Planet Hunters

Kepler Team To Receive Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy

NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy.

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Deal To Power Future C-130J Aircraft Hits $1 Billion

Rolls-Royce And Lockheed Martin Reach Long-Term Engine Agreement

Rolls-Royce has completed a long-term agreement with Lockheed Martin worth up to $1 billion to deliver approximately 600 engines to power future C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The agreement secures the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 as the engine of choice for all variants of the C-130J to 2025.

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'Flying Leathernecks' To Unveil Northrup Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Community Invited To Attend Special Event Being Held February 28th

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and Historical Foundation welcomed the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar today. The aircraft is being prepared for display, and the museum is inviting the public to attend the unveiling ceremony this month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.14)

Aero Linx: History of Dirigibles The first real dirigible, driven by a steam engine, was built by Henri Giffard of France in 1852. Other early experimenters were Paul Haenlein, who built an airship in Germany in 1872; and Charles Renard and A. C. Krebs, French army officers, whose La France was flown in 1884. The man who made the dirigible practical was Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany. He completed his first rigid airship in 1900. In 1910, his first passenger dirigible, the Deutschland, was flying between Düsseldorf and Friedrichshafen, a distance of 300 miles (480 km). At that time rigid dirigibles became known as Zeppelins.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.14): Pilot's Discretion

Pilot's Discretion When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.17.14)

"Regional carriers as a whole need to offer better pay and work rules to attract new pilots. The lack of a competitive contract here at Republic contributes to poor quality of life with sub-standard pay to boot. This, in turn, leads qualified pilots to look elsewhere." Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 357 President Craig Moffatt, commenting on background details explaining why Republic Airways Holdings announced this week that it would operate 27 fewer airplanes and expects to hire almost half the number of pilots anticipated in 2014 due a lack of candidates who meet new FAA rules mandating 1,500 hours of experience. 

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