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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

AgustaWestland Successfully Completes Unmanned/Optionally Piloted Helo Demo

Italian Ministry Of Defense Evaluating Rotorcraft Systems

A demonstration of AgustaWestland's Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defense has been completed by the company. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

National Helicopter Services Reaches 500 Flight Hours With S-76D

Milestone Comes After Only 5 Months Of Service

Sikorsky announced Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show that National Helicopter Services Ltd. (NHSL) recently reached 500 flight hours in its S-76D helicopter.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

FAA Approves Experimental Airspace For SDG&E To Test UAS

Will Allow Flight Testing, Flight Crew Training For Utility Inspections

The FAA recently granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a Special Airworthiness Certificate for a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), allowing the utility to research, test and train flight crews on the UAS in a sparsely populated airspace in Eastern San Diego County. SDG&E is the first utility in the nation to be granted FAA approval for this technology.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Boeing Partnership Will Preserve Thousands Of Acres Of SC Wetlands

Has Received Corps Of Engineers Approval For Mitigation Program

Boeing received approval on Friday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a comprehensive wetlands mitigation plan to preserve approximately 4,000 acres of land, including more than 2,000 acres of wetlands. The land is on three separate tracts near the Francis Marion National Forest in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Aurora Flight Sciences To Supply Composite Structures For Relentless

Fairings For Main Engine Cowling Section To Be Built In WV

Aurora Flight Sciences announced from the Farnborough Air Show that they have been selected by Bell Helicopter to manufacture composite airframe structures as part of the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter program.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Author Says Irrational Risk Aversion Holding Back U.S. Human Spaceflight

Conclusion: Too Few People Are Dying In Space

On the 45th anniversary of the first flight to land humans on the moon, a new book gives one author's view as to why we haven't been back there or anywhere beyond earth orbit in over four decades, and why we are dependent on Russia for access to what he calls "our own space station."

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

ANN FAQ: How To Get YOUR News Out On Aero-News

Good News, Bad News... It's ALL News

As the preeminent online aviation news resource out there, the editorial staff at Aero-News sees a large number of news releases. We look at all of them, and can usually tell whether something merits publishing consideration within reading the first couple of paragraphs. Often, however, a new and innovative product can be overlooked because of the very words written to promote it, by the very people who created it.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.21.14): Multi-Mode Radar (MMR)

Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) A Multi-Mode Radar is used for Terrain Following (TF) and Terrain Avoidance (TA), Ground Mapping (GM) and Air-to Ground Ranging (AGR). The TF mode supplies commands which are processed and displayed as climb/dive commands on the Flight Director display and E-squared video used by the operators in anticipating near term TF commands. When in TA or GM modes, the operator is provided with a Plan Position Indicator (PPI) display. The AGR mode allows the operators to determine the range to a designated target, which can be used for position updates.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.21.14)

Aero Linx: Colorado Pilots Association Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization of over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flying safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters. Most organizational activities are administered from central offices located in the Denver area. Officers of the association are elected by the membership at an annual meeting in November of each year. The officers and appointed committee chairpersons make up the Board of Directors that governs affairs of the association. Individuals acting as liaisons for other aviation-related organizations attend board meetings to facilitate coordination of activities. And a dedicated group of Area Representatives located around the state act as membership and information contacts.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.21.14)

“There’s a great need from law enforcement agencies around the world for a light ISR platform that offers the needed performance and capabilities at an affordable price point. The Baron is uniquely suited to offer a balance of high dash speeds, long endurance, state-of-the-art avionics, exceptional flying and handling qualities, a rugged airframe and low operating costs.” Source: Dan Keady, vice president, Special Missions, talking up Beechcraft's new demonstrator dedicated to showcasing the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of its Baron G58 piston-engine aircraft.

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