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December 22, 2012

Gulfstream Receives FAA Production Certificate For G650

Company’s New Flagship Aircraft Also Earns EASA Approval

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently received two important certifications for its new flagship aircraft, the G650.  The company received the Production Certificate (PC) from the FAA Atlanta Manufacturing Inspection District Office, and also earned a Type Certificate for the airplane from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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FAA Modifies Special Flight Rules For Second Obama Inauguration

Ceremony To Be Held January 21 In Washington, D.C.

The planned 2013 Presidential Inauguration Festivities in Washington, DC are scheduled for January 21, 2013. At the request of the Department of Homeland Security and as part of the airspace security measures for the event, the FAA will be modifying the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) with additional flight restrictions between the hours of 1000-1800 local time.

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NASA Puts Orion Backup Parachutes To The Test

'Everything Went As Planned' As Mockup Vehicle Landed Safely In The Desert

NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Thursday at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight test in 2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during descent.

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NTSB Issues Factual Report In 2011 East River Helicopter Accident

Indicates Sightseeing Helo May Have Been Overweight

The NTSB has released a factual report from an October 4, 2011 accident in which a sightseeing helicopter went down in the East River in New York City. According to the findings, the Bell 206B was outside its weight and balance envelope at the time of the accident.

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Cessna Puts European Customers At Heart Of Service And Sales Expansion

Majority Of Citations In The Region Based Near Centers To Be Acquired In Germany And Switzerland

Cessna plans to acquire Jet Aviation's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, and Düsseldorf, Germany, further expanding Cessna's global service center footprint, the company said Friday. Both facilities will begin operating as Cessna Citation Service Centers on January 1, 2013. Jet Aviation will continue operating its FBO facilities at both locations.

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GE To Acquire Aviation Business Of Avio S.p.A

Move Will Strengthen GE Supply Chain, Engine Manufacturer Says

GE has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Avio S.p.A., an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft, for $4.3 billion. The announcement was made Thursday in Milan, Italy, by David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, and Nani Beccalli, president and CEO of GE Europe.

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CSF Applauds House Passage Of ITAR Reform Provisions

Amendment Allows Removal Of Satellites And Related Technologies From U.S. Munitions List

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act conference report with an amendment that will give the President the authority to remove satellites and related technologies from the U.S. Munitions List (USML), a significant step that the Commercial Spaceflight Federation says strengthens American industries and preserves our national security.

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Alaskan NORAD Region Keeps Santa Safe, On Schedule

Fifteen Radar Stations Will Track St. Nick Across The Northern Latitudes

Children around the world know the role the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, plays in tracking Santa's Christmas Eve flight around the world. What many don't know is the role an organization in Alaska plays in ensuring Santa makes his deliveries.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.22.12)

"During Santa's flight, we send frequent reports on Santa's position to NORAD headquarters." Source: Lt. Col. John Oberst, 176th Air Control Squadron operations officer, Alaska Air National Guard.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.12): Flap Extended Speed

The highest speed permissible with wing flaps in a prescribed extended position.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.12)

Aviation Digital Data Service

The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) makes available to the aviation community text, digital and graphical forecasts, analyses, and observations of aviation-related weather variables.

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