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December 23, 2012

Moon Express Acquires Rocket City Space Pioneers

Teaming With Dynetics In Pursuit Of The Google Lunar X PRIZE

Moon Express has reached a Teaming Agreement with Dynetics for the acquisition of the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) Google Lunar X PRIZE Team. The agreement brings the substantial space capabilities of Dynetics to the Moon Express team for the pursuit of commercial lunar missions, and will leverage and carry forward the substantial work done by RCSP.

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Arizona Flight School Approved For Increased WINGS Program Credits

Arizona's Aviation Performance Solutions Provides Upset Prevention And Upset Recovery Training Courses

The FAA has approved an increase in WING credits to Arizona-based Aviation Performance Solutions for many of its loss of control in-flight mitigation courses. All multi-day APS upset recovery and emergency maneuver training courses, recurrency courses, and many specialty courses are authorized for credits at the Basic, Advanced, and Master levels of the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.

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Azerbaijan Airlines Orders 10 AgustaWestland Helicopters

Aircraft Slated For Use In Offshore Transport, EMS, SAR, And VIP Transport Missions

Azerbaijan Airlines has ordered ten AgustaWestland helicopters. The order is made up of eight AW139 intermediate twins and a preliminary sales contract for two AW189 medium twins. Six helicopters, four AW139s and the two AW189s, will be used for offshore transport operations; two AW139s for emergency medical services, one AW139 for search and rescue and one AW139 for VIP transport.

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Illinois To Get Aviation Biofuel Plant

Feed Stock Will Be Municipal Solid Waste

A biofuel plant that will produce electricity and aviation fuel is slated to begin construction in 2014, according to Paradigm BioAviation, the company that plans to build the facility. Before construction on the $120 million project can begin, the EPA must sign off on the company's plan, and local zoning will need to be secured.

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Russia's UTair Helicopter Operations Up 19.5 Percent

Key Performance Indicators All Positive Over 2011

UTair Group helicopter operations key performance indicators for the first 11 months of 2012 have surpassed results for the same period last year. UTair Group helicopter transport operations logged a total of 156,049 flight hours in the first 11 months of 2012, 19.5 percent more than for the same reporting period last year.

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Augusta, GA, Aviation Commission Deadlocked On New Chairman

Twelve-Member Panel Split Six-Six On Appointment

The Augusta, GA, Aviation Commission is having a difficult time naming a new chair, with the last vote ending in a six-six tie between two candidates.

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Canada's Sunwing Pilots File For Conciliation To Set Strike Deadline

Pilots Have Been In Negotiations Since August

Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 7378, representing Sunwing Airline's approximately 160 professional pilots based across Canada, is filing for conciliation and the establishment of a strike deadline after hitting an impasse in contract talks with the company.

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ATR Inaugurates New Training Center In Singapore

Expansion Driven By The Increasing Presence Of ATR-600 Operators In Asia And The Pacific

A new Training Center in Singapore both for commercial aircraft pilots and maintenance crew has been officially inaugurated by ATR. The center is located in the Seletar Aerospace Park, a major hub for the Singapore aerospace industry. The inauguration was attended by Singapore government officials, the French and the Italian ambassadors, top executives of Asian ATR operators and ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato with other top management representatives of ATR.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.12): Feathered Propeller

Feathered Propeller A propeller whose blades have been rotated so that the leading and trailing edges are nearly parallel with the aircraft flight path to stop or minimize drag and engine rotation. Normally used to indicate shutdown of a reciprocating or turboprop engine due to malfunction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.12)

Aero Linx: International Virtual Aviation Organisation The International Virtual Aviation Organisation is a dedicated, independent, free of charge, service to enthusiasts and individuals enjoying and participating in the flight simulation community worldwide. The International Virtual Aviation Organisation was formed to supply high quality services to its users on demand. Providing the Flight Simulation community a highly realistic aviation environment, is IVAO's prime objective. This includes, a real-time system for online flying (as pilot) and controlling (as air traffic controller), databases with aviation information, and organizing training and online events.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.23.12)

“Comprehensive upset prevention and recovery training as taught using APS proprietary technologies rapidly develops knowledge and skills to mitigate loss of control in-flight for pilots at all levels of experience. Of critical importance in any upset training curriculum is the enhancement of a pilot’s experience with transferrable concepts and strategies that can last in the long term.” Source: Paul BJ Ransbury, President of Aviation Performance Solutions , following the FAA approval of an increase in WING credits to Arizona-based APS for many of its loss of control in-flight mitigation courses.

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