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December 25, 2012

Classic Aero-TV: Checking Out The Bristell -- The New LSA Bird On the Block

A New LSA Bird Tries To Take On The Industry

One of the more pleasant aspects of getting to those aviation events that still manage to draw a crowd, is to see what's new and interesting in the latest crop of flying machines. At the 2012 US Sport Aviation Expo, the newest kid on the block was a rather cure little bird by the name of "Bristell." While admittedly a bit similar in form and configuration to a number of competing birds, it seemed that Bristell was an attempt to maximize what people liked about the current crop of low-wing sport flyers into one new airframe.

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NASA'S Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone

Agency Says It Is Ready To Start Construction On The First Booster

The team designing America's new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle's core stage. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency's Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

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AirAsia Becomes First Operator Of Airbus’ Sharklet Equipped A320

Airbus Says Operators Will Benefit From Projected Four Percent Fuel Burn Savings

Airbus has delivered the first A320 equipped with Sharklets to AirAsia, which becomes the first operator of aircraft fitted with the large wing tip devices. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and are standard on all members of the A320neo Family.

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ST Engineering's Aerospace Division To Train Pilots For Xiamen Airlines

Extends Two-Decade Long Partnership With Expanded Work Scope

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) said recently that the commercial pilot training business of its aerospace arm, ST Aerospace Academy (STAA) has been awarded a contract to train pilots for Xiamen Airlines.

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Maxcraft Avionics Announces STC For Class A TAWS

Enhanced Altitude Accuracy For Hawker Beechcraft 1900C And 1900D Regional Airliners

Transport Canada has issued an STC to Maxcraft Avionics in Vancouver, B.C., (SA12-78) for the installation of a Class A Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) into the Hawker Beechcraft 1900C and 1900D aircraft.

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NASA's Next-Generation Communications Satellite Arrives At KSC

Tracking And Data Relay Spacecraft Scheduled For Jan. 29 Launch

NASA's newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, has arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for launch January 29. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, CA.

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Universal Avionics Announces New Asia Pacific Office

Additional Sales, Support For Growing Customer Base

Universal Avionics is set to open a new satellite office in Singapore. Slated to open the first quarter of 2013, the Asia Pacific office will further support Universal’s significant customer base in areas including Thailand, Japan and, Australia, where numerous flight deck retrofit projects are underway.

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US Airways Employees Raise $1.455 Million For United Way

Annual Campaign Brings Airline's 2012 Total Philanthropic Contributions To $9 Million

US Airways and its wholly owned subsidiaries' 38,000 employees pledged $1.455 million to the airline's annual "Hope Takes Flight" campaign to benefit the United Way. This year's campaign ran between Sept. 18 and Nov. 13.

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Miniature Radar Altimeter Supports Sea-Skimming UAV Test

Unmanned Aircraft To Assist In Training For Missile Attacks

A  Miniature Radar Altimeter (MRA) supplied by UK-based Roke Manor Research (Roke) was used in in a successful flight test of a sea-skimming UAV designed to mimic the threat of an incoming missile.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.25.12)

Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed thru the night, "Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight." Source: "'Twas the Night Before Chrsitmas, Aviation Style", author unknown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.12): Missed Approach

A maneuver conducted by a pilot when an instrument approach cannot be completed to a landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.12)

Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association

The all-volunteer Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association was born in 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock, Ontario, from the dreams of a handful of Harvard lovers who were determined to keep the legend of the Harvard alive.

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