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February 04, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.04.13

Inaction by Congress Could Clip the Wings of the Blue Angels…

Airbus is “Relaxed” about Lithium-ion Batteries…


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Air National Guard Director Retires

Stepping Down After More Than 40 Years Service To The Country

Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Air National Guard director, retired after more than 40 years of military service during a ceremony Tuesday hosted by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at Joint Base Andrews, MD. The Air Force Chief of Staff Air Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody and other dignitaries attended.

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EC135 T2 Delivered To Japan's National Police Agency

First Of The Model To Be Deployed To The Metropolitan PD

Eurocopter Japan delivered a new EC135 T2 to the National Police Agency (NPA) on Wednesday. It will be the first EC135 to be deployed to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for law enforcement missions in the Tokyo prefecture.

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Airmen Gear Up For Largest B-1 Modification Program

Developmental Testing Scheduled To Begin In April

Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron are gearing up for the largest B-1 Lancer modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade. Because of the magnitude of this upgrade, additional work is being done to make sure members of the 337th TES are ready to test and develop tactics needed to take full advantage of the new equipment and software.

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GE Aviation Provides Flight Management For Boeing 737 MAX

FMS Designed To Control The Aircraft With An Accuracy Of 30 Feet

GE Aviation has been awarded a contract from The Boeing Company to provide the flight management system for the Boeing 737 MAX airplane. The system will be designed and manufactured at GE facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Clearwater, Florida. The first 737 MAX is on track to be delivered in 2017.

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CAE Awarded Contracts Valued At Nearly $95 Million

Will Provide Seven Full-Flight Simulators, Training Devices And Update Services

CAE announced Wednesday that it has sold seven full-flight simulators (FFSs) and a series of training devices and simulator update services. These include the sale of two Airbus A320 FFSs and a Boeing 737 FFS to Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Center (SEFTC); an A320 to the Zhuhai Flight Training Centre; and a Boeing 737 FFS, an Airbus A320 FFS and a Boeing 787 FFS to undisclosed customers.

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'Patriotic Citizens Of Topeka' Announce Inaugural Warbird Gathering

Event Planned For August 1-4 In Topeka, KS

The concept began with the successful assembly of some 30 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft 3 years ago in an operation dubbed “The Last Time.” That special event was largely driven by patriotism, community support, and selflessness. Now, a group called "The Patriotic Citizens Of Topeka" are planning what they are calling their Inaugural annual gathering of Warbirds and Legends.

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USCG Completes Successful HC-130H Test Flight After Avionics Upgrade

New Panel Incorporates ADS-B, RNP RNAV Functions On Multi-Function Displays

The U.S. Coast Guard recently completed a successful Functional Check Flight of an HC-130H aircraft enhanced with an advanced avionics upgrade under the Coast Guard’s Avionics 1 Upgrade program.

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Republic Airways Holdings Signs Component Agreement With Embraer

Will Minimize Airline's Investment On High-Value Repairable Inventories And Resources

Republic Airways Holdings has reached an agreement with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer on a Flight Hour Pool Program under which Embraer will provide component support for Republic’s fleet of Embraer jet aircraft.

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NASA Increases Value Of Bioastronautics Contract

Supports Medical Research And Services On ISS, Orion Programs

NASA has increased the value of a contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The modification increases the not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity value of the contract by $49 million, from $914.5 million to $963.5 million.

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Sikorsky Unveils Colombian Black Hawk Repair Plans

Will Provide In-Country Depot Level Repairs to Colombian Army's Fleet

Seven damaged UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters belonging to the Colombian Army (LOLAR) will be structurally repaired at Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) base depot in Tolemaida, Colombia.

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Air China's Beijing-New York Service Gets Major Boost

Upgrades To Boeing 777-300ER, Expands Frequency

Air China has upgraded the equipment it uses on its New York to Beijing route. Beginning March 31, passengers will be making the trip on a new Boeing 777-300ER. The frequency of the flights will also increase from 7 to 11 per week for its nonstop New York-Beijing flights.

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PRODUCT: All EADS CASA (Type Certificate previously held by Construcciones Aeronáuticas, S.A.) Model CN-235, CN-235-100, CN- 235-200, and CN-235-300 airplanes.

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Airborne 02.01.13: LaHood Resignation, 787 Update, HeliSAS Cert

Also: Aero-Integrity, Iran's Monkey-In-Space Program, and Remembering Columbia, Challenger and Apollo 1

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that after serving for four years in President Obama’s Cabinet, he would not be staying on for the second term. In its sixth update on its investigation into a battery fire aboard a JAL Dreamliner January 7, the NTSB said its examination of the damaged battery has transitioned from macroscopic to microscopic. The Islamic Republic of Iran says it has taken another step towards becoming a space-faring nation by launching a monkey into space

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Sequestration Could Kill 2nd Half Of Blue Angels' Season

Mandatory Budget Cuts Could Mean Severe Restriction In Flying Time

The Blue Angels have more than 30 events on their schedule for the second half of Fiscal Year 2013, and they may not fly any of them if automatic budget cuts go into effect due to sequestration. The show schedule could be truncated to March 1, according to a brief from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Johathan Greenert and reported by U.S. News. The brief outlines cuts to the Navy's budget should sequestration take place, or if Congress does not finally pass a budget for the fiscal year.

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Klyde Morris (02.04.13)

Hey Klyde...What Do You Have Against PETA?


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Airbus Has Studied A350 Battery Alternatives

But So Far Plans To Stick With Lithium-Ion Cells Similar To Dreamliner's

Airbus has reportedly studied alternatives to lithium-ion batteries like those that have caused the entire Dreamliner fleet to be grounded for use in its new A350XWB airline currently in development. But the planemaker says for now, it still plans to use the lithium-ion cells.

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Aeroflot Forced To Postpone 777-300ER Entry Into Service

New Boeing Model Has Not Been Certified By The Russian Government

Aeroflot took delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER Wednesday, but the airline is being forced to delay the airliner's entry into service. In a news release, Aeroflot said that according to a statement by the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia, the airline does not have the permission of the Russian aviation authority to start flying the plane because the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has not certified the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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Swift Fuels LLC Reaches Deal With German Firm

Acquires 50 Percent Stake in German Company In Exchange For Intellectual Property, Aviation Fuels License

An American company that is developing a commercial replacement for leaded general aviation gasoline has announced the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in a German firm. The transaction allows Zweibrücken, Germany-based Swift Fuel GmbH to license the intellectual property and technical expertise, including 100SF aviation gasoline targeted for general aviation aircraft.

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Gulfstream G280 Sets 15 New City-Pair Speed Records

Flights Were Part Of Reliability Demonstration Program

Gulfstream's new G280 aircraft recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program. The 250-hour internal testing program, among the most extensive voluntary reliability programs ever implemented by Gulfstream, served to enhance fleet reliability, enrich pilot training and improve customer readiness.

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Klyde Morris 02.04.2013

Giving New Meaning To The Term 'Monkey Business'


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Six Earn Master Instructor Designation In January

Designation Recognized By The FAA For CFI Renewal

Six flight instructors completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in the month of January. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 CFIs currently active in the country. The last 17 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.04.13): Simultaneous ILS Approaches

Simultaneous ILS Approaches An approach system permitting simultaneous ILS/MLS approaches to airports having parallel runways separated by at least 4,300 feet between centerlines. Integral parts of a total system are ILS/MLS, radar, communications, ATC procedures, and appropriate airborne equipment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.04.13)

Aero Linx: Emirates Aviation Association Emirates Aviation Association (EAA) was established on Saturday 30th of August 1997 in accordance with federal law number (6) for the year of 1974 to form the organization of the Emirates Aviation Associations under the Social Affair Ministry, as amended by Law No. (20) for the year 1981. Since the formation of the Association, EAA has organized and participated in many events locally and Internationally to promote Aviation and achieve its main goals and objectives. EAA is the only recognized official organization as non - profit Association serving the Aviation in the United Arab Emirates.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.04.13)

“The Gulfstream reliability demonstration program incorporates pilot check rides, maintenance on auxiliary power units, engine run qualifications, technical operations, publications validations and basic servicing and handling at typical fixed-base operators. This is just one more way we are going above and beyond for our customers, ensuring they have the most reliable and high-performing aircraft.” Source: Mark Burns, President, Product Support, following the news that Gulfstream's new G280 aircraft recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program.

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