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January 28, 2014

P-8A Aircraft Gets Green Light To Enter Full Rate Production

Approval Granted January 3 To Ramp Up From Low Rate Production

On the heels of the P-8A Poseidon squadron’s inaugural deployment, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) recently announced it entered the full-rate production (FRP) phase of its development.

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Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines Partner For Delivery Of Medical, Educational Supplies

Airline's 19th Flight Is Most Of Any Carrier Involved In Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flight Program

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have partnered with two Puget Sound-based non-profit organizations, Seattle Alliance Outreach and Evangelical Africa Mission Outreach, to transport 7,300 pounds of medical and educational supplies to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on a newly delivered 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane.

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Gone West: EAA Founding Member Leo Kohn

Became The Organization's First Official Photographer

Another person closely linked with EAA's history and growth passed away earlier this month. Leo Kohn (EAA 4), one of EAA's founding members, died on Friday, January 17, at the age of 87.

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Asiana Airlines Signs FHS Components Contract With Airbus For Its A380 Fleet

Secures The 'Highest Service Level' For Daily A380 Operations

Asiana Airlines has selected Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to provide components support for its A380 fleet. The FHS agreement, which will run for 10 years, provides an extensive scope of A380 line replaceable units (LRUs), guaranteed spare parts availability through pool access service and on-site stock at customer main base and selected outstations, as well as repair to Asiana Airlines.

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Arcturus UAV And Urban Robotics Fly 3-D Imager

Device Can Create 3-D Images In Near-Real Time, Maker Says

A sensor system designed to create 3-D reconstructions in near-real time and output high-resolution digital elevation models, LIDAR-like datasets, and wide area maps has been flown on an Arcturus UAV T-20 Tier II unmanned aerial vehicle. The system, called GeoDragon, is enclosed in a wing-mounted pod and is capable of high resolution 2-D and 3-D image capture.

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Canadian Coast Guard Helos On Hold

Funding Issues, Fatal Accident In September Among The Stumbling Blocks

The Canadian Coast Guard has a plan to acquire 24 new helicopters, but funding issues and a recent fatal accident have thrown a few obstacles in the plan's path.

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NASA Instruments On European Comet Spacecraft Begin Activation Countdown

Three Devices Will Contribute To The Spacecraft's Science Mission

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. Rosetta was reactivated Jan. 20 after a record 957 days in hibernation.

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NIAR Receives High-Tech Aerospace Structural Testing Systems

MTS Supplies State-of-the-Art Technology To The National Institute For Aviation Research

An array of state-of-the-art mechanical testing systems described as "extensive" has been sold to Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) by MTS Systems Corporation. The systems will be used in NIAR's new Aircraft Structural Test and Evaluation Center (ASTEC), one of the world's largest and most sophisticated full-scale structural testing facilities.

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ERAU Prescott Campus Creates U.S.'s First College Of Security And Intelligence

Builds On GSIS Program Success

To meet what it perceives as a growing need for highly skilled cybersecurity, forensics and global security and intelligence experts, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, AZ, campus is again stepping outside its aviation heritage and launching the nation's first College of Security and Intelligence (CSI).

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Australian MoD Holds MH-60R 'In-Service' Ceremony

Event To Accept The Aircraft Held At Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL

The first two MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters were accepted by the Royal Australian Navy at an ‘In Service Date’ ceremony conducted by NUSQN 725 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL on Friday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.28.14

The Top 5 Things Pilots Want to Hear in the State of the Union…

Airbus is Taking Shape in Alabama…

A Milestone Step Toward Replacing H

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Airborne 01.28.14: ANN Seeks 2014's Top Sportplanes, Fuel Funds, King Air's 50th

Also: 787 Production Rate, Father/Son A-10 Legacy, Virgin Galactic Test Firing, Sierra Nevada Heads For The Cape, AEA Partners With NextGen GA Fund

Now that we at ANN have seen all that was new and novel at this year's 2014 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, in Sebring FL, it's time to put together this year's list of what we consider to be the best "Flyer's Dozen" (that's thirteen, in all) Sport Aircraft available for an embattled flying community that needs value now more than ever before. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2014 passed by Congress includes language to fund the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative. The initiative is an FAA - industry partnership charged with evaluating candidate fuels and developing data to support fleet-wide certification for their use, and a key

Airborne 01.28.14: ANN Seeks 2014's Top Sportplanes, Fuel Funds, King Air's 50th

Also: 787 Production Rate, Father/Son A-10 Legacy, Virgin Galactic Test Firing, Sierra Nevada Heads For The Cape, AEA Partners With NextGen GA Fund

Now that we at ANN have seen all that was new and novel at this year's 2014 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, in Sebring FL, it's time to put together this year's list of what we consider to be the best "Flyer's Dozen" (that's thirteen, in all) Sport Aircraft available for an embattled flying community that needs value now more than ever before. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2014 passed by Congress includes language to fund the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative. The initiative is an FAA - industry partnership c

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Don’t Be Frightened, It’s 'Just' A SUPER STOL

Takeoff Roll Of 250 Feet Is Only The Beginning

Like the prey of a predatory bird, all of a sudden you’re enveloped by a large shadow, and then a huge beast lands beside you, screeching to an abrupt halt. Relax; there is no need to be frightened. It’s "Just" a SUPER STOL.

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Aviation Legend Russ Meyer Honored At Wichita Tribute

Presented With Forth Annual Wichita Aero Club Trophy

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on Saturday paid tribute to general aviation (GA) community legend Russell W. Meyer at a ceremony, hosted by the Wichita Aero Club, to honor Meyer's nearly 50-year legacy of championing the industry’s interests. During the event, the organization awarded Meyer its fourth annual Wichita Aero Club Trophy.

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Southwest Airlines Marks First Flights From Abu Dhabi Pre-Clearance Center

Calls The Occasion A 'Sad Day' For U.S. Airlines

The occasion of the first flights from a U.S.-funded Customs and Border Patrol Pre-Clearance facility located at the Abu Dhabi airport is being called a "sad day for the U.S. airline industry" in a news release from the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA).

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First Airbus Building In Mobile, AL Taking Shape

Milestone Reached With Final Truss Lifted Into Place

With the placement of the final truss atop the roof last week, the construction of the first building in the Airbus Mobile Assembly Line complex has reached an important milestone. The entire “skeleton” of the building can now be seen. This building is the Final Assembly Line Hangar, which is where A320 family aircraft will be assembled.

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Air Traffic Management Performance Study To Benefit From EU Co-Funding

Goals Are To Increase Safety, Capacity, Flight Efficiency, And Cost Effectiveness Of Air Traffic Management

The European Union is set to co-finance a study looking at methodologies to support faster flight data processing for a more effective air traffic management (ATM) in Europe. The over €6.6 million (approx. $9 million) in funding needed for the study will come from the TEN-T Program.

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James Webb Space Telescope Passes A Mission Milestone

NASA: All Major Designs Of The Spacecraft Now Complete

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed its first significant mission milestone for 2014 -- a Spacecraft Critical Design Review (SCDR) that examined the telescope's power, communications and pointing control systems.

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U.S. Army Opens Vertical Wind Tunnel At Yuma Proving Ground

Free-Fall Training Facility Named For Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

The U.S. Army has dedicated a new vertical wind tunnel that will be used by soldiers to train for free-fall parachuting missions.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.28.14)

"It is very appropriate for Russ to receive this honor, because it's hard to imagine someone who’s done more for his 'adopted hometown' of Wichita than he has." Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, in his introduction of Russ Meyer at the Wichita Aero Club Gala Saturday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.28.14): Progressive Taxi

Precise taxi instructions given to a pilot unfamiliar with the airport or issued in stages as the aircraft proceeds along the taxi route.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.28.14)

Preserved Axis Aircraft

The aim of this site is to try to keep track of preserved Axis aircraft and projects aiming at preserving and restoring Axis aircraft. Currently this site contains more than 1,950 entries and some 1,750 photos.

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