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November 26, 2012

ATR Pilot Training Center In Singapore Achieves EASA Certification

Training Begins With The Full Flight Simulator For Pilots Flying The ATR 600 Series Aircraft

ATR's newest flight training center in Singapore is now officially approved by EASA and is ready to start training courses shortly. The center will provide a high level of training programs from flight crew type rating through recurrent training to differences courses.

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GE Aviation Acquires Morris Technologies And Rapid Quality Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing To Enhance GE Production Capability

GE Aviation has acquired the assets of Morris Technologies, and its sister company, Rapid Quality Manufacturing, precision manufacturing companies operating in suburban Cincinnati, OH. Terms were not disclosed.

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16th Combat Aviation Brigade Completes Aerial Gunnery Transition

Battalions Qualified With Individual Aircraft Weapons Systems

The 16th Combat Aviation Brigade began its transition from a force-generating build-up into a training phase, in accordance with Army Force Generation model, with its first aerial gunnery at Yakima (WA) Training Center from Oct. 7 to Nov. 8.

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Marshall Executive Aviation Pursues Canadian FAOC

Wants To Operate Flights In Canada With Challenger 300 Aircraft

Marshall Executive Aviation is advancing work to obtain a Canadian Foreign Air Operator’s Certificate (FAOC) to enable the company to operate flights in Canada with its Challenger 300. The move follows the grant of an AOC extension this summer enabling the aircraft to operate to North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Russia as well as the popular European destinations.

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Astronomers Directly Image Massive Star's 'Super-Jupiter'

Enormous 'Planet' Falls Just Short Of Mass Required To Generate Fusion

Astronomers using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii have discovered a "super-Jupiter" around the bright star Kappa Andromedae, which now holds the record for the most massive star known to host a directly imaged planet or lightweight brown dwarf companion. Designated Kappa Andromedae b (Kappa And b, for short), the new object has a mass about 12.8 times greater than Jupiter's.

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Aircraft Wreckage Discovered In New Zealand May Be From 2004 Accident

DNA Testing Being Conducted On Remains Found At The Site

Recently-discovered wreckage of an aircraft found by New Zealand police may be that of a helicopter which went down in 2004 carrying a British woman and her New Zealand boyfriend.

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Gone To The Dogs... NOT -- TSA Suspends Canine Breeding Program

Training Program To Continue At Lackland AFB

A recent efficiency review showed that the TSA's canine breeding program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, was appropriated $1.8 million dollars for FY 2012. It was determined that the program is important, but also that further investments would need to be made to take the breeding program to the next level.

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Charles River Analytics Develops HR ISR Technology For Small UAVs

High Resolution And Increased Computing Power Designed To Give Field Commanders An Edge

Charles River Analytics has unveiled its "Compact Aerial Video Exploitation (CAVE)", a follow on contract for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). CAVE is an integrated hardware/software system designed to process high-resolution video data at full video-rate onboard a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Republic Airlines Places 32 Aircraft In Q400 Smart Parts Program

Complements Exclusive Nine-Year Heavy Maintenance Agreement Signed Earlier This Year

Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines has enrolled 32 Q400 aircraft in Bombardier's Smart Parts cost protection program. The move firms up the agreement in principle announced earlier this year in conjunction with an exclusive maintenance contract for the same aircraft with work performed at Bombardier’s Macon, GA, and Tucson, AZ, service centers.

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RC Helicopter Controlled By Brain Power

Orbit Uses EEG Headset To Transmit To The Aircraft

An RC helicopter that is controlled by an operator wearing an EEG headset is making some waves on the Internet this holiday shopping season, though it may not make it to market in time to wind up under some Christmas trees.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-23-04

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-100 and -200 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (767)

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-17

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Now Delivering Stylus -- TrueNorth Avionics Moves Business Forward

TrueNorth Pushes Airborne Communications To New Levels

I've heard it said that the concept of a true evolution starts, first, with a number of smaller 'revolutions' -- and once you reach critical mass, true change is possible. If that's the case, then it appears that the BizAv community is one step closer to the Transformational change that most agree is needed for it to survive.

Aero-TV: Now Delivering Stylus -- TrueNorth Avionics Moves Business Forward

TrueNorth Pushes Airborne Communications To New Levels

I've heard it said that the concept of a true evolution starts, first, with a number of smaller 'revolutions' -- and once you reach critical mass, true change is possible. If that's the case, then it appears that the BizAv community is one step closer to the Transformational change that most agree is needed for it to survive. The latest revolution in BizAv comes courtesy of TrueNorth Avionics, which announced at NBAA2012 that its TrueNorth Stylus Handset is now shipping, and ready for purchase and immediate delivery.

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YOUR Insights Needed! Help ANN Configure The Next SportPlane Resource Guide

Initial Response From Readers and LSA Veterans... "Overwhelming"

Well... we waited a while to get started on the next generation of the SportPlane Resource Guide... over a decade, actually, and we're more than pleased to see that our sense of timing is RIGHT on the mark. After the meltdown of much of the kit industry that so populated sport aviation in the 80s and 90s, there is NO question that the very nature of the sport aviation world has not only changed... but can expect much more of the same. But, as we have previously noted, if there is a true focal point for possible/positive change, it belongs to the much hyped and poorly marketed LSA industry... a business that is regrettably filled with confusion, bizarre hype, amateurism, unfulfilled promises and yet...

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Ryanair Cutting Budapest Flights

Low-Cost Carrier Involved In Dispute With Airport Operator

Ryanair announced on Thursday that it will be cutting its Budapest base by 40 percent with the closure of 10 routes and loss of over 280 weekly flights beginning January 10, 2013. Ryanair cites increased charges at the Hochtief-run airport, which the airline also says refused to provide efficient facilities and failed to offer a competitive cost base for future growth offered by Ryanair.

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Klyde Morris (11.26.12)

Klyde Bemoans Deer Season

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Prelim Report Posted In Arizona Cirrus Accident

Pilot Reported Loss Of Engine Oil Pressure, CAP System Deployed

The NTSB's preliminary report in an accident involving a modified Cirrus SR22 airplane in Arizona last week adds details to published media reports about the incident. In the preliminary report, the board indicates that the pilot heard a "loud pop" about four minutes prior to seeing an annunciator light indicating an oil pressure problem with the airplane. The CAP system allowed the pilot to escape the incident with only minor injuries.

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New Women's Paragliding Record Set In Brazil

Seiko Fukuoka Beats Previous Record By More Than 12 Miles

Woman's paragliding champion Seiko Fukuoka has set a new world's record for women during a completion held this week in Brazil. Fukuoka beat the previous record by more than 20 miles in a flight lasting just over 10 hours.

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QF-16 Drone Arrives In Florida For Testing

Unmanned System Will Prepare Warfighters For Tomorrow's Threats

The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the warfighter for tomorrow's threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, Nov. 19.

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Age Discrimination Lawsuit Involving Corporate Pilot Settled

Terms Of The Agreement Were Not Disclosed

An age discrimination lawsuit brought by a corporate pilot against Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has been settled after the company's CEO was ordered to give a second deposition in the case.

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GA Telesis Files Federal Suit Against GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics

Claims Breach Of Contract For Sale Of Defective Jet Engine Parts

The First Amended Complaint in a lawsuit filed on June 4th of this year by aviation company GA Telesis, LLC against GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc., has been  presented to the court, claiming breach of contract and for failure to pay money owed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.12): Opposition

Opposition Configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another in the sky. A planet is in opposition when it is 180 degrees away from the sun as viewed from another planet (such as Earth). For example, Saturn is at opposition when it is directly overhead at midnight on Earth.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.12)

Aero Linx: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences. Research and observing of planets, stars, stellar phenomena, galaxies and other celestial bodies and the abatement of light pollution arekey activities. The RASC publishes the Observer's handbook, the JRASC, andBeginners Observing Guide.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.26.12)

"The work done prior to today and the test work that is forthcoming will enable the Air Force to transition from a 3rd generation, Vietnam-era aerial target performance to 4th generation threat replication and beyond.  Source: Lt. Col. Lance Wilkins, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron commander, as the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the warfighter for tomorrow's threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, Nov. 19.

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