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January 13, 2013

Singapore Airlines Firms Up Order For More A380s And A350 XWBs

Repeat Order 'Shows Great Endorsement' Of Airbus Products

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has firmed up an order for 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, including five A380s, and 20 A350-900s. The deal was completed in 2012 and follows an agreement in October 2012.

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Major NASA Air Pollution Study To Fly Over California

NASA P-3B To Fly Circular Descending Patterns To Sample Air Quality Over Various Locations

A multi-year NASA airborne science mission is on its way to California to help scientists better understand how to measure and forecast air quality globally from space. Two NASA aircraft equipped with scientific instruments will fly over the San Joaquin Valley between Bakersfield and Fresno in January and February to measure air pollution. One aircraft will fly within 1,000 feet of the ground.

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C-130 Pilot Reunited With His Airplane In Georgia

He Last Flew It With Hostages Released From The Congo On Board In 1964

The brand new C-130E was having a difficult day in 1964. Flying out of a small airport in the Congo town of Stanleyville carrying 125 hostages that had just been released by Simba rebels in the Congo, the airplane took a lot of fire, and was described as being "riddled with bullet holes." One of those rounds punctured a fuel tank, and it leaked fuel during its entire 800-mile trip to a safe landing.

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Avolon Increases Initial A320neo Commitment By Signing Firm Order

Global Lessor Adds Five Of The Single-Aisle Airliners To Its Portfolio

International aircraft leasing company Avolon has confirmed an order for 20 A320neo aircraft in December 2012.  This firm order is an increase on Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 A320neo aircraft announced in July 2012 at the Farnborough International Airshow. Avolon will make its engine selection at a later date.

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Innocon Expands Its Mini UAS Products Line

Offering A Wide Range Of Small Unmanned Aircraft For All Mission Scenarios

Innocon says it has expanded its lightest UAV family, MicroFalcon, with the successful test flights qualification of the Spider sUAS. The MicroFalcon family provides high quality intelligence and surveillance information required for both the civil and HLS markets, as well as for military "over the hill" missions.

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Gulfstream Signs Lease For New Savannah Office Building

Facility Will Accommodate More Than 400 Employees, 100 Of Them New Hires

Gulfstream Aerospace has entered a 12-year lease with North Point Real Estate for a 70,000-square-foot office building in the Crossroads Business Park in Savannah, GA. The building will house Gulfstream’s Information Technology Center of Excellence, supporting the company’s worldwide business operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.13.13): NonApproach Control Tower

NonApproach Control Tower Authorizes aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport controlled by the tower or to transit the Class D airspace. The primary function of a nonapproach control tower is the sequencing of aircraft in the traffic pattern and on the landing area. Nonapproach control towers also separate aircraft operating under instrument flight rules clearances from approach controls and centers. They provide ground control services to aircraft, vehicles, personnel, and equipment on the airport movement area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.13.13)

Aero Linx: Light Sport Aircraft Registration If you purchased a newly manufactured Light-Sport aircraft that is to be certificated as an experimental light-sport aircraft under 14 CFR 21.191(i)(2) a special light sport aircraft under 14 CFR 21.190 Then you must provide the following: Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturer's Affidavit, Form AC 8050-88A, or its equivalent, completed by the light-sport aircraft manufacturer, unless previously submitted to the Registry by the manufacturer...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.13.13)

"DISCOVER-AQ is collecting data that will prepare us to make better observations from space, as well as determine the best mix of observations to have at the surface when we have new satellite instruments in orbit . NASA is planning to launch that satellite instrument, called TEMPO, in 2017." Source: James Crawford, the mission's principal investigator at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., commenting on a multi-year NASA airborne science mission that is on its way to California to help scientists better understand how to measure and forecast air quality globally from space.

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER:  2012-27-01

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Model Tay 620-15 turbofan engines.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-27-02

PRODUCT: All Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 1A1, 1A2, 1B, 1C, 1C1, 1C2, 1D, 1D1, 1E2, 1K1, 1S, and 1S1 turboshaft engines.

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