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January 21, 2013

Airbus Boosts Revenue Potential Of A321neo With New Cabin Options

Adds More Seats, Reduces Seat Mile Costs By Five Percent

Airbus is offering airlines new options for configuring the floor space offered by the A321neo. The planemaker says they allow more flexibility and thus increase the number of seats at the same comfort standard. In addition, the maximum exit limit is raised beyond 220 seats.

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Qantas Orders 3 Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliners

Will Boost The Number Of Turboprop Commuter Airliners Flying For Qantas To 31

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, Qantas Airways Limited has placed a firm order for three Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $98 million.

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Gone West: Dr. Clifford Turen

Prominent Orthopedic Surgeon Was Former Member Of President George H.W. Bush's Medical Support Team

Dr. Clifford H. Turen, a prominent orthopedic trauma surgeon in the Dover, Delaware area was killed Sunday when the single engine Piper PA-28a Cherokee he was piloting went down in a wooded strip along a farm field just east of Dover. The plane had disappeared from radar amid heavy fog after Turen made an emergency call to air traffic controllers at Dover Air Force Base, police said.

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Rockwell Collins Completes HH-60G Avionics Upgrade

Aircraft Being Modernized For The Air National Guard

Rockwell Collins recently completed the first installation of the next generation ARC-210 Gen5 radio on an HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopter for the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard (ANG), a key milestone in the HH-60G Avionics Communications Suite Upgrade Program.

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Embraer To Modernize Surveillance Aircraft For The Brazilian AF

E-99 Patrol Planes Based On The ERJ 145 Platform

Embraer Defense and Security and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed a contract to modernize five EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control), designated E-99 in the FAB. The contract, valued at approximately $215 million, provides for the updating of electronic warfare systems, command and control systems, electronic countermeasures and air surveillance radar.

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Pan Am International Flight Academy Acquires Airline Career Academy

ACA Specializes In FAA/JAA/EASA Ab Initio Training

American Capital, Ltd. ("American Capital") announced Thursday that in December 2012 its portfolio company Pan Am International Flight Academy ("Pan Am") acquired substantially all of the assets of Airline Career Academy and its subsidiaries ("ACA"), a leading pilot training academy specializing in JAA/EASA and FAA ab initio training.

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Unmanned Aircraft Innovation Challenge To Be Held In The UAE

Collaboration Between Northrop Grumman And UAE's Higher Colleges Of Technology

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) of the United Arab Emirates to collaborate and explore ways to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in areas that build local capacity across various sectors in the UAE.

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Avolon Forms Joint-Venture Aircraft Leasing Business: Avolon Capital Partners

Initial Target Portfolio Size Of $500 Million

International aircraft leasing company Avolon has revealed its intention to partner with Wells Fargo & Company (“Wells Fargo”) to form a new joint-venture aircraft leasing business called Avolon Capital Partners Limited ("ACP" or the "Business"). The formation of ACP is subject to a number of regulatory approvals.

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Bye Aerospace Selects BoldIQ For Silent Guardian Hybrid UAV

System Built On A 'Management By Exceptions' Doctrine

Denver-based Bye Aerospace said in a news release that BoldIQ Inc. will provide operations optimization and disruption management software for the planned hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called the Silent Guardian.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (757)

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-04

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series airplanes powered by Rolls-Royce engines.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (737)

AD NUMBER: 2013-01-03

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-300, 737-400, 737-500, and 757-200 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company (747)

AD NUMBER: 2012-25-13

PRODUCT: Boeing Model 747-100, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400F, and 747SR series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.21.13

It’s a New Look for American….

Airbus Sees Record Deliveries…

Golden Avio Makes A 1st Time Showing at the Sport Aviat

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Airborne At USSAE 2013: 787 Misery Update, LSAs At Sebring, FAA Killing Off LSA?

Also: Bristellusa, Flight Design USA, CubCrafters, Kitfox... and More!!!

As the worldwide fleet of 787-Dreamliners continues to sit on the ground while investigators probe two recent overheating battery incidents, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued a statement saying the company "Deeply regrets" the impact on its customers and their passengers. The 787s batteries are made by GS Yuasa of Japan and its manufacturing process is almost certainly going to become part of the investigation. And wile the aviation world has plenty to worry about on the airline side of things, there is much sport flying goodness at Sebring's USSAE 2013 event

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ANN Selects This Year's 'Flyer's Dozen' -- The Best SportPlanes Of The Year

Thirteen Great Aircraft, Backed By Thirteen Great Companies

Compiled and Edited by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell Now that we've seen all that was new and novel at this year's 2013 US Sport Aviation Expo, in Sebring FL, it's time to get off the dime and fill you in on this year's list of what we consider to be the best "Flyer's Dozen" (thirteen, in all) Sport Aircraft available for an embattled flying community that needs value now more than ever before. All this LSA and SportAv goodness represents what we feel to be the very best that the industry can field at the moment and is but a small part of the valued data, insight, and critiques we plan to render in the Third Edition of our upcoming SportPlane Resource Guide.

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NTSB: JAL 787 Batteries Did NOT Exceed Voltage Limits

NTSB Provides Third Investigative Update on Boeing 787 Battery Fire in Boston 

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a third update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston. The lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit has been examined in the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington. The battery was x-rayed and CT scans were generated of the assembled battery. The investigative team has disassembled the APU battery into its eight individual cells for detailed examination and documentation.

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Klyde Morris (01.21.13)

Klyde Tries To Be 'Appropriate'


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Sikorsky, Boeing Partner For Joint Multi-Role Future Vertical Lift Requirements

Will Build And Fly One Or More Demonstrator Aircraft By 2017

Sikorsky and Boeing signed a teaming agreement on Jan. 13 to submit a joint proposal in response to the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate solicitation for the Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) Phase 1 program.

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NBAA's Schedulers And Dispatchers Conference Setting Exhibitor Record

Event Opening Just A Few Days Away

With just a few days to go before the opening of NBAA’s 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in San Antonio, TX, the event already has set a new Exhibitor record and attendance is forecast to be strong. More than 2,500 Attendees are expected at the four-day event, which runs Jan. 22 to 25 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, where 425 Exhibitors are featured in the exhibit hall. Last year, the Conference had 407 Exhibitors.

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Final Production F119 Engine Delivered To The U.S. Air Force

Pratt & Whitney Moves From Production To Sustainment On The Raptor Powerplant

The 507th and last production F119 engine has been delivered to the U.S. Air Force for its F-22 Raptor fleet. The F119-PW-100 turbofan is the world's first operational fifth-generation fighter engine in service and is providing dependable power for the F-22 Raptor.

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NTSB Issues Factual Report In Accident The Fatally Injured Two OSU Coaches

Witnesses Said The Airplane Entered A 'Steep Nose-Low Attitude' Before Impacting Terrain

An accident which occurred November 17th, 2011, rocked Oklahoma State University when two members of its women's basketball coaching staff and a third member of the athletic department who were on a recruiting trip were fatally injured. The NTSB's recently-released factual report on the accident indicates that the pilot for the flight was an 82-year-old alumnus of the University.

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Joint Effort Delivers Iraqi Armed Bell 407 Helicopters To Iraq

Sixth Completed Delivery On Sales Contract Initiated In 2010

The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command with U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and Program Executive Office Aviation facilitated and delivered three Bell 407 Scout helicopters to Iraqi Army Aviation last week. This marks the 6th completed delivery of Iraqi Armed 407 Scout helicopter through Foreign Military Sales that began in 2010.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.21.13)

“The Conference is growing in popularity and productivity." Source:  Dina Green, NBAA director of registration and seminar exhibits.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.13): Hover Check

Used to describe when a helicopter/VTOL aircraft requires a stabilized hover to conduct a performance/power check prior to hover taxi, air taxi, or takeoff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.13)

Ladies Love Taildraggers

How can you not love a site like this? The Mission of this organization is simple; provide a platform for women who fly taildraggers to "meet, discuss our planes, our flying, and most importantly, build a network of lady tail-wheel pilots who share a love for flying."

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