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January 29, 2013

Pilot In Fatal 2011 New Jersey Accident May Not Have Obtained Weather Briefing

Five Fatally Injured, NTSB Indicates PIREPS For Icing, Aircraft Appeared To Break Up In Flight

The pilot of a Socata TMB 700 which went down on an interstate highway December 20, 2011, did not obtain a Direct User Access Terminal System (DUATS) weather briefing, according to a factual report issued by the NTSB. The pilot reported encountering icing shortly after takeoff from Tetrboro (KTEB). All five people on board the aircraft were fatally injured in the accident.

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‘Aerofund 3’ Pledges Additional Funds For The European Aeronautical Sector

Airbus Invests €40 Million ($53 Million) In The New SME Support Fund

Airbus, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Entreprises, Safran group, EADS and Eurocopter have set up ‘Aerofund 3’, an investment fund set up to raise €150 million for the French aeronautical sector. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed Friday at Airbus’ Jean-Luc Lagardère site in Toulouse (A380 Final Assembly Line), in the presence of Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister for Productive Recovery and Frédéric Cuvillier, French Secretary of State in charge of Transport.

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Avcorp, Bombardier Settle Litigation Over Termination For Convenience

Case Had Been Filed In 2010

Avcorp Industries Inc. said Thursday that it has ceased any and all litigation against Bombardier Inc. which was commenced in 2010 by the Company in the Superior Court of Quebec, in connection with the termination by Bombardier of production work relating to the CRJ700 aircraft program.

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Tuskegee Airmen Visit Fantasy Of Flight For Black History Month

Kicks Off Fifth Annual 'Legends And Legacies' Series At The Attraction

For the fifth year, Fantasy of Flight will once again welcome members of the Tuskegee Airmen when it kicks off its 2013 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series Thursday, February 7-9. The attraction will celebrate Black History Month not only by hosting a three-day limited engagement event called "They Dared to Fly" featuring several surviving Tuskegee Airmen, but also by sponsoring its third annual student essay contest.

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Iran Reportedly Launches Monkey Into Space

Animal Reportedly Recovered Alive Following Sub-Orbital Flight

The Islamic Republic of Iran says it has taken another step towards becoming a space-faring nation by launching a monkey into space and recovering the animal alive after a sub-orbital flight.

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Army's 'Raiders' Brigade Enters 'The Wild Blue' With UAV Training

Soldiers Complete Two-Week Training And Certification Course

Unmanned aerial vehicles under the control of 16 "Raider" Brigade Soldiers were a common sight during QR-11 Raven training on Fort Carson, CO, Jan. 7-18. During the two-week training certification course, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in a variety of career fields, learned how to launch, maneuver and land the small, unmanned aircraft in a variety of situations.

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IndiGo Becomes The First Indian Airline With 'Sharklet' Equipped A320

Airbus Claims Up To Four Per Cent Fuel Burn Savings From The Wingtip Devices

India's largest airline IndiGo has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with "Sharklet" fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Indian carrier to do so. "Sharklets" are newly designed wing-tip devices that Airbus says improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors.

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NASA Global Hawk Supports Studies On Climate Change

HALE Unmanned Aircraft To Collect Data On Earth's Humidity, Atmospheric Composition

A NASA Global Hawk is currently conducting science missions to study the impact of atmospheric change on the Earth's climate. The Global Hawk is collecting data and helping scientists learn more about the humidity and chemical composition of air entering the tropical tropopause layer of the atmosphere and its impact on the Earth's overall climate.

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Ground-Based Interceptor Completes Successful Flight Test

Evaluating 'Exothermic Kill Vehicle' For Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a flight test of a three-stage Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, at 1400 PST Saturday. Data from this flight test will be used to evaluate the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle system performance in a flight environment.

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Ad Banner Separates From Tow Plane Causing Power Outage

Banner Fell Across Power Lines In Downtown San Francisco

An advertising banner being towed over a neighborhood in downtown San Francisco just before noon Saturday apparently separated from its tow plane and fell across some power lines, causing a limited power outage. No one was reportedly injured.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.29.13

Boeing May Suffer at the Hands of Its 787…

The Presidential Helo Fleet Adds Tilt-wings…

Wreckage of a Downed Twin Otter Found in Antar

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Airborne 01.29.13: 787 Mystery Continues, But No Probs For Airbus, Century's New C182 Autopilot

Also: Pinnacle Moves, Zeniths To Sebring, Mars Rover Aging Well, Prez Gets MV22... and More!

NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman has released preliminary findings from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the Jan. 7, 2013, Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston. Recent problems with Boeing’s Dreamliner have led to questions about the certification process for another composite-construction airplane … the Airbus A-350-X-W-B. But an official for the planemaker’s parent company says there is no connection between the two. From Memphis to Minnesota, Pinnacle’s employees will have to adjust to a climate change as the company emerges from bankruptcy. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 01.29.13: 787 Mystery Continues, No Prob For Airbus, New C182 Autopilot

Also: Pinnacle Moves, Zeniths To Sebring, Mars Rover Aging Well, Prez Gets MV22... and More!

NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman has released preliminary findings from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the Jan. 7, 2013, Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston. Recent problems with Boeing’s Dreamliner have led to questions about the certification process for another composite-construction airplane … the Airbus A-350-X-W-B. But an official for the planemaker’s parent company says there is no connection between the two. From Memphis to Minnesota, Pinnacle’s employees will have to adjust to a climate change as the company emerges f

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Wreckage Of Twin Otter Found In The Antarctic

Company That Owned The Airplane Said Accident 'Not Survivable'

The wreckage of a Twin Otter aircraft that was reported missing last week in Antarctica has been found in a remote and mountainous area of the continent. An initial assessment by Kenn Borek Air Ltd. of Calgary, Canada, the owner of the plane, deemed the crash “not survivable.” Weather had prevented search-and-rescue personnel from landing at the site.

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Boeing May Suffer From Lengthy 787 Investigation

Problems Could Compound If Dreamliner Grounded For Months, Analysts Say

With the NTSB saying it is in the "early stages" of its investigation of a battery fire aboard a JAL Dreamliner, some analysts are looking at the potential impact of the probe on Boeing as a company ... and they are not entirely optimistic.

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New Boston Logan Flight Path Plan Opposed By Nearby Residents

New Departure Corridor Directs Aircraft Over Residential Areas

An FAA plan to shift a departure corridor at Boston Logan International Airport has drawn fire from residents living under the proposed flight path. The proposed route for the RNAV Standard Instrument Departure (SID) would direct airplanes departing to the south from Runway 33 over the town of Milton, as well as parts of Randolph and Canton.

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German Electric Helo May Get Specific Aircraft Category

e-volo Developing Personal Electric VTOL Aircraft

A two-seat personal VTOL aircraft under development by the German company e-volo could result in the creation of a new category in aviation in that country, the company said recently on its web site.The company is developing an aircraft powered by multiple rotors driven by electric motors dubbed the VC200.

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CONR To Fly Air Defense Exercise In Preparation For Super Bowl XLVII

Practice Planned For Early Tuesday Morning In New Orleans

Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters, along with its interagency partners, will be busy well before Super Bowl Sunday preparing to protect the skies around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Just like the teams in the Super Bowl, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region and its interagency partners will practice before the big game.

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SPEEA, Boeing Agree To Pension Survivor Benefits For Same-Sex Married Members

Alters Contract Language Which Had Denied Such Benefits In the Past

The Boeing Company and SPEEA have tentatively agreed on contract language that grants same-sex couples the same pension survivor benefits that have been available to heterosexual married couples. The agreement comes after SPEEA Benefits Director Matt Kempf recognized, and made an issue of, a "loophole" in contract language that allowed Boeing to deny pension survivor benefits to same-sex couples.

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Aviation Safety Culture Conference Underway In Dubai

Head Of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Says High Level Of Safety Can Be Improved

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, DCAA is presenting the "Aviation Safety Culture" Conference Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Some 300 regional aviation officials, representing airports, airlines, regulators and industry stakeholders are scheduled to attend the conference.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.29.13)

"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' to 'touch the face of God.'" Source: Then-President Ronald Reagan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.29.13): Bearing

The horizontal direction to or from any point, usually measured clockwise from true north, magnetic north, or some other reference point through 360 degrees

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.29.13)

Check-Six.com

Aircraft accident sites are, in fact, places of historic interest. For a brief period of time, these places became hot-spots of activity, and nearly as much was learned from the accident as from the flight testing itself.

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