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January 06, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.07.13

National Association of Flight Instructors Loses Its Leader…

Boeing Charged with Unfair Labor Practices…

Gulfstream is Hiring!

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Arianespace Reports Record-Breaking Year For Launch Services

Eleven Flights In 2012 Boosted 165-Thousand Pounds Into Orbit

Arianespace says it achieved an a record-breaking year of activity during 2012, employing its complete launcher family to perform 10 total flights from the Spaceport in French Guiana along with a Soyuz mission from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. These 11 flights lofted a cumulative payload weight of some 165,000 pounds, the most ever for Arianespace in a single calendar year.

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NASA Green Aviation Project To Move Into Next Phase Of Research

Next Steps To Be Presented At AIAA Meeting Monday

NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project is moving forward with its research efforts to "green" the skies. ERA is developing aircraft concepts and technologies to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment during the next 30 years.

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Former FAA Policy Expert, Pilot Dan Elwell To Join A4A

Will Assume Role Of Senior Vice President, Safety, Security And Operations

A former FAA Assistant Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment, and commercial airline pilot Dan Elwell will join Airlines for America (A4) as Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations. Elwell joins A4A from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), where he was Vice President of Civil Aviation.

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Citilink Orders 25 ATR 72-600 Turboprops

Holds Options For An Additional 25 Aircraft In 2015

The low-cost Indonesian carrier Citilink has reportedly placed an order for 25 ATR 72-600 turboprop airliners, with options for an additional 25 aircraft in 2015. The aircraft carry a price tag of some $20 million each, placing the total value of the order at about $1 billion.

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Air Methods Closes Acquisition Of Sundance Helicopters

Final Terms Of The Deal Were Not Disclosed

Air medical transportation company Air Methods Corporation has successfully completed its acquisition of Las Vegas, NV-based helicopter tour operator Sundance Helicopters, Inc.

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BA Flight Makes Unscheduled Stop To Remove Drunk Women From The Plane

Pair Reportedly Attempted To 'Storm The Cockpit,' Threatened Flight Attendant's Family

A British Airways flight made an unscheduled stop on a flight from London's Gatwick airport to Tunisia on New Year's Day after two reportedly very intoxicated women created a scene onboard the Boeing 737.

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GE Aviation Forms JV With SeaCast Operation For Jet Engine Components

Company Continues To Consolidate Its Supply Chain With An Eye Towards Increased Production

GE Aviation and SeaCast, Inc. have established a 50/50 joint venture, Montana Precision Products, to produce jet engine components at SeaCast’s facility in Butte, Montana. SeaCast, which has its headquarters in Marysville, Washington, produces castings and specialty components. The joint venture in Butte will produce tubes, ducts and small structural castings for GE jet engines.

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Rolls-Royce Wins $52.2 M Services Contract For AE 1107C Engines

Powerplants For US Marine Corps And US Air Force V-22 Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has won a $52.2 million contract to support AE 1107C engines for V-22 aircraft operated by the US Marine Corps and Air Force. The contract, announced Thursday, is a modification of a prior agreement. It includes repair and support services, with work carried out at Rolls-Royce facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Oakland, California, as well as fleet support at customer bases.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.13)

Aero Linx: Royal Aeronautical Society The guiding principles of the Royal Aeronautical Society are embodied in this extract from the Society’s Royal Charter: “The objects and purposes are the general advancement of aeronautical Art, Science and Engineering and for promoting that species of knowledge which distinguishes the profession of Aeronautics (which expression includes Astronautics)”. As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, it exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. Established in 1866, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.13): 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 FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release

Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and the most quaint of air shows. After having seen the best and the worst in press releases over the years, we have some ideas to help companies do so much more to help themselves, both with ANN and with the general media.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.06.13)

"Arianespace milestones during the 2012 Spaceport mission activity included Ariane 5’s heaviest-ever payload: the ATV Edoardo Amaldi, weighing more than 20,000 kg. on its flight in March; along with the 50th consecutive success for this heavy-lift workhorse launcher, achieved in August – subsequently increasing to 53 by year-end, underscoring a reliability level that a benchmark in the commercial launch services sector." Source: From an Arianespace report in which the entity notes that it achieved an a record-breaking year of activity during 2012, employing its complete launcher family to perform 10 total flights from the Spaceport in French Guiana along with a Soyuz mission from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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