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November 24, 2013

Boeing, GOL Airlines Announce Biofuel Collaboration

Lower-Carbon Fuels To Support Flights During Upcoming Major Sporting Events

Boeing and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. have announced plans to work together to speed the research, development and approval of new sources of sustainable aviation biofuel in Brazil. Their collaboration will support GOL's plans to use this lower-carbon jet fuel on more flights during upcoming major sporting events and also will benefit long-term development of a new sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.

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NASA Undertakes First Antarctic Airborne Campaign From McMurdo Station

Multi-Year Project to Study Antarctic Land And Sea Ice

NASA's Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency's aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station.

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Dubai Air Wing Orders AW189 For VIP Transport

First Such Aircraft To Be Delivered In The UAE

The Dubai Air Wing has placed an order for one AW189 twin engine helicopter to perform VIP transport missions. This contract is the first order for a VIP transport-configured AW189 and marks the entrance of the AW189 into the United Arab Emirates.

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Boeing Selects Bombardier Business Jet For MSA Program

Challenger 605 To Conduct MSA Missions Including Anti-Piracy, Search-And-Rescue

Boeing has selected Bombardier's Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program, which offers a maritime surveillance system based on Boeing’s P-8A mission system technology.

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Australian Pilot Was 'Taunted' Before Water-Bomber Accident

Had Expressed Concerns About Flying In Poor Weather

The pilot of a Dromader firefighting aircraft that went down October 24 resulting in his fatal injury had expressed reluctance about flying in the poor weather conditions in New South Wales ... and been chastised by others fighting the fire.

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Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Air Force A-10 TLPS Task Orders

Modernization Program Will Keep The Aircraft Viable Through 2028

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt Life Cycle Program Support (TLPS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle. The total value of the task orders is nearly $24 million.

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'Re-Tread' Pilot Completes 100th Combat Sortie

Air Force Career Has Spanned 30 Years

After 32 years of service, both on active duty and in the Air National Guard, a pilot stationed at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan recently flew his 100th combat sortie in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Baltia's Initial Cadre Of Pilots Begin Training

Michigan-Based Startup Airline Hopes To Offer Service To Russia, Other Eastern European Destinations

The initial group of pilots for Startup carrier Baltia Air Lines has begun initial training. The 7 week course which began on November 11th consists of non-aircraft specific courses, aircraft specific courses and simulator sessions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.13)

Aero Linx: The Airship Association The Airship Association believes that Lighter than Air Vehicles (LTAV) have the potential to provide viable and cost-effective aerospace platforms for a number of applications which are currently undertaken by a variety of more conventional forms of transport. LTAVs should not be considered a replacement for conventional aircraft or ships, but complementary; part of a comprehensive transport network which reduces the economic cost of transport in certain areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.13): Walker Circulation

Walker Circulation A deep east-west overturning in the atmosphere normally confined to within about 20 degrees latitude of the equator extending from low-levels to near the tropopause. One side of the Walker Circulation is associated with rising motion, clouds, and rain while the opposite side with sinking motion, generally fair weather and little or no rain. This circulation is large in spatial extend normally extending anywhere from way around the world or completely around the world (thus either 1 or 2 upward and 1 or 2 downward branches to the circulation).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.24.13)

"One hundred combat sorties after an 11 or 12 year campaign isn't totally unusual. What's unique for me is that my first combat sortie didn't start until I was well into my career nearly 10 years ago in 2004 -- at age 45. To have my last one here at age 55, for me it's a milestone. I can take that and put it away and maybe tell my grandkids about it someday, that's why it's unique." Source: After 32 years of service, both on active duty and in the Air National Guard, a pilot stationed at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan recently flew his 100th combat sortie in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Although it isn't uncommon for a pilot to reach 100 combat sorties, Lt. Col. Thomas Blake said the timing is what makes this milestone

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