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December 23, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.13

The Honda Jet Earns Type Inspection Authorization…

The Private Race to Space is Narrowing…

She Was Hoping to be Home for Christmas&hel

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FAA Certifies Cessna M2, Sovereign+

First Deliveries Of The new Bizjets Underway

The FAA has certified Cessnas's latest business jets on the same day, and deliveries to the first customers of the airplanes are already underway.

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National Aviation Hall Of Fame Reveals 'Class of 2014'

Six To Be Enshrined In October Of 2014 Include First Female U.S. Jet Airline Captain, Apollo Astronaut, Air Racer, Pioneering Test Pilot And Cirrus Founder

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has revealed the names of six individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony in Dayton on October 4, 2014. The six will join a roster of 219 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962.

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Electric Taxiing System Planned For A320 Family

Airbus Signs Mou With Honeywell And Safran For Development

As part of on-going research and development into future technology options, Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with EGTS International, a joint venture company between Safran and Honeywell Aerospace, to further develop and evaluate an autonomous electric pushback and taxiing system for the A320 Family.

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Deployed USAF Wing To Deactivate

Will Reorganize As One Air Expeditionary Group

The 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, is scheduled to deactivate in January 2014 as part of the bigger Afghanistan retrograde efforts. The 451st AEW is currently comprised of four groups, but will reorganize as one air expeditionary group, remaining at KAF, and reporting to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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Second EC155 B1 Delivered To The Dalian Municipality In China

For Security, Rescue, Fire-Fighting And Transportation Missions

Dalian Municipality has taken delivery of its second EC155 B1 for missions ranging from surveillance, rescue and anti-terrorism, to fire-fighting, troop airlift and the transportation of personnel. This new EC155 B1 is well-equipped for its multi-role duties – outfitted with an electro-optical FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera, searchlight, loud speakers, rappelling ropes and hoist.

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Before And After The Reno Air Races With Steve Hinton Jr.

Five Time Air Race Champion Shares About His Life

With the 2013 racing season well behind him, Steven Hinton Jr. is still getting up every day with the intention of flying and working on airplanes. Whether it's out of the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA or working around the country on various warbirds, Hinton is always on the move, looking for aeronautical adventure.

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NASA Testing Modified 'Pumpkin Suit' For Asteroid Mission Spacewalks

Suits Being Evaluated In Agency's Neutral Buoyancy Tank

NASA is taking steps to make spacewalking on an asteroid a reality. In the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers are testing a modified version of the pumpkin-orange Advanced Crew Escape System (ACES) worn by space shuttle astronauts during launch and reentry for use by future crew in the Orion spacecraft.

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USAF Awards $16 Million Contract For Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receivers

Deal With Raytheon Includes New Production And Sustainment Of Existing Systems

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded a contract valued at $15.8 million to Raytheon Company for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver. The order, which includes new production and sustainment of existing systems, is the first under an Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded to the company in September 2013.

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Bell Helicopter Expands Service And Customization Offerings At Singapore Site

Receives Authorization For Work From Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Bell Helicopter has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to perform maintenance and customization on Bell 206 series, Bell 407 series and Bell 429 aircraft under the certification of the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).

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Solar Ultraviolet Imager Ready To Fly On NOAA Satellite

Lockheed Martin To Deliver The Instrument In January

A Lockheed Martin team has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) satellite missions, known as the GOES-R series.

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Final Webb Telescope Mirrors Arrive At Goddard

Eighteen Beryllium Primary Mirror Segments Ready For Telescope Integration

The final three of eighteen primary mirrors built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018.

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NGC To Provide Air Traffic Communication Solutions For UK Airports

Locations Include Heathrow, Gatwick, And Stansted

NATS Services has awarded a contract to provide ground-to-air communication solutions for up to 15 United Kingdom airports including the London gateway airports Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted to Northrop Grumman Corporation. NATS is the U.K.'s leading provider of air traffic control services.

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Boeing's John Meersman Named CFO Of Aviall, Inc.

Will Lead Smaller Company's Core Business Operations

Aviall, a provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services, has named John Meersman, a veteran finance and business development leader, as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

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Airborne 12.20.13: First Flights--Belite SeaLite, Thatcher CX5, HF120 Certified

Also: SkyCraft Closes In On Cert, China Wants Moon Rocks, ALPA V Norwegian, CAF Breaks Ground, Quicksilver's New SLSA

Belite Aircraft announced the successful first test flight of their new aircraft, the Belite SeaLite. The SeaLite is an amphibious, carbon fiber float-equipped aircraft, designed to legally fly under FAR 103 ultralight regulations off either water or land. The FAA has awarded FAR Part 33 certification to GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 turbofan engine, certifying its airworthiness and setting the stage for the production of this all-new engine. SkyCraft Airplanes reports that it’s about two months away from completing certification o

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Klyde Morris (12.23.13)

Klyde... EVERYBODY Blames Disco!


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Hungry Pakistani Pilot Delays Flight For Over Two Hours

Reportedly Would Not Depart For New York Until Sandwiches Were Delivered

A Pakistan International Airlines pilot described as a "foodie" let his passion get in the way of his job recently, as he reportedly delayed his flight from Allama Iqbai International Airport to New York while he waited for sandwiches to be delivered.

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FAA Plans For Super Bowl XLVIII

TFRs To Be Put In Place Over Met Life Stadium In East Rutherford, NJ

The FAA is working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, the aviation community, and the National Football League to ensure safe and secure aviation operations during Super Bowl XLVIII, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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Historic Flight Recreation Nearly Complete

Tracey Curtis-Taylor Following The Flight Path Of Lady Heath From Cape Town, South Africa To Goodwood In The U.K.

She had wanted to be back in the U.K. in time for Christmas, but Tracey Curtis-Taylor, the U.K. pilot who is recreating the historic flight of Lady Heath from Cape Town to Goodwood in Sussex is waiting for a break in the weather in Croatia.

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NASA Engineers Crush Fuel Tank To Build Better Rockets

Goal Is To Make SLS System Lighter And More Affordable

NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests last week as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of building lighter, more affordable rockets.

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NASA's Deep Space Network Turns 50

Has Communicated With Nearly Every Space Mission To The Moon And Beyond

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest and most powerful communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation. Over the past 50 years, antennas of the Deep Space Network (DSN) have communicated with just about every mission that has gone to the moon or beyond. The historic communiqués include "That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind"; numerous encounters with the outer planets of our solar system; images taken by rovers exploring Mars; and the data confirming that NASA's Voyager spacecraft had finally entered interstellar space.

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Canadian Pilot In Nashville Accident Had Checkered Past

Authorities Say He May Have Been Trying To Reach Mexico When His Cessna Went Down At KBNA

The investigation of an accident which occurred in Nashville, TN two months ago has turned up some new information about the pilot of the Cessna 172 which went down on a runway at KBNA two months ago. The destroyed plane sat on the runway for several hours before being noticed by another pilot landing at the airport.

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B-25 Group Settles Investigation Into Removal Of Airplane Parts From Alaska

Had Taken Parts From Federal Land In July Of 2008

The federal government has reached a settlement with Georgia-based aircraft restoration company the B-25 Group which removed parts from the wreckage of an F-82 Twin Mustang that went down outside Fairbanks, AK in 1950.

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Daughter Follows In Father's Footsteps As Cathay Pacific Pilot

Two Recently Assigned To Same Flight From Manila To Hong Kong

Little girls often want to follow in their father's footsteps, and such was the case with Zoe Davies, whose dad Stuart is a captain with Cathay Pacific airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.13): Triple Point

Triple Point The point at which any three atmospheric boundaries meet. It is most often used to refer to the point of occlusion of an extratropical cyclone where the cold, warm, and occluded fronts meet. Cyclogenesis may occur at a triple point. It is also the condition of temperature and pressure under which the gaseous, liquid, and solid forms of a substance can exist in equilibrium.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.13)

Aero Linx: The British Business and General Aviation Association The British Business and General Aviation Association represents the interests of member companies and overseas affiliates at local, national, European and international levels; supporting and promoting the growth and well-being of Business and General Aviation in the United Kingdom. BBGA is the UK’s National Trade Body representing companies operating and trading in the General and Business Aviation Industry.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.23.13)

"Without the DSN, we would never have been able to undertake voyages to Mercury and Venus, visit asteroids and comets, we'd never have seen the stunning images of robots on Mars, or close-up views of the majestic rings of Saturn." Source: DSN Project Manager Al Bhanji of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, which manages the Deep Space Network. NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest and most powerful communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

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