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February 14, 2013

American Airlines And US Airways Finalize Merger

Creates World's Largest Airline, 72 Percent Owned By American's Creditors

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine to create the world's largest airline, which will have an implied combined equity value of approximately $11 billion based on the price of US Airways' stock as of February 13, 2013.

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FAA Launches Second Phase Of General Aviation Airports Study

Agency's Goal Is To Further Define The Role And Benefits Of GA Airports

The FAA is beginning the second phase of its general aviation (GA) study issued last spring, General Aviation Airports: A National Asset, to further define the role of GA airports.  In the original study, the FAA captured the critical and diverse roles of the nation’s 2,952 general aviation airports, which resulted in four new categories — national, regional, local, and basic.

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AeroComputers Names Mikael Via EVP, COO

Will Lead Marketing, Sales, R&D, Other Efforts

Airborne special mission systems company AeroComputers has hired former Glasair Aviation president and CEO  Mikael Via to fill the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Effective immediately, Via will assume responsibility for marketing/sales, R&D, engineering, operations and customer service.

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Ex-Im Approves Over $500 million To Finance Export Of U.S. Aircraft To Russia

Boeing Hopes To Sell A Fleet Of 777s To Aeroflot

The board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) voted to guarantee a loan of more than $500 million provided by Apple Bank for Savings to OJSC VEB Leasing (VEBL) of Moscow for the export of a fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft to Russia to be operated by Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Aeroflot). Boeing delivered the first of the aircraft earlier this month.

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Heathrow Eyes Fee Increases For Passengers

Could Rise More Than 40 Percent To Help Pay For Investments

London's Heathrow Airport is planning to hike passenger charges by more than 40 percent by the end of the decade in an effort to help pay for an investment plan that amounts to $4.7 billion.

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Boeing, Icelandair Finalize Order For 16 737 MAX Airplanes

Carrier To Operate Both 737 MAX 8s and 9s

A firm order for 16 737 MAX airplanes was announced Wednesday by Iceland Air and Boeing. The order is valued at more than $1.6 billion at list prices.

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Avianca Takes Delivery Of 'Sharklet' Equipped A320

First In Latin America To Receive Modified Airplane

Colombia-based airline Avianca has taken delivery of its first "Sharklet" equipped A320, becoming the first Latin American carrier to begin flying an A320 equipped with the wing-tip devices. The airplane, powered by CFM engines, was delivered in Toulouse, France.

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'Iron Eagles' Receive First Aircraft

Black Hawk, Chinook Helos Arrive At Butts Army Airfield In January

Roaring booms of powerful helicopter engines announced the arrival of the first 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at Butts Army Airfield in Fort Carson, CO, January 20. In addition to the three Black Hawks, the unit's first three CH-47 Chinook helicopters arrived Jan. 22.

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Horizon Air Passenger Service Agents Ratify Three-Year Contract

Agreement Covers Employees In Vancouver And Victoria, B.C.

Horizon Air passenger service agents in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., who are represented by the Canadian Auto Workers, have ratified a new three-year contract. All of the 44 agents at the two airports who participated in the ratification vote approved the contract, which expires on Feb. 14, 2016.

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Iranian News Agency Fakes Pictures Of New Fighter In Flight

Image From Qahar F-313 Unveiling Dropped In To Aerial Photo Of Damavand Mountain

In its ongoing effort to convince people the Qahar F-313 is actually an operational system, Iran's state news agency released photos of the airplane that seem to show it flying over Damavand mountain. But on closer examination, the image is a fake.

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AD: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders

AD NUMBER: 2013-03-09

PRODUCT: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG-1000T gliders equipped with Solo Kleinmotoren Model 2350 C engines.

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation

AD NUMBER: 2013-03-07

PRODUCT: Certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate previously held by Raytheon Aircraft Company; Beech Aircraft Corporation) Model 400A airplanes.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-03-16

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron (Bell) Model 212 helicopters, and adopting requirements for Bell Model 204B, 205A, 205A- 1, 205B and 210 helicopters with certain part-numbered main rotor hub inboard strap fittings (fittings).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.014.13

The FAA To Study GA Airports : Part Two…

No Air Force at The Paris Airshow?

Meet Garmin’s New All Digital Radar Altimeter…


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Aero-TV: Refining The Design -- CubCrafters Continues to Thrive in 2013

CubCrafters' "Maximum" LSA Continues To Evolve

A little on the controversial side of the LSA equation, there is no arguing that the CubCrafters Carbon Cub is one seriously gifted flying machine. We must also note that every year, of late, the same old names show up in a list of LSA builders who seem to be standing up to the test of time. 'CubCrafters" is one that flirts with the top of the list, every time. With offerings for certificated, experimental and LSA airframes, CubCrafters has established a tough rep for building tough planes that fly well, and perform even better.

Aero-TV: Refining The Design -- CubCrafters Continues to Thrive in 2013

CubCrafters' "Maximum" LSA Continues To Evolve

A little on the controversial side of the LSA equation, there is no arguing that the CubCrafters Carbon Cub is one seriously gifted flying machine. We must also note that every year, of late, the same old names show up in a list of LSA builders who seem to be standing up to the test of time. 'CubCrafters" is one that flirts with the top of the list, every time. With offerings for certificated, experimental and LSA airframes, CubCrafters has established a tough rep for building tough planes that fly well, and perform even better.

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Amendment To Law Protects Arkansas Private Airstrip Owners

Legislature Added Aviation To List Of Recreational Activities

The 89th General Assembly of Arkansas passed House Bill 1020 on February 7, essentially protecting private airstrip owners throughout Arkansas from litigation from non-commercial aviation activity on their land. The bill added “aviation” to the other recreational activities listed in the state’s existing Recreational Use Statute.

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NAA Announces Most Memorable Aviation Records Of 2012

National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Presents Its Annual List

As the official record keeper for United States aviation, The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

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EPS Aero-Diesel Engine Achieves Propeller Vibration Milestone

Validation Tests Conducted In Conjunction With Hartzell Propeller

Engineered Propulsion Systems of New Richmond, Wisconsin, has validated its innovative 4.4-liter, "Flat-Vee" Vision 350 weight-competitive aero-diesel engine design for General Aviation (GA) and military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) markets, following extensive testing at Hartzell Propeller headquarters in Piqua, Ohio.

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U.S. Military Awards $83.7 Million Contract For V-22 Engines

Rolls-Royce To Provide Support For USMC, USAF Aircraft

The Department of Defence has awarded an $83.7 million contract to Rolls Royce for engines to power 19 V-22 aircraft operated by the US Marine Corps and Air Force. The contract, a modification of a prior agreement, includes a total of 38 Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Garmin Delivers High-Performance, All-Digital Radar Altimeter

Designed To Track Altitude Over Rough Terrain, Choppy Water

Garmin has introduced the GRA 5500, a high-performance, all-digital radar altimeter for transport category, helicopter, business and general aviation aircraft. Using patent-pending digital signal processing technology, the GRA 5500 works to provide smooth altitude tracking resulting in a consistent and highly accurate altitude above ground indication, even over the most challenging environments.

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NASA Awards Program Integration Contract For Orion

Potential Value Of The Award Is $49 Million, Including Options

NASA has selected ARES Technical Services Corp. of Burlingame, CA, for its program integration contract for Orion. The cost-plus-fixed-fee services contract has a potential value of $49 million, including options. The contract begins April 1 with a base performance period of two-and-a-half years followed by two one-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders.

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International AOPAs Invited To Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013

AOPA, UAE To Hold First Meeting With International Associations During The Show

Following the launch of the United Arab Emirates branch of the Airline Owners and Pilots’ Association (AOPA) at last year's Abu Dhabi Air Expo, the President of AOPA UAE, Yousif Al Hammadi, has invited representatives from international AOPA branches to attend a workshop dedicated to discussing and debating General Aviation issues in the region.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.14.13)

“More and more people are embracing General Aviation in the UAE resulting in the need to find creative solutions that enable pilots of aircraft ranging from LSA up to business jets and helicopters to exercise the privileges of their licenses." Source: Yousif Al Hammadi, President of AOPA UAE.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.13): Echo

Energy back scattered from a target (precipitation, clouds, etc.) and received by and displayed on a radar screen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.13)

Aerodynamic Flutter We learned this week that the F-35A model has completed its "wing flutter" test. That sent us to AAIA, which has this explaination of what is Aerodynamic Flutter, and why testing for it is essential when designing an airplane.

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