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February 06, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.06.14

Simplifying AOA Regulations for Small Aircraft…

Alaska Air Reaches 5 Year Deal With IAM…

A New Radar Detects Two Levels of Turbulence&

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Airbus Helicopters Increases Its Commitment To Ontario Manufacturing

Creating New High-Skill Manufacturing Jobs In The Niagara region

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly Eurocopter Canada) announced Tuesday that it will be adding a new production line at its Fort Erie, ON helicopter production facility, creating approximately 40 new high-skill manufacturing jobs.

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Boeing Business Jets Delivers First Two BBJ 787-8s Of 2014

Deliveries Are First Of Five BBJ 787 Dreamliners Scheduled This Year

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) recently celebrated the first two BBJ 787-8 deliveries of 2014. The deliveries, made over the past week to separate undisclosed customers, mark the second and third BBJ 787 airplanes delivered to date.

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Benoit Defforge Is Named Managing Director Of Airbus Corporate Jets

Responsible For All Airbus Corporate Jet Activity

Benoit Defforge has been appointed Managing Director, Airbus Corporate Jets. He now leads Airbus’ corporate jet business globally, combining his new role with that of his previous one as Head of the Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC).

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FAA, Department Of Interior Reach Agreement On Easing UAV Use

Memorandum Of Agreement Loosens Some Pre-Mission Approval Requirements

The FAA and the Department of the Interior (DOI) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will ease some pre-mission administrative approval requirements on certain DOI UAS operations.

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Kepler Finds A Very Wobbly Planet

Planet's Tilt On Axis Can Vary As Much As 30 Degrees Over 11 Years

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

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Aspen Signs On To Support NextGen Genav Fund

Public Private Partnership Will Provide Funding For Avionics In GA Airplanes

Aspen Avionics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NextGen GA Fund, a public-private partnership that will provide up to $1.3 billion in financing over the next 10 years for NextGen avionics upgrades in general aviation (GA) aircraft.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Selects GA8 Airvan

Aircraft Will Be Used Primarily For Surveillance Missions

Following an extensive review of available platforms, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) has selected the GippsAero-Mahindra Aerospace GA8 Airvan as its next generation ISR mission platform. Replacing its current fleet of Cessna aircraft, the GA8 Airvan’s are being acquired to expand mission capabilities and lower operational costs.

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Aurora Wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane Program Contract

'LightningStrike' Aircraft Designed For Efficient Hover And High-Speed Capability

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today the award of a Phase I contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane program.

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CF34 Engines Climb In Production And Sales

More Than 470 Orders Received In The Past 12 Calendar Months

The CF34 engine captured more than 470 orders in the last 12 months as airlines revitalized their regional jet fleets. The rising order book is also boosting production rates for the engine. CF34 production rates will grow from more than 330 engines in 2013 to close to 400 engines in 2014 and more than 475 engines by 2016.

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A350 XWB Makes Debut At Doha

First Service Readiness Checks At Qatar Airways’ New Hub

An A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has made its premier appearance at Doha’s new Hamad international airport, on its way to the Singapore Airshow. The visit is part of the Entry-into-Service preparations between Airbus and Qatar Airways, the A350 XWB launch customer, who will take delivery of its first A350 XWB in Q4 this year.

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Houston Police Arrest TSA Officer At KIAH

Allegedly Threatened Fellow Employee

A man working as a TSA officer at George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (KIAH) was arrested Monday after allegedly telling his supervisor that he'd "rather vent than come back and shoot up the place."

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U.S. Considers Sale Of Air Traffic Control And Landing Systems To Iraq

Sale Must Be Approved By U.S. Congress

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress this week of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $700 million.

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Airborne 02.05.14: Carter PAV Sets Records, Van's RV6/7/8 SB, New Life For C130J

Also: Aero-TV Classic!, Bell Joins NYPD, JetBlue Goes ALPA?, FAA Quashes UAV Beer Drops

During January, test pilot Larry Neal flew the Carter Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype breaking five of its own records. He set an altitude record of nearly 18,000 feet, slowed the rotor to a new minimum of 105 rpm which is Mu 1.3, and achieved a level 202 mph true air speed. The flight was well over one hour; the longest flight to date. Jay Carter said, “We are expanding the envelope in baby steps. This aircraft should be able to fly up to 8 hours on its given fuel capacity, cruise at 220+ mph and reach an altitude up to 28,000 feet.” Vans Aircraft

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FAA Clears Path For Installation Of AOA Indicators In Small Aircraft

Measure Could Improve Safety In Thousands Of Airplanes

The FAA on Wednesday today took an important step to help improve safety in small aircraft by simplifying design approval requirements for a cockpit instrument called an angle of attack (AOA) indicator. AOA devices, common on military and large civil aircraft, can be added to small planes to supplement airspeed indicators and stall warning systems.

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Aspen's Uczekaj Testifies Before U.S. House Small Business Committee

Hearing Focused On The FAA's Impact On Small Businesses

The U.S. House Small Business Committee, chaired by Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), held a hearing Wednesday to examine how FAA policies affect small general aviation businesses. John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics testified on behalf of Aspen and GAMA.

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House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee Holds Hearing On FAA Reform Act

Looking At The Implementation Of The Law Two Years In

The House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday to examine the ongoing implementation of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which Congress passed two years ago.

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Boeing To Start Building First Next-Generation 737 At Increased Production Rate

Single-Aisle Airplane Production Increases To Record 42 Per Month

Boeing is starting assembly this week of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month. Since 2010, production of the 737 has increased about 33 percent, from 31.5 to 42 airplanes a month, its highest rate ever.

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Rockwell Collins Unveils New MultiScan ThreatTrack Weather Radar

Features Capabilities For Assessing Lightning And Hail Threats

Rockwell Collins today unveiled its new MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, which provides new atmospheric threat assessment capabilities for air transport aircraft. The company will be showcasing the new system at next week’s Singapore Airshow.

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NATA Gives Top Honors To Rep. Sam Graves, NATA Treasurer Marian Epps

Graves To Receive William A. 'Bill' Ong Memorial Award

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee will receive NATA’s William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award and Marian Epps, Chief Financial Officer of Epps Aviation is the recipient of NATA’s Distinguished Service Award.

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C-27J Aircraft Transferred To U.S. Coast Guard, USSOCOM

Initial Flight Operations To Begin In About Six Months

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) will acquire 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27Js as part of an intra-service transfer from the United States Air Force (USAF). The transfer was approved on December 19 through the Congressional passage of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and formally signed into law by President Obama on December 26.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.06.14)

“To be successful, businesses, and in particular small businesses, need to clearly understand the tasks and be able to expect the FAA to respond in a timely fashion.” Source: Aspen Avionics president John Uczekaj, in testimony before the U.S. House Small Business Committee Wednesday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.06.14): Back-Building Thunderstorm

A thunderstorm in which new development takes place on the upwind side (usually the west or southwest side), such that the storm seems to remain stationary or propagate in a backward direction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.06.14)

Airplane On A Conveyer Belt

A few years back, the Mythbusters showed on their television program that an airplane could actually take off on a conveyor belt moving in the opposite direction ... using a light sport airplane.

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