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February 28, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.14

Watch the Red Bull Air Race Online or TV…

Bell Helicopters Off To A Flying Start at Heli Expo…

Certification Testing for the AW609 Til

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Airborne 02.28.14: Red Bull Returns!, New Enstrom Heli, Cessna Latitude Performs

Also: Honeywell Heli-Forecast, CFI Renewal, True Blue Power, ANN Wants YOU For Oshkosh!

Are you ready to race? ANN was excited to report, earlier this year, that the Red Bull races are back on track for a full season in 2014, and now it has started. The first race of the season began today, Friday, February 28th, and continues through tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. U.S. cities scheduled for Red Bull Air Races in September and October are Fort Worth and Las Vegas. Sales of lightweight helicopters continue to grow and the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has now entered the market with a helicopter designed for training. The newest member of its Enstrom family is

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Airborne 02.28.14: Red Bull Returns!, New Enstrom Heli, Cessna Latitude Performs

Also: Honeywell Heli-Forecast, CFI Renewal, True Blue Power, ANN Wants YOU For Oshkosh!

Are you ready to race? ANN was excited to report, earlier this year, that the Red Bull races are back on track for a full season in 2014, and now it has started. The first race of the season began today, Friday, February 28th, and continues through tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. U.S. cities scheduled for Red Bull Air Races in September and October are Fort Worth and Las Vegas. Sales of lightweight helicopters continue to grow and the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has now entered the market with a helicopter designed for training. The newest member of its Enstrom family is called the TH180. The Latitude prototype successfully achieved full envelope performance for maximum speed  … 440 kno

Enstrom Helicopter Signs Contract With Venezuela

Sixteen Training Helicopters To Be Shipped In The Next 18 Months

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has received a signed contract from the Venezuela Ministry of Defense for 16 training helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered within the next 18 months and will be used for training by the Venezuelan Air Force and Navy.

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MD Helicopters Delivers MD 500E Helicopter To Bering Air

New Helicopter To Expand Capabilities For Alaskan Utility Missions

Nome, Alaska-based Bering Air has taken delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter, which will provide support for the construction of microwave Internet towers and operate charters in the mineral exploration fields, as well as assist in animal survey and capture work for customers such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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Airbus Helicopters Expands Deployment Of Cockpit Image, Flight Data Recorders

Will Become Standard Equipment In All New Aircraft

Airbus Helicopters has announced its intention for all new aircraft produced by the company to be equipped with a cockpit image and flight data recorder.

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Rolls-Royce To Deliver First Flight Test Engine For Scott's - Bell 47

Company Has Orders For 38 Of The Turbine-Powered Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has signed a multi-engine order with Scott's – Bell 47 and will deliver the first RR300 engine this summer for installation in a flight test aircraft. The company already has orders for 38 of its new 47GT-6 helicopters with first deliveries scheduled in 2016, and expects to produce more than 30 aircraft per year by 2017.

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Universal Avionics Sees Increased Interest From Super Puma Operators

Offering Super Puma Multi-Mission Management System Retrofit Program To Support Offshore Operations Authorized Dealer, Heli-One Canada

Requests for Flight Management Systems (FMS) with mission support have increased in 2013, most notably among offshore and SAR operators of Airbus Helicopters’ AS332L and AS332L1 Super Puma models. Universal Avionics’ Multi-Mission Management System (MMMS) is the company’s flagship Special Mission FMS for installation in these helicopter models.

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Danbury Aerospace Announces New Business Unit

Titan Aircraft Engines Moving To Its Own Facility, Will Add Staff

Danbury Aerospace says that their “completed engine business” has been spun off into a new and separate company. Titan Aircraft Engines based in San Antonio, TX. is presently moving into its own facility and staffing up quickly to meet current and expected demand.

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AEA Announces New Staff Appointments

Three Take Up New Duties With The Organization

The Aircraft Electronics Association recently promoted two long-time staff members and added another.

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A350 XWB Flying Test Fleet Doubles Size

MSN2 And MSN4 Perform Their First Flights Same Day

The A350 XWB flight test aircraft, MSN2 and MSN4, have both taken to the skies above Toulouse, France for their respective first flights, bringing the total number of A350 XWBs now flying from two to four.

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Sikorsky S-92 Helicopters To Receive New Rockwell Collins Display

Multi-Function Display Provides Growth Path To Synthetic Vision, H-TAWS, And Multiscan Weather Radar

The Sikorsky S-92 helicopter will feature new Rockwell Collins MFD-268P2B Multi-Function Displays enabling growth to capabilities that will enhance situational awareness and flight safety. The new displays will be standard cockpit equipment for new aircraft delivered beginning in 2014.

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Falcon Aviation Services Signs LOI For Up To Two CSeries Aircraft

Becomes First Customer For The CSeries Aircraft In The United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire one CS300 aircraft and an option for another. With this LOI, Falcon Aviation Services becomes the first customer for CSeries aircraft in the United Arab Emirates.

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P-38 Lightning At Evergreen Museum Up For Sale

One Of Only Seven Airworthy Examples Of The Airplane Known To Exist

Under a cloud of bankruptcy, airplanes at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR are being sold one-by-one. So far, a Ford Trimotor that flew the first transcontinental passenger route between New York and San Diego has been sold, and now, a 1945 P-38L Lightning airplane has been placed on the block with a price tag of $6.75 million.

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Honeywell Fleet Tracking System Certified For New Helicopter Platforms

Sky Connect Tracker III Delivers Fleet Communications And Improves Operational Safety For Global Helicopter Operators

The FAA has issued an STC to Honeywell for installation of the Sky Connect Tracker III in Sikorsky S-76, AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus AS350 rotorcraft platforms. The company says the "all-in-one voice, text and tracking system from Honeywell Aerospace" is the first that enables simultaneous worldwide automated tracking, text messaging and voice capabilities to improve crew and passenger safety and increase aircraft availability.

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Aero-TV: Zenith CH 750 Cruzer – Faster Than Your Average STOL

Still Quite STOL-Worthy, The Cruzer Also Lives Up To Its Name

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell took the new Zenith 750 Cruzer on a test flight while at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2014. After landing, Jim spent some time with Sebastien Heintz, the President and owner of the Zenith Aircraft Company. Jim started his questioning by asking Heintz how Zenith could take their model 750 STOL airplane and turn it into an airplane that offered such good cruise performance.

Aero-TV: Zenith CH 750 Cruzer – Faster Than Your Average STOL

Still Quite STOL-Worthy, The Cruzer Also Lives Up To Its Name

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell took the new Zenith 750 Cruzer on a test flight while at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2014. After landing, Jim spent some time with Sebastien Heintz, the President and owner of the Zenith Aircraft Company. Jim started his questioning by asking Heintz how Zenith could take their model 750 STOL airplane and turn it into an airplane that offered such good cruise performance. Heintz responded by saying that they realize the original 750 STOL airplane gave up performance on the high-end to achieve its super STOL capabilities. The redesign of the 750 into

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AW609 TiltRotor Completes Envelope Expansion Flight Trials

Progresses To FAA Certification Flying Phase

AgustaWestland said at HELI-EXPO 2014 this week that it completed AW609 TiltRotor flight envelope expansion trials in December 2013, allowing the certification testing phase to commence as it makes progress towards FAA certification in 2017.

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Bell Secures More Than 100 Commitments Early At HELI-EXPO 2014

Buyers Lining Up For The New Jet Ranger X

With the reveal of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a full-size mock up of the Bell 525 Relentless in search-and-rescue configuration, Bell Helicopter certainly made a splash at HELI-EXPO 2014. And by the end of the first day, Bell completed more than 100 signings that included the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, 407GX, Bell 412EP and Bell 429.

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EASA Approves Aspen Avionics For Airbus Helicopters

Motorflug Baden-Baden GmbH STC Now Available To Eurocopter 120B Operators

EASA has approved the installation of Aspen’s EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) into the Eurocopter 120B under EASA Supplemental Type Certificate 10048141.

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Sikorsky's Matrix Technology Program Launches Phase 2 Of Flight Tests

Demonstrator Was Modified With A Datalink And Multi-Spectral Sensor Package

Sikorsky Aircraft's Matrix Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work.

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Klyde Morris 02.28.14

Gotta Watch Those Low Altitude Ejections, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Bolen Joins Other GA Leaders To Discuss Industry’s Challenges, Opportunities

Session Held At Heli-Expo Wednesday

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed measured optimism for the industry during a Feb. 26 discussion hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI) as part of its annual Heli-Expo in Anaheim, CA.

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Red Bull Air Races To Be Broadcast On Television And Online

Broadcasters Worldwide Have Signed On To Show The Events

Fans of the Red Bull Air Race will be able to watch the action unfold from the comfort of their homes, thanks to agreements with several broadcasters around the world.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.28.14)

"The sensors allow her to fly at full speed, avoid obstacles, select landing zones, and do other tasks that are perceptually intensive. All of these are objectives of the Matrix Technology program as we move toward evolving SARA's abilities to understand and see the world in all sorts of conditions." Source: Igor Cherepinsky, Chief Engineer for Sikorsky's Autonomy Program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.28.14): Light Gun

A handheld directional light signaling device which emits a brilliant narrow beam of white, green, or red light as selected by the tower controller.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.28.14)

Launch Into Aerospace

Now is a great time for a career in the US aerospace industry. There are exciting opportunities available  for young people to become part of an industry where entrepreneurs have challenged the conventional ever since humans first aspired to take to the skies and soar upward.

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