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February 25, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.14

Allegiant Air’s Maintenance Practices Questioned…

United is Downsizing in Canada…

The F35B May De Delayed Another Year…

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Boeing Machinists Union In St. Louis Approves Contract Extension

Long-Term Contract Now Extends To July 2022

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site's future. The company's contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired in January, 2015.

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Senior Executives Assigned New Roles With Airbus Helicopters

Taps VPs For Customer Support, Sales And Marketing

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has restructured its senior leadership team it says in a way that will better serve customers and develop new and expanded business opportunities.

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Robinson Adds Spidertracks Real Time Flight Tracking

Web-Based Aircraft Tracking To Be Offered For All Models

Spidertracks has made an agreement with Robinson Helicopter Company to include the Spider S5 as the helicopter manufacturer's real-time flight tracking offering in their options catalog for the R22, R44 and R66 models.

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FAA Issues STC For 4-blade Propeller On DHC-6

Twin Otter Installation Also Certified By EASA

The FAA has granted STC No. SA03368NY to MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH for the next generation 4-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-16-1-E-C-F-R(P)/CFR240-55 on the DHC-6 (Twin Otter) produced by Viking Air Ltd.

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NASA To Hold Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum

Program Includes Two Separate But Related Activities

As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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Canadian Government Marks 6th Annual National Aviation Day

Announces Student Programs, Contests In Conjunction With The Celebration

Sunday marked Canada's sixth annual National Aviation Day. To celebrate the occasion the Government of Canada is pleased to launch the call for applications for the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) - Transport Canada Civil Aviation Internship Program, and announce an exciting new aviation photo contest.

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AirSpace Minnesota Announces 'Go Boldly Challenge'

Program Honors Minnesotans Who 'Dare To Dream'

AirSpace Minnesota on Friday announced the "Go Boldly Challenge" at the Minnesota Science Teachers Association Conference on Science Education in Mankato, MN. Created to celebrate Minnesota's remarkable contributions to technology innovation through aerospace and aviation, AirSpace Minnesota is committed to inspiring a new generation by showing what's possible when dreams and skills connect.

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Hawker Pacific Signs MoU With Bell Helicopter

Deal For An Unspecified Number Of Aircraft To Meet Anticipated Market Growth

Hawker Pacific and Bell Helicopter have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent to enter into future purchase agreements for various Bell helicopter models based on anticipated market growth. The deal reflects what the company says is a very positive response to Bell Helicopter products by the market, and puts Hawker Pacific in a much stronger position to meet that demand.

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Sikorsky To Produce Helicopters For Turkey

Finalizes Long-Dormant Contract For 109 Utility Aircraft

The Government of Turkey and Sikorsky have finalized a contract characterized as "long dormant" for the production of 109 utility helicopters, according to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Signs Four Major Contracts

Will Provide Engine Maintenance For U.S. EMS Helicopter Operators

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed engine maintenance contracts with four U.S. emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter operators that will keep their fleets flying with predictable maintenance costs.

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AD NUMBER: 2014-03-21

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 727-200 and 727-200F series airplanes.  

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Airborne 02.24.14: Zero-G Swimsuits, AgustaWestland Blacklist, AEA Public Invite

Also: NM Eliminates Plane Tax, Roadable FA/18, F35 STOVL Formation, TARC 2014

Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated have taken swimsuit modeling where it’s never gone before. Flying with the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO G), Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness – as if in outer space – for SI’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit issue. AgustaWestland may find itself frozen out of the Indian helicopter market if a measure to blacklist the company passes that country's parliament. The move is under consideration in the wake of allegations of kickbacks given to the company associated with a $733 million deal dating ba

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F-35B May Face Another Year Of Delays

Cracks Discovered In Bulkheads During Ground-Based Stress Testing

Cracks discovered last September in bulkheads on the F-35B variant for the U.S. Marine Corps may delay deployment of the STOVL aircraft for another year, according to Pentagon sources.

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Allegiant Air Maintenance Practices To Be Subject Of Investigation

Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition To Launch The Probe

The Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition (TAMC) announced Friday that it will launch an investigation into reports of a disproportionate number of engine failures, air returns and declared emergencies at Allegiant Air. TAMC immediately recognized that a comprehensive investigation into the continuing maintenance failures at Allegiant is imperative after interviewing pilots at the airline.

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Ex-Im Bank Pumps Over $1 Billion Into Business Aviation

Bank Approves $300 Million For Export Of Gulfstream Aircraft To China, Supports 2,100 U.S. Jobs

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has topped $1 billion in support of American-made business-aircraft and helicopter financings since the beginning of FY 2012, the organization announced Saturday.

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Production Milestone Reached For V2500 Engines

IAE Has Shipped The 6,000th Engine Produced To JetBlue Airways

IAE International Aero Engines AG reached a new production milestone when it shipped its 6,000th V2500 engine from the Pratt & Whitney Middletown Engine Center. The engine will be delivered to JetBlue Airways under the wing of an Airbus A321ceo aircraft in March.

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United Airlines Announces Layoffs In Canada

IAM Says Carrier Will Outsource Canadian Ground Operations

United Airlines is pulling out of Canada and will outsource its Canadian operations effective May 1, 2014. United said the move is a result of the Company's continuing efforts to ensure its competitiveness in the international airline industry.

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Honeywell Forecast Indicates Global Helicopter Demand Steady For Next Five Years

Predicts 4,800–5,500 New Civilian Helicopter Deliveries From 2014–2018

In its 16th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell Aerospace says it expects that 4,800–5,500 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered during 2014–2018. Overall demand remains steady versus the 2013 five-year forecast, with large fleet operator requirements offsetting a moderate softening in new helicopter purchase plans reported in the 2014 Honeywell survey.

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Market Outlook For New Falcon 5X 'Bright' In The Middle East

Dassault Aviation Generates Solid Sales For Flagship 7X In The Region

The new Falcon 5X introduced last fall at NBAA and due to enter service in 2017 has already generated strong response in the Middle East, according to Dassault Falcon. The region has generated a significant number of the airplane's initial sales, according to the company.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.25.14)

"We welcome today’s ratification. Not only does it better position us to compete, but it also ensures that our highly-skilled IAM-represented employees, those with us today and in the future, are appropriately compensated for their important work." Source: Boeing St. Louis site executive Bill Schnettgoecke.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.25.14): Landing Direction Indicator

A device which visually indicates the direction in which landings and takeoffs should be made.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.25.14)

Flights of Inspiration

"Flights of Inspiration" is for anyone who has an interest in the history and science of flight.

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