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November 19, 2012

Honeywell Aerospace Providing Subsystems For 737 MAX Fleet

Company Says A New Electronic Bleed Air System (EBAS) Improves Efficiency, Reliability

Honeywell has been selected to provide several vital aircraft subsystems for the new 737 MAX. The airplane will come equipped with the latest Honeywell Electronic Bleed Air System (EBAS), in addition to other existing Honeywell 737 systems that the company says will lower the cost of ownership for operators, while increasing reliability, efficiency and comfort.

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Boeing Adapts Innovative Training Technologies To F/A-18E, F-15E

Both Aircraft Are Now Equipped To Participate In Live, Virtual And Constructive Training Simulations

Two military aircraft produced by Boeing ... the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet ... now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is developing these simulation capabilities for both the U.S. Air Force F-15E and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Officials Visit Pensacola Training Commands

Group Observed RSAF Training Being Conducted In The Florida Panhandle

Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) hosted senior officers from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Nov. 5. Maj. Gen. Ali Juwayr Al-Hamad, commander, King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA) and Brig. Gen. Loaye Yagoub Al-Ali, the academy's training wing commander, observed RSAF service member's aviation training in the Pensacola area.

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Maldivian Airlines Becomes A New A320 Operator

Aircraft Is Being Operated Under A Lease Agreement

Maldivian Airlines, the national carrier of the Maldives has become a new operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft, following the first commercial flight of an A320 on the inaugural flight from Male to Chennai. The aircraft, operated under a leasing agreement, is the first A320 Maldivian will fly to destinations in the Indian sub-continent.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Launches Flight Operations Department In Asia

Five Company Pilots Stationed In Hong Kong Assist Gulfstream Operators Throughout Asia-Pacific Region

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has established a satellite flight department in Hong Kong to support Gulfstream operators in Asia. The office is staffed by five pilots: three large-cabin demonstration pilots, one mid-cabin demonstration pilot and a chief pilot type-rated in both large- and mid-cabin aircraft.

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Rolls-Royce Expands Virginia Manufacturing Operations

Construction Will Begin Soon On AAMF In Prince Georges County, VA

Rolls-Royce is set to begin construction on a new advanced manufacturing facility at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe in Prince George County, Virginia. The Group is investing $136 million to develop an Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF), which will create 140 new, highly skilled jobs. The new AAMF will be located alongside the company’s Rotatives manufacturing facility on the 1,000-acre Crosspointe campus, located just south of the state capital, Richmond.

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USAF, Raytheon Evaluate Ground-Based Sense And Avoid Capabilities For UAS Flight

Automation And Radar System For Air Traffic Control Is NAS-Certified

As the U.S. government prepares for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System by 2015, the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon Company have conducted concept evaluation demonstrations that show existing air traffic control equipment could be modified to safely track the presence of nearby unmanned aircraft.

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NetJets China Establishing Headquarters In Zhuhai

CAAC Approval Received In September, Government Certification Pending

NetJets China has established its operational headquarters in the Zhuhai Aviation Industrial Park. Subject to obtaining relevant regulatory approvals, NetJets China Business Aviation Limited will manage all flight and maintenance operations from the new Zhuhai facility. The company received CAAC project approval in September and continues to work towards CAAC certification.

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AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-09

PRODUCT: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters.

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AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-14

PRODUCT: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-70, S-70A, S-70C, S-70C(M), and S-70C(M1) helicopters with a certain part-numbered intermediate gearbox (IGB).

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-08

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A300 B4-600 and A300 B4-600R, Model A300, and Model A310 series airplanes.

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AD: Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-15

PRODUCT: All Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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TX Jury 'Ignores' NTSB Findings -- Penalizes Eurocopter, Goodrich

Jury Finds 'Defect' in Eurocopter AS350B3 Flight Control System

Here we go again... despite specific NTSB findings to the contrary, a TX jury has decided that a 'defective flight control component caused the fatal crash of a U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopter (see file photo) on May 22, 2007.' According to a 'press release' sent ANN by a Dallas PR firm, Dallas area aviation attorney Jon Kettles and El Paso attorney Enrique Moreno represented the widow of the pilot killed in the accident and reportedly assert that, "The two-week trial centered on claims by the pilot's family and the injured crewmember that a manufacturing defect in a flight control servo made the aircraft uncontrollable and caused the crash during a routine border securi

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Airborne 11.16.12: Airship Company Deflates, FIFI Grounded, New Tecnam LSA

Also: NTSB, Barnstorming, Personal Helo, EU-ETS on Hold, SpaceX Grasshopper, Skivvy Skydives

Airship Ventures of Moffet Field, CA operators of the world's largest passenger airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, are closing their doors effective immediately! Founded in 2008, Airship Ventures made history by bringing passenger airship operations back to the U.S. for the first time since the 1930s and they enjoyed a stellar safety record, but it wasn't enough. The often heard battle cry "Keep 'Em Flying" has taken on a fresh new urgency with the news that the last flying B-29 Superfortress has been grounded and is in need of serious repair. During the last airsho

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Klyde Morris (11.19.12)

Klyde's Seeks Fame As A Published Author... 

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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US Navy, Northrop Grumman Demo Wireless Ground Handling Of X-47B UAS

Maneuvers With Handheld Controller Build Confidence For Future Trials On Carrier Deck

UAV carrier ops took another notch forward recently, as the U.S. Navy took the first critical step toward demonstrating that the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator can be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier.

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Jeppesen Mobile Flitedeck Version 2.0 Offers Enhanced Navigation

Flexible U.S. Jeppview Data Subscription Pricing Now Available

Jeppesen has introduced its Mobile FliteDeck version 2.0 for iPad, including the recently introduced iPad (4th generation) and iPad mini. In addition, flexible pricing options for four U.S.-based JeppView data subscriptions are now available, based on two or four device installs. A JeppView data subscription is necessary to use Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck on iPad.

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CAP Pilots Volunteer For ‘Target’ Practice

Allows NORAD F-16 Pilots To Train For Intercepts

It’s a beautiful day to be flying your Cessna above Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore, taking in the view of the Chesapeake Bay, when—out of nowhere—an F-16 fighter jet suddenly pulls up beside you because your plane has no business being there ...

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Student Teams To Build And Fly Rockets For NASA Rocketry Challenge

Vehicles Will Carry Engineering Payloads To Altitudes Of Up To A Mile High

Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Projects have announced the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will be launched in April during the space agency's 2012-13 rocketry challenge. Representing schools in 26 states around the country, participating teams each will design and build a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload and capable of flying to the target altitude of 1 mile.

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Chinese Customer Orders Airbus ACJ319

Reinforces Company's Corporate Jet Presence In China

An Airbus ACJ319 with the Sharklet option has been ordered by a Chinese customer, in the first deal for this version from the country. The order builds on the strong Airbus corporate jet presence in greater China, where there are around 25 orders to date.

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Rockwell Collins Wins 737 MAX Contract For Large-Format Flight Displays

Will Also Provide Displays For KC-46 Tanker

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Boeing to provide its large-format flight displays as standard equipment on the 737 MAX flight deck. The multi-year agreement leverages Rockwell Collins’ flight display technology from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Currently there are more than 900 orders for the 737 MAX.

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American Airlines Employee Placed On No-Fly List

Reason For The Move Was Not Known, Airline Has Suspended Him Without Pay

He doesn't know quite how, but in August, American Airlines employee Luis Montano found himself on TSA's No-Fly list, and his employer summarily suspended him from his job without pay.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.19.12)

Aero Linx: USMC/Combat Helicopter Association The USMC/Combat Helicopter Association was begun by a few former helicopter pilots who wondered what had become of the people they used to fly with during the Vietnam War. Like so many, we had lost contact over the years with some close friends that we had made during our combat tours in Vietnam. Therefore, with a couple of phone calls, we began locating people. One thing led to another, and the next thing we knew we were having a reunion in Las Vegas in 1988. Approximately 200 people, representing all of the helicopter types that we flew, attended for a long weekend of fun. It was such a success that we began publishing a directory and a newsletter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.19.12): Equinox

Equinox The equinoxes are times at which the center of the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator. The day and night would be of equal length at that time, if the Sun were a point and not a disc, and if there were no atmospheric refraction. Given the apparent disc of the Sun, and the Earth's atmospheric refraction, day and night actually become equal at a point within a few days of each equinox. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, and the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.19.12)

"We are proud to be sponsoring NASA's Student Launch Competition for the sixth year. Each year we are impressed with the level of skill and knowledge these students exhibit. We are very optimistic and excited about the caliber of individuals that could become our future work force." Source: Kent Rominger, VP of Business Development for ATK's Space Launch Division, following the anouncement of the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will be launched in April during the NASA Student Launch Projects' 2012-13 rocketry challenge. A $5,000 first-place award is provided by ATK.

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