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December 11, 2012

AIG To Sell Up To 90 Percent Of ILFC

Chinese Investor To Buy Lion's Share Of International Lease Finance Corporation

American International Group and an investor group led by Mr. Weng Xianding, the Chairman of New China Trust Co. Ltd., announced Sunday that they have entered into an agreement under which AIG will sell up to a 90 percent stake in International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a non-core asset, to the investor group in a transaction that values ILFC at approximately $5.28 billion.

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Truman Hosts First Flight Deck Taxiing Of X-47B UCAS-D

Aircraft Remotely Controlled On Deck By Arm-Worn Device

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier.

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FreeFlight Systems Ships Affordable, Upgradable XPLORER ADS-B Datalink Receiver

Upgradeability Gives Pilots Access to Subscription-Free Cockpit Weather Now And Full ADS-B Weather & Traffic Data When ADS-B Out Equipped

FreeFlight Systems announced Monday the immediate availability of its XPLORER receiver, an affordable, high-­-performance datalink weather receiver with upgradability to full ADS-­-B In weather and traffic data capabilities when installed with a certified ADS-­-B Out transmitter.

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Epic Aircraft Approved For Expansion

Bend, OR, City Council Greenlights Lease Transfer

Epic Aircraft is poised for an expansion next year following a vote Wednesday by the Bend, OR, City Council approving a lease transfer at Bend Airport. The company could add as many as 150 jobs in 2013.

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Sullenberger: 'We Need Experienced Pilots'

'Safety Standards Should Not Be Lowered To Accommodate The Airlines'

Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger has gone on the record as saying that new rules requiring pilots to have 1,500 hours in their logbooks before becoming an airline pilot are on the mark, and should not be changed because of a looming pilot shortage.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Order For 15 777-300ERs

Largest Order By Value In Turkish Airlines History

A firm order for 15 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes worth $4.7 billion at list prices has been finalized between Boeing and Turkish Airlines. The agreement, first announced in October as a commitment, also includes options for five additional 777-300ERs and is the largest order by value in Turkish Airlines' history.

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Gone West: John D. Silva

Pioneer In The Use Of Helicopters By TV News

It all began in Los Angeles. In 1958, after KTLA television chief engineer John D. Silva convinced station management to allocate $40,000 to equip a rented Bell 47 helicopter with the ability to transmit live pictures from the aircraft ... the era of airborne television news coverage was born.

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FM-2 Wildcat Recovered From Lake Michigan

Airplane Was Lost In 1944 In A Training Accident

An FM-2 Wildcat that had lain on the bottom of Lake Michigan since December 28th, 1944 has been recovered and will soon become a restoration project at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL.

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USAF Cadets Soar To 8th Straight National Sailplane Racing Championship

Team Posted 30,700 Miles During The Competition

Air Force Academy cadets soared to their eighth straight national sailplane racing championship and their 14th in 18 years, the Soaring Society of America announced Dec. 5. This year's team posted more miles than any other in Academy history with more than 30,700 miles, nearly twice as many miles as they flew in 2011.

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AirCam Down In FL

Authorities Say No Injuries From Accident In Sarasota County

An AirCam has gone down in Sarasota County, FL, making what was described as a "hard landing" but resulting in no injuries to the pilot, the only person on board at the time.

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AD: Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-11

PRODUCT: Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (Erickson) Model S-64F helicopters.  

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AD: Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-24-06

PRODUCT: Certain Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model 340A (SAAB/SF340A) and SAAB 340B airplanes.

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Airborne 12.11.12: Franklin Unveils 'Dracula', BlackHawk UAVs, CTLSi In America

Also: Go To The Moon, EAA LODA, Hawker-Beech, AdvAero Piaggio, Delta's CRJ900s, NORAD Tracks Santa

Kyle Franklin is returning to the airshow circuit with a truly monstrous bipe he calls... 'Dracula.' Evolving over a nine-year design and construction period, Dracula was completed in secrecy... 'The tapering fuselage, speed ring cowling, and sloped windshield hearken back to the racing airplanes of the 1930’s. The airbrushed blood in the paint comes straight from the opening scene of a horror movie. The door may finally be open to full consideration of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways as American's pilots have at last approved a new contract. Mexican authorities are investigating the crash of a Lear Jet 25 in the mountains of northern Mexico. Among those fea

Piper, State Of Florida Amend Incentive Agreement

Will Keep The Company In The Sunshine State

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Piper Aircraft Inc. have agreed to amend an earlier contract to retain the company's operations in Florida and increase investment in aircraft manufacturing facilities.

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Airborne 12.11.12: Franklin Unveils 'Dracula', BlackHawk UAVs, CTLSi In America

Also: Go To The Moon, EAA LODA, Hawker-Beech, AdvAero Piaggio, NORAD Tracks Santa

Kyle Franklin is returning to the airshow circuit with a truly monstrous bipe he calls... 'Dracula.' Evolving over a nine-year design and construction period, Dracula was completed in secrecy... 'The tapering fuselage, speed ring cowling, and sloped windshield hearken back to the racing airplanes of the 1930’s. The airbrushed blood in the paint comes straight from the opening scene of a horror movie. The door may finally be open to full consideration of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways as American's pilots have at last approved a new contract.

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Barnstorming: On Being A Good Aero-Citizen–The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Part 2)

Next… “The Bad” -- A Continuing Discourse On The Ills We’ve Seen… and Fought

Thoughts and Observations By ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell Barnstorming: On Being A Good Aero-Citizen–The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Part 1) Preface: This missive is STILL long, it STILL rambles, it covers a lot of ground and it STILL takes its own sweet time getting to the point… but hopefully it will say (to

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American Airlines' Pilots Ratify New Contract

Moves Carrier A Step Closer To Emerging From Bankruptcy

American Airlines cleared one of the last remaining hurdles to emerging from bankruptcy late last week, as its pilots' union agreed to a new labor agreement.

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'Dracula' Premieres At ICAS Airshow Convention

Kyle Franklin Returns To The Circuit With 'Monster Biplane'

Its been a tough few years for Kyle Franklin... but in the true spirit of a survivor, Kyle is unveiling his next big act for North American airshow audiences in 2013. Kyle is returning to the airshow circuit with a truly monstrous bipe he calls... 'Dracula.' Evolving over a nine-year design and construction period, Dracula was completed in secrecy... 'The tapering fuselage, speed ring cowling, and sloped windshield hearken back to the racing airplanes of the 1930’s. The airbrushed blood in the paint comes straight from the opening scene of a horror movie. The modern prop, nearly full span ailerons, and attention to detail on the weight are 21st century technology.

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Groups Urge FAA To Credit Pilots For Employment, Training Towards Experience

Letter To Acting Administrator Huerta Stresses Flexibility In Certification Standards

Three organizations have written a letter to acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta urging the agency to grant flight hour credit to current pilots based on their airline training and experience as they draft new regulations to raise certification standards for newly hired airline pilots. ALPA, Airlines for America and the Regional Airline Association, are all signatories to the letter.

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40 Years Ago; Apollo 17, 'The End Of The Beginning'

Part 2: Standby For Touchdown

Captured by lunar gravity, Apollo 17 sped behind the moon. Gone, however, was the public concern that had existed when Apollo’s 8, 10 and 11 entered the same phase of their trips to the moon. Now the American public, in general, considered a flight to the moon as being “routine,” and about as interesting as a chemistry class.

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Singer Jenni Rivera Fatally Injured In Aviation Accident

Airplane In Which She Was A Passenger Went Down In Northern Mexico

Singer Jenni Rivera has been fatally injured in an an airplane accident while traveling to a concert in Toluca in central Mexico by private jet. The Learjet on which she was a passenger went down near the city of Monterrey at about 0430 EST Sunday.

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X-37B Launch Set For December 11 From Canaveral Air Force Station

Window For Atlas V Rocket Liftoff Is 1303-1803 EST

The Air Force is set to launch its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on Tuesday. The secret test spacecraft will be boosted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air force Station. The launch window will be open from 1303 to 1803 EST Tuesday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.11.12)

"APA will now turn its focus to helping to ensure that full consideration is given to strategic alternatives before American Airlines’ restructuring concludes." Source: Allied Pilots Association President Capt. Keith Wilson.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.12): Compression Ratio

The ratio of the volume of a cylinder with the piston at the bottom of its stroke to the volume of the cylinder with the piston at the top of its stroke.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.12)

How To Build A Quadcopter

Want to build your own quadcopter like the dad in a story we ran recently? Here's a step-by-step tutorial for building such a device from scratch, rather than a kit aircraft. Something to pass the time on cold winter's nights.

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