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December 05, 2012

First Flyable A350 XWB 'MSN-001' Structurally Complete

Aircraft Makes Its 1st Journey 'On Wheels'

Airbus has successfully completed the main structural assembly and system connection of A350 XWB ‘MSN-001’ – the first flight-test aircraft.

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NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Martian Soil Samples

Finds 'Complex Chemistry' Including Water

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity's arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover.

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BOEM Proposes Wind Farm Leases Of The Northeast Coast

Would Open Nearly 278,000 Acres Off The Rhode Island, Massachusetts, And Virginia Coasts For Wind Energy

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced competitive lease sales for renewable energy development in two wind energy areas (WEAs) in federal waters last week. Wind farms have often been questioned by the aviation community because of possible interference with radar used by air traffic control, as well as being a potential navigation hazard.

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Iraqi Airways Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A330

First Airbus Widebody Aircraft To Be Delivered To Iraq

On behalf of Iraqi Ministry of Transportation, Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by Iraqi Airways. The carrier already operates two A321 aircraft.

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Pot Pilot Gets Probation

Will Also Be Required To Pay A $10,000 Fine

A Colorado Judge has sentenced a California pilot to two years probation and imposed a $10,000 fine for transporting 55 pounds of marijuana the pilot said was for medical use. Boulder District Judge Thomas Mulvihill thought that explanation was a little thin.

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NGC's IL Aircraft Systems Repair Facility Achieves EASA Certification

New Certification Allows The Repair Station To Service Equipment For Civil Aircraft Registered In Europe

EASA has granted Part 145 certification to Northrop Grumman for its repair station in Rolling Meadows, IL. The company's repair station was established to meet regulatory requirements for customers operating aircraft under civil aviation rules.

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Kaan Air Signs For One More (Each) AW169 And AW139

Aircraft To Be Flown For VIP/Corporate Transport

An additional preliminary order for one AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter and a contract for one AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for VIP/corporate missions have been placed by Kaan Air, based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Erickson Air-Crane Explores Acquisition Of Brazilian Business

Signs Non-Binding Letter Of Intent To Buy 14 Aircraft And Associated Assets

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, an operator and the manufacturer of the powerful heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire 14 helicopters and associated personnel and assets from HRT Participacoes em Petroleo, S.A. (HRT).

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Smithsonian Spidernaut Has Died

Nefertiti Had Spent 100 Days In Space Aboard The ISS

It's not often that the death of a spider would make the news, but just about everyone would agree that this was a very special spider. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History said Monday that Nefertiti, the “Spidernaut,” which had spent 100 days in space as part of a student-initiated experiment aboard the ISS, had died.

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Iran Claims It Has Captured A U.S. Drone

U.S. Responds That All Are Accounted For

The U.S. Navy has responded to claims by the Iranian government that it has captured an unmanned aircraft by saying that all of its drones are accounted for. But they leave open the possibility that it may have been a ScanEagle that had been lost previously and retrieved from the ocean by Iran.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-24-03

PRODUCT: All Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 1A, 1A1, 1A2, 1B, 1C, 1C1, 1C2, 1D, 1D1, 1E, 1E2, 1K, 1K1, 1S, and 1S1 turboshaft engines.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines (1E2, 1S, 1S1)

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-12

PRODUCT: All Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 1E2, 1S, and 1S1 turboshaft engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.05.12

The nEUROn Makes its Maiden Fight…

LightSquared is Back – Again…

Now Appearing at Airbus --- the Sharklets!

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Airborne 12.04.12: AOPA 'Holding' Corp???, Bahamas ELT Reprieve, French Court: 'Never Mind'

Also: Mattituck Future, Airbus GW Increase, Glider Solo, Water on Mercury?, nEUROn Flies!

AOPA was busy over the Thanksgiving holiday - no doubt giving thanks for its millions of dollars in cash reserves, as it has moved to form the AOPA Holding Corporation  - a presumably 'for profit' group charged with investing in aviation businesses. While that move raises questions of its own, the choice of the man to lead the group raises even more. If you rushed out and bought a 406 ELT based on our report last week that the Bahamas would soon require installation of such equipment… I hope you kept your receipt. After our story of the looming February 2013 deadline went public, the Civil Aviation Ministry of the Bahamas has extended the waiver for the installation of 406 MHz E

Airborne 12.04.12: AOPA 'Holding' Corp?, 406ELT Reprieve, SST Verdict

Also: Mattituck Future, Airbus GW Increase, Glider Solo, Water on Mercury?, nEUROn Flies!

AOPA was busy over the Thanksgiving holiday - no doubt giving thanks for its millions of dollars in cash reserves, as it has moved to form the AOPA Holding Corporation  - a presumably 'for profit' group charged with investing in aviation businesses. While that move raises questions of its own, the choice of the man to lead the group raises even more. If you rushed out and bought a 406 ELT based on our report last week that the Bahamas would soon require installation of such equipment… I hope you kept your receipt. After our story of the looming Februar

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Barnstorming: On Being A Good Aero-Citizen–The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Part 1)

First… “The Good” – An Initial Discourse On An Amazing, Strange, Tortuous Path

Thoughts and Observations By ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell You must be the change you'd like to see in the world…" Mahatma Gandhi Preface: This missive is long, it rambles, it covers a lot of ground and it takes its own sweet time getting to the point… but hopefully it will say (to you) what I want it to and convey the issues that I want to discuss. Just please bear with me, consider my words carefully and if anything we’ve ever done has had any lasting value to you, I hope you’ll help us stay on this amazing path – Jim

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Boeing Forecasts Sufficient Financing For Rising Global Aircraft Deliveries

Top Executive Ranks Shuffled By Commercial Airplanes Chief Ray Conner

Boeing projects the world's airlines should see reasonable liquidity and pricing for new-aircraft delivery financing in 2013 even as jet builders ramp up production to meet demand, the manufacturer announced here today in issuing its fifth annual finance market forecast.

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

Part 1: Late Night With The Saturn V

For months we had been told that Apollo 17 would be the end of the Apollo program. Some in the media, such as the ever-pompous David Brinkley, reported the story almost gleefully. For me, a ninth grader and rabid space-buff, the excitement of the coming mission seemed tempered with the first doubt about the future of America’s manned spaceflight program.

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NTSB Prelim Released In CA Cessna 421 Accident

Report: Radar Track Showed A 'Cluster Of Primary Targets'

The NTSB's preliminary report for an accident involving a Cessna 421 on a flight under VFR conditions from California to Nebraska in November indicates that the airplane broke up in flight. The report says that there was a "five-mile-long cluster of primary targets" showing no altitude information on the airplane's route of flight. Two people were fatally injured in the accident.

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Dynon Ships New ADS-B “In” Weather, Traffic And TFR Receiver

Permanently-Mounted Unit For The Experimental And Light Sport Market

Dynon Avionics is now shipping the SV-ADSB-470 UAT Band Traffic and Weather Receiver for the SkyView system. This remotely mounted receiver module integrates with the SkyView system to provide easy access to weather and traffic information on top of the detailed navigational information SkyView already provides.

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Two Plead Guilty In Plot To Ship Aircraft Parts To Iran

One Of Those Charged Was An Airline Pilot

A plot to illegally ship aircraft parts to Iran has led to guilty pleas by the two men charged in the scheme. The two were stopped before any parts were shipped in violation of the embargo. The two men pled guilty to charges related to unlawful export of aircraft and aircraft parts from the United States to Iran.

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LightSquared Makes Bid To Share Weather Balloon Spectrum

Claims Operations Will Not Affect Current Uses, Comments Close This Month

LightSquared has popped up on the radar again, and this time the company which has been trying for some time to establish a wireless 4G LTE data network is proposing to share spectrum with NOAA weather balloons.

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First Fuel-Injected CTLSi Aircraft Being Delivered In The U.S.

New Engines Proving Popular In The Established CTLS Airframe

The first Flight Design CTLSi airplanes powered by the new fuel-injected Rotax 912 iS engine have landed in the U.S., and many have reportedly been delivered to customers both in the United States and abroad.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.05.12)

"We expect that despite economic and political challenges, global air travel will again demonstrate its remarkable resilience in 2013." Source: Kostya Zolotusky, managing director of capital markets development and leasing at Boeing Capital Corp.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.05.12): Maintain

Concerning altitude/flight level, the term means to remain at the altitude/flight level specified. The phrase "climb and" or "descend and" normally precedes "maintain" and the altitude assignment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.05.12)

The Spitfire

We've been following the saga of the Spitfires that are expected to be unearthed next year in Burma. Here's a fairly extensive, independent history of the iconic airplane.

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