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December 17, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.13

Boeing to Expand in South Carolina…

Quicksilver’s Sport 2S Completes Flight Testing…

China Wants Its Own Moon Rocks…


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AIG Announces Agreement To Sell International Lease Finance Corporation

AerCap Holdings N.V. To Pay $5.4 Billion For The Company

American International Group has entered into an agreement under which AIG will sell its 100 percent interest in International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a non-core asset, to AerCap Holdings N.V. Total consideration for the transaction, consisting of $3.0 billion of cash and 97,560,976 newly issued AerCap common shares, has a value of approximately $5.4 billion based on AerCap’s closing price per share of $24.93 on December 13, 2013.

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FAA, EASA Approve Aspen EA100 Digital Autopilot Interfaces

Now Compatible With Century IIB, III And IV Autopilots

The FAA and EASA have approved Aspen's EA100 autopilot adapter as capable of emulating the Century 52D66, 52D67, 52D166, and 52D167 attitude indicators. The EA100 is now compatible with all attitude-based Century IIB, III, and IV autopilots as well as the Piper Altimatic-branded autopilots.  This new certification is in addition to the Century 21, 31, 41, 2000 and 4000 certification announced in October 2013.

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Tentative Five-Year Contract Reached Between Alaska Airlines, Flight Attendants

Ratification Vote Expected In Mid-February Next Year

Alaska Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for the carrier's 3,300 flight attendants.

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Air Force Leader Outlines Joint Strike Fighter's Value

Welsh Calls Delivery Of 100th Airplane A 'Big Deal For The Air Force'

On the day that Lockheed-Martin delivered its 100th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to the Air Force, the service’s leaders today marked the milestone and outlined the aircraft’s value. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III called the event “a big deal for the Air Force” during a Pentagon news conference.

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Pratt & Whitney Opens New F100 Engine Overhaul Facility In Columbus, GA

Majority Of San Antonio Work To Be Shifted To New Center

Pratt & Whitney has opened its new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, GA. The new 105,000-square-foot facility enhances Pratt & Whitney's capacity to service engines that power F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and international military customers. Pratt & Whitney, the Development Authority of Columbus and Western Devcon Inc. worked together to develop, design and build the new facility.

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ILFC, Air Caraïbes Reach Agreement To Lease Three A350-900 Aircraft

Deliveries Expected Between 2016 And 2018

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has reached an agreement with French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes Atlantique Airlines to lease three new Airbus A350XWB-900s. The aircraft have an anticipated delivery timeline between 2016 and 2018, and will be operated on the airline’s long-haul route network.

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Quest Aviation Solutions Widens Sales Role With MD Helicopters

Will Sell Multi-Mission MD Helicopters In India And China

Following what the company said was a successful Dubai Air Show, Quest Aviation Solutions says it is broadening its relationship with MD Helicopters and effective immediately will take on sales of its Multi Mission family of helicopters in both India and China.  Quest will support India and China from its sales offices in Bangalore and Beijing.  

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Pilot Ditches Navion In Florida Lake

Says Engine On The 1946 Airplane Failed During Flight

The pilot of a 1946 North American Navion was faced with few choices on Friday when the engine on his classic airplane, in his words, began misfiring and sputtering and then completely failed.

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Gone West: Model Airplane Craftsman Franklin Robert 'Bud' Nosen

Credited With Bringing Large-Scale Model Airplanes To The Masses

Our friends at Lee Bottom Flying Field in southern Indiana posted in the blog NORDO News that Franklin Robert 'Bud' Nosen, who is credited in the model airplane community with bringing large-scale model airplanes "to the masses," passed away on November 13 at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN.

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Kentucky Space Confirms Successful Operation Of Tiny Experimental Spacecraft

Eagle-1 PocketQube Satellite Launched November 21

Eagle-1, a PocketQube class satellite that measures 5cmx5cmx15cm and weighing just 430grams (just under one pound), was launched on November 21, 2013 on a DNEPR-1 rocket from Dombarovsky Cosmodrome at Yasny, Russia.

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AD: Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 99-26-19 R1

PRODUCT: The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model J-2 airplanes equipped with wing lift struts.

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AD: Maule Aerospace Technology, Inc. Airplanes (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 98-15-18 R1

PRODUCT: Certain Maule Aerospace Technology, Inc. Models M-4, M-5, M-6, M-7, MT-7, MX-7, MXT-7, and M-8 airplanes that are equipped with rear wing lift struts, part number (P/N) 2079E, and/or front wing lift struts, P/N 2080E. AD 98-15-18 required repetitively inspecting certain wing lift struts for internal corrosion and replacing of any wing lift strut where corrosion was found.

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Airborne 12.17.13: Gene Cernan, Red Bull Props, FAA Sez Speak English!

Also: Golden Knights, Beechcraft Update, More Sleep Apnea BS, 787-9 Progress, P-40B Returns, Launch Complex 39A

When astronaut Gene Cernan heard about a petition established on the White House 'We the People' website by a six-year-old boy who hopes to increase funding for NASA ... he just had to pick up the phone. It’s reported that Connor Johnson got the call last Wednesday. Cernan said by way of introduction, "I'm an astronaut. This is Gene Cernan calling. I'm the last person to have walked on the moon." The launch of the 2014 Red Bull World Championship has seen a host of modifications to the rules and regulations. Along with the standardized racing engines comes a similar amendment for the propellers. The FAA has revised its advisory circular providing guidan

Airborne 12.17.13: Gene Cernan, Red Bull Props, FAA Sez Speak English!

Also: Golden Knights, Beechcraft Update, More Sleep Apnea BS, 787-9 Progress, P-40B Returns, Launch Complex 39A

When astronaut Gene Cernan heard about a petition established on the White House 'We the People' website by a six-year-old boy who hopes to increase funding for NASA ... he just had to pick up the phone. It’s reported that Connor Johnson got the call last Wednesday. Cernan said by way of introduction, "I'm an astronaut. This is Gene Cernan calling. I'm the last person to have walked on the moon." The launch of the 2014 Red Bull World Championship has seen a host of modifications to the rules and regulations. Along with the standardized

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Boeing Plans South Carolina Expansion Activities

New Paint Hangar And Additional Land Purchase Confirm Boeing's Long-Term Commitment To South Carolina

Boeing plans to begin construction in the second half of 2014 on a new paint facility on its main campus in North Charleston, S.C. The company expects to begin painting fully assembled 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina in mid-2016.

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Quicksilver Completes Flight Testing For New SLSA

Sport 2S Among First To Log 100 Hours Of Flight Evaluations

Quicksilver Aeronautics has completed the entire flight test regimen required to comply with ASTM industry consensus standards that the company expects will lead to FAA acceptance, the company said Monday. With an FAA audit occurring before Christmas, Quicksilver would love to unwrap a very special present by getting approval from the agency. Quicksilver has produced more than 15,000 kit-built aircraft since the early 1970s; this will be their first Special Light-Sport Aircraft.

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FAA Certifies GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 Turbofan

Stage Set For Full Production Of The All-New Powerplant

The FAA has awarded Part 33 certification to GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 turbofan engine, certifying its airworthiness and setting the stage for the production of this all-new engine. The HF120 engine's airworthiness certification follows an extensive ground and flight test program that involved 13 engines. During its certification program, the HF120 engine accumulated more than 14,000 cycles and 9,000 hours of testing.

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Lockheed Martin Celebrates 100th F-35 Lightning II

Milestone Airplane To Be Delivered To Luke AFB

At a ceremony attended by more than 2,000 employees and guests, Lockheed Martin celebrated the production of its 100th F-35 Lightning II. Defense leaders Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, TX, and Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, AZ, joined the employees who build the F-35 for the celebration.

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China Plans Probe That Will Bring Moon Rocks To Earth

Says It Is On Track For Mission In 2017

The Chinese government says it is planning to build and launch a lunar probe that will land on the moon and bring samples back to Earth in 2017.

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A4A Releases Holiday Travel Projections For U.S. Carriers

Says Airlines Well Prepared To Meet Increased Travel Demand

Airline industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) has released its 2013-2014 Winter Holiday Air Travel Forecast, projecting 44.3 million customers will fly on U.S. airlines during the 21-day period from Monday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 5, an increase of approximately 2 percent or 41,000 daily travelers. Last year, 43.4 million customers were estimated to have traveled by air.

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Tiger Moth Down Off Coast Of Australia

Two Aboard Feared Fatally Injured In Vintage Airplane Accident

A vintage Tiger Moth airplane has reportedly gone down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Neither of the two people reported to be on board the airplane have been recovered, and they are feared fatally injured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.17.13)

"This expansion makes future growth in North Charleston possible. While we expect to begin the permitting process immediately for this property, we have no specific plans for the land other than where we will locate the new paint facility." Source: Jack Jones, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.13)

Aviation Safety Network

Provides those with a professional interest in aviation with up-to-date and reliable data on airliner accidents and safety issues, as well as a section of photos before a crash, after the actual accident, and other miscellaneous pix.

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