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January 15, 2013

Airborne 01.15.13: Robinson's 2012, Garmin Announcement, Kitfox Upgrades

Airborne 01.15.13: Robinson's 2012, Garmin Announcement, Kitfox Upgrades

Also: Gifts From ANN!, Obama NOTAM, New Diamond Rotary Engine, HBC Furloughs, Engines For E-Jets, Snakes On A Plane... Again!

Despite a sluggish economy, 2012 has proven to be a good year for Robinson Helicopter. The company's production for the year was 517 helicopters, a 45 percent increase over the 2011 mark of 356 helos. Garmin has just announced a new series of aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series. Just about the time that you thought that the Kitfox couldn’t get anymore capable, we find out that it can... and it is! Both the much-praised and Turbo-Charged Rotax 914 and the new Fuel Injected 912iS are now available for one of the most popular SportPlanes of all time

Airborne 01.15.13: Robinson's 2012, Garmin Announcement, Kitfox Upgrades

Also: Gifts From ANN!, Obama NOTAM, New Diamond Rotary Engine, HBC Furloughs, Engines For E-Jets, Snakes On A Plane... Again!

Despite a sluggish economy, 2012 has proven to be a good year for Robinson Helicopter. The company's production for the year was 517 helicopters, a 45 percent increase over the 2011 mark of 356 helos. Garmin has just announced a new series of aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series. Just about the time that you thought that the Kitfox couldn’t get anymore capable, we find out that it can... and it is! Both the much-praised and Turbo-Charged Rotax 914 and the new Fuel Injected 912iS are now available for

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Garmin Introduces New Series Of Aviation VHF Radios

Will Meet Standards For European Single Sky Initiative

A new series of aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series, has been announced by Garmin. As the replacement products for the popular SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GTR series COM transceivers and GNC series NAV/COM radios include a breadth of new features to reduce pilot workload, while also offering an affordable solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33 kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union under the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

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Citilink Orders 25 Airbus A320neo Airplanes

Indonesian LCC Builds Modern Airbus Fleet

Citilink, the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A320neo. The contract, signed in December 2012, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

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First Winglet Set For Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Delivered

Composite Wingtip Devices Designed To Extend Range And Cut Operating Costs

The first production aircraft set of winglets has been delivered to Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast for the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft that will serve the 100– to 149-seat market segment.

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WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck Crash Site Located After 70 Years

Three Men Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down In Greenland

The Defense Department's Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said an exhaustive search by an expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers has produced sufficient evidence that the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, has been found.

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NASA Says Earth Safe From Asteroid Apophis

Object Over 350 Yards Long Will Make Close Approaches To Earth In 2029, 2036

NASA scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, effectively have ruled out the possibility the asteroid Apophis will impact Earth during a close flyby in 2036. The scientists used updated information obtained by NASA-supported telescopes in 2011 and 2012, as well as new data from the time leading up to Apophis' distant Earth flyby Wednesday.

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NASA Selects High-Performing Interns As Student Ambassadors

Cohort V Members Hail From 70 Different Universities

NASA has inducted 86 top-performing interns into the 2013 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community, a vital component of the agency's ongoing effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) research and interactive opportunities.

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Star Trek Actors Engage In Twittersation With Canadian Astronaut

William Shatner, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy Exchange Tweets To And From Space With Chris Hadfield

Two actors from television's Star Trek franchise recently carried on a conversation on Twitter with Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield aboard the ISS which included several references to both the original show and "The Next Generation."

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JLENS-Mounted Sensor Observes Role-Players Planting Mock-IED During Demo

MTS-B Multi-Spectral Targeting System Integrated On JLENS Tracks Trucks, Other Targets During Demonstration

A recent demonstration proved that operators can observe surface moving targets -- including a terrorist role-player planting an improvised explosive device -- in real time using a Raytheon Company MTS-B Multi-Spectral Targeting System mounted on the JLENS.

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New Aviation Services Provider iFuel To Target Biz Jet Market

Initial Focus On Russia And CIS

A trio of established European aviation businesses have come together to create iFuel, a new aviation fuel and associated services provider.  London-based charter broker Open Aero, fuel supplier Jet Aero Fuels (JAF) and Switzerland-based 28 East Group have signed an agreement to form the new company which will support strategic expansion plans for all three businesses. 

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A Growing National WWII Museum Opens Newest Building

Boeing-Sponsored Pavilion Celebrates U.S. Heroes And Military Might

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, celebrated the next milestone in its $325 million expansion with a Grand Opening ceremony for the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. An expansive, patriotic and emotional ceremony was matched only by the grandeur and glory of the new pavilion, which opened to the public Sunday.

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'Build A Death Star' Petition Created On White House Website

But Administration Says There Are No Plans Create Such A Space Ship

A petition has popped up on the White House "We The People" website urging the Obama administration to build a "Death Star" beginning in 2016. " The petition, which was created in November, has gathered only 34,435 signatures so far, perhaps in part because of the official White House response posted just below the call for a "Death Star."

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AD: Correction, Lycoming Engines and Continental Motors

AD NUMBER: 2012-24-09

PRODUCT: Lycoming Engines TSIO-540-AK1A, and Continental Motors, Inc. TSIO-360-MB, TSIO-360-SB, and TSIO-360-RB reciprocating engines, with certain Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) turbochargers, model TA0411, part number 466642-0001; 466642-0002; 466642-0006; 466642-9001; 466642-9002; or 466642-9006, or with certain HET model TA0411 turbochargers overhauled or repaired since August 29, 2012.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.13

 

Dreamliner Leaks Fuel --- Again!

Illinois Study Shows the Value of Airports…

A New Fox has been Sighted in the Mountains&helli

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Turbo Kitfox Comes To The Mountains

Rotax 914, 912 iS Available For Popular SportPlane

Just about the time that you thought that it would be very difficult to improve on the Kitfox, we find out that not only is it possible, it's happened. Both the much-praised and turbo-charged Rotax 914 and the new fuel injected 912 iS are now available for one of the most popular SportPlanes of all time.

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JAL Dreamliner Reported To Again Leak Fuel

Same Aircraft That Experienced A Leak While Taxiing In Boston Last Week

For the second time in a week, a JAL 787 Dreamliner was reported to be leaking fuel ... the same aircraft that experienced a fuel leak while taxiing for takeoff from Boston Logan International airport last week.

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Boeing Grows Composite Manufacturing Capability In Utah

New Facility Will Fabricate 787-9 Horizontal Stabilizer

Boeing has purchased a new building in Salt Lake County, Utah. Employees at the new site, located in West Jordan, will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9.

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Air Force: Budget Cuts Could Affect Flight Hours, Training, Air Shows

Sequestration Might Mean 20 Percent Cut In Flying Hours

For those of you who thought the sequestration debate was over, keep in mind that the deal reached on the second day of January was just a stopgap, and that government agencies are still facing a pretty severe automatic cut if a permanent deal can't be reached.

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Illinois DOT Study Shows Value Of Airports

One Hundred Sixteen Facilities Bring Over $40 Billion In Economic Impact

Airports in Illinois add over $40 billion to the state's economy, according to a study released recently by the Illinois Department of Transportation. When all of the impacts of Illinois’ 116 public-use airports are added together, 337,419 total jobs can be traced to the aviation industry.

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One Fatally Injured In Florida Amphib Accident

Second Person On Board The Seawind 3000 Survived With Severe Burns

A Seawind 3000 amphibious airplane went down Saturday afternoon just after takeoff from Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ) in Florida, according to officials. The airplane reportedly hit some trees and caught fire before impacting the ground, resulting in the fatal injury of one of the two people on board.

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Northrop Grumman, Cassidian Fly First Sensor-Equipped Euro Hawk UAS

Six Hour Flight Called Start Of Critical Flight Test Phase For The Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS Deutschland GmbH, operating through Cassidian, together achieved a major milestone late last week with the first full system test flight of the Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with the signals intelligence (SIGINT) advanced sensors for detection of radar and communication emitters.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.15.13)

"Boeing shares the same commitment to air travel safety that Transportation Secretary LaHood and FAA Administrator Huerta spoke of this (Friday) morning in Washington, D.C." Source: Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.15.13): Line Maintenance

Occurs at or near the gate or terminal (Tarmac), launch area, ready area, hardstand or alert area. The level of dis-assembly is usually limited to what can be reassembled and restored within a period of less than a shift or two.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.15.13)

Roadrunners Internationale

Preserving the history of the aviation pioneers and programs that developed the U-2, A-12 and YF-12 during the Cold War.

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