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January 23, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.24.13

A Senate Hearing Looms on Boeing’s 787 Batteries and More…

Airbus says the Dreamliners’ Grounding Will Not Affect the A350…

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GE Aviation Records 11 Percent Revenue Growth For Fourth Quarter

Year-To-Year Comparison Shows Seven Percent Increase In Profit

No matter how you slice it, 2012 was a good year for GE Aviation. The company posted a profit of $3.75 billion over 2011, equating to a seven percent increase.

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L-3 Link’s Asian Aviation Training Center

Enhances Airbus 320 Full Flight Simulator Realism

An A320 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) installed at the L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) Asian Aviation Training Center (AATC) in Bangkok, Thailand, has been recertified to Level D by the EASA.

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FAA Proposes New Rules For Chemical Oxygen Generators On New Airliners

Would Not Affect The Existing Fleet

The FAA has published an NPRM in the Federal Register that would amend the type certification requirements for chemical oxygen generators installed on transport category airplanes so the generators are secure and not subject to misuse. The intended effect of this action would be to increase the level of security for future transport category airplane designs.

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Air Force Implements Civilian Hiring Freeze

Action Taken As Budget Cuts Due To Sequestration Loom

Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders January 16. The actions are part of the Air Force's efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls.

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Maria Sastre Named President And COO Of Signature Flight Support

Has Overall Responsibility For Company's Network Of FBOs And Maintenance Centers

Maria Sastre has been named as the new President and Chief Operating Officer for Signature Flight Support Corporation, according to a BBA Aviation news release. In her new role, Sastre is responsible for the daily operations of Signature’s worldwide network of FBOs and maintenance centers.

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SkyVector Rolls Out 'World FBO Directory'

New Guide Builds On SkyVector’s Online Charts, Weather, And Airport Data

SkyVector has launched its World FBO Directory, which is projected into its popular online chart viewer. Pilots around the world use SkyVector’s service to view worldwide aeronautical charts, while making use of flight planning services and graphical weather depictions offered by the site.

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Study Shows North American Spending On UAV Payloads To Grow Despite Defense Cuts

Market Will Achieve A Cumulative Value Of Over $55 Billion By 2022

The global UAV payload market, valued at $3.9 billion at the end of 2012, is estimated to increase to $6 billion by 2022, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.3 percent during the forecast period, according to market research conducted by ASDReports.

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Embraer, AgustaWestland To Join Forces In Latin America

Joint Venture Could Lead To Production Of AW Helos In Brazil

Embraer S.A. and AgustaWestland have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at establishing a joint venture which could lead to the production of AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil to be marketed for both commercial and military use in Brazil and Latin America.

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Bell Helicopter Receives Approval For Maintenance In Asia

Singapore Shop Receives Part 145 MOA Certificate

Bell Helicopter Asia, the company's maintenance service facility in Singapore, has received a Part 145 Maintenance Organization Approval certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This certification allows Bell Helicopter to complete comprehensive repair, completion, maintenance and customization solutions for its expanding fleet of helicopters in Asia.

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NASA Announces Space Station Science Challenge Winners

Elementary School Students In Iowa And New York Submitted Winning Projects

Students from two schools, one in Iowa and the other in New York, are the winners of the International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge, NASA announced Friday.

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HSC-23 Brings Search And Rescue Capability To USS Peleliu

Two Of The Squadron's 12 MH-60S Nighthawk Helicopters Deployed With The Ship

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, from Naval Air Station North Island, embarked aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as a search and rescue (SAR) detachment in February 2012 and is currently deployed with the ship. The detachment provides day and night helicopter amphibious search and rescue support to the ship and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Element.

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Cockpit Apps Launches New Fuel Tankering App

iFuel Calculates Fuel Burn, Prices, Ramp Fees

The developer of the popular flight log app iLOG has launched its newest product - iFUEL. iFUEL is a simple to use app allowing pilots to determine when to tanker fuel using an iPhone or iPad.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.23.13

AFA Congratulates Alaska Air Flight Attendants After Thwarted Terrorist Incident…

TSA Backtracks on Backscatter Scanners…

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Airborne 01.22.13: ANN's Top SportPlanes, 787 Battery Woes, Cabanas Lost

Also: Airbus, Bell Heli, Electric Cri-Cri, 121.5, Team Aerodynamix, AA's New Look... And More!

Now that the 2013 US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL has ended it falls to ANN to announce our "Flyer's Dozen" of what we consider to be the best Sport Aircraft available from the industry at this time. The list of 13 airplanes is heavily weighted to the LSA segment, but includes a number of exceptional aircraft from the E-AB segment as well as E-LSA and S-LSA. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a third update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston. The air sh

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NPRM Would Set Minimum Altitude For Airliner Autopilot Use

Rules Have Not Been Updated Since 1964

The FAA proposes to amend and "harmonize" minimum altitudes for use of autopilots for transport category airplanes. The proposed rule would enable the operational use of advanced autopilot and navigation systems by incorporating the capabilities of new and future autopilots, flight guidance systems, and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) guidance systems while protecting the continued use of legacy systems at current autopilot minimum use altitudes.

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NBAA 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarships Announced

Program Has Awarded Over $500,000 Since 2004

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee announced 14 recipients of the 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship Tuesday.

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Salesmen Sometimes Need Some 'Encouragement' At Air Shows

Were Your Reps Among Them?

Mystery shopping is a key activity for any company because a good customer experience will increase completed sales, and generate additional sales. A poor customer experience will cause that person to tell ten other people, who will tell ten other people, and so on; exponentially ruining your reputation.

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GippsAERO Appoints Summit Aviation As Authorized Airvan Dealer In The U.S.

Aircraft Performs Missions Ranging From Cargo Hauling To Aerial Surveillance

GippsAERO, the Australian manufacturing arm of Mahindra Aerospace, has named Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, as an authorized dealer for the GA8 Airvan in the United States, with a particular focus on government and surveillance aircraft sales.

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Eric Chen Becomes Airbus China President

Rafael Gonzalez-Ripoll Named COO

On January 1st, 2013, Eric Chen assumed his new role as President of Airbus China, responsible for Airbus’ overall activities in the People’s Republic of China, including business development, commercial activities, customer services and industrial cooperation.

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Kelemen Named ACI-NA Senior Vice President, Government And Political Affairs

Will Begin New Duties February 4

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has named George Kelemen Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs. Kelemen is currently Senior Director of External Affairs for the American Cancer Society in Washington, D.C.

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AirTanker Conducts First Passenger Flight

Received Relevant Regulatory Approval January 5th

UK-based AirTanker took its first Ministry of Defence passengers to Cyprus since gaining the relevant approvals to become an airline on January 5th. As part of its set-up to provide operational capability to the MOD, AirTanker will operate at least one of its 14 specially converted A330 aircraft, named Voyager by the RAF, on the civilian register.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.23.13)

“I feel much more the challenge than the honor in the job of President of Airbus China." Source: Eric Chen, who was recently named president and COO of Airbus China.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.13): Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC)

A different way, other than the one specified in an Airworthiness Directive (AD), to address the unsafe condition on an aircraft, aircraft engine, propeller or appliance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.13)

C133 Cargomaster Project

It seems as if there's a website out there for almost any type of airplane that's ever flown, and while roaming around the Internet, we came across this one dedicated to the Douglas C133 Cargomaster.

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