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January 07, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.07.14

Boeing Closes 2013 with Record Deliveries…

ALPA Wants New Rest Rules to Cover All Pilots…

There’s a New Winglet Coming to Southw

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New Science Bound For Station On Orbital’s Cygnus

Launch From Wallops Planned For January 8

Delivering ants to space, sloshy fluids for robotic satellites, a study on antibiotic drug resistance and other small satellites to the International Space Station can be a tough job, and now Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, VA, can help carry the load. In its first commercial resupply journey after completion of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program, the Orbital-1 mission will deliver some very interesting new scientific investigations to the space station.

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UAS Test Site Selection Good News For NASA Langley, Wallops

Virginia Tech Plans To Conduct UAS Failure Mode Tests Working With NASA Facilities

The selection of six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites by the FAA may have an impact on NASA aeronautics research, especially at two NASA Virginia facilities.

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Scale Model Of MakerPlane Makes First Flight

Builder Hopes To Be Able To Offer Free Plans For An LSA Fabricated Using 3-D Printing Techniques

A 1/10 scale model of the MakerPlane has been flown by Jeffrey Meyer, the company's chief aeronautical engineer.

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Adventure Aircraft EMG-6 Makes First Flight

Ultralight Motor Glider Could Carry Up To Thee Optional Electric Motors

The EMG-6 ultralight glider has made its first short test flights with designer Brian Carpenter at the controls. The aircraft, under development by Rainbow Aviation Company, is designed as an ultralight motor glider that could be outfitted with as many as three electric motors.

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Gone West: WWII Fighter Pilot William Overstreet Jr.

Famously Flew Through The Eiffel Tower In Pursuit Of A German Plane

A WWII P-51 pilot who became famous for flying his airplane through the arches of the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German Messerschmitt Bf-109G during the war passed away last week in Roanoke, VA. William Overstreet Jr. was 92 years old.

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Orbital Completes 40th Consecutive Suborbital Research Rocket Mission For NASA

Company’s Engineering Team At NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Helps Boost Reliability Of Space Agency’s Sounding Rocket Program To Record Levels

Orbital Sciences Corporation says that its NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract II (NSROC II) team at Wallops Island, Virginia recently completed its 40th consecutive successful mission over the last 24 months for NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program (NSRP). Orbital began operations as the NSROC II prime contractor in October 2010 and has completed a total of 57 missions in the last three years.

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Pentagon Documents Show U.S. Waived Laws For F-35 Program

Incorporated Chinese-Made Parts To Keep The Fighter On Schedule

Chinese parts have been used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Pentagon documents obtained by the media, and the U.S. government had to waive laws to allow the parts to be incorporated on the airplane.

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FAA Faces Deadline In Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit

Federal Judge Says Agency Must Respond To City Next Week

The city of Santa Monica, CA filed a lawsuit in November seeking to close at least part of the 227-acre parcel which has been an aviation facility for nearly 100 years.

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Air Algerie Fuels Growth With 3 New ATR 72-600s

The Largest ATR Operator In Africa And Middle East On Route To Fleet Upgrade

Air Algerie has signed a purchase agreement for 3 new ATR 72-600s.  The contract value is $74.1 million at current list price. The entry into service is expected from end 2014 through 2015. When delivered, the 68 seat new-comers will join an existing ATR fleet at the airline that currently includes 12 ATR 72-500s.

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Doolittle Raider To Airmen: Training Is Key To Mission Success

Jimmy Doolittle's Copilot Offers Lessons To Current Airmen

While the Air Force is often celebrated for its use of technology and reliance on hardware, a Doolittle Raider's visit to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana on Dec. 30, 2013, re-enforced that the service's true strength stems from well-trained, innovative Airmen working jointly.

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HSC-25 Conducts 31st And Final Search And Rescue For 2013

Responded To Swimmers In Distress Off The Coast Of Guam December 30

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search-and-rescue (SAR) operation and recovered two distressed swimmers off the coast of Pagat Caves in Mangilao, Guam Dec. 30.

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FAA To Install New Landing Lights At Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

System Has Been Shut Down For Nearly A Year

The FAA has agreed to install new landing lights at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport (KAVP) in Pennsylvania after allowing the system to be inoperative for nearly a year.

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Airborne 01.07.14: Boeing Vote, ANN's Sebring Forums, Red Bull Race Update

Also: Airline Fees, Privateer, Annual Air Race Classic, India v AgustaWestland, Whirly Girls, ALPA

It appears that Washington State will remain the home of the 777X program. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751 in Puget Sound, District W-24 in Portland, and District 70 in Wichita, have confirmed that they have voted, by 51 to 49 percent, to accept an eight-year contract extension that assures the 777X airliner will be built in Puget Sound by IAM members. Dr. David Juwel, a regular contributor to ANN and a long-time advocate for greater expertise in sales and marketing for sport aviation companies, will be presenting a forum at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 in Forum Area 3, at 1045 ET. Th

Airborne 01.07.14: Boeing Vote, ANN's Sebring Forums, Red Bull Race Update

Also: Airline Fees, Privateer, Annual Air Race Classic, India v AgustaWestland, Whirly Girls, ALPA

It appears that Washington State will remain the home of the 777X program. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751 in Puget Sound, District W-24 in Portland, and District 70 in Wichita, have confirmed that they have voted, by 51 to 49 percent, to accept an eight-year contract extension that assures the 777X airliner will be built in Puget Sound by IAM members. Dr. David Juwel, a regular contributor to ANN and a long-time advocate for greater expertise in sales and marketing for sport aviation compani

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Boeing Closes 2013 With Record Commercial Deliveries

Records 648 Deliveries, Most Ever In A Single Year

Boeing set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year with 648. The company's unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at the end of the year – also a new Boeing record.

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BRS For Cessna 182 STC To Offer Useful Load Increase

Safety System Offers 160 Pound Gross Weight Boost                                                       

BRS Aerospace, manufacturer of whole aircraft parachute systems, recently announced Cessna 182P, Q model owners who purchase and install a BRS system in their aircraft will not only gain the added flying safety for themselves and their passengers, but will also gain a 160-pound gross weight increase. The BRS is STC approved for the Cessna 172 and 182 models.

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Second CSeries FTV Takes First Flight

Aircraft Reached FL130 And 180 Knots On Initial Flight

Bombardier has confirmed that following receipt of Transport Canada’s Flight Test Permit in December 2013, the CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 2 (FTV2) took to the skies on January 3, 2014 for its maiden flight under clear skies.

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Wintery Weather Likely Caused Two Taxiway Excursions

Planes Skid Off Icy Pavement At JFK, O'Hare

The blast of arctic weather and precipitation that will grip much of the country for the next couple of days has already caused problems at two airports: Chicago's O'Hare and New York's JFK.

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Pilot Lands On Bronx Expressway

Neither He Or Two Passengers On Board Were Seriously Injured

A pilot of a Piper PA-28 airplane made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx borough of New York on Saturday, and all three of the people on board the aircraft escaped with injuries described as "minor."

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Bizjet Down On Landing At Aspen Airport

Canadair Challenger 601 Flipped Over after Landing

One person was fatally injured Sunday when a Canadair CL-600 Challenger 601 went down during a landing attempt at Aspen Pitkin County Airport in Colorado (KASE).

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Cirrus SR22 Down In West Virginia

Images Show Aircraft With CAPS Deployed

A Cirrus SR22 went down Saturday night in Upshur County, WV. Another victim of some manner of engine interruption (something that seems to be happening with questionable frequency), the pilot deployed the CAPS system on the airplane and was uninjured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.07.14)

"With solid execution on our numerous production rate increases, the Boeing team performed extremely well in 2013. We delivered more advanced, fuel-efficient airplanes to our customers than ever before." Source: Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.07.14): Ground Speed

The speed of an aircraft relative to the surface of the earth.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.07.14)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum opened in October 1993, the brainchild of its founder, entrepreneur Jim Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh placed his growing collection of historic aircraft in the new museum.

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