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January 24, 2014

Textron Reports 20 Percent Increase In Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share

Strong Cash Flow Also Reported In The Year-End Accounting

Textron on Wednesday reported fourth quarter 2013 income from continuing operations of $0.60 per share, up from $0.50 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012. Revenues in the quarter were $3.5 billion, up four percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Manufacturing segment profit was $305 million compared to $279 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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UK AAIB Bulletin Focuses On Helicopter Safety Briefings

Issued In Response To Offshore Oil Industry Super Puma Accidents

The U.K Air Accidents Investigation Branch is recommending that North Sea oil industry helicopter operators amend their safety briefings in light of an accident which resulted in multiple fatalities.

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Cessna L-19 Auction Package Raises $1.1 Million For Veteran’s Causes

Winner Of The Plane/Truck Package Wishes To Remain Anonymous

The auction of a restored 1959 Cessna L-19 Bird Dog aircraft and Dodge M37 truck at this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson car auction raised $1.1 million, according to Cessna. All proceeds from this auction package benefit the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF).

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NASA Set For A Big Year In Earth Science With Five New Missions

Spacecraft Will Turn Their Gaze To Earth To Monitor The Planet

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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Washington State Explores Tax Incentives For Helicopter Companies

Small Businesses Want Boeing-Style Tax Breaks To Attract Jobs

A bill introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives would offer tax breaks often reserved for Boeing to smaller companies in an effort to attract more aerospace jobs to the state.

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Sikorsky Sued By Former Soldier Over Black Hawk Accident

Helicopter Went Down At Texas A & M University In 2009

A former soldier is suing Sikorsky for negligence after being injured in a 2009 accident in Texas that fatally injured two active-duty soldiers and seriously injured three others.

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Army Corps, Woolpert Conduct Unmanned Aerial Test Flights

Evaluating UAV For Use In USACE Mapping Projects

Woolpert, a national geospatial, architecture and infrastructure firm headquartered in Dayton, OH, has conducted an unmanned aerial system (UAS) joint test flight at Wilmington Air Park with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District.

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Copa Airlines Announces Growth Plans, New Destinations

Plans To Add 10 Percent In Capacity Through New Airplane Purchases

Copa Airlines plans to acquire eight new Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft in 2014, bringing its total fleet to 98 aircraft and increasing capacity by 10 percent. The airliner acquisitions will be made to facilitate the airline's plans to launch new direct flights from Panama to: Montreal; Canada, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Georgetown, Guyana.

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Open Allies And IATA Agree On Resolution 787 Conditions

Organizations Working to Establish Industry Forum with Other Stakeholders To Address Distribution Standard Setting

Open Allies for Airfare Transparency (Open Allies) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have agreed to a set of conditions the two organizations are jointly recommending to the U.S. DOT in connection with Resolution 787. The two parties have been engaged in a productive dialogue on Resolution 787 since December, and they filed the proposed conditions with the DOT in a joint motion Wednesday.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna Radome Fuselage Fairings

Applies To Bizjets Modified Under Sierra Industries STC

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advising owners and operators of certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 500, 550, S550, 552 and 560 airplanes modified by Sierra Industries, Ltd. STC SA8437SW and Cessna Aircraft Company Model 501 and 551 airplanes modified by Sierra Industries, Ltd. STC SA8458SW (Type Certificate Data Sheets A22CE and A27CE, respectively) of an airworthiness concern regarding radome latch covers.

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CAIR: No-Fly List Makes Some Airline Passengers 'Second-Class Citizens'

Ruling By Federal Judge Allows CAIR Lawsuit On Behalf Of Muslim Traveler To Go Forward

A ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that said placement on the government's no-fly list "transforms a person into a second class citizen, or worse." is being strongly supported by The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

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USAF Receives 1st B-1 Equipped With Boeing Integrated Battle Station

'Turns The Bomber Into A New Aircraft', Boeing Says

The U.S. Air Force received the first B-1 bomber upgraded with the Boeing Integrated Battle Station, which essentially turns the B-1 into a new aircraft with the addition of full color displays, moving maps and a new diagnostics system.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.24.14

National Federation of the Blind Sues DOT…

The Search for A 50-year Old Crash is Suspended…

While 50 Years Ago The King Air First Took

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Airborne 01.24.14: Henry O Goes West, Bombardier Layoffs, Oshkosh STOL!

Also: Pocket Drone, Tuskegee's James Bowman, 40 TBM in '13, Roadable Aircraft,

As we were preparing this webcast of Airborne, ANN’s Jim Campbell got some very much unwanted news... one of the grand gentlemen of aviation, NASAO CEO and president Henry Ogrodzinski, passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Is cash flow a concern at Bombardier? The company just announced that it will lay off about 1,700 workers in its aerospace division shortly after saying the entry into service of the CSeries aircraft will be delayed until sometime in 2015. Specially modified aircraft originally created for Alaskan bush-pilot necessity, turned into one of the world's most unique aviation competitions. The "Valdez STOL" (short takeoff and landing) compaction held in Alask

Airborne 01.24.14: Henry O Goes West, Bombardier Layoffs, Oshkosh STOL!

Also: Pocket Drone, Tuskegee's James Bowman, 40 TBM in '13, Roadable Aircraft

As we were preparing this webcast of Airborne, ANN’s Jim Campbell got some very much unwanted news... one of the grand gentlemen of aviation, NASAO CEO and president Henry Ogrodzinski, passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Is cash flow a concern at Bombardier? The company just announced that it will lay off about 1,700 workers in its aerospace division shortly after saying the entry into service of the CSeries aircraft will be delayed until sometime in 2015. Specially modified aircraft originally created for Alaskan bush-pilot necessity, turned into one of

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Beechcraft Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of King Air’s First Flight

Celebration Launches Year-Long Commemoration Of The King Air

Beechcraft Corporation recognized the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the King Air Model 90 this week with several three-ship passes of the company’s current production King Air models over its home airfield, Beech Field, in Wichita, KS, as employees and guests watched.

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Gone West: NASAO President Henry Ogrodzinski

Joined The Organization In 1996, Career Saw Service To Many Advocacy Groups

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) announced today that Henry M. Ogrodzinski, President and CEO for the last 18 years died Wednesday, January 22.  Henry’s two year battle with cancer came to an end at his home on Capitol Hill at the age of 65.

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National Federation Of The Blind Sues DOT Over Airline Regulations

Regulations On Access To Kiosks Violate Federal Law, Organization Says

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The suit challenges regulations, issued by the DOT under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), which purport to require that airline check-in kiosks be made accessible to airline passengers who are blind.

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United FAs 'Outraged' By Management's 'Destruction Of Jobs, Bargaining Rights'

Says Airline Is In Violation Of The Railway Labor Act For 'Unilaterally' Changing Terms Of Employment

United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), say the are "outraged" at an attempt by United management to side-step United AFA representatives. Greg Davidowitch, AFA President at United, issued a statement Wednesday denouncing management's tactics as seeking to destroy jobs and to destroy the bargaining rights of the United flight attendants.

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Klyde Morris 01.24.14

Unicorns Are Nothin', Klyde. Just Wait 'Til It's A Pink Elephant

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Sean D. Tucker Sets Sights On Tallest Mountain In The Southern Hemisphere

EAA Young Eagles Chair To Attempt To Summit Aconcagua

On Friday, January 24, aerobatic legend and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker departs for Argentina where he will attempt to summit the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, Aconcagua, in honor of the successful EAA youth aviation education program. Tucker's climb will take place over three weeks.

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Search Suspended For Wreckage From 1965 Accident

Low Visibility And Standing Trees At The Bottom Of Folsom Lake In California Hampered The Search

The search for the wreckage of an airplane and three of its occupants that went down in 1965 in Folsom Lake in California has been suspended.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.24.14)

“The significance of that first flight 50 years ago cannot be overstated, nor can the work of Beechcrafters over the past five decades to turn that one model into the legendary King Air brand.” Source: Bill Boisture, CEO of Beechcraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.14): Wind Direction

The true direction from which the wind is blowing at a given location (i.e., wind blowing from the north to the south is a north wind).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.14)

FAA Flight Standards Service Civil Aviation Registry

Did you ever wonder what the FAA's Flight Standards Service Civil Aviation Registry does?

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