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March 16, 2015

Airborne 03.16.15: New NASA Booster, Iranian Aero-Fraud, PBOR2 'Unsafe?'

Also: Global Hawk, Adam Savage's Quadcopter, Secret Service UAVs, New CSF Members, Hornet/Growler Futures, Red Bull Air Race Update

The legendary Saturn 5 rocket booster that took our astronauts to the moon no longer holds the record as our most powerful rocket lift system. The largest rocket booster ever built successfully fired up last week for a major-milestone ground test in preparation to propel NASA’s Space Launch System, referred to as the SLS rocket, and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations. An Iranian National was sentenced in federal court Monday to 27 months in federal prison for stealing the identity of an airline pilot and defrauding the FAA. Nader Ali Sabouri Haghighi was convicted of identity theft. He had stolen the identity of a pilot and then duped

Boeing Expresses Optimism About Future Of Hornet, Growler

Says Possible Foreign Orders May Extend The Life Of The Programs

A senior Boeing official says that the company is optimistic about extending production of both the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighters beyond 2017, when the programs are scheduled to sunset.

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New Radar Technologies From Airbus Improve Air Traffic Control

Enhanced Detection Capabilities And Suppression Of Interference Signals On Its Next Generation Airport Surveillance Radar

Airbus Defense and Space has introduced new technologies in its latest air surveillance radar which give the ASR-NG (Airport Surveillance Radar Next Generation) advantageous air traffic control capabilities. The company has completed a demonstration in real scenarios in front of international customers which was testament to enhanced detection capabilities with a significant increase of detection range coverage to 120 NM.

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NASA Launches 2015 Space Apps Challenge To Spark Innovation

Code-A-Thon To Be Held April 10-12 In 135 Locations Worldwide

NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide, including New York, host of the event’s Global mainstage.

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Exelis To Provide Airfield Monitoring Solutions To KLAX

System Tracks Vehicles And Provides Ground Surveillance

Exelis has been selected to provide its airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) for enhanced airport safety and efficiency.

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AgustaWestland Launches AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG)

Will Focus On Aircraft Component Reliability Analysis

At the recent Customer Advisory Board (CAB) AgustaWestland launched a dedicated Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG). This is to focus on AW139 component reliability analysis, allowing us to provide AW139 Customers with the most reliable data.

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Malaysia Takes Delivery Of Its 1st Airbus A400M

Aircraft Is First To Be Delivered To An Export Customer

Airbus Defense and Space has formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force. The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.

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NAVAIR Awards Contract To Sentient For Automated Detection Software

Employs Full-Motion Video To Improve ISR Performance

Sentient has delivered the first software licenses to NAVAIR as part of a deployment program for use in the Fire Scout Mission Control System. The technology automatically detects objects of interest, in full motion video, over land and sea, to improve ISR performance.

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Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota A DoD Workhorse

More Than 330 Delivered To Date From Columbus, MS Assembly Plant

The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters brings the total number of the aircraft ordered by the U.S. Department of Defense to 411, with 400 for the Army alone. More than 330 completed aircraft have been delivered by Airbus Helicopters Inc. from its Columbus, MS production facility.

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Australian Joint Research Program Upgrades Super Hornet

Project Began In 2008 To Improve Fighters' Ability In Modern Warfare Environment

A collaborative research program between the Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) and the US Navy has resulted in upgrades to the radar warning receiver in the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18F Super Hornets has been announced by Australia's Assistant Minister for Defense, Stuart Robert.

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Three Companies

In Each, FAA Alleges Hazardous Materials Shipments Were Not Properly Documented

The FAA has proposed civil penalties ranging from $66,000 to $82,500 against three companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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AvAir And Wings Capital Partners Announce Joint Venture Agreement

Will Acquire Older Aircraft For Eventual Part-Out

AvAir of Chandler, AZ and Wings Capital Partners of Newport Beach, CA have announced a new joint venture. AvWings will acquire mid-to-end of life aircraft, both on- and off-lease, for eventual partout.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Members

Three Companies Added To The Roster This Week

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation has added two new Executive members and one Associate member to its roster of companies.

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Aero-TV: AEA’s Mike Adamson – Serving The Needs Of A Demanding/Innovative Industry

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) headquarters in Lee’s Summit, MO and had the opportunity to talk with Mike Adamson, the vice president of member programs and education for AEA. The conversation you’re tuning into is about what’s being planned for the 58th Annual AEA International Convention And Trade Show to be held in Dallas, TX on April 8 through the 11th this year.

Airborne 03.16.15: New NASA Booster, Iranian Aero-Fraud, PBOR2 'Unsafe?'

Also: Global Hawk, Adam Savage's Quadcopter, Secret Service UAVs, New CSF Members, Hornet/Growler Futures, Red Bull Air Race Update

The legendary Saturn 5 rocket booster that took our astronauts to the moon no longer holds the record as our most powerful rocket lift system. The largest rocket booster ever built successfully fired up last week for a major-milestone ground test in preparation to propel NASA’s Space Launch System, referred to as the SLS rocket, and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations. An Iranian National was sentenced in federal court Monday to 27 months in federal prison for stealin

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Klyde Morris (03.16.15)

Klyde's Not Happy With Being Left In The Dark -- Neither Are We...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-TV: AEA’s Adamson – Serving The Needs Of A Demanding/Innovative Industry

AEA Continues to Lead The Avionics Industry Expertly and Aggressively

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) headquarters in Lee’s Summit, MO and had the opportunity to talk with Mike Adamson, the vice president of member programs and education for AEA. The conversation you’re tuning into is about what’s being planned for the 58th Annual AEA International Convention And Trade Show to be held in Dallas, TX on April 8 through the 11th this year.

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AeroSports Update: One Week Wonder’ Makes The Rounds In Florida

The Zenith CH 750 Cruzer Built At EAA AirVenture 2014 In One Week Struts Its Stuff As It Visits EAA Chapters In Florida

The ANN crew covered the One Week Wonder project at AirVenture last year and we were impressed at how popular the project was. Thousands of people participated and others saw for the first time what it is like to build an airplane. EAA now tells the story of the One Week Wonder visiting EAA chapters in Florida.

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Flight Management System Market Worth $912 Million By 2020

Expected To Grow By Over Seven Percent Annually

A new report indicates that the global flight management system market ... estimated to be $601.36 million in 2014 ... to register a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 7.19% to reach $912.2 million by 2020.

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Airborne 03.13.15: Sikorsky Spinoff?, EXP 42 Returns, FAA Wants Website Grounded

Also: 777 Improvements, Making Sense of UAV Hysteria, A4A Progress Report, CAM VA Approval, ALIAS, FMS Market Update

United Technologies Board of Directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation's Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. As part of a portfolio review announced last December it was decided to look into the possibility of UTC and Sikorsky becoming separate companies. Three crew members from Expedition 42 consisting of Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA and two Russian flight engineers returned to Earth last Wednesday after a 167-day mission o

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Columnist: PBOR 2 Could Affect Air Safety

Says Some Provisions Swing Too Far In Favor Of The Pilot Community

Not everyone is thrilled about the introduction of the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2) in the U.S. House and Senate last month.

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Iranian National Sentenced In Pilot ID Theft Case

Had Fraudulently Obtained ATP, CFI Certificates

An Iranian National was sentenced in federal court Monday to 27 months in federal prison for stealing the identity of an airline pilot and defrauding the FAA.

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Astronaut Terry Virts Photographing Every MLB Stadium From Space

ISS Crewmember Asks Public To 'Guess The Cities' Through Social Media

Though his view isn't very close to the action, NASA astronaut Terry Virts may have the best seat in all of baseball. Orbiting some 250 miles above Earth, the life-long baseball fan hopes to photograph all 28 cities with a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium. His challenge to you? Look at his pictures from space and guess the cities.

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Red Bull Air Race World Championship Tickets Now On Sale

High-Flying Action Returns To Fort Worth And Las Vegas

Tickets for the two U.S. stops of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season are now on sale, as one of the world's fastest motorsport series returns to the skies at exciting locations around the world.

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Global Hawk Soars Past 10,000 Flying-Hour Milestone

Aircraft Also Holds Flight Endurance Record

Shortly before dawn Mar. 7, an RQ-4 Global Hawk embarked on an Operation Inherent Resolve mission that sent the aircraft soaring past the 10,000 flying hour milestone at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.15)

Aero Linx: The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation Welcome to the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation. The foundation was created to improve aviation safety in Alaska thorough education, advocacy and research. We are a non-profit membership organization, established as a 501(c) 3 tax exempt corporation. Some of our activities include organizing safety seminars, hosting a segment on public television, and participating in a variety of forums and working groups to promote aviation safety.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.15): Base Reflectivity

Base Reflectivity One of the three fundamental quantities (along with base [radial] velocity and spectrum width) that a Doppler radar measures. Reflectivity is related to the power, or intensity, of the reflected radiation that is sensed by the radar antenna. Base reflectivity is expressed on a logarithmic scale in units called dBZ. The term "base" refers to the product being "basic", with little advanced processing performed on the data. Base reflectivity is related to rainfall intensity (e.g., drop size and rainfall rate) and hail size (for large values of reflectivity).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.16.15)

“I grew up in Baltimore in the ‘70s and ‘80s as an Orioles fan and I started a lifelong love of baseball and the O’s. It was my favorite sport that I played as a kid, and I played through high school.”   Source: NASA astronaut Terry Virts, orbiting some 250 miles above Earth -- the life-long baseball fan hopes to photograph all 28 cities with a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium. His challenge to you? Look at his pictures from space and guess the cities.

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