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October 28, 2013

Boeing Delivers Kenya Airways' First 777-300ER To Leasing Company

Delivery Flight To Kenya Will Carry More Than 10,000 Lbs Of Humanitarian Cargo

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways. It is Kenya Airways' first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier's fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations.

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NASA's Great Observatories Begin Deepest Ever Probe Of The Universe

Getting A Boost From 'Zoom Lenses' Occurring Naturally In Space

NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural "zoom lenses" found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see.

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Boeing Begins Assembling 3rd KC-46A Tanker Aircraft

All Four KC-46A Test Aircraft Are To Be Completed By The Third Quarter Of 2014

Boeing is assembling a third KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on schedule to complete production of four test aircraft by the third quarter of 2014.

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Boston MedFlight Wins American Eurocopter Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Company Chosen From A List Of 25 Nominees

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that Boston MedFlight has been awarded the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, after being chosen from a record-tying list of 25 nominees. Boston MedFlight Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Wedel was presented the award and $10,000 check by Jennifer Hardcastle, American Eurocopter Sales Manager, Air Medical Specialist, during the AMTC Annual Community Awards banquet Monday, Oct. 21.

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American Eurocopter Awards Honor Leaders In Air Medical Safety

Recognized The 'Best Of The Best' In The Air Medical Industry

It was a night to recognize the “best of the best” in air medical safety Monday at the Air Medical Transport Conference Annual Community Awards, part of the annual AMTC event held this year in Virginia Beach, VA. More than a dozen awards were presented, including the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award and Program of the Year, both sponsored by American Eurocopter.

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PennSTAR Adds American Eurocopter EC145 To Air Medical Fleet

Program Operates From Six Bases Around Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has updated its PennSTAR air medical services fleet with the addition of a new American Eurocopter EC145.

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Mars Crater May Actually Be Ancient Supervolcano

NASA, Planetary Science Institute Reveal The Discovery

Scientists from NASA and the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz., have identified what could be a supervolcano on Mars—the first discovery of its kind. The volcano in question, a vast circular basin on the face of the Red Planet, previously had been classified as an impact crater.

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UTC Aerospace Systems Awarded Contract For Seating, IFE/CMS System For BBJ3

A Happy Passenger Has To Get There Fast, Safe, And Entertained

UTC Aerospace Systems has been awarded a contract for VIP seating, in-flight entertainment (IFE) and cabin management systems (CMS) by Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland for a Boeing Business Jet 3 aircraft completion project which is coming straight from the factory. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.

Read More And AeroEx GmbH Form Alliance

Will Offer Enhanced Training For European Clients and AeroEx GmbH have announced the establishment of a Strategic Alliance. Scott Macpherson, President of, explained, “The purpose of working together is to support European business aircraft operators, providing a complete, customized service. This alliance links AeroEx’s regional, EASA rule-making, and technical expertise with’s up-to-date online training content and system, and business aviation experience.”

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Bell Helicopter And HALO-Flight Sign Deal For Bell 429

Order Placed At AMTC 2013 In Virginia Beach, VA

Bell Helicopter announced at the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) that HALO-Flight, Inc., a non-profit air and ground ambulance service, will be adding a Bell 429 to their fleet for air ambulance operations.

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Announces AAG Will Support S-76D Helicopter Operator

Customer Support System Being Established For the New Sikorsky S-76 Helicopter

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced on Tuesday that Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), headquartered in Wappingers Falls, NY, will provide comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare parts procurement for customers operating the new Sikorsky S-76D helicopter.

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LifePort Awarded Critical Systems Armor Contract

Will Equip U.S. Navy CH-53E Helicopters

Sikorsky's aftermarket business division LifePort, Inc. will equip U.S. Navy Sikorsky CH-53E helicopters with its Critical Systems Armor (CSA) to reduce aircraft systems damage from hostile small arms fire and other threats during combat operations.

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Airborne at NBAA Day 3 Redux: Lineage 1000E, Syberjet Rebirth, Hoover's Latest

Piaggio Order, Sandel's UN Duty, Auracle To Equip MU-2 Fleet, Polished Dahar TBM, Pelton Intvw

Embraer Executive Jets introduced the Lineage 1000E executive jet at the N-B-double-A convention this week. The ultra-large 1000E will be Embraer’s largest executive jet, with the capacity to carry up to 19 passengers in five cabin zones. Syberjet is moving forward with production of the SJ30, an airplane that is based on the Swearingen business jet design. The SJ30 is the only light business jet to be able to fly a twenty-five-hundred nautical mile mission at .83-mach and 49000 feet, according to company president Chuck Taylor. The NBAA convention draw

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Dream Chaser Suffers Landing Gear Failure After First Flight

Left Main Gear Failure Mars Otherwise Stunning Flight

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser lifting body spacecraft conducted its maiden flight at the Dryden Flight Research Center last Saturday. However, mechanical failure during landing resulted in it flipping over on the runway. SNC’s Dream Chaser is one of three vehicles selected by NASA for their Commercial Crew Development Program. The Dream Chaser carries on a developmental history of lifting body aircraft that started in the mid 1950’s, but was abandoned during the race for the moon for the simpler space capsule and parachute combination.

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Klyde Morris (10.28.13)

Klyde Tries To Keep It From Being Totally Boring


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Hersman, Hart Sworn In For Third Terms As NTSB Chairman And Vice Chairman

Both Terms Will End In October, 2015

Deborah A. P. Hersman was officially sworn in last week for a third two-year term as NTSB Chairman. Serving as Chairman since 2009, Hersman was nominated for a third term by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16.

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NTSB Announces Investigative Hearing On Asiana Flight 214

Agency Provides Third Investigative Update On San Francisco Crash

The NTSB will convene a 2-day investigative hearing to discuss the ongoing investigation into the accident involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and to gather additional factual information. The hearing, which will be held December 10–11, 2013, at the NTSB’s Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, DC, will focus on pilot awareness in highly automated aircraft, emergency response, and cabin safety.

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CAE, Japan Airlines Establish Multi-Crew Pilot License Training Program In Japan

JAL Joins A Growing List Of Major Airlines Adopting MPL

CAE and Japan Airlines announced today that they have signed a contract for the delivery of Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training by CAE to Japan Airlines pilot cadets. Under the long-term contract, CAE will train Japan Airlines pilot cadets, starting in the spring of 2014 with a first phase of more than 100 pilot cadets. With this first MPL training program to be implemented in Japan, Japan Airlines joins the growing list of major airlines around the world adopting MPL.

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Beechcraft Owners And Operators Benefit From Enhanced Travel Safety Solutions

MedAire Travel Risk Management Available On All New Beechcraft Products

Beechcraft Corporation has become the first airframe manufacturer to provide MedAire’s complete suite of medical and travel safety services on all new aircraft delivered to business and general aviation customers.

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NASA Laser Communication System Sets Record

Data Transmissions To And From Moon At 622 Mbps

NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second (Mbps). LLCD is NASA's first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an error-free data upload rate of 20 Mbps transmitted from the primary ground station in New Mexico to the spacecraft currently orbiting the moon.

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Gray Eagle Completes 20,000 Automated Takeoffs And Landings

Milestone Comes Just 15 Months After Reaching 10,000 Events

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems says that its Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has reached a record 20,000 successful automatic launch and recoveries with the Automatic Takeoff and Landing System (ATLS). This milestone was achieved on September 25 and comes just 15 months after reaching 10,000 events in June 2012.

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GA-ASI’S Improved Gray Eagle Flies Over 45 Hours Non-Stop

Endurance Flight Marks First Of Two Planned U.S. Army-Sponsored Tests

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has announced the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle (IGE) aircraft. IGE, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), lifted off from GA-ASI’s El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Adelanto, CA at on October 11th and landed 45.3 hours later on October 13th. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.28.13): Direct

Direct Straight line flight between two navigational aids, fixes, points, or any combination thereof. When used by pilots in describing off-airway routes, points defining direct route segments become compulsory reporting points unless the aircraft is under radar contact.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.28.13)

Aero Linx: Wisconsin Business Aviation Association To promote, improve and advance the interests of business aviation, aviation infra-structure, safety and public education, to take such steps as are proper and necessary to better relations and secure proper advantages from regulatory and other agencies, and by these means to attain wider recognition of the fact that business aviation is of primary importance to the economy of the State of Wisconsin.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.28.13)

"The vehicle successfully released from its carrier aircraft, an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter, as planned at approximately 11:10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Following release, the Dream Chaser spacecraft automated flight control system gently steered the vehicle to its intended glide slope. The vehicle adhered to the design flight trajectory throughout the flight profile. Less than a minute later, Dream Chaser smoothly flared and touched down on Edwards Air Force Base’s Runway 22L right on centerline. While there was an anomaly with the left landing gear deployment, the high-quality flight and telemetry data throughout all phases of the approach-and-landing test will allow SNC teams to continue to refine their spacecraft design. SNC and NASA Dryden are currently reviewing

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