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August 29, 2013

NASA-Funded Scientists Detect Water On Moon's Surface

Find Hints At Water Deep In The Moon's Interior

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the moon's interior, on the surface of the moon.

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Bell Helicopter Announces New Members To Executive Leadership Team

Appointments Of Gunnar Kleveland, Dr. Cathy Ferrie, And Matt Hasik Effective Immediately

Bell Helicopter on Wednesday announced three new additions to its Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Effective immediately, Gunnar Kleveland will assume the role of senior vice president, Integrated Operations, Dr. Cathy Ferrie will serve as senior vice president, Engineering and Matt Hasik will take on the position of senior vice president, Commercial Programs.

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NASA Tests Limits Of 3-D Printing With Powerful Rocket Engine Check

Injector Is The Largest Additive Manufacturing Component Ever Evaluated In A Live Fire Test

The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware.

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Honeywell Avionics Selected By Russian Operators For New Aircraft Fleets

Aeroflot, UTair And Aviation Capital Services Order Honeywell Avionics Suites For New 777, 737NG And A321 Aircraft

Russian airlines Aeroflot, UTair and aircraft leasing firm Aviation Capital Services (ACS) have ordered a total of 126 avionics suites from Honeywell Aerospace for installation on their latest fleets. Honeywell's avionics suites feature the latest systems to maximize safety, increase passenger comfort and reduce pilot workload.

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Xiamen Airlines Finalizes Order For Six 787 Dreamliners

'Strategic Decision' To Facilitate International Route Expansion

Boeing and China's Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices.  "Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans," said Che Shanglun, president and CEO of Xiamen Airlines.

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Report: Global Military Rotorcraft Market Is Set To Decline

North America Still Dominates The Market

The global military rotorcraft market is anticipated to value $25.2 billion by the end of 2013.  The market, which comprises attack, multi-mission and rescue, transport, reconnaissance and observation, and maritime helicopters, is expected to record a minimal decline over the forecast period. This is because significant markets such as the US and Europe are expected to maintain existing fleets and reduce overall defense expenditure according to this new market report.

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Arlington, WA City Council Approves Taxiway Lighting Project

Allocates $500,000 From Airport Capital Improvement Fund

The Arlington, WA, City Council has approved spending $500,000 from its airport capital improvement fund to match federal and state grants for a taxiway lighting and signage improvement project at Arlington Airport.

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California Bids For Commercial Space Business

Legislature Eyes Incentives To Lure Companies Away From Other States

California must perceive itself as being behind some it its neighbors and other states in the race to bring commercial space and space tourism companies to the state. In an effort to grab some of that business, the state is currently considering insurance legislation that would protect parts manufacturers from liability should a passenger be fatally injured on a commercial space flight.

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Bombardier And Russia's Rostekhnologii Execute Series Of Agreements

Parties Sign A Letter Of Intent For The Sale Of 50 Q400 Nextgen Aircraft For Russian Operators

Bombardier and Rostekhnologii (“Rostec”), a state corporation controlled by the Russian Federation, announced Wednesday that they have signed a series of preliminary agreements that include a letter of intent (LOI) for the sale of 50 Q400 NextGen aircraft; and a Market Development Agreement reached with Rostec and its aircraft leasing subsidiary, Avia Capital Services.

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FAA Places Additional Restrictions On Foreign Carriers At KSFO

Restricts Use Of Parallel Runways To 'Reduce Distractions'

Non-U.S. airlines are no longer able to use San Francisco International Airport's (KSFO) parallel runways at the same time as another arriving flight following the accident involving an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777.

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Hexacopter Flies Into A Crowd At A Virginia Event

Several People Injured When The Aircraft Went Into The Stands At 'The Great Bull Run'

Several spectators attending the "Great Bull Run" being held at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, VA Saturday suffered cuts and scrapes when a hexacopter capturing aerial video of the event dove into the grandstands.

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Aero-TV: Its A Bird, Its A Plane -- Its Jetman!

Don't Miss This AMAZING Interview With The jet-Powered Yves Rossy

Despite a few issues to be worked out for the future, the first public airshows featuring Jetman Yves Rossy set imaginations soaring. You could see it in faces all over Wittman Field as folks craned their heads skyward to catch a glimpse of the man who made himself a missile.

Aero-TV: It's A Bird, It's A Plane -- It's Jetman!

Don't Miss This AMAZING Interview With The Jet-Powered Yves Rossy

Despite a few issues to be worked out for the future, the first public airshows featuring Jetman Yves Rossy set imaginations soaring. You could see it in faces all over Wittman Field as folks craned their heads skyward to catch a glimpse of the man who made himself a missile. Rossy prepared for months... undertaking a number of unique tasks to get his skills where he wanted them... though one of the most amazing parts of his preparation involved a number of formation flights with all manner of aircraft. He has now successfully flown alongside the Stearman aircraft of the Breitling Wingwa

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Klapmeier, Clark, Welch Join EAA Board Of Directors

New Board Members Bring Extensive Homebuilt, Chapter, And Flying Experience

Three aviators with extensive experience in EAA programs and activities have joined the top leadership of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the newest members of the EAA Board of Directors. Alan Klapmeier, James Clark, and Cody Welch were elected during the annual EAA membership meeting on July 31.

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Garmin Announces G5000 Flight Deck Modernization Program

Will Upgrade Avionics In Beechjet 400A And Hawker 400XP

Garmin will expand its portfolio of flight deck upgrades to include a G5000 modernization program for the popular Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP. The STC certification is targeted for approval in 2015 and will be available from select Garmin dealers.

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Chinese Aviation IT Company To Open In Georgia

Research And Development Center In Duluth To Bring 50 Jobs To The State

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday from Qingdao, China, that TravelSky Technology Limited will open a research and development center in Duluth, GA to expand its work in the travel and tourism industries. The company is making a $10 million investment in Georgia and creating 50 jobs.

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France Wins The 57th Coupe AĆ©ronautique Gordon Bennett

Third Consecutive Win For France

The French team of Vincent Leÿs and Christophe Houver has won the 57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett balloon race. The pair landed Wednesday at 8:00 am (local time) after a flight of 1402 km (757 nautical miles). The official distance is subject to the validation of the Event Director. This is the 3rd consecutive victory for France.

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Principle Agreement Reached On Lower Cost F135 Engine Contract

LRIP Contract Covers 38 Total Engines

The U.S. Department of Defense and Pratt & Whitney have reached an agreement in principle for a production contract for the sixth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II, which continues a reduction in costs associated with engine production.  The low rate initial production (LRIP) contract covers 38 total engines.

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Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 106 Commanding Officer Relieved Of Duties

Under Investigation For An Alleged Inappropriate Relationship With A Civilian Employee

The commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Six (VFA-106) based at Naval Air Station Oceana was relieved of his duties Aug. 26 by Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.

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Union Backs Down From Protest Against CHC Helicopters

Rally Had Been Planned In The Wake Of Super Puma Ditching Friday

The U.K. National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) canceled a planned protest near CHC Helicopter's Aberdeen heliport after securing what the union called a "massive breakthrough" on access to workers assigned to offshore platforms.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.29.13)

“Each of these three EAA members has a diverse aviation background and, more importantly, a longtime connection with our organization in multiple areas. Source: Jack Pelton, EAA’s chairman of the board, which named Alan Klapmeier, James Clark, and Cody Welch as new members Wednesday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.29.13): Dense Fog Advisory

Issued when fog reduces visibility to 1/8 mile or less over a widespread area. For marine products: An advisory for widespread or localized fog reducing visibilities to regionally or locally defined limitations not to exceed 1 nautical mile.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.29.13)

The Airship Heritage Trust

Here visitors will find an extensive history relating to all of the British Airships from 1900 to the present day. The Trust is a charitable voluntary run organization based in the U.K aiming to promote the interest and study in the history of airships and lighter than air travel.

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