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April 15, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines Makes A321neo Engine Selection

Opts For PurePower 1133G-JM For The Aircraft

Hawaiian Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney PurePower 1133G-JM engine to power its new fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide off-wing engine maintenance via its PureSolution Fleet Management Program.

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Private Companies Can Play Key Role In Tracking Asteroids

Only 10 Percent Of Potential 'City Destroyer' Asteroids Have Been Identified

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held the second of a two-part series of hearings Wednesday looking at the tracking, characterization and mitigation of Near Earth Objects (NEOs).  The hearing focused on the most viable near-term initiatives within the private sector and the international coordination needed to identify and characterize potentially hazardous asteroids and meteors.

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NASA, USAF Seek Next Generation Space Processor Program

Working To Anticipate Advances In Computer Technology Through 2030

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM, are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions. Through a broad agency announcement, the Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program is seeking two to four companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced space based applications that would use spaceflight processors for the 2020-2030 time frame.

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Gone West: Air Force Museum Historian David Menard

Knowledge Of Aviation History Called 'Encyclopedic'

ANN has learned of the passing of David Walter Menard, who followed an Air Force career with a stint as the historian at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH.

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Eurocopter Marks Commitment To Brazilian Operators At LAAD

Two EC725 Aircraft On Display At The Defense & Security Exposition

The LAAD Defense & Security exposition featured a comprehensive lineup of Eurocopter light- and medium-lift helicopters, underscoring the company’s position as a rotorcraft supplier to Brazil’s civil and military operators while also highlighting its role as a strategic partner to the country’s aviation industry.

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Colombian Army Contracts For Two Additional S-70i Black Hawk Helicopters

Will Argument Five Aircraft Already In Service

the Colombian Army has contracted to buy two additional Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to augment five S-70i helicopters that arrived January 30 in Colombia to join the Special Forces of the Colombian Army's Air Assault Division. The announcement was made Wednesday at the LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition.

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F117 Engine Production Program Completed

Final Production C-17 Engines Delivered And Installed By Pratt & Whitney

Production install F117 engine deliveries for the U.S. Air Force has been completed by engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, marking more than 20 years of successfully powering the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The engines were recently shipped to Triumph Aerostructures in Dallas, Texas for nacelle installation and will then ship to Boeing's final assembly facility in Long Beach, CA, to be installed in the 223rd U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft, completing the program of record.

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USAF Modifies Global Hawk UAS Contract With NGC

Includes Aircraft, Support For Program Management, Sensor Deliveries

The U.S. Air Force has awarded an undefinitized contract valued at more than $71 million to Northrop Grumman for its Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system. Issued by the Global Hawk Systems Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, the award is an add-on to a previous Lot 10 contract for block load and production acceptance infrastructure.

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UH-60M Operational Flight Trainers To Be Built For Taiwan Army

Sale Represents First Export Of L-3 Link's Advanced Rotary-Wing-OFT Product Line

The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation has awarded a contract to L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) to build two UH-60M Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) for the Taiwan Army similar to those used on the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI program.

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AD: Airbus A318, A319, A320 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-07-02

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A318, A319, and A320 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company 757 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-04-04

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211-535E engines.  

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AD: Airbus A330, A340 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-07-03

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes; and Model A340-541 airplanes and Model A340-642 airplanes.

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Airborne 04.12.13: Obama's Flight Fee, Blues Downed For 2013, Lyc's $26M Verdict

Also: Continental Ups Its TBO, New CH 750 Cruzer, Airbus Starts Up In AL, Bell's Third-Gen TiltRotor Revealed

The Administration released its long-awaited Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Wednesday, which serves as a guideline for the Administration’s spending and policy initiatives. That budget, unfortunately, continues to promote policies that hurt general aviation and fail to lay the foundation for growth in aviation manufacturing and general aviation jobs. The sequester has officially killed the Blue Angels air show season, with the Navy announcing Tuesday that it was cancelling the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron. The

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ANN Guest Editorial: AOPA... Controls Crossed, Recovery in Doubt

AOPA Is In Trouble

Guest Editorial By Maynard McKillen I will soon join the burgeoning ranks of ex-AOPA members, primed and ready to move forward and form the largest new aviation advocacy group in the United States. Like them, I realize AOPA management is deaf to the concerns of many members, and worse, they are ideologically fixated on pursuing an agenda that in far too many ways conflicts with the needs of Private Aviation, indeed, with the needs of the nation itself. AOPA leadership has alienated so many pilots, so many pilots, that I cannot support it.

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Nearly New B737-800 Downed In Bali Just Prior To Landing

NTSB Assisting In Investigation

A month-old Lion Air Boeing 737-800 went down, short of the runway, but without any loss of life. The 108 persons on board were all reported to have survived the accident where the 737 went down less than 200 feet short of the runway and impacted in the ocean while attempting to land in Bali, Indonesia. Injuries were reported to upwards of 45 people, and the fuselage was seen to have been broken in a number of places as a result of the impact. The flight started earlier in the day in Bandung, and had flown two other legs, Saturday, before the Bali impact.

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Tecnam To Introduce ‘SNAP’ Aerobatic Light Sport Aircraft

Will Be On Display At AERO 2013 Friedrichshafen

AERO 2013 Friedrichshafen will see Tecnam not only launching its all new low-wing Tecnam ‘Astore’ LSA  but a number of other new Tecnam innovations developments, including the Tecnam ‘SNAP’ aerobatic LSA.

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Klyde Morris (04.15.13)

Klyde Preps The Jump Seat For A VIP


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Missouri, Florida Legislatures Move Bills To Limit Drone Use

Missouri Bill Would Also Curtail Manned Law Enforcement Flights

The Florida Senate and Missouri House of Representatives have each passed legislation to limit the use of unmanned aircraft in their respective states.

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Boeing X-48C Blended Wing Body Research Aircraft Completes Flight Testing

Thirty Flights Conducted To Validate Aircraft's Aerodynamic Characteristics

The Boeing X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept. All 30 flights were conducted at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

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Feds Paid Over $10 Million To Settle Lawsuits After Runway Excursion

Six People Were Seriously Injured When Plane Was Blown Off Runway By A Wind Gust

Documents released late last week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that the federal government paid $10.2 million to settle a variety of lawsuits stemming from a runway excursion which occurred in Denver in 2008.

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India's Kingfisher Airlines Submits Reorganization Plan

Hopes To Resume Flight Operations, No Restart Date Determined

Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines, which was grounded last October due to insolvency, has submitted a plan to that country's Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for a resumption of flight operations. The company would be backed financially by its parent company, UB Group.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.13): Unicom

Unicom A nongovernment communication facility which may provide airport information at certain airports. Locations and frequencies of UNICOMs are shown on aeronautical charts and publications.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.13)

Aero Linx: Colorado Sport Aviation, Inc. Colorado Sport Aviation, Inc. (CSA) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to serve and promote recreational aviation by hosting an annual Air Show and Regional Fly-In. Recreational aviation includes flying for fun, families learning about airplanes together, building, restoring and flying airplanes, and exploring new opportunities in aviation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.15.13)

"I will soon join the burgeoning ranks of ex-AOPA members, primed and ready to move forward and form the largest new aviation advocacy group in the United States. Like them, I realize AOPA management is deaf to the concerns of many members, and worse, they are ideologically fixated on pursuing an agenda that in far too many ways conflicts with the needs of Private Aviation, indeed, with the needs of the nation itself." Source: From a guest editorial by Maynard McKillen, voicing his concerns about the path and future of the AOPA.

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