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April 21, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.22.13

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NASA'S Kepler Discovers Smallest 'Habitable Zone' Planets To Date

Three Planets Considered To Be 'Super Earth' Size That Could Sustain Liquid Water

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. The Kepler-62 system has five planets; 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has two planets; 69b and 69c. Kepler-62e, 62f and 69c are the super-Earth-sized planets.

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AEA Recognizes Members For Training Commitment

Avionics Training Excellence Award Presented To 53 AEA Member Companies

The Aircraft Electronics Association has announced the recipients of the annual Avionics Training Excellence Award, which recognizes AEA members for their total commitment to training as evidenced by participation in AEA-approved training. A total of 53 member companies received the 2012 AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award.

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National Aviation Hall Of Fame Takes Stewardship Of Crossfield Award

Recognition Intended To Encourage Excellence In Aerospace Education

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce it is the new steward and host of the prestigious, annual Crossfield Award to encourage and recognize excellence in aerospace education.

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South Korea To Purchase Apache Helicopters

Seoul Government Funds 36 Aircraft To Defend Against The North's Rocket Launchers, Hovercraft

The South Korean government has approved an appropriation for the purchase of 36 AH-64E Apache helicopters from Boeing, saying that the helos are needed to neutralize threats from North Korea's multiple rocket launchers and hovercraft that pose a threat to the country's northern islands.

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SABR Gives F-16 Pilots The Big Picture

High-Definition Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery

To a pilot, a radar is only as useful as the information it provides, and Northrop Grumman's Big SAR (synthetic aperture radar) mapping for the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) delivers the largest, sharpest radar images ever available in an F-16.

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Listen Up, Airlines ... Moms Want More

New Study Reveals Many Moms Are Stressed By Family Travel

With spring in full bloom many families are starting to plan for their big summer vacation. For air carriers, this means more child passengers during the summer months. However, a new survey from has revealed that 72 percent of moms believe airlines do not always adequately cater to families traveling with children.

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Boeing Increases Global Support For Flight Training

New Simulator Capabilities To Bring More Training Closer To Customer Airlines

Boeing says it is greatly enhancing its flight training support for customer airlines in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas by adding and repositioning a number of flight training devices within its global network. The announcement, made at the World Aviation Training Symposium (WATS), includes new capabilities for training on Next-Generation 737, 777 and 787 Dreamliners.

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Eurocopter Delivers The First Tiger HAD Version To The French DGA

France Has Ordered 40 Of The Helicopters With HAD Configuration

Eurocopter’s first production Tiger helicopter in the HAD attack configuration was delivered to France’s DGA armament procurement agency today for operation by French Army Aviation units, providing a highly capable combat weapon system that is tailored to the world’s evolving battlefield conditions. This milestone followed DGA qualification of the Tiger HAD version on April 10.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.21.13): Altocumulus

Altocumulus Composed of flattened, thick, gray, globular masses, this middle cloud genus is primarily made of water droplets. In the mid-latitudes, cloud bases are usually found between 8,000 and 18,000 feet. A defining characteristic is that it often appears as a wavy billowy layer of cloud, giving it the nickname of "sheep" or "woolpack" clouds. Sometimes confused with cirrocumulus clouds, its elements (individual clouds) have a larger mass and cast a shadow on other elements. It may form several sub-types, such as altocumulus castellanus or altocumulus lenticularis. Virga may also fall from these clouds.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.21.13)

Aero Linx: US Powered Paragliding Association Here is the scoop on flying a powered paraglider. Need an instructor? Here is a list of certified schools. Powered Paragliding is the simplest, most portable, affordable, and possibly the safest way to get into the air—but get un-biased advice to avoid disappointing and sometimes dangerous sales information. Heavily marketed hype, especially on YouTube, is a sure sign of bad information.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.21.13)

"It is again time to announce that nominations for the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award are open. This award for a classroom teacher is in memory of the public school teachers who so wondrously influenced my whole life. It is dedicated to the past recipients, who in addition to having proven their dedication and worth to aerospace education, have all gone on to greater contributions of major significance. The objective is to recognize and reward aerospace education teachers for outstanding achievement in aerospace education and to encourage further achievement in teaching aerospace.” Source: From remarks made after the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced that it is the new stewar

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