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June 21, 2013

United Airlines Announces Order For Airbus A350-1000

Airline Converts Existing Order To A350-1000s; Orders 10 Additional Of The Model

United Airlines ... which was the U.S. launch customer for Boeing's Dreamliner ... on Thursday announced an order with Airbus for new A350-1000 aircraft. The agreement converts United's existing order for 25 A350-900s into A350-1000s and adds 10 firm orders for A350-1000s, giving the airline a total order of 35 aircraft.

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Boeing, CIT Announce Order For 30 737 MAX 8s

Airplanes To Be Powered By CFM International LEAP-1B Engines

Boeing and CIT Group Inc. announced Tuesday from the 2013 Paris Air Show that CIT Aerospace has placed an order for 30 737 MAX 8s. "The addition of these Boeing 737 MAX 8s ensures that CIT Aerospace maintains one of the youngest and most fuel efficient fleets," said C. Jeffrey Knittel, President of CIT Transportation Finance.

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ERA Group Signs Contract For 10 AW189 Helicopters

Oil And Gas Transport Company An Established AW139 Operator

A contract for 10 AW189 helicopters was signed Wednesday at the Paris Air Show between Era Group Inc. (“Era”) and AgustaWestland. This contract confirms and increases Era's commitment to the AW189 following the signing of a preliminary sales contract for five aircraft in July 2012. The aircraft will be used to perform long range offshore oil and gas transport missions.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In Florida Medical Helo Accident

Board Said The Pilot Made A Decision To Fly Through Deteriorating Weather Conditions

A pilot's decision to continue a flight into deteriorating weather conditions was the probable cause of an accident which occurred on December 26, 2011 near Green Cove Springs in Florida, according to the NTSB. The board said that part of the motivation for that decision was financial. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of all on board the aircraft.

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NASA's Space Launch System Program Kicks Off Preliminary Design Review

Process Is Expected To Last Several Weeks

NASA is beginning a preliminary design review for its Space Launch System (SLS). This major program assessment will allow development of the agency's new heavy-lift rocket to move from concept to initial design.

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First European LPV Approach Tests Dedicated To Public Use Helicopters Complete

AgustaWestland, ENAV, Have Finished First Stage Of Qualifications Flying An AW139

The first stage of qualification and authorization tests for the creation of the first helicopter Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) approaches, designed and developed in Milan Linate and Orio al Serio Airports, has been completed by ENAV and AgustaWestland flying an AW139 helicopter. The testing wrapped up June 10th.

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Aerostar Leasing Secures Four Viking Series 400 Twin Otters

Deal Struck At The 2013 Paris Air Show

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Aerostar Leasing Group, have this week signed an agreement for four (4) DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 for commercial operations in Asia. Aerostar is a new customer for the Twin Otter Series 400, and are scheduled to receive their aircraft in 2015.

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Documentary Film Maker Says He Has New Evidence About TWA 800 Explosion

Former Investigators Say They Have 'Solid Proof' Of An External Detonation

The producer of an as-yet-unreleased documentary says he as "solid proof" that an external detonation brought down TWA Flight 800 in 1996, and is asking the NTSB to re-open its investigation of the accident.

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Embraer Announces LOIs For A Total Of 65 New E-Jets E2

Contracts With As-Yet-Undisclosed Airlines To Be Finalized In The Coming Months

Embraer S.A. has signed Letters of Intent (LOIs) with five undisclosed airlines from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America for 65 orders for the E-Jets E2, the planemaker announced Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.

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One-Hundredth F135 Engine For The F-35 Lightning II Delivered

CTOL Engine Delivered Ahead Of Contract Requirements

Pratt & Whitney has delivered the 100th F135 propulsion system, the power plant for the F-35 Lightning II, to the U.S. government. The conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) engine was delivered ahead of contract requirements and indicates continued progress and successful execution of the F-35 program.

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SocialFlight Teams-Up With Cessna To Support General Aviation

Will  Coordinate Social Media For Cessna's 2013 Discover Flying Challenge

SocialFlight has teamed-up with Cessna to host the event tracking and aviation social media for Cessna’s 2013 Discover Flying Challenge, further establishing SocialFlight as the industry-wide calendar for General Aviation.

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Calm Air Pilots Ratify New Contract

Five-Year Agreement Includes Pay, Work Rule, And Quality-Of-Life Improvements

Pilots at Winnipeg-based Calm Air have ratified a new five-year contract that includes pay increases, streamlined work rules, and quality-of-life improvements. Eighty-six percent of eligible pilots voted in favor of the agreement, which will expire on April 30, 2018. The new contract includes automatic, across-the-board cost-of-living pay increases for the entire pilot group and adds additional increases based on individual pilots’ years of service.

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Airborne 06.21.13: FAA Flips The Birds, Newest 787-10 Launched, Diamond Agreement

Also: CAF and EAA Wanna Get Bombed, Bell Gets Light, Red Bull Pilot Training, More G650 Records, NKET Revised
The FAA is requiring Operation Migration to acquire new airplanes to lead endangered whooping cranes from their summer range to Florida for the winter in coming years, and the pilots flying those airplanes will have private pilot licenses. But, the FAA is giving the non-profit until April of next year to accomplish the changeover! Boeing has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner. Saying that local aviation in Russia (is undergoing) a severe crisis, Russia Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA), and Austria's Diamond Aircraft Industries (DAI) have signed an agreement for the joint design and production of a series of light utility aircraft (LUA) in Russia. All thi

Airbus Books Almost $70 Billion At Paris Air Show 2013

Over 460 Airbus Aircraft Orders & Commitments Across All Product Families

At the 2013 Paris Air Show, Airbus won $68.7 billion worth of business for a total of 466 aircraft, which shows the resilience of the commercial aviation industry. The deals comprise Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for 225 aircraft worth $29.4 billion and firm purchase orders for 241 aircraft worth $39.3 billion.  

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Boeing Calls Paris Air Show 'Strong And Productive'

Launches New Commercial Airplane; Highlights Innovation, Efficiency and Partnerships

Boeing enjoyed a strong and productive Paris Air Show launching its newest model, the 787-10 Dreamliner, announcing important commercial airplane orders and strengthening alliances and relationships with customers and partners around the world.

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ICON Aircraft Raises Over $60 Million In Equity Funding

Investment Capital To Finance Full-Scale Production

ICON Aircraft announced that it raised its fourth and final round of equity funding in May. The round, which totals over $60 million, included investors from North America, Europe, and Asia. The company will use the funds to complete production preparations, demonstrate regulatory compliance, ramp up full-scale aircraft production, and perform R&D to expand its model line.

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Draft NASA Reauthorization Prohibits Administration’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission

Prioritizes Support For Long-Term 'Core' Exploration Goals

The Space Subcommittee of the U.S. House Science Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review draft legislation to reauthorize programs at NASA for two years, including a topline budget of over $16.8 billion dollars for the agency, which is consistent with the requirements of the Budget Control Act. The draft bill directs the administration to focus on core programs such as the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule, the International Space Station, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Commercial Crew Program.

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Klyde Morris 06.21.13

It's The Formicidae Equivilant To High Cotton


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ATR Calls 2013 The Best Paris Air Show In The Company's History

The Aircraft Manufacturer Receives Orders For A Total Of 173 Aircraft

The 50th edition of the Paris Air Show was the best in the history of the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR, the planemaker said Thursday. Over the course of the week, the turboprop aircraft manufacturer announced orders for 173 planes, including 83 firm orders at the air show. The total value for these contracts exceeds 4.1 billion dollars, including 2 billion dollars in firm orders.

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Pratt & Whitney PurePower Engine Program Continues To Expand

More Than 3,500 Orders On The Books For The Geared Turbofan Engines

Pratt & Whitney has announced more than 3,500 orders that include announced and unannounced firm orders, plus options for its PurePower engine family with "game-changing" Geared Turbofan technology.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.21.13)

"This has been a longer and more challenging journey than even we had anticipated; that said, ICON is now in a great place.” Source: Kirk Hawkins, CEO and Founder of ICON Aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.21.13): Climb To VFR

ATC authorization for an aircraft to climb to VFR conditions within Class B, C, D, and E surface areas when the only weather limitation is restricted visibility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.21.13)

The Aviation Zone

This site describes its self as a comprehensive online aviation resource for modern and vintage military transports, aerial tankers and fixed-wing gunships. This web site contains over 2,500 high-quality aircraft photos, images, diagrams and detailed fact sheets.

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