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June 27, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.28.13

Anthony Fox Confirmed As Transportation Secretary…

Boeing Begin Assembly on the First KC-46A…

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U.S. Senate Confirms Anthony Foxx As Secretary Of Transportation

Move Draws Praise From Legislators, Advice For The New Secretary From The Aviation Industry

In a unanimous vote Thursday, Mayor Anthony Foxx was confirmed as Secretary of Transportation. Following the vote, Senate Commerce Committee chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller (D-WV) issued a statement expressing his strong support for the new secretary.

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Extra EA300 Down In Oregon

Airplane Appears To Have Struck A Power Line Near Owyhee Dam

The pilot of an Extra EA300LT aerobatic airplane was fatally injured Sunday after the plane apparently hit a power line, shearing off one blade of its prop.

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FAA Issues Airworthiness Bulletin For Learjets

Cracked Control Columns On Lear 35A Airplanes Prompt The Action

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for several models of Learjet after maintenance personnel reported finding cracks in the control column on Learjet Model 35A (C-21A) airplanes. Five airplanes were inspected and all five had cracks in the same general area.

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Missouri Auditor Says State Highway Patrol Can't Justify New Airplane

MSHP Spent $5.6 Million On A New King Air

In an audit released Tuesday, the Missouri State Auditor said that the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) did not do its due diligence before spending $5.6 million to acquire a new airplane for its fleet.

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Airbus-CAE Training Services Cooperation Mutually Concluded

Partners Pave Way For New Business Relationship

CAE and Airbus have mutually agreed to conclude their existing “Airbus-CAE Training Services Cooperation” in favor of a new agreement to work together in a focused way in the future while giving more flexibility for both companies to serve their respective stakeholders directly.

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SNC Completes Second Successful Sense And Avoid Radar Sensor Flight Demo

Prototype Radar Sensor Developed For The U.S. Air Force Research Lab

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully completed its second airborne demonstration for the Air Force Research Lab under its Multi Sensor Detect Sense and Avoid (MSDSA) program using a prototype radar sensor. This new Airborne Sense and Avoid (ABSAA) sensor, utilized on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), repeatedly detected and tracked airborne intruders resulting in over 60 seconds of avoidance time, exceeding the program requirements.

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First Italian Army ICH-47F Chinook Performs Its Maiden Flight

Primary Tactical Mission Is Troop And Equipment Transport

The first ICH-47F Chinook for the Italian Army successfully accomplished its maiden flight on June 24th at Vergiate in Italy. The aircraft took to the air for 15 minutes, performing as expected carrying out basic handling tests and main systems checks.

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Another Setback For Canadian Sea King Replacement Helo

Consultant Hired To Assess Sikorsky's Ability To Provide The Aircraft

Canada's Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose has hired an outside consultant to evaluate Sikorsky's ability to deliver new helicopters to the Canadian Defense Department.

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Additional 717s Deployed To Qantas, Volotea

Australia's QantasLink To Receive Five Aircraft On Multi-Year Lease; Volotea To Add Five In 2013

Boeing's workhorse 717 continues to figure prominently in the success of established and new operators as the manufacturer's leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp., announced additional deployments of the modern and fuel-efficient twinjets.

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Report: UAV Market Worth $8.35 Billion By 2018

Growth Expected From $7 Billion In 2013

According to a new market research report, "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013 - 2018)", the total global UAV Market (2013-2018) is expected to reach $8.35 billion by 2018 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.30%.

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Ohio Aerospace Institute Announces Partnership With ERAU

Collaboration Allows For Continued Expansion Of Aerospace Education And Leadership

The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), which supports the state's aerospace economy, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide's Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL) announced Monday that they have formed a special partnership that will allow them to collaborate on aerospace education, research and development, and leadership training.

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German Police Thwart RC Airplane Terror Plot

Authorities Say Islamists Planned At Least One Assassination Attempt

German police have taken two men into custody and searched buildings at several addresses in multiple cities, thwarting what they say was a plan to use remote-controlled airplanes to carry out terrorist attacks.

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Chicago BASE Jumpers Evade Police After Trump Jump

Police Release Surveillance Photos Of Three Climbing Stairs To The 92nd Floor

Three BASE jumpers managed to successfully make it to the 92nd floor of Chicago's trump International Hotel and Tower June 19, and have so far evaded police despite clear photos of the men as they climbed the stairs to the top of the building.

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Classic Aero-TV: FedSpeak At OSH12--‘Meet The Boss’ Session Says Little (Part 2)

Huerta's Inaugural 'Meet The Boss' Outing Leaves Much To Be Desired

Previously Webcast on 09.18.12: Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first appearance at AirVenture in the top job Thursday, July 26th, 2012, but the crowd that gathered only filled about a third of Forum Pavilion 7. It was not an auspicious beginning, but as the session wore on, it became obvious that the no-shows were missing little. After a rambling speech that was long on boilerplate and short on detail, Huerta got around to the annual Q&A that has become one of the hallmark political events of any Oshkosh. During the question and answer sess

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CSeries Aircraft Nearing First Flight, But Still Seeing Delays

Bombardier Completes Ground Vibration Tests And Final Software Upgrades, Safety Of Flight Statements From All Suppliers Obtained

The first flight of Bombardier's CSeries aircraft is drawing closer, as the company announced Wednesday that ground vibration tests, as well as software upgrades and corresponding tests, have been completed on the first CSeries aircraft - Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1).

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Sikorsky Prize Announcement May Be Imminent

AeroVelo Says It Is Waiting For Confirmation That Its Atlas Human-Powered Helo Has Met The Requirements

AeroVelo, a Canadian team that is competing to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for a human-powered helicopter, said on its blog earlier this month that it has unofficially satisfied all of the requirements set out to win the prize.

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FAA Grants Approval To Fly Advanced Navigation Procedures With 787

Services Available To Help Airlines With RNP AR Application Process

The FAA has granted approval to Boeing to fly Required Navigation Performance - Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures with the 787 fleet. Boeing says that operators that fly RNP AR procedures significantly reduce fuel burn, emissions and airport congestion by flying precisely along a predefined route using advanced on-board navigation systems together with GPS-based global navigation satellite systems.

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GreenWing International To Produce Yuneec-Powered Aircraft

Introduces The eSpyder And e430 Electric Airplanes

Yuneec International, which first displayed at AirVenture 2009, is becoming a well-known name in circles following the development of electric-powered aircraft. And while the Jiangsu-based company (just north of Shanghai) will continue to focus on developing the most advanced and most reliable technologies for electric motors and power systems, GreenWing International (GWI) has been announced as the producer of the eSpyder and e430 electric aircraft.

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Launch Of NASA's New Solar Mission Rescheduled To June 27

Wednesday Launch Scrubbed Due To Power Outage At Vandenberg AFB

The launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission is being delayed one day to 1927 PDT Thursday, June 27, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Because of a significant power outage at Vandenberg earlier this week, certain Western Range facilities were not ready to support the original June 26 launch date.

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Rolls-Royce Wins $1 Billion Order From Scandinavian Airlines System

Will Power Airline's New Airbus A350 XWB, A330 Airplanes

Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $1 billion, at list prices, from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) for Trent XWB and Trent 700 engines and long term TotalCare services. The Trent XWBs will power eight Airbus A350-900 aircraft and the Trent 700s will power four A330-300s.

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Two New Representatives Appointed By Flight Design USA

LSA Maker Expands Regional Distributor Network

As sales in the Light-Sport Aircraft sector continue to show signs of life this year, Flight Design USA has announce new distributor representatives to its organization. In May 2013, the importer of the top-selling Flight Design CT series is pleased to welcome Flight Design South East LLC and Americana Aviation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.27.13)

"Only five years after launching the CSeries airliner, we're approaching our maiden flight - a historic moment for Bombardier." Source: Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.27.13): RADAR

Acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging; a radio device or system for locating an object by means of ultrahigh-frequency radio waves.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.27.13)

American Helicopter Society

The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is the world's premier professional vertical flight society. Since its inception in 1944, AHS has been a major force in the advancement of a global rotorcraft industry.

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