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December 24, 2017

ICAO Concludes Successful ICAN2017 Air Services Negotiation Event

Agreements Will Help Improve Global Operating Environment For Airlines

The Tenth ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN2017) wound up on a high note in Colombo, Sri Lanka earlier this month, with 66 States and territories taking full advantage of the unique one-stop platform and cost-effective multi-negotiation framework to expand air transport liberalization and market access through over 420 new air services agreements and arrangements.

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Silver Airways Flight Attendants Ratify First Contract

Four Year Agreement Provides Immediate Pay Raises

Silver Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), today voted with 93.3% participation to unanimously ratify their first contract. The four year agreement provides immediate pay raises, defined schedule and work rules for 60 Silver Airways Flight Attendants. The contract was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.

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Qatar And SESAR To Cooperate On Global Aviation Interoperability

Joint Memorandum Of Cooperation Provides Framework For Flight Trials

The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) have signed a new cooperation agreeing to work towards more efficient air traffic management (ATM) and aviation between both regions and worldwide.

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AI, NASA Data Used To Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

New Find Orbiting Kepler-90 More Than 2,500 Light Years From Earth

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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Textron Aviation Brings Faster Connectivity To Citation X

FAA Grants STC For Installation Of Gogo Avance L5 System

The FAA has awarded an STC to Textron Aviation for the installation of the Gogo  Avance L5 connectivity system upgrade for its Cessna Citation X business jet. When equipped with the  Avance L5, the Citation X will deliver faster inflight connectivity speeds and enhanced network capacity for a more robust user experience. In addition to the Citation X, the company plans to introduce the  Avance L5 system to additional products across the Citation, Beechcraft King Air and Hawker platforms in the coming months.

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Babcock Introduces Two H175s To The Southern Hemisphere

Entry Into Service Anticipated On January 1

Offshore service provider Babcock International has taken delivery of two H175s at a ceremony in Darwin, Australia. Babcock’s aircraft are the first H175s to be introduced into the southern hemisphere and will be based in Dili, Timor Leste. The new aircraft will be used to transport personnel and provide search and rescue and medevac support in the Timor Sea, approximately 270 nautical miles northwest of Darwin.

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Kratos Receives $27 M Single Award IDIQ Unmanned Drone Systems Contract

Work To Be Performed At A Secure Company Facility

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, has announced that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) recently received a single award IDIQ contract, with a $27 million ceiling, from a U.S. Government Agency related to unmanned drone systems. USD is an industry leader in the rapid design, development and fielding of affordable high performance jet powered unmanned aerial drone systems for tactical, combat and target applications.

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DAE To Lease Two New Airbus A320 Aircraft To Hongtu Airlines

Aircraft To Be Delivered In 2018

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. has announced that its leasing division, DAE Capital and Yunnan Hongtu Airlines (“Hongtu”) of China have completed a lease agreement for two new Airbus A320-200 aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in 2018 and are part of a direct order DAE has with Airbus. The aircraft will come equipped with CFM 56-5B4/3 PIP engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.17)

Aero Linx: Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) Established in 1993, the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), a not-for-profit organization, is comprised of over 200 member companies, representing over 70% of the Ontario aerospace industry employment base and spans all tiers, business activities and sizes. Our purpose is to enhance recognition of Ontario’s capabilities as a leader in global aerospace markets and work together to build greater expertise to assure continued growth and prosperity. OAC fosters relationships between all stakeholders: industry, academia, researchers, governments and associations to gather and share industry intelligence, identify and facilitate funding as well as being an act

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.17): Hold-Short Point

Hold-Short Point A point on the runway beyond which a landing aircraft with a LAHSO clearance is not authorized to proceed. This point may be located prior to an intersecting runway, taxiway, predetermined point, or approach/departure flight path.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.17)

"Just as we expected, there are exciting discoveries lurking in our archived Kepler data, waiting for the right tool or technology to unearth them. This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come." Source: Paul Hertz, director of NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington chatting about the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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