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April 20, 2015

Airborne 04.20.15: Mooney Delivers, FAA Wants $$$, New EXP Engines, ANN@Lakeland

Also: BD-22L Accident, CRS-6 First Stage Landing, Gogo/NetJets, Air Canada, Cessna Citation M2, GAMA Hails UK

The Mooney International production line seems to be rolling smoothly as they delivered three new M20TN Acclaims to their owners last week. The deliveries were made at Mooney’s Kerrville, Texas, facility. The new Acclaims will be based out of Louisiana, Florida, and New York. These Acclaims follow the delivery of the first B Registered Acclaim delivered last December to Henan, China. When the subject of NextGen was brought up during a Senate Commerce Committee meeting last week, FAA adminis

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NATA Introduces NATA Aviation Solutions

Individualized Operational And Regulatory Consulting

The National Air Transportation Association today introduced NATA Aviation Solutions as the consulting arm of the association, providing individualized operational and regulatory consulting services.

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Orders For A330 Top 1,500

Over 100 Customers Have Signed Deals For The Widebody Aircraft

Airbus’ successful widebody A330 Family has passed the major milestone of winning over 1,500 firm orders from over 100 customers. Total sales to date (1,501) include a recent order for four A330-200 Freighters from Turkish Airlines and 25 A330-900neo from Air Lease Corporation.

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Embraer, Compass Airlines Extend Pool Program For New E-Jets Operated For AA

Will Include 20 New E175 Aircraft Flying For American Eagle

Embraer and Compass Airlines recently extended their ten year Flight Hour Pool Program agreement for the Compass E-Jet fleet. The Flight Hour Pool Program currently serves 42 aircraft for Compass and will include Pool component support for the carrier’s fleet of 20 new E175 jets to be operated for American Airlines under the American Eagle brand.

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Air Côte d’Ivoire Orders Two More Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft

Converts Options To Firm Orders

Air Côte d’Ivoire, the national airline of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has converted options on two Bombardier Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order. Air Côte d’Ivoire’s two options were acquired under a contract announced on December 18, 2013 that also included a firm order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire took delivery of its first two aircraft in 2014, in a dual-class configuration.

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Allied Aviation, IAMAW Reach A New Collective Agreement

Labor Minister Leitch Congratulates Both Parties

Allied Aviation Service Company of Newfoundland, ULC has reached a new collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Transportation District 140.

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Army Aviation Continues Efforts For Technology Development

Extends Investment Agreements With Two Commercial Companies

The Army recently extended technology investment agreements with two commercial companies to continue concept refinement and technology maturation for future vertical lift, or FVL, research.

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Brazilian State Of Rio Grande do Sul Takes Delivery Of a Second AW119Kx

The Aircraft Will Perform Law Enforcement And MEDEVAC/EMS Missions 

Aeromot in Brazil has taken delivery of its second AW119Kx single engine helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform medevac/EMS, public utility and law enforcement missions by the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul, joining the first AW119Kx delivered earlier this year.

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Erickson Secures Philippines Dam Contract

Will Provide Heavy-Lift Services For Angat Dam Project

Erickson has contracted with Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corporation (Cavdeal) and Asia Aircraft Overseas Philippines (AAOP) to provide heavy-lift aviation services in support of the Angat Dam project in the Norzagaray Municipality in Bulacan Province, Central Luzon Island, Philippines. The performance of this work is projected to occur in the second quarter of 2015.

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NASA Selects Small Business And Research Projects For Further Development

Nearly 150 Proposals Will Move Forward Into Contract Negotiations

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy right here on Earth.

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Erickson Wins Mexico Pipeline Construction Contract

Will Transport More Than 1,000 Pipeline Segments Over Rugged Terrain

Erickson has contracted with Group Desarrollo Infaestructura, SA de CV (GDI) who is contracted with Transcanada Corporation’s Mexican Subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas del Noreste for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico.

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JETTECH Seeking EASA Approvals For STC’d LPV And ADS-B Solutions For 500 & 525 C

Includes Garmin GTN 670/750, GTX 3000, GTX 33ES & GWX 70 Installs

JETTECH plans to seek EASA approvals for several of its FAA approved STCs including those incorporating LPV and ADS-B solutions for legacy Citation 500 series and Citationjet (CJ) 525 series aircraft.

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LOCUST: Autonomous, Swarming UAVs Fly Into The Future

Aircraft Designed To Autonomously Overwhelm An Enemy

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced April 14 recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program.

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Airborne 04.20.15: Mooney Delivers, FAA Wants $$$, New EXP Engines, ANN @Lakeland!

Also: BD-22L Accident, CRS-6 First Stage Landing, Gogo/NetJets, Air Canada, Cessna Citation M2, GAMA Hails UK
The Mooney International production line seems to be rolling smoothly as they delivered three new M20TN Acclaims to their owners last week. The deliveries were made at Mooney’s Kerrville, Texas, facility. The new Acclaims will be based out of Louisiana, Florida, and New York. These Acclaims follow the delivery of the first B Registered Acclaim delivered last December to Henan, China. When the subject of NextGen was brought up during a Senate Commerce Committee meeting last week, FAA administrator Michael Huerta’s response could be summed up in 4 words. Those 4 words are… show me the money! FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the Committe

Yes! We'll Be There! ANN/Airborne Ready For Lakeland

ANN, Aero-TV, Airborne Unlimited Return to Lakeland E-I-C Note: There really does seem to be a whole new generation at Lakeland, these days... we're not only looking forward to covering the event this year, but have been pleased with the pleasant response and cooperation we've experienced with the current media team working the SnF event. We hope to see many of you there! -- Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief/Guy Who Takes The Blame  The Aero-News Network and its affiliated programs, Aero-TV and the Airborne Unlimited Daily News series, will be returning in force to Lakeland for the 2015 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

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Congressional Leaders Push For Long-Range Navy UAS

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) One Of The Plan's Strongest Proponents

Some Congressional leaders say the Pentagon is taking too cautious an approach in developing unmanned aircraft technology that can provide long-range ISR and other capabilities.

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Airborne 04.17.15: DC Gyroplane Fallout, ICAS Airshow Update, Message To Space

Also: Blue Origin, Flying Cucumber?, BBJ Combi, NetJets Partners w/Ohio State, ExIm Helo Deal, Long-Range Navy UAS

Obviously, the stunt pulled by Douglas Hughes of Ruskin, Florida on Wednesday afternoon of landing his small autogyro on the capitol building lawn did not receive a kind welcome. It appears his attempt to deliver a message protesting campaign financing is lost in the media hype regarding the lack of security in the sky over Washington. Unfortunately, his choice of a protest vehicle also delivers an incredibly bad impression of those of us who enjoy responsible recreational aviation. Airshows are ex

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AF Announces KC-46A Candidate Bases

Four Are Under Consideration For The New Tanker's Home

Air Force officials announced April 14 that Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina; Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts; and Grissom ARB, Indiana are candidate bases for the first Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus location.

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F-35C Conducts First Detachment Visit At NAS Lemoore

On Static Display At The Future Basing Site For The Aircraft

Sailors and members of the community had the opportunity to observe an F-35C Lightning II aircraft static display at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, April 14.

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AeroSports Update: Bristell Introduces G3X Touch Glass Cockpit

The Bristell Airplanes, Already Noted For Their High-End Amenities, Offers The Garmin G3X As An Option

Bristell announced that it’s Bristell LSA and Bristell TDO aircraft are now available with Garmin’s G3X Touch integrated glass cockpit. Garmin’s large 10.6” touch screens provide flight, navigation, communication and situational awareness information in an easy to use package.

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Four To Be Inducted Into California Aviation Hall of Fame

Iris Cummings Critchell, Fitz Fulton, Bob Gilliland, And Burt Rutan To Be Honored

The Santa Monica based Museum of Flying will host the induction into the California Aviation Hall of Fame of Iris Cummings Critchell, Lt. Col Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton, Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland, and Burt Rutan on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The Museum of Flying has confirmed the attendance of Iris Cummings Critchell, Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland, and Burt Rutan.

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Ex-Im Bank Approves Financing For American-Made Helos For Colombia

Will Support Offshore Oil And Gas Industry

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a $22.4 million loan guarantee to finance the export of U.S.-made AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to North Pole Investments in Panama for leasing and use in Colombia's offshore oil and gas industry. The lender is Apple Bank for Savings of New York, N.Y.

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Introducing The World's Only Flying Cucumber Dirigible

'Hendrick's Air' To Make Cross-Country Flight

Airships have long been used as a marketing tool, and their shape can lend itself to some creative ways to present a message.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.15): Final Monitor Controller

Final Monitor Controller Air Traffic Control Specialist assigned to radar monitor the flight path of aircraft during simultaneous parallel and simultaneous close parallel ILS approach operations. Each runway is assigned a final monitor controller during simultaneous parallel and simultaneous close parallel ILS approaches. Final monitor controllers shall utilize the Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) system during simultaneous close parallel ILS approaches.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.15)

Aero Linx: Whirly-Girls International Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. was incorporated in 1974 to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their auxiliaries. The Fund is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. The Scholarship Fund administers many separate scholarships currently valued at more than $90,000. Organizational Goals: Promotion of women in the helicopter industry through scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances, press releases, magazine articles and informational displays in aviation museums. Exchange of informati

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.15)

“It’s great to see the strong and growing endorsement for the versatile A330 Family. This reflects the market’s continuing appetite for the A330’s winning combination of unbeatable economics, best-in-class comfort and high reliability. As for all members of our product family, we are continuously improving the A330 through incremental innovations, such as adopting some of the latest technologies developed for the A380 and A350 XWB. The popularity and success of the A330 is such that our top ten customers have placed repeat orders for the type more than eight times on average.” Source: John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, following the Airbus’ major milestone of w

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