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November 18, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.18.13

ALPA Wants No Preclearance in Abu Dhabi…

Southwest Joins in TSA Pre-Check…

Wichita Eyes 777-X Work…


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Boeing Launches 777X With Record-Breaking Orders And Commitments

Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa And Qatar Airways Commit To The New Airplane

Boeing launched the 777X program at the 2013 Dubai Airshow Sunday with a record-breaking number of customer orders and commitments for the newest member of its twin-aisle product family. Agreements for 259 airplanes from four customers across Europe and the Middle East provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the airplane.

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Southwest Makes 8 Airlines Now Participating In TSA Pre-Check

Expedited Check-In Available At 100 Airports Nationwide

The TSA has announced the expansion of TSA Pre-Check to include eligible customers of Southwest Airlines. The announcement brings total of domestic carriers participating in the program to eight, including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

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LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN’s Story In A New NASA PSA

Spacecraft Scheduled For Launch Monday

As NASA prepares for next week's launch of the agency's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), actor LeVar Burton shares the excitement of the mission in a new NASA public service announcement (PSA). The video, containing newly edited NASA animations, will be used at events around the country and shared on the web and social media.

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Rolls-Royce Plans To Make Engine Parts With A 3-D Printer

Metallic And Ceramic Parts To Be Fabricated Using Additive Manufacturing

Rolls-Royce appears to be ready to push the envelope on a process called additive manufacturing ... or more popularly 3-D printing ... to produce metallic and ceramic parts used in its jet engines.

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MODOT Says Branson Airport Has A Major Economic Impact On The Region

Missouri Department Of Transportation Puts Total Contributions To The Economy At Over $91 Million

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Multimodal Operations Division’s Aviation Section identified that the Branson Airport created 1,460 jobs in the Branson Area with a total payroll of $35,044,000 and a total economic impact of $91,137,000 in 2012.  MoDOT initiated a Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study to determine the benefits of all Missouri’s airports.

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Northrop Grumman Taps Mark Skinner

Former Navy Vice-Admiral To Lead Aerospace Systems Sector's Washington, D.C. Presence

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Mark Skinner has joined the company as vice president and deputy of business and advanced systems development for the company's Aerospace Systems sector.

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Airbus Military To Exhibit Complete Product Family At Dubai Airshow

First Time A400M Appears Publicly In Gulf Region

Airbus Military will exhibit the A400M new generation airlifter, A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, and C295 medium transport and surveillance aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, to be held at Dubai World Central, 17-21 November.

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Falcon Fleet In The Middle East Doubles

Business Jet Market Outlook Improves

Dassault Aviation will present an expanded lineup of Falcon business jets at this year's Dubai Air Show, demonstrating the improving outlook for business executive jet sales in the Middle East. Two Falcon models, the 7X and 900LX trijets will be on display. The Middle East is also expected to be a major market for the all new Falcon 5X, due to enter service in mid-2017.

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Northrop Grumman F-35 CNI Team Honored For Systems Engineering Excellence

Selected To Receive The 2013 Ferguson Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has selected the F-35 communications, navigation and identification (CNI) team from Northrop Grumman Corporation for the 2013 Ferguson Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award. The Ferguson award is given for outstanding achievement in the practical application of systems engineering principles.

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UTC Aerospace Systems Showcasing Civil, Military Capabilities At Dubai

Products On Display Will Range From Flight Control Systems To Wheels And Brakes

UTC Aerospace Systems will showcase a range of advanced civil and military technologies and systems at the Dubai Air Show next week.

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First Rivet Joint Aircraft Delivered To The U.K.

Two Additional Signals Intelligence Aircraft To Be Delivered To The RAF

The first of 3 Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft has been delivered to MOD ahead of its entry into service with the RAF in 2014. The aircraft will form part of project Airseeker, which will provide the UK with a world class capability able to provide real-time on-scene intelligence, surveillance and analysis for forces in the air and on the ground.

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AD: Aermacchi S.p.A. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-22-23

PRODUCT: Aermacchi S.p.A. Models F.260, F.260B, F.260C, F.260D, F.260E, F.260F, S.208, and S.208A airplanes equipped with a Lycoming O-540 wide cylinder flange engine with a front crankcase mounted propeller governor.

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AD: EADS CASA Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-23-02

PRODUCT: All EADS CASA (Type Certificate previously held by Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A.) Model CN-235, CN-235-100, CN-235-200, CN-235-300, and C-295 airplanes.

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Aero-TV Celebrates Two Years Of Airborne

First Program Uploaded November 18, 2011

My how time flies when you're having fun ... and creating new ways for people to stay up-to-date on the latest in aviation news.

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Klyde Morris (11.18.13)

Klyde Tries To Shake Off Merger-Fever


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NASA, USAF Set For Virginia Rocket Launch

Minotaur I Rocket Will Carry 29 Small Satellites Into Space

A United States Air Force Minotaur I rocket is scheduled to lift-off at 1930 EST, Nov.19, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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PHI Flies First Rig Approach Customer Flights In The S-92 Helicopter

FAA Approved Functionality In May

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PHI have announced the completion of the first operational flights of the new "Rig Approach" system, a first of its kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms. 

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Mars Rover Teams Dub Sites In Memory Of Bruce Murray

Planetary Scientist Laid The Groundwork For Missions Such As The Robotic Exploration Of Mars

Features on Mars important to the missions of NASA's two active Mars rovers are now called "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of influential planetary scientist Bruce Murray (1931-2013). The rover Opportunity, which has been roaming Mars for nearly a decade, is currently climbing Murray Ridge, part of an uplifted crater rim.

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Jeppesen Rolls Out Enhanced Flitedeck Pro For iPad

Automatic Display Of Airport Taxi Diagrams Among New Features Designed To Simplify Airline

Jeppesen now offers operators enhancements to its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for iPad.  The new FliteDeck Pro version now automatically displays airport taxi diagrams based on user-configured speed settings to enhance airline operational efficiency. 

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Oklahoma EAA Member To Outline Effort To Build Bugatti 100 Racer Airplane

Re-Creating A Lost Aircraft Masterpiece Highlights EAA's Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet Dec. 13

The effort to re-create one of aviation history’s most beautiful but unproven designs will be the highlight presentation as EAA commemorates the birthday of powered flight at the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 13, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

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Air Force Bonus Offer For Pilots Gets Cool Reception

Only A Few Have Signed Up To Receive $225,000 Check For A Nine-Year Commitment

Pilots in the U.S. Air Force are being offered what many would consider a pretty sweet deal ... and largely turning it down.

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Five-Year-Old Boy Reportedly Flies Ultralight In China

'Eagle Dad' Says His Son Is The World's Youngest Pilot

A Chinese parent has reportedly paid about $5,000 to have his 5-year-old son trained as a pilot, and allowed the boy to fly an ultralight aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.13): Ground Controlled Approach

Ground Controlled Approach A radar approach system operated from the ground by air traffic control personnel transmitting instructions to the pilot by radio. The approach may be conducted with surveillance radar (ASR) only or with both surveillance and precision approach radar (PAR). Usage of the term "GCA" by pilots is discouraged except when referring to a GCA facility. Pilots should specifically request a "PAR" approach when a precision radar approach is desired or request an "ASR" or "surveillance" approach when a nonprecision radar approach is desired.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.13)

Aero Linx: The Society of Flight Test Engineers The Society of Flight Test Engineers is a fraternity of engineers, whose principal professional interest is the flight testing of aerospace vehicles. The objective of the Society is the advancement of flight test engineering throughout the aerospace industry by providing technical and fraternal communication among individuals, both domestic and international, in the allied engineering fields of test operations, analysis, instrumentation and data systems.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.18.13)

"Bruce Murray contributed both scientific insight and leadership that laid the groundwork for interplanetary missions such as robotic missions to Mars, including the Mars rovers, part of America's inspirational accomplishments. It is fitting that the rover teams have chosen his name for significant landmarks on their expeditions." Source: NASA Mars Exploration Program Manager Fuk Li, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, describing why features on Mars important to the missions of NASA's two active Mars rovers are now called "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of influential planetary scientist Bruce Murray (1931-2013).

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