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February 20, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.20.14


Boogity, Boogity, Boogity – Let’s Go Air Racing Boys!

Learning The Art of Splashdown – All Over Again…

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Airborne 02.19.14: Latitude First Flight, Piper Picks Up, NASAO Search

Also: Spitfire Flight Scholarship, Alan Klapmeier, C130J Engine Order, Lightspeed

Cessna is celebrating the successful first prototype flight of its highly-anticipated Citation Latitude midsize business jet. The first flight of the Citation Latitude tested flaps, landing gear, pressurization systems, anti-ice capabilities and, of course, stability and control. The test flight reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph. Cessna flight engineers said all systems are performing as expected. Piper Aircraft has announced it achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and new airplane deliveries for 2013 in a challenging global

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FAA: Laser Incidents Increase In 2013

Nearly 4,000 Reports Of Lasers Being Directed At Aircraft

The FAA has released a report showing an increase in lasers being aimed at aircraft over the past year with 3,960 such incidents in 2013. That's up from 3,482 in 2012, and 384 in 2006, the first year such statistics were kept.

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Hubble Watches Stars' Clockwork Motion In Nearby Galaxy

Scientists Measured Average Motions Of Hundreds Of Stars Using Space Telescope

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), completes a rotation every 250 million years.

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Lawsuit Filed In Connecticut By Journalist Over UAV Use

Says Hartford Police Violated His Right To Free Expression

A journalist who was questioned by Hartford, CT police over his use of a UAV to take photographs of an automobile accident has sued the police department, claiming his right to free expression was violated.

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Florida Space Industry To Visit State's Capitol On March 12

Aerospace-Related Business Brings $19.2 Billion And 140,000 Jobs To Florida

Representatives from Florida’s aerospace industry will visit Tallahassee on March12, 2014, to participate in Florida Space Day and share with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation’s space program.

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Aviation Summit In Palm Springs Will Celebrate The 'Aviation Lifestyle'

The Palm Springs Convention Center Will Host A Wide Array Of Aircraft, Helicopters, Aviation Equipment And Services During The Event In October

A wide array of aircraft, helicopters, aviation equipment and services will be on display at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California during the 2014 Aviation Summit, October 17-19. The core aviation exhibit will be flanked by an exciting display of sports cars, art, wine and other brands that the event's organizers say "surround the aviation lifestyle."

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Zero-G Contributes To Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Takes To The Skies For 50th Anniversary Edition

Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated (SI) have taken swimsuit modeling where it's never gone before. Flying with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness - as if in outer space - for SI's 50th anniversary Swimsuit issue.

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Air Canada Welcomes Agreement To Expand Air Services Between Canada And Mexico

Arrangement Will Benefit Travelers, Businesses, And Shippers, Airline Says

Air Canada today welcomed the signing of an expanded Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement that will facilitate flying between the two countries and benefit business, travelers and shippers.

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Air Technology Engines Signs AMC Agreement With Triumph Engine Control Systems

Authorizes Work On T53 Engine Fuel Controls & Governors

Naples, FL-based Air Technology Engines (ATE) has signed an Authorized Maintenance Center Agreement (AMC) with Triumph Engine Control Systems of West Hartford, Connecticut. The agreement authorizes the maintenance of T53 Turbine Engine Governors and Fuel Controls.

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Airbus To Strengthen Shareholding At Harbin Manufacturing Center

Commits To Boosting Production Rates From 20 To 25 Percent

Airbus is increasing its share in the Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), from 20 to 25 per cent. The agreement was signed by Günter Butschek, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and Geng Ruguang, AVIC Executive Vice President.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2014-03-11

PRODUCT: Bell Model 204B helicopters with a certain cable assembly installed.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters (Type Certificate Previously Held by Eurocopter France)

AD NUMBER: 2014-03-02

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and SA330J helicopters.

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AD: Various Restricted Category Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2014-03-10

PRODUCT: Various restricted category helicopters, originally manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell), model numbers HH-1K, TH-1F, TH-1L, UH-1A, UH-1B, UH-1E, UH-1F, UH-1H, UH-1L, and UH-1P.

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NTSB Probable Cause Report Released In 2011 Alaska Midair

Two Airplanes Flying Together Collided, One Fatally Injured

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from a midair collision which occurred in Alaska on September 2, 2011 that resulted in the fatal injury of one pilot.

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Orion Underway Recovery Testing Begins Off The Coast Of California

Mockup Capsule Floated Out To Sea, Brought Back Aboard A Recovery Ship

About a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, in the Pacific Ocean, a U.S. Navy ship’s well deck filled with water as underway recovery operations began Feb. 18 on a test version of NASA's Orion crew module to prepare for its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, in September. Orion was undocked from its cradle and allowed to float out to sea.

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Larry Whitesitt Receives FAA's Master Pilot Award

Citation Presented At Spokane FSDO In December

Larry Lee Whitesitt, EAA 1088285, of Fairfield, Washington, was honored with the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award signifying 50 years of safe, violation-free flying - many as a bush pilot in Canada's Northwest Territory. Minard Thompson, FAASTeam program manager at the Spokane FSDO, presented the award at the Chapter 79 Christmas party held in December.

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US Navy Tests Infrared Search And Track On Boeing Super Hornet

Combat Capability Upgrade Under Development By Boeing And Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navy’s Super Hornets.

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Dassault's Falcon 2000S Flies Into Brazilian Market

2000 Falcons Now In Operation Around The World

The first Falcon 2000S has been delivered in Brazil following certification by ANAC, Brazil's aviation regulatory authority, late last year.

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Air Race F1 Launches Inaugural International Air Race

Event To Be Held In Lleida, Catalunya Spain June 1

A new series of international Formula 1 Class air racing competitions has been announced by London and Spain-based international air race organizers Air Race F1, with the first event planned for Lleida-Alguaire Airport, near Barcelona in Spain, on June 1st.

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Rockwell Collins' HeliSure, Pro Line Fusion Headline Heli-Expo Exhibit

Other Products For Rotary-Wing Market Also On Display

Rockwell Collins will be featuring its HeliSure family of technologies, along with its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics at the HAI Heli-Expo 2014. The HeliSure family of products provides helicopter pilots with unprecedented situational awareness to help them meet the challenges of flying in an increasingly congested and hazard-filled airspace.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.20.14)

“The industry’s positive numbers across all categories fuel cautious optimism as we move into 2014. The introduction of new products will be key to strong future growth, which is why GAMA continues to work with authorities across the globe to streamline certification processes.” Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.20.14): National Digital Forecast Database

(NDFD)- The National Weather Service's NDFD provides access to gridded forecasts of sensible weather elements through the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.20.14)

The Airchive

"The Webseum of Commercial Aviation". This site features vintage route maps, timetables, photos, and other memorabilia.

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