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December 22, 2013

Satellite Communications For Aircraft Reinvented

Says System Will Provided Full-Motion Video To Ground Stations Via Satellite

In one year, Northrop Grumman Corporation took a satellite communications system normally used in space and transformed it into what the company says is a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircraft. The satellite communications (SATCOM) system was successfully demonstrated on board the company's Firebird demonstrator aircraft.

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NASA, Navy Team Up For Capsule Recovery

Training Underway For Orion Spacecraft EFT-1

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 is training and preparing for NASA's unmanned Exploration Flight Test-One (EFT-1) for the Orion spacecraft, scheduled for early next year off the coast of Southern California.  

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AgustaWestland Strengthens Presence In The Far East With New Seoul Office

Company Has Placed Some 50 Aircraft In The Republic Of Korea

AgustaWestland has opened a new office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The office will strengthen AgustaWestland’s position in the Far East by better serving existing customers and promoting future business with military, government and commercial Customers.

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Norwegian Acquires Two New, Bigger Dreamliners

Both To Be Delivered Early In 2016

Norwegian has signed an agreement to acquire two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Both aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. The 787-9 is larger than the 787-8 that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes.

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Executive Flight Solutions Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

Baltimore Operator Joins 106 Other Companies Promoting Safety

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Executive Flight Solutions (EFS), Baltimore, Maryland, is the newest charter operator to join the ACSF. Along with 106 other companies, EFS now supports the mission of the ACSF to raise the safety bar in the on-demand charter and fractional industry.

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Sense And Avoid System Components Demonstrated Aboard Predator B

Tracks Fused From Multiple Sensors Enables Self Separation And 'Due Regard' Operations

The first of several planned flight tests of a Sense and Avoid (SAA) architecture and Self Separation functionality has been completed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), marking the first time the system has functioned as a true “system of systems” to detect every class of aircraft equipage and paves the way for a Due Regard capability.

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Brazilian State Of San Paulo Orders A GrandNew Helicopter

Police Aircraft Will Fly Environmental Patrol And Surveillance Missions

The Government of the State of San Paulo in Brazil has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter, according to AgustaWestland. The aircraft will be operated by the Military Police of the State of San Paulo to perform environmental and forest patrols and airborne surveillance missions in the State of San Paulo and will be delivered in 2014.

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Aircraft Landing Efficiency Improvements Planned At Frankfurt, Germany Airport

DFS selects Honeywell's SmartPath for Germany's Second Ground Based Augmentation System

Germany's Frankfurt Airport will deploy a precision landing system developed by Honeywell in an effort to increase the speed and efficiency of landings and decrease air traffic noise.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.13): Thermal Low

Thermal Low Also known as heat low, it is an area of low pressure due to the high temperatures caused by intensive heating at the surface. It tends to remain stationary over its source area, with weak cyclonic circulation. There are no fronts associated with it. An example is the low that develops over southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico during the summer months.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.13)

Aero Linx: The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is a Council of business aviation associations from around the world. Governance is established through the IBAC Governing Board, with representation from each of the Member Associations. The Board meets twice per year to establish business aviation policies and priority activities for the industry. Ongoing activity of the Council is managed by an IBAC Secretariat consisting of the Director General, assisted by a staff of experienced specialty managers responsible for ICAO Liaison, Safety Standards, Regulatory Affairs and Office Management.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.22.13)

“In order to run a competitive long-haul operation, we are dependent on brand new cost-efficient aircraft. I´m very satisfied to have secured our first two 787-9 Dreamliners. This is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn.” Source: Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos, who just signed an agreement to acquire two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Both aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. The 787-9 is larger than the 787-8 that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes.

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