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August 19, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.20.13

Bombardier’s C-Series Begins Taxi Tests…

Learning About Splashdown – All Over Again…

More Fallout from DOJs Anti-Merger La

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Boeing EMARSS Aircraft Begin US Army Flight Tests

Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Platform Moves Toward Certification, Delivery

Two Boeing Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) aircraft have arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for airborne tests of the target-tracking capabilities they will provide to the U.S. Army.

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Expanded Qantas, Jetstar Training Facility To Create 100 New Jobs

Victoria State Government Mum Amount Of Public Money Spent On The Project

The expansion of a Qantas and Jetstar training facility in the Australian state of Victoria is expected to bring 100 aviation-related jobs to the region, but the state government is not answering questions about the amount of tax money being spent on the facility.

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London Heathrow Airport May Be Supplied With New Gas-To-Liquids Aviation Fuel

GTL Kerosene Is Blended With Standard Jet-A To Create The Blend

Passengers traveling from London's Heathrow Airport this summer could be among the first in Europe to fly on synthetic aviation fuel, after suppliers into the airport took delivery of gas-to-liquids jet fuel from Qatar, according to trading sources and shipping data. Trading house Vitol is understood to have delivered barrels of GTL-blended jet fuel into the U.K. terminal of Fawley this week, a month after it first put a GTL cargo into the ExxonMobil complex.

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Industry Veteran Captain Don Dillman Joins Airlines For America

Named Managing Director Of Flight Operations

Airlines for America (A4A) has named airline veteran Captain Don Dillman to the role of Managing Director of Flight Operations. Dillman joins A4A after holding leadership positions in flight operations and operations control at two major U.S. carriers.

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OHI Group Takes Delivery Of Three AW139 Helicopters

Aircraft Heading To Brazil After Philadelphia Handover

Oil and gas offshore helicopter service provider OHI Group has taken delivery of three AW139 helicopters equipped for offshore transportation. The aircraft were delivered on August 8 at AgustaWestland's factory in Philadelphia, PA.

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U.S. Army Orders RQ-11B Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Fourth And Final Order Received For Fiscal 2012 Contract With Total Value Of $59.6 Million

AeroVironment, Inc. has received a $13,487,240 order from the United States Army. The order – the final portion of a contract valued at $59.6 million – includes RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), miniature gimbaled payloads and initial spares packages, and is funded from the Army’s fiscal 2012 procurement budget. Delivery of systems, spares and payloads is scheduled for completion by September 15, 2013.

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MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV Passes 5,000 Flight Hours Supporting Troops In Afghanistan

Lessons Learned And System Maturity Have Benefited Current Deployments And Ongoing Development Efforts

The MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter built by Northrop Grumman has surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan.

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Flyht Receives Boeing 767 Activation STC From Transport Canada

Will Allow For Use Of AFIRS 228

Transport Canada has issued an activation STC to Flyht Aerospace Solutions for its Automated Flight Information Reporting System ("AFIRS") 228 on the Boeing 767 - 200/300 series aircraft.

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AgustaWestland Introduces AW139 Maintenance Enhancements

Company Looks To Drive Down Costs, Increase Availability

AgustaWestland has introduced what it says are major enhancements to the Maintenance Program for the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter, which will reduce maintenance and operating costs and enable operators to further increase aircraft availability and utilization.

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Gulfstream Reports Sizeable Fleet Growth In Latin America

Expansion Led by Brazil

Gulfstream Aerospace continues to see significant growth in the size of its customer-operated aircraft fleet in Latin America, especially in Brazil, where the fleet of Gulfstream business jets has nearly quadrupled since 2008.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (727)

AD NUMBER: 2013-15-11

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model 727 airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (737)

AD NUMBER: 013-15-14

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.19.13

The Bankruptcy Court Delays US Airways/American Merger…

Grasshopper is Learning To Fly…

Have Young Eagles Volunteer Pilots Won Fuel Re

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Airborne 08.16.13: UPS A300 Down, Huge ECi Cylinder AD, DOJ Blocks USA/AA Merger

Also: Martin JetPack, Project Loon, Oshkosh Redemption, Flexjet Hiring, F-35B Sea Trials...

A UPS A300 cargo plane has gone down on approach to Birmingham, AL, and the two pilots on board were fatally injured. The accident occurred about 0455 local time Wednesday morning. The FAA has proposed an AD for certain Airmotive Engineering Corp. replacement parts manufacturer approval (PMA) cylinder assemblies marketed by Engine Components International Division (ECi), used on Continental models 520 and 550 reciprocating engines, and all other engine models approved for the use of CMI models 520 and 550 cylinder assemblies. The Department of Justice has filed

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SpaceX Grasshopper Completes 100 Meter Lateral Divert Test

Capability Critical For Landing Spacecraft Returning From Orbit

On August 13th, the Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) completed a divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. The test demonstrated the vehicle's ability to perform more aggressive steering maneuvers than have been attempted in previous flights.

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Klyde Morris (08.19.13)

Klyde Sees Gold In Them Thar Drones


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Flexjet Hiring More Pilots As Positive Growth Trend Continues

Company Anticipates Hiring In The Double Digits In 2013 And Beyond

Due to sustained growth, fractional jet ownership services provider Flexjet is intensifying its recruitment of pilots throughout the aviation community to satisfy increasing demand. Flexjet recently reported 96 percent growth of new fractional and jet card sales when comparing January to June 2013 to the same period in 2012.

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FAA Denies Airline Bid To Operate Out Of Carlsbad

California Pacific Air Did Not Meet Minimum Standards For Safety, Maintenance

The FAA has scotched a bid by California Pacific Air to begin scheduled air service out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA. The agency said the airline did not meet minimum standards for safety, maintenance, and inspections.

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UAV Industry Says 'Don't Call Them Drones'

Says The Sobriquet Carries Negative Connotations

The UAV industry doesn't want the media to use the word "drone" when referring to unmanned aircraft.

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Navy: X-47B Made Decision To Abort Third Carrier Landing

Aircraft 'Knew It Was A Test' According To Navy Brass

A U.S. Navy Admiral speaking at the AUVSI conference in Washington, D.C. last week said that the experimental X-47B unmanned system made an autonomous decision to abort its final landing attempt aboard the USS George H.W. Bush last month because it "knew it was doing a test."

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Twin Commander Offers Updated Fuel Tank Liner Install Kit

Reduces Risk Of Damage, Time To Install

Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a new Custom Kit (CK) designed to improve the removal and reinstallation of the center fuel cell liner on affected models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.19.13)

Aero Linx: The Professional Aerospace Contractors Association (PACA) of New Mexico The Professional Aerospace Contractors Association (PACA) of New Mexico was founded in 1984 to promote a healthy and vigorous relationship between the aerospace industry and government agencies in New Mexico. Since then, it has become widely recognized and used by all government agencies in the area as a forum for interaction with the aerospace, defense, and national security industries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.19.13): Load Factor

Load Factor The percentage of seats filled. Determined by dividing Revenue Passenger Miles by Available Seat Miles. Also a measure of the factor of loading on an aircraft, with comparison to gravity. Increases in steep turns and other abrupt manouvers. Given as a factor of gravity with 1g being the standardised acceleration at sea level on land.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.19.13)

“Brazil’s economic growth has sparked an increase in trade with countries around the world, most notably China. The growth in the number of customers operating Gulfstream business jets in Brazil goes hand-in-hand with that desire to conduct business worldwide –– whether it’s in China, Europe or Africa. We have efficient, high-performance aircraft that are well-suited for doing business around the world.” Source:  Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream, in remarks made the oOn the opening day of the three-day Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) 2013 in São Paulo, Gulfstream announced there were 176 customer-operated aircraft based in Latin America, includin

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AD: Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-16-04

PRODUCT: All Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. Model EA500 airplanes equipped with Avio, Avio with ETT, or Avio NG 1.0 avionics suites.

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