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December 25, 2013

Emirates Airline Firms Up Order For 50 Additional A380s

Agreement Originally Announced At Dubai Air Show

Emirates Airline and Airbus have completed discussions and signed the firm contract for 50 additional A380s originally announced at the Dubai Airshow on November 17. The contract documents were finalized by Tim Clark, Emirates Airline President, during a visit to Airbus’ Headquarters in Toulouse, France.

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Pratt & Whitney, Boeing Mark Delivery Of First PW4062 Engines For KC-46 Tankers

Over 350 Of The Engines To Be Delivered Through 2027

Pratt & Whitney and Boeing officials marked the delivery of the first PW4062 engines for the first KC-46 test aircraft during an event at Boeing's Everett, WA, facility this week.  Howie Chandler, vice president of business development, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, and Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and program manager, KC-46 Tanker Program, addressed approximately 200 employees on the shop floor of Building 40-32.

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Cessna Reveals Restored L-19, Dodge M37 Auction Package

Proceeds From Sale To Benefit The Armed Forces Foundation

Cessna has unveiled the restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” to be auctioned at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, AZ.  The L-19E will be auctioned alongside a Dodge M37 truck restored and donated by Okoboji Classic Cars. Cessna recently announced it would donate the aircraft for auction with proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF).

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Aviation Maintenance Provider Plans To Create More Than 500 New Jobs

Company To Invest $7 Million In New MRO Facility In Kansas City, MO

Everett, WA-based Aviation Technical Services (ATS) plans to open a new 607,000-sq.-ft. facility at the KCI Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Base at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, MO.  ATS will create more than 500 new jobs over the next three to five years with potential for 1,000 employees over time.

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New FltPlan Program Integrates Checklists

Aircraft-Specific Templates Can Be Customized For Individual Aircraft

FltPlan has introduced what it says is the first free checklist program integrated with a pilot's flight planning account. The program makes completing the checklist easier ensuring that no step is accidentally missed. It also enables aviation operators to quickly transfer a checklist to other tail numbers, share it with other airmen, and print the checklist with a few simple commands.

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Gone West: Korean War-Era Pilot Kenneth Schechter

Landed His Airplane After Being Blinded By Enemy Fire

His Skyraider had been hit. Fragments of the airplane had pierced his eyes. And somehow, Navy pilot Ensign Kenneth Schechter managed to land his crippled airplane at a remote Army dirt strip in Korea, guided by his best friend on the USS Valley Forge; Lt. j.g. Howard Thayer.

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Ethiopia Applies For Airworthiness Certificate For Fire-Damaged Dreamliner

Battery In The Aircraft's ELT Caught Fire On The Ramp At Heathrow Causing Extensive Damage To The Airplane

The Boeing Dreamliner belonging to Ethiopian Airlines which experienced a battery fire in its ELT causing what was described as major structural damage to the airplane may soon be flying again. The airline has been conducting test flights with the airplane in an effort to restore its airworthiness certificate.

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AgustaWestland Signs Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter Contract

Deal Includes 16 AW101 Helicopters, Six Options

AgustaWestland has been awarded a  contract for 16 AW101 helicopters plus support and training, valued at approximately $1.57 billion, to meet the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) requirement. The contract also includes an option for six further aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.25.13)

“The donation and auction of the ‘Bird Dog’ is deeply significant to our workforce. What people might not remember is during part of World War II Cessna shut down our commercial operations and manufactured aircraft solely for military operations." Source: Roxanne Bernstein, Cessna senior vice president of marketing and communications.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.13): Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service

Continuous recorded hazardous inflight weather forecasts broadcast to airborne pilots over selected VOR outlets defined as a HIWAS Broadcast Area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.13)

How Santa's Sleigh Works

Sure, demystifying Santa's modus operandi puts us at risk of getting nothing but coal in our stockings next year, but it's all for the noble pursuit of yuletide knowledge.

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