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March 08, 2013

FAA Approves Bristow Group ADS-B Out Solution In Sikorsky S-76 Helicopters

System Based Around FreeFlight Systems' GPS/WAAS Sensor

The FAA has granted an STC for a rule-compliant 1090 MHz extended squitter (1090ES) ADS-B Out system for Sikorsky S-76C+ and S-76C++ helicopters to helicopter service provider Bristow Group. The STC includes a FreeFlight Systems 1201 GPS/WAAS sensor as the high-integrity position source integrated with a Mode S transponder.

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MD 540F Aircraft Successfully Completes First Phase Of Weapons Platform Testing

Aircraft Displays Exceptional Performance And Target Accuracy During

Commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopter manufacturer MD Helicopters has successfully completed the first phase of live fire exercises. The firing exercise is one milestone in a development plan to complete overall validation and eventual FAA certification of the new aircraft.

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Lakeland Linder Airport Tower Faces Possible Closure

Decision To Come March 18 Ahead Of Sun 'n' Fun Fly-In

The FAA is expected to make a decision by March 18 whether to close Florida's Lakeland Linder Regional Airport tower due to the effects of sequestration. But closure of the tower would not necessarily mean there would be no air traffic control for the annual Sun 'n' Fun fly-in scheduled for early April.

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific Announce Order For Three 747-8 Freighters

Order Bolsters Airline's 747-8 Freighter Fleet To 13 Airplanes

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways have announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five additional 777 Freighters. The new additions will bolster Cathay Pacific's 747-8 Freighter fleet to 13 airplanes.  

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Pilot In WA Feb 2012 Fatal Accident Was Intoxicated

NTSB Finds That He Was Well Over The Legal Limit For Operating An Airplane

The pilot of a Cessna 172 which impacted the side of a mountain in Washington State last February had a blood-alcohol level of 1.54. The legal limit for operating an airplane is .04, according to the NTSB. According to the board's factual report on the accident, the pilot held a commercial rating, and he had two other people on board.

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Dassault Celebrates 20 Years For The Falcon 2000

First Flight Was In March 1993

The first flight of the groundbreaking Dassault Falcon 2000 business jet took place in March 1993 in Bordeaux-Mérignac (France). Since its certification, Dassault has delivered nearly 500 Falcon 2000s worldwide and the global fleet has achieved close to two million flying hours, making it one of the world's most popular and widely used business jets in operation. Dassault marked the aircraft's 20th anniversary at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013.

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GE Aviation Delivers First Production Wing Components For The Airbus A350 XWB

First Aircraft Is Undergoing Ground Testing In Toulouse

GE Aviation has achieved a major program milestone with the delivery of its initial production wing fixed trailing edge components for the first A350 XWB to fly – ‘MSN001’. The first A350 XWB-MSN001 is now structurally complete and is currently undergoing ground testing in Toulouse. The A350 XWB wing fixed trailing edge package is the largest production contract awarded in GE Aviation Hamble’s 75-year history.

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NASA On Course To Launch Orion Flight Test

First Unmanned Flight Planned For September Of Next Year

The first spacecraft NASA has designed to fly astronauts beyond Earth orbit since the Apollo era is well on its way to making a flight test next year, agency officials said Wednesday. The mission is planned for launch in September 2014, and will see an Orion capsule orbit Earth without a crew and return through the atmosphere at speeds unseen since astronauts last returned from the moon in 1972.

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MD Receives New 500E Order From Polk County Florida Sheriff's Office

New Helicopter To Increase Safety And Effectiveness Of PCSO Law Enforcement Missions

The Polk County Sheriff's Office PCSO in Polk County, FL has placed an order for an MD 500E helicopter at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. The new MD 500E is the first order in a program to replace an aging fleet of three military surplus OH58's. "We are pleased to receive this new order to support the Polk County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit," said Craig Kitchen, Chief Commercial Officer of MDHI.

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SportCub XP Floatplane Undergoing Taxi Tests

First Flight Planned For Friday

Marietta, GA-based SWT Aviation is working diligently toward a planned first flight of its SportCub XP floatplane sometime Friday in central Florida.

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Space Auction Features Astronaut Adventures, Rare Artifacts

Charity Event Raises Funds To Support U.S. STEM Students

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia opened at 0900 Thursday and will run through 2000 EDT March 15. The online charity auction features seven astronaut-accompanied adventures as well as 36 lots of rare, flown-in-space and autographed collectibles.

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Honeywell Helps Make Bell's New 525 Relentless Helicopter More Efficient

Engine And Cabin Control Systems Will Provide Superior Crew And Passenger Comfort And More Efficient Operations

Honeywell has been selected by Bell Helicopter to provide the auxiliary power unit (APU) and environmental control system for Bell's new 525 Relentless helicopter platform, which is scheduled for first flight in 2014.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.08.13

NTSB Releases Its Interim Factual Report on the Dreamliner Battery Fire…

Congress Wants Cost Saving Answers from the FAA…

Bell Offers

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Airborne 03.08.13: NTSB Updates 787, Record-Setting L-IV Flight Follow-Up, Bell 412 EPI

Also: Sikorsky Sales, Pipistrel Chooses Dynon, New RR M250 Engine, New TBO For PW206/207, Turbine Bell 47s, Heli-Expo 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board released an interim factual report and 499 pages of related documents in its ongoing investigation of the Japan Airlines 787 battery fire in Boston. Additionally, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced today that the NTSB will be holding both a forum and a hearing in April to provide additional information to advance the investigation. On Tuesday we reported the story of retired American captain Bill Harrelson and his plans for a circum-polar flight in his homebuilt Lancair IV. To test the aircraft he set out n a 7,000 mile test flight from Guam to Jacksonville, FL and it appears he succeeded in setting a new wo

Thune, Shuster Press FAA On Cost Savings

Question Whether The Agency Has Explored All Cost Savings Before Punishing Employees And Traveling Public

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote Thursday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, questioning if the Department and the FAA have explored all cost saving options to comply with the sequester before taking dramatic steps that will punish FAA employees and the traveling public.

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GAMA Convenes Rotorcraft Safety And Certification Forum

Facilitates Discussion Of Rotocraft Design And Safety

GAMA, FAA, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) called together aviation stakeholders to discuss the existing regulations governing rotorcraft design (Part 27 & Part 29) at Heli-Expo this week.

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Cessna TTx First Production Flight A Success

New Single-Engine Composite Aircraft Called Fastest Fixed-Gear Piston Single In Production

Cessna's new TTx completed its first production flight on Saturday, March 2. The single engine composite aircraft departed from the Cessna facility in Independence, KS, and performed the flight in and around southeast Kansas. "The TTx performed exceptionally well," said Brian Steele, business leader for the TTx. "In the course of the flight, the pilot took the aircraft to 17,000 feet, and achieved a speed of 213 kts.

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Sequester Could Cost Some Bell Employees Their Jobs

Company Offering Early Retirements To Those Over 55

In a effort to trim costs due to the sequester, Bell Helicopter said Wednesday that it would be offering early retirement packages to employees 55 and over. In a message to employees, CEO John Garrison wrote "we are expecting a decrease in military programs in the coming years. Sequestration remains a threat to our business."

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Klyde Morris 03.08.2013

Put The Pop Tart Down And Walk Away, Klyde


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Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) Orders Another GrandNew

Law Enforcement Fleet Now Includes Three Of The Aircraft

AgustaWestland and Kanematsu Corporation have been awarded a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply a GrandNew law enforcement light twin helicopter which will be operated in Kawagawa prefecture located in the southern Kanto region of Japan. The order brings to three the number of GrandNew helicopters ordered by the Japan National Police Agency as part of their plan to modernise its fleet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.08.13)

"We know that FAA plans to shut down a significant number of contract towers, even though the contract tower program has continuously proven to be cost effective. How was this choice made?" Source: Letter from Senator John Thune and Congressman Bill Shuster to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.08.13): Mode

The letter or number assigned to a specific pulse spacing of radio signals transmitted or received by ground interrogator or airborne transponder components of the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.08.13)

Historic Maps and Charts

NOAA's Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection is a rich archive of high-resolution images capturing a vast wealth of the U.S. government's historical surveying and mapping.

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