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March 03, 2013

Southwest's Adopt-A-Pilot Volunteer Program Takes Off In Schools Nationwide

Carrier Says The Program Has Inspired More Than 412,000 Students Since Its Inception

Southwest Airlines has kicked off another year of its award-winning "Adopt-A-Pilot" program in which thousands of fifth-grade students "adopt" Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Pilots. Through this unique volunteer program, Pilots commit their resources and time from February through May to educate students through aviation-themed activities related to math, science, and other core subjects.

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Jetairfly To Start Tour Operations With E190

Belgian Leisure Travel Group Leased Aircraft From Singapore-Based BOC Aviation

Jetairfly, the Belgian subsidiary of TUI Travel PLC (“TUI Travel”) has received the first of two EMBRAER 190 leased from BOC Aviation, a Singapore-based aircraft leasing company. The aircraft was delivered during a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The second E190 is due to follow during the first half of 2013.

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Lockheed Martin Completes 400th MH-60 Digital Cockpit

Common Cockpit To Be Installed On First Australian Romeo Helicopter

The 400th Common Cockpit avionics suite for the U.S. Navy's MH-60 Seahawk helicopter program has been completed by Lockheed Martin. The digital cockpit will be installed aboard the first of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy via the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program.

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Canadian Space Agency Awards Asteroid Map Contract

Instrument Will Perform Surface Mapping Operations On NASA OSIRIS-REx Mission

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a contract to information services company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for the preliminary design of an advanced technology solution for NASA's New Frontiers Program—OSIRIS-REx, the next planetary science mission to another celestial body in our solar system.  The contract is valued at $15.4 million (USD). The total contract value for initial phases received to-date are valued at $18.54 million.

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation Announce Order for 10 777-300ERs

Leasing Company Expands Fleet Of Long-Haul Airplanes

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) have announced an order for 10 777-300ERs (extended range) airplanes. The order, valued at $3.2 billion at current list prices, adds to the growing portfolio of long-haul airplanes for the Los Angeles-based leasing company.

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Pegasus Airlines First European Customer For IntuVue Weather Radar Upgrade

EASA Certifies Honeywell's Hail And Lightning Prediction And Extended Turbulence Detection Features

Turkey's Pegasus Airlines will be the first European carrier to fly with Honeywell's IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar Hazard Display Update V1.0. The system was recently certified by EASA for use in Europe.

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AgustaWestland Receives New Order For The AW169 In Australia

Undisclosed Customer Orders Aircraft In VIP Transport Configuration

An undisclosed customer in Australia has signed an order with AgustaWestland for a VIP-transport configured AW169 light intermediate helicopter. The contract was signed with an undisclosed customer during the opening day at the Avalon Airshow on February 26th. 

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Twirly Birds Announce Associate Member Nominations

Open To Non-Rotary-Wing-Pilots Who Make Significant Contributions To The Industry

The Twirly Birds, a longtime social group comprised primarily of helicopter pilots has announced the nomination of two prospective associate members for 2013. Requirements for nomination as an associate member is an outstanding individual, who is not a rotary wing pilot, but has made a significant contribution to the industry for at least 20 years and have been unanimously approved by the regular Twirly Bird membership. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.13): Mean Aerodynamic Chord

Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC) MAC stands for Mean Aerodynamic Chord. MAC is the chord through the centroid of a single wing's plan area. A wing's chord can be difficult to measure because only if a wing was completely rectangular is the MAC equal to the chord. Most wing's aerodynamic centers are at 25% MAC. The ratio of the chord of a wing to its span is known as the aspect ratio. Aspect ratio a relative indication of the lift-induced drag the wing might create. In general, planes with higher aspect ratios, as ones with wide, skinny wings, have less drag. This is why high efficiency gliders have such long wings.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.13)

Aero Linx: The Vintage Sailplane Association The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquision, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist the National Soaring Museum in the preservation of soaring history and the promotion of vintage sailplane activity. A Vintage Sailplane is any glider out of production since 1958, or a more recently built glider with appearance, performance and construction characteristics similar or comparable to gliders manufactured before 1958.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.03.13)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "Weather-related incidents continue to cost airlines significant amounts of money and impact the safety and comfort of passengers. Pegasus Airlines is mitigating this by flying the most advanced and capable weather radar on the market today." Source: John Ashton, Vice President, Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace EMEAI, in comments following the announcement that Turkey's Pegasus Airlines will be the first European carrier to fly with Honeywell's IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar Hazard Display Update V1.0. The system was recently certified by EASA for use in Europe.

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