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January 13, 2007

Looking Good For '40' -- Bell Helicopter Model 206 Reaches Milestone

 Bell Helicopter is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its popular 206 model helicopter. More than 4800 206B's and 1700 206L's have been produced since the introduction of the 206A JetRanger on January 13th, 1967, when the first two production aircraft were delivered to customers at a Helicopter Association International convention.

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Debate Over The Future Of Loran Continues

Public Comment Period Runs Through February 7

The Coast Guard was a little quick last year to propose pulling the plug on the loran. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) objected, advising that the government should "look before it leaped" on shutting down a system that still might play an important role in the nation's navigation and airspace surveillance system.

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Texas CAP Squadron Will Honor 'Long Lonely Leap' Skydiver

Col. Joseph Kittinger Holds Record For Highest Parachute Jump

Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger, USAF-Ret., will be honored by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) when it renames its Austin, TX-based TX-352 squadron in his honor during a special ceremony on January 23 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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EASA Certified: Turbomeca’s Arrius 1A1 Engine

Will Power Eurocopter AS355 NP

The Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 engine, with a take-off power of 463 shp, has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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ERAU Adds to Frasca Simulator Fleet

 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL will expand their fleet of Frasca simulators by adding an additional Frasca Cessna 172 Flight Training Device (FTD). The Level 6 FTD will feature Frasca’s TruVision 220 visual display system and Garmin G1000 advanced avionics. ERAU is also upgrading two of their existing 172 FTDs to include G1000 avionics.

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Boeing: 'Getting Closer' to Assembling First 787 Dreamliner

Boeing tells ANN that it is showing steady progress toward building the first 787 Dreamliner with the rollout of its second specially-modified freighter and a successful first pickup of 787 parts from Japan.

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Upgraded: General Aviation Services' Brett Forrester

Promoted To Sales Manager

Aero-News learned this week aircraft sales and acquisitions company General Aviation Services, LLC has promoted Brett Forrester to Sales Manager.

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US Air Assets Support Strike in Afghanistan’s Bermel District

 Numerous air assets from U.S. Central Command supported NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan’s Paktika province Jan. 10, killing as many as 150 insurgents, U.S. Central Command officials said. U. S. Central Command Air Forces supported International Security Assistance Force and Afghan National Army forces with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, air refueling and strike aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.13.07)


Sometimes you just have to wonder what a pilot is thinking.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.13.07): Flight Ceiling


The highest altitude an aircraft can fly given its mechanical abilities.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.13.07)

"The success of the Bell 206 can be directly attributed to several factors. Bell's focus on listening to the customer and delivering the features they want in a helicopter. Bell's approach is to continuously insert technologies into the aircraft and that has kept it at the forefront of helicopters in its class."

Source: Bob Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Marketing and Sales for Bell Helicopter. 2007 marks the 40th anniversary for the venerable 206.

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