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June 26, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.13

Has Human Powered Helicopter Flight Been Achieved???

The Era of Electric Aircraft to Debut at Airventure…

Warbirds for Sale…

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SAS Selects Eight A350 XWBs And Four A330s

Airbus Fleet Will Bring The Airline Into A New Long Haul Future

Scandinavian carrier SAS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight A350 XWBs and four A330s, as part of its strategy to modernize its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft. The agreement was signed in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The new A350-900s and A330-300s will join the airline’s existing fleet of 30 Airbus aircraft. Engine selection for the A330s will be announced by the airline at a later date.

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Study: Recovering Airline Industry On Track For Profitability In 2013

Ancillary Revenues On Rise; Fuel, Labor And Maintenance Costs Pressure Margins

Revenue growth has recovered to pre-recession levels and the U.S. airline industry is expected to maintain profitability in 2013, according to Tailwinds, a report on the airline industry from PwC US. However, while the industry has become better at managing capacity and generating ancillary revenues, it faces rising costs for fuel, labor and maintenance. To achieve profitability under these conditions, airlines are focused on operating more efficiently and securing new revenue streams.

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Safe Splashdown For ESA Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle

Released From Nearly 10,000 Feet Off The Coast Of Italy

ESA’s experimental reentry vehicle passed its milestone descent and landing test on last week at the Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra off the east coast of Sardinia in Italy. The full-scale Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) prototype was released from an altitude of 3000 m (about 10,000 feet) by a helicopter, falling to gain speed to mimic a space mission before parachute deployment.

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Warbird Collection Up For Sale

Military Aviation Museum Near VA Beach May Be Force To Close

One of the largest collections of WWI and WWII aircraft in the world is up for sale, according to the collection's owner, and the future of the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, VA is in serious question.

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Gatwick Airport Reports Decreased Deficit As Traffic Increases

Reduced Annual Losses To Just Under $45 Million

A 1.2 percent rise in passenger traffic has allowed Gatwick Airport to report a reduction in its losses to £29.1 million ($44.5 million). That was a 36.3 percent improvement over the previous financial year.

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NTSB Released Prelim In WI Accident That Fatally Injured Two

Piper Comanche Reportedly Bounced "Out Of Control" On Landing

The NTSB has released a preliminary report for an accident which occurred in La Point, WI, involving a 1965 Piper Comanche which fatally injured the two people on board.

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Republic Airways, IBT Local 135 Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Contract

Deal Covers More Than 2,000 Flight Attendants On Several Regional Airlines

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. announced Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement (TA) on a new five-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 135 Flight Attendants. Local 135 represents over 2,000 Flight Attendants for Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

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Three Planets Found In Habitable Zone Of Nearby Star

Gliese 667C Reexamined By European Southern Observatory

A team of astronomers has combined new observations of Gliese 667C with existing data from HARPS at ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope in Chile, to reveal a system with at least six planets. A record-breaking three of these planets are super-Earths lying in the zone around the star where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of life. This is the first system found with a fully packed habitable zone.

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California Heroes Air Show 2013, Set For June 29

SoCal Event To Be Held At Hansen Dam Recreation & Sports Complex In The San Fernando Valley

The southern California edition of an event billed as the nation's premier aviation event devoted exclusively to helicopters is set for June 29 in the San Fernando Valley.

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Airplane Dropped From Helicopter During Salvage Attempt

Witnesses Said It Appeared The Helo Was Struggling To Stay Airborne

A helicopter engaged in the salvage of a Piper Cherokee that had made an emergency landing about 50 yards from Waiehu Beach on Maui dropped the airplane in the ocean when the helo began struggling with the load.

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-15

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model BO-105A, BO-105C, BO-105S, BO-105LS A-1, BO-105LS A-3, EC135 P1, EC135 P2, EC135 P2+, EC135 T1, EC135 T2, EC135 T2+, MBB-BK 117 A-1, MBB-BK 117 A- 3, MBB-BK 117 A-4, MBB-BK 117 B-1, MBB-BK 117 B-2, MBB-BK 117 C-1, and MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters with certain part-numbered cantilever assemblies, cyclic stick locking devices, or cyclic stick holder assemblies installed.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-12-01

PRODUCT: Sll Rolls-Royce plc (RR) model RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.26.13

Delta Now Owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic…

Piper’s G1000 Club Expands to Include Twin Engine Seminoles…

American is the First All Ta

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Classic Aero-TV: FedSpeak At OSH12--‘Meet The Boss’ Session Says Little (Part 1)

Huerta's Inaugural 'Meet The Boss' Outing Leaves Much To Be Desired

Previously Webcast on 09.03.12: Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first appearance at AirVenture in the top job Thursday, July 26th, 2012, but the crowd that gathered only filled about a third of Forum Pavilion 7. It was not an auspicious beginning, but as the session wore on, it became obvious that the no-shows were missing little. After a rambling speech that was long on boilerplate and short on detail, Huerta got around to the annual Q&A that has become one of the hallmark political events of any Oshkosh. During the question and answer sess

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Delta Air Lines Acquires 49 Percent Stake In Virgin Atlantic

Airlines Receive Merger Clearance From The EU Commission And U.S. Department Of Justice

Delta Airlines has acquired a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, marking the next step towards a full joint venture between the two carriers. Virgin Atlantic will place its code on 91 Delta routes, including both trans-Atlantic and domestic U.S. routes.

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Belite Electronics Introduces Digital Universal LED Fuel Gauge

Now Compatible With Resistive, Capacitive Or Almost Any Other Fuel Probe In Existence

Belite has introduced a new Universal LED Fuel Gauge. Jim Wiebe, CEO of Belite Electronics, says the new design was driven by customer request. The new gauge is compatible with almost all fuel probes in existence.

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Twin-Engine Seminoles Join Piper's G1000 Club

FAA Grants Type Certificate To Piper For OEM Installation

The FAA has granted Type Certificate (TC) to Piper Aircraft to incorporate the Garmin G1000 avionics suite into new twin-engine Piper Seminole aircraft models for delivery beginning this year. With this latest TC, The Garmin G1000 is standard equipment on nearly all new Piper products.

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American Airlines Completes Electronic Flight Bag Implementation

Becomes The First Major Commercial Carrier To Deploy EFBs Throughout Fleet

American Airlines has completed the successful rollout of its industry-leading Electronic Flight Bag program with the discontinuation of paper revisions to terminal charts, making it the first major commercial airline to fully utilize tablets in all cockpits during all phases of flight. In April, American completed testing on its Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft and has secured FAA approval to use the Apple iPad on all of its current fleet types – Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80.

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End Of An Era: FedEx Express Retires Last B727

Fleet Modernization Adds More Energy-Efficient, Lower-Emission Planes

For 35 years, Boeing 727 aircraft were a reliable workhorse for the world’s largest express transportation company. On Friday, the venerable 727 narrow-body freighter closed an enduring chapter in aviation history as FedEx becomes the last major carrier to retire the aircraft from service. The retirement is part of the company’s aircraft modernization strategy.

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FIKI Capability Now An Option On Cessna TTx Aircraft

CAV Ice Protection System Slated For 4th Quarter Deliveries On TTx

CAV Ice Protection’s patented TKS system for Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) is scheduled to enter service with Cessna’s new single-engine TTx aircraft as early as the fourth quarter of 2013, or early 2014.

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More Military Aircraft Join Fight Against Wildland Fires

Two Additional MAFF Aircraft From California Assist In Fire Suppression Effort

Two additional Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped military C-130 Hercules are joining the battle against wildland fires in Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service requested the additional aircraft through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID.  

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.26.13)

“The 727, for many pilots, will always be the airplane that really brought the airline industry into the jet age.” Source: FedEx pilot Capt. Chip Groner.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.26.13): Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)

A visual aid of lights arranged to provide descent guidance information during the approach to the runway. A pilot on the correct glideslope will see red lights over white lights.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.26.13)

Association of Air Medical Services

Established in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is an international association which serves providers of air and surface medical transport systems.

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