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January 14, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.14.13

FAA to Review the 787’s Design and Production…

2012 Is a Good Year for Robinson…

Automation vs Stick and Rudder….

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NASA Chases Climate Change Clues Into The Stratosphere

UAV To Be Flown To Altitudes Up to FL650 Over The Tropical Pacific For Research Purposes

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing Earth.

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16-Year-Old Honolulu Student Wins 'Paint-the-Plane' Contest

Prize Is A $5000 Scholarship, A Free Trip, And Seeing His Artwork On The Plane

Honolulu high-school student Aaron Nee, 16, is the winner of the Alaska Airlines "Spirit of the Islands" Paint-the-Plane contest. His artwork will adorn a Boeing 737-800 aircraft honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State. As the grand prize winner, Nee will also receive a trip for four to any of the carrier's destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

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NASA Prepares For Launch Of Next Earth Observation Satellite

Eighth Satellite In The Landsat Series To Be Launched In February

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch February 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space.

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At Least One In Six Stars Has An Earth-Sized Planet

Milky Way Galaxy May Contain 17 Billion Planets Of Similar Size

The quest to determine if planets like Earth are rare or common is taking another stride forward. Using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, managed by NASA Ames Research Center, astronomers are beginning to find Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. A new analysis of Kepler data shows that about 17 percent of stars have an Earth-sized planet in an orbit closer than Mercury. Since the Milky Way has about 100 billion stars, there are at least 17 billion Earth-sized worlds out there.

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Seymour Johnson AFB Air Show Set For 2013

Will Pay Tribute To The 40th Anniversary Of The Return Of POWs From Vietnam, And "Salute" Service Men And Women Around The Globe

Colonel Jeannie Leavitt, Base Commander and first female fighter pilot in the U.S., extends a public invitation to attend the Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC, in May 18 and 19. Organizers say the air show will salute service men and women around the globe, past and present.

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Additional Lawsuits Expected Following Jenni Rivera Lear 25 Accident

Families Of Those On Board Will Seek Damages From Rivera's Company, Aircraft Manager, Others

The families of four of the people fatally injured when a Lear 25 carrying Latina singer Jenni Rivera and six other people went down in Mexico have filed lawsuits against the singer's company, as well as the companies that owned and managed the airplane and other agencies.

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NASA, MIT, DARPA Host Fourth Annual Student Robotic Challenge

Students Wrote Software To Control Spheres Aboard The ISS

NASA joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high school student teams from the United States and abroad for the fourth annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge Friday, January 11. The event was held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, and aboard the ISS.

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Boeing Tests CHAMP Microwave Weapon In Utah

Missile Knocks Out Electronics With Little To No Collateral Damage

A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.

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AD: Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-01

PRODUCT: All Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 airplanes.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboprop Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-08

PRODUCT: All Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) PW118, PW118A, PW118B, PW119B, PW119C, PW120, PW120A, PW121, PW121A, PW123, PW123B, PW123C, PW123D, PW123E, PW123AF, PW124B, PW125B, PW126A, PW127, PW127E, PW127F, PW127G, and PW127M turboprop engines.

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-14

PRODUCT: All Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG BR700-715A1-30, BR700-715B1-30, and BR700-715C1-30 turbofan engines.

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AD: Honeywell International Inc. Air Data Pressure Transducers

AD NUMBER: 2012-26-15

PRODUCT: Certain Honeywell International Inc. air data pressure transducers as installed on various aircraft.  

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Airborne 01.11.13: Enstrom's China Sale, Eclipse Pitches USAF, CubCrafter Record

Also: Pipistrel NOT Afraid of Dark, Dreamliner Woes, Aspen Quick-Fixes, ANN at Sebring!, BIG Airship Nears Completion

China has gobbled up another aircraft manufacturer. Word comes from Enstrom that as of December 27, 2012, Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd, has acquired Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, moving from one foreign owner to another. The US Air Force is looking to replace its 20-year old fleet of Legacy business jets used for their Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) Multi-place Training Track and Eclipse Aerospace thinks it has the answer. Pipistrel is officially flying the first European Ultralight aircraft certified for

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ANN/SportPlane Resource Guide Adds Excitement To USSAE/Sebring Programs

Will Announce "Flyer's Dozen" Top SportPlanes of 2012 and Distribute Concise LSA Buyer's Guide/Checklist At USSAE2013

With the US Sport Aviation Expo 2013 less than a week away (and not even a month after Christmas), ANN and the SportPlane Resource Guide staff still have gifts to give the aviation public. In addition to the expanded video, audio and online coverage that ANN and its sister organization, Aero-TV, are planning; ANN CEO Jim Campbell has added some serious 'goodies' to this year's busy program. ANN has printed and will be circulating a short and concise LSA Buyer's Guide/Checklist, containing solid details and questions that should be brought up by every potential LSA buyer in the process of looking for their new airplane. And while this free checklist i

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Klyde Morris (01.14.13)

Klyde Knows That It's ALL About The Bucks...


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'Yeager' Found After Six Months Missing

Journalist Had Launched The Camera Package On A Weather Balloon

When a dozen international journalists visited CNN in June, one of the cable network's reporters thought it would be an interesting story for them to get photographs and other recordings from the edge of space ... a prospect that has become easier with the advent of small digital cameras and GPS tracking devices.

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Virgin Galactic Finally Set To Pay The Rent

Lease For Use Of Spaceport America Is Over $85K Per Month

Virgin Galactic is reportedly set to begin lease payments this month to Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM. The State of New Mexico said that the commercial space company will begin accruing rent on January 15, 2013.

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FedEx Donates Boeing 727 To CBU Aviation Science Program

Will Be A 'Working Laboratory' For School's Aviation Students

FedEx Express has donated a Boeing 727-200F to California Baptist University for use by its new aviation science program. The cargo jet made its final taxi THursday after landing at the Riverside Municipal Airport. The aircraft will be on permanent display at the airport and will provide a working laboratory for aviation science students.

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Snake Survives 500 Mile Trip On The Wing Of A Qantas Plane

Flight From Cairns, Australia To Papua New Guinea Had A Stowaway

A 12-foot long scrub python reportedly hitched an unintended ride on a Qantas airplane making a trip from Cairns in Australia's state of Queensland to Papua New Guinea. And while the snake is though to have survived the flight in sub-freezing temperatures at FL300 on the outside of the plane, it was likely destroyed by Papua New Guinea quarantine officials.

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FAA Issues SAFO For Coffee Filter Packages

Some Have Burst In Flight, Burning Flight Attendants, Others

The FAA has issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to inform air carriers and operators about a safety hazard related to standard issue coffee filter packages.

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Stealth Planes Suspected To Be Buried At Area 51

Experimental Aircraft Hidden From Public View Under The Nevada Desert

At any given time, there are probably several "black" aircraft programs underway on the part of the U.S. military. Some secret projects, once they are declassified, may wind up in museums. But some are never fully revealed, and the airplanes are said to be buried in the desert at the famed Area 51, also known as Groom Lake.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.14.13): Notices To Airmen Publication

Notices To Airmen Publication A publication issued every 28 days, designed primarily for the pilot, which contains current NOTAM information considered essential to the safety of flight as well as supplemental data to other aeronautical publications. The contraction NTAP is used in NOTAM text.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.14.13)

Aero Linx: ASTM Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft This Committee addresses issues related to design, performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring for light sport aircraft (LSA). LSA includes the two categories of aircraft created by the Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light Sport Aircraft NPRM: (1) special light-sport aircraft (used for personal flight and flight training), or (2) rental and experimental light-sport kit aircraft (any level of kit from zero to 95-percent prebuilt).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.14.13)

"When buying from a private owner you know who you are talking to. But when canvassing planes at an air event, you don't know who is selling the plane. Sales displays at an air event may be staffed by manufacturer representatives, distributors, dealers, or an airplane owner who is allowing his/her plane to be used for display. Accuracy of the information you receive depends strongly on who you are talking to." Source: From ANN's short and concise LSA Buyer's Guide/Checklist, to be distributed at this week's Sebring LSA event. The document, adapted from a more comprehensive chapter in the Third Edition of the SportPlane Resource Guide, the advisory document contains solid details and questions that should be brought up by every po

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