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October 14, 2013

EU Transport Ministers Agree On 2024 Extension Of SESAR Joint Undertaking

Technology Program Underpins European Single Sky Initiative

The EU Council for Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council has adopted its position on a Regulation to extend until December 31, 2024 the mandate of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. The agreement was reached at a meeting of EU transport ministers on 10 October in Luxembourg, which was held under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council.

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Government Contracting A New Business Direction For TSI Aviation

Florida Based Repair Management & Parts Supply Company Enters Federal Arena

TSI Aviation became woman-owned in 2013 when former Vice President Ms. Lee Kapel took over the reins of leadership as President & CEO. Kapel is a rarity in the Aviation market as a woman owner and operator of an aviation focused business and brings three decades of corporate and professional experience. The company specializes in repair management, purchase and exchange of aircraft components serving government and commercial organizations in Central and South America.

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Aeroflot Launches Low-Cost Carrier

Dobrolet Will Likely Begin Flying In Spring Of Next Year

Aeroflot Group now includes a budget airline: "Dobrolet." Originally, it was the name of the joint-stock company established in 1923, a predecessor of today's Aeroflot.

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Silverstone Group Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

Insurance And Risk Management Company Supports ACSF Safety Vision

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that SilverStone Group, an insurance and risk management company, is the newest member of the ACSF. Along with 105 other companies, SilverStone Group now supports the ACSF’s vision to enable on-demand air charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation Inspires Next Generation Of Explorers

Sponsors Space Camp Held In Huntsville, AL

Five students and one teacher from Walter R. Sundling Junior High in Palatine, IL, took part in the ultimate space adventure this summer with help from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. The students and teacher received a sponsorship from the foundation to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, AL.

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Airbus Donates A300 flap To Penn State University

Will Be Used For Research In Aerospace Structures Courses

Recent inventory checks at Airbus’ Spares Center in Ashburn, Virginia revealed a treasure which was handed over last week to Penn State’s College of Engineering.

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Nonin Medical Honored By USAF

Company Played A Role In F-22 Life Support System Task Force

The inventor of fingertip pulse oximetry said Thursday that 15 if its employees have received the United States Air Force Director's Award for their role in helping the Air Force return the F-22 Raptor, the world's most advanced fighter jet, to active service. The award, presented to Nonin Medical, was signed by Major General Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command Director of Operations, and by Colonel Gregory Gutterman, F-22 System Program Director.

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Bell Helicopter Continues To Explore New Opportunities In China

MoU With Investment Company Does Not Include Any Aircraft Purchases

While at the 2013 Aviation Expo China, Bell Helicopter announced it had reached agreement with its independent representative, Reignwood Investment, Ltd. (Reignwood) for the purchase of 12 Bell helicopters, including 10 Bell 407 and two Bell 429 aircraft. In addition to this agreement, Bell Helicopter also entered in to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Reignwood to explore future business opportunities in the growing China market.

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Continued Sunshield Preparations Bring Gaia Closer To Launch

Surveyor Will Be First Deep-Space Probe Boosted Aboard An Arianespace Soyuz Rocket

Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Soyuz launch are progressing well at the Spaceport in French Guiana, where the Gaia billion-star surveyor is receiving its sunshield for in-orbit telescope protection as well as power generation. This sunshield is one of the final elements in completing the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft.

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Embraer 145 Becomes Part Of BAE's UK Fleet

Will Make Twice-Daily Run From Wharton To Farnborough

While the Brazilian Navy is very familiar with its BAE Systems produced Ocean Patrol Vessels, BAE Systems' UK employees are getting used to a new Brazilian arrival - an Embraer 145 regional jet.

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New FAA ATC Radios Will Feature VoIP Capability

General Dynamics Receives $25 Million Production Order

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received the first production order from the FAA for new software-defined, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) CM-300/350 UHF and VHF air traffic control (ATC) radios, related accessories and training materials.

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Researchers Say Jupiter And Saturn Are Diamond Factories

May Contain 'Chunks' Of Diamonds Floating In The Dense Atmosphere

Data compiles by planetary scientists shows that Jupiter and Saturn may be awash in diamonds floating in their dense liquid hydrogen/helium fluid atmospheres.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.14.13

Craig Fuller Has a New Gig at Redbird…

Boeing and South African Airlines Seek Sustainable Biofuel…

Mooney is Staging a Comeback&hellip

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Classic Aero-TV: Refining The Design -- CubCrafters Continues to Thrive in 2013

CubCrafters' "Maximum" LSA Continues To Evolve

A little on the controversial side of the LSA equation, there is no arguing that the CubCrafters Carbon Cub is one seriously gifted flying machine. We must also note that every year, of late, the same old names show up in a list of LSA builders who seem to be standing up to the test of time. 'CubCrafters" is one that flirts with the top of the list, every time. With offerings for certificated, experimental and LSA airframes, CubCrafters has established a tough rep for building tough planes that fly well, and perform even better.

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Klyde Morris (10.14.13)

Klyde Feels Impending Doom


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Fuller's New Gig -- Redbird Appoints Craig Fuller As New Chairman Of The Board

Founder And Largest Shareholder, Jerry Gregoire, To Focus Full-Time On Design And Strategy.

So... what's Craig Fuller gonna do after finishing at AOPA? Retire? Hardly... "Soon after starting Redbird Flight Simulations eight years ago, we realized that achieving our vision would take us far beyond engineering simulators and software development," said Redbird Flight Simulation's CEO Todd Willinger. "That's why we're thrilled to announce Craig Fuller as the new Chairman of the Board while our founder, Jerry Gregoire, will focus on expansion strategies, research, and new product development. This addition to our leadership team is exactly what we need to continue and manage our rapid growth."

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AOPA John B. Hartranft Jr. Award Goes To Georgia Legislator

Rep. John Barrow (D) Honored At AOPA Summit

U.S. Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) is the 2013 recipient of the Joseph B. Hartranft Jr. Award—one of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s highest honors—for his unparalleled work on behalf of general aviation (GA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Joseph B. Hartranft  Jr. award is presented annually to an elected or appointed government official -- whether in federal, state, local or a foreign government --  who has made significant contributions to the advancement of general aviation.

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AOPA Recognizes U.S. Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard

First AOPA-Able Flight Scholarship Recipient

AOPA celebrated the achievements of U.S. Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard upon his pursuit of a sport pilot certificate and successful completion of flight training as AOPA’s 2013 Aviation Summit opened here Thursday. Lt. Kinard learned to fly after having lost both legs while serving in Iraq. He took flight training through Able Flight, a non-profit program that assists those with disabilities to learn how to fly.

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Marine Corps Phrogs Finish Final Flight

Sea Knight Helicopters Retired To Make Way For V-22 Osprey Aircraft

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 made their final flight from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan Sept. 30 to await final disposition at Camp Kinser. The CH-46Es, affectionately nicknamed “Phrogs,” were retired to make way for the MV-22B Osprey as part of a one-for-one replacement. The Phrog has been a part of the Marine Corps’ aviation arsenal since the Vietnam War.

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F-35 Program Halts Development Of Alternate Helmet

Pentagon Will Save $45 Million Allocated For The Alternate Design

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has informed Lockheed Martin that it decided to halt development of the alternate F-35 helmet and focus exclusively on maturing the Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems Generation 2 (Gen 2) helmet currently used in training and testing. The program will recoup approximately $45 million in funds it had originally allocated for the development of the alternate helmet.

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ATCA Going Forward With 58th Annual Conference

Event Planned For Washington, D.C. Area Despite Partial Government Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)'s 58th Annual Conference and Exposition remains open for business, and conference organizers say the event will provide industry leaders with the tools they need to shape the future of ATC and aviation. The Conference and Exposition – the largest air traffic control event in the Americas – will move forward October 20 – 23.

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NASAO Recognizes Excellence At Annual Convention And Trade Show

Several Awards Handed Out At Event Earlier This Month

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) recognized excellence in its members and state aviation programs during the association's awards banquet held at their annual convention and tradeshow in Sioux Falls, South Dakota earlier this month.

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Flight Design Faces $10 Million Lawsuit From Pilot/Lawyer

Plaintiff Claims Company Knew Of A 'Deadly Design Flaw' Leading To Fuel Starvation

A rather bizarre and convoluted lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon seeks $10 million from Flight Design, Hillsdale Aero, and flight instructor James Scheibner for what the plaintiff says is a "deadly design flaw" relating to the fuel system in the CTSW and failure to properly inform him of that flaw. It is a 'deadly design flaw' that ANN has been heretofore unaware of...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.13): Go Around

Go Around Instructions for a pilot to abandon his/her approach to landing. Additional instructions may follow. Unless otherwise advised by ATC, a VFR aircraft or an aircraft conducting visual approach should overfly the runway while climbing to traffic pattern altitude and enter the traffic pattern via the crosswind leg. A pilot on an IFR flight plan making an instrument approach should execute the published missed approach procedure or proceed as instructed by ATC; e.g., "Go around" (additional instructions if required).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.14.13)

"No one individual has done more innovative work introducing people to aviation and keeping them flying using simulation than Jerry Gregoire. I can't wait to see what Redbird comes up with next. This opportunity to join leadership team to build on Redbird's remarkable success, while charting a course for the future is a real privilege. I'm thrilled to accept the challenge." Source: Former AOPA Boss, Craig Fuller, describing Redbird's Jerry Gregoire's many contributions to the aviaition world and his new position within the Redbird organization.

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