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March 17, 2013

Turkish Airlines Places Its Biggest Order Ever With Airbus

Up To 117 A320 Family Aircraft Including First Order For The NEO

Turkish Airlines, the largest airline in Turkey, has signed a contract for up to 117 A320 Family aircraft (25 A321ceo, 4 A320neo, 53 A321neo and options for 35 additional A321neo aircraft). This order is the largest ever placed by a Turkish carrier. The engine selection will be made at a later date. “We are placing our biggest ever order with Airbus,” said Faruk Cizmecioglu, Chief Marketing Officer.

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NTSB Releases Prelim Report In OK EMS Helo Accident

Witness Said A 'Flash' Came From The Aircraft Before It Went Down

The NTSB's preliminary report from a February 22 accident involving an EagleMed AS350B2 helicopter indicates that a witness said he saw a "flash in the sky" before he noticed the helicopter in a rapid descent. The accident fatally injured two of the crewmembers on board the aircraft, while a third sustained serious injuries.

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China's Changzhou To Set Up Aviation Industrial Park

Officials Say The Park Will Be A Hub For Aviation Manufacturing And Related Services

Based on the 4E-class Changzhou Airport's position as one of Jiangsu province's top three airports, the Changzhou municipal government plans to establish an aviation industrial park at Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND). The park will be dedicated to the development of aviation sector-related high-end manufacturing and related modern services.

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Pattonair Indianapolis Recognized As Premier Partner For Reading Program

Twelve Employees Each Devote An Hour A Month To Support Students

Aerospace and defense supply chain service provider Pattonair said Wednesday that its Indianapolis facility has been recognised as a Premier Partner by HOSTS. Wayne Township Schools created the HOSTS program, which stands for Help One Student to Succeed. The program was developed to provide one-to-one mentoring for students to help them improve their reading and comprehension skills.

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Aerojet Announces Requalification Of Delta II AJ10-118K

Insulation Material On 2nd Stage Engine Replaced In Upgrade Program

Aerojet's Delta II second stage engine, the AJ10-118K, has successfully passed a requalification test of its ablative chamber at Aerojet’s J4 altitude simulation test facility in Sacramento.

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Proba-V Minisatellite Reaches Europe's Spaceport

Designed To Map Global Vegetation During Upcoming Mission

ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite for mapping global vegetation has arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, where it is being prepared for a mid-April launch atop a Vega launcher.  The small satellite, cocooned in its protective container, landed on the Air France daily passenger flight on Friday 8 March.

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Monarch Airlines Takes Delivery Of Its 1st A320 With 'Sharklets'

Carrier Becomes UK's First Operator Of Airbus' New Wing Tip Fuel Saving Devices

UK scheduled air carrier Monarch Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel saving wing tip devices, called "Sharklets", becoming the first UK carrier to fly them. "Sharklets" are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320neo Family.

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USAF Endorses Raytheon's Center Display Unit For F-16 Cockpits

Full-Rate Production Of First Units Under Way

The U.S. Air Force has endorsed a Center Display Unit (CDU) built by Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company  as the F-16's primary flight reference (PFR). Following the endorsement late last year, the Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract for full-rate production of the first 100 CDUs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.17.13): Non-Restrictive Routing

Non-Restrictive Routing Portions of a proposed route of flight where a user can flight plan the most advantageous flight path with no requirement to make reference to ground-based NAVAIDs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.17.13)

Aero Linx: International Biplane Association Founded in May of 2009, the mission of the International Biplane Association is to play a part in maintaining the history of biplanes and to promote biplanes being built and flown today. To know more about the IBA or join, visit Please note that the site has had a 'major crash of everything' and the IBA website is being rebuilt. It should be fully operational, shortly. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.17.13)

“We are delighted with this new order from Turkish Airlines, which takes us above 2,000 NEO orders in a little over two years after launch. This order confirms that the NEO is the most cost effective and profitable solution for airlines with ambitious growth plans. The 15 per cent fuel saving and the widest cabin in its class give Turkish Airlines a big competitive advantage.” Source: John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, folowing the announcement of a massive order from Turkish Airlines.

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