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March 25, 2013

First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

'The Jet Was Fun To Fly,' UK Student Says

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing, training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin AFB in Florida March 19. United Kingdom Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Frankie Buchler flew with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501.

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New AW139 Simulator Obtains ENAC Certification To Level D

Second Sim Located At AW Training Facility In Italy

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) has certified a CAE 3000 Series AW139 full-flight simulator (FFS), jointly developed by AgustaWestland and CAE, to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. The new AW139 FFS, the third for Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, is the second located at the AgustaWestland Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy.

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Redstone College Wins Third Consecutive Aircraft Maintenance Skills Title

AMT Society Hosted Competition In Las Vegas

For the third consecutive year, Redstone College has proven its Airframe and Powerplant students’ skills are among the best in the industry. Competing among other colleges and professional teams at the AMT Society’s Sixth Annual Maintenance Skills Competition, Redstone College won first place in the student category and placed fourth overall among commercial, military, college and aircraft maintenance operations teams.

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British Airways Announces UnGrounded: First ‘Innovation Lab In The Sky’

Silicon Valley Leaders To Tackle Global Tech Challenge At 30,000 feet

UnGrounded ... an innovation lab in the sky designed to connect industry leaders and creative minds for the purpose of tackling a challenge that affects the next generation of global innovators ... was announced Wednesday by British Airways. To kick off this program, the airline is partnering with the United Nations: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Decide Now Act (DNA) Summit.

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Planck Mission Brings Universe Into Sharp Focus

Called 'The Best Map Ever Of The Universe'

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together to analyze the Planck data.

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Dassault's FalconBroadcast Available On Falcon 2000, 900 EASy Models

Transmits Data About Airplanes To Dassault To Minimize Ground Time

Dassault Falcon announced Thursday that its new FalconBroadcast airborne health monitoring service is now available on all Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 models equipped with the EASy cockpit. "This service has been available for our Falcon 7X customers since mid 2012 and the response has been universally positive" said Jacques Chauvet, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Service.

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Wizz Air Ukraine Takes Delivery Of Its First 'Sharklet' Equipped A320

First Ukrainian Carrier Fly An aircraft So-Equipped

Wizz Air Ukraine has taken delivery of an A320 aircraft equipped with "Sharklet" fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Ukrainian carrier to do so. "Sharklets" are newly designed wing-tip devices that Airbus says improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and can significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors.

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Colombian Army Takes Delivery Of Five S-70i Black Hawk Helicopters

First South American Country To Purchase The Latest Variant

The Colombian Army has formally inducted five new Sikorsky S-70i multi-mission helicopters into its fleet of Black Hawk aircraft. Colombia is the first South American country to buy the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter variant from Sikorsky Aircraft.

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UTC Aerospace Systems Introduces Smaller UAV Autopilots

Piccolo Nano AP Designed For Hand-Launched Aircraft

The smallest addition to the Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo family of flight management systems has been released by UTC Aerospace Systems. The Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo Nano autopilot is designed to meet the requirements of the smallest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in both size and price with all the capabilities and features needed by the most sophisticated UAVs.

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Lockheed Martin To Continue Providing Life Sciences Support To NASA

Part Of Wyle-Led Team Selected For A 10 Year Contract

As part of the Wyle-led team, Lockheed Martin has been selected by NASA's Johnson Space Center to provide biomedical, medical and health services in support of all human spaceflight programs. These services under the Human Health and Performance Contract (HHPC) monitor astronaut health and enable bioastronautics research that benefits life on Earth.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (777)

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-03

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-20

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Spey 511-8 turbojet engines.

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56th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show Officially Opens

Several New Avionics Products Set To Debut At The Four-Day Event In Las Vegas, NV

Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 56th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opens today at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The four-day event takes place March 25-28, and it is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world.

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Airborne 03.22.13: Eclipse Revs Up, AEA Live Next Week!, Saturn V Engines Found

Also: Harrison Ford, Boeing Sells Big, Falcon 2000S, Falcon 2000LXS, ABC News Embarrasses Itself, More Airshow Damage

Eclipse Aerospace celebrated a major production milestone Monday ... the first power up of the new production Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet. The first production Eclipse 550 aircraft successfully powered up its two Pratt & Whitney PW610F engines, and the aircraft systems came on line at the company’s facility in Albuquerque, NM. With the onset of Spring it's time once again for the annual AEA Convention and this time we're going west to the city of Las Vegas! Once again ANN will be on hand with two days of LIVE coverage on Aero

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This Week! Watch Live Coverage of AEA 2013 Convention

Opening Ceremonies and New Product Introductions Offer Live-Streaming Available in High-Definition

8:30 a.m. Pacific Time: Tuesday, March 26th Opening Ceremonies and New Product Introductions from 27 avionics manufacturers & distributors Las Vegas, NV. -- MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center The AEA New Product Introductions always is one of the most-popular sessions at the annual AEA Convention, and it has quickly evolved into a must-see, cornerstone showcase in recent years. The event, sponsored by Universal Avionics Systems Corp., is the primary launching pad for companies to unveil the latest and greatest in new av

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Next Generation Of Goodyear Blimps Is Under Construction

Final Assembly Of The Airship Will Be Near Akron, OH

Construction of the first of a new generation of Goodyear blimps is underway. Goodyear eventually plans to replace its entire fleet of iconic airships. The new Zeppelin LZ N07-101 airship, manufactured by Germany's ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, will be assembled at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar near Akron, Ohio.

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Marine Corps’ First Operational F-35B Conducts Initial Vertical Landing

First STOVL Flight Outside The Test Environment

The Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, Thursday. Maj. Richard Rusnok, an F-35B Lightning II test pilot, conducted Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA)-121’s first short landing and takeoff as well as the Corps’ first F-35B hover and vertical landing outside of a testing environment in BF-19.

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Klyde Morris 03.25.2013

In Space, No One Can Hear You Obfuscate, Klyde ...


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Kansas Airport To Honor Wright Brothers Award Winner

James Tullis Has Fifty Years Of Aviation Under His Belt

The Salina Airport Authority in Salina, KS, plans to honor Jim Tullis and his 50 years of flight excellence when he is presented with the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal. Tullis is one of less than 50 pilots in Kansas to ever have earned the award.

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Take To The Skies AirFest Brings Cavanaugh Flight Museum And The MiG17 To Durant

Joins Lineup Of Air Show Heavy Hitters For 'Shutik Isht Ia'

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum And The Mig17 have been added to the lineup for the "Take to the Skies" AirFest being held at Durant Regional Airport – Eaker Field in Durant, OK, and the Choctaw Casino & Resort has been named as a major sponsor for the event.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.13): Waterspout

Waterspout A small, weak tornado, which is not formed by a storm-scale rotation. It is generally weaker than a supercell tornado and is not associated with a wall cloud or mesocyclone. It may be observed beneath cumulonimbus or towering cumulus clouds and is the water equivalent of a landspout.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.13)

Aero Linx: Belgian Aerobatic Club The Belgian Aerobatic Club is a non-profit organization , the main mission is to promote the aerobatics activities in Belgium with a strong accent on Safety ,Conviviality while taking into account environmental considerations. By the organization of trainings sessions, demonstrations or competitions, the BAC is also a place to meet and share the passion of the flight with others. Pilots and Aviation Fans are more than welcome to visit us at EBSH (St-Hubert) , our main base, but you can also meet BAC representatives all over the country.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.25.13)

“The AEA is thrilled to be in Las Vegas for our 56th International Convention & Trade Show. Our attendees will have the opportunity to network with their industry peers and keep up-to-date with industry trends by seeing new products with the major suppliers under one roof. In this new world of social media, text messaging, emailing and webinars, one thing remains constant: Our attendees still want to see, touch and talk product face-to- face.” Source: Paula Derks, AEA president, in comments made as the 56th Annual AEA Convention gets started in Las Vegas.

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