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April 14, 2014

ANN Exclusive: Google Acquires Titan Aerospace

'Undisclosed' Sum Convinces Titan To Accept Merger With Google

A few weeks ago, cyberspace was all abuzz with rumors of a possible acquisition of Vern Raburn's Titan Aerospace by Facebook... but the rumors slowly subsided -- and for good reason. ANN has confirmed that Titan is, instead, being acquired by Google in a deal whose worth is reportedly "impressive," but for which the details have yet to be disclosed.

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Airborne 04.14.14: Google Buys Titan, Diesel Archer, C4 Avionics

Also: Scorpion's 1st 50 Hours,Pilatus Sales Record, Classic Aero-TV: Ballooning, XCOR Progress Update, Another TSA Screw-Up

Just as we were tucking this episode of Airborne away, we received confirmation that Google had acquired UAV Startup, Titan Aerospace, run by Eclipse Founder, Vern Raburn. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted an STC to Piper Aircraft and the Continental Motors Group for the installation of the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine aboard Piper Archer aircraft. Ground and flight tests on the Piper Archer, powered by a Centurion 155 horsepower Jet-A compression ignition engine, were conducted from Technify’s airport f

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Airborne 04.14.14: Google Buys Titan, Diesel Archer, C4 Avionics

Also: Scorpion's 1st 50 Hours,Pilatus Sales Record, Classic Aero-TV: Ballooning, XCOR Progress Update, Another TSA Screw-Up

Just as we were tucking this episode of Airborne away, we received confirmation that Google had acquired UAV Startup, Titan Aerospace, run by Eclipse Founder, Vern Raburn. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted an STC to Piper Aircraft and the Continental Motors Group for the installation of the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine aboard Piper Archer aircraft. Ground and flight tests on the Piper Archer, powered by a Centurion 155 horsepower Jet-A compression ignition engine, were conducted from Technify’s airport facility at Altenburg, Germany. If looks could kill and a name means anything, you’ve just got to love the Textron AirLand S

U.S. Ambassador To China Baucus To Participate In ABACE 2014

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition Is 'The Premier Showroom' For The Asian Aviation Marketplace

The NBAA has announced that the Honorable Max Baucus, United States ambassador to China, will participate in events in connection with the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014), to be held April 15 to 17, 2014 in Shanghai, China.

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NASA Signs Agreement With German, Canadian Partners To Test Alternative Fuels

Flights To Begin May 7 From Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set to begin May 7 and will be flown from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA.

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A350 XWB Makes 1st Touchdown In U.K.

Next Generation Airbus Flown In By British Test Pilot Frank Chapman

The new Airbus A350 XWB has made its first ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests. The aircraft, MSN3, was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for the A350’s certification and entry into service later this year.

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $100 M To Service US Navy T-45 Trainer Aircraft Engines

Contract Covers Aircraft Operating At Four Main Naval Air Stations

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract valued at over $100 million by the US Department of Defense to provide continued support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the US Navy's T-45 training aircraft. The follow-on, one-year contract will continue the successful support which has provided the US Navy's training fleet with guaranteed availability over the past ten years.

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Air Force’s KC-46A Tanker Development Passes The Halfway Mark

The Boeing KC-46A Tanker, A Derivative Of The 767, Is Progressing But Behind Schedule

The Air Force’s first KC-46A tanker is going through ground testing at this time and the first flight is scheduled for this summer. If this schedule is maintained, full flight testing will be well underway by the end of this year.

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Flight Attendant Union, ITF Call For Thorough Probe Of NAI

Says Norwegian Air International Involved In Unfair Labor Practices

At a recent meeting of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), introduced a resolution calling for a full investigation of Norwegian Air International's (NAI) labor standards and business practices.

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AgustaWestland Expands Its Presence In China

AgustaWestland, Sino-US Intercontinental Celebrate Regional Business Headquarters Grand Opening in China

AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental of China announced the opening of a joint regional business headquarters in Shanghai. The grand opening was celebrated during an official ceremony last week in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from both partners as well as helicopter operators and authorities.

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Lockheed Martin, ONR Demonstrate Airborne Autonomy Technology

System Provides Vehicle Agnostic Capability For Current And Future Missions

As autonomous technologies continue to develop and grow within the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) successfully demonstrated the Lockheed Martin OPTIMUS mission system's ability to accomplish an autonomous approach and landing in an unprepared environment.

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Paperless Cockpit Concept Moves To The Other Side Of The Cockpit Door

Swallow This One Apple … Delta Air Lines Is Going With A Windows Tablet For Flight Attendants

Delta Air Lines will equip more than 20,000 flight attendants with handheld Nokia Lumia 1520 phablets, which will serve as their on-board manual and in-flight sales device as well as a platform for future, more personalized in-flight customer service. The Lumia 1520 features a larger format, 6-inch screen and will replace the smaller Lumia 820 already in in use

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Boeing Phantom Badger Certified For V-22 Transport

Versatility Offers More Deployment Options To Warfighters

Sometimes one of the most difficult things about operating a military ground vehicle where it's needed is getting it there. After a recent series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That is another step toward providing warfighters with more options to deploy the versatile vehicle.

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First C-130J Super Hercules 'Shimshon' Arrives In Israel

The C-130 Has Been An Important Part Of The Israel Defense Forces For More Than 40 Years

Israel’s first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter arrived at Nevatim Air Base this last week. Along with senior Israeli officials, Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin attended the ceremony and made remarks.

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Navy Releases FY14 Aviation Career Continuation Pay Rates

Bonuses Up To $125K Designed To Retain Qualified Pilots

Qualified Navy aviators can receive up to $125,000 in bonuses announced in a message released April 8.  

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Klyde Morris (04.14.14)

Klyde's Not Impressed With The Younger Generation

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Flight Design Selects Avionics System For The C4 Airplane

'Flight Design Vision Touch' Panel Provided by Garmin

Flight Design has announced the last major component and supplier to be selected for the all-new four-seat aircraft. The Avionics suite for the $250,000 composite aircraft will be provided by Garmin, and is named the Flight Design Vision Touch by Garmin.

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Airborne 04.11.14: Lear 85 Flies, FAA v UAVs-Again, CAMA Demands Med Oversight

Also: Mooney Rebirth, Barnstorming: Lessons From Lakeland, Another Airport Under Attack By NIMBY Politico, Solar Impulse2!

The Learjet 85 aircraft has successfully completed its first flight that marks the start of the aircraft’s flight test program leading up to the first customer delivery. The flight departed from Wichita-Mid Continent International Airport and lasted approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Once again the FAA has gone after drone flying as if they actually had regulations to control it. Only last month, an NTSB judge ruled that the FAA did not have control over drone flights because they have not gone through a regulatory process

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Southwest Airlines Introduces First Aircraft Featuring Split Scimitar Winglets

Says Airplanes Launch A 'New Era Of Fuel Savings And Emissions Reduction'

Southwest Airlines on Wednesday operated its first revenue flight utilizing a Boeing 737-800 equipped with Aviation Partner's Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. The newly designed winglet differs than those currently installed on the carrier's fleet of Boeing 737s, with aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake on the bottom of the blended winglet structure.

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Tuskegee Airman Harry Rock To Receive Congressional Gold Medal Replica

Congressman John Lewis To Present The Award April 18

Heroically they fought and served defending against the spread of Nazism during WWII and spearheading integration within all units of the United States Armed Forces, but for an unknown number of surviving Tuskegee Airmen, formal recognition is something that still has not come.

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Sikorsky Tests CH-53K Helicopter For Airframe Structural Strength

Static Tests Conducted On Non-Flying Airframe

Sikorsky has successfully completed an initial series of tests required by the Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. Conducted on a full-size non-flying airframe called the Static Test Article, the tests are part of a three-year program to validate that the largest helicopter ever designed and built by Sikorsky has the structural integrity to operate safely over its entire flight envelope.

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Oldest Surviving Chinook Gets New Life From Summit Aviation

To Be Displayed At U.S. Army Transportation Museum In Fort Eustis, VA

Summit Aviation has played a vital role in saving a piece of military history by restoring the oldest surviving CH-47A Chinook helicopter for the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, VA.

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The Business Of Aviation In Maine Is Going Well And Getting Better

A New Aviation Business Group Is Formed As Maine Aviation Businesses Look To The Future

The State of Maine sees itself positioned well for continued growth of aviation businesses within its state. This has led to the formation of a Maine based organization called the Maine Aviation Business Association (MABA).

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BASE Jumpers Have A New Online Publication

The Edge BASE Jump Magazine Hopes To Be In Print 'Soon'

BASE jumpers have a new place to go for news and other information about their sport. The Edge BASE Jump Magazine is currently an online publication, with aspirations to launch a physical magazine in the near future. When issues are purchased via the website or Facebook store, the reader is immediately emailed links to read the magazine in the form of interactive flipping book and/or pdf download copy.  

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TSA Denies Disabled Woman Boarding At LAX

Stroke Victim Had An Expired Drivers License, Could Not Speak Her Name

A woman in a wheelchair from a stroke 10 years ago and carrying an expired drivers' license was denied boarding on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Phoenix because she was unable to speak her own name.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.14.14)

Aero Linx: The Drone User Group Network The Drone User Group Network is pleased that Americans will finally be able to reap the economic benefits of drone entrepreneurship, as other countries have already been doing for a number of years. We see commercial use as a key factor in allowing this technology to reach its maximum potential to benefit our society. However, as people rush in to start new drone businesses it is paramount that everyone keeps safety and respect for privacy foremost in their minds. We see an important role for community groups like ours in helping to educate the public and promote a culture of safe and respectful flight practices.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.14): Thunder

Thunder The sound emitted by rapidly expanding gases along the channel of a lightning discharge. Over three-quarters of lightning's electrical discharge is used in heating the gases in the atmosphere in and immediately around the visible channel. Temperatures can rise to over 10,000 °C in microseconds, resulting in a violent pressure wave, composed of compression and rarefaction. The rumble of thunder is created as one's ear catches other parts of the discharge, the part of the lightning flash nearest registering first, then the parts further away.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.14.14)

“Affordable new technology is the goal of the (FAA) Part 23 rewrite. That’s what we’re doing with the C4. The use of non-TSO avionics raises the certification burden for the airframe manufacturer, but in the end saves a significant amount of cost while offering much more up-to-date technology.” Source: Tom Peghiny, President of Flight Design USA, following the announcement that Flight Design has selected the last major component and supplier for the all-new four-seat aircraft.

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