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July 26, 2009

Aspen Avionics Announces Custom Glass Rebate

New Program Promises Even Greater Value

Aspen Avionics has announced a Custom Glass Rebate program. The limited-time offer will send aircraft owners a check for up to $2,000 if they buy one, two or three Evolution Flight Displays between August 1st and October 31st, 2009, making the best value in retrofit glass cockpits even better.

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Space Florida Hosts Commercial Spaceflight Federation Summit

Executives From Nine Spaceports Meet At Kennedy Space Center

Space Florida hosted a group of spaceport leaders from around the globe to attend the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Spaceport Executive Summit, the first such event of its kind. The Spaceports Executive Summit was held in conjunction with the 2009 International Space Development Conference.

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P-750 XSTOL Designed To Operate In Some Of The World's Most Rugged Conditions

Oshkosh AirVenture 2009 May Feel A Little Tame By Comparison

The Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL ten seat utility aircraft is having a major impact on operators' profitability in some of the most demanding locations imaginable. In Papua New Guinea, for instance the PT6-34 powered turboprop lets operations like Adventist Aviation to reach remote communities that were previously unaccessible. 

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FAA Approves Apical's EC145 Emergency Float Kits For DART

Kits Include Flotation, Optional Life Rafts

DART Helicopter Services says that their subsidiary Apical Industries has received FAA approval of the EC145 Tri-Bag Emergency Float Systems with or without liferafts.  Transport Canada and EASA approvals are pending

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Greenjets Hopes Executives Can Learn To 'Carpool'

The Company Begins Shared-Ride Jet Service

Greenjets has repackaged the private jet into a more affordable consumer unit – the seat rather than the entire jet. The company says this is unprecedented in the business aviation industry.

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Lots Of Diamonds At EAA AirVenture 2009

Diamond Aircraft, That Is

The folks at Diamond Aircraft are bringing pretty much their entire fleet of airplanes to AirVenture, so there will be much to see at Diamond’s exhibit next week. “We're excited to be displaying this year, with a larger exhibit than ever before,” said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft.

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Pratt & Whitney Gets New Contracts for F135 Engine Production

The Deal Is Worth $684 Million

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $571 million production contract for F135 engines to power the F-35 Lightning II.  Additionally, Pratt & Whitney has been awarded a $113 million contract for long lead material procurement to produce 32 F135 engines for the fourth lot of F135 engines.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Orders A Third AW139 Helicopter

Effective In Firefighting, SAR, And Medivac Roles

AgustaWestland announced Thursday at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association's Annual Conference that the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has signed for a third AW139 medium-twin helicopter. This aircraft will join the two AW139s already in service performing critical aerial fire-fighting, medevac and search and rescue missions in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.26.09): Overspeed

Overspeed A condition in which an engine has produced more r.p.m. than the manufacturer recommends, or a condition in which the actual engine speed is higher than the desired engine speed as set on the propeller control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.26.09)

Aero-Linx: CBP -- Unmanned Aircraft System MQ-9 Predator B The MQ-9 Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) augments CBP Air and Marine assets supporting ground interdiction agents on the Southwest Border. In January 2009, UAS operations began on the Northern Border. CBP Air and Marine is engaged in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.26.09)

  "These contracts demonstrate the maturity of the F135 engine program, which has completed more than 100 successful test flights and hover pit testing, meeting the demanding STOVL vertical thrust requirements." Source: Warren Boley, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135 programs, after the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $571 million production contract for F135 engines to power the F-35 Lightning II.

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