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February 05, 2012

Pentagon To Cut V-22 Osprey Purchases

US Navy In Negotiations With Bell, Boeing

Bell Helicopter said it was updating its civilian helicopter line as a hedge against maturing military contracts. That move may be coming just in time. The Pentagon reportedly will cut 24 aircraft, worth $1.75 billion, from its five-year budget for the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey program.

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HAI To Host Public Aircraft Industry Workshop At Heli-Expo

Session Stems From Last Year's NTSB Public Forum On The Issue

HAI President Matt Zuccaro will host and moderate a Public Aircraft Industry Workshop on Monday, February 13th at Heli-Expo in Dallas. This meeting is designed to serve as a launching pad for an industry working group to develop recommendations for government regulators on ways to strengthen and clarify safety oversight of public aircraft operations.

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FAA Again Delays New UAV Rules

While LAPD Fancies Itself Airspace Regulator

The FAA was widely expected to announce revisions in the rules limiting the use of small unmanned aircraft in national airspace by the end of January, but the agency has, without explanation, delayed any word of changes until sometime "this Spring," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

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NASA Releases Photos From The Dark Side Of The Moon

GRAIL Satellites Return Unique Images To Earth

A camera aboard one of NASA's twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon. MoonKAM, or Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students, will be used by students nationwide to select lunar images for study. The images were taken as part of a test of Ebb's MoonKAM on Jan. 19.

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Cebu Pacific To Become New A330 Operator

Airline To Use Aircraft For New Long-Haul Flights

The largest low cost carrier from the Philippines is set to become a new A330 operator, following an announcement that it has selected the aircraft for new long haul services. Cebu Pacific (CEB) plans to acquire up to eight leased aircraft for the new operation, which will begin in the third quarter of 2013.

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Hungary Extends Gripen Contract

Cooperation Agreement Between Sweden And Hungary Extended By A Decade

The defence and security company Saab said Monday that Hungary is taking a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and ensuring the continued development of its national capability. Sweden and Hungary are extending the cooperation for another ten years, until 2026.

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Britain's Prince William Deployed To Falklands

Tensions Return After 1982 War With Argentina

Thirty years ago, the British Royal Navy was dispatched to battle an attempt by Argentina to annex the Falkland Islands. The episode is chronicled in the film, "Iron Lady," now playing in theaters. But history is repeating itself this week, and Britain's Prince William is among those deployed.

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ACLU Files FOIA Lawsuit For 'Targeted Killing Program'

Use Of UAVs Figures Prominently In The Operations

The ACLU says on its blog that it has filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on a "targeted killing program" which relies heavily on the use of UAVs. The ACLU says that while its suit overlaps one filed by the New York Times, they are also seeking "the government’s evidentiary basis for strikes that killed three Americans in Yemen in the fall of 2011."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.12)

Aero Linx: FAI -- HANG GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING All FAI hang gliding and paragliding international championships, competitions and record activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission (CIVL). CIVL stands for "Commission Internationale de Vol Libre". The FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission establishes and maintains rules for running FAI sanctioned hang gliding and paragliding competitions, makes safety recommendations and sets technical standards at these events, and is responsible for setting the criteria for FAI recognised records and badges.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.12): Geosynchronous Orbit

Geosynchronous Orbit Also known as geostationary. An orbit in which an object circles the Earth once every 24 hours, moving at the same speed and direction as the planet’s rotation. The object remains nearly stationary above a particular point, as observed from Earth. The International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) and some weather satellites are examples of satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.05.12)

"In April 2008, the FAA chartered an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to examine these operational and safety issues and make recommendations on how to proceed with regulating Small UASs. The agency has received the ARC recommendations, and is drafting a proposed rule. The FAA aims to publish a proposed rule in 2011." Source: The FAA -- which was widely expected to announce revisions in the rules limiting the use of small unmanned aircraft in national airspace by the end of January, but the agency has, without explanation, delayed any word of changes until sometime "this Spring," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

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