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March 08, 2012

New Fuel Injected Rotax Engine Announced

BRP Launches The Rotax 912 iS

A new variant of the much used (and abused) Rotax 912 has been announced... this one, fuel injected. According to Rotax sources, the Rotax 912 iS engine will deliver 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable competitive engines in the light sport, ultra-light aircraft and the general aviation industry. Enhancements include a modern fuel injection system and digital engine control unit (ECU) in order ensure optimal fuel and air mixture at any altitude for longer flight range, lower operating costs and CO2 emission reduction. The new Rotax 912 iS engine also provides a time of 2,000 hours between overhauls (TBO); the same TBO as the 912 engine.

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Serious Science Begins For GRAIL Mission

Lunar Satellites Will Assemble Hi-Res Map Over The Next 84 Days

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft orbiting the moon officially have begun their science collection phase. During the next 84 days, scientists will obtain a high-resolution map of the lunar gravitational field to learn about the moon's internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail.

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Cincinnati Blue Ash Airport Threatened With Closure

Ninety-Year-Old Facility A Victim Of The Economy

Cincinnati officials say they are likely to close Blue Ash Airport (KSIZ) and transfer the resources to the operation of Lunken Airport (KLUK), also known as Cincinnati Municipal, another GA facility in the area.

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Gone West: Past HAI Chairman Thomas H. Marlow

Entire Career Focused On Rotary-Wing Aircraft

ANN has learned that Tom Marlow, who served as Chairman of the HAI Board of Directors in 1996, passed away just prior to HELI-EXPO 2012. His wife, Deanne, shared the news with HAI President Matt Zuccaro.

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Kestrel Aircraft Is Hiring

Staff Will Be Added In Both Wisconsin And Maine Locations

Kestrel Aircraft Company announced Tuesday that they are looking to add a number of employees in their engineering and engineering support. 

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GE Aviation Offers 3D Airport Maps And High-Resolution Earth Imagery

ICAO-Compliant Digital Terrain And Obstacle Data Now Available Worldwide

An agreement between GE Aviation and GeoEye will make ICAO-compliant terrain and obstacle aeronautical data derived from GeoEye’s high resolution Earth imagery available to the aviation industry. GE is showcasing this technology at ATC Global this week in Amsterdam.

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Learn To Fly For Free Contest Underway In Greenville

Business Magazine Offers Flying Lessons As A Promotion

Airwolf Aviation Services, Greenville Downtown Airport and Greenville Jet Center have joined forces with Greenville Business Magazine to give away an entire flight training package.

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Ukraine Claims It Has Joined The World's Top 5 Space Countries

Claims 125 Vehicles For 19 Countries From Four Separate Facilities

The Ukrainian State Space Agency is claiming a spot among the world's spacefaring nations, saying it has joined the U.S., Russia, China, and the EU by becoming one of the top five rocket-launching countries in the world. Ukraine says it has grown into a significant player in the space industry, having launched 125 rockets and delivering 238 satellites belonging to 19 countries into orbit since 1991.

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Priester Aviation Adds Gulfstream G550 Private Jet Charter Fleet

Other Acquisitions Include Citation CJ4 And Pilatus PC-12 NG

Aircraft management and private jet charter company Priester Aviation, LLC has added three new aircraft to its private jet charter fleet. The new aircraft includes the renowned Gulfstream G550, Citation CJ4 and Pilatus PC-12 NG, which will be supported by Priester’s aircraft management and charter program.

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Community College Scholars Selected To Design Rovers

Students From 24 States Will Travel To Various NASA Facilities In May

Community college students will have the chance to design robotic rovers in cooperation with NASA. Ninety-two students from schools in 24 states have been selected to travel to a NASA center, including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, to develop rovers through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

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Drunken Driver Allowed To Plead To Flying An Airplane While Impaired

But He Wasn't Flying And Isn't Even A Pilot

A District Attorney in Fon du Lac County, WI is raising some eyebrows with a plea deal that has allowed a drunk driver to plead no contest to operating an aircraft while intoxicated. The problem is, the driver wasn't flying an aircraft and isn't even a pilot.

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AD: Thielert Aircraft Engines (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 2010-11-09R1

PRODUCT: TAE models TAE 125-01 and TAE 125-02-99 reciprocating engines installed on, but not limited to, Diamond Aircraft Industries Model DA 42 airplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Littlest Lycoming--Lyc's Light-weight 233 Hits LSA Market

BIG Things Do Come In Small Powerplants!!!

It takes serious talent to produce a dependable powerplant... especially when dealing with tight constraints. And building a solid contender for the front end of many of the latest LSAs is a tough gig... requiring one to not only develop a small and powerful package... but a light one, to boot. Hence, the Lycoming 233. Lycoming's Michael Kraft said the company's current focus is on the four cylinder engine O-233 LSA mill. And as a matter of fact, several O-233 equipped aircraft were on display at the Lycoming tent at Airventure 2011 -- ready to fly. The O-233 Light Sport Aircraft engine features reduced weight,

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Charter Carrier Ryan International Airlines Files For Chapter 11

Major Airlift Service Provider For U.S. Military

The charter carrier Ryan International Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing decreases in government spending. The carrier provides airlift services to the U.S. military on a contract basis.

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Air Canada Receives Strike Notice From The IAMAW

Labor Action Would Begin March 12

Air Canada has been advised by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), representing the airline's approximately 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents in Canada, that it intends to begin labor action starting at 12:01 A.M. ET on Monday March 12, 2012.

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1st P-8A Poseidon Production Aircraft Delivered To The Navy

Aircraft Handed Over March 4 In Seattle, Flies To Jacksonville, FL

The first production P-8A Poseidon aircraft was handed over to the U.S. Navy in Seattle late last week. The P-8A is the first of 13 anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft Boeing will deliver as part of a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract awarded in 2011.

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Pilot Fatally Injured In F-21 Kfir Accident

Israeli-Made Jet Down At Fallon NAS In Nevada

An Israeli-made military jet fighter went down Tuesday morning at Fallon Naval Air Station in northern Nevada, resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot.

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EC Approves State Aid For Helicopter Manufacturers

Greenlights Subsidies From French, Italian Governments

The European Commission has given the go-ahead to the governments of France and Italy to provide state aid to EADS and Finmeccanica for the development of new civilian aircraft.

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First JSF Operational Flight Cut Short By A Possible Fuel Leak

Launch Described As First Step Toward Future Air Dominance

The launch of the first F-35 Lightning II flight at Eglin AFB in Florida March 6 was described by military personnel as a small step into the next half century of air dominance. Morale was high even though the sortie was abbreviated by the pilot's determination of an "in flight emergency."

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NASA To Release New Women@NASA Videos

Part Of Celebration Of Women's History Month

NASA is releasing new Women@NASA video interviews at the Women, Aerospace and Innovation event on March 8. The Women@NASA website showcases women from diverse backgrounds, with careers at NASA, telling their stories in their own words.

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Charges Dropped Against USCG Helo Pilot

Sole Survivor Of 2010 Accident Had Been Charged With Negligent Homicide

Following a December hearing, the Coast Guard has dismissed negligent homicide and other charges that were pending against Lt. Lance Leone. Leone was co-pilot of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which went down off the coast of Washington State. He was the only survivor.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.08.12)

"Unfortunately things happen. We didn't want it to happen today but we were prepared." Source: Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.08.12): Gustnado

A small, whirlwind which forms as an eddy in thunderstorm outflows.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.08.12)

National Aviation Heritage Area The National Aviation Heritage Area is guided by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, a private, not for profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the heritage area.

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