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May 29, 2012

Air Force Chief Of Staff Scheduled For AFA's June Air Force Breakfast Session

General Norton A. Schwartz Due To Retire In October Of This Year

The Air Force Association has booked General Norton A. Schwartz, the 19th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, as the guest speaker for the June session of AFA's 2012 Air Force Breakfast Program. As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.

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EVA Airways Launches Training Center Expansion With Thales

Will Provide Airline With A320, B777-300ER FFS

Thales UK has been selected by EVA Airways to provide the airline with Airbus A320 and Boeing B777-300ER Level D Full Flight Simulators. The contract is part of EVA Airways’ expansion plan to its state of the art Flight Training Academy located at Taoyuan near Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan. The facility currently operates A330, B747-400, B777-300ER and MD-11 Level D Full Flight Simulators.

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ISU Plans 25th Anniversary Space Studies Program At Florida Tech, KSC

Program Set For June 4 To August 3

The International Space University will open its 25th Space Studies Program (ISU/SSP12) at Florida Institute of Technology and Kennedy Space Center June 4-Aug. 3. The 2012 program will offer to its participants, who are post-graduate university students and professionals, an education like no other. This year, a record number of 143 will attend from 30 countries.

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Pave Hawk Simulator Enters Service

Level D Flight Model Includes Weapons Systems Trainer

A new Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter simulator has entered service at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support (ATARS) program. ATARS prime contractor Lockheed Martin and FlightSafety designed the weapons systems trainer to prepare HH-60G aircrews for combat search and rescue missions.

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TSA Introduces New Scanner At Westchester County Airport

Automated Target Recognition Balances Security And Privacy

The TSA says new scanner technology introduced last week at Westchester County Airport in New York will enhance security while maintaining passengers' privacy. The new technology is called automated target recognition, which detects metallic and non-metallic items that might constitute a threat.

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First Airbus A350 XWB Jetliner Passenger Door Delivered

Component Being Manufactured By Eurocopter

In a ceremony in Eurocopter's Donauwörth, Germany C4 production building, Dr. Wolfgang Schoder, Eurocopter Executive Vice President - Programs, and Dr. Michael Rehmet, Vice President - Airplane Door Systems, marked the delivery of Eurocopter’s initial A350 XWB jetliner passenger door.

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NY Senator Urges Airlines To Waive Fees For Adjacent Seating

Calls For Rules To 'Protect Traveling Families'

New York Sen. Charles Schumer is urging airlines to allow families with young children to sit together without paying extra. The senator is calling for rules to prevent airlines from charging parents more to sit next to their children.

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Fitness Fanatic Runs Half Marathon Aboard A Balloon

Paces Off 13.3 Miles On A Treadmill In The Basket

Here's an aviation-related publicity stunt that's a little out of the ordinary. An Australian has run a half marathon ... 13.3 miles ... on a miniature treadmill in the basket of an airborne hot-air balloon.

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AD: International Aero Engines AG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-09-09

PRODUCT: All International Aero Engines AG (IAE) V2500-A1, V2525-D5 and V2528-D5 turbofan engines, and certain serial numbers (S/Ns) of IAE V2522-A5, V2524-A5, V2527-A5, V2527E-A5, V2527M-A5, V2530-A5, and V2533-A5 turbofan engines.

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AD: Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-10-09

PRODUCT: Piper Models PA-31T and PA-31T1 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-10-07

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702); CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705); CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900); and CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-10-10

PRODUCT: certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: Farmer's Zeppelin--Experience The Largest Airship On The Planet

Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Toured The U.S. This Summer

Driving into Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh this summer, you couldn't help but notice the Farmer's Airship, which the company says is the largest in the world. The airship was available for tours on the grounds near the EAA museum during AirVenture 2011. David Finney, a flight operations specialist for Farmer's Insurance, told ANN that the aircraft was on a nationwide tour with stops at communities all across the United States. It began in New Orleans, traveled east to Florida, then north up the east coast before turning west and arriving in Oshkosh the last week of July. 

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FlightPrep/AeroNav Controversies Hurt Aviation.... Again

Another In A Series Of 'Deaths by A Thousand Cuts' For GA - NavMonster Shuts Down

While it may come as no surprise, the damage done to the online flight planning industry, first by Flightprep's aggressive legal posture over alleged patent claims, as well as the onerous potential for new and aggressive pursuance of fees by the FAA's AeroNav division for those using the taxpayer supported navigation database and associated info, has claimed yet another victim. NavMonster -- a very easy-to-use flight planning utility available on the web, for a number of years, has shut down.

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ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System Exceeds 600,000 Flight Hours

Company Claims 99 Percent Mission-Readiness Rate

The ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system has exceeded 600,000 combat flight hours, maintaining a 99 percent mission-readiness rate, according to manufacturer Insitu. In an eight year production run, Insitu says it has efficiently delivered uninterrupted tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services while introducing scores of significant ScanEagle upgrades.

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UTair to Operate Ten AW139 Helicopters

Appointed As Authorized Service Center

UTair of Russia has recently been certified as an AW139 helicopter operator and is set to operate ten AW139s for  passenger, corporate and VIP transport missions in Russia. The first aircraft is expected to be handed over this summer with deliveries planned to be completed by summer 2013.

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'Heavy Fuel' Engines Will Power Aerosonde SUAS

Australian Company To Supply FlexDI Engines To AAI

Australian engine manufacturer Orbital has been contracted to supply heavy fuel engines for use in AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems' (AAI) Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS). AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems recently won significant military contracts from the U.S. Navy and Special Operations Command to provide SUAS fee-for-service operations utilising the newest configuration of its Aerosonde SUAS.

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Lakota Fleet Hits 100,000 Flight Hour Milestone

Over 200 Aircraft Operating With Army And Army National Guard Units

The U.S. Army's fleet of 219 UH-72A Lakota helicopters surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone during operations on May 10. The 100,000 flight hour aircraft, configured for Opposing Force training missions, was flown by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Lacrosse and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Ezell of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's Falcon Observer/Controller-Trainer Team in Hohenfels, Germany.

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Oman Orders Eight Airbus Military C295 Aircraft

Brings Total Orders For C295 Over The 100 Mark

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of eight C295 aircraft, five of them configured as tactical transports and three as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

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Application Window For 2013 HFI Scholarships Opens June 1

Eighteen Scholarships To Be Awarded Next Year

Helicopter Foundation International announces that it will begin accepting 2013 scholarship applications starting June 1, 2012.

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New NASA App 2.0 Released For iPhone, iPod Touch

New Features Include Weather Forecasts, Maps, Additional Links

NASA released an updated version of the free NASA App for iPhone and iPod touch on Monday. The NASA App 2.0 includes several new features and a completely redesigned user interface that improves the way people can explore and experience NASA content on their mobile devices.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.29.12)

"To most people, the sky is the limit.  To those who love aviation, the sky is home." Source: Unknown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.12): Drag Chute

A parachute device installed on certain aircraft which is deployed on landing roll to assist in deceleration of the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.12)

American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association

A nonprofit trade association organized for the purpose of promoting and advancing the common interest and welfare of companies engaged in forest and wildland aerial firefighting and other commercial aviation activities.

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