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July 07, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:07.08.13

Seeking Answers in the SFO Downing of an Asiana Boeing 777…

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Updated: Asiana B777 Down In SFO

Landing Accident Results in Aircraft Fire

ANN Real-Time Update, 07.07.13, 0003 ET: Nearly a half a day after the tragic landing accident that destroyed an Asiana B777-200LR, we know the following -- There is a clear and substantial debris trail from the seawall that borders the waters of the bay and the RWY 28L displaced threshold area to the touchdown point on the runway. Debris from the airplane is imbedded in the seawall and lines the theeshold area... most of it being the highly fragmented tail section of the 777, which appears to have lost most of the structure from the aft pressure bulkhead to the absolute tail of the aircraft. A tail strike, before the normal point of touchdown (the seawall) now appears to be pretty much a certainty based o

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British Airways Takes Delivery Of Its First Of 12 Airbus A380s

Becomes Tenth Operator Of The Superjumbo Airliner

British Airways (BA) has become the tenth operator to receive an Airbus A380 after taking delivery of the first of 12 aircraft on order. BA is the first UK operator of the A380 and will start to deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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Orion Taking Shape At KSC

NASA Working Towards 2014 Test Flight

The pace of assembling the Orion spacecraft that will conduct an unmanned test flight in 2014 if all goes according to plan has stepped up at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL. Workers there are reportedly working on the hundreds of systems and key components that will be part of the spacecraft.

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Space Center Houston Launches 'Name The Shuttle' Contest Throughout Texas

Texas Residents Have The Unique Opportunity To Name The Shuttle Replica To Be Displayed At JSC’s Official Visitors Center

Officials with Space Center Houston, the visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC), have launched a statewide contest that gives one lucky Texan the opportunity to personally name the full-scale Space Shuttle replica that will sit atop the massive 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) as part of a new $12 million, six-story attraction currently under development.

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CareFlite Orders Four Bell 407GX Helicopters

Aircraft Slated For Delivery Later This Year

The non-profit medical transportation company CareFlite, based in north Texas, has ordered four Bell 407GX helicopters, according to a Bell Helicopter news release. The aircraft will transport ill or injured patients to critical care facilities, serving more than 100 counties within a 150-mile radius of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The new aircraft are slated for delivery this year.

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B-52s To Receive Communications Upgrade

Will Allow Data Transfer Via Satellite Links

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start in July. The Combat Network Communications Technology system will enable aircrews to send and receive information via satellite links, allowing them to change mission plans and retarget weapons while in flight.

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Air Canada Welcomes Strengthened Canada-China Air Bilateral Agreement

Revised Agreement Supports Canadian Flag Carrier's Goal Of International Expansion

Air Canada on Thursday said it welcomed an announcement by the Canadian Government of an amended bilateral air services agreement between Canada and The People's Republic of China.

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Tunisia's Syphax Airlines Orders Three A320neo Aircraft

First neo Order By An African Airline

Syphax Airlines, a new Tunisian-based airline, has confirmed its order to buy three A320neo. The order is the first time an African based carrier has ordered the neo and marks a significant breakthrough for Airbus in one of the world’s fastest developing markets. Syphax have also ordered three A320ceo aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines.

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Third F-35 For The UK Arrives At Eglin Air Force Base

Aircraft To Be Assigned To Pilot And Maintainer Training

The third F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, FL Tuesday, where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Roger Hardy piloted the aircraft known as BK-3 (ZM137) on its 90-minute ferry flight from the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.07.13): Altocumulus Castellanus

Altocumulus Castellanus A middle cloud with vertical development that forms from altocumulus clouds. It is composed primarily of ice crystals in its higher portions and characterized by its turrets, protuberances, or crenelated tops. Its formation indicates instability and turbulence at the altitudes of occurrence.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.07.13)

Aero Linx: World Aerospace Museum Inc The World Aerospace Museum Inc [wami] locates aircraft from former soviet block countries and brings them to the United States. The aircraft and parts arrive at the hanger in shipping containers transported across the ocean by ship and then put on a truck for delivery. The wings come off. The Tail sections are removed. Each piece arrives either bolted to skids, or on specially built transport supports that we or the shipper assemble. Some aircraft are transported on cargo planes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.07.13)

“We’re delighted to be the first UK airline taking delivery of the A380. It is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity and we believe it will prove very popular with our customers when it starts flying to its first destination of Los Angeles.” Source: British Airways’ chief executive Keith Williams, following the receipt of BA's first A380.

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