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June 18, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.19.13

Boeing Intros the 787-10 in Paris…

Diamonds at Daytona Beach…

The G650 Makes a Grand Entrance at Le Bourget…

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Boeing Launches 787-10 Dreamliner

ALC, GECAS, IAG/British Airways, Singapore Airlines, And United Airlines Commit To New Variant

Boeing has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 family, at the Paris Air show. Commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the newest Dreamliner.

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Lufthansa Firms Up Order For 100 A320 Family Aircraft

German Airline The Largest Airbus Customer And Operator In Europe

The Lufthansa Group has firmed up a previous Supervisory Board decision from March this year and signed for 100 A320 Family aircraft (35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with Sharklets) at the Paris International Airshow in Le Bourget, France.

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NASA Announces Memorial Service For Astronaut Neil Armstrong

Event To Be Held At The Johnson Space Center On Thursday

NASA will honor the life and historic achievements of astronaut Neil Armstrong during a memorial service at 1000 CDT Thursday, June 20, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Lineup Positions Company For Future Growth

Every Market Segment Covered By Current And Future Airplanes

Boeing says it is poised for future growth as it builds on its popular family of commercial airplanes with new offerings in both the single and twin-aisle market segments.

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Doric Lease Corp Signs Landmark Agreement For 20 A380s

Company Has A Six Billion Dollar Portfolio Under Management

Doric Lease Corp has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 20 A380s at the 50th Le Bourget Airshow. The agreement was signed Monday by Mark Lapidus, CEO of Doric Lease Corp and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

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Aviation Partners Boeing Launches 737-900ER Split Scimitar Winglets

United Airlines Airline Converts Options To Firm Orders For 135 Airplanes With The New Devices

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has formally launched the 737-900ER (Extended Range) Split Scimitar Winglet program with an order from United Airlines. Using a newly patented design, the program will consist of retrofitting existing Boeing Next-Generation 737 Blended Winglets by replacing the aluminum winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped "Scimitar" winglet tip cap and by adding a new Scimitar tipped Ventral Strake.

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Red Bull Racing Pilots Train In Slovenia

Practice In Anticipation Of A 2014 Racing Season

Pilots hoping to fly in anticipated Red Bull Air Race events spent a week in Slovenia at a small airport called Rakican training to qualify for licences to participate in the events.

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Winners Of GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge Begin Building Planes

Aircraft Assembled By High School Students To Be Featured At Oshkosh Next Month

The winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) aviation design challenge competition began to assemble two Glasair Sportsman aircraft at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington on Monday.

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Boeing, Qatar Airways Announce Agreement For Nine 777-300ERs

Deal Worth Up To $2.8 Billion Includes Firm Orders For Two Airplanes And Commitments For Seven More

Agreements between Boeing and Qatar Airways for nine 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes were signed Monday at the 2013 Paris Air Show.  The agreements include a firm order for two airplanes previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and Deliveries website, plus a commitment for an additional seven airplanes.

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NTSB Releases Prelim From Herndon, VA Accident

Cessna Which Impacted An Apartment Building Near Dulles Airport Reportedly 'Lost Power Twice'

The two people on board a Cessna 177B which impacted a third-floor apartment on May 31st near Dulles Airport in the Washington, D.C. metro area had discussed the airplane's fuel situation before it lost power, according to the NTSB's preliminary report.

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Barco Introduces Extremely Lightweight Avionics Display

Twelve-Inch Display Designed For Bizjet Cockpits

A new 12” primary flight display, designed for business jet cockpits, has been introduced in Belgium by Barco. With a weight of only 2 kg (4.5 pounds), this display is the lightest in its class. The DU-1200, as the product is called, has been tailor-made for Honeywell’s upgraded Apex cockpit suite for business aircraft, and will be available next year.

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FAA Requires Operation Migration Pilots To Hold Private Licenses

New Aircraft To Be Purchased With Support From Donors

New airplanes will lead endangered whooping cranes from their summer range to Florida for the winter in coming years, and the pilots flying those airplanes will have private pilot licenses. The FAA required the group to make the changes because it pays salaries to its pilots.

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Loon Balloon Could Be Internet Boon

Google Hopes To Bring Connectivity To Very Remote Areas Of The World

Google has undertaken a project that could one day provided Internet connectivity to people living in very remote areas of the world by relying signals relayed via balloons flying at an altitude of about 60,000 feet.

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Airborne 06.18.13: Reno Race Shakeup, A350 XWB First Flight, Great Lakes Flies!

Also: Beechcraft Not Happy With GAO, More Damage to GA From FAA, Cessna 172 SAIB, An Inspirational Leap 

The inability to reach agreement over a number of unsettled restrictions, involving the Reno Air racing Association and the FAA, forced the Unlimited Racing Division of the National Air Racing Group to call for a "safety stand down" from this year's Reno Air Races. Yet, within hours of that announcement, the Reno Air Racing Association unveiled the Unlimited Warbird Racing Class, a new, high-profile racing class organization at the 50th annual National Championship Air Races this September. Ashley, Airbus’ entry into the fuel-efficient composite-construction market took off at 10 am local time from  Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France on Friday, and f

Airborne 06.18.13: Reno Race Shakeup, A350 XWB First Flight, Great Lakes Flies!

Also: Beechcraft Not Happy With GAO, More Damage to GA From FAA, Cessna 172 SAIB, An Inspirational Leap 

The inability to reach agreement over a number of unsettled restrictions, involving the Reno Air racing Association and the FAA, forced the Unlimited Racing Division of the National Air Racing Group to call for a "safety stand down" from this year's Reno Air Races. Yet, within hours of that announcement, the Reno Air Racing Association unveiled the Unlimited Warbird Racing Class, a new, high-profile racing class organization at the 50th annual National Championship Air Races this September. Ashley, Airbus’ entry into the fuel-efficient co

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Boeing, GECAS Announce Commitment For 10 787-10X Dreamliners

Companies Say Agreement Demonstrates Demand For 787-10X In The Leasing Industry

Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), announced at the 2013 Paris Air Show a commitment to order 10 787-10X Dreamliners equipped with state-of-art GEnx engines, subject to the 787-10 program launch.

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Bell Helicopter To Re-Enter The Short Light Single Market

New Design Based On Input Of Customer Advisory Council

Bell Helicopter will be returning to the short light single (SLS) engine helicopter market with a new product designed to specifications based on the input of a customer advisory council. Bell Helicopter’s new, five-seat entry-level aircraft is expected to complete its first flight in 2014 with certification to follow as quickly as possible.

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SkyWest Orders 100 New E-Jets E2 From Embraer As A Launch Customer

Total Orders And Options Reach 200 Airplanes, Over $9 Billion At List Prices

A firm order for 100 E175-E2 aircraft, with another 100 Purchase Rights, was signed Monday between Embraer and SkyWest Inc. at the Paris Air Show on Monday, bringing the total potential of the order to 200 aircraft. If all the orders are exercised, the contract has an estimated value, at list price, of $9.36 billion.

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Beechcraft Looks Abroad For Growth In Military Markets

Increased Military Spending In Middle East, North Africa, Latin America And Asia Brings Potential For Global Sales

Beechcraft Defense Company said that it expects the growth in international defense budgets to lead to demand for its trainer and light attack aircraft. Although most Western nations saw defense cuts in 2012, military spending rose by 7.8 percent in North Africa, 8.4 percent in the Middle East and 4.2 percent in Latin America.

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Planespotters At Paris Air Show Watch For A350

First Full Public Viewing In A 'Low Pass' Possible

There was buzz at the Paris Air Show that the A350 XWB, which first flew on Friday, would make an overflight at the Paris Air Show as its first true public appearance.

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Bombardier Discloses Odyssey As European Customer For 10 CSeries Aircraft

Airline Plans To Operate From London City Airport

Bombardier Aerospace disclosed Monday that a previously announced firm order for 10 CS100 aircraft was placed by Odyssey Airlines, a new airline that intends to operate from London City Airport. The firm order was announced on June 24, 2011. Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft at the time of the order, the firm order is valued at $628 million.

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NRC Announces Two-Year Collaborative Research Agreement With JAXA

Research On Widespread Fatigue Damage Assessment On Curved Fuselage Section

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has signed a two-year collaborative research agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to carry out a widespread fatigue damage (WFD) assessment for the JAXA ‘curved fuselage’ panel tests.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.18.13)

“(W)e needed to create a new, modernized aircraft to meet requirements of five-seat utility, training, private, and law enforcement operators.” Source: John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.18.13): One-Hundred-Hour Inspection

A complete inspection that is required for all aircraft operated for hire every 100 hours.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.18.13)

International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers

IFATCA is a worldwide organization representing more than fifty thousand air traffic controllers in 134 countries.

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