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October 13, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.13.11

Honda is not through building in North Carolina.
XOJET adds the Hawker 800XPR to its fleet.
And Nextant begins deliveries of the 400XT tio Flight Options.

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Board Elections Take Place At NBAA Annual Meeting

Cunningham Passes The Gavel To Manitoba’s Dick Shine

The Voting Membership of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today re-elected 11 directors during its 64th Annual Meeting held today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Additionally, Richard Shine of Manitoba Corp. succeeded Patrick C. Cunningham of PepsiCo, Inc. as Board chairman, and Ron Duncan of General Communications, Inc. will serve as NBAA’s new vice chairman/treasurer. 

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Gulfstream Celebrates 10 Years Of EFVS

Company Was First OEM To Certify Enhanced Flight Vision System

Gulfstream recently recognized the 10th anniversary of certifying business aviation’s first Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS), which was certified by the FAA on a Gulfstream V, on Sept. 14, 2001. The certification sparked more than a decade of avionics advancements for the company, including becoming the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to take operational credit for EFVS.

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Trilogy ESI-1000, FA2100 CVR Selected For Citation M2

L-3 Equipment Standard on 11 Cessna Platforms

The L-3 Trilogy ESI-1000 Electronic Standby Instrument will be included as standard equipment on the recently launched new light business jet called the Citation M2. Cessna also selected L-3 Aviation Recorders’ FA2100 Solid-State Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) as an option on the new aircraft.

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New Instrument Panel Options Announced By CubCrafters

MyPanel Allows Pilots To Have It Their Way

It's no secret that personal electronics are becoming more and more prevalent in airplane cockpits, and not just the high-end bizjets and turboprops. The trend has led CubCrafters to make new instrument panel options available featuring space designated for the attachment of a tablet computer or similar device.

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Back To Roots: EAA Will Give Away A J-3 Cub At AirVenture 2012

Part Of The Celebration Of The Airplane's 75th Anniversary

The Piper J-3 Cub, one of the legendary aircraft in aviation history, will take center stage for the next nine months as the grand prize for the 2012 EAA “Win The Cub” Aircraft Sweepstakes, which annually supports EAA’s aviation education programs. In a change from past years, entry forms will be available beginning this week through EAA AirVenture 2012 fly-in at Oshkosh, WI, on July 23-29.

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Orion UAS, Centaur OPA To Be Integrated With Common Control Station

Applications Include MALE UAS Missions

An alliance has been formed between AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Aurora Flight Sciences to integrate AAI's Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS) and other ground control technologies with Aurora's Orion UAS and Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA). This pairing supports medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) missions of up to five days with the Orion UAS, as well as defense, first responder and scientific missions with the Centaur OPA.

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ExecuJet Africa Achieves IS-BAO Registration

Designation Based On SMS Development And Risk Assessment

ExecuJet's South African operation has achieved the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification as of September 2011. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has congratulated ExecuJet for this significant accomplishment.

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Fort Campbell's New Helicopter Simulator Provides Virtual Training

Runs Crews Through Paces In CH-47 And UH-60 Scenarios

It looked like a scene out of a science fiction movie at Fort Campbell, KY, one recent Wednesday morning as a group of 101st Combat Aviation Brigade noncommissioned officers trained on a new simulator for the first time. The Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module, or NCM3, came to post last week to be used for the first time beyond the testing stages. The module is a simulator that was created to train helicopter crews on the rear of both the CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk.

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Kiowa Warrior Demonstrates Manned, Unmanned Capability

Army Test Flights Conducted At Utah Proving Grounds

A Bell OH 58 Kiowa Warrior has successfully demonstrated several capabilities that will enable interoperability among multiple aviation platforms, such as manned and unmanned vehicles. The exercise was conducted at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) demonstration, sponsored by the U.S. Army at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah on September 15 & 16, 2011.

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Midwest Sport Aviation Announces New LSA Dealer

AeroSport LLC To Represent Cheetah XLS In The U.S.

Not all the news was coming form Las Vegas this week. Midwest Sport Aviation, LLC announced Monday the appointment of AeroSport LLC as an authorized dealer of the Cheetah XLS Light Sport Aircraft from Rainbow Aircraft (PTY) LTD. Owned by Jeremy and Daniela Knoll, the AeroSport office is located in Twin Lakes, WI with their maintenance hangar and private strip located nearby in Hebron, IL, about 2 miles north of Galt Airport (10C).

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Live, Stable Video Streamed From UAS In Arctic Exercise

ScanEagle UAS Provides Live, Stable Video To Troops And Operations Center

AS part of the largest military exercise to date in the Far North, a ScanEagle UAS was able to deliver a live video stream to Canadian Forces in the field. Operation Nanook brought together Canadian Forces, its security partners and numerous federal, territorial and municipal governments to conduct sovereignty operations and security exercises in Canada's Northwest Passage.

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Aero-TV: Kestrel Aeroworks -- Upgrades For Cirrus And Meridian Aircraft

Alan Klapmeier Branches Out Into The Aftermarket Business

At Oshkosh this summer, Kestrel Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier held a news conference to announce the formation of Kestrel Aeroworks, a new business providing upgrades to Piper Meridian And Cirrus airplanes.

Aero-TV: Kestrel Aeroworks -- Upgrades For Cirrus And Meridian Aircraft

Alan Klapmeier Branches Out Into The Aftermarket Business

At Oshkosh this summer, Kestrel Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier held a news conference to announce the formation of Kestrel Aeroworks, a new business providing upgrades to Piper Meridian And Cirrus airplanes. "Kestrel Aeroworks will take existing airplanes and bring them up to what we consider new "Kestrel" standards," Klapmeier said. "What we're looking at is how to make them more user friendly, how do you get better utility out of them, how do you get better value for the customer."

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Gulfstream Demonstrates Improved Performance For G280

Final Specifications Include Longer Range, Shorter Balanced Field Length

Final performance specifications for the Gulfstream G280 will exceed the capabilities originally announced at the program’s public launch in 2008, Gulfstream announced this week at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas.

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CAE To Add G450, G550 Training Programs In Dallas/Ft. Worth

FAA Approves Company's G550 Virtual Ground School

CAE will install a new full-flight simulator at its CAE SimuFlite training centre in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, USA, to provide training for operators of the Gulfstream G450 and Gulfstream G550 aircraft types. Training for pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians will be available in 2012. The company announced its plans at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas on Monday.

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NBAA Encourages Careers In Business Aviation With Student Scholarships

Several Scholarship Recipients Announced At NBAA Convention

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) offers a wide range of scholarships that encourage young people to seek careers in business aviation. This afternoon at the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011), many students were recognized for receiving the following NBAA awards: Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, USAIG/PDP Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship and David W. Ewald Journalism Scholarship.

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Beechcraft Augsburg Named First 400XT European Service Center

Also Announces Opening Of New Service Centers In Chicago And Dallas

Nextant Aerospace has entered into an agreement with Beechcraft Sales and Service GmbH (Beechcraft Augsburg) to open the first factory-approved service center in Europe for Nextant-manufactured aircraft. Nextant also announced Monday at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas Monday that it has entered into agreements with Emery Air, Inc. to provide service for the 400XT in the Chicago area and with Jet Works Air Center to provide service in the Dallas area.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Title Transfer At The California Science Center

Commander Mark Kelly, STS-134 Crew Participate

The Space Shuttle Endeavour officially has a new owner. The title transfer to the California Science Center was finalized Tuesday morning with former NASA astronaut and STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly, the STS-134 crew, NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Richard Keegan and California Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW306D Turbofan To Power Cessna's New Citation Latitude

First Flight Planned In Mid 2014

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced Monday that its PW306D engine has been selected by Cessna to power its new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet. The announcement was made at the NBAA annual meeting and convention in Las Vegas.

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Rockwell Collins Front Office Selected For Global 7000, 8000

Bombardier Jets To Feature Pro Line Fusion, Primary Flight Control Computers

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics system and Primary Flight Control Computer (PFCC) have been selected for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft, both of which feature the Global Vision flight deck.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.13.11)

"NASA is pleased to share this wonderful orbiter with the California Science Center to help inspire a new generation of explorers." Source: NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.13.11): Permanent Echo

Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth's surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.11)

Sky Hope Network

Sky Hope Network’s mission is simple:  Use the powerful network of Business Aviation to solve problems during emergencies and urgent situations.

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