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March 28, 2013

Eclipse Receives Production Certificate For EA550 Final Assembly

Deliveries Planned For Third Quarter Of 2013

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) received today from the FAA an amended Production Certificate authorizing the final assembly, test, and certification of the new production Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet. In order to earn this amended Production Certificate, EAI demonstrated all assembly, quality, inspection, and flight verification processes required by the FAA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.28.13

Boeing’s Dreamliners May See Their Long Range Wings Clipped – Temporarily…

Spokane Sues to Keep Its Tower Open…

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DAC International Provides GDC64 Solution For Bombardier Dash-8

Allows iPad Apps To Utilize Real Time Data

DAC International has received certification for its GDC64 Tablet to Aircraft Interface Unit (TAIU) on the Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft. Fokker Services in the Netherlands assisted with the certification and will be responsible for the certification on aircraft.

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FreeFlight Systems Introduces The RANGR-RX Dual-Band ADS-B

Supplies Traffic And Weather Data To Cockpit Displays While Maintaining Flexibility And Compatibility For ADS-B Installations

FreeFlight Systems has the RANGR-RX dual-band ADS-B receiver for simultaneous reception of 1090 and 978 MHz ADS-B traffic data and 978 MHz ADS-B In Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather data in a compact, integrated system. The RANGR-RX gives aircraft owners increased flexibility when equipping for ADS-B, delivering the benefits of traffic and weather data now while maintaining compatibility with existing avionics.

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Exinda Enables High-Speed Connectivity At 35,000 Feet

Satellite Communications Provider Satcom Direct Integrates Exinda Mobile Platform

Network control solutions provider Exinda announced Tuesday that Satcom Direct, a developer of satellite communications solutions for corporate and military aircraft, has selected the Exinda Mobile platform to be integrated into its first hardware product, the Satcom Direct Router (SDR). Acting as a Wi-Fi access point on an airplane, the SDR will utilize the Exinda Mobile platform to improve the consistency and response time of Internet applications.

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Bristow Group Awarded New SAR Contract For UK

Company Operates SAR Contracts Worldwide

The Department for Transport in the United Kingdom has awarded  Bristow Helicopters Limited  a new contract to provide civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) services for all of the UK. Bristow helicopters is the UK affiliate of The Bristow Group who announced the contract award Tuesday in a news release.

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Engine Problems Noted In Stinson S108 Accident

Pilot Managed To Get Out Of The Airplane, But Did Not Survive

An accident last June involving a 66-year-old Stinson S108 may have been caused by a fractured piston. The NTSBs factual report on the accident, which resulted in the fatal injury of the airplane's pilot, Dr. Louis Hanson, shows one of the six cylinders in the S108's engine had fractured, throwing metal shrapnel into the engine's camshaft.

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Yuba City Mayor Declares March ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

Issues Proclamation Lauding GA For Its Contributions To The City

Yuba City (CA) Mayor John Buckland recently declared March “General Aviation Appreciation Month, according to a news release from the Alliance for Aviation Across America.  "The proclamation highlights the vital role that general aviation has in supporting businesses, farms, emergency response, and the overall economy. In California, the general aviation industry contributes an estimated $18.2 billion into the economy every year and the aviation system supports 1.7 million jobs in the state."

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Indonesia's PT Travira Air To Buy S-76D Helicopter

Company Expanding Offshore Oil Business

Sikorsky has entered into agreements to sell two S-76D helicopters to PT Travira Air, a Jakarta, Indonesia-based charter airline company. The purchase of the two S-76D aircraft represents the latest addition to the company's fleet but also represents the launching of the S-76D helicopter in Southeast Asia.  

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Blue Angels Application Deadline Nears

Sequester Notwithstanding, Recruitment Goes Forward

Maybe this is a hopeful sign that the grounding of the Blue Angels due to the sequester will only be a temporary thing. But regardless of the fact that the Blues will apparently not be flying many air shows this year, the team is seeking highly motivated Navy and Marine Corps enlisted and officer applicants, officials said March 26.

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Two Eurocopter EC225 Helicopters Will Be Added To Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation

First Heavy-Lift Helos For Company's Oil And Gas Operations

Eurocopter has followed up major orders of the EC225 signed at the Heli-Expo earlier this month with an order for two units from Weststar Aviation Services at the Langkawi Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition this week in Malaysia.

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Five Years Of Columbus In Space

Astrium Celebrates Space Laboratory Anniversary And Promising Future Prospects

European space company Astrium is opening a new chapter in European space flight. On the occasion of the celebrations to mark five successful years of service by the Columbus space laboratory on Wednesday, Astrium underscored its key industrial role in shaping the future of European space flight in the presence of Peter Hintze, Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Dr. Thomas Reiter, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations, and Jens Böhrnsen, President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

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Classic Aero-TV: Aerosonic's OASIS -- The Ultimate Answer To 'What If?

Aerosonic Intro’s OASIS

In the midst of all the amazing electronic wizardry that populates today's extraordinary cockpits and panels, it behooves us to note that, sometimes, things go wrong. With that in mind, Aerosonic has introduced its new OASIS... The newest product in the Aerosonic stable, the OASIS standby display capitalizes on their transition from mechanical to digital instrumentation and provides an affordable and innovative standby solution. The flexible design allows for two displays to be driven by one remote sensor unit. The separation of the sensor from the display allows for installation of the display where less than three inches

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AEA Names 2013 Member And Associate Member Of The Year

Kent McIntyre of Bevan-Rabell Inc. And Sandia Aerospace Honored At Annual AEA Awards Luncheon

Kent McIntyre of Bevan-Rabell Inc. in Wichita, KS, is the 2013 Member of the Year for the Aircraft Electronics Association; while top honors in the Associate Member of the Year Award category went to Sandia Aerospace of Albuquerque, NM, during ceremonies at the AEA's annual Awards Luncheon on March 27.

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An Innovative AEA2013 Sponsor: Aspen Avionics

AEA2013 Sponsor: Aspen Avionics

We specialize in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. Our philosophy is that getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or on installation. Our flagship product line, the Evolution Flight Display system, continues to expand with the features and functions that make flying with glass panel technology so rewarding.

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XCOR Aerospace Announces Significant Propulsion Milestone

Full Piston-Pump Engine For Lynx Suborbital Vehicle Fired

XCOR Aerospace says it has completed a first in aviation and space history; the firing of a full piston pump-powered rocket engine. This breakthrough is the foundation for fully reusable spacecraft that can fly multiple times per day, every day. The company says it is a "game changing technology" that has the power to fundamentally alter the way we as a society view, visit, and utilize the abundant resources around our planet and in our solar system.

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Aerosonic Guides ANN Special Coverage of AEA2013

Aerosonic OASIS Serves As Primary Sponsor of AEA2013 Coverage

Aerosonic has been serving the needs of the Aviation industry since 1953. Timeless design and superior craftsmanship are just a few of the reasons why pilots have relied on Aerosonic Corporation for nearly sixty years to enhance the safety of their aircraft. Our customers include the major manufacturers of today’s civil, military and business rotor and fixed wing aircraft. We are a proud direct supplier to all branches of the US Military forces.

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Boeing May See ETOPS Restricted For Dreamliner

Situation Could Be Temporary While New Battery System Is Certified

One of the appeals of the 787 Dreamliner was its ability to travel long distances over oceans with just two engines ... its Extended Range Twin Engine Operational Performance, or ETOPS. But as the planemaker works to certify a new battery system, word comes that the FAA may limit the ETOPS range of the airplane, at least temporarily.

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Over $125,000 In Scholarships Awarded Through The AEA Educational Foundation

Recipients Announced March 26 At The AEA International Convention

During the Opening Ceremonies at the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on Tuesday, March 26, the Aircraft Electronics Association’s Educational Foundation announced the names of 26 individuals who were awarded individual scholarships worth more than $125,000 for the 2013-14 academic year.

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ANN AEA2013 Sponsor -- Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics

ANN Welcomes Back Long-Time AEA Special Event Sponsor Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics’ 2-inch Standby Attitude Module — SAM® — makes its first appearance at AEA

The MD302 Standby Attitude Module — SAM® — is the industry’s newest generation of 2-inch standby instruments. SAM provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure.  SAM delivers an easy-to-fit, compact design wit

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FreeFlight Systems Renews Support For Capstone Data Interface Standard

Published Technical Standard Helps Ensure Consistent Display Of Vital Situational Awareness Information

FreeFlight Systems says it plans to continue to support the Capstone Data Interface Protocol, an industry standard that helps ensure compatibility of ADS-B datalink radios and WAAS GPS position sources with cockpit displays showing traffic, weather and other data vital for situational awareness and flying safety.

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Powerful AEA2013 Sponsor: Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems

AEA2013 Sponsor: Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems

Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems has designed and manufactured precision Engine Instrumentation for over four decades. Whether you are in search of a glass panel replacement for your general aviation piston or turbine aircraft, or you seek new or retrofit program solutions; Flightline is uniquely equipped to address your needs. We are dedicated to providing superior products and cost effective solutions while maintaining superior customer service and support.

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Transport Canada Grants TSO For JA95 Audio Controller

Inaugural Product From Jupiter Avionics Will Receive Automatic Acceptance In Europe

Transport Canada has granted CANTSO-C139 Design Approval to Jupiter Avionics Corporation (JAC) for its inaugural product, the 7-person JA95 Audio Controller. The TSO-C139 will be automatically accepted in Europe thanks to its inclusion on the “Common TSO List” within the bilateral agreement between Transport Canada and EASA.

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Additional STC's Granted To Latitude For SkyNode Satcom, IONode FDM System

Certificate Covers More Than 800 Part 23 Aircraft

The FAA has granted additional STCs to Latitude Technologies (Latitude) for the SkyNode S100 flight following and flight date transceiver for installation in more than 800 Part 23 category aircraft.  Latitude has also recently received FAA approval of the SkyNode S100 including the IONode Flight Data Monitoring system for light helicopters including Bell 206/407 and Eurocopter Aerospatiale 250/355 types.

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ICG Brings You AEA2013 Special Event Coverage!

The Time To Prepare For NxtGen and Link 2000 Is Now; ICG Is Ready, Are You?

International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) of Newport News, Va. is a recognized leader within the aerospace industry in the development and manufacture of aeronautical communications systems and solutions for the General Aviation and Air Transport industries. ICG’s products provide satellite-based global voice and data telecommunications services for both cabin requirements and flight deck operations. Implementation of ICG avionics provides a comprehensive communications solution that can be customized for any size airframe or application.

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Cobham Stabilizes ANN's AEA2013 Special Event Coverage!

ANN Welcomes Cobham Commercial Systems, Integrated Systems As An AEA 2013 Sponsor!

Cobham Commercial Systems, Integrated Systems (formerly S-TEC Corporation) is the world leader in analog and digital autopilot systems. With the industry’s largest selection of single-axis, primary two-axis, and full-function two-axis autopilots, you’ll experience smoother, more stable flight and reduced maintenance down-time. Cobham autopilots are STC’d for over 1,200 fixed wing aircraft models, and are installed on more than 35,000 airframes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.28.13)

"It also enables our propulsion system to fly multiple times per day and last for tens of thousands of flights. This is one more step toward a significant reduction in per-flight cost and turnaround time, while increasing overall flight safety." Source: XCOR Chief Executive Officer Jeff Greason.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.13): Freezing Rain

Rain that falls as a liquid but freezes into glaze upon contact with the ground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.13)

The blending of two passions, aviation and music, has led to the birth of the Flying Musicians Association, Inc., a non profit 501(C)(3) organization. FMA, founded in 2009, is an organization of pilots who are musicians.

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