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March 07, 2013

NTSB Releases Interim Factual Report On JAL 787 Battery Fire Investigation

Announces Forum And Investigative Hearing

The National Transportation Safety Board has released an interim factual report and 499 pages of related documents in its ongoing investigation of the Japan Airlines 787 battery fire in Boston. Additionally, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced today (Thursday) that the NTSB will be holding both a forum and a hearing in April to provide additional information to advance the investigation.

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Helicopter Demand Up Worldwide For Next Five Years

Results Of Survey Reported At Heli-Expo In Las Vegas

In its 15th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook report, Honeywell expects that global deliveries of new civilian-use helicopters will increase to between 4,900 to 5,600 over the five-year period 2013–2017. The forecast shows improved purchase plans for new helicopters in every region of the world. North American buying plans increased for the first time in half a decade, and Latin America posted the highest regional level of five-year fleet replacement and expansion at 34 percent.

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TSA Updates Prohibited Items List

Flight Attendants' Unions Strongly Oppose The Change

Beginning April 25th, if you have your grandfather's favorite pocket knife in your pocket when you go through airport security, it just might not be confiscated and tossed in a bin at the checkpoint. But that decision is being blasted by flight attendants unions.

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Eurocopter And Milestone Aviation Group Sign An Innovative Agreement

Companies Will Cooperate On Marketing And Technical Support In Helicopter Leasing

An agreement signed Tuesday by Eurocopter and Milestone Aviation Group brings the companies together for cooperative marketing of Milestone’s growing helicopter portfolio, backed by Eurocopter’s comprehensive Parts-by-the-Hour (PBH) support services.

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Life Flight Network Accepts First AW119Kx Helicopter

Took Delivery At Heli-Expo In Las Vegas

Life Flight Network accepted the first of fifteen AW119Kx single engine helicopters it has on order during a ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. All aircraft are expected to be delivered by year end to perform emergency medical service missions with this first aircraft set to be based at Aurora, Oregon.

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FreeFlight Systems, UND Developing ADS-B Transceiver STC For Bell 206

Integrated 978 MHz UAT Is Ideal For Helicopters And Other Aircraft Where System Size, Weight And Performance Are Key Factors

FreeFlight Systems is partnering with the University of North Dakota (UND) to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) package for FreeFlight System RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) system in a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter.

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Enstrom Selects Garmin G1000H Integrated Flight Deck For 480B Helicopter

Incorporates All Primary Flight Info On Two Hi-Res Screens

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has selected the Garmin G1000H all-glass, integrated flight deck for its 480B helicopter model. The new 480B flight deck was introduced Wednesday at the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

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China's Ministry Of Transport Signs For Four S-76D Helicopters

Aircraft Will Be Tasked With Search And Rescue Missions

China's Ministry of Transport's (MOT) Rescue and Salvage Bureau has signed a contract for the supply of four Sikorsky S-76D search and rescue helicopters, with an option for another four next year, to further enhance MOT's maritime search and rescue capabilities, Sikorsky Aircraft announced Tuesday from the Heli-Expo industry show.

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Thunder Over The Blue Ridge Cancelled By Organizers

Loss Of AF Thunderbirds Cited As Reason For Cancellation

The sequester has claimed another air show victim. The Thunder over the Blue Ridge Air Show planned for May 11-12 at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport has been cancelled following the announcement that the Air Force Thunderbirds would not be performing.

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FreeFlight Systems Introduces The RANGR FDL-1090-TX

Compact ADS-B Out Mode S Transponder For Flight In Class A Airspace

FreeFlight Systems has introduced the RANGR FDL-1090TX system, a compact, high-performance Mode S 1090MHz extended squitter (1090ES) transponder that pairs with a WAAS/GPS to make a rule-compliant ADS-B Out installation in aircraft operating in Class A airspace. The foundation of a comprehensive, long-term ADS-B solution, the system can be expanded with a FreeFlight Systems 978MHz receiver for weather, traffic and other ADS-B datalink services.

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Soloy SD2 Kit Approved For Installation In China

Allows For Replacement Of Turbomeca Engine With Honeywell Product In AS350B2 Aircraft

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a Validation STC (VSTC0601) of the Supplemental Type Certificate approving Soloy Aviation Solutions’ Honeywell engine conversion in Chinese registered AS350B2 helicopters, replacing the factory Turbomeca powerplant.

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DART Aerospace, Pall Corp. To Flight Test Advanced Engine Air Filtration System

New System For AS350/EC130 Helicopters Showcased At Heli-Expo 2013

DART Aerospace and Pall Corporation will initiate flight testing of a next-gen advanced engine air filtration system for AS350 and EC130 helicopter models equipped with Arriel engines in the not-too-distant future. The new AS350/EC130 Advanced Engine Air Filtration System will provide the highest level of helicopter air inlet protection to enhance engine safety, reliability, availability, and performance by reducing erosion.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.13

The FAA 20-Year Report Forecasts Long Term Growth…

Helicopter Demand Expected To Be Up Over Next Five Years…

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Aero-TV: Team Aerodynamix -- RVs More Exciting by the Dozen

Come Along For A Grass-Roots Demonstration Of Sport Aviation At Its Best

Pity ANN's 'poor' Tom Patton... he has to cover all manner of exciting aero-news, meet all kinds of aero-folks and every now and then, have one hell of an aero-adventure. And this year, Sebring's LSA event provided yet another such opportunity. Tom was assigned to fly with Mike "Kahuna" Stewart, the flight lead and founder of Team Aerodynamix. "Kahuna" finished his RV-Super 8 in 2006. Prior to that airplane, he flew an RV-6. Stewart has over 4,000 hours in his logbook, is an FFI (Formation Flying Incorporated) check pilot and has served as Chief Instructor for hundreds of formation student pilots around the country, according to the Team Aerodynamix website.

Aero-TV: Team Aerodynamix -- RVs More Exciting by the Dozen

Come Along For A Grass-Roots Demonstration Of Sport Aviation At Its Best

Pity ANN's 'poor' Tom Patton... he has to cover all manner of exciting aero-news, meet all kinds of aero-folks and every now and then, have one hell of an aero-adventure. And this year, Sebring's LSA event provided yet another such opportunity. Tom was assigned to fly with Mike "Kahuna" Stewart, the flight lead and founder of Team Aerodynamix. "Kahuna" finished his RV-Super 8 in 2006. Prior to that airplane, he flew an RV-6. Stewart has over 4,000 hours in his logbook, is an FFI (Formation Flying Incorporated) check pilot and has served as Chief Instructor for hundreds of formatio

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Eurocopter Launches The EC135 T3/P3 Members Of Its Enhanced Helicopter Family

Launch Customers From The U.S., Norway And Italy

Eurocopter marked a new milestone in its product line enhancement strategy by launching the improved-performance, updated EC135 T3/P3 helicopter versions at the Heli-Expo 2013 industry show Wednesday, signing Air Methods of the U.S., Norsk Luftambulanse of Norway, and Italy’s Aiut Alpin Dolomites as launch customers.

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Turbomeca Unveils New Arrano Engine

Designed For Helicopters In The Four- To Six-Ton Class

Turbomeca has introduced a new turboshaft engine at Heli-Expo. Christened “Arrano”, the new 1,100 shp engine is designed to power four-to-six ton helicopters and fits between the Arriel and Ardiden performance ranges.

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FAA Releases Annual 20-Year Forecast

Projects Long-Term Future Growth In Commercial, GA Sectors

The FAA on Tuesday released its Annual Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2012-2033 that provides a comprehensive examination of current and future trends in air transportation. The comprehensive report looks at all aspects of aviation including the numbers of flights, commercial airline passenger totals, aircraft fleet size, private flying, and international travel.

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FAA Approves MD Explorer 902 Gross Maximum Weight Increase

Aircraft Certification Adds 270 Pounds Of Payload Capabilities

The FAA has approved an increased maximum gross weight of 6,770 for the MD Explorer 902 helicopter. The company announced the change at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas Tuesday. The extra payload of 270 pounds allows operators in every market segment to further leverage the superior mission capabilities of this versatile aircraft.

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Scott’s–Bell 47 Announces New RR300 Turbine Powered Model 47

New Aircraft To Be Dubbed The 46GT-6

The Bell Model 47 will be returning to the market as a new turbine-powered helicopter with the Rolls Royce RR300 engine. The announcement was made Tuesday by Scott's-Bell 47 (SB47) at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. The model will be named the 47GT-6.

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Eurocopter Lands 'Major Order' From Bristow Group

Has Signed An Agreement For 12 EC175 Helos At Heli-Expo

Bristow Group on Wednesday signed an agreement for up to 12 Eurocopter EC175s, marking the latest major acquisition of Eurocopter’s rotorcraft. The contract was formalized at the Heli-Expo 2013 industry show in Las Vegas, Nevada, during a ceremony attended by William E. Chiles, Bristow Group’s President and CEO, and Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling.

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MD 540F Armed Scout Helicopter To Be Powered By New Rolls-Royce M250-C47E Engine

Advanced Engine Increases Hot and High Power and Reduces Specific Fuel Consumption to Maximize Mission Performance

MD Helicopters has selected the Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine to power its MD 540F armed scout helicopter. “The M250-C47E is decisively matched with the performance capabilities of the MD 540F,” said Carl Schopfer, President of MDHI. “This engine will efficiently deliver all the power necessary to achieve hot and high performance, while surpassing the increased payload demands of our weapons platform."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.07.13)

"Although the slow growth of the U.S. economy and the European recession has dampened the near term prospects for general aviation, the long-term outlook remains favorable." Source: Excerpt from the FAA's long-range aviation forecast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.07.13): NAO

North Atlantic Oscillation - the NAO is a large-scale fluctuation in atmospheric pressure between the subtropical high pressure system located near the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean and the sub-polar low pressure system near Iceland and is quantified in the NAO Index.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.07.13)

Sentimental Journey Fly-In

The 28th Annual Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven Fly-In is coming up June 19th-22nd, 2013. A chance to turn out to celebrate and "Kiss the ground the Piper J-3 was built on."

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