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June 10, 2012

Air Lease Corporation Firms Up Order For 36 A320neo Family Aircraft

Clear Lessor Endorsement For The A321, The Largest A320 Family Member

A firm contract has been signed by Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for 36 A320neo Family aircraft, 20 of which will be of the larger A321neo model in line with the market trend towards larger aircraft across all market segments, plus 14 options.

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A4A Names Top House Aide Josh Saltzman As VP, Global Government Affairs

Most Recently Served As Deputy Chief of Staff For Rep. Pete Sessions

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today named Josh Saltzman, top aide to Rep. Pete Sessions, (R- TX), to the role of Vice President, Global Government Affairs, further expanding the depth and breadth of the association's advocacy team.

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Kennedy Space Ctr Visitors Getting Rare Access Inside NASA’s Launch Control

Second Special Behind-the-Scenes Tour Added For Space Center’s 50th Anniversary

For the first time in more than 30 years, NASA is allowing Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests inside the Launch Control Center – where NASA directors and engineers supervised all of the 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs. The KSC Up-Close: Launch Control Center (LCC) Tour, the second in Kennedy Space Center’s special 50th anniversary series of rare-access tours, takes visitors inside Firing Room 4, one of the LCC’s four firing rooms and the one from which all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled. 

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New Upgrades Revitalize B-1B Lancers

Official: 'These Upgrades Will Give Us An Entirely New Aircraft'

B-1B Lancers are currently undergoing the most advanced hardware and software upgrades to date as part of the Sustainment-Block 16 program, according to Air Force officials. Sustainment-Block 16 upgrades include a fully integrated data link in the aft station and vertical situation display upgrade in the front station as well as updates to navigation, radar and diagnostic systems.

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Liberty University School Of Aeronautics Acquires First Owned Aircraft

Previous Aircraft Were All Leasebacks

The Liberty University School of Aeronautics recently acquired its first aircraft that is 100 percent owned by the university. The Cessna 172SP G1000 Skyhawk was purchased directly from Cessna Aircraft Company.

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Analyst Says USAF Faces Crisis From Aging Aircraft Inventory

Assessment Came As Senior Air Force Officers Meet At Wright-Patterson

Defense analyst Loren B. Thompson spoke recently to senior Air Force officers at Wright-Patterson AFB, saying the USAF faces a crisis from the aging aircraft in its inventory. He added The Air Force is “facing challenges because it has not succeeded in modernizing its fleet to anywhere near the degree it needs to, so the fleet is getting old.”

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FAA Grants STC For North Flight EC145 LARS System

Lightweight Data Recording System Includes Voice, Video, Data

The FAA has granted an STC to North Flight Data Systems for the installation of their Lightweight Aircraft Recording System (LARS) for the Eurocopter EC145 series helicopters. In cooperation with Metro Aviation, Inc., North FDS integrated their comprehensive voice, video and flight data recording system into the EC145 airframe. The system provides six channels of audio, one channel of video and in excess of 200 separate parameters of recorded digital aircraft data.

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Jet Edge International Adds Third Gulfstream 200 To Its Charter Fleet

West Coast-Based Airplane One Of Several Jets Added In Recent Weeks

Charter company Jet Edge International has expanded its large cabin Gulfstream fleet with a West Coast-based WiFi-enabled 2008 Gulfstream 200 (N94FT).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.10.12)

Aero Linx: CANSO CANSO is the global voice of the companies that provide air traffic control, and represents the interests of Air Navigation Service Providers worldwide. CANSO Members are responsible for supporting 85% of world air traffic, and through our Workgroups, Members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving navigation in the air and on the ground. CANSO also represents its members’ views in major regulatory and industry forums, including at ICAO, where we have official Observer status.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.10.12): Datum

Datum An aircraft datum line is an imaginary vertical plane or line from which all horizontal measurements of arm are taken, generally for balance purposes. Once the datum has been selected, all moment arms and the location of CG range are measured from this point and the weight and balance may be calculated.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.10.12)

"The B-1 has never seen this many upgrades in one block. These upgrades will give us an entirely new aircraft; this is a game changer." Source: Maj. Thomas Bryant, the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, discussing the B-1B Lancers that are currently undergoing the most advanced hardware and software upgrades to date as part of the Sustainment-Block 16 program.

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