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May 20, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.20.13

Get Ready for Longer Lines at the Airport…

34,000 Airliners Needed Through 2031…

Beechcraft Wins Contract for Air Force Trainers…

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New Avionics Functions Certified For Legacy 600, Legacy 650

Approvals Come From FAA, EASA, Brazil's ANAC

The FAA, EASA, and ANAC - Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil; EASA have certified Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Vertical Navigation (VNAV), Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) as installed on both the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 aircraft.

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NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission Moves Into Development

Launch Planned For 2016, With Samples Returning In 2023

NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review Wednesday called Key Decision Point (KDP)-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft's continuation into the development phase.

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Bionetics New Tenant At KSC's Space Life Sciences Laboratory

Company Develops Technology To Enable Microgravity-Based Life Sciences Research

The Bionetics Corporation, a diversified engineering and applied sciences company, is set to become the newest tenant of the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL) at the Kennedy Space Center, according to Space Florida, the state’s aerospace development organization and spaceport authority.

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services To Complete SAR Conversion For Brunei Shell S-92

Helo Originally Configured For Offshore Oil Transport Missions

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has been tapped to perform the first post-delivery Search and Rescue (SAR) modifications to Brunei Shell's Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. Originally configured for offshore oil missions, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive conversion to a SAR configuration to serve customers in Borneo and the surrounding Southeast Asia region.

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FAA Certifies 757-200PCC Combi Aircraft Conversion

Certificate Held By Precision Conversions Of Portland, OR

The FAA has granted an STC (Supplemental Type Certificate #ST02278SE) to Portland, OR,-based Precision Conversions for its 757-200PCC Combi variant. The Combi configuration includes 10 full cargo positions and seating for 54 passengers along with full galley and lavatory facilities. This is also the first certified 757-200 Combi in the world to include winglets.

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Groups Call for Better Pay For Workers, Community Input On Planned JFK Expansion

Elected Officials, Workers, Residents, Clergy Urge Port Authority To Require Airport Contractors To Give Workers Decent Wages And Benefits As Taxpayer-Subsidized JFK Expands

Elected officials, clergy and Southeast Queens residents have called for community input and fair treatment of sub-contracted workers as JFK Airport expands and Delta Airlines renovates a major terminal.

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Pilot Lands Ultralight On Alabama Highway

Said He Experienced A Fuel Problem With The Airplane

A pilot on a local flight that originated at Chilton County, AL, airport (02A) executed a safe emergency landing on U.S. Highway 31 in Clanton, AL, Wednesday. The pilot said he experienced an engine problem with his aircraft, the make and model of which were not specified but which was described as an ultralight.

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California Software Company Announces 'Series A' Funding For Drone Research

$10.7M New Funding Advances Mission To Provide A Universal Platform For The Safe, Reliable Operation Of Drones For Commercial Use

Airware, creators of a universal development platform for commercial drones, has secured a $10.7 million Series A round of financing. The funding will enable Airware to meet increasing customer demand in the rapidly growing global market of commercially-operated drones. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz with Google Ventures also participating.

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SABR Brings Fifth Generation Fighter Radar Capabilities To F-16 Aircraft

Precision Targeting Capability Developed By NGC

The Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) designed by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the F-16 fighter aircraft recently demonstrated its autonomous, all-environment precision targeting capability, which will enhance the aircraft's mission capabilities.

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America’s Growing Aviation Cluster Adds Mod Center

Florida's Melbourne International Airport Welcomes Aviation Maintenance Company MidairUSA

Melbourne International Airport (KMLB) on Florida’s Space Coast, has added MidairUSA’s Maintenance and Engineering complex to its aviation cluster of companies. MidairUSA, which brings a significant maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) presence to the airport’s aviation and aerospace base, plans to build hangar facilities designed to retrofit Boeing 747 airplanes.

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AD: Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-09-06

PRODUCT: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-10-02

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -200PF series airplanes.

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Airborne 05.17.13: X-47B Carrier Launch, New CAF Base, Space Oddity... For Real

Also: Wanna Buy A Control Tower?, SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer, Remembering Frank Beagle, Exp 35 Astros Drop In, 777X Team Named, AF Academy Grads Will Get Their Flyover!

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia Tuesday. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced plans to establish the CAF National Airbase at a major metropolitan area and its intent to launch a nationwide search immediately. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the station has performed a rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity"

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Klyde Morris (05.20.13)

Klyde Does 'Drone' On... 


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EAA Chapter To Finish Fallen Member's Plane

RV-8 Was Being Built By Service Member Fatally Injured In KC-135 Accident In Kyrgyzstan

A special project is occurring at the EAA Chapter 79 hangar on Spokane, Washington's Felts Field. About a dozen chapter members are working to complete panel work on the RV-8 owned by a fellow member, United States Air Force Capt. Tyler Voss, who was tragically killed along with two other airmen when their KC-135 Stratotanker crashed on May 3 in Kyrgyzstan.

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Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record

Previous Record Held By Lunar Rover Driven By Gene Cernan And Harrison Schmitt

While Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt visited Earth's moon for three days in December 1972, they drove their mission's Lunar Roving Vehicle 19.3 nautical miles. That was the farthest total distance for any NASA vehicle driving on a world other than Earth ... until Thursday.

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Gold Shipment Vanishes From Miami Airport

Some $625,000 In Gold Had Been Shipped On American Airlines

A shipment of gold worth $625,000 being transported from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Miami International Airport aboard an American Airlines flight Tuesday vanished after the plane was unloaded at the south Florida airport.

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Plane Diverted When Captain Was Locked Out Of The Cockpit

Door To The Front Office Jammed While Pilot Took A Bio-Break

It's one of those things you might think about as the front door to your house or a hotel room door closes and locks ... can I get back in? But it's probably not the first thing that the captain of an airliner should have to be concerned about. There's somebody else in the cockpit.

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Non-Profits Plan Flyover For AF Academy Grads

Privately-Owned WWII Aircraft Will Sub For Grounded Thunderbirds

The 2013 graduating class from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, won't get the traditional flyover from the Thunderbirds, thanks to the team's grounding by sequestration. But that doesn't mean there will be no flyover for the class.

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Flight Test Engineer Turns Real-Life Experience Into New Novel

Historical Fiction Set Against Invasion Of Kuwait In 1990

In order to succeed in his invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein needed weapons. Weapons lead to questions: who supplied them? Were multiple countries involved in getting weapons to Iraq? And to what extent was the U.S. government involved?  

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Pilot Cited For Flying Without A License

Landed On A Road He Mistook For A Runway

A pilot who landed on a road in Cottonwood, AZ, has been cited for flying without a proper airman certificate in an airplane that was not airworthy, according to local authorities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.20.13): Discrete Frequency

Discrete Frequency A separate radio frequency for use in direct pilot-controller communications in air traffic control which reduces frequency congestion by controlling the number of aircraft operating on a particular frequency at one time. Discrete frequencies are normally designated for each control sector in en route/terminal ATC facilities. Discrete frequencies are listed in the Airport/Facility Directory and the DOD FLIP IFR En Route Supplement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.20.13)

Aero Linx: The California Agricultural Aircraft Association (CAAA) The California Agricultural Aircraft Association (CAAA) is a non-profit trade association representing the professional aerial application industry in California. Our stated mission is to “Support individual and industry professionalism, promote ethical and safe standards of operation, and secure the future of agricultural aviation.”

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.20.13)

"On his last day in the country he gave his life for, Tyler was working on his RV-8 at the EAA hangar. He spoke to (chapter member) Vance Simons, who had become a friend since he is also building an airplane in the hangar and they saw each other often. Tyler said his goal had been to finish refurbishing his RV-8 before deployment, but duty called, and he would be leaving the next day. Vance said, 'Well, at least you're leaving for a good cause - to fight for your country.' They agreed, wished each other good luck, and Tyler said he would see Vance in two months." Source: Chapter member Marian Heale wrote this in the May edition of The EAA Chapter 79 Newsletter, after the death of chapter member and United States Air Force Capt. Tyler

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