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July 01, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.02.13

This Ain’t Flubber – Flying Car You Will See…

The Youngest To Fly Around the World…

Congress Slashes Civilian GPS Funding&

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Raglan Beechcraft Baron Interim Report Released By New Zealand CAA

Pilot Eric Hertz Had Declared An Emergency Following Problems With Both Engines

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has released its interim factual report into the fatal Easter weekend accident off the coast of Raglan, which claimed the lives of 2Degrees CEO Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy. The report gives a more detailed account of the circumstances of the accident, and highlights areas of interest for the CAA in its on-going investigation.

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NASA's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier Of Our 'Solar Bubble'

Entering 'Strange Last Region' Before Interstellar Space

Data from Voyager 1, which is now more than 11 billion miles from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space. Research using Voyager 1 data and published in the journal Science Thursday provides new detail on the last region the spacecraft will cross before it leaves the heliosphere, or the bubble around our sun, and enters interstellar space.

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UND Aerospace Foundation Donates $25,000 To LA School District

Grant Will Help Local Student Mechanics Aspiring To Jobs In Aviation

A contingent from the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation in Grand Forks arrived in Southern California to donate $25,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District's struggling aircraft mechanics school on Saturday at 1930 PDT at Van Nuys Airport.

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Helinet Technologies Deploys HD Aerial Downlink System

Device Being Utilized By The Hawthorne,CA, Police Department

An integrated video downlink system that enables the transmission of high-definition (HD) images from an airborne source to multiple receivers on the ground has been deployed by the Hawthorne, CA, Police Department (HPD). Development and installation of the system was led by Helinet Technologies.

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NASA Thruster Achieves World-Record 5.5 Years Of Operation

Advanced Ion Engine Has Run Continuously for 48,000 Hours

A NASA advanced ion propulsion engine has successfully operated for more than 48,000 hours, or 5 and a half years, making it the longest test duration of any type of space propulsion system demonstration project ever. The thruster was developed under NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Glenn manufactured the test engine's core ionization chamber.

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US Airways Awards Record $455,000 In College Scholarships

More than 100 Children Of Employees, Retirees Receive $3,500 For Higher Education

US Airways awarded $455,000 in college scholarships to 130 children of employees and retirees June 24 at a reception in Phoenix. The US Airways Education Foundation has previously awarded $2,500 college scholarships but last night the students learned they would receive $3,500 due to record fundraising done by the Foundation last year.

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Upswing In Demand Provides Lift For Canadian Aerospace Industry

But Conference Board Of Canada Says Inventory Of Used Airplanes Remains High

Demand for new aircraft appears to be on the rise, which will provide a boost to Canadian production over the next four years, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Industrial Outlook: Canada's Aerospace Industry-Spring 2013.

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Space Frontier Foundation Launches NewSpace Business Plan Competition

Calls The Effort Its 'Richest And Most Exciting'

With $135,000 in prizes, more industry support than ever before, and a new location and date, the Space Frontier Foundation has announced the details of the largest, richest and most exciting NewSpace Business Plan Competition to date.

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Ex-Im Bank Authorizes $130 Million For Export To Ethiopian Airlines

Transaction Finances Export Of U.S.-Manufactured Aircraft And Engines

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized nearly $130 million in financing to support the export of Boeing long-range aircraft and installed GE-90 engines to Ethiopian Airlines.

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Sikorsky Contract With Spirit AeroSystems On CH-53K Evaluation Structures

Will Supply Major Structural Cockpit And Cabin Components

Spirit AeroSystems said Thursday it has received a $60 million contract from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to supply the major structural cockpit and cabin components of four additional CH-53K heavy lift helicopters. Designated System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four production-representative aircraft will be used by the U.S. Marine Corps to evaluate the helicopter's mission capabilities in service operating conditions.

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U.S. Army Helicopter Maintenance Program Goes To Lockheed Martin

Initial Contract Valued At $5 Million

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL, has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for aircraft maintenance and logistics with an initial funding value of $5 million to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters.

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Thales To Study Aircraft Communications

KALB Study To Lead To A High-Throughput SATCOM Terminal

The French defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has signed a contract making Thales Alenia Space the prime contractor for a study designed to enhance communications between ground and military mission aircraft through a telecommunication satellite without interruption during extreme flying conditions, such as attitude, tight turns, and landing.

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Airborne 06.28.13: Sikorsky Prize, CSeries 1st Flt Delay, Cessna TTx Gets FIKI

Also: Warbirds, Round Engines, Delta Loves Virgin, Lawn Chair Balloonacy, Roddenberry's Journey

Will the Sikorsky Prize for human powered flight in a helicopter be going to a Canadian team? An announcement could be imminent. AeroVelo, a Canadian team that is competing to win the $250,000 award said on its blog earlier this month that it has unofficially satisfied all of the requirements set out to win the prize. It will be at least a month before the Bombardier CS Series Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) makes its first test flight, According to a statement released Wednesday by the Canadian planemaker. This is the second delay announcement for the CS Serie

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Embraer Executive Jets' Phenom 300 To Spread Wings In China

Aircraft Will Join The Fleet Of China’s Erdos General Aviation

Embraer Executive Jets announced Thursday that a Phenom 300 light executive jet will join the fleet of China’s Erdos General Aviation Co., Ltd. in the third quarter of 2013, marking the first aircraft of this model sold in the Chinese market. The Phenom 300 was certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) last November.

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Klyde Morris (07.01.13)

Klyde Has Some Fun With A-POO's So-Called Video Reports


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Piper To Exhibit Team Chambliss Meridian At Oshkosh

Kirby Chambliss To Sign Autographs Wednesday And Friday

Piper Aircraft and Red Bull Team Chambliss are combining forces at this year's EAA AirVenture, being held July 29 to Aug. 4 in Oshkosh, WI. Piper will display Team Chambliss' company transport support airplane, a Piper Meridian, along with Kirby Chambliss' aerobatic Edge 540, one of the flight attractions at Oshkosh.

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PayPal, SETI Institute, Buzz Aldrin And Space Leaders Launch PayPal Galactic

Will Allow Future Space Tourists To Have Access To Money

In space, no one can hear the cash register ring ... until now. PayPal has announced the launch of PayPal Galactic, an initiative that addresses the issues to help make universal space payments a reality. PayPal Galactic brings together leaders in the scientific community, including the SETI Institute and Space Tourism Society, to prepare and support the future of space commerce.

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Authorizes Activation Of The In-Flight Data Transmission System

The FAA has granted an activation Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to FLYHT Aerospace Solutions for its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228 on the Boeing 777 model aircraft.

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Clay Lacy Aviation Receives Prestigious 'Star Of The Valley' Award

Presented For 45 Years Of Aviation Leadership And Innovation

Clay Lacy Aviation has been honored by the Valley Economic Alliance with its prestigious "Star of the Valley Award" for 45 years of leadership and innovation in the business aviation industry. The award was presented at a black-tie event held on June 29 at Van Nuys Airport celebrating the company's contributions to the economic growth of the San Fernando Valley.

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Remains Of Gene Roddenberry And Majel Barrett To Be Sent On Final Journey

Star Trek Creator's Cremains To Be Carried Into Eternity On NASA-Developed Solar Sail

Gene Roddenberry's remains have been sent to space and recovered before, but on an upcoming flight, the remains of the creator of Star Trek and his wife Majel Barrett will fly into eternity together carried by an experimental solar sail developed by NASA.

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Financial Publication Looks At Space Tourism And Its Projected Costs

Posts Article Titled '"Space Tourism: How Much Should You Save For A Space Trip?'

Much has been made recently about the coming availability of seats on sub-orbital spacecraft for those with the ability to pay for them, but what are the actual possibilities, and how much will it cost in the future?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.01.13)

Aero Linx: FAA--Become a Pilot Decide what you want to fly. FAA's rules for getting a pilot's license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. If you are interested in flying ultralight vehicles, you don't need a pilot's license. You should also think about what type of flying you want to do. There are several different types of pilot's licenses, from student pilot all the way up to airline transport pilot. The information below describes the eligibility, training, experience, and testing requirements for Student Pilots, Recreational Pilots and Private Pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.01.13): VFR-On-Top

VFR-On-Top ATC authorization for an IFR aircraft to operate in VFR conditions at any appropriate VFR altitude (as specified in 14 CFR and as restricted by ATC). A pilot receiving this authorization must comply with the VFR visibility, distance from cloud criteria, and the minimum IFR altitudes specified in 14 CFR Part 91. The use of this term does not relieve controllers of their responsibility to separate aircraft in Class B and Class C airspace or TRSAs as required by FAAO JO 7110.65.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.01.13)

"Demand has been soft for years, due to the uncertainty in the world economy. But the new-order books are starting to look better, partially the result of rising orders for the CSeries, Bombardier's upcoming aircraft, and renewed strength in the demand for high-end business jets. It will take years for the industry to fully benefit, but production is beginning to accelerate." Source: Maxim Armstrong, Senior Economist, in comments made following the The Conference Board of Canada's Industrial Outlook: Canada's Aerospace Industry-Spring 2013 -- which reported that demand for new aircraft appears to be on the rise, which will provide a boost to Canadian production over the next four years.

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