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July 13, 2012

New Wildcat Helicopter Unveiled At Farnborough

First Of 62 Delivered To UK MoD By AgustaWestland

The Defence Secretary has today unveiled the first of a new fleet of Wildcat helicopters, and confirmed a $358 million contract to support them. The first two of 62 Wildcat helicopters ordered by the MOD were handed over by manufacturer AgustaWestland at the Farnborough International Airshow.

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Rotax Expert Hosts Multiple Forums At AirVenture, Arlington

Phil Lockwood Also Announced New Website

Earlier this year, Rotax Aircraft Engines, which commands a 75% share among LSA and light kit-built aircraft, introduced their new fuel-injected 912 iS powerplant. As the leading U.S. expert on Rotax with first hand experience working with the new engine Phil Lockwood will present forums at Arlington 2012 in Washington State and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.

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Dream Chaser Passes Nose Gear Test

First Launch Planned For Later This Year

A successful test of the nose landing gear for a full-scale Dream Chaser engineering flight test vehicle has been completed by developer Sierra Nevada. The completed test and an upcoming flight test are part of SNC's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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Private Airline In China Carves Big Stick By Walking Softly

Grows Market Share Showing Deference to State Owned Competition

China has one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets, even though its primary airlines are all state owned. It's no surprise then that a small independent, budget fare airline would find the going difficult. Yet Wang Zenghau has built the country's most successful budget fare carrier, Spring Airlines, by following a simple philosophy for coexisting with the bigger government backed competition.

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Planetary Resources To Launch With Virgin Galactic

Agreement Announced For Payload Services On Variety Of Missions

Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources has reached an agreement with Virgin Galactic that will enable multiple launch opportunities for its series of spacecraft, including the Arkyd-100 low-Earth orbit (LEO) space telescopes.

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MiG 21 Involved In Runway Excursion In Eden Prairie, MN

Witnesses: Airplane's Drogue Chute Deployed, The Collapsed And Detached

A MiG 21 has been involved in a runway excursion in Eden Prairie, MN, as the pilot was attempting to land at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM).  Witnesses say the airplane's drogue chute deployed, but then collapsed and detached, so that the pilot was not able to stop before reaching the runway threshold.

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ecoDemonstrator Airplane Prepares For Flight Test Program

Boeing, American Airlines, Flying A Modified 737-800 For Validation Of New Technologies

Assembly has been completed of an American Airlines, Next-Generation 737-800 to be used as a flying test bed for validating environmentally progressive technologies. The airplane, known as the ecoDemonstrator, is being outfitted with advanced technologies and test equipment before it begins a month of intense flight testing in Montana.

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RAF's Newest Transport Aircraft Named Atlas

New Moniker For The Airplane Previously Known As The A400M

The RAF's next generation military transport aircraft has officially been named Atlas at the Royal International Air Tattoo, which is taking place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The aircraft, which has until now been known as the A400M, will replace the RAF's existing C-130 Hercules fleet and, along with the Voyager and C-17, will provide the UK military's future air transport force.

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Smoke Near Farnborough Dreamliner From Ground Power Unit

Firetrucks Scrambled, But 787 Was Undamaged

Firetrucks at the Farnbobough Air Show were seen racing towards one of the shows star attractions Wednesday; Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. But when they got there, they discovered that the smoke that was observed coming from the vicinity of the airplane was just a smoldering Ground Power Unit.

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Government Gets Guilty Plea In Model Airplane Terror Plot

Massachusetts Man Had Planned To Fly Explosives-Packed Model Aircraft Into Government Buildings

Last year, FBI agents uncovered a plot being put together by Rezwan Ferdaus to fly model airplanes rigged with explosives into government buildings, including the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. While the agency had been aware of his activities for some time and had no intention of allowing him to carry out the threat, they did consider it credible.

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Gone West: Wichita Philanthropist Velma Wallace

Longtime Supporter of Wichita State University and Aerospace

The aerospace and education communities lost a great supporter last Sunday with the passing of Velma Wallace. She was the widow of Cessna Aircraft chairman Dwane Wallace and a longtime supporter of Wichita State University.

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 07.13.12: HBC Deal For Real?, Boeing/Airbus At Farnborough, OSHKOSH!!!

Also: Garmin GLO, Adventure Pilot, AgustaWestland Helos, Barnstorming Gets Real, and Lego Jets!

As you may have heard, Airborne now comes to you TWICE a week, Tuesday and Fridays, (with occasional exceptions for special event weeks and associated coverage). Each week, you’ll get your dose of Airborne on Tuesday as well as Friday, allowing us to make the news more timely for you. There was big news for Boeing Thursday as Farnborough draws to a close. The Seattle based plane maker announced that United Air Lines has placed orders for 150 new 737 airplanes, including 100 of the new 737 Max 9s. Of course there's another big airshow coming soon - maybe you've heard of it? EAA’s Airventure in Oshkosh plans to honor two great veterans groups this summer – namely the D

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 07.13.12: HBC Deal For Real?, Boeing/Airbus, Oshkosh!

Also: Garmin GLO, Adventure Pilot, AW Helos, Barnstorming!, and Lego Jets!

As you may have heard, Airborne now comes to you TWICE a week, Tuesday and Fridays, (with occasional exceptions for special event weeks and associated coverage). Each week, you’ll get your dose of Airborne on Tuesday as well as Friday, allowing us to make the news more timely for you. There was big news for Boeing Thursday as Farnborough draws to a close. The Seattle based plane maker announced that United Air Lines has placed orders for 150 new 737 airplanes, including 100 of the new 737 Max 9s. Of course there's another big airshow coming soon - maybe you've heard of it? EAA’s Airventure in Oshkosh plans to honor two great veterans groups this summer – namely the Doolittle Raid

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Farnborough Orders Push 737 Beyond 10,000 Airplane Milestone

Orders And Commitments For 396 Boeing Airplanes Overall At The Show

Boeing's new aircraft and innovative technologies attracted customers, partners, government officials and media at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. The show saw the first flying display of the innovative 787 Dreamliner in Qatar Airways livery and the new Enduring Awareness Pavilion, a display of advanced command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.

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Airbus Wins Commitments Worth $16.9 Billion At Farnborough

Orders Placed For 115 Airbus Aircraft Across Three Product Families

At the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show, Airbus won about $16.9 billion worth of business for a total of 115 aircraft. The commitments comprise Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 61 aircraft worth $5.8 billion and firm purchase orders for 54 aircraft worth around $11.1 billion.

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ICAO Establishes International Metric For CO2 Emissions

A4A, Boeing, Airbus Commend The Organization For Its Progress On The Issue

Global aviation moved a step closer to establishing a worldwide CO2 Standard for aircraft Tuesday, as the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) unanimously agreed on a CO2 metric system which characterizes the CO2 emissions for aircraft types with varying technologies.

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Mitsubishi Wins Order For 100 Regional Jets From SkyWest

Deal Potentially Worth $4 Billion

Regional carrier SkyWest plans to acquire as many as 100 Mitsubishi Regional Jets in deal announced Wednesday at the Farnborough International Air Show worth as much as $4 billion. The deal is part of an overall fleet replacement program at the airline.

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Huerta Addresses ALPA Conference, Stresses Training And Safety

Says New Rules In Development Are Should Help Prevent An AF447-Type Accident

Acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta was the keynote speaker for the ALPA conference Thursday, and he used the occasion to address ongoing safety and training concerns for airline pilots. "We are all here because we believe that training is fundamental to performing our jobs in a safe and professional way," he told the attendees.

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Klyde Morris 07.13.2012

If You Read It In A Flyer ... It Must Be True

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Lockheed Martin Delivers Four F-35s To U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps

Moves Number Of Operational Aircraft Past The Test Fleet

With the delivery of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft since June 29, an important milestone was achieved as the Department of Defense now possesses more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft. A total of nine F-35s have been delivered for the year, giving the DOD a total of 30 aircraft fleet-wide. Of these, 16 are operational aircraft and 14 are test planes.

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CHC Helicopter Signs Contract For 10 AW139s

Deliveries To Occur Over The Next Three Years

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract to acquire 10 AW139 medium twin helicopters over the next three years. These aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry. This order will bring the total of AW139 helicopters operated and managed by this customer to 44.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.13.12)

“This metric system is a very important milestone which comes after extensive technical discussions.” Source: ICAO’s Environment Branch Chief, Jane Hupe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.13.12): Below Minimums

Weather conditions below the minimums prescribed by regulation for the particular action involved; e.g., landing minimums, takeoff minimums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.13.12)

Flying the Hudson River

A private pilot's web page about flying the Hudson River corridor, Scott Germaise has put together a tremendous amount of info that "discusses rules, regulations and best practices for flying light aircraft on the popular sightseeing route of the Hudson River.

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