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March 19, 2013

Boeing Selects GE As Engine Partner For 777X Studies

Future 777 Models To Enter Market Near End Of The Decade

Boeing's development study on improvements to the 777, known as 777X, will include GE as the engine partner on the twin-aisle airplane expected to enter service near the end of the decade. Boeing says the future 777 models will offer increased fuel efficiency and range.

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Boeing 747-8 Lands At 100th Airport

Hanoi Welcomes 747-8 Revenue Operations

The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait on Sunday.

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Gone West: Deacon Billy J. Ellis

Former Air Force Officer Flew Combat Tours In Korea, Vietnam

Deacon Billy J. Ellis, a retired USAF Major General who flew combat missions in Korea and Vietnam, as well as a tour with the Thunderbirds, passed away March 12th at the age of 84 in Charleston, SC.

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EBAA Outlines Strategy For 2013

Hopes To Counteract Challenging Economy, Unbalanced Legislation

With a faltering economy resulting in business aviation flight activity levels in Europe down 4.3% in 2012, the sector kicked off the new year pondering, “Is the worst behind us?” This question was openly addressed during the EBAA Annual General Meeting held Friday in Brussels at the headquarters of Eurocontrol.

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ESA Seeks Software Innovators For Supercharged Orbiting Laboratory

Offers 'Real Flying Laboratory' For Experimenters

The ESA General Studies Program (GSP) is offering the opportunity for software developers to use its new laboratory in space. It's a chance for individuals, academic institutes, and industry to fly their own new systems on an accelerated program, expected to launch towards the end of 2015. The flying laboratory will be 15 times closer than Silicon Valley.

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CAE Awarded Long-Term Commercial Training And Services Contracts

Deals With Multiple Clients Valued At Approximately $239 Million

CAE today announced it has concluded a series of long-term commercial training and services contracts adding to its fourth quarter order intake and valued at approximately $239 million. They span four continents and include a 10-year training provider contract for LAN and TAM Airlines.

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UK Lynx Flight Completes French Warship Deployment

Flew From A French Frigate On Counter-Piracy Operations In The Indian Ocean

A Royal Navy Lynx Helicopter And Crew, 217 Flight of 815 Naval Air Squadron, arrived back at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton to a family welcome following their 4-month deployment on the French Navy frigate Surcouf. During the deployment they helped capture 12 suspected pirates following an attack on the Merchant Ship Jasmine by men armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

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Groton, CT ATC Officials Warn Of Safety Issues If Tower Closes

On The List Of Control Towers In Jeopardy Due To Sequestration

Groton-New London Airport (KGON) in Connecticut is one of the 173 facilities with towers slated to be closed April 7 unless congress and President Obama solve their budget stalemate, and the air traffic control manager there says it will make that and other airports far less safe.

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Mike Goulian Appointed To IMC Club’s Board Of Directors

Author Of 'Basic And Advance Aerobatics' Also An Experienced Instrument Pilot

The IMC Club has appointed an air show superstar and former United States Unlimited Aerobatic Champion, Mike Goulian, to its Board of Directors. Michael Goulian, co-author of a series of books titled "Basic and Advanced Aerobatics" is also a very experienced and devoted instrument pilot with over 7500 hours and over 500 of actual IMC.

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BAE Systems Research Aircraft In Arctic Cloud Study

Mission Goal Is To Improve Climate Predictions

A BAE Systems research aircraft is about to help scientists measure cloud properties in the Arctic in a bid to improve Arctic climate predictions. The BAe 146 Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA) is owned by BAE Systems and was converted by BAE Systems Regional Aircraft into one of the foremost atmospheric research aircraft in the world.

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Golden Knights Cancels Performance At Atlantic City Air Show

Sequestration Cuts Cited Again

For the first time in a decade, the Atlantic City Air Show will go forward without a U.S. military act on its schedule. Another victim of sequestration, the Army's Golden Knights parachute team told the organizers of the New Jersey event that they would be unable to perform at the air show in June. But the Golden Knight's cancellation does not mean that the entire event will be scrapped.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.19.13

The Pentagon Overrides Beechcraft’s Challenge to the LAS Contract…

Embraer Leases Hangar Space to Fulfill the LAS Contract…

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Airborne 03.19.13: Boeing Fix?, Circum-Polar Flight Continues, AF Disappoints Beech

Also: CubCrafters Gets NightLights, Exp 34 Crew Returns, Collier Trophy, Control Towers, 100th A380, Icy Pipistrels!

A comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks, Boeing said in a webcast late Thursday. There’s flying around the world and there’s flying around the world --- and as we’ve reported earlier here on ANN, Bill Harrelson is doing just that – the hard way, in a circum-polar flight. Most recently globe-girdling Lancair IV pilot, Bill Harrelson, made the LONG over-water trip from Recife, Brazil, to Punta Arenas, Chile... where he prepares for one of the mos

Airborne 03.19.13: Boeing Fix?, Circum-Polar Flt Continues, AF Disappoints Beech

Also: CubCrafters Gets NightLights, Exp 34 Crew Returns, Collier Trophy, Control Towers, 100th A380, Icy Pipistrels!

A comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks, Boeing said in a webcast late Thursday. There’s flying around the world and there’s flying around the world --- and as we’ve reported earlier here on ANN, Bill Harrelson is doing just that – the hard way, in a circum-polar flight. Most recently globe-girdling Lancair IV pilot,

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First Eclipse 550 Powered Up

Engines, Systems Came On Line At The Company's NM Assembly Facility

Eclipse Aerospace celebrated a major production milestone Monday ... the first power up of the new production Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet. The first production Eclipse 550 aircraft successfully powered up its two Pratt & Whitney PW610F engines, and the aircraft systems came on line at the company’s facility in Albuquerque, NM.

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Pentagon Overrides Beechcraft Challenge On LAS Contract

Air Force Says Need Is 'Critical' To Advance Long-Delayed Program

The Pentagon has put an end to the challenge by Beechcraft for the award of the long-disputed LAS contract to Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp. The Air Force said that "unusual and compelling circumstances" were behind the move, and that it would move ahead with plans to build the airplanes in Jacksonville, FL.

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Embraer Signs Jacksonville, FL Airport Lease For A-29 Assembly Facility

Preparation Of The Facility Is Underway In NE Florida

Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. has signed a 10-year lease on a 40,000-square-foot hangar in which the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) program will be assembled. Preparation of the facility is currently underway. The LAS aircraft are urgently needed to support the successful withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

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Lion Air Orders 234 A320 Family Aircraft

Indonesian Low Cost Carrier Becomes New Airbus Customer With Major Order

Indonesia’s Lion Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The deal sees the carrier become a new customer for Airbus. The order was finalized Monday at a special ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris.

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FAA Investigating Controller In West Virginia

Accused Of Being Unresponsive On Two Separate Occasions While On Duty

The FAA is looking into accusations that an air traffic controller, whom they have not identified, was unresponsive twice while on the job. During one of those incidents, which occurred earlier this month, two other employees said they saw the controller sleeping while he was assigned to the tower at West Virginia's Yeager Airport.

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Sequestration Cancels Lynchburg Regional Air Show

All Ticket Purchases Will Be Refunded For The Virginia Event

The Lynchburg Regional Air Show Corporation (LRA) announced Friday that the Memorial Day weekend air show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and other performers has been cancelled. The show was to be held at Lynchburg Regional Airport (KLYH) in Lynchburg, VA.

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Spitfire Replica Down In Australia

Pilot Fatally Injured In The Accident In Adelaide

A replica of a Supermarine Spitfire airplane has gone down in a suburb of Adelaide, Australia, resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot. According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the plane had been cleared for final approach to the southerly runway at Parafield airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.19.13)

“This event is another key signal to the world that we continue on our methodical and well executed plan to reintroduce production and delivery of the Eclipse 550 Jet this year." Source: Mason Holland, president and CEO of Eclipse Aerospace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.19.13): Height Above Touchdown

The height of the Decision Height or Minimum Descent Altitude above the highest runway elevation in the touchdown zone (first 3,000 feet of the runway).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.19.13)

Detailed accounts of accidents that have occurred in Southern California over the years. Also shows a list of when airports opened, and info about early airlines. The site claims more than 3.2 million visitors.

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