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May 15, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.15.13

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EADS Says U.S. Army Will Stop Buying Lakotas

Cites Sequester As The Reason That The Program Is Ending

The chairman and CEO of EADS has written an op-ed piece that criticizes sequestration for bringing the Lakota helicopter program to an end. "The Army has decided it's time to end this record of accomplishment next year," wrote Sean O'Keefe in an opinion piece appearing on the Defense News website.

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Twin Commander Owners Go Back To School

Biennial Owner/Operator Conference Focuses On Flying, Maintaining, Upgrading The Type

More than 120 Twin Commander owners, operators and factory and service center representatives went back to school recently to learn more about their favorite subject: their Twin Commanders. “School” was the Twin Commander University, a biennial owner/operator conference that features educational seminars on flying, maintaining, and upgrading Twin Commanders.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Order for 50 737 MAXs

Order Also Includes 20 Next-Generation 737s, Options For An Additional 25 737 MAX 8s

A firm order has been finalized between Boeing and Turkish Airlines for 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800 jets, valued at $6.9 billion at list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment last month, also includes options for an additional 25 737 MAX 8s and is the largest Boeing order in Turkish Airlines' history.

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Five Teams Shortlisted For Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas Challenge Final

Team With The Most Innovative Idea Will Win €30,000

Airbus has selected the five finalist student teams competing in the third edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge. The teams making the final are from Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and Malaysia. The students will present their ideas to a jury of Airbus and industry experts at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse on 12th June 2013. The winning team will receive a prize of €30,000 (about $39,000) and the runners up €15,000 (about $20,000).

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Bell Helicopter Announces New Managing Director of North America

Features Multiple Aircraft At SOFIC 2013

Anthony Moreland will return to Bell Helicopter as managing director, North America. In this role, Moreland is responsible for all sales and marketing activities in the United States and Canada.

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Pilot Makes Unscheduled Landing Because Woman Was Singing On Board

American Airlines Flights Diverts To Kansas City To Take Her Off The Plane

Los Angeles to New York is a long flight no matter what, but apparently a recent American Airlines flight on that route Friday was being made to seem even longer because a woman would not stop singing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and other songs in the passenger cabin.

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Eurocopter Opens Its Systemhaus Helicopter Development Center

New Facility At The Company’s Donauwörth, Germany Site

Eurocopter officially opened its new Systemhaus helicopter development center at Donauwörth, Germany Tuesday in the presence of Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer. The facility, which provides workspace for some 900 employees, offers complete system capability for the global helicopter market leader’s production activity at its German location – a key aspect of the company’s worldwide innovation strategy.

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Tenth Annual Alternative Engine Roundup Announced

Yuba County Airport (KMYV) Will Host The Event

The 10th annual Alternative Engine Roundup sponsored by CONTACT! magazine has been set for June 8th at Yuba County Airport (KMYV) in Marysville, CA. The event is being held in conjunction with the West Regional Fly-in & Airshow June 7-9.

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RCMP Drone Locates Lost Man Following Highway Accident

Infrared Camera Aboard The Small UAV Finds Him In A Remote Wooded Area

Score one for the small UAVs. A man from Saskatchewan who had wrecked his car and wandered away from the accident scene into the woods at night was located by the RCMP using a small UAV equipped with an infrared camera.

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Model Airplane Loss Draws Federal Attention

Accident Near A Bridgeport, CT, Power Plant Raises FBI Eyebrows

An RC airplane that crashed near a power plant in Bridgeport, CT, got the attention of both local and federal officials, but ended with the pilot only getting a warning from police.

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Palm Coast FL, House Damaged In Plane Crash Razed

Structure Demolished Four Months After Being Struck By An Airplane

A house in Palm Coast, FL, that was severely damaged when it was struck by an airplane has finally been demolished four months after the accident occurred.

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Classic Aero-TV: Sikorsky Aircraft -- Designing the Helicopters of the Future

An Amazing Success Story Continues As Sikorsky Maintains Its Innovative Ways

There are few more compelling stories in American Aerospace than the path trail-blazed by Sikorsky Aircraft. Brilliantly led and tightly focused, this company has innovated itself to be one of the most closely-watched tech companies in the world... with good reason. At the 2012 Heli-Expo, then Sikorsky Boss, Jeff Pino, was riding a pretty substantial wave of good news, just weeks prior to his announcing his impending retirement. Among the news reported at HAI2012 was a sale to Brazilian helicopter operator, Lider Aviacao, of three S-92 helicopters. Lider will operate the aircr

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FAA Administrator Huerta Calls For More Action On GA Safety

Hopes To Raise Awareness Of Basic Airmanship And Promote Safety Culture

As the busy summer flying season approaches, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta met Tuesday with leaders from the general aviation community to agree on actions to enhance safety and reduce accidents. The general aviation fatal accident rate has remained flat over the past five years and 149 fatal accidents already have occurred so far this fiscal year, killing 262 people.

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Dream Chaser Flight Vehicle Shipped To Dryden Flight Research Center

Testing In CA To Include Runway Tow, Captive Carry Flight

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems has completed assembly and testing of the Dream Chaser spacecraft in preparation for shipping the flight vehicle from SNC’s Space Systems headquarters in Louisville, CO, to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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Searey LSA Chooses Vertical Power VP-X For Power Distribution

Will Be OEM In Certified 'Elite' Version Of The Airplane

Vertical Power announces that Progressive Aerodyne, Inc., manufacturer of the amphibious Searey Light Sport Aircraft in Florida, has chosen the Vertical Power VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker System for the secondary power distribution system. The VP-X will be included in all of the “Elite” versions of the certified Searey LSA.

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NASA Announces Summer Learning Opportunities For U.S. Students

Summer Of Innovation Project Offers Hands-On Programs To Middle-Schoolers

NASA has unveiled plans for its 2013 Summer of Innovation project, which challenges middle school students across the United States to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through unique, NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities.

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GAMA Awards Edward W. Stimpson And Dr. Harold S. Wood Scholarships

Jackson, MI High School Senior, Lewis University Sophomore The 2013 Recipients

GAMA has announced the winners of two prestigious scholarships awarded annually to students who have excelled in or are pursuing aviation studies. Nicholas Funkhouser of Jackson High School in Jackson, Michigan, has received the Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Award, given to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted and will be enrolled in aviation degree core program at his or her chosen university or college.

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United Airlines Prepares To Reintroduce 787 Flights

Domestic Flights Begin This Month And International Flights In June

United Airlines is preparing to reintroduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights, bringing back the world's most advanced and efficient aircraft on domestic and international routes.

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Boeing Names 777X Executive Team

New Airplane May Be Launched In Months

Boeing has named the executives that will lead the 777X program in a sign that industry watchers say means an announcement about the latest version of the widebody jetliner will be coming soon.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.15.13)

“This will be the first full-scale flight test of the Dream Chaser lifting body and will demonstrate the unique capability of our spacecraft to land on a runway. Other flight tests will follow to validate the aerodynamic data used to control the vehicle in the atmosphere when it returns from space." Source: Jim Voss, SNC’s vice president of Space Exploration Systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.15.13): Overcontrolling

Using more movement in the control column than is necessary to achieve the desired pitch-and-bank condition.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.15.13)

Ladies Love Taildraggers

How can you not love a site like this? The Mission of this organization is simple; provide a platform for women who fly taildraggers to meet, discuss our planes, our flying, and most importantly, build a network of lady tail-wheel pilots who share a love for flying.

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