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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Airborne 12.19.14: Falcon 8X Unveiled, Sportys 172LITE, Bizarre CA AvGas Lawsuit

Also: ANN/Airborne's Crystal Ball, Lear70/75 Mexico Cert, Carnegie Mellon's Lunar Rover, Dragon Delays

Dassault Aviation rolled back the curtains earlier this week on the ultra-long range Falcon 8X, the company's latest addition to the growing Falcon business jet family. The 8X will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin in the Falcon line, along with the most extensive selection of cabin configurations available on any executive jet. Sporty’s Academy flight school goes back to the basic trainer concept of World War II. They are acquiring Cessna 172s and equipping them with basic flight instruments along with significant interior and exterior enhancements. The only avionics are a communications radio and a transponder. The 172LITE will be rented for $99 per hour. Last week, California Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors settled a 2011 lawsuit regarding the sale of leaded aviati

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

NASA Launches New Micro-g NExT For Undergraduates

Deadline For Proposals Is January 28

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT). The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Japan, Australia To Provide F-35 Maintenance Sites In Pacific Region

Facilities Expected To Be Operational In Both Countries In 2018

Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific region, the program executive officer for the aircraft announced this week.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation Transfers Operation Of Six Orbital Satellites

ORBCOMM Begins Providing Services To Customers

The first six satellites of the ORBCOMM Generation Two (OG2) constellation, designed and built by Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems, have completed all on-orbit checkout procedures, culminating in the transfer of operations from SNC to ORBCOMM in mid-September. The six satellites have already begun providing greater network efficiency for ORBCOMM’s global customers.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

GPS III, OCX Successfully Demo Key Satellite Command And Control Capabilities

Successful Demo Of New Automation And Information Assurance Capabilities Clears Way For The Final Launch And Early Orbit Exercise

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Company have successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). 

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Raytheon, Bell Conduct 1st Missile Launch From V-22

Exercise Demonstrates Rapid Integration Of Low-Cost Griffin Missile

Raytheon Company and Bell Helicopter completed two successful launches of the Griffin B missile from a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey multi-mission aircraft at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. As an industry funded effort with Bell's Xworx, Raytheon demonstrated the simplicity of integrating the Griffin B missile onto the V-22 platform.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

London Gatwick Airport Increases Runway Capacity To 55 Flights Per Hour

Estimates An Additional 2 Million Passengers On A Single Runway Assisted By Amadeus A-CDM Portal

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the first to implement a cloud-based Airport-Collaborative Decision Making Portal (A-CDM) developed by Amadeus. The system is designed to improve collaborative decision-making processes. Gatwick joins the European-wide A-CDM standard, with airports such as Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid and Zurich.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Airbus Helicopters To Continue Providing Support For Bundeswehr’s EC135s

Contract For The Bückeburg-Based Fleet Extended Until 2022

Airbus Helicopters has won the support contract to maintain, overhaul and ensure the availability of the German Army Aviation School’s fleet of EC135 training helicopters. This extends the existing contract, signed in 2005, by a further seven years.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

FLY Leasing Grows Fleet To 127 Aircraft

Delivers Last Of Three Boeing 737-800s To Asian Airline

Growing its fleet to 127 aircraft, FLY Leasing Limited has delivered the last of three Boeing 737-800 aircraft to a leading Asian airline.  The three new aircraft are on 10-year leases.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.14): Axis

Axis A straight line, through the center of gravity, around which an aircraft rotates. For example, an aircraft rolls around its longitudinal axis which is a straight line that runs through the center of the aircraft from the nose to the tail.

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