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February 14, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.14.12

From Heli-Expo, Eurocopter introduces a new EC130.
An aftermarket vendor has a solution for Bell tail rotor ADs.
And NightFlight Concepts has something called "Laser Armor."

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American Eurocopter Delivers 3,000th EC130

Air Medical Provider Air Methods Named Customer

At Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, American Eurocopter announced Monday that it reached a corporate milestone with the delivery of its 3,000th aircraft at the end of 2011 - an EC130 delivered to Air Methods Corporation, the world's largest air medical transportation provider.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Boise Lancair Accident

Little Information Gleaned From Initial Inspection Of Wreckage, Communications

The NTSB's preliminary report in the February 3rd accident which fatally injured Micron CEO Steve Appleton offers little in the way of insight as to what may have occurred during the flight. It will apparently take some time for the board's investigators to sort through this one to arrive at a probable cause.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers First 407GX

New Helo Goes To Long-Time Customer in Mexico

The first  Bell 407GX has been delivered to a long-time Bell 407 customer, AVEMEX, S.A. de C.V., located in Toluca, Mexico. AVEMEX has been operating Bell 407 helicopters for nine years. "The delivery of the first Bell 407GX is the culmination of the promise that Bell Helicopter made at last year’s Heli-Expo when we introduced it to our customers,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Bell Helicopter’s Commercial Business.

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AgustaWestland Moving Forward With AW609 Tiltrotor Program

Targeting FAA Certification In 2016

AgustaWestland says it is moving forward with the development of the AW609 tiltrotor program following the completion of its acquisition in November 2011. The company will continue the certification process with the FAA targeting AW609 certification in the first half of 2016 and deliveries following immediately afterwards.

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Garmin Enters Medium Lift Helicopter Market with G5000H

Integrated Flight Deck With Touchscreen Capabilities For Rotary Wing Platforms

Garmin has taken the wraps off the G5000H at Heli-Expo 2012. The integrated flight deck is specifically designed for twin turbine, medium lift helicopters. The G5000H combines widescreen displays with touchscreen controls for this class of helicopters.

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First Of Two New Series 400 Twin Otters Delivers To Papua New Guinea

Aircraft Embarking On A Three-Week Demonstration Tour Through The Region

The Singapore International Air Show marks the delivery of the first of two new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft sold to Ok Tedi Development Foundation of Papua, New Guinea. Despite a fleet of legacy Twin Otters operating within the country, this delivery will see Ok Tedi as the first Series 400 operator in the region.

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American Eurocopter Delivers 250th EC135 In The U.S.

Med-Trans Corporation Of Dallas Takes The Milestone Aircraft

American Eurocopter said Monday at Heli-Expo that it has delivered its 250th EC135. The milestone helicopter was recently delivered to Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas. “It has been a year of milestones for American Eurocopter,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This 250th delivery of an EC135 showcases the popularity of the platform in the United States and how much our market has grown in the last several years.”

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Milestone Aviation Group Signs For 16 Eurocopter EC225

Dublin, Ireland-Based Leasing Company Works Extensively With Offshore Industry

Milestone Aviation Group and Eurocopter announced an order for 16 EC225 aircraft at Heli-Expo in Dallas. These aircraft are valued at $480 million, and will be delivered over five years, starting in 2013.

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Helicopter Flight Services Joins TOPS

Organization Dedicated To Tour Operator Safety

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS) of New York City was welcomed into the helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) at the TOPS meeting Saturday at Heli-Expo in Dallas.

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CMC TacView System Selected For USCG MH-65 Dolphin

L-3 Communications Will Integrate The Units In SAR Helos  

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been selected by L-3 Communications to supply the CMC TacView Portable Mission Display to provide a Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL) solution for U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.

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Sikorsky S-92 'Legacy of Heroes' Demo Helicopter On Display In Singapore

Next Stops Are Thailand And India Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s S-92 "Legacy of Heroes" (LOH) demonstration helicopter will be shown on static display at the Singapore Air Show beginning February 14. The tour's stop in Singapore follows a series of successful visits in Malaysia where customers and community residents welcomed the aircraft and celebrated the exemplary and heroic actions of those who fly and maintain Sikorsky products around the world.

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Bell Helicopter Unveils New 206 Series TT Strap

Extends Calendar Life To 36 Months, Price Remains Steady

Bell Helicopter has approved a new tension torsion (TT) strap for the Bell 206 series of helicopters. The TT strap, developed in collaboration with its long term supplier partner LORD Corporation, carries a calendar life of 36 months with anticipated calendar life extension following a Lead the Fleet program. This is an improvement over the current 24 months calendar life.

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Holding At A Waypoint: Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 6)

Every Now And Then, Life (And Aviation) -- Holds You Up -- R9 Makes That Easy

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users.

Holding At A Waypoint: Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 6)

Every Now And Then, Life (And Aviation) -- Holds You Up -- R9 Makes That Easy

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.

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Obama Budget Hikes Aviation Fees, Cuts AIP Grants

Seeks $32 Billion In New Revenue Over 10 Years

The budget released by President Obama Monday contains dismal news for airline passengers, business aviation, and many larger airports. The budget calls for increases in airline passenger fees, and resurrects the $100 per flight fee on GA in an effort to raise $32 billion over the next ten years. The budget also calls for cuts in Airport Improvement Grants, suggesting that airlines should pay a higher portion of the cost of improving the airports they use.

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NBAA Blasts Latest User Fee Push In President's Budget Proposal

Association Looks To Members, Congress To Help Stop The Threat

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today denounced the latest attempt from the White House to impose a per-flight user fee on general aviation, and said industry would need to engage Congress to stop the renewed threat. Per-flight user fees are included in President Obama's fiscal year 2013 federal spending proposal, released today, which sets budgets for government agencies.

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EAA Opposes User Fees Proposed In President's Budget

Selected $100-Per-Flight Fees In 'Controlled Airspace' Intended To Generate Revenue

GA organizations are gearing up for yet another user fee battle after the Obama administration released is federal budget proposal today that included a $100-per-flight surcharge for aircraft that use federal air traffic services.

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Enders Admits Missteps With A380 Wing Cracks

Says He Hopes Company Reputation Will Not Be Affected

There is a lot of news coming this week from Heli-Expo in Dallas, but one of the more surprising statements came on the eve of another major trade show getting under way early this week.

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Bell Helicopter’s New 525 Relentless Features ARC Horizon Flight Deck

Fully-Integrated Glass Panel Coupled To Fly-By-Wire Controls

Bell's new 525 Relentless – unveiled at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas – will feature a state-of-the-art flight deck, ARC Horizon. “One of the most compelling elements of the new Bell 525 Relentless is the new ARC Horizon flight deck,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Bell Helicopter’s Commercial Business.

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GAMA Warns Of Repercussions From President's Budget Proposals

Association Says New Taxes And Fees Will Stifle Manufacturing, Cost Jobs

The White House released their blueprint for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which sets the Administration's spending parameters. General aviation manufacturers remain confounded by the inclusion of proposals that would hurt the economic recovery of the general aviation manufacturing industry and cost jobs.

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Airbus Tab For Wing Cracks: $132 Million

A380 Fleet, Production Will Need Fixes

The Airbus A380 is already upside-down on its development costs. Now, a German magazine reports the company may incur additional costs of $132 million to check and repair cracks found in wing rib feet on the fleet. Just repairing the planes already flying may cost over $92 million.

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Robinson To Offer Aspen Evolution As Factory Option

Glass Cockpits For R22, R44, R66

Aspen Avionics' major announcement at Heli-Expo in Dallas is that its Evolution Primary Flight Display (PFD) system will be made available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44, and R66 series helicopters. The option is currently being evaluated and is expected to be available in late 2012.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.14.12)

"We screwed that up." Source: Airbus CEO Tom Enders, referring to cracks in wing rib feet of the company's flagship A380.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.12): Sequencing Process

Procedure in which air traffic is merged into a single flow, and/or in which adequate separation is maintained between aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.12)

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

With more than 2,100 member organizations from 60 allied countries, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community.

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