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September 30, 2012

Anticipating Budget Cuts, Sikorsky To Close Upstate NY Plant

Estimated Job Losses Set At 570 As Operations Move To Florida

Citing "declining defense budgets," Sikorsky announced that it would close its plant in Horseheads, NY, at the end of the year and move the factory's functions to its operation in West Palm Beach, FL. The move will reportedly cost 570 people their jobs.

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KC-46A Could Be Sequestration Target

Automatic Budget Cuts Might Affect The Program

The KC-46A tanker program could fall victim to automatic budget cuts that are possible this winter, but it is not certain that the program would be stopped.

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FAA Still Pushing Flight Pattern Restrictions At Vancouver, WA, GA Airport

Proximity To Portland International Prompted The Proposed Change

Vancouver's Pearson Airport (KVUO) sits near the banks of the Columbia River which makes up the border between Oregon and Washington State. So does Portland International Airport, just a couple of miles away, on the Oregon side of the river. While planes have been operating from KVUO for more than 100 years, pilots using the airport are concerned that new airspace restrictions proposed by the FAA may leave them without a home.

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Hawker Beechcraft Opens New Service Center In Monterrey, Mexico

Company-Owned Site Includes State-Of-The-Art Paint Facility

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest company-owned factory service center at the Aeropuerto Internacional del Norte (MMAN) in Monterrey, Mexico. Company and local leaders participated in a ceremony at the Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) facility Thursday to commemorate the opening.

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LAN Airlines Orders 10 Additional 767-300ER/F Blended Winglet Systems

Mexicana MRO Performs First Winglet Installation

Aviation Partners Boeing said this week that Santiago-based LAN Airlines has ordered 10 additional Blended Winglet Systems for Boeing 767-300ER passenger and freighter aircraft.  This order brings LAN's order total to 57 Blended Winglet systems for the Boeing 767-300ER/F, making it the largest APB customer for this model.

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NASA Orion Splashdown Tests Ongoing In VA

Simulating Various Possible Water Landing Scenarios To Assure Astronaut Safety

The 18,000-pound test article that mimics the size and weight of NASA's Orion spacecraft crew module recently completed a final series of water impact tests in the Hydro Impact Basin at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

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Becker Audio System Selected For New Utah AirMed EC145

Aircraft To Be Delivered This Fall

Becker Avionics' DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected for the new University of Utah AirMed EC145 Air Medical helicopter. The aircraft is a replacement for an older twin-engine helicopter in AirMed's fleet. American Eurocopter in Texas recently delivered the helicopter to United Rotorcraft in Denver (a division of Air Methods Corp), where the aircraft will undergo final completion.

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TSA Screener Caught With iPad Used As Bait

News Network Left It At A Checkpoint To See If It Would Be Stolen

A TSA screener working at Orlando International Airport was found to be in possession of an iPad that was left at a screening checkpoint by ABC News in an effort to determine the extent of a theft problem among screeners.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.30.12)

Aero Linx: Model Aeronautical Association of Australia The Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA) is the governing body for aeromodelling in Australia and is affiliated to the FAI through the Australian Sports Aviation Confederation. MAAA is committed to providing the best system to develop and foster Aeromodelling throughout Australia. The great strength of our association is the friendship and selfless contribution by our membership to further the cause. It is through these services and the judicious use of funds that we have, that allow us to continue to meet the needs of members, and are able to plan for the long term future of Aeromodelling in Australia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.30.12): Ultralight Vehicle

Ultralight Vehicle An aeronautical vehicle operated for sport or recreational purposes which does not require FAA registration, an airworthiness certificate, nor pilot certification. They are primarily single occupant vehicles, although some two-place vehicles are authorized for training purposes. Operation of an ultralight vehicle in certain airspace requires authorization from ATC.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.30.12)

"Our Monterrey facility offers the first dedicated paint facility in Mexico for general aviation and is a great option for owners looking to update and refurbish their aircraft. With this newest location, HBS hangar space now surpasses 600,000 square feet worldwide." Source: Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support, as HBC (GCS) recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest company-owned factory service center at the Aeropuerto Internacional del Norte (MMAN) in Monterrey, Mexico.

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