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April 18, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.18.13

Huerta Gives a Senate Panel No Timeline For The Return of the Dreamliner…

The First Production Citation X Rolls Out…

Another Bill To P

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NASA Awards Cooperative Agreement For Internships

Between Three And 10 Million Dollars Allocated To Support The Program

NASA's Office of Education has awarded a cooperative agreement to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to support the agency's education internship programs. The award is valued at an estimated at $3 million to $10 million per year, depending on options. The period of performance will not exceed five years.

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California FBO First To Complete NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit

NATA Program Created To Provide Consistent Operational Safety Standards For FBOs, Airports, More

A California FBO has become the first company listed on the NATA Ground Audit Registry. APP Jet Center recently completed the NATA Safety 1st audit to receive the listing. NATA’s Safety 1st Ground Audit program was created to provide a consistent operational safety standard for fixed base operators, airports, and other facilities providing ground-handling services to business and general aviation aircraft.

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NASA Seeks Innovative Suborbital Flight Technology Proposals

Second Year For 'Game Changing Opportunities' Awards

For a second year, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements that could help revolutionize future space missions.

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Landmark Aviation Performs First Installation Of Raisbeck-Hartzell Propellers

New Props In Service On King Air B200

Landmark Aviation’s Norfolk International Airport (ORF) location performed the first installation of Swept Blade Turbofan Propellers last month. The new propellers from Raisbeck Engineering, Inc. and Hartzell Propellers, Inc. have entered service on the King Air B200, BB 1723.

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Bell 407GX Featured At ABACE 2013

First Commercial Helicopter To Land At Hongqiao Airport

In association with its participation at ABACE in Singapore, Bell Helicopter said that Aerochine, one of the company's independent representatives in China, will feature Kingwing Aviation's corporate configured Bell 407GX on static display. This week, Kingwing's Bell 407GX became the first commercially operated helicopter to land at Hongqiao.

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Nextant Taps Jet Aviation Singapore As New Authorized Service Center For 400XT

Company Will Become Latest Addition To Global Network Of Owned And Authorized Service Centers

Under a contract signed at ABACE Tuesday, Jet Aviation Singapore will become a new authorized service center in Asia for Nextant Aerospace, servicing the Nextant 400XT. The contract will see Jet Aviation Singapore provide maintenance services for Nextant’s growing fleet of 400XTs in the region. As the company’s exclusive authorized service center in Singapore for Southeast Asia, Jet Aviation Singapore will become a core element of Nextant’s global network of owned and authorized service centers.

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NASA-Funded Asteroid Tracking Sensor Passes Key Test

NEOCam Designed To Track Near Earth Objects That Could Threaten The Planet

An infrared sensor that could improve NASA's future detecting and tracking of asteroids and comets has passed a critical design test. The test assessed performance of the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) in an environment that mimicked the temperatures and pressures of deep space. NEOCam is the cornerstone instrument for a proposed new space-based asteroid-hunting telescope. Details of the sensor's design and capabilities are published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Optical Engineering.

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Business Aviation Veterans Acquire Kansas Aircraft Corporation

Industry And Turbine Expertise Complement The Company’s Exceptional Reputation

Business aviation veterans Tim and Dianne White have acquired Kansas Aircraft Corporation, a highly respected aviation sales and consulting firm headquartered at the New Century Air Center (IXD) in the Kansas City area. Kansas Aircraft Corporation was founded in 1990 by aviation icon Michele Stauffer, who will remain active in the business following the acquisition.

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Aerostar Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Company Says It Looks Forward To The Future With Confidence

The Romanian aerospace company Aerostar S.A celebrated its 60th anniversary Wednesday, continuing its progress of steady diversification and growth into the commercial aviation sector. It still, however, retains its position as a first rank supplier to the Romanian Ministry of Defense.

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Boeing Begins Move To New Building Complex In Huntsville

Redstone Gateway Facility To House 1,400 Employees

Boeing and Alabama leaders have officially opened a new complex in Huntsville that will advance Boeing’s competitiveness and strengthen the company’s commitment to the state. Boeing is the largest aerospace company in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. Huntsville employees from several leased facilities have begun moving into the first completed building of the Redstone Gateway complex, which is expected to house 1,400 Boeing employees.

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AD: International Aero Engines AG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-07-10

PRODUCT: Certain International Aero Engines AG (IAE), V2525-D5 and V2528-D5 turbofan engines, with a certain No. 4 bearing internal scavenge tube and a certain No. 4 bearing external scavenge tube installed.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-05-04

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 970-84, RB211-Trent 970B-84, RB211-Trent 972-84, RB211-Trent 972B-84, RB211- Trent 977-84, RB211-Trent 977B-84, and RB211-Trent 980-84 turbofan engines.

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Aero-TV: Staying Power -- Flight Design USA's Tom Peghiny Updates the CTLSI

One of the LSA Movement's Few True Success Stories Evolves Yet Again

There are but a few truly successful stories in the LSA community. After fighting years of false hope and bitter hype, only a few manufacturers have proven their mettle sufficiently not only to survive but to come out on top of a competition that can have but a few real winner. One of those winners is the Flight Design CT series... solid little airplanes, that fly well, look good and are supported both professionally as well as competently. BUT... it's time for the CT series to evolve yet again.

Aero-TV: Staying Power -- Flight Design USA's Tom Peghiny Updates the CTLSI

One of the LSA Movement's Few True Success Stories Evolves Yet Again

There are but a few truly successful stories in the LSA community. After fighting years of false hope and bitter hype, only a few manufacturers have proven their mettle sufficiently not only to survive but to come out on top of a competition that can have but a few real winner. One of those winners is the Flight Design CT series... solid little airplanes, that fly well, look good and are supported both professionally as well as competently. BUT... it's time for the CT series to evolve yet again.

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NTSB Chair Updates Senate Panel On Boeing 787 Investigation, Air Safety

Hersman: Commercial Aviation Has 'Exemplary' Safety Record, But Same Can't Be Said For GA

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman updated members of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee on the status of the NTSB's Boeing 787 battery fire investigation and warned against complacency in aviation safety after one of the safest periods in U.S. commercial aviation during a hearing held Tuesday.

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FAA Certifies Falcon 2000S And 2000LXS

Move Follows EASA Certification By Days

The FAA has certificated two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. The approval came just days after the aircraft received its EASA type certificate.

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Jihlavan Airplanes To Introduce 'Skyleader 400'

New LSA/Ultralight To Debut At Aero Friedrichshafen

Jihlavan Airplanes In the Czech Republic plans to introduced a new mid-line model of ultralight/light sport aircraft, the Skyleader 400. The airplane's "sports car-inspired" design with new features such as side opening canopy, "aggressive" cowling and easily maneuverable landing gear is targeted directly at sport aviation enthusiasts.

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Enstrom Receives Japanese Civil Certification For 480B

Thirty Of The Helicopters Are Flying For The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force As Trainers The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has granted Type Certificate Number 74 to Enstrom Helicopter for the company's Model 480B aircraft. The application was initially submitted to the JCAB on May 17, 2012.

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NTSB Prelim Released In April Mooney Accident In Oklahoma

Two Fatally Injured When The Airplane Went Down Shortly After Takeoff

The NTSB has posted its preliminary report in an accident in Collinsville, OK, involving a Mooney M20J that resulted in the fatal injury of both the pilot and passenger on board the airplane.

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USPA Challenges Proposed User Fee

Letter To President Obama Outlines Why $100-Per-Flight Fee Could Devastate The Recreational Parachute Industry

On April 11, one day after President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget containing a new $100 per flight user fee, USPA wrote to the President explaining how such a fee would devastate businesses that operate skydiving airplanes.

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G501SP Avionics Suite Receives Canadian STC Approval

Allows For Upgrades Of Canadian-Registered Citation 501 Airplanes

Transport Canada has followed the FAA's certification for the installation by Sierra industries of the G501SP avionics package in Canadian-registered Citation 501 airplanes. The company says the move marks a significant milestone in the Sierra/Garmin avionics retrofit program.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.18.13)

"General Aviation accounts for nearly 1,500 accidents each year, resulting in nearly 500 annual fatalities. What is especially tragic is that we see the same types of accidents over and over again, and so many are entirely preventable." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.18.13): SAWRS

Supplementary Aviation Reporting Station - the SAWRS program addresses the concerns of users who depend on weather observations for air operations. If the cooperator is collocated with a commissioned automated system, they ensure continuity during outage periods of the automated system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.18.13)

VA-164 "The Ghost Riders" Homepage

From  the site's description: In the following pages we bring to you a review of Attack Squadron 164. The planes, the ships, the men, the victory, and the sorrow.

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