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May 23, 2013

House Committee Hearing Focuses On Strategic Stepping Stones To Mars

Subcommittee Chair Call Mars Mission A Congressional Priority

The House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space held a hearing Tuesday to examine possible options for the next steps in human space flight and how these options move the U.S. closer to a human mission to Mars and beyond. Witnesses debated whether the Obama administration’s proposed asteroid rendezvous mission is a better precursor for an eventual manned mission to Mars compared to other missions, such as a return to the Moon.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Receives SBA's Tibbetts Award

Recognized For DARPA-Funded SPHERES Program

Aurora Flight Sciences was honored by the Small Business Administration with its Tibbetts Award which recognizes technological innovation made possible through the federal government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, who is acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program.

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Rolls-Royce Wins Order From CIT To Power 23 A350 XWB Airplanes

Ten Of The Airplanes Ordered In January Of This Year

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order.

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McGlade, Reynolds Tapped To Lead NGC Aircraft Integration Centers Of Excellence

Facilities Located In Florida And California

Christine McGlade and Andrew W. Reynolds have been named vice presidents of manufacturing operations and site managers for the Northrop Grumman's aircraft integration centers of excellence in St. Augustine, FL, and Palmdale, CA, respectively.

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Pro Line 21 Upgrade Now Available For Piaggio Avanti P180

Switzerland-Based RUAG Aviation To Replace Legacy Avionics

Piaggio Avanti P180 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 4 avionics can now be upgraded to Pro Line 21. The new offering, available from-Switzerland-based RUAG Aviation, modernizes the flight deck with the latest in LCD technology for greater situational awareness and enhanced flight operations.

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Universal Avionics Partners With Duncan Aviation On Falcon 900B Retrofit

Cockpit Upgrade Replaces 25 Legacy Instruments, Improving Reliability, Efficiency And Situational Awareness

Universal Avionics’ partnership with Duncan Aviation to launch a technologically advanced flight deck upgrade program for the Dassault Falcon 900B is well underway after its announcement at the 65th Annual NBAA Meeting and Convention last year. The first installation is nearing completion with the aircraft scheduled to be delivered in June.

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American Airlines Will Lease 130 Airbus Aircraft

Approval Of Lease Financing Arrangement Requested From Bankruptcy Court

The 130 Airbus A320 family airplanes that American Airlines has on order will be leased to the carrier, if a federal bankruptcy judge approves.

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Enstrom Breaks Ground For New Expansion

Will Double The Size Of Their Existing Michigan Facility

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013 for their new expansion in Menominee, MI. This expansion will nearly double the size of the current facility. Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan was in attendance at the event, as well as Michigan State Representative Ed McBroom.

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Drew McEwen Named Piper VP Of Sales And Marketing

Veteran GA Industry Executive Will Lead Global Efforts

Piper has appointed General Aviation industry veteran, Drew McEwen, to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he will lead global sales and marketing for the Company. He will continue to report to President and CEO Simon Caldecott and serve on the Company's Executive Leadership Team.

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MyGoFlight Sponsors The IMC Club

Hopes To Raise Awareness For iPad Use In-Flight

MyGoFlight, a company focused on making the iPad “Cockpit Ready” for pilots, has become a corporate sponsor of the IMC Cub. As a sponsor, MyGoFlight will provide its iPad cases, mounts, bags & accessories for use in awards given by the IMC Club to pilots achieving national recognition on their instrument flying.

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Dassault Falcon Embarks On Spares Pricing Overhaul

Third Such Restructuring In 10 Years

Dassault Falcon has embarked on its third parts pricing overhaul in the past 10 years, assessing the cost of over 18,500 individual items. The company said in a news release from EBACE that spare parts service has always been a priority. Efforts long focused on ensuring the ready availability and timely shipment of parts, and the company now sets the industry benchmark in spares dispatch.

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Air BP Completes Initial OMEGA Implementation At London Oxford Airport

Provides Operations Manual For General Aviation Servicing

Air BP, the specialized aviation division of oil company BP, has completed the initial implementation phase of Air BP’s OMEGA system for London Oxford Airport’s entire operational staff. Air BP will now offer continual training along with technical advice and specific guidance tailored to the airport’s requirements. The airport has been using Air BP services since October 2012 and began to utilize the tailored support and training program in November 2012 to enhance its fuel handling standards.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:05.23.13

The FAA Wants The EAA to Pay for Airventure Staffing…

The Air National Guard is On the Ground in Moore, Oklahoma…

Cessna’s JT-A

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Update: Startling... FAA Wants EAA To Pay Them To Staff Oshkosh

Could The FAA Get ANY Stranger? Worse Yet... Will They?

ANN RealTime News Update, 1324ET, 05.23.13: Well... the statement we were promised YESTERDAY showed up today... and it doesn't say much... but here it is, as promised. FAA Statement: In light of sequestration, the FAA and EAA are having discussions about EAA reimbursement of the FAA's incremental costs for supporting AirVenture in Oshkosh, similar to the approach used earlier this year at the other major airshow the FAA supports in Lakeland, FL.

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Classic Aero-TV: EAA’s Jack Pelton – ‘Everything’s Going to Be OK’

Building A New Future For The EAA... One Issue At A Time

Originally WebCast 11.14.12: With only a couple of weeks in pocket, directing the reorganization of the EAA in the wake of the departure of Rod Hightower, ti seems that we can't get enough info from new Boss, Jack Pelton. Sitting next to a well-placed Stearman on the floor of the NBAA convention, ANN caught up with Jack to get a little more info as Jack adjusted to the realities of heading the evolving organization.

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Cessna Turbo Skylane JT-A Takes First Production Flight

Test Pilot Says The Airplane 'Performed Just As Expected'

Cessna conducted the first production flight of its Turbo Skylane 182 JT-A at the company's facility in Independence, KS on Tuesday. The aircraft has the distinction of being the first modern single engine aircraft powered by a piston engine specifically designed to run on Jet-A fuel.

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ANG Responds To Massive Tornado Strike Near Tinker AFB

Air Support Operations Squadron From Will Rogers Air National Guard Base Activated

Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard, as well as members of Tinker Air Force Base are assisting with victim search and security in Moore, OK, where a tornado left at least 24 dead, including nine children, authorities said. The EF5 twister hit Monday, May 20, about 1515 CDT, just three miles south of Tinker.

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Boeing Begins Certification Testing On 747-8 Performance Improvements

Company Says Performance Package Improves Fuel Burn By Another 1.8 Percent

A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental successfully completed its first test flight this week with a package of performance improvements including enhanced GE engines. This package is designed to improve the fuel efficiency of the jetliner. With Boeing Flight Test and Evaluation Capt. Kirk Vining and Chief Pilot Capt. Mark Feuerstein at the controls, the airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 1330 PDT time and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle approximately four hours later.

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'Wings For Science' Flight Progressing On Schedule

Pipistrel Aircraft Engaged In Circumnavigation Attempt With A Science Twist

A one-year around the world flight aboard a Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft, organized by "Wings for Science" in association with renowned Universities and Research Institutes, is progressing according to schedule according to a report out of Luxembourg where the project is based. The project is supported by AOPA-Luxembourg and many local AOPA's around the world.

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Naval Academy Graduation Will Not Include Blue Angels

Local Annapolis Businesses Feeling The Pinch

The cancellations of the Blue Angels performance schedule for 2013 did not spare one of its traditional outings ... flying for graduation at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

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Embraer, SkyWest Sign Contract For 40 Firm E-Jets

Contract Also Includes Additional 60 Reconfirmable Aircraft And 100 Options

Embraer and SkyWest Inc. have announced a firm order for 40 Embraer 175 aircraft. SkyWest will operate the aircraft under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines. Another 60 firm orders are reconfirmable aircraft, which are subject to SkyWest being awarded CPA agreement contracts with major U.S. airline partners. In addition to that, the agreement includes options for another 100 E175s, taking the total order potential up to 200 airplanes.

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Few Alaska Airlines Flights Affected By Volcanic Activity

Two Volcanoes In The State Have Been Active For Several Days

Few Alaska Airlines flights have been affected by volcanic activity from Mount Cleveland, located west of Dutch Harbor, and Mount Pavlof, located near Cold Bay, Alaska. No Alaska Airlines operated flights have been canceled at this time.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.23.13)

"The Turbo Skylane JT-A performed just as expected.  We flew for 2.3 hours, achieved a flight level of 8,000 feet, and attained a true air speed of 158 kts." Source: Cessna senior test pilot Dale Bleakney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.13): Gap Winds

Strong winds channeled through gaps in the Pacific coastal ranges, blowing out into the Pacific Ocean or into the waterways of the Inside Passage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.13)

Chandelle

Chandelle is meant to be a forum for original essays, reviews, photographs, and artwork related, however loosely, to the less familiar aspects of the history of aviation.

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