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June 05, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.06.13

TSA Succumbs to Public Outcry – No Knives on Planes…

It’s the EAA vs the FAA – Round Two

Solar Impulse Goes Inflatable&hell

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Extortion? FAA Ratchets Up Pressure On EAA To Pay -- 'Or Else!'

FAA Seems Unwilling To Budge Over 'Extortionate' Demands For $500K In Fees

Aero-News Analysis/Commentary by ANN CEO/E-I-C Jim Campbell Just about the time that you thought the FAA couldn't get any more difficult to understand... or justify... comes news that the Feds are ratcheting up the pressure on EAA to pay nearly $500K in additional fees to staff the annual Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI. What was a VERY short notice request for negotiations (just a few weeks ago) towards possible reimbursement for FAA expenditures now appears to have accelerated to an outright demand... and, worse, a threat. To compound matters, the situation appears to be on a short fuse, ostensibly intended to force EAA's hand as soon as possible.

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IATA Reaches Agreement On Carbon-Neutral Growth

Votes 'Overwhelmingly' In Favor Of Caps At 69th Annual General Meeting

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution on “Implementation of the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy."

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Marks Spacecraft, Rocket Milestones

Completes Wind Tunnel Testing Of CTS-100 Spacecraft, Atlas V Rocket

The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, recently performed wind tunnel testing of its CST-100 spacecraft and integrated launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The testing is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers.

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NASA's WISE Mission Finds Lost Asteroid Family Members

Adds Information About Objects In The Main Belt Between Mars And Jupiter

Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families.

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NASA's Grail Mission Solves Mystery Of Moon's Surface Gravity

Discovered Why Gravitational Pull Varies In Different Locations

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future.

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Boeing EMARSS Aircraft Completes 1st Test Flight

Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Aircraft Flies For 4 Hours

A U.S. Army and Boeing team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft on May 22. The aircraft was in the air for more than four hours and completed all first-flight test objectives.

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Alaska Airlines Introduces Student-Designed 'Spirit of the Islands' Aircraft

Aircraft In Unique Livery Landed Monday In Honolulu, HI

A specially painted Alaska Airlines jet adorned with a Honolulu high school student's winning design honoring the culture of the Aloha State touched down today in Honolulu before a crowd of students, educators and travelers. The unique paint theme, dubbed the "Spirit of the Islands," was created by 17-year-old Aaron Nee.

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Airbus Announces Crew For A350 XWB First Flight

International Crew Will Be First To Fly The New Airplane

When the first A350 XWB to fly, known as MSN1, makes its maiden flight, an international crew of six will be on board, comprising two Flight Test Pilots, one Test Flight Engineer and three Flight Test Engineers.  

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Ex-Im Bank Provides $187.4 Million For Helicopter Exports

Bond Issuance Guarantee For Sale Of Sikorsky S-92 Helos To Milestone Aviation Group

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is providing a $187.4 million guarantee of a capital-markets bond to finance the export of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to The Milestone Aviation Group Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. The transaction is Ex-Im Bank's largest financing of U.S.-manufactured commercial helicopter exports.

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Think Global Flight Educational Initiative Receives Wolf Aviation Fund Award

Will Support Around-The-World Flight Promoting STEM Education

The Wolf Aviation Fund has bestowed a grant described as "generous" to Think Global Flight as part of its 2012 grant program campaign. This support from the Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf Aviation Fund will be used to ‘fuel’ the excitement created as the Think Global Flight crew travels the world promoting education and inspiring students.

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Video Of A German UAV Nearly Colliding With An Airliner Leaked

Two Aircraft Reportedly Missed Impact By Just Six Feet

Classified video from an incident which occurred in 2004 over Afghanistan in which a German Luna UAV came with about six feet of colliding with an Afghan Airbus A300 with 100 people on board has surfaced on the Internet. The video, which was taken from the UAVs on board camera, shows the the two aircraft nearly colliding, and then the drone becoming caught in the airliner's wake turbulence.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-11-01

PRODUCT: Iniziative Industriali Italiane S.p.A. Models Sky Arrow 650 TC, Sky Arrow 650 TCN, Sky Arrow 650TCS, and Sky Arrow 650TCNS airplanes.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-05

PRODUCT: Bell Model 214B, 214B-1, and 214ST helicopters with a certain tail rotor hanger bearing (bearing) installed.  

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Aero-TV: Upgrading and Innovating – Developing The Rotax 912iS

A Thoroughly Modern Engine For The Next Generation SportPlane

Aviation has been dealing with a number of problems over the last few decades... one of which is the utter lack of progress and innovation we've seen in way too many segments of the aviation business. SO... when a truly new and innovative powerplant hits the market, that's HUGE news... as is the process by which that engine got into this new generation of sport aircraft.

Aero-TV: Upgrading and Innovating – Developing The Rotax 912iS

A Thoroughly Modern Engine For The Next Generation SportPlane

Aviation has been dealing with a number of problems over the last few decades... one of which is the utter lack of progress and innovation we've seen in way too many segments of the aviation business. SO... when a truly new and innovative powerplant hits the market, that's HUGE news... as is the process by which that engine got into the this new generation of sport aircraft. The Rotax 912 iS engine delivers 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable competitive engines in the light sport, ultra-light aircraft and the general aviation industry. Enhancements include a modern fuel inject

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Solar Impulse Deploys Inflatable Hangar Upon Arrival At Lambert-St. Louis

Symbolic Stopover Pay Homage To Aviation Pioneers

Solar Impulse landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Tuesday, June 4th. The completion of the third leg of the 2013 Across America mission also inaugurates the use of the inflatable mobile hangar, deployed for the first time during a mission. Landing in St. Louis brings Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, a step closer to accomplishing the coast-to-coast crossing of the USA, with New York City as final destination.

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PurePower Engine For Airbus A320neo Begins Flight Test Program

About 40 Flights Planned For The Current Phase Of Testing

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine successfully completed its first flight May 15, launching the engine family's flight test program. The PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo aircraft flew on Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed at the company's Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.

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Vertical Power Sponsoring The 2013 EAA AirVenture Cup

Offering Circuit Breaker Systems To Winners In Two Classes

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race has welcomed Vertical Power, a leading designer and producer of electronic circuit breakers for experimental and light-sport aircraft, as a major sponsor of the 2013 AirVenture Cup Race.

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New Radar System Flight-Tested Aboard Diamond DA42 Guardian

Thales I-Master Demonstrates 'Outstanding Performance'

Thales’s I-Master radar system has successfully completed flight trials onboard a Diamond DA42MPP Guardian aircraft. Conducted in partnership with Diamond Aircraft Industries and Diamond Airborne Sensing at its facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, the week-long trial covered different radar modes at a range of altitudes and speeds.

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FAA Awards PMA To Cool City Avionics

Parts Manufacturer Approval Granted For New SAS-100 Stability Augmentation System

The FAA has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Cool City Electronics (dba Cool City Avionics) for its SAS-100 Stability Augmentation System. This is the company’s first PMA approval, which permits it to manufacture and market its SAS-100.

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First Dreamliner Delivered To China

First Of 10 787s Ordered By China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of the carrier's first 787 Dreamliner, becoming the first Chinese airline to accept one of Boeing's new airliners.

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ING Robotic Aviation Announced As Canada's Dealer For Huginn X1 UAV

Flight Training Also To Be Offered By The Company

ING Robotic Aviation has entered into a partnership with Anthea Technologies to become the sole Canadian reseller of the Huginn X1 ‘quad rotor’ vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  In addition to sales of the platform, ING can also organize training and offer operational advice for the end user.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.05.13)

“Airlines are committed to working with governments to build a solid platform for the future sustainable development of aviation. Today, they have come together to recommend to governments the adoption of a single MBM for aviation and provide suggestions on how it might be applied to individual carriers.” Source: Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.05.13): Waterline (WL)

A horizontal reference plane used to locate and document vertical positions on an aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.05.13)

NASA JPL Education Site

The Education home page for NASA JPL is the perfect place for parents and teachers to find activities for a budding rocket scientist, engineer, technician, or any kid that dreams of going to space. 

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