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July 22, 2013

Airbus Delivers Its 1,000th A330 To Cathay Pacific

New Milestone For Popular Widebody Airplane

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330. The aircraft, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways at special ceremony in Toulouse Thursday. Cathay Pacific together with its sister airline Dragonair is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a total of 56 now in service.

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Independent Pilots Association Joins ITF

UPS Pilots Expand Global Labor Ties

The Independent Pilots Association ("IPA"), a US-based labor union representing 2,600 UPS airline pilots, has gained membership in the International Transport Workers' Federation ("ITF,") a global alliance of unions representing transportation workers.

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Pegasus Selects LEAP-1A Engine For A320neo Fleet

Deliveries Set To Begin In 2016

Pegasus Airlines has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 75 firm, 25 option A320neo/A321neo aircraft. The airplane order was announced in December 2012 and the airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery of the aircraft in 2016. Total LEAP orders now stand at more than 5,300 engines.

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Both Payloads For Next Ariane 5 Flight Are Now Mated To The Launcher

Two-Satellite Stack Set For Launch July 25

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s July 25 mission from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its full payload “stack,” consisting of the Alphasat and INSAT-3D spacecraft. Encapsulated in its ogive-shaped protective fairing, Alphasat was lowered into place yesterday over INSAT-3D – which was installed atop Ariane 5’s cryogenic core stage during activity earlier in the week.

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UTair Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A321

Airline Has Placed A Firm Order For 20 Of The Airplanes

UTair, one of Russia’s leading carriers, took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft. The brand-new A321 was handed over at a ceremony held at Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is part of a firm order for 20 A321s signed by UTair in July 2012, which is today the largest single order for this type in Russia.

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Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues To Atmosphere's Past

Evidence Points To A 'Much Thicker Atmosphere' In The Red Planet's Past

A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere's composition by NASA's Curiosity rover, providing evidence about loss of much of Mars' original atmosphere.

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Space Agencies Note Benefits Of Space Station During Disasters On Earth

NASA, Partners Say ISS Gives Emergency Responders A 'Unique Vantage Point' In Triage Efforts

The International Space Station (ISS) partner agencies released a statement Wednesday on the benefits of the space station during natural disasters on Earth. Flying 250 miles above the planet and circling it every 90 minutes, the orbiting outpost provides a unique vantage point from which images of Earth can play an important role in helping emergency responders know what areas are most in need during natural disasters.

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Supersonic Laminar Flow Tests Continue On NASA's F-15B

Small Test Airfoil Being Evaluated In Conjunction With Aerion Corporation

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s F-15B Research Testbed aircraft has been busy this year, flying an experimental test fixture in partnership with Aerion Corporation of Reno, Nevada.

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First B-52 Departs To Oklahoma Depot For Communications Upgrade

New Systems To Allow Real-Time In-Flight Data Updates

The first B-52H Stratofortress departed Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, July 16 is en route to the depot at Tinker AFB, OK, for the Combat Network Communications Technology, or CONECT, upgrade. The CONECT upgrade will allow B-52 crews to receive and send real-time digital information such as updated intelligence, mapping or targeting information while the aircraft is in flight.

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US Navy Awards NGC Contract For E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Program Remains On Track For Initial Operational Capability In 2015

Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with full-rate production, the Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $113.7 million advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and related support for five full-rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

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Eurocopter Operators’ Helicopters Provide Demonstration Of Emergency Services

Aircraft To Be Put Through Their Paces At The Royal International Air Tattoo

The missions of helicopters will have a starring role in this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) air show, demonstrating the unique capability of its rotorcraft to provide vital police, ambulance, fire and rescue support through the interoperability of equipped UK emergency services. During the RIAT event at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds on July 20-21, a rescue scenario will be enacted using three aircraft from Eurocopter’s mid-sized, twin-engine helicopter family.

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Army Adopts Stronger, Lighter Composite Materials For Aircraft

Looks Ahead To All-Composite Construction Of Army Aircraft

In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready. Part of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center's, or AMRDEC's, Engineering Directorate, the Prototype Integration Facility's, PIF's, Advanced Composites Lab has successfully designed and made repairs on damaged composite aircraft components for several years now.

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Classic Airborne at Oshkosh 07.23.12: Glasair, LOTSA Cubs, Avidyne, RV-1, Dynon

Also: Oshkosh Day One Coverage -- Part One Of Five Part Rod Hightower Interview

Looking Back At Oshkosh 2012--Part One: It was a big opening day at AirVenture 2012. At a news conference early in the day, we were introduced to the new owner of Glasair, Chinese investor Mr. Fang Tieji. Mr. Fang has many business interests in China, including FBOs but Glasair is his first foray into aviation manufacturing. He and former owner Mikael Via said the airplane would continue to be produced in the U.S. American Champion took the wraps off its new Extreme Decathlon. The airplane has more horsepower and incorporates composite materials to o

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NTSB Still Catching Flak About Asiana 214 Public Disclosures

Korean Pilots Association and Asiana Pilots Union Issue Statement

The Asiana Pilots Union (APU) and Air Line Pilots Association of Korea (ALPA-K) have issued a statement on the events and investigation surrounding the crash of Asiana Flight 214 -- and they don't sound happy -- no doubt prompted by rumors of the possibility of criminal actions against the flight crew from South Korea. “Accidents that occur in aviation are not due only to a single cause, but from many causes. The list of causes often includes defects in aircraft, airline policies, pilot duty hours, working environment, issues which hinder the safety in the aerodrome area, weather conditions, ATC situations, and pilot error...”

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AERO-CAPTION CONTEST!!! (C'mon, You Know You Want To Chime In...)

And Yes, We Have Jack's Permission

We've all done it ... that is something silly when there is a camera nearby. And now with the Internet, well, let's just say that if you don't want it to show up on Facebook, you'd better not do it. So when this gem of former Cessna president and current EAA board chairman Jack Pelton surfaced, well we knew that we just couldn't pass it by. After seeking and obtaining Jack's permission, we wanted to give you a chance to try to guess what's on his mind. So ... have at it.

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NASA Signs Agreement With BRS Aerospace For Use Of Unique Facility

BRS Will Use The Parachute Refurbishment Facility That Supported The Shuttle Program

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has signed a new partnership agreement with Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc., or BRS Aerospace, of Miami, FL, for use of the Parachute Refurbishment Facility, or PRF.

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Klyde Morris (07.22.13)

Can You Imagine Klyde's Nightmares???


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Aero-Marketing 101: Using Synergy To Rejuvenate Aviation

Reaching Out To The Non-Aviation Community To Draw Them In

One of the best ways to rejuvenate general aviation is to reach out to the non-aviation community and draw non-aviators into an introductory relationship with you. There are a lot of people out there that have always wanted to fly, but don’t know the variety of opportunities that are available to them.

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Last Flying Vulcan Stops Crowds In Their Tracks At Goodwood

Contributions Sought For Vital Modifications To The Airplane

At precisely 13:00 on Saturday, July 13, the sound of jazz bands and multi-million dollar classic race cars was buried under the howl of four Olympus jets as the last flying Vulcan appeared low over the trees at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Piloted by Falklands legend Martin Withers, the magnificent delta-winged Cold War veteran lifted all eyes to the sky as she was put through a dramatic new display routine that shows-off the aircraft’s fighter-like agility.

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First Mission To Moon's South Pole In Planning Stages

Moon Express, The International Lunar Observatory Association Plan Access For The General Public

Plans for the first-ever mission to the South Pole of the Moon were announced Thursday by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc. The private enterprise mission will be both scientific and commercial, and will deliver the International Lunar Observatory (ILO) to the Moon's South Pole aboard a Moon Express robotic lander, establishing permanent astrophysical observations and lunar commercial communications systems for professional and amateur researchers.

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First Air Force One Airplane Parked In Arizona Desert

Lockheed Constellation Was First Airplane To Carry The Designation

A Lockheed VC 121 Constellation built in 1948 that is baking in the Arizona sun was reportedly the first airplane in the nation's history to carry the designation "Air Force One."

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German Newspaper Released Video Of UAV Hitting C160 On The Ground

Accident Reportedly Occurred In Afghanistan

The German tabloid Bild has released what it says is an exclusive video of an IAI Heron UAV impacting the fuselage of a C160 transport plane on a runway in Afghanistan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.22.13)

Aero Linx: Experimental ADDS - Aviation Digital Data Service ADDS is a free public service produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under sponsorship of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You can always use this site as a guest but we encourage you to register to take full advantage of the features. Benefits include: Customizable home page Area weather reports Personal settings Timely product updates Active user community

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.22.13): Wedge

Wedge Primarily refers to an elongated area of shallow high pressure at the earth's surface. It is generally associated with cold air east of the Rockies or Appalachians. It is another name for a ridge, ridge line, or ridge axis. Contrast with a trough. Wedge is also a slang term for a large, wide tornado with a wedge-like shape.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.22.13)

“Through the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) and the Air Line Pilots Assn., Int'l (ALPA), APU and ALPA-K have conveyed our concerns about the possibility of inaccurately identifying the cause of the accident, due to NTSB's press conferences which only give prominence to the possibility of a pilot error and unprecedented speed in disclosure of related materials to the public." Source: Part of a statement issued by the Korean Pilots Association and Asiana Pilots Union, in response to their concerns over public statements and disclosures by the NTSB.

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