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July 23, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.24.13

China’s AVIC Acquires Thielert…

The NTSB Investigates Southwest’s Gear Collapse…

EADS to Rebrand as Airbus…

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China's AVIC Acquires Thielert

Purchase Comes Five Years After German Company Filed For Insolvency

Chinese aviation conglomerate AVIC how has an aero-diesel engine in its stable. Thielert said in a news release Tuesday that five years after having filed for insolvency, administrator Dr. Bruno M. Kübler sold Thielert's civil business operations to AVIC International, a state-owned Chinese aviation group.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.23.13

FAA & Boeing Develop Dreamliner ELT Inspection Protocols…

A Sukhoi Super Jet 100 Lands Wheels Up In Iceland…

BRS Aerospace Has New

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EADS Reorganization May Include Name Change

Company Said To Be Considering Rebranding As 'Airbus'

A reorganization of some of EADS' business units may include a re-branding of the European aerospace group to Airbus, according to insiders familiar with the matter.

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Draken International To Display Aircraft At AirVenture

But Former Military Aircraft Will Not Be Performing In The Oshkosh Air Shows

Draken International, which bills itself as "the world's largest operator of ex-military fighter aircraft," will display two Douglas A-4K Skyhawks and two Aermacchi MB-339CB jet aircraft on-site at AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, WI. Draken is looking forward to the opportunity to debut the company's advanced capabilities for the commercial air services industry. These aircraft will not be used in any performance, but will serve as static displays.

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NASA Advanced Technology Concepts Selected For Study

Twelve Proposals Chosen For NIAC Program

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact. The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, and an "eternal flight" platform that could hover in Earth's atmosphere, potentially providing better imaging, Wi-Fi, power generation and other applications.

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Piper To Display Special Aircraft At AirVenture

Two Twins And An Archer Powered By Auto Gas Among The Aircraft In The Company's Static Area

Piper Aircraft Inc. will display a number of exceptional aircraft during 2013 AirVenture Oshkosh, July 29 - Aug. 4. Included in the Piper static exhibit will be the Team Chambliss Piper Meridian, a milestone 800th Piper Mirage, two G1000 equipped Piper Twin Class aircraft and a special Piper Archer powered by 93 octane AutoGas.

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MD Helicopters Commemorates OH-6 Helicopter 50 Year Milestone

First Flight Of Single-Engine Light Observation Helicopter Spawns Legendary 'Little Bird'

MD Helicopters paid tribute to the 50-year first flight milestone of the iconic OH-6 helicopter. The first Hughes OH-6 Cayuse light-observation helicopter (LOH) prototype completed its inaugural flight Feb. 27, 1963, beginning a rich heritage as the most heralded and versatile scout helicopter in the world.

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TSA Says It Is Not Searching Cars In Airport Parking Lots

Story Made The Rounds On The Internet After A Car Was Searched By A Parking Employee

TSA is denying reports that it is searching cars in airport parking lots following a story that circulated on the Internet that it was doing so.

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Colorado Town Considers Hunting Licenses For Drones

FAA Warns That Firing On A Drone Could Lead To Fines, Other Penalties

There's a small town in Colorado that emphatically does not want government-owned unmanned aircraft flying overhead. The town of Deer Trail, CO, is considering passing an ordinance that would allow for the issuance of hunting permits for drones.

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Erickson Air-Crane Announces Definitive Purchase Agreement

Air Amazonia Aerial Services Business Signs Five-Year Aerial Services Agreement With Minimum Revenue Of $29 Million Per Year

Erickson Air-Crane has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Air Amazonia Serviços Aeronauticos Ltda. (“Air Amazonia”), the aviation services division of HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. (“HRT”), as well as a fleet of six aircraft and ground facilities.

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Renovated, Renamed Airport In Dover, VT Set To Resume Private Flights

Ribbon Cutting Held Last Saturday

A private airport in the southern Vermont town of Dover is being revamped – and renamed – to attract more visitation to the Deerfield Valley area. The former Mount Snow Airport, renamed the Deerfield Valley Airport (DVA), will be improved to attract single and twin-engine general aviation aircraft. An official opening for the public was held Saturday with a variety of aircraft on display. 

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U.S. Navy Airplanes Jettison Unarmed, Inert Ordinance Over Great Barrier Reef

Aircraft Were Participating In A Joint Exercise

Two U.S. Navy AV-8B Harrier aircraft participating in a training exercise off the coast of Australia were forced to jettison their ordinance over the Great Barrier Reef. Two of the bombs were explosive but disarmed when they were dropped. An additional two were inert.

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Airborne 07.23.13: NTSB Catches Flak, PAR200 Intro'd, BRS' New Digs

 
Also: WingX Pro Update, Sportys' AirVenture App, US Hot Air Balloon Championships, 800th Piper Mirage, Curiosity's Martian Kilometer
 
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. An FAA certified VHF com radio with a fully integrated audio panel has been introduced by PS Engineering, which says it is the first such device to be available on the market. The PAR200 system combines an audio control panel, high fidelity 4-place stereo intercom with IntelliVox, Bluetooth

Airborne 07.23.13: NTSB Catches Flak, PAR200 Intro'd, BRS' New Digs

Also: WingX Pro Update, Sportys' AirVenture App, US Hot Air Balloon Championships, 800th Piper Mirage, Curiosity's Martian Kilometer

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. An FAA certified VHF com radio with a fully integrated audio panel has been introduced by PS Engineering, which says it is the first such device to be available on the market. The PAR200 system combines an

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Classic Airborne--Oshkosh 07.24.12: New Planes, Redbird, Aspen, and MORE!

Oshkosh Day Two Coverage -- Part Two Of Five Part Hightower Interview, A Chat With Phil Boyer!!!

Looking Back At Oshkosh 2012--Part Two: We have two more new airplanes to tell you about at AirVenture. The wraps came off the new RV-14, and Lisa Airplanes Akoya amphibious skiplane made its U.S. debut. Meanwhile SeaRey was showing off its 20th anniversary edition amphib and announced an innovative new flight training program. Continental Motors, Redbird Simulators, and the King Schools have all gotten together in an effort they're calling Zulu Flight Training. The school, which is officially a division of Continental, sees advanced

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FAA, Boeing Collaborate On 787 ELT Inspection Protocol

Calls For Inspection Of Wiring Leading To The Device, AD Expected Soon

After reviewing the initial findings of the AAIB's report and recommendations, the FAA is working with Boeing to develop instructions to operators for inspection of the Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) on Boeing 787 aircraft, the agency said in a statement.

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Boeing CST-100 Spacecraft Model Passes Water-Recovery Tests

Testing Conducted In Nevada Shows Astronauts Can Safely Egress Spacecraft After Water Landing

Boeing recently demonstrated that astronauts in its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 capsule will be able to safely exit the spacecraft during an emergency water landing. Although the CST-100 is designed to land on the ground, Boeing engineers worked with NASA and Department of Defense search-and-recovery personnel to test several emergency water-extraction scenarios.

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Eurocopter EC225 Helicopters To Resume Their Full Mission Operability Worldwide

Safety Measures Validated By EASA July 10

A return to flight of EC225 helicopters suspended from service will begin this month following approval of the prevention and detection measures developed by Eurocopter for the twin-engine rotorcraft throughout its range of missions. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulatory authority validated on July 10 these safety measures, which were developed by Eurocopter after an extensive investigation into the main gear box shaft failures of two EC225 helicopters in the North Sea in 2012.

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ICON Releases Production Details On A5’s Angle Of Attack System

Instrument Gives Pilot Immediate Indication Of Lift In All Attitudes

ICON Aircraft released details this week about its Angle of Attack (AoA) system, a safety feature that will be standard on the company’s A5 Light Sport Aircraft. ICON has completed the design, development, and testing of its AoA system, a feature rarely seen in GA aircraft. ICON has also released a new video demonstrating the safety benefits and real-world implications of flying with AoA.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 Makes Gear-Up Landing In Iceland

Airplane Was Conducting A Test Flight When The Accident Occurred

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 with five people on board has reportedly made a gear-up landing in Iceland during a test flight.

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Panamanian Officials Discover MiGs Being Secretly Transported To North Korea

Two Missile Radar Systems Also Onboard The Ship Hidden Under Thousands Of Sacks Of Sugar

A North Korean ship that was detained in the Atlantic port of Colon, Panama, has been found to be transporting two MiG-21 airplanes as well as two missile radar systems hidden under thousands of sacks of sugar the Cuban government said was a donation for the North Korean people.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.23.13)

“The purpose of an accident investigation is not to benefit national interest of one country or enhance the corporate image of an airline, but to prevent the same or similar accidents from occurring in the future." Source: Statement by Korean Pilots Association, Asiana Pilots Union on Flight 214 accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.23.13): Known Traffic

With respect to ATC clearances, means aircraft whose altitude, position, and intentions are known to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.23.13)

Independent Pilots Association

The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2600 professional pilots who fly in service of United Parcel Service.

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