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August 26, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.13

Baker Moves A Step Closer His AOPA Post…

It’s Wheels Up for the First Citation M2…

University of North Dakota Aerospace Earns a

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Lufthansa Joins Voices With The Institute For Women Of Aviation Worldwide

Will Increase Efforts To Recruit Women Pilots

Lufthansa has become the first airline worldwide to join voices with the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide as it announced that it will redouble its efforts to attract more female pilots for its passenger and cargo fleet. Airline officials say the company has become aware of the common misconception among the female population that the job might not really be for women.

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NASA's Fermi Celebrates Five Years In Space

Enters Extended Mission For Deeper Study Of The High-Energy Cosmos

During its five-year primary mission, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe's most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet.

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From Parrots To Glass Eyes - Skyscanner Reveals Items Left On Planes

International Survey Reveals The Bizarre Items Found By Cabin Crews

At the end of most commercial flights, after the plane is parked at the gate, flight crews tell passengers to look around and "be sure to collect all of your personal belongings." Some passengers apparently are better at that than others.

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Aeromexico Presents Its First Dreamliner

Airplane Marks The 75th 787 Delivery

Aeromexico presented its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at its new Maintenance Hangar located at the International Mexico City Airport (AICM) Thursday. This makes Aeromexico the only Mexican airline and one of the first carriers worldwide to offer Dreamliner service.

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Dr. Edward C. Stone To Receive 2013 Howard Hughes Memorial Award

Annual Award Established By The Hughes Family Presented By The Aero Club Of Southern California

Space scientist Dr. Edward C. Stone, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology and former director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been selected to receive the 2013 Howard Hughes Memorial Award by the Aero Club of Southern California.

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Allegiant Expands Orlando Routes, Upgrades Aircraft

Orlando Airport Calls Route Expansion The Largest In Its History

Allegiant airlines is set to begin flying nonstop routes to nine additional medium markets from Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), which airport authorities say is the largest expansion in the airport's history.

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Egis Supports Development Of 'Green' Curved Procedures For Rotorcraft

Allows Instrument Approaches To Be Flown Using GNSS-SBAS

Air traffic is expected to grow continuously in the next decades. Reducing the environmental footprint of aviation has therefore become a major challenge for industry stakeholders, including rotorcraft operators. Working towards greener skies, the European Commission has created jointly with the aviation industry the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking. Its objective is to develop technologies that mitigate the impact of air transport on the environment.

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A Dozen Sukhoi Fighters Sold By Russia To Vietnam

Third Such Sale In The Past Several Years

Russia has reportedly sold a dozen Sukhoi-30 multirole combat aircraft to Vietnam for more than $600 million, according to the Russian news agency Interfax relayed by the French news service AFP Tuesday.

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EASA Grants ESTC For Battery Installation On Eurocopter AS350

Single, Dual Lead Acid Cells Approved For B, BA, B1, B2 & B3 Models

EASA has given ESTC approval to Airlift AS of Norway allowing for single and dual battery installations of Concorde’s Sealed Lead Acid RG-350 or RG-355 battery on Eurocopter AS350B, -BA, -B1, -B2 and B3 models.  The ESTC is now available through Concorde Battery Corporation’s worldwide network of distributors.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-16-19

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC120B and EC130B4 helicopters with a certain emergency flotation gear (float) installed.

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AD: Embraer S.A. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-16-22

PRODUCT: Certain Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 170 and ERJ 190 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.26.13

American and US Airways Eager To Go To Court…

The World’s Most Prestigious Balloon Race is Underway…

Boeing Rolls Out the First

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Boeing Rolls Out First 787-9 Dreamliner

The Newest Member Of The Dreamliner Family Prepares To Fly

Boeing has completed the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The second member of the 787 family rolled out of the Everett, Wash., factory Saturday to the flight line, where teams are preparing it to fly later this summer. Boeing built the first three 787-9s on its Temporary Surge Line in Everett to allow for smoother integration of the 787-9 into the production system while continuing to ramp up production across the 787 program.

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Best of Show! The Very Best/Worst of Oshkosh '13! (Part 1)

Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News Network and Aero-TV (Part 1 of 5)

For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community -- and yes, we’ve had a bit of fun in the process. There are but a few places where that is more apropos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In -- a place where one can take a solid read on the heart and soul of aviation. It's hard to know what really is going to make a difference and what really qualifies as exceptional unless you've been watching this industry carefully for several years... as we have. Over the last few years, ANN readers remarks have been heavily incorporated into ALL aspects of this report, and not just the Aircraft awards and such. Their cont

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US Airways, AA Unions Call For Speedy Trial In Merger Litigation

Organizations Represent 70,000 American Airlines And US Airways Employees

In a show of solidarity with management, unions representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, technicians, aircraft dispatchers, call center representatives, and others, echoed the companies' request for a November 12, 2013 trial date in connection with the US Department of Justice's ("DOJ") lawsuit.

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Congressman 'Expects Immediate Changes' At KBHM

Spencer Bachus Calls For Measures To Improve Visibility On Approach

U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL-06) is calling for "immediate changes" around Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (KBHM) following the accident involving UPS Flight 1354. Both pilots on board the airplane were fatally injured when it went down on approach to the airport.

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Klyde Morris (08.26.13)

Klyde Tries To Stick To The Fundamentals

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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PA Governor Corbett Announces Investment In 15 Airports

State Matching Funds For Safety Enhancements, Improvements Come From PennDOT's Aviation Development Program

Governor Tom Corbett has announced a $5.4 million state and federal investment to enhance safety and operations at 15 airports in 14 Pennsylvania counties.

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New Aviation High School In WA Behind Schedule

Will Not Be Ready Until Second Week Of The School Year

When it’s finished, it will be a state-of-the-art $43.5 million high school that will allow students to pursue careers in aviation. But it's not going to be ready for the first day of classes September 4.

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FAA, EASA Grant Full Icing Certification To Sikorsky/PZL Mielec M28 Aircraft

FIKI Authorization For Fixed-Wing Airplane

EASA and the FAA have certified the M28 fixed-wing aircraft for flight in known icing conditions. The M28 is produced by the PZL Mielec Company, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft.

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NASA Prepares For First Virginia Coast Launch To The Moon

LADEE Set To Depart For Luna September 6

In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA. The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere.

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Swift Air Obtains Conditional Approval In Bankruptcy Court

Court Endorses Company's Plan And Strategies For Reorganization

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona has granted conditional approval to Swift Air of its proposed second amended disclosure statement and authorized the company to immediately begin the process of soliciting creditor acceptances of its proposed plan of reorganization.

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Testing Underway On New Material For GE9X Fan Blades

Company Also Evaluating Design Improvements Drive High Aerodynamic Performance

Testing is underway on new composite fan blades for the GE9X, the next-generation GE90 engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft. This validation test is the first of several testing programs GE has planned this year for the GE9X fan module. The first round of fan blade tests occurred in June at the ITP Engine testing facility in the United Kingdom and focused on validating the new composite material for the fan blades.

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RAAF F-111 Retires To The US

Was Donated To The Pacific Aviation Museum In Hawaii

The last Australian F-111 strike aircraft to be displayed at historical museums has begun its retirement journey to the United States. Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown said aircraft A8-130, will be gifted to the Pacific Aviation Museum in Hawaii as a token of the close ties between Australia and America through a long period of coalition operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.26.13)

Aero Linx: LUNAR LUNAR is Section #534 of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). We are about 300 model rocketry enthusiasts of all ages who gather together to learn rocketry, teach rocketry, exchange modeling techniques, and , of course, fly model and high-power rockets. We are located in Livermore, California, about fifty miles southeast of San Francisco along interstate 580. We have meetings six times a year in the Livermore Library. We fly rockets once a month at Moffett Field in Mountain View and once a month in the winter at Snow Ranch east of Stockton. We currently have 24 launch pads arranged in racks of 6 so that 18 pads can be loading while 6 are launching. We currently have permits and licenses for up

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.26.13): Outer Fix

Outer Fix A general term used within ATC to describe fixes in the terminal area, other than the final approach fix. Aircraft are normally cleared to these fixes by an Air Route Traffic Control Center or an Approach Control Facility. Aircraft are normally cleared from these fixes to the final approach fix or final approach course.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.26.13)

"Our members want a fair shot at competing in the marketplace. The airlines we work for, US Airways and American Airlines, can together succeed in a way that neither airline can alone, bringing new competition to the domestic and international airlines that serve Americans. The improved network and higher quality product will attract new customers, allowing the airlines to compete with the megacarriers in a way neither airline can do alone, creating greater job security for our members as a result." Source: From a statement made by APA, USAPA, APFA, AFA, TWU and the CWA -- all unions representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees, echoing the companies' request for a November 12, 2013 tr

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