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September 29, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.30.13

Boeing and Emirates Talking A 777 Deal…
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Political Posturing Over Pad 39A… 

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United Airlines, IAM Reach Tentative Agreements

Agreement Covers More Than 28,000 UAL Employees

United Airlines today announced that the company has reached tentative agreements on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) for the fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper workgroups at its United, Continental, Continental Micronesia and MileagePlus subsidiaries.

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Boeing Launches New Maintenance Apps For iPad

Purports To Improve Productivity, Lower Costs And Reduce Flight Delays

Boeing says it has made performing routine maintenance and diagnosing aircraft issues faster and easier for airline technicians with a suite of new mobile applications for iPad. With the apps, technicians will have immediate access to manuals, part numbers and other critical information to resolve maintenance issues plane-side and collaborate with co-workers located elsewhere.

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Maxcraft Avionics Receives Canadian STC For Hawker Beechcraft 200 And B200

Allows Installation of GWX70 Weather Radar, GTS 850 TCAS I, And GTX330 Mode S Transponders

Maxcraft Avionics, an established Avionics company located on Pitt Meadows Airport near Vancouver, B.C., has received Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA13-32 for installation of GWX70 Weather Radar and GTS 850 TCAS I with GTX330 Mode S Transponders in Hawker Beechcraft 200 and B200 Aircraft.

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Pilatus PC-7 MkII Boosts Indian Air Force Pilot Training

The First Indian Air Force Basic Training Course Using The Pilatus PC-7 MkII Aircraft Is Well On Schedule

Within fifteen months of contract signing, the record on-time deliveries of aircraft and logistic support material by Pilatus has enabled the Indian Air Force to complete induction of eighteen aircraft as per the agreement.

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Upgrade Gives B-52 More Teeth

Internal Weapons Bay Modifications Increase Capacity By 67 Percent

The B-52 Stratofortress is set to receive an upgrade that will significantly increase its weapons payload. The initial 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade (IWBU) will allow the B-52 to house up to eight advanced precision-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions in its internal weapons bay, in addition to the 12 it can currently carry on exterior weapons pylons.

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Naples Airport Authority (KAPF) Selects Avfuel

Will Become FBO Marketing Partner, Fuel Supplier

Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF) in Naples, FL, has partnered with Avfuel Corporation to provide branding, marketing, and service support for its FBO services as well as to supply fuel to the airport. The partnership enables Naples Municipal Airport to add popular Avfuel programs in the near future.

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Air Orlando Sales, Air Orlando Maintenance Have Consolidated Locations

Named Cessna Caravan Authorized Service Facility 

Air Orlando Sales and Air Orlando Maintenance have moved to one central location at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL). The new base of operations will provide both companies with additional office space and larger hangar facilities. The move follows Air Orlando’s appointment as a Cessna Caravan Authorized Service Facility.

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ATC Global Moves To China For 2014

The Annual Event For The Air Traffic Community Will Be Held In China For The First Time

UBM, the organizers of ATC Global, have announced that the ATC Global Conference and Exhibition will be held in the capital of China for the very first time in 2014. The event will take place from September 17-19 next year at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.29.13)

Aero Linx: The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) Objectives: Promote safe, reliable, efficient and affordable air transportation of people and goods to the benefit of Canadian society. Engage with relevant Government and regulatory authorities to advance Canadian commercial aviation and facilitate sustainable air transport. Advocate for government recognition of commercial aviation as a vital Canadian socio-economic enabler. Promote the availability of world class flight training in Canada, domestically and internationally. Promote and support sound environmentally responsible operations and policies. <

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.29.13): Marker Beacon

Marker Beacon An electronic navigation facility transmitting a 75 MHz vertical fan or boneshaped radiation pattern. Marker beacons are identified by their modulation frequency and keying code, and when received by compatible airborne equipment, indicate to the pilot, both aurally and visually, that he/she is passing over the facility.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.29.13)

"Military Standard 1760 is the technical name. It determines how the wiring will be laid out and what signals will go through them. It's similar to your home's internet connection; you need a specific type of wiring to access the signal and a software agreement as to what those signals will be. Without that correct type of wiring and the software agreement, your computer can't talk to the internet." Source: Alan Williams, B-52 Deputy Program Element Monitor at Air Force Global Strike Command, describing an upgrade that  the B-52 Stratofortress will receive that will significantly increase its weapons payload.

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