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March 12, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.12.13

 Beechcraft Gets An Ally in It’s Challenge of the Air Force LAS Contract…

Three Fatalities Confirmed in the Crash of  a Navy EA-6B Prowler…

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FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan

First Step In The Airplane's Return To Flight

The FAA has approved the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company's certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system, after thoroughly reviewing Boeing’s proposed modifications and the company’s plan to demonstrate that the system will meet FAA requirements. The certification plan is the first step in the process to evaluate the 787’s return to flight and requires Boeing to conduct extensive testing and analysis to demonstrate compliance with the applicable safety regulations and special conditions.

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U.S. Customs And Border Protection Receives Seventh Upgraded P-3 Orion

Mid-Life Upgrade Completed Adding 20 Years To Airplane's Life

Lockheed Martin has delivered a P-3 Orion with new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This is the seventh CBP P-3 the team has delivered from its facility in Greenville, SC, since July 2010. "This delivery continues to underscore our unique modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul capability to deliver on our commitments," said Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin vice president for Modification, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MMRO) Greenville Site and Field Team Operations.

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World's Oldest Balloon Race To See 10 Nations Competing

A Field of 20 Balloons Is Set for the 57th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett

The launch of the 57th edition of the world's most prestigious balloon race is scheduled for August 24, 2013 and with the close of registration on February 15th, the field of competitive teams is now set. Twenty balloon teams from ten nations will launch from Nancy, France. Several of the countries will be represented by multiple teams. Each balloon team is comprised of two pilots.

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Mokulele Airlines Expands Fleet To Meet Growing Passenger Demand

Has Acquired Two New Cessna Grand Caravans To Boost The Number Of Interisland Flights

Citing an increased passenger load for interisland flights, Mokulele Airlines has purchased two new Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft to keep up with the growing demand for such flights from Hawaii residents and visitors.

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Companies Hold Unique Rocket Motor Design Competition

DIYRockets, Sunglass Launch World’s First Collaborative 3D Printed Rocket Engine Design Contest

DIYRockets and Sunglass has announced a partnership to launch the world’s first open source competition to create 3D printed rocket engines through collaborative design. The competition opened for registration at South By Southwest (SXSW) on March 9, and challenges makers, designers and space entrepreneurs to create open source rocket engines that will serve the growing market for small payload delivery into low earth orbit and ultimately, disrupt the space transportation industry.

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CanWest Component Services Announces Joint Venture

Will Join With Helispares And Freedom Aero Service To Provide International Support

The president and Director of Maintenance for CanWest Component Services says the the Canadian-based Transport Canada (TC) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-approved maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company has entered into a multi-party Joint Venture with a goal of increasing CanWest's ability to service its international operator base.

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Russian Satellite Rendered Useless After Collision With Space Junk

Debris From Chinese Missile Test Suspected

In 2007, the Chinese government destroyed its Feng Yun 1C weather satellite in a missile test. Now, a piece of debris left over from that test is thought to have collided with a Russian satellite, rendering it useless.

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AJW Technique Receives EASA Part-145 Approval

Continues To Fast Track Its Component Repair And Overhaul Capabilities

Component repair services provider AJW Technique has been awarded EASA Part-145 Approved Maintenance Organisation status. This follows the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval, recognized by the FAA, which was granted last month.

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Washington, D.C., Air Traffic Controller Receives First Raytheon Safety Award

Melvin Davis Honored For Advancing NextGen Safety Initiatives

Raytheon Company has presented its first-ever air traffic control safety award to Washington, D.C., controller Melvin Davis for bringing aviation industry stakeholders together to ensure safe operations in the National Airspace System. The award was presented at the annual National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) "Communicating for Safety" conference. Davis is NATCA's chief representative for the Next Generation air transportation modernization effort.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-03-06

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, -200, and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-02

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and MD-88 airplanes.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-04-06

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332C, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters.

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Airborne 03.12.13: Anti-Aviation Idiocy, Cessna TTx Flies, More LAS Dogfighting

Also: SportCub Floats, Lakeland Tower Closing?, UAL Shows its Heart, CSeries Progressing, F-35 Questions

Signs of progress? Cessna's new TTx completed its first production flight on Saturday, March 2. The single engine composite aircraft departed from the Cessna facility in Independence, KS, and performed the flight in and around southeast Kansas. As we previously reported Beechcraft has, without much surprise, formally protested to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) the USAF award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hit a new low among those politicians who lately seem to have zeroed in on the biz jet industry as the root of all evil in the world and the cause of our nation's economic crisis.

Airborne 03.12.13: Anti-Aviation Idiocy, Cessna TTx Flies, More LAS Dogfighting

Also: SportCub Floats, Lakeland Tower Closing?, UAL Shows its Heart, CSeries Progressing, F-35 Questions

Signs of progress? Cessna's new TTx completed its first production flight on Saturday, March 2. The single engine composite aircraft departed from the Cessna facility in Independence, KS, and performed the flight in and around southeast Kansas. As we previously reported Beechcraft has, without much surprise, formally protested to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) the USAF award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hit a new low among those politicians who lately se

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Navy Confirms Three Fatalities In Prowler Accident

Aircraft Was Conducting A Training Exercise

The U.S. Navy has issued an official release confirming that all three crew members aboard a Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA, were fatally injured when the aircraft went down Monday morning in an unpopulated area approximately 50 miles west of Spokane, WA.

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IAM Shows Solidarity With Beechcraft Over LAS Contract

Calls For Second Reversal Of Award To Embraer For Light Air Support Aircraft

Citing what it says is a threat to 1,400 U.S. jobs, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has called for a reversal of the recent U.S. Air Force contract favoring Brazilian-based Embraer over Wichita, KS-based Beechcraft Corp.

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New Diamond Flight Center Development Council Kicks Off East Coast Expansion

Council Also Recognizes Key Diamond Flight Centers For Outstanding Achievements In Flight Training Modernization

Following the inaugural meeting of the Diamond Flight Center Development Council, John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales, announced the expansion of the Diamond Flight Center (DFC) network in the eastern part of the United States. Dominion is the Diamond Regional Distribution Center serving that area.

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Boeing, KLM Demonstrate New Technologies To Optimize Flight

Fuel Savings, Reduced Noise And Emissions The Goals Of The Program

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have begun a series of commercial flights that will demonstrate how several advanced technologies, fuels and concepts can significantly improve operational efficiency, save fuel and reduce carbon and noise emissions. The technology demonstration encompasses all aspects of an aircraft's flight – preflight, takeoff, cruise, descent and post-landing.

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Boeing To Consolidate Flight Training Facilities In North America

Flight Simulators And Certain Operations To Locate In Miami

Boeing will be consolidating flight training capabilities in North America – including 787 flight and maintenance training – at the Boeing Flight Services training campus in Miami. The consolidation is part of a larger Commercial Airplanes focus on customer commitments, stepping up efforts to meet market demand for Boeing products, services and support as airplane delivery rates increase.

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Aviation Australia, Hawker Pacific Sign Significant Training Partnership

Will Give Practical AME Experience To Aviation Australia's Trainees

Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific have signed an agreement to formalize their previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a specialized training program in Cairns. The program is intended to provide advanced practical expertise to Aviation Maintenance Engineering (AME) students graduating from the Aviation Australia’s International Training Diploma program.

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Sikorsky, FlightSafety Continue To Expand Customer Training Programs

Developing Level-D FFSs For S-70, S-76, And S-92 Models

Sikorsky Aircraft and FlightSafety International have jointly announced the development of eight Level-D full flight simulators for Sikorsky’s S-92, S-76 and S-70i helicopter platforms. Currently in production, the simulators will expand access to OEM approved comprehensive aircraft training to Sikorsky customers in the USA, Brazil, Norway and South East Asia.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Hawker 400A Airplanes

Problems Have Been Noted With Horizontal Stab De-Icing Equipment

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) after learning of a problem with the horizontal stabilizer de-icing system on some Hawker 400 aircraft.  The FAA says it received notification of a field report of a horizontal stabilizer de-ice system equipped with a MOSFET contactor.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.12.13)

"Optimal Flight ... combines all of Boeing's current flight efficiency projects in a single program to demonstrate the most efficient, environmentally progressive flight possible." Source: Mike Caflisch, director of airspace programs, Boeing Digital Aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.12.13): Multi-Function Display (MFD)

Small screen (CRT or LCD) in an aircraft that can be used to display information to the pilot in numerous configurable ways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.12.13)

The Space Foundation

The stated mission of The Space Foundation is to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity. The orgainzation describes itself as an advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space.

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