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March 15, 2013

Boeing Provides Details On 787 Battery Improvements

Manufacturing Changes, Better Insulation, New Enclosure Key To Preventing Cell Overheating

A comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks, Boeing said in a webcast late Thursday. The event was timed to be live at 10:00 am local time Friday in Japan.

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A4A Supports Blunt Amendment Providing Agencies With Funding Flexibility

Would Allow Services Essential To Air Travel To Be Maintained During Sequestration

Airlines for America (A4A) has expressed strong support for an amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to provide federal agencies the flexibility to determine which employees are essential personnel, and minimize the impact to services essential to air travel as they implement budget cuts required from sequestration.

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Airbus Delivers 100th A380

Sixth Aircraft For Malaysia Airlines Handed Over In Toulouse

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Airbus have marked a major achievement; the hand-over of the 100th A380 to MAS at Airbus’ Henri Ziegler Delivery Center in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS.

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NASA/JPL MARS Curiosity Project Team To Receive 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy

Also Selected For Smithsonian Air And Space Honor

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced Wednesday at their annual Spring Awards Luncheon that The NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team will receive the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy “…in recognition of the extraordinary achievements of successfully landing Curiosity on Mars, advancing the nation’s technological and engineering capabilities, and significantly improving humanity’s understanding of ancient Martian habitable environments.”

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ISS Has Its First Canadian Commander

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Assumed Command Of The Station Wednesday

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), celebrated a historic milestone in Canadian space exploration Wednesday as Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station.

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Twin Brothers Earn Pilot’s Licenses After Only Celebrating Four Birthdays.

Born On Leap Day, They Both Earn Certificates On The First Day They Are Eligible

Twins born on February 29th are fairly rare. Twins born on February 29th who both have earned private pilot licenses on the same day after celebrating only four birthdays is an achievement worthy of notice. Classic Aviation in Pella, IA is proud to announce that Dan Fredrickson and Josh Fredrickson twin brothers from Pella who were born on February 29 in a leap year, passed their private pilot checkrides on March 1, 2013.

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ARSA Offers Comments On Proposed Contract Maintenance Rule

Says FAA Exceeded The Scope Of The Congressional Mandate

The Aeronautical Repair Station (ARSA) has submitted comments on the FAA's air carrier contract maintenance requirements notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The proposed rule is the direct result of Sec. 319 in the FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012 (the latest FAA reauthorization).

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Pacific Aviation Museum Invites Youth To 'Discover Your Future in Aviation'

Fourth Annual Pearl Harbor Event Features Flight Lab, Hands-On Workshops, Interactive Science Exhibits And More

Young people interested in aviation as a career or hobby, schools, Scouts, and families will want to attend Discover Your Future in Aviation at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Boeing, SWISS Announce Commitment For Six 777-300ERs

Airplanes Selected By Lufthansa Group For Long-Haul Fleet Renewal Of Swiss International Air Lines

An agreement for six 777-300ER airplanes was reached Thursday between Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The airplanes, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, were selected for the airline's long-haul fleet renewal. Boeing looks forward to working with SWISS to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

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Boeing's Dreamlifter Makes Emergency Landing

Returns To Paine Field Shortly After Takeoff Bound For Japan

A highly-modified Boeing 747 known as the "Dreamlifter" which is operated by Atlas Air was forced to return to Paine Field in Everett, WA, shortly after takeoff Tuesday after declaring an emergency during climb-out.

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SC Businesses Collaborate For 'Learn to Fly For Free' Contest

First Prize Is A Complete Private Pilot Training Program

Chances are, if you're reading Aero-News, you've at least had a dream to learn to fly. But if you're still wondering how you might reach that goal of Pilot in Command ... and you live in the Greenville, SC area, this may be your chance to learn to fly and have someone else pick up the tab. Upstate Business Journal, Airwolf Aviation Services, Greenville Downtown Airport and Greenville Jet Center have joined forces to give away an entire flight training package.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-03-22

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.15.13

The NBAA Backs Moran’s Anti-Tower Closing Ammendment…

CubCrafters’ Top Cub Wins Night VFR Certification…

Embraer Wants Swi

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Airborne 03.15.13: 787 Test Approval, Grasshopper Hops High, NTSB's 'Big 5'

Also: Wichita's B-29, Fantasy Of Flight, Cirrus Behavior/War Gets Stranger, Gordon Bennett Balloon Race, A400M, Satellite Collisions

Finally! Progress. 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. Florida's Treasure Coast has long been where fortune hunters went to seek untold riches. Now for the Sky Pirate in all of us, Florida's Fantasy of Flight has just opened Phase II of its "Golden HIll" project revealing a 20,000 square foot treasure trove of rare and vintage aircraft, aircraft parts and flight artifacts. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, Space

The Journey Continues: Bill Harrelson/N6ZQ Are Circling the Globe -- Right Now!

Sport Aviation's Gutsiest Lancair Pilot On Circum-Polar Quest

There are ways to orbit Planet Earth and there are ways to orbit Planet Earth -- and even to those of us who have played closely with space technology, and the rocket game, have to admit that Bill Harrelson's current quest is hard to beat in terms of courage, excitement, guts and daring. As I write this, and while much of the aviation world here in the states is sitting down to hot dinners, or an evening in front of the tube, Former Airline Jock and now-current world record pilot, Bill Harrelson, is on the way to Recife, Brazil -- on the first leg of a flight around the world... via the North and South pole.

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Airborne 03.15.13: 787 Test Approval, Grasshopper Hops High, NTSB's 'Big 5'

Also: Wichita's B-29, Fantasy Of Flight, Cirrus Behavior/War Gets Stranger, Gordon Bennett Balloon Race, A400M, Satellite Collisions

Finally! Progress. 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. Florida's Treasure Coast has long been where fortune hunters went to seek untold riches. Now for the Sky Pirate in all of us, Florida's Fantasy of Flight has just opened Phase II of its "Golden HIll" project revealing a 20,000 square f

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NBAA Supports Sen. Moran's Amendment To Preserve Control Towers Under Sequester

Bolen Says That Closing Towers Puts The Safety Of The Traveling Public At Risk

The NBAA supports an amendment from Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), which would halt the FAA’s plan to close a host of air traffic control towers and other facilities. Noting the integral role of the towers in the nation’s aviation system, and the economic boost that airports with towers play in surrounding communities, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to Moran in support of his amendment.

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Embraer: Resolve LAS Contract Challenge Quickly

Beechcraft Corporation Is Again Formally Protesting The Award

Executives from Embraer say the U.S. Air Force should quickly resolve the challenge made by Beechcraft Corporation over the award to build 20 A-29 Super Tucanos for use in Afghanistan in Jacksonville, FL. It is the second time the Brazilian planemaker and its U.S. Partner, Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corp., have won the contract.

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CubCrafters Receives Night VFR Approval For Top Cub

Changes Include Backlit Placards, Instrument Illumination, Fuel Sight Gauge Lighting

Light aircraft designer and manufacturer CubCrafters has announced that the FAA has issued Night VFR approval for its CC18-180 Top Cub. CubCrafters’ Top Cub was already a capable and versatile utility aircraft, with a gross weight of 2,300 pounds, a useful load of 1,100 pounds, and class-leading short-field capabilities; the addition of Night VFR expands the Top Cub’s capabilities.

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Klyde Morris 03.15.2013

Revenge Is The Dish That Is Best Served Cold, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Lufthansa Supervisory Board Gives Go-Ahead For Major Airbus Order

One Hundred A320 Family Aircraft And Two Additional A380s

The Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 100 A320 Family aircraft (35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with "Sharklets") and two A380s worth approximately $ 11.2 billion at list prices. The engine choices will be announced by the airline at a later date.

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F-35 Production On Track, Program Chief Says

Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan Admits The Program Has Had A Rocky Road

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12 in a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave Venlet, worked with Lockheed-Martin and Pratt & Whitney to reform the problem-plagued development program.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.15.13)

"So, lots of airplanes over a very long period of time, with inflation added in, you can understand how the (Office of the Secretary of Defense) guys come up with a number like $1.1 trillion. I'm not saying that that's a bad number; I'm just saying we need to take that number with a grain of salt." Source: Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, F-35 Program Chief.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.15.13): Instrument Runway

A runway equipped with electronic and visual navigation aids for which a precision or nonprecision approach procedure having straight-in landing minimums has been approved.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.15.13)

Airstrip America

It's always best to be prepared, right? Especially becoming familiar with the landing facilities, including grass strips, airparks, taxiways, and landmarks from airports around the country.

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