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June 19, 2013

EADS And Siemens Enter Long-Term Research Partnership

Sign MoU With Diamond Aircraft On Electric Propulsion System

EADS and Siemens are entering into a long-term research partnership to introduce new electric propulsion systems that could help airlines lower their fuel bills and drive environmental performance. Together with their partner, Austria-based Diamond Aircraft, the companies are showcasing a second generation serial hybrid electric airplane at Le Bourget.

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Boeing, Korean Air Announce Commitment To Purchase 11 Twin-Aisle Airplanes

Agreement Includes Five 747-8 Intercontinentals, Six 777-300ERs

Korean Air has agreed to purchase five 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, valued at approximately $3.6 billion at current list prices. Boeing will work with Korean Air to finalize the order, at which time the order will be posted to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

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HeliSure Product Line For Rotary Wing Aircraft Launched At Paris Air Show

Offering Brings Unprecedented Situational Awareness To Helicopter Pilots

A family of products that its manufacturer says will provide helicopter pilots with unprecedented situational awareness to help them meet the challenges of flying in increasingly congested and hazard-filled airspace was introduced Monday at the Paris Air Show.

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Bell Helicopter Announces Relentless Program Updates

Unveiled New Technical Specs And Design Features At Paris Air Show

Bell Helicopter announced updates to the Bell 525 Relentless program Monday at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The updated technical specifications and design features reveal improved speed, range and payload capabilities, as well as a higher maximum gross weight and optimized flight performance.

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NRC Announces Six Aerospace Research Focus Areas

Advancing Aerospace Research And Technology Development In Critical Areas

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched six new research focus areas to advance aerospace research and technology development (R&TD) in critical areas.

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NASA Selects Next Generation Of Space Explorers

Announcement Culminates An 18-Month Search For Astronauts

After an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA has a new group of potential astronauts. Eight candidates have been selected to be NASA's newest astronaut trainees, hoping to be among those who are the first to launch from U.S. soil on commercial American spacecraft since the retirement of the space shuttle.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Alaska Fatal Accident

Float Plane Was Carrying Cruise Ship Passengers On A Sightseeing Flight

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred in Petersburg, Alaska, that resulted in the fatal injury of one of the seven people on board the float-equipped de Havilland Beaver.

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Nordic Aviation Capital Places 'Landmark' Order For 90 ATR -600s

The Total Value Of The Agreement Amounts To Over $2.1 Billion, Includes Orders For 35 Firm Aircraft

The European turboprop manufacturer ATR and the Danish leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) signed a historic agreement Monday at the Paris Air Show for the sale of 90 ATR -600s, including 35 firm orders (30 ATR 72-600s and 5 ATR 42-600s). The contract, including options, amounts to over $ 2.1 billion.

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Worldwide UAV Market Expected To Total $89 Billion

Teal Group Predicts Growth In Its 2013 UAV Market Profile And Forecast

Despite near-term U.S. budget cutbacks, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) continue as the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade. That's according to the latest integrated market analysis from the Teal Group, presented during the opening of the 50th Paris Air Show.

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Iron Maiden Lead Singer Now In The 'Big Iron' Business

Qualified 757 Pilot Co-Founded Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Training Company Last Year

To look at Bruce Dickenson today, you might find it hard to believe he is still the lead singer for the metal band Iron Maiden. With close-cropped hair and a dark suit, he looks every inch the businessman. That's because he is. Dickenson last year became one of the co-founders of Cardiff Aviation Limited, an aircraft maintenance and flight training company in the U.K.

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New Zealand Coroner Declares Twin Otter Crew Down In Antarctic Deceased

Plane Went Down Nearly Five Months Ago On Mount Elizabeth

A coroner in New Zealand has declared that the crew of a Twin Otter which went down on Mount Elizabeth in Antarctica five months ago is officially deceased. The three men were flying from the South Pole to the Italian base at Terra Nova Bay when the accident occurred.

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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) And EAA Announce ‘Heavy Bombers Weekend’

Event In Madison, Wisconsin July 26-28 Features The B-29 Superfortress, B-17 Flying Fortress And B-24 Liberator

In an unprecedented and rare gathering of World War II era aircraft the CAF and EAA are joining forces for a ‘Heavy Bombers Weekend’ in Madison, Wisconsin the weekend before EAA AirVenture. The event starts Friday, July 26, 2013 and will feature the world’s only airworthy B-29 Superfortress FIFI; the B-17 Aluminum Overcast; and the B-24 Diamond Lil. Other attending aircraft include a P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor, SNJ-5, PT-26, PT-17 Stearman and T-6 Texan.

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Aero-TV: Garmin’s GNC-255 –- Back To Basics

Garmin's New Aviation VHF Radios

Early this year, a new series of aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series, was announced by Garmin. As the replacement products for the popular SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GNC series NAV/COM radios include new features to reduce pilot workload, while also offering an affordable solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33 kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union under the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

Aero-TV: Garmin’s GNC-255 –- Back To Basics

Garmin's New Aviation VHF Radios 

Early this year, a new series of aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series, was announced by Garmin. As the replacement products for the popular SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GNC series NAV/COM radios include new features to reduce pilot workload, while also offering an affordable solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33 kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union under the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

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FAA Revises National Kit Evaluation Team Policies

Sets Standard Methodology For Evaluation, Describes Selection And Orientation Of Team Members

The FAA has published an order revising the Amateur-Built Aircraft National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET), defining policy and procedures and establishes a standard methodology to evaluate amateur-built aircraft kits. It also describes the selection and orientation of team members, the process for requesting an aircraft kit evaluation, the conduct of evaluations, and reporting and records maintenance requirements.

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G650 Landed In Paris With Three New City-Pair Records

Business Jet Dashes 25-Year Record Set By Gulfstream GIV

The Gulfstream G650 demonstration aircraft landed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport for the 50th annual Paris Air Show with three new city-pair records on its résumé: Savannah to Paris; Nice, France, to São Paulo; and Las Vegas to Madrid, Spain. The records are pending confirmation by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

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Embry-Riddle Inks Deal To Bring Diamond Aircraft To Daytona Beach

Partnership Includes Coordination with Students, Faculty And Facility At University’s Research And Technology Park

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University president Dr. John P. Johnson and Diamond Aircraft Industries CEO and owner Christian Dries have signed a partnership agreement to establish the global manufacturer’s presence at the university’s Daytona Beach Campus.

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation Announce Commitment For 30 787-10Xs

Leasing Company Also Commits To Three Additional 787-9s

Boeing has announced the signing of a a memorandum of understanding with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) to purchase 33 airplanes. The Los Angeles-based leasing company has committed to order three 787-9 and 30 787-10X Dreamliners.

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Senate National Defense Authorization Markup Supports Aviation Programs

Passed The Senate Armed Services Committee 23-3

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) last week passed a markup bill of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2014 (FY'14) which is supportive of many military aviation programs.

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easyJet Sets Sights On Airbus A320neo For Future Fleet Development

Selects 100 A320neo, 35 A320ceo

After a "thorough technical evaluation," easyJet has earmarked the Airbus A320neo for its future fleet requirements. Based on the company’s analysis and growth forecasts, the A320 was selected for offering the what it said was the best productivity, lowest operating cost and best fuel efficiency of any single aisle aircraft in the 180 seat sector.

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ILFC Unveils Intention To Purchase 50 E-Jets E2 Aircraft From Embraer

Deal Includes Additional 50 Options And Marks The Introduction Of E-Jets Family To ILFC Fleet

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., announced Monday that it has signed a letter of intent, subject to final agreement, for the purchase of 50 E-Jets E2 aircraft from Embraer, including 25 E190-E2 and 25 E195-E2. The deal also includes options for an additional 50 aircraft, and marks the introduction of the E-Jets Family to the company’s diverse aircraft fleet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.19.13)

“The serial electric propulsion allows us to design airplanes with totally different characteristics than today. Vertical take-off and high-speed cruise can be realized in a much more efficient way.” Source: Diamond Aircraft owner Christian Dries at Le Bourget.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.19.13): Ceiling

The heights above the earth's surface of the lowest layer of clouds or obscuring phenomena that is reported as broken, overcast, or obscuration, and not classified as thin or partial.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.19.13)

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) is a non-profit public educational foundation dedicated to presenting the Army Aviation story to the American people.

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