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July 09, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Executes $1.79 Billion Exclusivity Agreement With Chinese Firm

Enters Into 'Strategic Combination' With Superior Aviation Of Beijing

Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday that it has executed an exclusivity agreement with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. (Superior), a Beijing-based aerospace manufacturer, regarding what it is calling a "strategic combination." Should the transaction be completed, Superior intends to maintain Hawker Beechcraft’s existing operations while also investing substantial capital in the company and its business and general aviation product line, saving thousands of American jobs, including in Wichita, KS, and Little Rock, AK.

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Italian Sport Aircraft Company Eyes Florida Airports

Unnamed Company Looking At Two Locations For Possible Assembly Facility

An unnamed Italian sport aircraft company which reportedly specializes in light and ultra-light aircraft is said to be eyeing locations in Florida for a small reassembly plant in the U.S.

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Russia Hopes Farnborough Will Help Repair Its Aviation Image

But Superjet Accident Likely To Make That More Difficult

The recent accident involving a Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight is expected to make it difficult for Russia to burnish its aviation image at Farnborough next week, despite planned displays by a pair of Su-27 "Flanker" fighters that will be flying at the show.

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Longbow Apache Pilots Learn To Land On Navy's USS New York

Army Helicopter Squadron First To Train At Sea In The Persian Gulf

The U.S. Army’s 3-159th "Quickstrike" Attack Reconnaissance Battalion met the USS New York in the Persian Gulf Friday bringing with them a lot of firsts. The battalion became the first to land an AH-64D Longbow Apache aboard the vessel when they partnered with the Navy crew to train the Army pilots how to land on the deck of a ship.

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HS-11 Conducts Aerial Change Of Command

Squadron Flying Combat Missions Supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

Cmdr. Ryan Keys relieved Cmdr. Edgardo "Cheech" Moreno as commanding officer (CO) of the Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11 Dragonslayers in an airborne change-of-command ceremony in the skies above deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), July 6.

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Homemade Drone Helicopter Causes Stir On Alcatraz

Film Maker's Actions Were Unauthorized

Two California men have found themselves in the clutches of the National Park Service and the Coast Guard in connection with a film shoot they directed using a 6-foot long homemade helicopter. The homemade drone helicopter has a high definition camera to give the film-maker a bird's eye view of the world, or in this case Sausalito, CA.

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Some European Airlines To Scrap Separate Debit Card Surcharges

Move Follows Enforcement Action By The UK's Office Of Fair Trading (OFT)

Following OFT enforcement action, 12 airlines have agreed to include debit card surcharges in the headline price rather than surprise consumers at the end of the booking process. Any surcharges for paying by credit card will be easy to find when booking online.

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Canada Still Having Trouble Getting Sea King Replacement Aircraft

Sikorsky Has Delayed Delivery Of CH-148 Cyclone Helos

For more than 25 years, the Canadian government has been working to replace its aging fleet of Sea King helicopters. It had decided to purchase 28 Sikorsky CH-148 helicopters, for which the Liberal government in power in 2004 signed an agreement.

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Skydivers Look To Raise Money For Cancer Research

Think Of It As A 'Free-Fall-A-Thon'

You have to admit, it's a pretty novel way to raise money for cancer research, but for the past six years, Audrey Rose of Nashua, NH, has organized Jump for the Cure, an effort she began when a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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NASA Makes Aerospace Sizzle For Virginia Summer Scholars

Fifth Year For The Program For High School Students

Marking its fifth year as host, NASA Langley Research Center welcomes 144 high school students to three, week-long summer academies of NASA-related research and interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists.

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FAA: LAPD Properly Charged LAX For Police Services

Department Had Been Accused Of Misappropriating Millions

After reviewing a complaint alleging that the LAPD had misappropriated millions of dollars for police services at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the FAA has found that no such misappropriation took place, although other problems were uncovered.

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Aero-TV: Sikorsky Aircraft -- Designing the Helicopters of the Future

Amazing Success Story Continues As Sikorsky Maintains Its Innovative Ways

There are few more compelling stories in American Aerospace than the path trail-blazed by Sikorsky Aircraft. Brilliantly led and tightly focused, this company has innovated itself to be one of the most closely-watched tech companies in the world... with good reason.

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Aero-TV: Sikorsky Aircraft -- Designing the Helicopters of the Future

An Amazing Success Story Continues As Sikorsky Maintains Its Innovative Ways

There are few more compelling stories in American Aerospace than the path trail-blazed by Sikorsky Aircraft. Brilliantly led and tightly focused, this company has innovated itself to be one of the most closely-watched tech companies in the world... with good reason. At the 2012 Heli-Expo, Sikorsky Boss, Jeff Pino, was riding a pretty substantial wave of good news, just weeks prior to his announcing his impending retirement. Among the news reported at HAI2012 was a sale to Brazilian helicopter operator, Lider Aviacao, of three S-92 helicopters. Lider will operate the aircraft p

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 07.06.12: Avidyne IFD440, AirFrance 447, Hawker Beech

Also: MAFFS Fly Again, Boeing Forecasts Big Bucks, Taco Bell Delivers... By Air, and 'Speak Up!' At Oshkosh

Guess what??? GREAT NEWS!! Another Aero-Week means TWICE AS MUCH Aero-News! Airborne now comes to you TWICE a week, Tuesday and Fridays, (with occasional exceptions for special event weeks and associated coverage). Each week, you’ll get your dose of Airborne on Tuesday as well as Friday, allowing us to make the news more timely for you. Ya gotta hand it to them.... despite a bad economy, an even tougher regulatory environment, and the industry doldrums, Avidyne seems bound and determined to innovate themselves past the worst of recent times

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Farnborough Opens With High Expectations For Boeing And Airbus

Boeing Hopes 737 Max Takes Off

The Boeing vs Airbus rivalry will be one of many story lines getting a lot of attention this week as the aviation world gathers at Farnborough. The Wall Street Journal reports that the first salvo may be fired by Boeing which is expected to announce orders for its 737 MAX. The WSJ cites sources close to the plane maker who say that both General Electric Company’s aircraft-lease division and Air Lease Corporation are expected to announce big orders for the 737.

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XCOR May Be Headed For Midland, TX

City Council, Economic Development Entity To Vote Monday On Incentive Package

XCOR, which is developing the Lynx suborbital spacecraft, is considering a move out of Mojave, CA for Midland, TX, according to several media reports. The Midland City Council and the Midland Development Corporation (MDC) will reportedly vote Monday on whether to approve an incentive package for the commercial space company.

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Klyde Morris (07.09.12)

Are You Ready For A Shakedown?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Cessna Boosts Number Of Mobile Service Units

Latest MSU Based In Birmingham, AL

Cessna has introduced another Mobile Service Unit based at Atlantic Aviation, a fixed base operator at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama. Cessna Mobile Service Units (MSU) provide on-site technical expertise and immediate support for over 6,000 Cessna Citation jets in operation worldwide.

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New Jersey Township Police Charge Flying Lessons To The Taxpayers

Two West Windsor Officers Used Training Program For Helicopter Instruction

Two police officers in the township of West Windsor, NJ, are asking to be paid back for some expensive flying lessons through a police training reimbursement program, even though the township owns no aircraft and the training is not relevant to the officers' jobs.

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Airmen Missing From Vietnam War Identified

Crew Of Six Went Down Aboard An AC-47D Aircraft

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Thursday that the remains of six servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, were recently identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.09.12)

Aero Linx: Idaho Aviation Association The Idaho Aviation Association was organized in 1989 to give Idaho a general aviation voice locally and nationally. Our mission is to represent our members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; to inform our members about aviation issues; to work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and to promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.09.12): Blizzard

Blizzard A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow in the air to frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for a duration of at least 3 hours. A severe blizzard is characterized by temperatures near or below 10°F, winds exceeding 45 mph, and visibility reduced by snow to near zero.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.09.12)

"With thousands of Citations in service, our mobile maintenance capabilities are key to supporting the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance needs of our customers. Services provided by the MSUs are frequently more convenient for customers — the MSU is another example of how we respond to our customer's unique needs." Source: Joe Hepburn, Cessna senior vice president, Customer Service, following the introduction of another Mobile Service Unit based at Atlantic Aviation, a fixed base operator at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama.

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