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September 23, 2013

No Decision Made On Who Will Run Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Congressman Pittenger Presses FAA For An Answer, Gets Nowhere

In the battle between the city of Charlotte, NC and the state of North Carolina over Charlotte Douglas International Airport, even a United States Congressman apparently can't get an answer from the FAA as to who holds the operating certificate for the facility.

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Beechcraft, ANG Demonstrate Communications Armed Recon Software

AT-6 Becomes First Fixed Wing Aircraft To Utilize SINCGARS SA Waveform Capability

The AT-6 light attack aircraft has become the first fixed-wing aircraft to successfully utilize the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Situational Awareness (SINCGARS SA) Waveform capability, Beechcraft announced Thursday. The SINCGARS SA Waveform is a software-controlled high frequency radio designed to provide digital communication and global positioning services (GPS) in both fixed and mobile configurations vital for military armed reconnaissance.

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Rolls-Royce, UTC Abandon Engine Partnership Plans

Pratt & Whitney Says It Remains Committed To Mid-size Aircraft Market Segment

In October 2011, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney parent company United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced their intention to form a new joint venture to develop an engine to power future midsize (120-230 passenger) aircraft. Following further discussion and because of the current regulatory environment, the parties have agreed not to proceed with the partnership.

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A 'Silk Road In The Sky' Serves As New Bridge Linking China, UAE

China Grants Additional 'Freedom Traffic Rights' To Emirates Airlines

A "Silk Road in the Sky" linking eastern and western Asia is taking shape and is set to shorten the distance between China and the UAE, providing new development opportunities for Arabian countries.

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Aurora's Skate Supports Operational Missions In Afghanistan

Small, Man-Packable ISR UAS Proving Very Valuable In-Theater

Aurora Flight Sciences' Skate Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) was recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom missions. Aurora's role in supporting these military missions includes in-theater training and logistics support. Deployment of Skate to support operations in Afghanistan is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

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Brazilian-Made Countermeasure System Integrated On EC725

Technology Transfer Made The Installation Possible

Helibras has successfully completed flight testing of a chaff and flare countermeasures dispensing system for EC725 helicopters, completing a first-of-its-kind system integration project in Brazil and marking another key phase in Eurocopter’s contract to supply 50 of these Super Puma/Cougar family rotorcraft to the Brazilian armed forces.

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NASA Seeks Candidates For Space Technology Research Fellowships

Opportunities Open To U.S. Graduate Students For The Fall Term

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

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Northrop Grumman Unveils New B-2 Book At AFA Air & Space Conference

Book Chronicles People, Innovation Behind Development Of Stealth Bomber

A new book focusing on the people and innovation that helped create the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber, one of most powerful and survivable aircraft ever produced, was introduced Tuesday by Northrop Grumman at the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference at National Harbor, MD.

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NASA Highlights Asteroid Grand Challenge At World Maker Faire

Agency Continues To Focus Time And Treasure On Asteroid Mission

NASA is reaching out to a new community for ideas on how to find and track potentially hazardous asteroids, and protect the planet from their impacts. The World Maker Faire was held Sept. 21-22 at the New York Hall of Science in New York.

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IBA Analyst Sees Strong Single-Aisle Deliveries In China For Five Years

Says 80 Percent Of Existing Leases Will Be Renewed

An analyst for the International Bureau of Aviation ... an independent business consultant to the aviation industry ... says that “New single aisle aircraft deliveries to China will remain at more than 150 per year for next five years and more than 80% of expiring leases will be renewed.”

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $20 Million NORAD Contract

Will Continue Supporting Space Defense Missions

Lockheed Martin will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Cheyenne Mountain Complex under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) program.

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.23.13

Allegiant Air Takes 30 MD80s Out of Service…

Improving Safety Through Recurrent Training Data…

David Riggs’ Death is Now Officia

More AERO-Casts

Airborne 09.20.13: Aero-Crook Riggs Dies in China, 787-9 1st Flight, Reno Wraps

Also: Aeroscraft Flies, New Dynon, FreeFlight's ADS-B Out Option, WWII Airmen Come Home, Swift Fuels Opens Up

ANN has confirmed that aviation’s resident ‘bad boy’ David Riggs has died in a crash of his Lancair while in China for an airshow. The accident occurred outside Shenyang when Riggs Experimental Amateur-Built Lancair 320 went down in a lake. Unfortunately, Riggs had a passenger that was also killed. The latest addition to Boeing's Dreamliner stable ... the longer, higher-capacity, dash 9, made its first flight in the skies over Washington State Tuesday. The airliner lifted off the runway just after 11:00 am PDT and flew for abo

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SAFE Wants The FAA To Survey Some Pilot Training Data

Asks FAA to Collect Recurrent Training Data

The Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE) has asked the FAA to start collecting information on pilot recurrent safety training in addition to the data the agency already collects on airports, aircraft, and aircraft activity. The suggestion came at the quinquennial meeting in Washington, D.C. of industry and government leaders to refine data collection for the FAA's annual GA and Part 135 Activity Survey.

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Klyde Morris (09.23.13)

Klyde: A-POO Smells Money In Those Drones...


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FAA Dedicates New Palm Springs, CA Control Tower

Total Project Cost Was About $25 Million

The FAA and local officials on Thursday dedicated a new, environmentally friendly airport traffic control tower at Palm Springs International Airport. The tower replaces a facility that served the airport since 1967.

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NBAA To Offer Global Entry Program Interviews With CPB At Convention

Allows Simplified Entry Into The U.S. For International Business Travelers

International business travelers seeking simplified entry into the United States will have the opportunity to meet in-person with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), so they can be enrolled in CBP's “Global Entry” program.

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MGL Updates Explorer iEFIS Firmware

Adds New Default Screen Option

MGL Avionics has released a firmware update for the Explorer iEFIS designed for the sport and experimental aircraft markets. The new firmware gives pilots the ability to select screen layouts by simply selecting engine options, fuel options, and more, resulting in different default screen layouts without the need to create 'custom' screens.

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The First 'Swarm' Satellite Is On Its Way To Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome

Spacecraft Key To ESA's Mission To Study The Earth's Magnetic Field

The first of the three Astrium-built Swarm research satellites is on its way to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. An Ilyushin-76, headed for Russia, took off from Munich Airport this morning. The remaining two satellites, plus the test and installation equipment, will follow at two-day intervals, amounting to a total of 63 metric tons of freight.

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B-2 Pilot Surpasses 1,000 Hours Milestone

Joins An Elite Corps Of 35 Pilots Who Have Reached That Mark

A routine flying mission became a major achievement for the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing when Maj. Luke Jayne surpassed 1,000 flying hours in the B-2 Spirit Sept. 14. Crossing the 1000 hour mark, Jayne joins an elite group of pilots, said Maj. Jared Kennish, 110th Bomb Squadron commander.

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Ship Trials Bring F-35B Capability, Operational Utility Into Focus

Marine Corps Test Pilot Praises JSF's Flight Characteristics

Recent ship trials for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B onboard the USS Wasp [LHD-1] underscored the fifth-generation fighter’s unique capabilities and operational utility according to Marines and sailors alike.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.23.13)

Aero Linx: The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) is the voice of general aviation at Westchester County Airport (HPN). WAA represents a growing number of individuals, businesses, and corporations from all over the United States but primarily from the Northeast. The goals of the membership are to: Promote the value and benefit of HPN to the general public, government officials and the media. Promote harmony, coordination and cooperation within the local aviation community. Promote safe, secure and environmentally friendly operating practices. Promote enhancement of aviation facilities at HPN that

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.23.13): Kollsman Window

Kollsman Window A barometric scale window of a sensitive altimeter used to adjust the altitude for the altimeter setting. The altimeter uses static pressure as its source of operation. Air is denser at sea level than aloft—as altitude increases, atmospheric pressure decreases. This difference in pressure at various levels causes the altimeter to indicate changes in altitude. Most altimeters are equipped with an adjustment knob located at the bottom of the instrument to manually compensate for the changes in atmospheric pressure.. This is called the barometric pressure setting window or “Kollsman Window.”

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.23.13)

“This tower is part of our commitment to maintaining the world’s safest aviation system,” said “Palm Springs is a vastly different airport than it was in 1967, and this new tower will give controllers better views of planes on the airfield and approaching the airport.” Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on the FAA's completion of a new, $25M environmentally friendly airport traffic control tower at Palm Springs International Airport. The tower replaces a facility that served the airport since 1967.

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