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October 12, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.12.11

NBAA honors member companies for safety records.
Boeing says another BBJ is headed for China.
And Bell's new 407 GX gets its certification.

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Honda Aircraft Company To Build Aircraft Maintenance Facility In Greensboro, NC

Move Represents A $20 Million Investment In The State

Greensboro, North Carolina has been selected for a new HondaJet Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. Honda Aircraft Company and the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance announced the project at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas Monday. The company will invest an additional $20 million to build the new MRO facility, bringing its total capital investment for construction of its North Carolina facilities to more than $120 million.

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NASA Administrator Bolden Visits Kennedy Space Center

Says Florida Has A 'Critical Role' To Play In Future Space Exploration

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met with Space Coast community leaders, Kennedy Space Center employees and news media representatives during a Tuesday visit to Florida. He outlined recent steps the agency has taken toward missions to deep space and Florida's critical role in future exploration.

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Boeing Unveils Newest Business Jet for Chinese Charter Market

Second Of Four Going To Deer Jet Of Beijing

The latest Boeing Business Jet to enter the Chinese charter market was unveiled at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference in Las Vegas this week. The new BBJ, owned and operated by Deer Jet of Beijing, is the second of four BBJs for the airline making it the largest BBJ charter operator in China.

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Becker Avionics Launches New Digital Audio Control Panel

Full-Function Unit Optimized For Fixed-Wing Aircraft

A new fixed wing digital audio panel for the Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS6100 was unveiled Sunday by Becker Avionics. The new panel variant of the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100 is specifically tailored for fixed-wing applications. The new fixed-wing ACU6100 will come in a horizontal and vertical format to ease retrofit installations.

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First Flight In Cruise Mode For US Navy/NGC X-47B Demonstrator

'Envelope Expansion' Program Underway For Carrier-Based UAS

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone September 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time. The flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, also helped validate precision navigation hardware and software that will allow the X-47B to land with precision on the moving deck of an aircraft carrier.

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Total Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet Charter Service Added By Associated Aircraft Group

First Jet To Join Company Fleet Of Sikorsky S-76 Helicopters

Sikorsky subsidiary Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has added the Total Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet to its fleet of Sikorsky S-76 executive helicopters. The jet service provides AAG customers additional options to meet their travel needs, while expanding the company’s service area.

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NBAA Honors Six Flying Safety Award Recipients At Annual Convention

Two Achieve 60 Years Of Flying Without An Accident

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today recognized six Member Companies for safe flying achievement during a luncheon held at the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention. In 2011, two companies reached the safety milestone of flying 60 years or more without an accident – 3M Company and Idaho Power Co.

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Vietnam's Southern Service Flight Company Orders A 3rd EC225 Helicopter

Aircraft To Be Tasked With Offshore Oil And Gas Operations

The Southern Service Flight Company (SSFC) of Vietnam has signed a contract with Eurocopter South East Asia for a third EC225, with an option for another, to be added to its fleet for offshore oil and gas operations. It is scheduled to be delivered in early 2013.

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NASA Developing Instruments For New Solar Orbiter Mission

Spacecraft Will Measure Solar Wind, Study Process That Creates The Phenomenon

NASA will begin development and testing of two science instruments, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), to be placed on ESA's newly selected Solar Orbiter mission. The spacecraft will study the sun from a closer distance than any previous mission.

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Cessna Renews Support For Young Eagles Fundraiser

Signs Two-Year Agreement As Presenting Sponsor

Cessna has renewed its commitment and its sponsorship for EAA’s Gathering of Eagles fundraiser, which supports youth aviation education programs, by signing a new two-year agreement as the gala’s presenting sponsor. The event, which is held during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, draws more than 1,000 attendees and raises in excess of $1.5 million for programs such as EAA Young Eagles, Air Academy, and others.

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FAA Grants Six New STCs To Concorde Battery

Approvals Run From Boeing 737s To MD-900 Helos

Concorde has received STC and PMA approvals for ATR 42/72 Series, Boeing 737-600, -700, -800, -900 Series, Bombardier DHC-8-100, -200, -300, -400 Series, Embraer EMB-500 (Phenom 100), MD Helicopters MD-900, and FAA-PMA approval for Learjet 40/45 emergency battery.

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Jeppesen Supports Lindbergh Foundation Aviation Green Alliance

Stakeholders Will Address Aviation Industry Environmental Challenges

Jeppesen said Monday it will serve as a founding member of the Lindbergh Foundation Aviation Green Alliance by supporting the nonprofit organization that brings stakeholders together to address environmental challenges facing the aviation industry, including emissions, noise and operational efficiency.

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Aero-TV: Bombardier At NBAA 2011 -- Learjet 85 Progress Report

Newest Lear On Track For 2013 EIS

Production of the new Learjet 85 aircraft has officially begun as the program successfully exited the Aircraft Level Critical Design Review. Development and production teams in Wichita, Kansas; Montréal, Québec; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged in the manufacturing validation phase.

Aero-TV: Updating The Fleet -- Cessna Intro's The Citation Latitude

Second New BizJet Announcement In 14 Days

For the second time in 14 days, Cessna Aircraft Company introduced plans for a new airplane. Plans for the new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet Monday morning at the start of the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. This is Cessna's second new product announcement in the past 14 days; the company launched the Citation M2 light business jet on September 26.

Aero-TV: Updating The Fleet -- Cessna Intro's The Citation Latitude

Second New BizJet Announcement In 14 Days

For the second time in 14 days, Cessna Aircraft Company introduced plans for a new airplane. Plans for the new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet Monday morning at the start of the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. This is Cessna's second new product announcement in the past 14 days; the company launched the Citation M2 light business jet on September 26.

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Aero-TV: Bombardier At NBAA 2011 -- Learjet 85 Progress Report

Newest Lear On Track For 2013 EIS

Production of the new Learjet 85 aircraft has officially begun as the program successfully exited the Aircraft Level Critical Design Review. Development and production teams in Wichita, Kansas; Montréal, Québec; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged in the manufacturing validation phase. Ralph Acs, Vice President and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft said the airplane is making solid progress. He said the manufacturing sites are ready, production has begun, and they have been successfully building parts and we are ensuring that all quality standards are met

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Nextant Aerospace Delivers The First 400XT To Flight Options

Charter Operator Has Ordered 40 Of The Remanufactured Jets

Nextant Aerospace delivered the first of 40 new 400XT aircraft to Flight Options, LLC, on Monday. The delivery took place during a hand-over ceremony at the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention.

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Seven New Suppliers Sign On For Global 7000, 8000 Jet Program

Major Systems Set For Large Business Jets

Bombardier Aerospace today revealed more information about the selection of seven suppliers on major packages on its new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets, and you'd hardly call them the seven dwarves. Rockwell Collins, Parker Aerospace, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Liebherr-Aerospace, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, Apparatebau Gauting GmbH and Arrowhead Products have all joined the program.

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HBC Receives Order For 12 Hawker 800XPR Aircraft From XOJET

Charter Company Has Grown 40 Percent In 2011

An order for 12 Hawker 800XPR aircraft has been placed by XOJET, which has seen 40 percent growth during 2011. "The growth of our business demanded a third fleet type," said Blair LaCorte, XOJET's Chief Executive Officer.

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Foley Sees Potential In Business Jet Deliveries, But No Sure Thing

To Avoid Business Jet Delivery Purgatory, Economic Growth, Confidence Are Musts

What if general aviation unit deliveries were to stay flat into an extended future? Aviation Analyst Bryan Foley sees things this way:  "Deliveries will trend modestly upward; we still believe that. But that projection assumes that the economy and buyer confidence in general will gradually strengthen.  Both are necessary catalysts for sales."

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Worldwide Market Strength Spells New Orders For Gulfstream

Company Continues Investing For The Future, Says New President Larry Flynn

Gulfstream has been sustained through the three-year economic downturn by international orders, and has continued to grow and invest throughout the period. That was the message presented to the media by new Gulfstream President Larry Flynn as the NBAA convention in Las Vegas got underway. Flynn became president on September 1, succeeding Joe Lombardo.

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Cessna Citation CJ2+ Gains World Speed Record

Fastest Time On Flight From Reykjavik To London

The National Aeronautic Association on Tuesday presented a world speed record to Eric Norber for a flight from Reykjavik, Iceland, to London in July in a Cessna Citation CJ2+. The speed record — 2:48:14 — was over a recognized course for a jet aircraft between 3,000 and 6,000 kilograms (FAI code C, C-1, e, III).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.12.11)

"Deliveries will trend modestly upward; we still believe that. But that projection assumes that the economy and buyer confidence in general will gradually strengthen.  Both are necessary catalysts for sales." Source: Aviation Analyst Brian Foley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.12.11): Dew Point

A measure of atmospheric moisture. It is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order to reach saturation (assuming air pressure and moisture content are constant).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.12.11)

Humanitarian Aviation International

Humanitarian Aviation International is a start-up charity created to donate bush planes to smaller humanitarian organizations and, if necessary, fund the training of a pilot/mechanic for donated aircraft.

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