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October 02, 2011

Boeing 747-8 Deal Could Be In The Works

Delivery Was Delayed After Qatar Airways Acquired A 35 Percent Stake In Cargolux.

Boeing was all set for a grand celebration of the first delivery of the first of its stretched 747-8 freighters to launch customer Cargolux in September when the party was abruptly cancelled. The plug was pulled immediately after Qatar Airways, which has been waiting for Boeing to deliver the Dreamliner, acquired a 35 percent stake in the Luxembourg-based freight company.

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New FAA Regulations On Model Airplanes Seem Unlikely

Mica: Answer Is Not More Regulation

While some may call for an increase in regulations following the uncovering of a plot to attempt to use model airplanes to attack the Capitol and the Pentagon, the chair of the House Transportation Committee which oversees the FAA says regulating hobbyists is not the answer.

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Questions Raised About Remote Alaskan Airport

Some Calling The $77 Million Project 'The Airport For No One'

An airport planned for a remote island between the Bearing Sea and the Pacific Ocean is being ridiculed by some as an "airport for no one," because it will be accessible only by helicopters or hovercraft. The $77 million project is planned for the isolated community of Akutan near the end of the Aleutian chain, but the runway is not on the same island as the village.

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T-6 Advisory Mission Ceases, Iraqi Pilots Teach Their Own

Twenty-One Month Training Mission Comes To A Close

"Iraqi air power starts here," are the words written above the doorway of the Iraqi air force's Squadron 203, a T-6A Texan II flight training squadron at Tikrit Air Base, Iraq. The words ring true, in part, because of the efforts of the U.S. Air Force's 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron, which flew its last Iraqi training mission under the current security agreement with Squadron 203 Sept. 5. Eleven qualified Iraqi T-6 instructor pilots have emerged from the joint program, creating organic pilot training capabilities within the Iraqi air force.  

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AgustaWestland Gets Orders From Bond Aviation, Haughey Air

Deals Announced At Helitech Exhibition In The UK

AgustaWestland announced two orders Thursday at the Helitech exhibition being held at Duxford near Cambridge in the UK.

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Kiowa Warrior Refresh Program Concludes

Thirteen Years Of Upgrades Performed By Bell Helicopter

The U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program office announced Tuesday that the final Safety Enhancement Program (SEP) OH-58D has been delivered by Bell Helicopter to the Army as part of the Kiowa Warrior refresh program. The program spanned 13 years.

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CHC Helicopter Orders 20 Additional Eurocopter EC225s

Expands Its Fleet Of Super Puma Family Helicopters

CHC Helicopter has ordered and will incorporate 20 more Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma twin-engine helicopters into its operations over the next several years, CHC and Eurocopter announced Friday. Deliveries of the newly ordered EC225s – including an option for four additional aircraft beyond the initial 20 – will occur during the next four-plus years, into 2016.

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USAF Places $6.9 Million Order For Raven Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Initial Contract Supports Training In Preparation For Broader Deployment

The U.S. Air force has placed a firm-fixed-price order for new digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages. The systems and spares are scheduled for delivery within the next several months. The $6,874,175 package will be executed by the Air Force under an existing contract with the U.S. Army.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.02.11)

Aero Linx: Tommy Come Home Tommy Come Home’ is a project of the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation of the rich aviation heritage of the Ithaca area. Our Goal: Tell and relive the story of early aviation here in the Finger Lakes Region, bringing to life the actual airplane that was known affectionately throughout the world as the ‘Tommy”.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.02.11): Ground Delay Program (GDP)

Ground Delay Program (GDP) A traffic management process administered by the ATCSCC; when aircraft are held on the ground. The purpose of the program is to support the TM mission and limit airborne holding. It is a flexible program and may be implemented in various forms depending upon the needs of the AT system. Ground delay programs provide for equitable assignment of delays to all system users.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.02.11)

"They've really stepped up to the challenge of running their own squadron. They're shining examples of good pilots and good officers. I'm extremely impressed with the maturity they have shown." Source: Capt. Aaron Knight, an instructor pilot, with the U.S. Air Force's 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron, which flew its last Iraqi training mission under the current security agreement with Squadron 203 Sept. 5.

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