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July 12, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.13.12

Boeing gets a Historic Order at Farnborough…

Is a Global CO2 Standard in our near future?...

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United Places Historic Order For 150 737 Airplanes

Agreement Includes 100 737 MAXs, 50 Next-Generation 737s, worth $14.7 billion

The orders continue to pile up for Boeing at the Farnborough Air Show. Thursday, the planemaker announced an order by United Continental Holdings and its wholly owned subsidiary, United Air Lines, for 150 737 airplanes, including 100 of the new 737 MAX 9. United, the world's largest airline by traffic, is the latest carrier to choose the newest member of the 737 family, which has surpassed 10,000 orders overall.

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Boeing Projects Exponential Growth In Demand For Airline Pilots

Global Requirement For One Million Pilots And Technicians Tied To Airplane Deliveries

The world will face an unprecedented demand for airline pilots and maintenance technicians over the next 20 years as global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial airplanes. That's the assessment from Boeing's 2012 Pilot and Technician Outlook -- a respected industry forecast of aviation personnel, released Wednesday at the Farnborough International Air Show.

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ATR Claims Dominance In The 90-Seat Regional Airliner Market

Over 200 Airplanes On The Order Books

Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR holds two thirds of the order book for regional aircraft with up to 90 seats - a market dominated by turboprops. That was the message presented Wednesday by Filippo Bagnato, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, at a news conference at the Farnborough International Air Show.

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Boeing Projects Growing Market For Commercial Aviation Services

Estimates A $2.4 Trillion Services Market Over Next 20 Years

The market for commercial aviation services will grow to $2.4 trillion market over the next 20 years, according to a forecast released Monday by Boeing at the Farnborough Air Show. Lou Mancini, senior vice president, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the market for services is expected to grow at an annual rate of four percent in the next two decades, with growing opportunities to help aviation customers succeed in a highly competitive marketplace.

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Airbus Offers iPad Electronic Flight Bag Solution

Combining Airbus’ EFB Content With The Versatile Mobile Device

Airbus has become the first aircraft manufacturer to provide its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) performance-calculating applications for Pilots on iPad. Airlines will soon be able to download the first apps as part of its “FlySmart with Airbus” EFB portfolio from the App Store.

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airBaltic Signs Letter Of Intent For Up To 20 CSeries Airliners

Latvian Flag Carrier Is The Newest CSeries Aircraft Customer

Riga, Latvia-based Air Baltic has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 10 CS300 aircraft and take purchase rights on a further 10 CS300 jetliners. Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that, based on the list price of the CS300 airliner, a firm-order contract with the network carrier will be valued at approximately $764 million.

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Piaggo Officialy Launches New MPA Aircraft

Selects Saab As Systems Supplier For The Development Of State Of The Art, Multirole Patrol Aircraft

Piaggio Aero has inked a deal with with ADASI – Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments - a subsidiary of Tawazun – for the development of a new special missions surveillance aircraft, the Piaggio Aero MPA – Multirole Patrol Aircraft. The comprehensive contract covers the complete development of the MPA aircraft, including the roll out of two prototypes with first flight scheduled for 2014.

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Boeing, Avolon Announce Commitment For 737 MAXs And 737 NGs

Commitment To Purchase Up To 20 737 MAXs And 10 Next-Generation 737-800s

Boeing's list of order announcement at Farnborough continues to grow. The most recent came Wednesday ... a commitment by Avolon to purchase 10 737 MAX 8s and 5 737 MAX 9s, as well as 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The commitment has a list-price value of $2.3 billion and also includes reconfirmation rights for 5 more 737 MAX airplanes.

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Adventure Pilot Adds Terrain, Active Alerting, Vertical Flight Planning

Upgrades Pre-Loaded In New Version 7 Shipping Now

In the latest release of Adventure Pilot's iFly GPS software, users will find new features like Terrain/Obstructions, an Active Alerting System, Vertical Flight Planning, and numerous other enhancements. iFly GPS units are shipping from Adventure Pilot pre-loaded with these new features and current iFly GPS owners may now update to the Version 7 Software.

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China Aircraft Leasing Company Commits To 36 A320 Family Aircraft

'Sharklets' Available For The Current-Generation Airplanes

China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC), the fast growing Hong Kong based aircraft leasing company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow for 36 current generation A320 Family aircraft. The deal includes eight A321s, the largest member of the A320 Family and operators will be able to select Airbus’ new fuel saving Sharklets.

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NRC Confirms Importance Of Humidity To Ice Crystal Engine Icing

Discovery Comes As Regulators Gear Up To Certify Commercial Turbojets Against Engine Ice Buildup Later This Year 

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has confirmed the importance of humidity as a critical factor in ice crystal accretion in the engine core. Part of a joint research project with NASA, this discovery brings NRC Aerospace researchers one step closer to fundamental understanding of  the physics involved in the ice crystal engine icing phenomenon—and one step closer to finding a solution.

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Viking Awarded Further $15M Argentina Air Force Support Contract

To Provide Auditing, Engineering Support, Training & Factory Spares For Overhaul Of Nine Legacy Twin Otter Aircraft

The Administracion Aeronautica Argentina (AAA) has awarded Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC a contract valued up to $15M over four years for project oversight on repairs and modifications to the country’s fleet of nine legacy Twin Otter aircraft.

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Initial Flight Testing Complete For PW1200G

Program Consisted Of 23 Flights And 127 Hours

The first flight test program for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1200G engine was successfully wrapped up June 21st. According to a company news release, the program consisted of 23 flights and 127 hours on a specially designed stub wing aboard Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed.

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Aero-TV: Col. Mark Tillman (Part 1): The Most Important Left Seat In Aviation

An Honored Flyer Tells Of His Service To America (Part 1 of 4)

OK... we gotta tell you... this one was one of the best speeches we have EVER heard at any aviation event... and it occurred this year at the 2012 AEA Convention and Tradeshow. The kind folks of Universal Avionics pulled off quite a coup and arranged for a truly inspiring speaker for one of the most important gatherings in all of aviation -- the opening ceremonies of the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. And Universal's choice knocked it out of the park. Former Air Force One Command Pilot Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman, the United States’ 12th Presidential Pilot, served as Commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009. 

Aero-TV: Col. Mark Tillman (Part 1): The Most Important Left Seat In Aviation

An Honored Flyer Tells Of His Service To America (Part 1 of 4)

OK... we gotta tell you... this one was one of the best speeches we have EVER heard at any aviation event... and it occurred this year at the 2012 AEA Convention and Tradeshow. The kind folks of Universal Avionics pulled off quite a coup and arranged for a truly inspiring speaker for one of the most important gatherings in all of aviation -- the opening ceremonies of the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. And Universal's choice knocked it out of the park. Former Air Force One Command Pilot Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman, the United States’ 12th Presidential Pilot,

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ANN Preps For Its Most Expansive Oshkosh Coverage Yet

Be A Part of ANN's Annual Effort To 'OSHCast' The World!

Way, Way, WAY back in the dark ages of the Internet (like in the 1990s, man...), the folks who created the Aero-News Network were the first aviation news organization to post news and updates, every day, live from the grounds of Wittman Field and the Holy Land of Oshkosh. This was LONG before anyone else could even spell "World Wide Web" and well before any true competition arose to mimic our efforts to cover the greatest airshow on/over Earth. Since then, we've done something amazing, EVERY YEAR, to raise the bar in terms of covering this event in new, exciting and intriguing ways... and this year we have a big update to share with you.

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Twice-Weekly Airborne 07.10.12: HBC Learns Chinese, Farnborough, Boeing Bucks

Also: XCOR Moves, Earhart Search, US Airways/AA Merger Info, Heli-Noise Meetings, Sailplane Grand Prix!

Twice is definitely NOT enough... 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. A Chinese concern, Superior Aviation Beijing, has bought into Hawker Beech in a big way... but NOT the defense side of the company, which will remain separate. Boeing opened the Farnborough Air Show today

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AMR CEO Horton: It's Time To Consider Merger Possibilities

Letter Sent To All Employees Tuesday

AMR CEO Tom Horton sent a letter to all company employees Tuesday indicating that the companies executives have determined that it is the proper time to consider potential mergers with other airlines.

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FAA Proposes Penalties For Delta, Kingfisher

Fine Against Mainline Carrier Nearly $1 Million

The FAA is proposing two civil penalties totaling $987,500 against Delta Air Lines of Atlanta, for allegedly operating an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737-800 on flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The agency has also proposed a fine of $185,750 Civil Penalty Against Kingfisher Air Services.

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New Learjet Aircraft On Track To Enter Service In 2013

Three New Airplanes In Development

Bombardier announced Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show that it is on track with its three new Learjet business aircraft as it shared further details of its ongoing development programs.

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Another F22 Raptor Pilot Stricken

Hypoxia Issues Continue Despite Ongoing Investigation

Despite an ongoing investigation and orders for F22 Raptor pilots to stay close to available emergency landing site, another pilot has been stricken with hypoxia like symptoms. According to the website Wired, the incident occurred last Friday off the coast of Hawaii. The pilot was able to land safely but it marks the 23rd case of an unexplained hypoxic incident since the jet was launched in 2005.  

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AgustaWestland Debuts New Generation Of Helicopters At Farnborough

First Flying Appearance Of AW169, AW189 Aircraft

The new generation of AguestaWestland helicopters made its first ever public appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow this week. The family, comprising the AW139 intermediate twin together with the first prototypes of the AW169 light intermediate and AW189 8-tonne class performed in the flying display on the first three days of the show.

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Garmin GLO First Portable Device Compatible With U.S. GPS And GLONASS

Brings High-Integrity GPS Capability To Mobile Devices

Garmin has rolled out GLO at the Farnborough International Air Show. The portable GPS and GLONASS wireless receiver is the first with the ability to receive signals from both the United States’ GPS satellite network and Russia’s GLONASS satellite network.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.12.12)

"Any merger between US Airways and American Airlines that could cost our city thousands of jobs and divert travel to other locations should not be completed until it is assured that Philadelphia International Airport remains a hub and major international gateway." Source: Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D), on merger discussions between American and US Airways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.12.12): Lee Wave

The wavelike effect, characterized by severe updrafts and downdrafts, that occurs in the lee of a mountain range when rapidly flowing air is lifted up the steep front of a mountain range. Compare mountain wave.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.12.12)

Sonic Boom (USAF Fact Sheet)

Sonic boom is an impulsive noise similar to thunder. It is caused by an object moving faster than sound -- about 750 miles per hour at sea level.

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