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July 15, 2012

G-IV Down In France, Three U.S. Citizens Fatally Injured

Airplane Split When It Impacted The Ground

French authorities say a Gulfstream G-IV aircraft on a flight from Nice to Castellet Airport went down during its landing attempt Friday, fatally injuring all three on board.

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Pratt & Whitney Fields Engine For Beefier A330 Aircraft

PW4170 Advantage70 Powerplant Available For The Larger Airplane

Pratt & Whitney will offer its PW4170 Advantage70 engine for the new Airbus 240 tonne A330 aircraft. "With its demonstrated reliability, outstanding performance and low cost of ownership, Pratt & Whitney is pleased to offer its PW4170 Advantage70 engine for the new Airbus 240 tonne A330 aircraft," said Lou Quattrocchi, Pratt & Whitney vice president, Commercial Programs.

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Baltimore PD Set For July Delivery Of Two EC120 Helos

Second Pair Scheduled For Delivery Next Month

In October of last year, the Baltimore Police Department ordered four EC120 helicopters as part of a fleet renewal program for its current fleet of four EC120s that it has been operating since 2000. The delivery of two of the department’s new EC120s will take place in July, with the remaining two delivered in August.  

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Air Astana Selects Pratt & Whitney PW4000 Engines For 767s

Deal Valued At $90 Million With Flag Carrier Of Kazakhstan

Air Astana has selected Pratt & Whitney's PW4000-94" engine for its order of three firm and one option Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. The contract is valued at approximately $90 million. Delivery of the engines will start in 2013.

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Hubble Discovers A Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

Will Assist In Navigation Of New Horizons Spacecraft Through The Dwarf Planet's Orbit

A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.

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Thailand Signs LOA To Be First In Southeast Asia To Operate UH-60M Helicopters

Royal Thai Army To Acquire Two Black Hawk Helos From Sikorsky

Sikorsky announced Monday that the Royal Thai Army has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to acquire two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters through the United States Government's Foreign Military Sales channel. Upon delivery, Thailand will become the first member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to fly the very latest version of the Black Hawk helicopter operated by the U.S. Army.

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Eurocopter To Deliver 4 EC225s To Blueway Group

Aircraft Will Fly Missions Over The North Sea

Eurocopter will provide the leading Northern European helicopter operator Blueway Group with a total of four new EC225s in 2012. Two of these helicopters are already in service for crew change operations on the Danish continental shelf. The third aircraft was delivered today during a ceremony at Eurocopter’s facilities in Marignane while the final helicopter is to be handed over before the end of the year.

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Elbit Displays New Capabilities for CockpitNG

Providing Enhanced Situational Awareness And Mission Management

Elbit Systems' CockpitNG, the next generation cockpit for fighter aircraft, helicopters, trainers and airlifters is on display at Farnborough last week. The new and upgraded version of the CockpitNG is comprised of a large area display (LAD), a Low-Profile Head-up Display (LPHUD) and Elbit Systems Targo Helmet Mounted Avionics system.

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Airshow Promoter Gambles For NASA Fly-By

Hopes Final Shuttle Will Be Star Attraction

A Cocoa Beach, Florida airshow promoter has gambled and gone "all in" hoping NASA will provide his star fly-by attraction, the final space shuttle, Endeavor. Rather than schedule his annual Cocoa Beach airshow on its usual dates in October, promoter Bryan Lilley decided to take a chance on NASA scheduling and moved his airshow into September.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.15.12)

Aero Linx: Hang Gliding in Amarillo, TX Have you ever dreamed that you were flying? Well, think about how it would be to run off a hill and then all of a sudden you began flying through the air. That is what it is like to hang glide. In Amarillo, there aren't very many hills, so another method they use to hang glide is to tow the person and their hang glider up into the air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.15.12): Military Operations Area (MOA)

Airspace established outside positive control area to separate/segregate certain nonhazardous military activities from IFR traffic and to identify for VFR traffic where these activities are conducted.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.15.12)

“The moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls.” Source: Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute.

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