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February 24, 2008

Heli-Expo 2008: Avidyne's TWX670 Weather Detection System Earns ETSO

Standard On Piper Matrix, Available On Other Fixed- And Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Avidyne Corporation announced Sunday its TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system -- the first color, real-time, lightning-based tactical weather avoidance system for general aviation aircraft -- has received European Technical Standards Order (ETSO) authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Avidyne received Technical Standard Order acceptance from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year. 

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Heli-Expo 2008: Bell Offers Update On 429 Program, Upgrades On Other Helos

Third Test Aircraft On Display In Houston

Bell Helicopter provided a 429 program update Saturday at the 2008 Heli-Expo, confirming the performance of its new helicopter and the status of its flight test program.

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Gates Calls Satellite Shootdown A Successful Test Of Missile Defense Tech

Or, When Is A Military Operation, NOT A Military Operation?

The Navy's successful outer-atmosphere shootdown of an ailing US spy satellite last week proves the nation's missile defense systems work, US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday.

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Embraer Reveals First Phenom Customer In India

Bangalore-Based Aviators India Takes Two Phenom 100s

Last week, Embraer disclosed a contract with Indian business aviation solutions company Aviators India Pvt. Ltd. for two Phenom 100 executive jets, totaling US$ 5.96 million, at list price. This order, announced at the Extravaganza Mumbai 2008, February 22-23, in India, is already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2009.

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First Reserve Corporation To Acquire CHC Helicopter Corporation

$3.7 Billion Pricetag Largest-Ever Oilfield Services Buyout

Aero-News has learned global offshore helicopter service provider CHC Helicopter Corporation will be acquired by a fund managed by First Reserve Corporation, a leading private equity firm that specializes in the energy industry. The all-cash transaction amounts to Canadian $3.7 billion ($3.656B US), making it the largest-ever buyout in the oilfield services industry.

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INPROX Technology Signs Space Act Agreement With NASA

Will Develop Advanced Silicon Carbide Digital Sensor

INPROX Technology Corporation (ITC) recently told ANN it has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA's Glenn Research Center to develop advanced silicon carbide (SiC) based position sensors aimed at potential uses in future space flight, turbine engine controls and automotive engine applications.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Air Comm Showcases New AS350 Air Conditioning

System Earned FAA STC Last Year

Air Comm Corporation (ACC) tells ANN its newly-certified AS350 air conditioner will be in the spotlight at Heli-Expo 2008 (Booth 4431), which officially kicked off Sunday in Houston, TX.

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Heli-Expo 2008: AFS Barrier Filters Standard On MD500s

EASA Certification Expected Soon; FAA Approval In-Hand

Aero-News learned Sunday MD Helicopters recently certified Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS) Inlet Barrier Filters as standard equipment on its MD500 helicopter production line.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Robinson Selects Mid-Continent As Primary FI Supplier

R22, R44 Helicopters Sport Company's Attitude Indicators

Aero-News learned Sunday that Robinson Helicopter Company has selected Mid-Continent Instruments as a primary supplier for flight instrument technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.24.08)

Aero-Linx!

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a living museum featuring the aircraft used by Canadians or Canada's Military from the beginning of World War II up to the present. The Museum's collection includes aircraft that really fly and several that remain on static display and are interactive workshops.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.24.08): Accelerated Stall

Aero-Terms!

Accelerated Stalls can occur at higher-than-normal airspeeds due to abrupt and/or excessive control applications. These stalls may occur in steep turns, pull-ups, or other abrupt changes in flight path.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.24.08)

"I think that people remember a time some years ago when missile defense was extremely controversial and a lot of people questioned whether it would work or not, and there was always a struggle in the Congress to get money for missile defense. One of the significant changes that has taken place in Washington over the past few years has been a general recognition that the development of the system has proceeded, that it does have capability, and that it is increasingly sophisticated in terms of the kind of challenges that it may be able to beat -- although it still (is) very much designed for a very limited kind of threat."

Source: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, speaking to reporters following last week's successful shootdown of a defective

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