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December 21, 2010

It's Official: HBC Will Stay In Wichita

Agreement With State Announced Tuesday

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has reached a formal agreement with the State of Kansas that significantly incentivizes the company to maintain its presence in Wichita over the next 10 years.

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Honda Achieves First Flight Of FAA-Conforming HondaJet

Aircraft Delivery On Track For 2010

Big news coming from Honda Aircraft Company. ANN has learned that Honda has successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet. The event is a significant step in Honda's aerospace program leading to delivery of aircraft in 2012.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.10

Cessna insources work from Avcorp.
EAA announces a replacement for Earl Lawrence.
And aerospace is booming in Alabama.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.10

Cessna insources work from Avcorp.
EAA announces a replacement for Earl Lawrence.
And aerospace is booming in Alabama.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: US Sport Aviation Expo - 12.21.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Wood, Chairman of the US Sport Aviation Expo. The 2011 event is scheduled for January 20-23 in Sebring Florida, and Bob discusses the event's origins, growth, and ho

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Intellicast.com Launches New iPad Application

WSI Rolls Out Advanced, Intellicast Interactive App

iPad users now have another free option for getting the weather delivered to the popular portable device. WSI (Weather Services International), said Monday that Intellicast.com, its weather website, is now available as a free, downloadable, iPad application from Apple App Store.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.21.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: US Sport Aviation Expo - 12.21.10 (ANN Special Report, with Bob Wood, Chairman of the US Sport Aviation Expo)

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96th ARS Airmen Start Flying At Hickam

Squadron Was Activated In September, First Refueling Mission Last Week

Airmen from the 96th Air Refueling Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor performed their first operational mission Dec. 13 by refueling B-52 Stratofortresses from the 5th Wing at Minot AFB, ND. The 96th ARS was activated here in September and has been conducting training sorties since then.

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CV-22 Accident Investigation Board Results Released

Board Could Not Determine Cause By "Clear And Convincing Evidence" Standard

Air Force Special Operations Command officials released the results of their investigation into the CV-22 Osprey accident April 9, near Qalat, Afghanistan late last week. Four were killed and 16 injured in the accident.

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World Fuel Services To Acquire Nordic Camp Supply

Expands Government-Related Fuel And Logistics Capabilities

World Fuel Services Corporation said Monday that, through a wholly-owned European subsidiary, it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nordic Camp Supply ApS based in Aalborg, Denmark.

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C-17 Globemaster Passes 2 Million Flight Hours

Equates To Over 1 Billion Nautical Miles

The worldwide fleet of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters surpassed 2 million flying hours during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan on Dec. 10. Reaching 2 million flight hours equates to 1.13 billion nautical miles – the equivalent of a C-17 flying to the moon and back 2,360 times.

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Pilatus Wins Swiss Air Force PC-21 Follow-Up Order

Contract Includes Logistics, Engineering, Debriefing Systems

The Swiss Air Force plans to expand its PC-21 Jet Pilot Training System (JEPAS), and has placed a follow-up order for two additional PC-21 turboprop training aircraft along with logistics and engineering services, plus another debriefing system.

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Air China And CFM Finalize Engine MRO Joint Venture

Chinese Government Cleared The Partnership Monday

Nearly four years ago, Air China and CFM International agreed to establish an innovative maintenance repair, and overhaul (MRO) joint venture. After lengthy negotiations, the two companies have received Chinese government approval for the formation of Sichuan Services Aero Engines Maintenance Company.

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B757 To Be Converted To Combination Freighter And Passenger Jet

"Combi Configuration" Will Accommodate 45 Passengers, 10 Cargo Pallets

An airline and and engineering firm plan to convert a standard Boeing 757-200 aircraft into what they call a "Combi Configuration", which will allow for 45 passengers and up to 10 cargo pallets.

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Online Night Vision Resource Responds To FAA SAFO On Night Vision Gear

Agency Said Many Operators May Not Be Performing Adequate Maintenance

The FAA released a SAFO on Dec 15 to  notify operators of aircraft equipped with a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) of potential deficiencies in the configuration and condition of installed NVIS equipment.

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Euro Hawk UAV Aircraft Completes 30-Hour Flight

Global Hawk Variant Will Fly For The German Air Force

The German Air Force Euro Hawk UAS recently proved its long endurance capability with a 30.3-hour flight over Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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Elbit Systems Of America Completes Acquisition Of M7 Aerospace

Move To Enhance Services To Governments And Commercial Aerospace Companies

Elbit Systems of America said late last week that it had acquired 100% of M7 Aerospace LP in an $85 million, all-cash transaction.

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'Patent Bullies' Kill Another Flight-Planning Site

Highly Popular 'NavMonster' Goes Off-Line Due To 'Absurd Patents'

In addition to the loss of 'RunwayFinder' the internet flight planning patent war ignited by FlightPrep has claimed another victim. Earlier Monday, 'NavMonster' Creator Marc Alexander announced that he was not interested in getting bumped off in this current patent skirmish.

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Classic Aero-TV: PRA's Annual Rotor Round-Up -- Gyros, Helis, and PPCs... Oh My!

Rotors and Wings Buzz Through The Skies Over Mentone, IN!

Every year, the most dedicated fans of sport rotorcraft journey to a sleepy little airport in a small town in Indiana, by the name of Mentone. The town hosts a pretty neat little airport that, among it many claims to fame, is the home of the Popular Rotorcraft Association and a dynamite yearly rotorcraft gathering that gets its buzz on right after Oshkosh.

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NASA'S Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls Off Launch Pad Tuesday

Launch Not Scheduled Until February 3rd

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission. The first motion of the shuttle is targeted for 0030 EST on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

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Polish Leaders Say Russia's Investigation Into April Accident 'Unacceptable'

Prime Minister Calls Conclusions "Unjustified"

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said last week that the findings of a Russian investigation into the accident last April which fatally injured President Lech Kaczynsky are "unacceptable, without question."

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Airlines Have Collected $2.5 Billion In Baggage Fees In 2010

Travelers Seem To Be Willing To Pay

Airlines have certainly gone a long way towards making their baggage holds into revenue centers, having collected over $2.5 billion in luggage fees over the course of this year.

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Boeing To Produce More 777s

Second Production Rate Increase Announced This Year

The production rate for Boeing's 777 program will increase to 8.3 airplanes per month in the first quarter 2013, the planemaker announced Monday.

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Airbus Delivers Delayed A380 To Qantas

First Since Engine Failure In November

Airbus has delivered an A380 airliner to Qantas, the first to be delivered to the Australian carrier since an uncontained engine failure in one of its aircraft grounded the fleet.

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First Flight For NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter For Spain

Forty Five Military Helos Ordered By The Spanish Government

The first flight of Spain's NH90 TTH tactical transport helicopter was conducted Monday, an event Eurocopter says will sustaining the development pace for this multinational rotary-wing program. The one-hour mission was performed at Eurocopter's Marignane facility in France.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.21.10)

'(T)hese restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the VIP visit while enabling fair and equitable access by other airspace users to the greatest extent possible." Source: Excerpt from a notice about a "VIP" TFR which will be posted "soon" over Honolulu.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.10): Westerlies

Usually applied to the broad patterns of persistent winds with a westerly component. It is the dominant persistent atmospheric motion, centered over the midlatitudes of each hemisphere.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.10)

Naval Airship Association

The association exists to gather, perpetuate and disseminate the Lighter-Than-Air expertise and knowledge that has been accumulated during the U.S. Navy’s long involvement with the development and employment of L.T.A. principles in military aviation.

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