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March 06, 2011

Two For Two! Air Force Launches Second Unmanned X-37B

Weather Hold Finally Leads to Successful Launch

In the latest step to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, Air Force technicians launched the second X-37B March 5, officials said. The Orbital Test Vehicle-2 launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-1, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 3 after 224 days in space. According to officials, post-flight analysis of OTV-1 revealed OTV-2 needed no significant changes, but detailed assessments of the first mission are ongoing.

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Canada's NRC Develops 'Revolutionary' Aircraft Control System

National Research Council-Designed System Primarily For Fly-By-Wire Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Ottawa-based National Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace) has developed what is says is a unique and revolutionary technology for fly-by-wire aircraft.

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Greenwich Aerogroup Grows Support Capabilities In The Rotorcraft Business

Four Separate Companies Offer Rotorcraft Services

Greenwich AeroGroup says it is headed into next week's Heli Expo in Orlando, FL, with one thing in mind - to inform operators regarding the multitude of capabilities and services their companies have to offer.

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Phoenix Heliparts In Developmental Stages Of Four STCs

Company Completing Installations At Its 40,000 Square Foot Facility In Arizona

Phoenix Heliparts has earned '8110' approval for the installation of four MD 500 parts: engine compressor plenums, auto relites, fuel cap rain gutters, and avionics/ battery trays. "We are expecting our STC approval for these parts very shortly," said Phoenix president, Tina Cannon.

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Famed U.S. Army Pilot Jim Hardy To Appear At Heli-Expo

Timken Will Host Pilot Who's Apache's Transmission Survived Extreme Dry-Run Conditions In Afghanistan

Former U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jim Hardy will be the guest of The Timken Company at its Heli-Expo exhibit March 6-7 in Orlando, FL. Timken invites attendees and exhibitors at the show to meet Hardy and hear his story first-hand.

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DAC International And Cobham STEC Reach Agreement For HeliSAS

Two-Axis Flight Control System On Display At Heli Expo

DAC International of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced Friday they have entered into a distribution agreement for sales into South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe with Cobham's HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System for light and medium helicopters.

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Cooperative Venture Between Bell Helicopter And Rolls-Royce Announced

Uniflight To Offer The RR500 Engine For The 206 Series Helicopter

Uniflight announced a cooperative venture between Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce on Sunday to provide the RR500 turboshaft as an engine upgrade kit to the 206 series of light single engine helicopters.

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Timken Expands Line With 28 New FAA Certified Replacement Parts

Company Supports Bell, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce Platforms

The Timken Company continues to expand its capabilities to serve the total lifecycle of overhaul and replacement parts for the aviation industry with 28 new FAA-certified replacement parts for a variety of helicopter drivetrain and engine platforms.

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LA Sheriff's Department Aircraft To Get Linked

Multi-Ship Aerial Surveillance System Will Immprove Live Aerial Coverage

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) Aero Bureau has entered into an agrement with  Helinet Technologies to develop and support a comprehensive microwave downlink system for the Department's new fleet of 14 patrol helicopters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.06.11): HMM (Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron)

HMM (Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron) The first H means helicopter; the M means Marine; the M means medium. (NOTE) The three numbers following these letters usually identified the original parent Marine Aircraft Group and the sequence in which the squadron was first commissioned. HMM-161 was the first squadron commissioned in MAG-16. HML-367 was the seventh squadron commissioned in MAG-36. There were exceptions. HMH-463 was not the third squadron commissioned in MAG-46. MAG-46 did not exist in the active force structure. it was then and still is a Marine Reserve Aircraft Group. As a wartime expedient both HMH-462 and HMH-463 were commissioned in other aircraft groups and, when operati

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.06.11)

Aero-Linx: How Helicopters Work Helicopters are the most versatile flying machines in existence today. This versatility gives the pilot complete access to three-dimensional space in a way that no airplane can. If you have ever flown in a helicopter you know that its abilities are exhilarating. The amazing flexibility of helicopters means that they can fly almost anywhere. However, it also means that flying the machines is complicated. The pilot has to think in three dimensions and must use both arms and both legs constantly to keep a helicopter in the air. Piloting a helicopter requires a great deal of training and skill, as well as continuous attention to the machine.

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