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October 20, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.20.11

The US Army wants its new kamikaze UAVs ASAP.
A TSA agent is charged with smuggling pot through LAX.
And another competitor makes it easier to dump Garmin.

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GAO Report Raises Concerns Over ULA Block Buy

Document Says "No Justification" For 40-Rocket Five-Year Purchase Plan

A Congressional watchdog report issued Monday raises questions for taxpayers about a proposed five-year block buy of 40 rocket booster cores being advocated by the rockets' manufacturer, United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

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NASA Helps Celebrate 100 Years Of Soaring

Events On NCs Outer Banks Mark The Centennial

NASA's Langley Research Center has partnered with the First Flight Foundation and other organizations to celebrate Soaring 100 - the centennial of Orville Wright's historic, world record glider flight of Oct. 24, 1911. His nine minutes and 45 second flight started the sport and science of modern soaring. The October 21-24 event will be at two locations on North Carolina's Outer Banks - the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Jockey's Ridge State Park.

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The A350 XWB’s Trent Engine Rolls Out For Initial Flight Tests

Single Engine Designed For All Variants Of The Airliner

Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight test engine on its A380 “flying-testbed” aircraft. The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the flight test campaign commencing in the coming weeks.

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EU, China Continue To Squabble Over Carbon Caps

Controversial Scheme Goes Into Effect January 1

The European Union and China are continuing to "agree to disagree" over the EU's controversial carbon cap and trade scheme which the Union hopes to impose on any airline operating in European airspace after January 1.

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More Satellite Debris To Fall This Weekend

Europe's ROSAT Telescope Weighs 2.4 Tons, Can't Be Steered

Sometime between this Friday, and Monday, October 24, just a month after NASA's six-ton UARS fell into the Pacific, a defunct German satellite called ROSAT will take the plunge. As was the case last month, scientists will not know until just before impact where the space junk is likely to hit the surface of the Earth.

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Innovative Alternative Fuel To Be Developed For Virgin Atlantic

Fuel To Be Made From Waste From Steel Mills

It's certainly different from the biofuels that are becoming so talked about as alternatives to petroleum-based jet fuel. Virgin Atlantic has formed a partnership with New Zealand-based LanzaTach to develop the first low carbon aviation fuel with just half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers First F-35 Weapons Load Training System to Eglin AFB

Allows Training Without Removing Aircraft From Flight Schedule

Lockheed Martin has delivered and installed the first weapons load training device at the F-35 integrated pilot-and-maintenance training center (ITC) at Eglin Air Force Base's 33rd Fighter Wing.

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C-130 Hercules Operators Gather For 2011 Conference

Some 800 People Expected To Attend The Lockheed Martin Sponsored Event

The 23rd Annual Hercules Operator's Conference was held this week at Lockheed Martin's facility in Marietta, GA. About 800 representatives from 34 nations – as well as 90 supplier companies – focused on C-130 Hercules support, operations, upgrades and new fleet acquisition.

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Air Medical Resource Group Grows Eurocopter Fleet To Seven Aircraft

Exercises Four Options To Purchase Four AS350 B3e Helicopters

At the recently-completed Aviation Medical Transport Conference in St. Louis, MO, Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) announced it has exercised their options and ordered four more AS350 B3e helicopters. The options were part of an order announced at Heli-Expo 2011 and will bring AMRG’s fleet of AS350 B3e helicopters to seven.

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FAA Grants STC For Citation I Glass Panel Retrofit

Allows Installation Of Three-Screen Flight Deck On All Citation 501 Models

The FAA has awarded an STC to Sierra Industries for a "glass panel" retrofit for all Citation 501 models. Developed in cooperation with Garmin International Inc., the STC allows installation of the three-screen digital flight deck suite utilizing the same displays as the well-known Garmin G1000 system.

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Metro Aviation Looks Ahead To Record Year

Company Credits Development Of Air Medical Interiors For Eurocopters

In contrast to many corners of the aviation services industry, Metro Aviation says it continues to book new aircraft completions and sign new operating customers for what it expects to be a record year for business.

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Aero-TV: Big Bucks For Embraer -- Minsheng Financial Leasing Buys Legacy 650s

Chinese Company Signs Firm Orders With Embraer At NBAA

Embraer and China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing signed a firm order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets at the 64th Annual NBAA Meeting & Convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered by the end of this year, with the rest making the journey to Asia within the next five years.

Aero-TV: Big Bucks For Embraer -- Minsheng Financial Leasing Buys Legacy 650s

Chinese Company Signs Firm Orders With Embraer At NBAA

Embraer and China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing signed a firm order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets at the 64th Annual NBAA Meeting & Convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered by the end of this year, with the rest making the journey to Asia within the next five years. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding back in July for up to 20 aircraft ranging from entry level Phenoms to the ultra-large executive jets.

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Boeing Forecasts $200 Billion Market For 1,250 New Airplanes In Northeast Asia

Korea’s Commercial Aviation Set For Growth - Strong Demand For Twin-Aisle Airplanes

As many as 1,250 new airplanes will be delivered to Northeast Asian carriers valued at approximately US $200 billion over the next 20 years, according to projections from Boeing. “The combined effect of liberalization and rapid economic growth is driving passenger traffic in the region,” said Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing, speaking at the 2011 Seoul Air Show.

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Fort Rucker’s OH-58 Delta Fleet Grounded

Officials Want To Look Into "Specific System Concerns"

Military brass at Fort Rucker in Alabama have grounded the entire fleet of OH-58 Delta Kiowa Warrior helicopters. The grounding is not a result of an accident but rather a pro-active decision to take a holistic look into specific system concerns.

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Boeing Boosts 737 Production

Thirty-Five Airplanes Per Month Will Soon Be Rolling Out The Factory Doors

To meet the growing demand for single-aisle medium-haul airliners both in the U.S. and abroad, Boeing has boosted its production rate on 737 airplanes to 35 per month, up from the previous rate of 31.5 per month. On Tuesday, employees loaded chords and webs manufactured by the Boeing Fabrication division into the company's newest automated spar assembly tool, the first visible step in the final assembly of the airplane.

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Search Is On For New JetBlue CFO

Carrier Announces Leadership Change As Ed Barnes Resigns

Ed Barnes has resigned as the CFO of budget carrier JetBlue Airways. His resignation was effective Tuesday. Barnes joined JetBlue in 2006 as Vice President, Cost Management and Financial Analysis, and was promoted to CFO in 2008.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error As Probable Cause In Florida Accident Last November

Airplane Went Into The Water On Final Approach, Resulting In Three Fatalities

Flying in instrument conditions at night over water will always be challenging. In an accident which occurred over Thanksgiving weekend last year, one such flight ended with the airplane in the water in a bayou about a mile shore of the runway at  Destin, FL, and three people fatally injured. The NTSB said the pilot made improper decisions on approach which led to the accident.

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Diamond Announces Deliveries To Ethiopia, First Guardian Sale In The UK

Ethiopian Airlines Expands Their Flight Training Fleet With 2 Diamond DA42 NGs

Pilots hoping to fly for Ethiopian Airlines will be getting at least some of their training in Diamond DA42 NG twins, and the Austrian planemaker delivered two of the aircraft to Addis Abeba (Ethiopia) after a ferry flight from Wiener Neustadt (Austria), where Diamond Aircraft’s headquarters are located. The aircraft were delivered on September 29th.

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FAA Commissions Surface Surveillance Initiative At SEA-TAC

'IntelliDAR' Intelligent Video Platform Will Be Installed

The FAA has commissioned the installation of an "intelligent" video platform developed by Searidge Technologies at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) as part of a technology performance assessment led by the University of Illinois Center of Excellence for Airport Technology.

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Search For Missing Baby Prompts TFR

Flights Halted Over Search Area On Wednesday

A search for a 10-month-old baby that reportedly went missing October 4th prompted the FAA to issue a TFR in the area surrounding the home of the child's parents while authorities searched for her.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.20.11)

“Air travel in Northeast Asia is expected to grow moderately at 4.3 percent annually over the next 20 years. Korea’s dynamic economy as well as the nation’s thirst for air travel will fuel growth for the region.” Source: Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.20.11): Haze

An aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.20.11)

Army Aviation Associaton Of America (AAAA)

The stated purpose of the AAAA is to support the United States Army Aviation Soldier and Family. This statement becomes the touchstone for National and Chapter decisions, actions, and activities.

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