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April 15, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.16.12

The Tornado Outbreak In The Midwest Damages Boeing And Others…
TSA Seeks To Speed Up Airport Check In, and
A Group of WWII Veterans Are Returning Home After 40 Years in the Jun

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Boeing Delivering 4000th 737-NG

Single-Aisle Commercial Airliner Claims Yet Another Milestone

Friday the 13th turned out to be a very good day for Boeing as its executives as well as more than 500 employees, suppliers, union representatives and government officials joined China Southern Airlines to celebrate the 4,000th Next-Generation 737 at a special event Friday at Seattle's Boeing Field. The 4,000th Next-Generation 737 jetliner off the 737 production line in Renton, Wash., will be delivered next week to China Southern Airlines, headquartered in Guangzhou, China.

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Galaxy Rising: With C-5M A 'Super' Culture, Capability Change Are Taking Place

The AF Says... "The Culture Of The Air Force C-5 Community Is Changing... And It's Changing In A 'Super' Way"

As the Air Force transitions to the C-5M Super Galaxy, the upgraded airframe has quickly become an integral part of the airlift mission. It has set dozens of airlift world records and spanned the globe completing historic missions. In October 2011, the C-5M was also a force in the C-5 "surge" where for a week 18 active duty and 23 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command crews and 41 total force C-5 Galaxy aircraft flew cargo in support of combatant commanders across the globe -- also an Air Force first.

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St. Maarten Plans To Tighten Security At 'Blowback Beach'

Thrill Seekers Try To Hang On To The Airport Fence As Jets Land, Depart

Pretty much everyone has seen photos of jets landing just feet off the beach in St. Maarten's Maho Beach in the Caribbean, but a new video on YouTube which has gone viral is causing local officials to try to keep people out of the path of the planes.

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Commercial Platform Offers Exposure At Space Station

No Government Funding Will Be Used For Its Operation

Researchers will be able to expose experiments to the weightlessness and vacuum of space by using a new commercial platform outside of International Space Station (ISS). NanoRacks, a private company already operating research facilities under a NASA Space Act Agreement for use of the station's U.S. National Laboratory, will develop and operate the External Platform Program (EPP) to take advantage of the only orbiting lab that offers long-term, repeat access to the unique environment of unpressurized space.

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Boeing Announces Sixth Leg of 787 Dream Tour

Stops Planned In U.K., Europe, U.S.

Boeing will bring the 787 Dreamliner to seven more cities on the sixth leg of the Dream Tour later this month and continuing into May. Stops include cities in the U.K., Norway, Italy and the U.S. "The Dream Tour has provided us with a great platform to show customers, partners, government officials and other stakeholders just what the team has achieved with the 787," said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program.

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Thales To Provide GPS Receivers For French Navy Lynx Helicopters

Contract Includes Repair And Overhaul Services

Thales has been awarded a contract by the Service Industriel de l'Aéronautique (SIAé), France's military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service, to supply stand-alone GPS receivers for the French Navy's Lynx helicopters, which are currently being upgraded by the French defence procurement agency (DGA).

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Man Allegedly Steals Drone After Being Fired From His Job

Took UAV Worth About $10,000 For He Says The Company Owed Him

A man who was let go from a position at UA Vision in Dayton, OH, allegedly took a small, non-military UAV from the company in a dispute over payment. The aircraft is worth about $10,000, which the man said was what the company owed him for work he had done on projects but for which he says he had not been paid.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.12)

Aero Linx: DIY Drones An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, colloquially known as a "drone") is basically an aerial robot. As we define it, it is capable of both remotely controlled flight (like a regular RC aircraft) and fully-autonomous flight, controlled by sensors, GPS, and onboard computers performing the functions of an autopilot. The site's UAVs include airplanes, helicopters, quadcopters and blimps. Most of them are under five pounds, and some of them (especially the blimps) can be used indoors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.12): Discrete Frequency

Discrete Frequency A separate radio frequency for use in direct pilot-controller communications in air traffic control which reduces frequency congestion by controlling the number of aircraft operating on a particular frequency at one time. Discrete frequencies are normally designated for each control sector in en route/terminal ATC facilities. Discrete frequencies are listed in the Airport/Facility Directory and the DOD FLIP IFR En Route Supplement.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.15.12)

"The Next-Generation 737's success is the result of years of expertise that thousands of employees continue to build into every Boeing 737 used in private, government and commercial service... It is an incredible milestone to be delivering our 4,000th Next-Generation 737. We thank China Southern Airlines and all our customers who have made the 737 the world's most popular jetliner." Source: Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 program, following the dleivery of the 4000th 737-NG.

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