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September 28, 2012

L-3 Wins ISS Communications Contract

Will Establish Standardized Communications Between Station, Docking Vehicles

L-3 Communications has been awarded a $24 million contract to deliver communications units for NASA’s Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) program. The program provides standardized communications between the International Space Station (ISS) and docking vehicles by using a standard data link for exchanging audio, video and telemetry data at varying data rates and communications ranges.

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Former CAP National Commander Elected President Of IACE Association Board

First Woman To Hold The Position In The Organizations 65-Year History

Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, Civil Air Patrol’s national commander from 2008-2011, is the newly-elected president of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association Board of Directors – the first female to hold the position in the association’s nearly 65-year history.

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New Leased Boeing 777-200LRF Delivered To Ethiopian Airlines

Second Airplane Scheduled For Delivery Next Month

A new leased Boeing 777-200LRF aircraft has been delivered to Ethiopian Airlines by  GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE. A second 777-200LRF is scheduled for delivery next month. The aircraft will expand and modernize the carrier’s freighter fleet.

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THAI Takes Delivery Of Its First A380

Airline Becomes The Ninth Operator Of The Super Jumbo Airliner

Thai Airways International (THAI) has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s largest airliner. The aircraft was handed over to Captain Montree Jumrieng, Executive Vice President Technical, THAI, by Kiran Rao, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Airbus, at a special ceremony in Toulouse Wednesday.

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Record-Setting Free Fall Attempt Set For October 8

Felix Baumgartner Hopes For Supersonic Free Fall From An Altitude Of 23 Miles

Mission managers for the Red Bull Stratos Program say that Felix Baumgartner is prepping for his record-setting freefall from the fringe of space on October 8. If all goes according to plan, Baumgartner will exit his capsule some 23 miles over the New Mexico desert and break the sound barrier as he returns to Earth.

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Deadline Extended For Whirly-Girls 2013 Scholarship Applications

Recipients To Be Announced At HELI-EXPO Next March

The Whirly-Girls International has extended the deadline for their 2013 scholarships to Nov. 1, 2012. The total worth of the nine scholarships is more than $45,000. Eight of the scholarships will be available to Whirly-Girls in good standing, while a ninth offers a female rated pilot the opportunity to earn a helicopter add-on rating.

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GE Capital Aviation Services To Lease Two Embraer E190s To Myanma Airways

First Aircraft Leased Into Myanmar By GE Unit

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) has agreed to a deal to lease two Embraer E190 aircraft to Myanma Airways, the flag carrier of Myanmar. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in November and December 2012.

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Transportation Research Board Funds ERAU Ph.D. Student Runway Incursion Study

Nation’s First Aviation Ph.D. Program Researches Critical Issue

Ever since a collision of two airplanes at a Canary Islands airport caused the deaths of nearly 600 people, experts have been trying to do something about unauthorized vehicles or people on airport runways. But the rate of runway incursions keeps rising, and so does the potential of another disaster.

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NASA Selects Space Launch System Advanced Development Proposals

Ideas Sought For All Aspects Of The SLS

NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation's next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity.

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Electronics Pioneer, Business Aviator Bill Crutchfield To Speak At NBAA2012

Will Be On Stage For The Convention's Opening General Session

Bill Crutchfield will be one of the featured speakers at the Opening General Session for the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 65th Annual Meeting & Convention. Crutchfield is the founder of Crutchfield Corporation and an avid business aviation proponent.

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AgustaWestland Signs Service Contract With South Africa's Military

Also Continues To Grow Its Southern African VIP/Corporate Transport Market

A deal for a comprehensive service support contract for the South African Air Force’s fleet of AW109LUH helicopters has been reached between the South African government and AgustaWestland. The annual contract includes the provision for it to be extended for up to 5 years.

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GA-ASI Aircraft Family Achieves Two Million Flight Hours

Predator/Gray Eagle-Series Continues To Provide Support To Warfighters, Border Agents, First Responders, And Scientists

The family of Predator/Gray Eagle aircraft has reached a significant milestone. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems said Monday that the aircraft have racked up two million flight hours. The noteworthy achievement occurred on Sept. 9, with more than 150,000 total missions completed and nearly 90-percent of all missions flown in combat.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.28.12

 The FAA Announces A Center of Excellence for General Aviation…

American and Its Pilots Ready to Begin New Contract Talks…

The NTSB Continue

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Airborne 09.28.12: R66 Copper-Chopper, Eclipse Anti-Skid Brakes, Fighting EU-ETS

Also: NASA Shuffles, More AA Messiness, ANN Offers 'Rules" For Aero-Associations, Balloon Racing, Movies In Space

The FAA has certified the Robinson R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. The R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place R66 Police helicopter combines R66 power, altitude performance, and capacity with the latest in surveillance systems. Eclipse Aerospace has formally announced the addition of a new Anti-Skid Braking System available as an option on the new production Eclipse 550 jets and to be offered as a retrofit to the existing fleet.    The U.S. Senate has passed Senate Bill 1956, which would allow the Transportation Secretary to direct U.S. airlines to not part

NTSB Continues Investigation Of Dreamliner Engine Failure In SC

Reports That A Second Cracked Fan Midshaft Was Discovered In A GEnx-1B Engine On A 787 Which Had Not Yet Flown

The NTSB is continuing its investigation of an incident which occurred on July 28, 2012 involving a Boeing 787-8 airplane that experienced a loss of thrust in the right engine—a General Electric (GE) GEnx-1B turbofan – during a pre-first flight, low-speed taxi test at Charleston International Airport in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Airborne 09.28.12: R66 Copper-Chopper, Eclipse Anti-Skid Brakes, Fighting EU-ETS

Also: NASA Shuffles, More AA Messiness, ANN Offers 'Rules' For Aero-Associations, Balloon Racing, Movies In Space

The FAA has certified the Robinson R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. The R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place R66 Police helicopter combines R66 power, altitude performance, and capacity with the latest in surveillance systems.

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FAA Establishes New Center Of Excellence For GA

Will Focus On Research And Testing For Safety, Accessibility, Sustainability

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday that the FAA has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for general aviation. The COE will focus research and testing efforts on safety, accessibility and sustainability to enhance the future of general aviation.

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EU Calls For WTO Sanctions In Airbus/Boeing Dispute

Says Failure To Address Boeing Subsidies 'Condemned' In The March 2012 Final WTO Judgment Triggers Request For Largest Sanction In WTO History

The EU on Thursday filed a request for the WTO to grant $12 billion in annual sanctions following what it says is Boeing’s failure to address the clear verdict it suffered in the WTO’s March 2012 final judgment. It is the largest WTO penalty ever requested, and it follows what the EU says is the worst loss a party has seen in the history of the WTO.

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American, APA Appear Ready To Talk

Both Express Desire To Get Back To Negotiations

American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) have both expressed an interest in getting negotiations underway again in an effort to resolve their long contract dispute. Each has sent a letter to the other saying it's time to get back to the bargaining table.

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Record Numbers Expected For Air Transport Summit

Qatar Airways Talks Sustainability Before The Event Opens

Over 40 airline CEOs and more than 350 transport leaders are expected to attend the World Route Development Strategy Summit in Abu Dhabi at the end of the week. The attendees represent the leadership of governments, industry associations, airports, and stakeholders from across the aviation spectrum.

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Oregon Defense Contractor Searched By Federal Agents

Accused Of Providing Counterfeit Helicopter Parts To The U.S. Military

A defense contractor accused of providing counterfeit parts for helicopters and trucks to the U.S. military was searched Tuesday by federal authorities. The search of Kustom Products Inc. in Coos Bay, OR, focused on purchase orders and sample parts that may have been prototypes for the counterfeits.

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Klyde Morris 09.28.2012

Some Might Say They Are Equally Credible Sources ...


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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.28.12)

"The U.S. leaves us with no other choice but to insist on proper compliance before the World Trade Organization. We are confident that this process will finally lead to a level playing field in the aircraft sector." Source: EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.28.12): Circling Approach

A maneuver initiated by the pilot to align the aircraft with a runway for landing when a straight-in landing from an instrument approach is not possible or is not desirable.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.28.12)

The Aerospace States Association (ASA)

ASA is a bi-partisan representative of the grass roots of American Aerospace. It is an organization of Lieutenant Governors and state appointed delegates.

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