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February 12, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.013.13

GAMA Issues it 2012 Year End GA Sales Report…

An American/US Airways Merger Could Come This Week…

Are Dendrites the Culprit for the 78

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Not-So-Great-News: GAMA Releases 2012 GA Sales Year-End Report

Association Focuses On 'The Opportunities And Goals That Lie Ahead'

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released the 2012 year-end shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers. Most general aviation aircraft flying in the world today were built by GAMA member companies.

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Airborne 02.12.13: GAMA Releases '12 Sales Data, 787 Flies Again, Huge S92 Order

Also: Phantom Eye Moving Under Own Steam, Hanni Leaves, TBM's One Million Hours, P-64, BFA Safety Seminar, Piper Gains

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the 2012 year-end shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers. Over the weekend Boeing performed a successful test flight with one of its 787 test flight aircraft as part of the ongoing investigation into the Dreamliner's APU battery issues. Test flights with the 787 were authorized Thursday by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. The first of 16 completed S-92 helicopters that

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Airborne 02.12.13: GAMA Releases '12 Sales Data, 787 Flies Again, Huge S-92 Order

Also: Phantom Eye Moving Under Own Steam, Hanni Leaves, TBM's One Million Hours, P-64, BFA Safety Seminar, Piper Gains

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the 2012 year-end shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers. Over the weekend Boeing performed a successful test flight with one of its 787 test flight aircraft as part of the ongoing investigation into the Dreamliner's APU battery issues. Test flights with the 787 were authorized Thursday by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. The first of 16 completed S-92 helicopters that will be used by Avincis Group to provide transportation for its customers' offshore oil and gas crews and for search and rescue

FAA Issues SAIB For Continental Engines

Excludes Engines With FADEC Technology

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for airplanes equipped with Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI), continuous flow, fuel injected engines. The airworthiness concern is related to certain throttle and mixture control levers.

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Environmental Testing Underway On NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft

Final Assembly Completed By Lockheed Martin

The assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft has been completed, and the orbiter is now undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facilities, near Denver, CO. MAVEN is the next mission to Mars and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

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Botswana Defense Force Takes Delivery Of Pilatus PC-7 MKII

Formal Ceremony Held Last Week In Gaborone

A formal handover ceremony for the Botswana Defence Force PC-7 MkII Turbo Trainer Aircraft took place on Friday in Gaborone, Botswana. His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Botswana and Commander-in-Chief, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama attended the event hosted by the Botswana Defence Force Commander Lt. Gen. Galebotswe.

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NASA Demonstrates In-Space Refueling Capabilities

Proves Viability Of Satellite-Servicing Technologies

NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station.

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Seattle Grounds Police UAVs Following Privacy Protests

Residents, ACLU Complained To The Mayor, Who Shut The Program Down

After obtaining two small UAVs through federal grants to test as law enforcement tools, the Seattle Police Department has been ordered not to fly them by the Mayor's Office after residents and others complained about privacy.

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Sequestration May Keep USAF Away From Paris Air Show

Part Of The Service's Plan Should Congress Fail To Reach A Budget Agreement By March 1

If sequestration happens on March 1, there is a long list of cuts that will have to be made by the U.S. military. The Air Force says that among the items on the sequestration chopping block is participation in the Paris Air Show.

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USAF Awards Rolls-Royce $97.3 Million Services Contract

Will Cover Sustainment Services For C-130J Fleet

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract worth $97.3 million to Rolls-Royce for support of the USAF's C-130J transport fleet in 2013. The MissionCare contract covers sustainment services for the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines as well as the nacelles and propellers on the US Air Force C-130J fleet.

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NASA Awards Engineering, Technology And Science Contract

Five-Year Award Worth Up To $1.93 Billion

NASA has selected Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN, for an engineering, technology and science contract at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The cost-plus-award-fee services contract has a potential value of $1.93 billion, including options.

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Astronomers Ask Public To Help Name Pluto’s New Moons

Tiny Satellites Of The Dwarf Planet Now Just 'P4' And 'P5'

The discoverers of Pluto's two tiniest moons are inviting the public to help select names for the new moons.

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Iranian Stealth Jet Said To Be A 'Laughable Fake'

Analysts Say It 'Looks Like A Toy' And Would Be Unable To Fly

There seems to be no shortage of braggadocio coming from the Iranian press of late. They have recently claimed to have shot a monkey into space, which has been questioned by the U.S. State Department, and now they say they have a stealth fighter nearly comparable to western 5th generation aircraft. But analysts who have looked at photos of the plane call it a "laughable fake."

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600 series airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes.

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Piper Shows Gains In Revenue, Deliveries In 2012

Up 13 Percent Over 2011

Piper Aircraft Inc. ended 2012 with increased annual revenue from new aircraft sales of $148,968,967, up more than 13 percent from $131,263,539 in 2011. The revenue increase was a result of a 16 percent rise in new Piper deliveries to 158 aircraft in 2012 from 136 the previous year.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Super Cub Airplanes

Cracking Discovered In Weld Joints In Tail Post

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for owners and operators of certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model PA-18 (L-21) airplanes. The agency has been alerted to cracking discovered in the weld joint of the aft fuselage tail post of an airplane operated outside the U.S.

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'Google Airport' Planned For San Jose, CA

Private Facility Would Adjoin Mineta San Jose International

British FBO operator Signature Aviation has proposed to build an executive airport and terminal that would accommodate "the largest business jets" almost exclusively for the use of Google at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California, and a city official says that the plan should be considered.

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New Citizen Astronaut Candidates Announced

Two From Texas Will Fly As Payload Operators On XCOR Lynx Spaceplane

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, announced two astronaut candidates at the Space Exploration Educators Conference, which took place which took place Friday at the organization's headquarters in Houston, TX. Citizen-astronaut candidate Maureen Adams, who has been in training for three years, announced the new additions.

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Patty Wagstaff Named To Excalibur 421 Leadership Team

Will Be Demonstration Pilot And Marketing Consultant

Legendary aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff has joined the Aviation Alliance (Alliance) Excalibur 421 leadership team. Wagstaff will be the demonstration pilot for the Excalibur 421 and will be responsible for overseeing the transition training program for clients as well as pilot in command of several planned attempts at world record flight for twin-engine aircraft.

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NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

Believed Sample Will Reveal Evidence About Ancient Martian Environment

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.

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Buzz Aldrin Lends Name To Space-Themed Computer Game

Set For Release In June Of This Year

It's being billed by its developer as "the ultimate game of space exploration." Releasing on PC, Mac and iPad in June this year, "Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager" promises to take players on a journey of exploration and space conquest from the dawn of human spaceflight to modern space exploration vehicles and on to the future.

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Helicopter Accident In California Fatally Injures Reality TV Crew

Series Focusing On The Military Being Developed By The Discover Channel

A Bell 206 JetRanger went down Sunday in southern California resulting in the fatal injury of all three people on board the aircraft. The helo was participating in the filming of a reality television show being developed by The Discovery Channel.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.12.13)

"Spaceflight is an inherently risky activity. I did not feel that I could ask people to participate in this program and accept the risks unless I was willing to do so myself." Source: Edward Wright, chairman of the United States Rocket Academy and project manager for Citizens in Space.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.12.13): Handoff

An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft from one controller to another.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.12.13)

Flights of Inspiration

"Flights of Inspiration" is for anyone who has an interest in the history and science of flight. Certain parts of the resource are specifically intended for science teachers and their students.

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