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April 08, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.09.13

Boeing’s Battery Tests Are Complete…

Pipistrel’s Panthera Makes Its First Flight…

Returning to the Moon? Not on NASA&rsquo

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ALPA Blasts Abu Dhabi Customs Preclearance Proposal

Letter To DHS Says Flawed Proposal Helps Foreign Airlines Compete While Harming U.S. Carriers

In a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano, Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) said an Obama administration proposal that would establish a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport must be immediately dropped.

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Women In Aviation, International Preps For 25th Anniversary Year

Silver Anniversary Conference To Be Held In Orlando, FL Next March

With the successful conclusion of its 24th Annual Conference last month in Nashville, WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian has now turned her attention to major networking and outreach as part of WAI's 25 years of conferences. The Nashville 2013 Conference set a new record with 3,375 attendees representing all segments of the aviation community.

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Hubble Breaks Record In Search For Farthest Supernova

Star Likely Exploded More Than 10 Billion Years Ago

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the farthest supernova so far of the type used to measure cosmic distances. Supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago. SN Wilson belongs to a special class called Type Ia supernovae.

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Sheltair Joins Air Charter Safety Foundation

Organization Has Developed Industry Standard Audit For Part 135 And 91K Operators

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Sheltair, a diversified aviation company, has joined ACSF. They now join 100 companies that support the mission of the ACSF to raise the safety bar in the on-demand charter and fractional industry.

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Public Invited To Free Lecture At NASA Goddard

Theme Is Finding Other Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

The public is invited to experience "Stars and Planets Everywhere! Finding Other Worlds Beyond Our Solar System," a free event on April 10 at the Visitor Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The lecture will be presented by Jennifer Wiseman, senior astrophysicist at NASA Goddard.

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The Newest IMC Club Chapter Is To Open At A Private Residence

Will Gather At A Home In Sherman Oaks Outside Los Angeles, CA

The newest IMC Club Chapter will be the first to meet at a private residence. Pilots will gather at Amir Blachman's home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday April 20th for a barbecue and the official inaugural meeting of the new Los Angeles Chapter.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers First C-130J In Africa To Tunisia

A Second Super Hercules Is Set To Be Delivered There Next Year

The first C-130J Super Hercules to be delivered to the Republic of Tunisia landed Thursday, marking the first delivery to any African country. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js between 2013 and 2014, in addition to providing training and an initial three years of logistics support.

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AMS Experiment Aboard ISS Measures Antimatter Excess In Space

Results To Be Published In The Journal Physical Review Letters

The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS1) on Wednesday announced the first results in its search for dark matter. The results, presented by AMS spokesperson Professor Samuel Ting in a seminar at CERN2, are to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters. They report the observation of an excess of positrons in the cosmic ray flux.

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New Safety Symposiums Being Held By Bell Helicopter In India

Designed To Educate Maintainers And Operators On Best Safety Practices

The first regional safety symposium for rotorcraft pilots and technicians from across India was held Friday by Bell Helicopter. A new initiative by the company in 2013, the safety symposium was designed to educate maintainers and operators on key safety practices and applications to implement into their daily operations.

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Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter, USS Bradley Set Deployment Record

Logged 600th Deployed Flight Hour On The Last Day Of March

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed another milestone in March when the MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter completed its 600th deployed flight hour while embarked on USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49). The unmanned helicopter, part of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, logged its 600th deployed flight hour March 31. This record exceeds the previous Fire Scout deployment milestone by 100 hours.

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NASA Flies Radar South On Wide-Ranging Scientific Expedition

Month-Long Expedition Will Cover Much Of The Americas

A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our home planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas. A NASA C-20A piloted aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) is wrapping up studies over the U.S. Gulf Coast, Arizona, and Central and South America. The plane left NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA, on March 7. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena built and manages UAVSAR.

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Space Mission Continues Despite Restructure

Space Innovation And Development Center Reorganized As Part Of Ongoing Efficiency Effort

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after Monday's restructure of Air Force Space Command's Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever AFB, CO. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions to AFSPC and to Air Combat Command's U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB, NV.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.08.13

D-Day for Mandated Tower Closures is Postponed…

Boeing Says Half of Its Dreamliner Testing is Complete…

The Raptor is Flying Again&hel

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Airborne 04.05.13: AEA2013, Velocity Twin, Electric LSA

Also: Solar Impulse, Bizarre Zodiac Accident, Sequestration Kills Again, Airline Tickets by The Pound

What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas – but that was not the case with the recently concluded 56th annual AEA Convention and Trade Show. Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, distributors, repair stations and other general aviation professionals took part in the 4 day event and then left Vegas armed with new product knowledge, networking and training experiences and much more. Velocity Aircraft is now offering its builders the option of either the 160-horsepower, XP-320 Engine or the 180-horsepower, XP-360 Engine manufactured by Superior Ai

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Pipistrel's Exotic Panthera Achieves First Flight

Panthera First Flight Lasts 54 Minutes... Performs 'Exactly As Predicted'

ANN has learned that one of the most exotic new airframes promised for the experimental (and eventually, certificated) aviation biz, has pulled off its first flight without difficulty. The new Panthera completed its 54 minute maiden flight on 4 April, 2013. The aircraft completed ground functional and taxi tests at Pipistrel's Headquarters at Ajdovscina, Slovenia, whereupon the Panthera relocated to the Airport of Cerklje ob Krki, where Slovenian Armed Forces provided 'invaluable logistics support.'

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Klyde Morris (04.08.13)

Klyde Looks For A Little Warmth

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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BA Puts 18 Dreamliners On Boeing's Order Books

Demand For The Airliner Had Declined Following Battery Issue

In what may be a breakthrough for Boeing as it continues to work on getting the Dreamliner fleet back into revenue service, International Airlines Group (AIG) said Wednesday that it plans to acquire 18 of the composite airliners, placing firm orders as it looks to upgrade the British Airways fleet. IAG is the parent company of the UK airline.

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ANA Dreamliner Pilots Will Undergo Recurrency Training

May Use The 787 Initially For Cargo-Only Flights When Operations Resume

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it plans to start re-training its Dreamliner pilots in June in anticipation of a return of the airplanes to revenue service ... but they pilots may initially fly more cargo than passengers.

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Cessna Citation Latitude Production On Track

Nationwide Tour Underway

Cessna said Thursday that the production for the Citation Latitude aircraft, first announced in October 2011, is on schedule and making progress toward completion of full airframes this year.

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Boeing, Sberbank Announce Order For 12 737-800s

Russian Leasing Company Places $1 Billion Order

Boeing, Sberbank of Russia and its wholly owned subsidiary, Sberbank Leasing, have reached an agreement on an order for 12 Next-Generation 737-800s. The airplanes are intended for operational leasing under Sberbank's contract with Transaero, one of Sberbank's key corporate customers.

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Silent Flight Makes 'Boom' In Refueling Mission

Training Exercise Done In Complete Radio Silence

In a recent training mission, four KC-10 Extenders from the 305th Air Mobility Wing headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J flew to a rendezvous point to meet with four KC-135 Stratotankers from the 6th Air Mobility Wing out of MacDill Air Force Base, FL. The KC-10s and the KC-135s flew to a designated point in a straight line a mile behind and 1000 feet above the preceding aircraft, in what is known as an En Route-Trail Formation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.08.13)

Aero Linx: Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association The PNBAA (Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association) is an all-volunteer organization is dedicated to promoting regional business aviation, providing a unified voice; promoting its economic values; bridging community and regulators; and promoting member networking and interaction. PNBAA’s Board of Directors will strive to keep this site current with the news, events, and issues affecting business aviation operators in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to peruse this site at your leisure. FMI: http://www.pnbaa.org  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.08.13): Inner Marker

Inner Marker A marker beacon used with an ILS (CAT II) precision approach located between the middle marker and the end of the ILS runway, transmitting a radiation pattern keyed at six dots per second and indicating to the pilot, both aurally and visually, that he/she is at the designated decision height (DH), normally 100 feet above the touchdown zone elevation, on the ILS CAT II approach. It also marks progress during a CAT III approach.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.08.13)

"We've started building engineering test articles. The first prototype is expected to fly in Q1 2014. We've moved from engineering, analysis and modeling to cutting metal and driving rivets. The team is always energized when we see an airplane begin to take shape for the first time." Source: Terry Shriner, business leader for the Citation Latitude program during a progress report.

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