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May 01, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.02.13

Saving the Demonstration Teams…

United Express to Add Embraer Regional Jets…

A Flight Attendant Strike May be Looming at Piedmont&hell

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.01.13

The President’s Nominee for DOT Secretary Earns Glowing Reviews…

Cessna’s New Citation Sovereign Makes First Production Flight…

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Mesa Airlines Take Top Ranking Among US Regional Airlines

Third Consecutive Year In The Number One Spot

Phoenix, AZ-based Mesa Air Group, which operates as US Airways Express in Charlotte, NC and Phoenix, AZ, as United Express in Chicago, IL and Dulles, VA, and as go!, Hawaii’s low cost inter-island carrier, has been named the top US regional airlines for the third consecutive year by the U.S. DOT.

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NASA Extends Crew Flight Contract With Russian Space Agency

Crew Transportation Modification Valued At $424 Million

NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017.

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NGC Marks 50 Years Of Airborne Electronic Attack Expertise

Efforts Have Spanned Combat Operations From Vietnam To Afghanistan

With the first flight of the EA-6A on April 26, 1963, Grumman Aerospace, now Northrop Grumman Corporation, launched its long and successful legacy as a leader in airborne electronic attack technology. Airborne electronic attack has been a key component of all military contingency operations, as well as combat operations including Vietnam, the Cold War, Grenada, Panama, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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First Astrium Eurostar Satellite Sets In-Orbit Longevity Record

Inmarsat-2 F1 Satellite Retired After More Than 22.5 Years Of Successful Operation In Geostationary Orbit

The first Eurostar satellite, Inmarsat-2 F1, designed and built by Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, was retired from operational service this week and safely decommissioned after it had completed a long and flawless mission in geostationary orbit. It operated for 22.5 years - far outliving its projected life-span of 10 years.

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Max-Viz-1500 Approved For Bell 429s

EVS Can Be Installed In New Aircraft And As Retrofit

Bell Helicopter has worked with Astronics Corporation to help integrate the Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system as an option for new Bell 429s as well as for retrofit installations.

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ATP Opens New Training Centers In Utah, New Jersey

First New Facility To Open This Week

ATP is expanding its training network by opening two new training centers. Ogden, UT (KOGD) opens May 1, 2013, and Morristown, NJ (KMMU) opens June 1, 2013. The opening of these two training centers brings the total number of facilities that ATP operates up to 30, the most locations of any flight training provider in the United States.

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AJW Capital Partners Purchases A340-600 Aircraft

Acquired For VVIP Transport For An Undisclosed Head Of State

AJW Capital Partners Limited, part of the AJW Group of companies, has entered into a purchase agreement for an A340-600 MSN 779 aircraft. The VVIP aircraft will enter service for an undisclosed Head of State.

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AirVenture Attendees To Get Preview Screening Of 'Disney's Planes'

Animated Feature To Be Shown At Fly-In Theater August 2

Those attending AirVenture this year will have the opportunity to experience a Special Preview Screening of the Disney animated feature "Disney's Planes" at the Fly-In Theater on Friday night, August 2, one week before the movie opens in theaters nationwide. The company said in a news release that the movie "will touch all who see it and help them understand the thrill and excitement that flying offers."

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NASA, Partners Solicit Creative Materials Manufacturing Solutions

Ten Innovators Will Be selected To Develop Fabrics For Space Program

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and Nike have issued a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could enable fabric systems to enhance global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet's resources.

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Unflushed Lavatory Gets Airline Passenger A Meeting With Authorities

Businessman Suing Virgin America Airlines Saying He Was Improperly Detained

A passenger on a Virgin America flight a year ago says he was detained by police after landing in San Francisco because he argued with a flight attendant over a soft drink and then did not flush the lavatory after use. As a result, 52-year-old Salvatore Bevivino is suing the airline.

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US Naval Surface Warfare Center To Acquire Airborne Minesweeping System

Contract Valued At Over $10 Million With ITT Exelix

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract valued at more than $10 million to ITT Exelis to provide one MK 105 Mod 4 airborne minesweeping system for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division in Panama City, FL.

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Einstein Was Right - So Far

Record-Breaking Pulsar Takes Tests Of General Relativity Into New Territory

Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with radio telescopes around the world, to find and study a bizarre stellar pair consisting of the most massive neutron star confirmed so far, orbited by a white dwarf star. This strange new binary allows tests of Einstein’s theory of gravity — general relativity — in ways that were not possible up to now.

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Classic Aero-TV: A Revolution In Progress--Jerry Gregoire On Redbird and Skyport

Here and There, The Aviation Revolution Is Alive And Well...

First Webcast On January 17, 2012: January I don't have to tell you that all things aviation are not in the best shape we've seen them... but here and there, true believers are doing their best to not keep the art and craft of aviation alive and well... but doing their best to advance the art wherever possible. One of those people, a revolutionary at heart, Jerry Gregoire, is trying to make a critical part of the aviation world in the hopes that his own brand of revolution will spark others.

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Cessna's New Citation Sovereign Makes First Production Flight

Two-And-A-Half Hour Flight Tested Systems, Avionics

Cessna's new Citation Sovereign recently made its first production flight. The flight of the new Sovereign lasted a little more than two and a half hours and included tests of the Garmin G5000 avionics with auto throttles, autopilot, engine system, aircraft systems and instrument approaches. The airplane took off and landed at Wichita, KS, Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) where Cessna's main manufacturing facility is located.

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LoBiondo Introduces 'AT HOME' Act

Bill Would Keep Military Demonstration Teams Stateside

U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ-02) has introduced legislation that would restrict popular taxpayer-paid aviation demonstration teams from performing at international air shows. LoBiondo introduced the “Aviation Teams Helping Our Municipalities’ Economies (AT HOME) Act of 2013” to ensure domestic performances are prioritized above requests from abroad should the teams resume performing.  

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United To Add 30 New Embraer 76-Seat Aircraft To United Express Fleet

Options For 40 Additional RJs Bring Value Of The Agreement To $2.9 Billion

United Airlines and Embraer have signed an agreement for the sale of 30 Embraer 175 jets, with options for an additional 40 of the same model, taking the firm order and options to a total of up to 70 aircraft. If all options are exercised, the combined order has an estimated value of $2.9 billion at current list prices.

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Congress, Industry Evaluate Foxx Nomination For DOT

Charlotte Mayor Tapped By President Obama To Succeed Ray LaHood

Leaders on Transportation committees in the U.S. House and Senate have weighed in on President Obama's nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

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Lindsay Kitson Wins 2013 First-To-Solo Challenge

Event Organized By The Institute For Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW)

The 2013 Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, held March 4 to 10, attracted more than 17,000 girls and women to air and space facilities across four continents. Over the course of the week, pilots flew balloons, ultra-lights, airplanes, seaplanes, and helicopters to introduce 5,316 girls and women to the magic of flight in a small aircraft with the hope to spark many vocations, and more than 77% of the girls and women attending said that they would consider undertaking an activity in aviation for pleasure or for a career as a result of their experience.

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Herschel Completes Its 'Cool' Journey In Space

Space Observatory To Be Retired After Four-Year Mission

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. The European Space Agency (ESA) mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe's "coolest" secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation.

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Upgraded Kiowa Warrior Would Save U.S. Army Some $600 Million

Army-Led Initiative To Upgrade Rather Than Replace Vietnam-Era Aircraft

The U.S. Army planned a flight demonstration Tuesday of an upgraded OH-58 Kiowa Warrior that could save U.S. taxpayers some $600 million over the next several years. The Army led an initiative with Bell Helicopter and Honeywell to build its own prototype aircraft in two years.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.01.13)

"I've always been fascinated with the idea of flight, but never imagined I could actually do it myself." Source: Application submitted by Lindsay Kitson for the Women Of Aviation Worldwide First-to-Solo Challenge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.13): OROCA

An off-route altitude which provides obstruction clearance with a 1,000 foot buffer in nonmountainous terrain areas and a 2,000 foot buffer in designated mountainous areas within the United States.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.01.13)

YF-23A Black Widow II

In 1981, the Air Force developed a requirement for an Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) as a new air superiority fighter. It would take advantage of the new technologies in fighter design on the horizon including composite materials, lightweight alloys, advanced flight control systems, higher power propulsion systems, and stealth technology.

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