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May 21, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.21.13

Bombardier Launches the Challenger 350…

The Navy’s X47-B Continues to Make History…

The HondaJet Aproaches Final Phase Flight Te

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Honeywell's New HTF7350 Engine To Power Bombardier Challenger 350

HTF7000 Series Surpasses 1.5 Million Flight Hours With Better Than 99 Percent Dispatch Reliability

Honeywell has announced that its HTF7350, the latest engine to join its successful HTF7000 series, will power Bombardier's new Challenger 350 super midsize business jet. In addition to the HTF7350, Honeywell will supply Bombardier with its 36-150 APU, which is currently on the Challenger 300 aircraft, and its Inertial Navigation System and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) database.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Acquires V-2 Rocket For Personal Museum

Paul Allen To Place WWII Relic On Permanent Display

He had to sell some artwork ... described as "abstract" ... to do it, but Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has acquired a rare Wernher von Braun-designed V-2 rocket that he plans to display at his Flying Heritage Collection on the grounds of Paine Field in Everett, WA.

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NASA Seeks Proposals For Commercial Operations At Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A

Historic Complex Sent Americans To The Moon, Shuttles To Space

NASA released a synopsis Friday announcing plans to issue an announcement for proposals for the commercial use of Launch Pad 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement is expected next week. Use of the launch pad by industry is designed to encourage commercial space activities along Florida's Space Coast and fully use the historic launch complex.

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Unions File Grievances With FAA Over Furloughs

Looking To Reinstate Pay After Furloughs Were Cancelled

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is among the unions that have filed grievances with the FAA seeking to have pay restored to those employees who were given furlough days before an act of Congress made them unnecessary.

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CAE Expands Business, Commercial Aviation Training Footprint

Adds Gulfstream G450/G550 Training In London, UK And Dallas, TX, Grows Authorized Training Provider Agreement With Bombardier

CAE announced on the eve of the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) the launch of Gulfstream G450/G550 training at CAE's London training centre in Burgess Hill, UK in 2014 and at the CAE Dallas training centre in the United States in late 2013. CAE already offers Gulfstream training in New York, USA; Dubai, UAE; and Shanghai, China.

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Non Profits Suffer From Air Show Cancellations

Boy Scouts Among Those Who Routinely Count On Such Events As Fundraisers

How many times have you gone to an air show and found that the young people directing you to a parking space are a local Boy Scout troop ... or the official program said that some of the proceeds benefit scouting or some other non-profit organization?

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Aircell Launches Certification Program For In-flight Connectivity In Europe

Program Includes ‘No Charge’ Certification Packages For Operators Installing Aviator 200 Systems

Aircell has signed an agreement with P3 Voith Aerospace GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, to develop several new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the Aviator 200 in-flight connectivity system in the European market.

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AIA Reminds Young Americans: We Are the Explorers

Crowdfunding Campaign Exceeded Goal By Nearly $20,000

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), in partnership with Challenger Center for Space Science Education, sponsored a first-of-its-kind crowd funding campaign to place a trailer before "Star Trek Into Darkness" ... which opened May 17 ... to educate the public, most especially young people, on the exciting human spaceflight programs now underway. The trailer will play in more than 50 cities nationwide.

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Knox County Maine Get Notice Of Third Lawsuit Stemming From Airplane Accident

Three Young Men Fatally Injured In Nov. 16 Accident

The family of the pilot of a Cessna 172 who was fatally injured when the airplane impacted a truck crossing an active runway and went down has notified Knox County, ME, that they intend to file a lawsuit against the county. Two passengers were also fatally injured.

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Industry Veterans Launch Business Jet Acquisition And Advisory Service

Independent, Third-Party Service To Include Financial And Risk Modeling

BizAv industry veterans Jeff Habib and Cass Anderson have officially launched the Intercontinental Aircraft Group, LLC (“IAG”).  Created in 2012 and headquartered in Manhattan, IAG provides independent, third party acquisition and advisory services to buyers and owners of business jets.

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Shooter Targets Cropduster, Lands In Prison

Receives A 10 Year Sentence After Guilty Plea

A 41-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting at an airplane ... a federal offence.

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Swan Takes A 'Liking' To A Helicopter

Bird Has Its Wings Clipped For Its Own Safety

Swans mate for life, and scientists believe losing a mate can be very difficult for the birds.In the U.K., a swan named Whopper, which was being cared for by Daniell Le Brun at the les Mielles Golf and Country Club near Jersey that recently lost its made in an accident reportedly suddenly took a "fancy" to helicopters operating from nearby Jersey Airport.

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Airborne 05.21.13: Cirrus Chute Fails, NASA Record, More NIMBY Nonsense

Also: PC-12 Record, Maule Nation, Cockpit Lockout, 34,000 Airliners Needed, Beechcraft Wins Big Contract

You know you're having a bad day when a flight goes so bad that you feel you must resort to using a parachute to see you safely through the flight… and then the chute malfunctions. That's exactly what happened last Thursday to Cirrus Pilot Tim Valentine while enroute from Addison, TX to Kansas. Valentine spoke at length with ANN shortly after the incident saying he experienced an instrumentation failure at 7,000 feet and "in the soup" while trying to avoid the backside of a thunderstorm. With the loss of his HSI and autopilot and a suspect attitude indicator, he decided to hit the silk by deploying the CAPS… a system that had been repacked the year bef

Airborne 05.21.13: Cirrus Chute Fails, NASA Record, More NIMBY Nonsense

Also: PC-12 Record, Maule Nation, Cockpit Lockout, 34,000 Airliners Needed, Beechcraft Wins Big Contract

You know you're having a bad day when a flight goes so bad that you feel you must resort to using a parachute to see you safely through the flight… and then the chute malfunctions. That's exactly what happened last Thursday to Cirrus Pilot Tim Valentine while enroute from Addison, TX to Kansas. Valentine spoke at length with ANN shortly after the incident saying he experienced an instrumentation failure at 7,000 feet and "in the soup" while trying to avoid the backside of a thunderstorm. With the loss of his HSI and autopilot and a suspect at

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Bombardier Launches Challenger 350 Super Midsize Bizjet

NetJets Announced As Worldwide Launch Customer

Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday that it has expanded its Challenger family of business jets with the addition of the new Challenger 350 aircraft. The Challenger 350 jet was launched with NetJets as the worldwide launch partner at a special event at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in 2014.

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Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet Achieves First Flight

HondaJet Program Approaches Final Phase Of Flight Testing

The fifth FAA conforming HondaJet, equipped with a production interior matching the final customer aircraft, successfully completed its first flight on May 16, 2013 at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. With this achievement, the HondaJet program approaches the final phase of flight testing as the company advances toward FAA aircraft certification of the light jet.

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Cessna Confident In Ability To Capitalize On European Economic Upswing

Optimism Comes Despite Continuing Recession In The Eurozone

Cessna says that that despite Eurozone economic challenges, the company remains confident of the region's prospects for business aviation and is investing in readiness for a return to growth.

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X-47B Accomplishes Its First Ever Carrier Touch And Go

Maneuver Performed Aboard CVN 77

The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) began touch and go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 17. For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) aircraft.

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Tecnam Astore Features Levil 'Six-Pack'

First Installation For The iPad Mini-Based Instrument In An LSA

The Levil AHRS G-mini is, for the first time, now listed on the avionics lis of an LSA aircraft. The newest Tecnam aircraft, the Astore, has an iPad mini as standard equipment with the option to have the Levil Aviation G-mini – AW providing the "six pack" information wirelessly to the iPad’s display.

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Boeing Showcases BBJ 3 For The First Time At EBACE 2013

VIP Transportation Based On 737-900ER

The public will get its first look at Boeing Business Jets' (BBJ) BBJ 3 at the 2013 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The airplane, based on the 737-900ER, was outfitted with its custom VIP interiors at Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland. The BBJ 3 is currently for sale, so the exterior remains "green" or unpainted.

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Helo Crew Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For, Interred At Arlington

Four Buried As A Group May 2

A Navy Pilot, missing from the Vietnam War, has been accounted-for and was buried with full military honors along with his crew. According to the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Navy Lt. Dennis W. Peterson, 28, of Huntington Park, CA, was the pilot of a SH-3A helicopter that crashed in Ha Nam Province, North Vietnam.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.21.13)

"While the Eurozone as a whole remains in recession, there are bright spots that give grounds for optimism. Cessna believes it is right to invest now to maintain our leadership position." Source: Kriya Shortt, senior vice president of Sales, speaking Monday at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.21.13): Lag

The delay that occurs before an instrument needle attains a stable indication.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.21.13)

Forest Service Smoke Jumpers

Smokejumping was first proposed in 1934 by T.V. Pearson, the Forest Service Intermountain Regional Forester, as a means to quickly provide initial attack on forest fires. Today, Smokejumpers are a national resource.

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