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September 15, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.16.13

Bombardier’s CSeries Test Flight is Go For Today…

Spirit Aero Systems Rebalancing It’s Workforce…

Cessna Announces a Big R

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Airborne 09.13.13: AOPA Kills Summits, TransAt Cluster Balloon, 1st Int'l TTx

Also: Fight Over Pad 39A, 166 Days In Space, Advice For Mark Baker, Paper Charts Kaput, British Airways Says 'Sorry'

Saying it no longer makes sense for the organization and its members to invest in a single large event, AOPA has decided to end its annual Aviation Summits. The Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, TX, from Oct. 10 through 12, 2013 will be held as planned, but in 2014, AOPA will instead host a series of enhanced pilot town halls and fly-ins and kill off the Summit program. Like retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen in the Disney animated movie UP! – IT consultant Jonathan Trappe is living his childhood dream. Instead of flying his ho

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Orbital Sciences Demonstration Mission Reschedules Launch Date

Cygnus To Be First Spacecraft Launched To The Orbiting Laboratory From Virginia

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will postpone by at least 24 hours the launch of its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. The new launch window is targeted for Wednesday, Sept. 18 between 10:50 to 11:05 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at Wallops. Rendezvous with the space station remains scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Rolls-Royce Joins BAE Hawk AJTS Team To Pursue USAF T-X Contract

Rolls-Royce Will Lead The Support And Integration Of The Adour Mk951 Engine On The Hawk AJTS Aircraft

BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have announced that the engine maker is joining the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) team as an exclusive partner to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. As the engine supplier to BAE Systems on this pursuit, Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft.

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Navy Autonomous Aerial Refueling Tests Underway

Demonstrates Multiple Technologies That Promise To Significantly Increase The Endurance And Range Of Carrier-Based Unmanned Aircraft

As part of the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, the Navy and industry partner Northrop Grumman completed another phase of its Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) test in Niagara Falls, NY to demonstrate the capability to refuel unmanned aircraft in flight.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers First Bell 407GX In Russia

Helidrive In St. Petersburg Is Gets The First Of The Type

Bell Helicopter has delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Russia to Helidrive in Saint Petersburg. The Bell 407GX will be utilized for private and charter flights.

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Finnair Receives World's First A321 With Sharklet Wingtip Devices

First Of The Airline's Five Aircraft On Order So Equipped

Finnish national carrier, Finnair, the launch customer for the A321 equipped with 'Sharklets', has taken delivery of its first of five aircraft on order. The aircraft will eventually replace Finnair’s existing fleet of 757s, making it an all Airbus operator. The aircraft was officially handed over to Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer, during a delivery ceremony at the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany.

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David Gitlin Named President, Aircraft Systems - UTC Aerospace Systems

Appointment To Succeed Curtis Reusser Is Effective Immediately

United Technologies announced Friday that David Gitlin has been named President of the Aircraft Systems business segment of UTC Aerospace Systems, effective immediately and reporting to Alain Bellemare, President & CEO, UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems. Gitlin succeeds Curtis Reusser who is leaving to pursue his career outside of UTC.

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Nonprofit Names Alaska Airlines As Most Fuel-Efficient U.S. Carrier

Report By International Council On Clean Transportation Is First To Quantify Airline Fuel Performance

In a report released Monday by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C, Alaska Airlines is ranked No. 1 in fuel efficiency. The ICCT study is the first to quantify fuel performance for U.S. airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.15.13)

Aero Linx: The German Aerospace Industries Association The German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V. – BDLI) with more than 200 members represents the interests of an industrial sector, which owing to international technology leadership and worldwide success has become a significant driver of economic growth in Germany. Combining almost all strategic key technologies, the German aerospace industry with a directly employed labor force of around 100,700, achieves an annual turnover of currently Euro 28.4 billion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.15.13): Aphelion

Aphelion The point on the earth's orbit that is farthest from the sun. Although the position is part of a 21,000 year cycle, currently it occurs around July, when the earth is about 3 million miles farther from the sun than at perihelion. This term can be applied to any other celestial body in orbit around the sun. It is the opposite of perihelion.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.15.13)

“The AAR segment of the UCAS-D program is intended to demonstrate technologies, representative systems, and procedures that will enable unmanned systems to safely approach and maneuver around tanker aircraft. We are demonstrating both Navy and Air Force style refueling techniques." Source: Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program manager in comments made as the Navy and industry partner Northrop Grumman completed another phase of its Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) test in Niagara Falls, NY to demonstrate the capability to refuel unmanned aircraft in flight.

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