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June 30, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.13

NASA Selects A New Manager for the Shuttle Landing Facility…

Embraer Executive Jet’s Phenom 300 To Spread Its Wings in China…

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SPEEA Charges Spirit AeroSystems With Unfair Labor Practices

Says Company's Refusal to Answer Questions Prompted The Move

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, filed a complaint June 21 against Spirit AeroSystems, charging the company with "unfair labor practices." It was the second such charge leveled by the union against the company in June.

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JetBlue Gives Pilots New iPad Capabilities

EFBs Now Standard Equipment After Evaluation

The FAA has approved iPad-based EFBs for use by JetBlue Airways, giving all pilots custom-equipped tablets that will add more real-time capabilities in the cockpit and save fuel by eliminating the heavy paper manuals that all pilots carry.

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Eurocopter Delivers Three EC225s To Asian Oil And Gas Operators

Aircraft Deployed In Vietnam And Malaysia

The deliveries of three new EC225s to customers in Vietnam and Malaysia further expands the fleet of Eurocopter’s workhorse helicopter deployed worldwide in demanding operating conditions of the offshore oil and gas industry. EC225 deliveries involve the Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South), along with Awan Inspirasi Sdn Bhd (AISB) and MHS Aviation – both of Malaysia.  

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Growth Seen In Military Helicopter Modernization, Upgrade, Retrofit Market

Sales Projected To Climb To $4.82 Billion In 2013

Helicopters are crucial to military operations. Defense spending cuts and the prohibitive cost of new helicopters have pushed countries to opt for modernization, upgrade and retrofit programs to extend the service life of existing helicopter fleets. In some cases, many of these rotorcraft simply remain viable to serve for many more years and it makes sense to opt to expand the capabilities of current rotorcraft.

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NASA Hosts Virginia Scholars During 3 Week-Long Academies

High School Seniors Part Of The VASTS Program

After spending six months learning and communicating via the web, 170 rising high school seniors from across Virginia will finish an intensive aerospace education program by planning a mission to Mars during week-long summer academies at NASA Langley Research Center.

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NASA Selects Student Teams For Microgravity Research Flights

Fourteen Undergraduate Student Teams From Minority Institutions To Fly Their Experiments

NASA has selected 14 undergraduate student teams from minority serving institutions across the United States to test science experiments under microgravity conditions. The experiments will fly Nov. 1-8, as part of a collaborative effort between the agency's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Project.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.30.13)

Aero Linx: Online Resource - Resources for Pilots Below is a list of online resources available in the Pilots - Student category. The FAA is not responsible for the contents of the non-government sites listed. The list is provided only as a convenience to the users of this site.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.30.13): VFR Not Recommended

VFR Not Recommended An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recommended. To be given when the current and/or forecast weather conditions are at or below VFR minimums. It does not abrogate the pilot's authority to make his/her own decision.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.30.13)

"We are one step closer to a paperless cockpit. The iPads will have real-time weather capability and the ability to update safety and flight documents securely. We expect to add digital chart capability, once it is approved." Source: Jeff Martin, senior vice president of operations for JetBlue, following the announcement that the FAA has approved iPad-based EFBs for use by JetBlue Airways, giving all pilots custom-equipped tablets that will add more real-time capabilities in the cockpit and save fuel by eliminating the heavy paper manuals that all pilots carry.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-13-05

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