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November 28, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.28.11

NASA launches a one-ton rover to Mars.
Boeing says it's considering its future in Wichita.
And Tom Enders thinks there will be fewer airliners purchased in 2012.

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ANN Special Feature: Asleep at the Yoke - 11.28.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller, who looks back on that case two years ago in which two Northwest pilots overflew their destination Minneapolis, and explains how the case may be relevant

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Aerojet Completes Testing On Engine For Orion Spacecraft

Design Verification Testing Completed On First MR-104G Engine For NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Aerojet said Tuesday it has successfully completed vibration, shock and hot fire design verification testing on its first MR-104G monopropellant rocket engine planned for use on NASA's Orion spacecraft. The testing was done in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA. Twelve 160-lbf thrust MR-104G engines, arranged in four single-engine pods and four dual-engine pods, provide the full complement of primary and redundant control required for critical maneuvers upon a high-speed re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

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FAA Approves CAE B787 FFS For Continental

Will Be Certified To Level D Following Final Data Package From Boeing

A Full Flight Simulator (FFS) that will be used to train Continental Airlines' Boeing's 787 Dreamliner pilots has been certified by the FAA. CAE, which built the FSS, announced the certification Tuesday. Continental pilots have begun training on the device, located at the airline's training facility in Houston, Texas.

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Republic Of Kazakhstan Takes Delivery Of First Of Six EC145s

Handover Marks Start Of Cooperative Effort With Kazakhstan Engineering

Eurocopter delivered the first of six EC145s ordered to date by the Kazakh Ministries of Defense and Emergencies. A total of 45 of the helicopters are to be purchased, and will be assembled by the new joint venture Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, in which Eurocopter and Kazakhstan Engineering have a 50/50 share.

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Boeing Touts Environmental Advances

777 Claims Friendlier Paint, Delivery Processes

The Boeing 777 program is implementing 10 initiatives that will eliminate 5.5 million pounds CO2 emitted and 300,000 gallons of jet fuel used annually during the 777 delivery process. The first customer to benefit from all 10 of the initiatives is Air New Zealand, which took delivery of a 777-300ER jetliner November 7.

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Finnish AF Takes Delivery Of First Hawk Mk66 Trainer With CMC Panel

Glass Cockpit Upgrade For Advanced Jet Trainers

The first of three advanced Hawk Mk66 trainers undergoing upgrades for the Finnish Air Force has been completed and delivered by Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC). The company was selected by prime contractor Patria, Finland, to perform a glass cockpit upgrade of the fleet of BAE Systems Hawk Mk66 advanced jet trainers for the Finnish Air Force, which purchased 18 ex-Swiss Air Force Hawk Mk66 aircraft in 2007 to add to their fleet of Hawk Mk51s.

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AFA Announces 2011 Michael Wilson Scholarship Recipients

Award Founded By San Francisco Giants' Pitcher Brian Wilson In Memory Of His Father

The Air Force Association (AFA) has announced the first recipients of its newest scholarship, the Michael Wilson Scholarship, a fund created earlier this year that annually grants two Air Force ROTC cadets in the United States money toward college.

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Airbus: Nordic Carriers Will Require Over 420 Aircraft By 2030

Growth And Replacement Needs Will Total $38.6 Billion

According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Nordic airlines are predicted to require 424 new passenger aircraft between 2011 and 2030 with a value of $38.6 billion. These new aircraft deliveries will be dominated by single-aisles (365). Airbus also forecasts a trend toward larger aircraft sizes as airlines seek to grow capacity efficiently, reduce seat mile costs and simultaneously their impact on the environment.

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Final Assembly Underway For First French A400M

Fuselage Delivered To Seville, Tail Sections Yet To Arrive

Following the launch of A400M series production last February, Airbus Military has begun final assembly of the first A400M that will be delivered to a customer - the French Air Force. The fuselage for this aircraft, known as MSN7, arrived at the final assembly line in Seville (Spain) on board an Airbus Beluga.

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NASA Expands Women@NASA Website

Encourages Girls To Pursue STEM Careers

NASA has expanded its Women@NASA website to include Aspire 2 Inspire, a new feature aimed at helping middle school girls explore education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Delta Cuts Back On International Routes

Looks To Bolster Bottom Line In Face Of Expensive Fuel, Economic Uncertainty

The new international terminal at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport may be a little less busy than originally planned, as Delta Airlines says it is cutting the number of international flights it operates from its busiest hub.

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New A109 Helicopter Training Simulator For New Zealand Air Force

Defense Minister Says Sim Should Pay For Itself In Under Five Years

A new flight simulator complex in New Zealand was commissioned at Ohakea Friday by the Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell. As a part of that training system, the simulator will provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force with a cost effective means of training A109 aircrew and those destined to fly the NH90 and SH2G helicopters.

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Aero-TV: NBAA 2011 Opening Session -- Senator Joe Manchin Defends BizAv

Plane Talk At NBAA 2011... The Kind That You Wished The rest Of the World Could Hear

NBAA 2011 was an interesting year for the world's largest gathering of all things BizAv... it also signaled a far more aggressive shift in what and how the BizAv world decided to explain itself. Starting with HBC's Bill Boisture, on the day before the official opening of the event, the 'Plane-Speaking" commended and never stopped as one flyer after another decried the nonsense the aviation world had been forced to deal with... at the hands of a public, media and government that fails to understand or appreciate the immense contributions this industry makes, day after day, flight after flight.

Airborne 11.25.11: Gulfstream, Hawker-Beech and Boeing Lead the News!

Airborne's Informative Second Episode, 11.25.11 -- Holiday Style!

We're getting seriously RAVE reviews over the debut of Airborne... but here we are whole week later and its time to DO IT AGAIN... and before a holiday, no less... but this is ANN, where we take the news gig VERY seriously and even the prospect of a most welcome Turkey coma can't keep us from delivering the goods! Episode Two continues the weekly series of Aero-News programs that will quickly evolve into something even more amazing over the next few weeks. Keep in mind that this is early in an evolving program of news offerings -- and that we at ANN don't pla

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Aero-TV: NBAA 2011 Opening Session -- Senator Joe Manchin Defends BizAv

Plane Talk At NBAA 2011... The Kind That You Wished The Rest Of the World Could Hear

NBAA 2011 was an interesting year for the world's largest gathering of all things BizAv... it also signaled a far more aggressive shift in what and how the BizAv world decided to explain itself. Starting with HBC's Bill Boisture, on the day before the official opening of the event, the "Plane-Speaking" commended and never stopped as one flyer after another decried the nonsense the aviation world had been forced to deal with... at the hands of a public, media and government that fails to understand or appreciate the immense contributions this industry makes, day after day, flight a

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Wolf Aviation Fund Adds Barry Schiff To Their Pro-Aviation Efforts

Schiff Becomes Honorary Spokesperson for Philanthropic Foundation

The Wolf Aviation Fund, noted for its long support of people doing great work in General Aviation, is pleased to announce that Captain Barry Schiff is now serving as its honorary spokesperson, promoting the Fund and all those who have received its awards and recognition. Barry, retired after a long time airline career for TWA, has enjoyed a parallel career as a celebrated aviation writer, with more than 1600 articles and dozens of books and videos to his credit. He has earned worldwide recognition for his aviation accomplishments and writing, which occurred during a career flying almost 28,000 hours in more than 325 types of aircraft.

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Sikorsky Strategy Fits Budget Realities

Company's Self-Funded S-97 May Be Timed Just Right

With news this week that the deficit supercommittee will end in deadlock, triggering automatic cuts in defense spending, Sikorsky's decision to spend its own money to develop the X2 and its military helicopter extensions is looking downright prescient. The company appears to be betting that future helicopter procurement will be bracketed by tight budgets and a need for speed.

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Klyde Morris (11.28.11)

Klyde Pulls The Ol' Hydrogen Oxide Trick

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Utility Settles Suit Over Helo Collision With Unmarked Powerlines

Families Sued After Bell 206 Went Down With Four Aboard

Southern California Edison has reached a financial settlement with the families of a pilot and three passengers killed when a helicopter hit an unmarked power line suspended above the Sierra National Forest in January of last year. According to KMPH-TV, the utility company decided not to test its luck before a jury, and settled out-of-court. The amount of the settlement is confidential, but thought to be in the millions of dollars.

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Fontana CA City Council Approves Helicopter Purchase

Will Use Assets Seized From Drug Arrests To Buy R44

The Fontana, CA City Council has approved the purchase of a police version Robinson R-44 helicopter using assets siezed during drug arrests. The council Tuesday night approved $415,000 for the purchase of the aircraft, as well as $85,000 for the installation of upgraded law enforcement equipment.

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First International F-35 Completed For The U.K.

Airplane Scheduled For 2012 Delivery

The first international F-35 Lightning II rolled out of the factory Sunday evening. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests.

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Vietnam Navy Commences Series 400 Twin Otter Training

Pilots Will Learn English As Part Of Flight And Technical Training

Flight training is underway for the first contingent of Vietnam Navy pilot delegates as part of the Force's multiple aircraft purchase of Guardian 400 Twin Otters announced in May 2010. The delegates have traveled from Vietnam to Canada to spend 17 months undergoing English language, flight and technical training as part of the purchase contract.

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Commercial Space Industry Meets Wall Street

Company Launches Monthly Industry Analysis Of Emerging Financial Sector

As the commercial space market matures, it will no doubt attract investors who are less familiar with the intricacies of the industry. In an effort to fill that niche, a company called NewSpace Global (NSG) has launched as an information service provider offering specific analysis on the NewSpace or commercial space sector.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.28.11)

Aero Linx: NASA Deep Space Network The NASA Deep Space Network - or DSN - is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.28.11): Equinox

Equinox The equinoxes are times at which the center of the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator. The day and night would be of equal length at that time, if the Sun were a point and not a disc, and if there were no atmospheric refraction. Given the apparent disc of the Sun, and the Earth's atmospheric refraction, day and night actually become equal at a point within a few days of each equinox. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, and the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.28.11)

"We decided about eight years ago how do we remain competitive in the future, 30 or 40 years? We want to do everything that the helicopter provides us, but we think the customer is going to desire speed... We put a small team of engineers, about 20 to 30 of them (on the project) and said, 'Go figure this problem out. Keep a helicopter, but add the higher speed to it.'" Source: Sikorsky spokesman Mike Mudd, describing that, in 2004, just about the time the Pentagon was canceling Sikorsky's contract to develop the Comanche helicopter for delays and budget overruns, the company looked at long-term strategy.

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