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April 24, 2013

Boeing Winnipeg Announces Site Expansion, 737 MAX Work

Facility Will Primarily Produce Acoustic Inner Barrels For Engine Nacelles

Boeing Canada Winnipeg has announced plans to increase its Murray Park Road manufacturing site by more than 22 percent, primarily to house new composites work for Boeing's 737 MAX airplane. The building will be expanded by 150,000 square feet to a total of 665,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

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Leap Frogs Cancel Performance Schedule

U.S. Navy Parachute Team Grounded By Sequestration

The U.S. Navy's precision parachute team the Leap Frogs has officially cancelled its entire performance schedule for the rest of 2013, citing budget cuts due to sequestration.

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Expanded WomenVenture Planned For EAA AirVenture 2013

Group Lunch Planned To Follow The Annual Photo Shoot In Phillips 66 Plaza

WomenVenture, Women in Aviation, International’s collaborative program with EAA, is now in its sixth successful year and will be expanded during this year’s EAA AirVenture with a group lunch. WomenVenture is both a networking resource for women AirVenture attendees and a marketing outreach to attendees who are interested in becoming more involved in aviation.

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President Of Aviation Safety Specialists Warns About Furloughs

Issues Statement Urging Reconsideration Of The Decision For Safety Reasons

The union representing over 11,000 employees at the FAA says that furloughs which began Sunday will have an adverse effect on safety at airports, as well as in the air. Certification and other safety inspections will also be curtailed, adding to an already-lengthy process.

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Business Travel Association Responds To FAA Furloughs

GBTA Writes Letter Opposing The Move To FAA Administrator Huerta

In a letter addressed to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Global Business Travel Association expressed  significant concerns over the potential for delays to business travelers caused by the scheduled furloughs. The association has requested a meeting to discuss options to mitigate the impacts on the business travel industry.

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IAG And British Airways Select The A350

A350-1000 To Take Major Role In Future British Airways Long-Haul Efforts

After a thorough selection process, International Airline Group (IAG), and British Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft plus 18 options, as part of the airline’s on-going long-haul aircraft fleet renewal and modernization strategy. IAG, owner of both British Airways and Iberia, has also secured commercial terms and delivery slots that could lead to firm orders for Iberia.

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Concorde Design Drawing To Be Offered At Auction

Original 1960s Design Drawing Among More Than 60 Lots Of Aviation Art And Aeronautica At 29th April Sale

An original design drawing for the Concorde aircraft will be among the lots on offer when Bonhams returns to the RAF Museum in Hendon for its annual sale on Monday 29th April. The 53" x 30" graphite on design paper technical sketch Definition Of Compartment Boundaries, Ventilation & Drainage, No D73.5050, dated September 10, 1968 and signed by test pilot Brian Trubshaw, is estimated to realize as much as $2,300.

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Students From Rocket Contest Return For The Third White House Science Fair

Event Showcased Rocket Designs For President Obama

Students participating in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) displayed their rockets for President Obama at the White House Science Fair for the third time since 2010. Students from Memphis, TN, and San Antonio, TX, represented more than 55,000 students who have taken part in the world's largest rocket competition over the past 11 years.

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First Of Two AW101 VVIP Helicopters Delivered To Turkmenistan

Contract Was Signed At Farnborough International Air Show In 2010

AgustaWestland has delivered the first of AW101 VVIP helicopter to Turkmenistan Airlines. The contract for the two aircraft was signed at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show. Assembly of the aircraft took place at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in South West England. AgustaWestland has also provided pilot and maintainer training and an initial spares package under the contract.

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Rolls-Royce, Safran To Transfer RTM322 Helo Engine Program To Turbomeca

Other RR Helicopter Engines Not Affected By The Transaction

Rolls-Royce has reached an agreement to sell its shareholding and interest in the RTM322 helicopter engine program to Turbomeca (a Safran company).  Rolls-Royce's 50 per cent interest in the engine program will be progressively transferred to Turbomeca, which will then hold 100 per cent of the RTM322 program.

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City Of Windsor, Canada, Seeks Release Premier Aviation Lease

Councilman Files FOI Request To Make Information Public

A Windsor, Ontario, Canada, City Councilman has filed a Freedom of Information request in an attempt to gain the release of a lease agreement between Windsor Airport and Premier Aviation. While Councilman Alan Halberstadt said he knows how much rent the company pays, he thinks it should be disclosed to the general public, which he is currently not allowed to do.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.24.13

TSA Delays Knives on a Plane…

Senate Leaders Want More Info on the FAA’s Sequester Plans…

Up and Over the Alps in a Pipistrel Pa

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Politics At NBAA 2012 -- Representative John Mica

Seasoned Politicians Talk About The Aero-Political Scene At NBAA 2012

The last few months have not been good tot he world of aviation... but last fall, there was plenty of data to support the premise that 2013 would be no easier than 2012... and NBAA 2012 provided an amazing place to discuss these issues. In this segment, Congressman John Mica opines as to the view he sees out of Washington and the cumulative effects that aviation may have to counter. Congressman John L. Mica was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 to represent Florida’s 7th Congressional District which includes Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties. He currentl

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Senate Panel Leaders Request Information From FAA On Sequester Impact

Rockefeller, Thune Want To Know How NextGen, Travelers Will Be Affected

Senate Commerce Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) sent a letter Monday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in response to the FAA’s announced furlough plan that could result in significant travel disruptions across the country. 

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SpaceX Grasshopper Hovers At Over 800 Feet

VTOL Rocket Returns To Its Exact Spot On The Launch/Landing Pad

SpaceX has released a new video showing another successful flight of its Grasshopper VTOL vehicle. And every time the fly the rocket, they go exponentially higher. On March 7, the Grasshopper flew to 262 feet. This latest leap topped out at 820, or triple the previous altitude, according to SpaceX.

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Pipistrel Panthera Crosses The Alps By Air

New Aircraft Flown To Germany For Aero Friedrichshafen

Pipistrel said in a news release Tuesday that its revolutionary new aircraft, Pipistrel Panthera, has flown over the Alps en route to Germany, where it will be displayed at AERO Friedrichshafen.

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NASA Successfully Launches Three Smartphone Satellites

'PhoneSats' May Be The Lowest-Cost Satellites Ever Placed In Orbit

Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The trio of "PhoneSats" is operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space.

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TSA Delays Policy Shift Regarding Knives On Planes

Coalition Of Flight Attendant Unions Remains Resolute: No Knives, Ever Again

TSA has decided to put a policy change that would have allowed small knives on planes on hold while it receives public comment on the proposal. "This timing will enable TSA to incorporate the feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training," TSA said in a statement. The change was to have gone into effect April 25.

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Autopsy Shows Pilot Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot While Flying

RV-4 Went Down Near Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport In AZ

A pilot apparently shot himself in the head while flying his RV-4 airplane near Bullhead City, AZ, Saturday. Authorities initially treated the crash as a normal accident, but an autopsy released Monday revealed that the pilot, 44-year-old Thomas Joseph of Cornville, AZ, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Dutch Entrepreneur Envisions A Colony On Mars In The Next Decade

Hopes To Land The First Supplies On The Planet In 2016

Dutch Entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, has set a very ambitious goal; to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023. But you have to really, really want to go ... because the colonists will not be returning to Earth.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.24.13)

"Many stakeholders argue that you have flexibility within your budget to avoid or minimize air traffic controller furloughs and the closure of the contract towers by cutting elsewhere and transferring funding among accounts." Source: Letter from Senate Commerce Committee leaders Jay Rockefeller, Chair (D-WV) and John Thune, Ranking Republican (R-SD) to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.13): Land Immediately

The urgency of the landing is paramount. The primary consideration is to ensure the survival of the occupants. Landing in trees, water, or other unsafe areas should be considered only as a last resort.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.13)

Experimental Soaring Association

Formerly known as the Sailplane Homebuilders Association, the ESA is a national source for information regarding the design, building and flying of advanced and homebuilt sailplanes.

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