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August 12, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.12.13

Rockwell Collins Buys AirInc…

Boeing Is Named in an Asiana Related Lawsuit…

John Denver Sang About It – Seeing Fire In the Sky&h

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Rare da Vinci Masterpiece Will Be On View At National Air And Space Museum

'Codex On The Flight Of Birds' To Be Shown Beginning September 13

One of Italy's greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex on the Flight of Birds," will be exhibited at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for 40 days this fall, from Sept. 13 until Oct. 22.

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Goddard Interns Work On Balloon-Based Telescope

Seven Students Selected For The BETTII Program

Dr. Rinehart is hoping to change the way scientists study the stars. To do this he needs a group of interns…and one very large balloon. From a pool of 300 applicants came a group of seven summer interns to work with Dr. Stephen Rinehart, associate chief of the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers First Bell 407GX In Poland

A Second Is Scheduled To Arrive Later This Month

Bell Helicopter has delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Poland at the Konstancin airfield near Warsaw. This is the first of two Bell 407GXs to be delivered in Poland this month.

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US Navy One Step Closer To First Australian Seahawk Delivery

Aircraft Being Prepared At LMC Facility In NY

An MH-60R Seahawk, which will soon become the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first, arrived July 24 at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Owego, NY.  This Seahawk will be mission ready and transferred to the RAN in December this year.

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Vector Aerospace And Coast To Coast Helicopters Sign 3 Year Agreement

Vector To Provide PT6T Support For Coast To Coast Fleet

A PT6T repair & overhaul support agreement has been signed between Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (VA-HSNA) and Coast to Coast Helicopters Inc., based in Alberta, Canada.

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NASA Selects Launch Services Contract For OSIRIS-REx Mission

Colorado-Based United Launch Services Will Boost The Spacecraft In 2016

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, CO. to launch the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is scheduled to launch in September 2016 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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Philippine Airlines Takes Delivery Of First A321

Carrier Adds Capacity With Largest Model Of A320 Family

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321. The aircraft was handed over at the Airbus delivery center in Hamburg, Germany Wednesday and is the first of 64 new Airbus aircraft ordered by the airline in 2012 under a major fleet modernization program. These include 44 single aisle A321s and 20 widebody A330s.  

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Transat A.T. Inc. Announces Boeing, Airbus Leases

Airline Executive Says Move Makes Fleet 'Adaptable To Seasonal Needs'

Transat A.T. Inc. has signed an agreement with the U.S.-based International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for the long-term (eight-year) leasing of four Boeing B737-800 aircraft. These planes will be introduced in summer 2014 and become the core of Air Transat's permanent narrow-body fleet. They will be used on routes to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida.

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Boeing, US Navy Demo New Targeting And Data Systems On EA-18G

Advanced Technologies Will Significantly Improve Growler's Targeting Capabilities

The U.S. Navy recently flew Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft with sensor system upgrades and its newest data network, demonstrating how the enhanced technologies would allow aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately. Ultimately, the secure, high-speed network will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-16-09

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-16-06

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model BO-105A, BO-105C, BO-105LS A-1, BO-105LS A-3, and BO-105S helicopters.

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Aero-TV: Cessna Aircraft Company -- Updates From AirVenture 2013

Cessna VP, Jodi Noah, Talks GA With ANN

Oshkosh 2013 was a watershed event for many of those attending the Fly-In. It was a place to do some bragging, get some news out and gauge the health of the GA world... and Cessna was there to do all of that... and then some.

Aero-TV: Cessna Aircraft Company -- Updates From AirVenture 2013

Cessna VP, Jodi Noah, Talks GA With ANN

Oshkosh 2013 was a watershed event for many of those attending the annual Fly-In. It was a place to do some bragging, get some news out and gauge the health of the GA world... and Cessna was there to do all of that... and then some. Cessna offered updates on several of their piston-engine programs. VP Jodi Noah said the Turbo Skylane JT-A was progressing towards an expected third-quarter certification by the FAA and also said that orders were coming in for both the Grand Caravan EX and the recently-certified TT-X.

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Big Buy: Rockwell Collins Purchasing ARINC For $1.39B

Accelerates Rockwell Collins’ Growth In Flight Services

Somebody dug deep in their pocketbooks for this one... Rockwell Collins has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire ARINC Incorporated for $1.39 billion. The transaction will bring together 'two leading players in the growing field of aviation information management, combining ARINC’s trusted networks and services with the industry leading avionics and cabin technologies developed by Rockwell Collins.'

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NTSB Prelim Indicates A36 Bonanza Lost Power On Takeoff From Tupelo, MS

Pilot Was Able To Walk Away From The Off-Airport Forced Landing

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred in Tupelo, MS July 20 involving an A36 Bonanza. The pilot was able to walk away from the forced landing in a field near the airport.

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Klyde Morris (08.12.13)

Klyde Wants NASA To 'Get Real'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Boeing, ANA Announce Order for Three 777-300ERs

Will Increase Japanese Carrier's Fleet Of Triple-7s To 57

Three additional 777-300ER airplanes have been ordered by All Nippon Airways. Boeing says the order, valued at approximately $945 million at current list prices, will increase the total number of 777s in ANA's fleet to 57 airplanes once delivered.

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NASA Rates Perseid Meteor Shower 'Best For Fireballs'

Mid-August Event Made Possible By Comet Swift-Tuttle

In astronomy, there's nothing quite like a bright meteor streaking across the glittering canopy of a moonless night sky.  The unexpected flash of light adds a dash of magic to an ordinary walk under the stars.

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Metro Aviation To Operate First Bell Product In 25 Years

Agreement With Tampa General Hospital Adds Bell 407GX To The Fleet

After 25 years, Metro Aviation will again be operating a Bell Helicopter product. The milestone is the result of the recent agreement with Tampa General Hospital's (TGH) Aeromed program.

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Ready For Sea Trials; F-35B Completes 500th Vertical Landing

Testing At Sea To Be Conducted Aboard The USS Wasp

The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing August 3. BF-1, the aircraft which reached the milestone, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.  

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Escape Artist Frees Himself From Free-Falling Box

Parachuted To Safety After Opening The Locked Enclosure

File this one under "don't try this at home." A Wisconsin escape artist placed an unusual twist on the classic "escape from a locked box" stunt ... the locked box holding 47-year-old Anthony Martin was shoved out of an airplane at 14,000 feet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.12.13)

Aero Linx: Association of Naval Aviation The mission of ANA is to educate the general public about the overall military status of the United States, to encourage widespread interest as to the importance of Naval Aviation in the defense of the United States and its allies, to stimulate the collection, preservation and display of historical material concerning the history of naval aviation, and to encourage scientific and technical development of naval aviation. ANA is a not-for-profit organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.12.13): DME Fix

DME Fix A geographical position determined by reference to a navigational aid which provides distance and azimuth information. It is defined by a specific distance in nautical miles and a radial, azimuth, or course (i.e., localizer) in degrees magnetic from that aid.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.12.13)

"We are happy that Aeromed has willingly embraced the additional safety equipment being installed on the aircraft that will exceed the expected NTSB/FAA rules including situational simulator training." Source:  Mike Stanberry, Owner and President of Metro Aviation, in comments made (after 25 years), in which Metro Aviation will again be operating a Bell Helicopter product. The milestone is the result of the recent agreement with Tampa General Hospital's (TGH) Aeromed program.

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