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November 26th 2014

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Aero AT-3 R100 Aero AT-3 R100 Year: 2012  //  S/N: AT3-063 EUR 65,000 excl VAT Skyfleet Aviation +48 (0) 606 654 512 View Details Cessna 162 Cessna 162 Year: 2011  //  S/N: 16200085 Please call Exclusive Aviation +1 (651) 450 6200 View Details Cessna P210 P-Pressur./Upgraded Cessna P210 P Year: 1981  //  S/N: TBD EUR 229,000 excl VAT T.A.S. Top-A-Services Ltd (UK) +43 (0) 699 111 69 215 View Details
Cessna T182 Turbo Skylane Cessna T182 Turbo Skylane Year: 1982  //  S/N: TBD GBP 79,950 Eagle Aero +44 (0) 1797 322 491 View Details Cirrus SR20 G2 SRV Cirrus SR20 G2 SRV Year: 2005  //  S/N: Offer GV403 Please call Beechcraft Vertrieb und Service +49 (0) 821 7003 100 View Details Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 Year: 2014  //  S/N: 0797 USD 749,900 excl VAT Cirrus Aircraft UK +44 (0) 1604 643987 View Details
Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 Year: 2014  //  S/N: 0837 USD 770,000 excl VAT Cirrus Aircraft UK +44 (0) 1604 643987 View Details Lancair/Columbia 360 Lancair/Columbia 360 S/N: TBD EUR 60,000 Casadesus +34 937 735 660 View Details Mooney M20K 231 Mooney M20K 231 Year: 1979  //  S/N: 25-0128 EUR 93,000 excl VAT K-Aircraft, Jets & Props +49 (0) 8232 95 8011 View Details
Piper Comanche Piper Comanche Year: 1963  //  S/N: TBD GBP 53,000 Brian Richardson +44 (0) 1243 763 194 View Details Piper Malibu Mirage Piper Malibu Mirage Year: 2002  //  S/N: 4636330 USD 595,000 no VAT Aerotech Aircraft Maintenance Ltd +44 (0) 2476 306 888 View Details Piper Malibu Mirage -350P Piper Malibu Mirage -350P Year: 2000  //  S/N: TBD USD 465,000 Plus tax T.A.S. Top-A-Services Ltd (UK) +43 (0) 699 111 69 215 View Details
Piper Saratoga -IITC Piper Saratoga -IITC Year: 2006  //  S/N: 3257417 USD 390,000 inc VAT Yacht and Jet Ltd E-mail only View Details Piper Saratoga PA32R-301 Piper Saratoga PA32R-301 Year: 1980  //  S/N: 32R-8013011 EUR 165,000 excl VAT Flugzeugreparatur Damme GmbH +49 (0) 54 911 404 View Details
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Twin Piston Aircraft
Beechcraft E55 Baron Beechcraft E55 Baron Year: 1974  //  S/N: TE-985 Make offer Bell Aviation, Inc. +1 (803) 822 4114 View Details Cessna 340 Cessna 340 Year: 1977  //  S/N: TBD Please call Best Jets inc. +1 (813) 319 8065 View Details Piper Seneca III Piper Seneca III Year: 1982  //  S/N: 34-8233147 EUR 88,000 excl VAT Flugzeugreparatur Damme GmbH +49 (0) 54 911 404 View Details
Piper Seneca V Piper Seneca V Year: 2010  //  S/N: TBD USD 799,000 excl VAT Piper UK Limited +44 (0) 800 243 018 View Details Piper Seneca V Piper Seneca V Year: 2001  //  S/N: 3449218 USD 395,000 excl VAT OK Aviation Group +420 606 022 901 View Details Piper Seneca V Piper Seneca V Year: 2007  //  S/N: TBD USD 450,000 Scandinavian Aircraft +47 90 78 44 78 View Details
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Piston Helicopters
Robinson R22 -HP Robinson R22 -HP Year: 1980  //  S/N: TBD GBP 65,000 excl VAT Heli Air +44 (0) 1789 470 476 View Details Robinson R44 Clipper II Robinson R44 Clipper II Year: 2005  //  S/N: 10581 EUR 149,000 Stockholms Helikoptertjänst AB +46 (0) 893 7790 View Details Robinson R44 Raven II Robinson R44 Raven II Year: 2008  //  S/N: 12508 GBP 185,000 excl VAT Patriot Aviation Limited (Rotary) +44 (0) 7463 230032 View Details
Robinson R44 Raven II Robinson R44 Raven II Year: 2014  //  S/N: 13555 USD 509,000 excl VAT P & B Helitrade +43 (0) 2748 7806 View Details Robinson R44 Raven II Robinson R44 Raven II Year: 2014  //  S/N: 13510 USD 469,000 excl VAT P & B Helitrade +43 (0) 2748 7806 View Details Robinson R44 Raven II Robinson R44 Raven II Year: 2013  //  S/N: 13467 USD 415,000 excl VAT P & B Helitrade +43 (0) 2748 7806 View Details
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Announcement on Canada’s Latest Contribution to Ukraine


· The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence



· Mr. James Bezan, M.P. for Selkirk-Interlake and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence


When: November 26, 2014, at 11:45 a.m. (EST)


Where: Conference Room D, 2 North Tower

National Defence Headquarters

101 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, Ontario

Abu Dhabi Excitement For ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Sailors

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26 November 2014
Issued on behalf of ISAF

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is an exciting new adventure for the Olympic sailors with new challenges and a new culture to engage with.



Bjorn Allansson (SWE), Briana Provancha (USA), Sofia Bekatorou (GRE), Lara Vadlau (AUT) and Anton Paz (ESP) have fully embraced the Abu Dhabi and Emirati life, grasping the opportunities available with both hands.

“There are so many welcoming and friendly people here,” explained Provancha at the opening press conference. “It’s such an awesome part of the world to say you were able to visit. To see things and immerse ourselves in this culture has just been a fantastic experience.

“We are definitely getting the full experience and it’s been an incredible trip so far.”

Provancha competes with Anne Haeger in the Women’s 470 and will face some tough challenges with Vadlau, 2014 World and European Champion, within the fleet and she’s keen to put on a good display, “To be part of this first concept of the ISAF World Cup Final is something incredible and I’m sure the winner of this event will go down in history and hopefully we’ll be able to perform here.

“We’re definitely looking to sail our best, hopefully make the podium and to come home with some prize money would be great. The fleet is very tough. Lara and Jola [Ogar] are fantastic competitors and we’re looking to sail hard.”

On the competition ahead Vadlau added, “We’ve had a great season, becoming World and European Champions and we are really looking forward to this event. It’s a really cool event because it’s the first world cup final and we really appreciate being here. Of course we want to get a medal and we will do our best to win this regatta.”

The competitors across the ten Olympic events will fight it out for a share of the USD $200,000 prize purse. The top three competitors will be awarded with ISAF Sailing World Cup honours and a percentage of the purse and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne winner Bjorn Allansson (SWE) has his eyes on both, “The whole target of being here is to be able to fly home with the glory and the prize money that comes with winning this event.

“With that said, our fleet is full of chance and I would say that all the fleet comes in with the same hopes, the same dreams and the same target. I think we are going to have really good racing that’s really tight.”

As well as the prizes on offer the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s finest sailors across a short, intense schedule is an attractive one. That rings well with Greece’s Sofia Bekatorou, Athens 2004 Olympic gold medallist, who is delighted to put herself up against the crème of the crop once again, “Our main goal for this regatta is to compete amongst the best sailors that will be here during the World Cup Final. It’s a big chance for us as we haven’t qualified for Olympics in Brazil yet. It’s a great opportunity to fight everyday with the best of the best and try to see how we perform.”

Like Bekatorou, Paz is an Olympic gold medallist, winning gold with Fernando Echavarri in the Tornado at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition. After competing in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race he made the switch to the 49er and is competing with his brother Carlos in Abu Dhabi. “Right now in the 49er my brother and I are starting to grow as a team,” explained Paz. “We finished tenth at the Santander Worlds and we’ve come here to try and fight for the Medal Race and then the top three overall. We’ve prepared our boat and we’re ready to go sailing.”

Paz was part of a scheme in Abu Dhabi whereby several of the local sailors got the opportunity to take to the water with many Olympic medallists. The likes of Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw (GBR), London 2012 silver medallists Nick Dempsey (GBR) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and Olympians Pieter Jan Postma (NED) and Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) all welcomed youngsters onto their competition boats.

Away from the competition side of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, some of the sailors will be paying a cultural visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The local community will also embrace the event with Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club opening its doors to showcase the sport.

Laafin from Phillip Island to Port Phillip for maiden Festival of Sails

 26 NOVEMBER 2014

Laafin. Variety Splash 2012. Image: Teri Dodds
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Laafin from Phillip Island to Port Phillip for maiden Festival of Sails After November 30, entrants for next January’s Festival of Sails will be no longer be able to take advantage of the $50 early entry discount, and will sadly miss the chance to win a holiday for two to tropical Fiji after this Sunday’s early bird cut-off. One yacht already entered, and in the running for the holiday is Festival debutant Kon Cili with his 1984-built Currawong 30 called Laafin. Kon is one of an expanding number of Cruising with Spinnaker registrations grabbing the early bird offer and in with a shout for the Fijian holiday prize. While it doesn’t have Fiji’s climate, island life is not new to Kon. He lives at Newhaven on Victoria’s Phillip Island, 87 kilometres SSE of Melbourne, where his yacht is moored. Newhaven Yacht Squadron’s marina berths 165 yacht and motor boats and is home to a substantial sea-going community. Kon is an active NYS committee member as the club’s Social Secretary. He came to know Geelong and the Festival host, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, via his involvement with Variety Splash. As one of the charity event’s most generous supporters, Laafin’s skipper and crew have helped raise more than $70,000 for Variety the children’s charity over six years of participating. This year he has put the call out to the crew to sail his beloved Laafin 17 hours one-way through Bass Strait and Port Phillip heads to be on the start line of the Festival’s opening Passage Race from Melbourne to Geelong on Friday January 23, 2015. The response was a resounding YES! The passage sail to and from Phillip Island hasn’t always been kind to Laafin. The Peter Joubert design has been battered by strong winds and very bad weather multiple times. “So far Laafin and her crew are leading 3:0 against Mother Nature,” crows the proud skipper. “All my life I was a water person, an amateur long distance swimmer in my younger days. I love water in every possible way” says Kon, who was born in Croatia and always dreamt of owning a boat. Though he lived in a capital city he would holiday as a child at his grandfather’s on the Adriatic coast. Later as teenager he did odd jobs during the school holidays with builders to save up for holidays on the Croatian coast. After arriving in Australia in 1972, he worked hard and built a very good life. He started out owning fishing and cruising boats then through a new relationship in his forties was introduced to sailing. “I fell in love with the sailing. I said that’s it! I am not going to have fishing boats, I love this sailing!” It’s a safe bet that Laafin will be the only Newhaven Yacht Squadron entrant for the Festival of Sails. Cili recalls a couple of trailer boat owners from Phillip Island making the journey to Geelong at least five years ago. Entries are climbing towards the first 150 and the Cruising with Spinnaker owners are showing the way in terms of early paperwork. Regatta manager Peter Kirman says, “It’s great to hear about first timers coming to the Festival. We’re also getting entries from those who haven’t participated for a few years, but are coming back for 2015. The racing program will be to the usual high standard and will be supported by some new and exciting shoreside entertainment. We’ve done a lot of behind the scenes work to ensure that next January’s Festival will be the best one for some time.” Royal Geelong Yacht Club is gearing up for its busiest summer of sailing yet. Last January the world’s best Melges 24 sailors discovered the magic of Corio Bay. In 2015 the natural ampitheatre, with its flat-water and trusty sea breeze, is the stage for the International 14 World Championship followed by the Australian Multihull Championships starting Saturday January 17. Finally the historic Australia Day weekend regatta for the bulk of the fleet, from sports boats and classics to monohulls and multihulls, will play out Friday January 23 to Monday 26 (Australia Day). The first component, the multihull title is likely to draw 25 plus racing and cruising trimarans and catamarans from around the country. Then the regatta proper is expected to exceed a whopping 300 entrants. Owners who complete their 2015 Festival of Sails entry, including full payment, before 2400hrs November 30, 2014 can take advantage of the early bird discount of AUS$50. Owners who submit online entries by midnight on the same day go in a draw to win a magnificent getaway for two to tropical Fiji including flights and five nights’ accommodation at the Shangri-La Fijian, all supplied by Geelong Travel. ENTER ONLINE http://festivalofsails.com.au/enter-online-update-your-entry DOWNLOAD NOTICE OF RACE http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents Lisa Ratcliff - Festival of Sails Media For media accreditation allowing access to high-resolution imagery and event logos, visit http://festivalofsails.com.au/media Facebook Like Button
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Elektrobit (EB) announces a versatile and easily customizable Internet of Things (IoT) device platform


This compact and powerful platform enables development of different kind of products that have wireless connectivity and various sensors for the Wearable, Healthcare, Machine-to-Machine communication and Industrial Internet markets

OULU, Finland, November 26, 2014 - Elektrobit (EB) announces a versatile and easily customizable EB IoT Device Platform. The platform offers customers a fast way to broaden their product offering into the IoT market with latest technology and optimized cost. This device platform, that supports different operating systems like Android, can be used to develop products with wireless connectivity and various sensors, such as, smart watches, intelligent jewelry, and wellness wristbands. Due to the versatility and performance of the device platform, it also suites for Industrial Internet use, for example to M2M device development.




"EB has extensive experience in creating unique customer specific products with a proven track record. Over the years we have built up our competence in wearable device, machine to machine (m2m) and remote device technology. We work according to the highest quality standards and qualify as a highly reliable partner for any product provider operating in the Internet-of-Things market", says Sami Kotkajuuri, Vice President of EB Connectivity Solutions. "The EB IoT Device Platform's compact size and technological performance fits perfectly into many types of Wearable and Industrial Internet solutions. This device platform and our competencies will benefit our customers in productizing innovations quickly and cost efficiently."


The EB IoT Device Platform is powered with the leading Qualcomm® Snapdragon(TM) 400, 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It includes 512 - 2048Mt of RAM and up to 32GB of flash memory. The device platform supports also micro-SD memory cards. The operating system alternatives for the platform are Android 5.0 Lollipop or Linux, and it is also compatible for example with Android Wear operating system. The versatile connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and location information over GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), and other connectivity options include GPRS/HSPA/LTE mobile networks. The device platform is integrated with a sensor module that includes an accelerometer, a magnetometer and a gyroscope. Additionally, there is a sensor interface on the platform that supports optical heart rate monitoring (OHR), as well as temperature, pressure (barometer), ambient light (ALS) and proximity sensing. In addition to a built-in microphone and Bluetooth audio, the platform can be equipped with speaker and MIPI camera. These features are provided in very compact size with low power consumption values. This flexible device platform is customizable according to customer needs and requirements.



- Over 1,000 maintenance events in first twelve months -

26th November, 2014 – Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s (MAEL) Birmingham Airport maintenance facility today celebrates a highly successful first 12 months of operation, having completed over 1,000 aircraft maintenance events for 15 different airlines.



MAEL engineers at the facility, which opened on 26th November, 2013, have completed a variety of aircraft maintenance events and inputs in the past year, for customers including AirTanker, DHL, easyJet, Estonian Air, flybe, FlyDubai, jet2.com, Monarch, Norwegian, Thomas cook, Thomson Airways, Titan, and Twinjet.

The facility’s versatility coupled with MAEL’s breadth of engineering skill have enabled it to carry out over 210,000 hours of maintenance on aircraft ranging in size from 50 seats to over 300, including the Bombardier Q400, Embraer 175/195, A320 family, A330, Boeing 737NG, 757, 767 and 787 Dreamliner.

Highlights of the past year include maintenance on a Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner, for which MAEL is a Boeing GoldCare provider, simultaneous maintenance on three Monarch Airlines Airbus A300 aircraft and S4C work on a Titan Airways Boeing 767.

Ian Bartholomew, Interim Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, says: “The first of year of operations at our Birmingham facility have exceeded our plans, with maintenance for more aircraft from a wider range of operators than we had anticipated.

“In addition to the work for Monarch Airlines, our ever-increasing amount of third party maintenance for other operators now accounts for the vast majority of our operation – both in Birmingham at our other facilities in Luton and Manchester.”

Since the opening of the 110,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility, MAEL has created jobs for over 150 skilled engineers, and this number is set to increase further in 2015 with a further intake of trainee engineers through MAEL’s renowned apprenticeship scheme.

MAEL’s Birmingham facility can accommodate almost every aircraft type in its two bays. It incorporates industry-leading design and build standards and is one of the first to have the capacity for Boeing 787 Dreamliner maintenance, with sufficient capacity for other wide body aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350.

It is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrow-body aircraft and will contain a number of component-repair and back shops. The vast building, covering around 2.5 acres is big enough to house four full size football pitches, 2400 Minis or 450 double decker buses.
A time-lapse video of the hangar construction can be viewed here.

Rockwell Collins to introduce new products and present latest simulation and training expertise at I/ITSEC 2014

RealFires Trainer 04

Rockwell Collins will debut its RealFires transportable trainer (pictured here) along with its newest mobile training and electronic publications capabilities for the first time at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which takes place Dec. 1-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in OrlandoRockwell Collins will debut its RealFires transportable trainer (pictured here) along with its newest mobile training and electronic publications capabilities for the first time at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which takes place Dec. 1-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando

ORLANDO (Nov. 25, 2014) - Rockwell Collins will debut its RealFires™ transportable trainer along with its newest mobile training and electronic publications capabilities for the first time at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which takes place Dec. 1-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.



In addition to its new mobile training offerings, the Rockwell Collins booth (Exhibit 2201) will feature the following offerings designed to meet the most challenging training and simulation challenges:

EP®-8000 visual system — unprecedented realism and performance
EP®-80 visual system — high performance, flexibility and affordability in a PC IG
ProSim™ ultra contrast projector — with darkest blacks with simultaneous full-bright light points
Air Combat Training — LVC-enabled, open architecture, secure solutions — mature, available, certified
Radar simulation — realistic sensor training, lower cost of ownership
Helmet-mounted displays — wearable high fidelity devices for head-up immersive training
CORE™ simulation architecture — customizable open architecture lowers risk and enhances training
Virtual Avionics Procedures Trainer (VAPT) — high fidelity avionics and procedural training at a fraction of the cost of live training

Rockwell Collins will also introduce its latest eBook, “Interoperability 2.0: The simulation and training tipping point.” The eBook shares the importance of interoperability in driving the rapid acceptance of new simulation and training technologies by the aerospace and defense industry and military users. The eBook also explains how interoperability can benefit the use of visual systems, distributed mission training and Live, Virtual, and Constructive training. In addition, it covers key industry subjects such as determining the ideal balance between live and virtual training and the utility of games technology in training.

In addition, four of the company’s researchers and subject matter experts will present technical papers during the conference. They include: Reed Moody, High Quality Visual Display Systems in Physically Constrained Environments, Tuesday, Dec. 2, S320C, 4:30 p.m.; Daniel Lowe, Pseudo-Specific High-Resolution Data Boundary Techniques, Thursday, Dec. 4, S320B, 11:00 a.m.; Bob Grange, Michael Cosman, Nephi Lewis, Brad Southwick, Solving the Innovator’s Dilemma for Simulation and Training Image Generator Architectures, Thursday, Dec. 4, S320B, 11:30 a.m.; Sami Mina, A Physics-Based Approach to Simulate Jet Engines, Thursday, Dec. 4, S320B, 2:30 p.m.

Newsbytes – Tuesday 25th November 2014

Vulcan XH558 - The Spirit of Great Britain
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gift idea corgi models Just 110 of these small Corgi models were flown in XH558 during the summer and are marked with a Limited Edition serial number on the underside of the wing. They come with a ‘certificate of flight’ and are presented in a smart silk-lined Avro Vulcan XH558 presentation box. These can be flying right to your house for the perfect gift price of just £30 (plus £3 UK packing and postage). Hurry, this line is only available while stocks last, so order soon to avoid disappointment. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.
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A flight for two in Avro Lancaster ‘VeRA’ as part of an exclusive 7- day VIP trip to Canada
You and a partner will fly business class from a London airport to Toronto, Canada, for a one week stay allowing sightseeing and a special day at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM). There you will have an exclusive VIP personal tour of the 40+ collection of aircraft followed by a complimentary lunch. Both people will then be able to fly in their Avro Lancaster. Your Lancaster Flight details – after a detailed safety briefing on becoming Lancaster crew members, you board the aircraft for your 60 minute flight. Once airborne, you are permitted to unbuckle and explore most of the aircraft including the cockpit. Before you know it, the Lancaster is passing by one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Niagara Falls. The Lancaster then cuts across Lake Ontario and heads for the Toronto skyline culminating with a pass right by the famous CN Tower, before returning back to base in Hamilton.
You can experience what it is like to fly in the Lancaster right now by watching the video here.
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Your hotel will provide breakfast as required each morning within your prize package. Various local tours or attractions are all easily available from your hotel. We will also include £1,000 of spending money and will cover transfers from your home to the UK airport of departure and from your hotel to CWHM Hamilton. What a prize!!
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As well as traditional tickets that you can request to be sent to you for your own completion, or to sell to relatives, friends and work colleagues as part of helping our fundraising efforts, you can now also enter directly online by purchasing tickets in our web store. (Certain limits apply).
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Pledges continue to be honoured for which we thank you most sincerely. Have you seen your pledge request email but have yet to make a payment and do intend to? We have made the whole process as easy as possible, but if you have any queries or would simply prefer to pay over the phone, then this week is the ideal time as we are collating the first batch of applicable rewards and you will still make this first round of despatches. Please either respond to your email now or call our pledge team at Hinckley on 0845 5046 558 and they will be able to look up your record and help you. Do have your payment card ready if you are paying in full immediately. If you have elected to pay over 3 months, or your circumstances have changed since you made the pledge and paying over three months will be far easier for you now, then again, a response as appropriate to the email or to our team will enable us to set-up the installment process for you. Here is how we stand as at noon today.
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First to be dispatched will be the certificates, car stickers and (where applicable), the exclusive air-to-air photographs. The lapel badges and flown bag tags will follow on early next year, while the Wall of Honour will be collated and installed during the spring of 2015. Those supporting the Gold level will also receive invitations to our dedicated hangar events at dates to be advised during 2015. Please await our contact on these as we work through the winter months. As a reminder, here are the rewards that are due to those honouring their pledges.
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Thank you to all those that continue to support XH558 this way.
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6 page info bulletin Have you seen our latest mailing and our extensive 6-page information bulletin? It’s full of information and great Christmas gift ideas. Do hurry to beat the Christmas return deadline for mail orders which is only a week on Friday – 5th December. Need a copy? Call 0845 5046 558 from 10am in the morning.
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  • Tuesday 9th December - An audience with Barry Masefield - £60 Adults – 11am onwards
See our online booking system for latest availability and click on the green dates in the calendar to see which tours are still available.
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2015 brings two significant milestones for Vulcan XH558:
  • she will be 55 years old
  • she will be in her 8th display season since the award-winning restoration
Each share is issued with an exclusive new 55-8 certificate, while £60 or more in one transaction will also entitle you to an art card collection of XH558 images – THEY MAKE GREAT CHISTMAS GIFTS!
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SMEs shun new markets in favour of domestic growth

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· 37% entered new markets in past 12 months - down from 53% last year

· 43% of small firms experienced a range of problems when entering new markets

· Small firms in London and North West have strongest appetite for breaking into new markets


Less than four-in-ten (37%) of UK small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) have entered new markets over the past year compared to 53% in 2013 according to a new study1 launched by Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK. This suggests that more opportunities exist in their core areas of operation than 12 months ago.




The research shows that almost half (43%) of SMEs experienced a range of problems in trying to enter new sectors and geographies, underlining how difficult it can be. Specific challenges they have faced include a lack of expertise around their target market (16%), finding the competition too strong (11%) and lacking the financial resources (8%).


According to the 2014 Albion Growth Report, which is designed to shed light on the factors that both create and impede growth among UK SMEs, businesses that have tried to enter new markets are more confident about their growth potential than those who have focused exclusively on servicing their core customers.


Regionally, firms based in London and the North West were the most likely to break into new markets in the past year with the majority, 52% having done so. Businesses in these regions were also the most confident about the future with 82% and 81% of firms in the North West and London respectively predicting growth in the next two years.


In contrast, just 23% of businesses in Scotland attempted to launch into new markets, the lowest of anywhere in the UK.


Patrick Reeve, Managing Partner at Albion Ventures said: “Entering new markets can be an exciting yet daunting challenge for many businesses and it’s not surprising that nearly half have encountered problems along the way. As the UK economy recovers it’s understandable that small businesses are less willing to take the risk as more growth opportunities appear closer to home.


“Taking the plunge into a new sector or geography says a lot about the mindset of the business owner; those that decide to go ahead are far more likely to be more optimistic and entrepreneurial in nature. While there’s a significant chance they will fail by getting it right their business can be truly transformed. Nothing ventured is nothing gained.”


Emran Mian Director of Social Market Foundation said: “There are some important puzzles about UK SME growth and this report provides valuable clues. The highest level of confidence is found in the North West, closely followed by London. Across business sectors too, we see a balance that belies the alarmism of those who suggest that we are in a solely consumption-led recovery. The big question is how to enable these businesses to make the most of the opportunities that they see ahead of them.”


Difficulties faced in accessing new markets



Lack of expertise about the new market



Competition is too strong



Lack the financial resources



Too many regulatory obstacles



Lack of demand



Didn’t have the right number of staff



Unable to operate in new markets profitably



Source: Albion Growth Report 2014

NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to Arctic

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The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into how different aspects of the interconnected Earth system influence climate change.
Image Credit: NASA

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.




These studies into several incompletely understood Earth system processes were competitively-selected as part of NASA’s Earth Venture-class projects. Each project is funded at a total cost of no more than $30 million over five years. This funding includes initial development, field campaigns and analysis of data.

This is NASA’s second series of Earth Venture suborbital investigations -- regularly solicited, quick-turnaround projects recommended by the National Research Council in 2007. The first series of five projects was selected in 2010.

"These new investigations address a variety of key scientific questions critical to advancing our understanding of how Earth works," said Jack Kaye, associate director for research in NASA's Earth Science Division in Washington. “These innovative airborne experiments will let us probe inside processes and locations in unprecedented detail that complements what we can do with our fleet of Earth-observing satellites.”

The five selected Earth Venture investigations are:

Atmospheric chemistry and air pollution – Steven Wofsy of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will lead the Atmospheric Tomography project to study the impact of human-produced air pollution on certain greenhouse gases. Airborne instruments will look at how atmospheric chemistry is transformed by various air pollutants and at the impact on methane and ozone which affect climate. Flights aboard NASA’s DC-8 will originate from the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, fly north to the western Arctic, south to the South Pacific, east to the Atlantic, north to Greenland, and return to California across central North America.
Ecosystem changes in a warming ocean – Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, will lead the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, which seeks to improve predictions of how ocean ecosystems would change with ocean warming. The mission will study the annual life cycle of phytoplankton and the impact small airborne particles derived from marine organisms have on climate in the North Atlantic. The large annual phytoplankton bloom in this region may influence the Earth’s energy budget. Research flights by NASA’s C-130 aircraft from Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, will be coordinated with a University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) research vessel. UNOLS, located at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island, is an organization of 62 academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research.
Greenhouse gas sources – Kenneth Davis of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, will lead the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America project to quantify the sources of regional carbon dioxide, methane and other gases, and document how weather systems transport these gases in the atmosphere. The research goal is to improve identification and predictions of carbon dioxide and methane sources and sinks using spaceborne, airborne and ground-based data over the eastern United States. Research flights will use NASA’s C-130 from Wallops and the UC-12 from Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
African fires and Atlantic clouds – Jens Redemann of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, will lead the Observations of Aerosols above Clouds and their Interactions project to probe how smoke particles from massive biomass burning in Africa influences cloud cover over the Atlantic. Particles from this seasonal burning that are lofted into the mid-troposphere and transported westward over the southeast Atlantic interact with permanent stratocumulus “climate radiators,” which are critical to the regional and global climate system. NASA aircraft, including a Wallops P-3 and an Armstrong ER-2, will be used to conduct the investigation flying out of Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Melting Greenland glaciers – Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will lead the Oceans Melting Greenland mission to investigate the role of warmer saltier Atlantic subsurface waters in Greenland glacier melting. The study will help pave the way for improved estimates of future sea level rise by observing changes in glacier melting where ice contacts seawater. Measurements of the ocean bottom as well as seawater properties around Greenland will be taken from ships and the air using several aircraft including a NASA S-3 from Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Gulfstream III from Armstrong.

Seven NASA centers, 25 educational institutions, three U.S. government agencies and two industry partners are involved in these Earth Venture projects. The five investigations were selected from 33 proposals.

Earth Venture investigations are part of NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder program managed at Langley for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The missions in this program provide an innovative approach to address Earth science research with periodic windows of opportunity to accommodate new scientific priorities.

NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, sea, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and surface-based observation campaigns. With this information and computer analysis tools, NASA studies Earth's interconnected systems to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

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