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Heat-sensing helicopter detects marijuana operation A police helicopter in West Midlands, England, was recently returning from a wanted-person search when the helicopter's thermal cameras detected a hot spot on the facade of an apartment building. Police teams searched the premises, discovering thousands of dollars worth of marijuana plants. Oct 17, 2013

Airbus Second Airbus A350 takes off for the first time. After successfully completing its first flight that lasted approximately five hours, the second A350 XWB, MSN3 just landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France, shortly after 14:30 hours local time on Oct. 14. The A350 XWB test aircraft, MSN3, was flown by Frank Chapman and Thierry Bourges, Airbus Test Pilots. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Grard Maisonneuve, Test Flight Engineer, while three Flight Test Engineers monitored the progress of the flight profile: Tuan Do, Robert Ligne and Stphane Vaux. MSN3 - similarly to MSN1 - has no cabin but is equipped with heavy flight test installation. The first A350 XWB to fly (MSN1) took off on 14th June 2013, and has to date flown some 330 flight test hours in almost 70 flights. These flights have been devoted to the identification and freeze of all flap and slat configurations, loads and aeroelastic testing and evaluation of the aircraftOs handling characteristics and systemsO operation throughout the operational envelope. Three more A350 XWB test aircraft will join MSN 1 and 3 to perform the planned 2,500 hours up to Type Certification. The A350 XWB has already won 725 firm orders from 37 customers worldwide. First delivery is planed second half of 2014 to Qatar Airways. Oct 14, 2013

Bombardier Bombardier's new wing manufacturing facility in earns LEED certification. Bombardier recently opened a new facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to produce carbon-fiber composite wings for its CSeries aircraft. The building received LEED Gold-level certification for its building material selection, use of natural light and water and energy efficiency. "The prestigious LEED certification of our new Belfast facility also demonstrates that not only are we on the right track with our innovative and environmentally conscious products, we are also delivering on our commitments as a responsible corporate citizen," said Bombardier President and CEO Pierre Beaudoin. Oct 15, 2013

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