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March 26, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.26.10

Three are lost in an EMS helicopter crash in Tennessee.
Flight attendants like the Senate's version of FAA Reauthorization.
And so do the airlines and GA groups.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.26.10

Three are lost in an EMS helicopter crash in Tennessee.
Flight attendants like the Senate's version of FAA Reauthorization.
And so do the airlines and GA groups.


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Klyde Morris (03.26.10)

Klyde Declares 'Independence'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team Hits Afterburner On Third New Engine

Three More F136 Engines Expected To Be Tested This Year

The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has successfully hit full afterburner on its third new production-configuration engine, continuing a year of major progress and milestones for the F136 program.

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And Then There Were Two ... Second G250 Joins Flight-Test Program

Large-Cabin, Mid-Range Business Jet Has Smooth First Flight

Gulfstream announced Thursday that a second large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250 completed its first flight.  Gulfstream designed and built the super mid-size business jet in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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AIA Urges Congress To Simplify Small Business Contracting

Says Federal Contracting Process Is Too Complex

Unlike large enterprises with more resources, smaller businesses in the aerospace industry face daunting challenges in doing business with the federal government, a leading aerospace executive told the House Small Business Committee Wednesday.

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NASA Awards Space Technology R&D Contract

$45 Million Dollar Research Contract Covers Multiple Disciplines

NASA has contracted with ERC Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., for space technology research and development activities at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA. The contract has a maximum value of $45 million.

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US Airways Asks For Tarmac Delay Exemption

Waiver Would Be Specific To Philadelphia Hub

US Airways is the latest of a small group of airlines to petition the Department of Transportation for a waiver of the tarmac delay rule set to go into effect on April 29th. The airline is asking only for special consideration at its hub in Philadelphia.

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More Strikes Threaten European Skies

BA Braces For Second Round Of Cabin Crew Walkouts

Pilots for Lufthansa continue to threaten to walk off the job as the summer travel season approaches, while BA is making plans to continue flying through a second round of walkouts by its cabin crews in as many weeks.

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Cornerstone Laid For New Bombardier Facility In China

Construction Of Factory That Will Manufacture CSeries Aircraft Fuselage Underway

Construction of the facility that will build the fuselage for the all-new Bombardier CSeries mainline commercial jetliner has begun. The event was marked with a foundation stone-laying ceremony today at the site in Shenyang, China.

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FedEx Marshals Troops To Lobby Congress

Target Is Labor Language In The House Version Of FAA Reauthorization Bill

FedEx CEO Fredrick Smith has sent a company-wide letter urging "everyone on our team" to contact elected officials in regards to the labor language in the U.S. House version of the FAA reauthorization bill.

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Sennheiser Recognized By Civil Air Patrol's Florida Wing

Donated Headsets Will Be used For Cadet Flight Familiarization Program, Distributed To Florida CAP Squadrons

The Florida Wing of Civil Air Patrol (FL CAP) formally recognized aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser earlier this month for the donation of a range of aviation headsets. The headsets will be used by more than 1,800 cadets pursuing careers in aviation.

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Dennis Van De Laar Hired As NATA Manager, Regulatory Affairs

Will Be Responsible For Regulatory Items Affecting Maintenance

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the hiring of Dennis van de Laar as its new manager, regulatory affairs in a news release received by ANN Tuesday.

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DJ AM Plane Litigation Drags On

Now, Parties Involved Are Suing Each Other

Two of the parties who were sued because of a plane crash involving several well-known entertainers have sued Learjet and Bombardier, saying the plane involved had "unreasonably dangerous defects" which caused the accident.

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Aero-TV: Women in Aviation Pt. 3 – Benefits of Attending the WAI Conference

WAI Conference Attendees Offer Their Perspectives on the Aviation Industry 
 
On February 25th through February 27th, 2010, the Women in Aviation International organization held their 21st annual conference; over 3,000 women and men gathered at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort to celebrate the 2010 WAI Conference theme, “Aviation – It’s a Small World.”  Developed in 1990, Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women throughout aviation career sectors and interests.
 

Aero-TV: Women in Aviation Pt. 3 - Benefits of Attending the WAI Conference

WAI Conference Attendees Offer Their Perspectives on the Aviation Industry

On February 25th through February 27th, 2010, the Women in Aviation International organization held their 21st annual conference; over 3,000 women and men gathered at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort to celebrate the 2010 WAI Conference theme, "Aviation – It’s a Small World."

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FAA Issues InFO For Lancair, Other High Performance Experimental Airplanes

Calls Accident Rate For Some Models "Large And Disproportionate"

The FAA has issued an Information for Operators (InFO) report for amateur-built experimental Lancair and other amateur built airplanes possessing high wing loading and stall speeds in excess of 61 knots.

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Daniel Webster College Phasing Out Flight Program

Other Aviation Courses Will Still Be Offered

Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire has announced it is ending its flight training program, and is not accepting any new students. College President Nadine Dowling said that the schools Aviation Management and ATC curricula will continue to be offered.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Florida T6 Texan Crash

Accident Killed Mobile, AL Neurosurgeon And His Wife

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident in which an SNJ-6 Texan went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, killing Mobile, AL neurosurgeon Dr. Evan Zeiger and his wife Peggy. They were flying in formation with several other T6 aircraft when the airplane went down.

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Gates To Recommend Vice Admiral To Head F-35 Program

JSF Program To Be Restructured, But On Track Pentagon Officials Say

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will recommend that President Barack Obama nominate Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, commander of Naval Air Systems Command, to oversee restructuring of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program.

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NGAUS Applauds Senate Guard Caucus For Opposing Air Force Plane Redeployment

Air Force Wants To Place Guard Aircraft With Active Duty Units

Nearly 45,000 National Guard officers on Wednesday applauded the effort of the Senate National Guard Caucus to turn back an Air Force plan to replace aging active-component cargo planes with aircraft from the Air Guard.

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Air Force Makes First All-Engine Flight Using Alternative Jet Fuel Blend

Biomass And Conventional Fuel Combined To Power An A-10 Warthog

An Air Force test pilot flew an A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Thursday morning on a blend of biomass-derived and conventional JP-8 jet fuel. This was be the first flight of an aircraft powered solely on a biomass-derived jet fuel blend.

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Pentagon Considers Plans To Purchase New Presidential Planes

Air Force One Fleet Is Ageing, Needs Upgrade, Gates Says

The Fleet of two 747-200B's that carry the designation Air Force One when the President is on board is aging and should be updated, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The comments came during Gate's testimony at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Pentagon budget.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.26.10)

"...(I)t is not reasonable for the taxpayer to bear the full burden." Source: Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.10): Feathered Propeller

A propeller whose blades have been rotated so that the leading and trailing edges are nearly parallel with the aircraft flight path to stop or minimize drag and engine rotation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.10)

VC-25 ... AKA Air Force One

With the Air Force considering the eventual replacement of the B747-200's that currently carry the designation VC-25 ... or Air Force One when the President is on board, we found it interesting to learn more about one of the world's most recognizable airplanes.

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