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September 08, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.10

Get that runway project shovel-ready!
ACI-NA has an idea to reduce the federal budget.
And NTSB reports on an SR22 that lost power in flight.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.08.10

Get that runway project shovel-ready!
ACI-NA has an idea to reduce the federal budget.
And NTSB reports on an SR22 that lost power in flight.


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ANN Special Feature: Frank Robinson on Helicopters - 09.08.10

Today, ANN opens a time capsule (from Heli-Expo 2008) to hear Frank Robinson, Founder and President of Robinson Helicopter, discuss his philosophy on composite rotors, glass panels, and autopilots,

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.08.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.08.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Frank Robinson on Helicopters - 09.08.10 (ANN Special Report, with Frank Robinson)

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West PA Officials Say Laser Incidents On The Rise

Seventeen Occurrences Reported To The FAA Through August

The area around Pittsburgh seems to have become a hotbed for targeting aircraft with lasers, and authorities say the people doing it may not be aware of how dangerous it is to the occupants of the aircraft or people on the ground.

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RAF Museum Hopes To Restore Rare German Bomber

Dornier Do-17 Found In The English Channel 68 Years After It Was Shot Down

A twin-engined Dornier Do-17 - known universally as 'The Flying Pencil' - emerged from an area knows as the Goodwin Sands in the English Channel two years ago, and the RAF Museum has been working with Wessex Archaeology since then to complete a full survey of the wreck site.

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Technology May Mean Less Windfarm Radar Interference

Raytheon, NATS Work To Develop New Hardware, Processing

Several times over the past year, ANN has reported on stories in which proposed windfarms have come into conflict with the nation's air traffic system.

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Certified: Enhanced WAAS System Capability For Bell 429

System Approved For 9 Degree LPV Approaches At 45 knots

The FAA has certified Bell Helicopter's precision Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) enabled glide path capability on the Bell 429.

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Company Goes On After Plane Crash

Fort Walton Machining Owner Lost When T-6 Went Down In The Gulf Of Mexico

Tim McDonald had owned Fort Walton Machining for 13 years, and by many accounts was the company's driving force. He was the chief marketer, personally involved in business development, and invested heavily in the company to be sure its people and equipment were top-notch.

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ISR Version Of The TBM Multi-Mission Aircraft Now EASA Certified

Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Application Receives MCA

The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) version of its multi-mission TBM very fast turboprop aircraft has received a Major Change Approval (MCA) from the EASA.

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Witness: Aircraft Involved In Caledonia, MI Accident 'Wasn't Right'

Two Flight Instructors Escaped Accident Without Injury

A Cessna P210 which went down in a cornfield in Caledonia, MI apparently experienced engine problems, according to the pilots on board and one witness.

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C-17 Conducts Flight Test With Biofuel

All Engines Used Alternative Jet Fuel Blends

A C-17 Globemaster III from Edwards Air Force Base, CA has flown on all engines using jet fuel blended with a combination of traditional petroleum-based fuel, or JP-8, biofuel derived in part from animal fat, and synthetic fuel derived from coal.

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S-70i Black Hawk Helicopter Debuts At MSPO Exhibition

Program Continues On Schedule With Launch Into Global Market

The S-70i Black Hawk helicopter is on public display for the first time. Built at PZL Mielec, Sikorsky's subsidiary in Poland, the aircraft will be on static display at the MSPO exhibition through September 9th.

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UK, France Scotch Carrier Sharing Scheme

"Utterly Unrealistic" Says British Defense Minister

A trial balloon floated last week by the governments of Great Britain and France to merge their aircraft carrier operations has been quickly deflated, according the the British and French Defense Ministers.

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Global Hawk Lands in Guam

Future Missions For The Region's First UAS Will Be Strategic Recon, Humanitarian Support

The first RQ-4B Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft to be stationed in Guam landed at 9th Operations Group Det. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base September 1st after an 18 hour flight from California.

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Aero-TV: Lawrence Bell's 47H -- The Original Businessman's Helicopter

An Attempt To Redefine The Business Rotorcraft

Preserving history is a tough gig... especially bits and pieces of it that comprise a fairly small part of it all. Such is the ultra-dedicated mission of the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the man that created one of the iconic helicopter companies of the century.

Aero-TV: John Snider's Mosquito: An Affordable Single-Seat Helicopter

The Mosquito XE/XEL is powered by a 60HP Compact Radial Engines MZ202, a 2 cylinder, 2 stroke powerplant that has been used for a number of years on various iterations of the Mosquito design. The XE is equippd with skids while the XEL configuration is equipped with floats and reportedly requires 250-300 to build. It may also be bought fully assembled and operated as an 'ultralight' rotorcraft. The 312 pound Mosquito XEL has a gross weight of 610 pounds and a fuel burn of 4.5 gph and a fuel capacity of 5 gallons (due to ultralight regs, though the Experimental version can carry 12 gallons). 'Ultralight' range is 60 miles and HIGE is 8000 feet and HOGE is 6500' with a top speed (Exp) of 80 mph.

Aero-TV: Lawrence Bell's 47H -- The Original Businessman's Helicopter

An Attempt To Redefine The Business Rotorcraft

Preserving history is a tough gig... especially bits and pieces of it that comprise a fairly small part of it all. Such is the ultra-dedicated mission of the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the man that created one of the iconic helicopter companies of the century.

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Aero-TV: John Snider's Mosquito: An affordable Single-Seat Helicopter

Affordable, Experimental Helos Make A Comeback

ANN's Paul Plack had a ball at last month's popular Rotorcraft Association annual convention and Fly-In in Mentone, In. While there was plenty to see and experience, Paul was particularly impressed with the demo flying of John Snider, the owner of Personal Rotorcraft, LLC and a distributor for the Mosquito kit helicopter line. John's stunning Mosquito XE put on quite a show and few folks who saw him fly will be able to forget his aggressive demos of the machine at Oshkosh and Mentone.

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Boeing Realigns Military Aircraft Division

Six Divisions Condensed To Four

The Boeing Company said Tuesday it is making changes in its Military Aircraft business, including consolidating the organization from six divisions to four, to continue to position the company for growth in the current business environment. The realignment of the organization will take effect on October 1.

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Pilots, Residents Protest Long Beach Airport Plan

FAA Wants To Expand Class C Airspace, Change Traffic Patters

It's not often that GA pilots and residents living near airports or in flight corridors find themselves on the same side of an argument, but that's just what seems to be happening with the FAA's plan to nearly triple the size of the Class C airspace around Long Beach Airport.

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Sebring Organizers Seek FAA Assistance With Air Traffic Control

Central Florida Event Draws Thousands Of Pilots, Exhibitors

The Executive Director of Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF) has asked the Highlands County, FL Tourist Development Council for a grant to bring FAA controllers to the airport for 2011 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in January.

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NTSB Revisits 'Child In Lap' Debate

2009 Accident In Montana Fatally Injured 7 Children

The NTSB is once again asking the FAA to require all passengers, even those under 2 years of age, to have their own seats and seat belts.

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FAA And EASA Certify Thales' Boeing 787 Training Suites

Company To Provide Nine Dreamliner Full Flight Sims

The FAA and the EASA have simultaneously approved two Boeing Training 787 Dreamliner Full Flight Simulators, manufactured by Thales, to Interim Level C.

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JetBlue Confirms FA Steven Slater Has Left The Company

Former Flight Attendent Still Faces Criminal Charges

Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who famously (or infamously) quit his job with a profanity-peppered screed at a plane full of passengers followed by a hasty exit down an emergency slide ... beer in hand, has left the company completely, according to the airline.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.08.10)

"President Obama and Congress could immediately have an impact by completing work on the pending FAA reauthorization bill." Source: Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA), President Gregory Principato.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.08.10): NAVAID

VOR, VORTAC, and TACAN aids are classed according to their operational use. The three classes of NAVAIDs are T- Terminal, L- Low altitude, H- High altitude.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.08.10)

RAF Museum

The RAF maintains museums in two locations in the U.K, one of which hopes to be the display home of a Dornier Do-17 bomber which is currently at the bottom of the English Channel.

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