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March 21, 2012

Commercial Aviation's Upward Climb Lifts ISTAT Mission, Annual Meeting

Conference Points To Soaring Aircraft Production Levels As Reason For Optimism

With 2012 global commercial-aircraft deliveries forecast to approach a record nearly $100 billion, the business of buying, selling and financing airplanes continues on an upward climb, powered by a healthy appetite for investment opportunities in what has been a very high-performing asset class. That enviable environment underpins ISTAT Americas 2012, the annual meeting of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) that opened Monday in Scottsdale, AZ.

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NTSB Prelim Released In February Air Taxi Accident

Board Indicates Pilot Reported Shifting Winds During The Night VFR Departure

The pilot of A Beech S35 Bonanza operating as an air taxi service bent his airplane, but he and his passengers were able to walk away from a departure accident which occurred February 25th in Fallon, NV.

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NASA Calls For Student-Designed Deep Space Habitat Proposals

X-Hab Challenge Carries Awards Of Up To $49,000

NASA is offering college and university students a chance to help design a deep space habitat. The Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge is accepting applications for the 2013 challenge, inviting students to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems for use on NASA's deep space habitat prototype.

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Viral Video Of Toddler Pat-Down May Not Be What It Seems

Young Boy In A Wheel Chair Shown Receiving Additional Screening

A video is making its way around the Internet showing a very young boy in a wheelchair due to a broken leg receiving additional screening as he gets ready to board a flight in Chicago to Walt Disney World with his family.

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Bombardier Sells Two CRJ900 NextGen Airliners To RwandAir

Carrier Will Be The First CRJ900 Operator In Eastern Africa

RwandAir has signed a firm order for two CRJ900 NextGen regional jets from Bombardier. RwandAir will become the first operator of CRJ900 aircraft in Eastern Africa. Based on the list price of the CRJ900 NextGen airliner, the firm-order contract is valued at approximately $89 million. The value of the contract would increase to $185 million should both options be exercised.

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USAF Exchange Program Enriches Safety Of Aviation Community

German, Canadian Officers Participate In Accident Investigation Training

Two international officers assigned to the Air Force Safety Center's Aviation Safety Division have bolstered their countries' aviation safety program by working side-by-side with their U.S. Air Force partners.

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Dassault Falcon Announces 2012 Regional M&O Seminar Series

Sessions Held In U.S., Six Other Countries

Dassault Falcon will again hold a series of Regional M&O Seminars in 2012. The series will include 11 seminars in seven countries around the globe from March to August. Regional seminars provide Falcon operators a special opportunity to communicate directly with Dassault's specialists and engineering teams on a variety of topics.

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Eurocopter Confirms Strong Commitment To Latin America At FIDAE

Company Claims More Than 1,200 Helicopters Operating In The Region

Eurocopter ways its participation at the FIDAE International Air and Space Show in Santiago de Chile will underscore its strong presence in Latin America with a competitive range of products perfectly adapted to the growing needs of customers in the region. Eurocopter has more than 1,200 helicopters in operation in the region, accounting for over 50 percent of the civil and parapublic market.

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Japan Self Defense Force Makes PND, AHRS Display Selection

New Fleet Of Enstrom Helicopters Will Be Equipped With Sandel’s Primary Navigation Displays And AHRS With Reversionary Attitude Display Mode

Sandel Avionics has announced it has been chosen by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) to provide its 3-ATI SN3500 Primary Navigation Display and SG102 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) with unique Reversionary Attitude Display mode for a fleet of 30 new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters purchased by the JGSDF.

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Gama Aviation Achieves FAA Part 129 Certification

May Now Operate Commercial Flights Between EU, U.S.

Business aviation and services company GAMA Aviation has been approved by the US DOT to operate unrestricted commercial flights between the European Union and the US following its award of full FAA Part 129 accreditation. The authorization goes into effect immediately.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-05-01

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (ECF) Model SA-365C, SA-365C1, SA-365C2, SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, and SA-366G1 helicopters.

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AD: Mooney Aviation Company

AD NUMBER: 2012-05-09

PRODUCT: All Mooney Aviation Company (Mooney) Models M20B, M20C, M20D, M20E, M20F, M20G, M20J, M20K, M20L, M20M, M20R, M20S, and M20TN airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.12

The 3rd class medical - could it be a thing of the past for recreational PILOTS??

The FAA May Relax Its Rules on Electronic Devices

And Can you Imagine Luxury in Space?


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Aero-TV: Sennheiser S1 Headset -- Where Comfort Meets Intelligent ANR

Sennheiser, A Company With A STRONG Background In Audio, Intro's a New Aero-Headset
There's a new headset in town and we had a chance to try it out for ourselves. Sennheiser, a company with an extensive background in all things audio is the manufacturer and a primary reason for ANY pilot to pay attention to a new offering from this company.

Aero-TV: Sennheiser S1 Headset -- Where Comfort Meets Intelligent ANR

Sennheiser, A Company With A STRONG Background In Audio, Intro's a New Aero-Headset

There's a new headset in town and we had a chance to try it out for ourselves. Sennheiser, a company with an extensive background in all things audio is the manufacturer and a primary reason for ANY pilot to pay attention to a new offering from this company. The new Sennheiser S1 DIGITAL aviation headset is their newest offering, incorporating 'the latest' in digital technology. The unit features 'NoiseGard' digital noise compensation with strong passive noise attenuation, According to Sennheiser, this headset is the only one in the flying game to provide optimum

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EAA, AOPA File Third Class Medical Exemption Request With FAA

No Accidents In Sport Pilot Category Attributed To Medical Deficiency

The EAA and the AOPA on Tuesday jointly filed a request for an exemption with the Federal Aviation Administration that, if granted, stands to increase the level of safety and significantly reduce a substantial economic and regulatory burden for pilots who fly recreationally.

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SpaceX Says Work Progressing Towards Human Rating For Dragon Spacecraft

Recently Completed First NASA Crew Trial

SpaceX continues to prepare for its upcoming COTS 2/3 test flight in which it will attempt to send the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. At the same time, the company says it is making rapid progress in its efforts to prepare the Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts.

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Group To Mount New Search For Amelia Earhart's Lockheed

Team Will Dive Deep In The Ocean Off Nikumaroro Atoll

A new effort to locate the Lockheed Vega flown by Amelia Earhart will concentrate on the remote Pacific ocean atoll of Nikumaroro, which lies about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. A recently discovered photograph said to be taken near the atoll shortly after Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared on their around-the-world attempt shows what may be a piece of the airplane's landing gear, which has prompted the renewed search.

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Space Research Institute Honors Senator Hutchison With Pioneer Award

Presentation Occurs At Official Opening Of New Space Biomedical Research Facility

In recognition of her ongoing support of the nation's human spaceflight program, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is the 2012 recipient of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) Pioneer Award. The senior senator from Texas was honored Monday during the official opening of a new 16,400-square-foot Consolidated Research Facility that NSBRI shares with Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Space Medicine (CSM).

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A4A Urges 'Holistic' Approach To Tax, Regulatory Challenges

Calls For Federal Reforms To Enable Global Competition

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today called on the U.S. government to reform federal taxes and regulations to enable U.S. airlines to compete globally on a level playing field and help grow the country's economy.

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Gulfstream G150 Fleet Surpasses 100,000 Flight Hours

100th Aircraft Inducted Into Completion Phase

Gulfstream's G150 experienced two significant milestones recently: the fleet surpassed 100,000 flight hours and the 100th G150 rolled off the initial-phase production line, nearly six and a half years after the aircraft’s original entry-into-service.

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FAA May Relax Electronic Device Rules

Planning To Study Use Of Some Devices During Takeoffs And Landings

If tests planned by the FAA prove that some devices may not interfere with aircraft avionics during takeoff and landing, Alec Baldwin may someday be able to complete his game of "Words With Friends" without being escorted off an airplane. But more likely not.

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Ashton Kutcher Is 500th Virgin Galactic Passenger

Celebrity Gets A Personal Call From Sir Richard Branson

Never one to miss an opportunity for some publicity, actor Ashton Kutcher has become the 500th person to sign a contract for a ride to space with Virgin Galactic ... and it netted him a personal call from Sir Richard Branson.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.21.12)

I’m thrilled to invite to this room today scientists and engineers, our aviators and our salvagers and everyone who still knows how important it is to dream and to seek, because even if you do not find what you seek, there is great honor and possibility in the search itself." Source: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.12): Elevator Illusion

The sensation of being in a climb or descent, caused by the kind of abrupt vertical accelerations that result from up- or downdrafts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.12)

Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and operation of classic military aircraft and aviation artifacts.  

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