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May 23, 2011

Blue Angels Cancel Demonstration Shows

Safety Stand Down Imposed By Team's Commanding Officer

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, have cancelled the practice demonstration and air show scheduled for May 24 and 25 at the United States Naval Academy (USNA).

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German Magazine Reports AF447 Captain Was Not In Cockpit As Trouble Began

Ice Formation On Speed Sensors May Have Led To Deep Stall

Unofficial, and we stress unofficial, reports about the analysis of the cockpit voice recorder recovered from Air France Flight 447 indicate that the captain of the Airbus A330 was not in the cockpit as the events leading to the accident began to occur.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.23.11

The US Congress chides Europe for limiting data-sharing.
NTSB investigates a near miss at O'Hare.
And a US lawmaker removes an obstruction to FAA funding.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.23.11

The US Congress chides Europe for limiting data-sharing.
NTSB investigates a near miss at O'Hare.
And a US lawmaker removes an obstruction to FAA funding.


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ANN Special Feature: Taking a Stand Against AOPA - 05.23.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves explains his decision last week to publicly renounce his membership in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Eurocontrol Expects Minimal Immediate Impact From Volcanic Eruption

But Conditions Could Worsen Over Next Two Days

As of 1000 CET Monday, Eurocontrol says it expects no significant impact on flights Monday as a result of the eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.

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21st Annual MMOPA Fly-In Convention Scheduled

Set For September 14 thru 18 at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia

 The Malibu Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) has announced that its 21st annual Fly-In Convention will be held September 14th thru 18th at The Homestead, an historic resort dating back to 1766, in Hot Springs, Virginia (KHSP). The convention is open to all – MMOPA members and non-members alike.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 05.23.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.23.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.23.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Taking a Stand Against AOPA - 05.23.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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New CSeries Aircraft Wing Factory Taking Shape In Belfast

Installation Of Assembly Jigs Latest Milestone To Be Reached

Bombardier has begun installing semi-automated jigs at its new wing facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to support assembly of the advanced composite wings for the all-new CSeries aircraft.

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Lufthansa Cargo Finalizes Order With Boeing For Five 777 Freighters

Total List Price Of The Order Approximately $1.35 Billion

Lufthansa Cargo has finalized an order with Boeing for five Boeing 777 Freighters. The order is valued at $1.35 billion, based on Boeing list prices.

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Burbank Group Orders An AW109 Power Helicopter

Australian Company Also Options A GrandNew Helo

Burbank Group of Australia has placed an order for one AW109 Power light twin helicopter, AgustaWestland announced Wednesday at EBACE.

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New Honeywell Maintenance Program Helps Manage Major Aircraft Expenses

Extended Repair And Replacement Program Provides Additional Global Support Options For Gulfstream And Pilatus Platforms

Honeywell introduced the Mechanical Protection Plan (MPP) Thursday at EBACE. The new extended repair and replacement program is designed to help customers avoid downtime while driving predictable and manageable maintenance costs.

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UTair’s Tyumen Training Center Joins Eurocopter Global Training Network

Russian Pilots And Mechanics Will Be Able To Get Their Training In Russian

Russian helicopter pilots and mechanics working for UTair will soon have the ability to get Eurocopter training in Russian, following the grant of a certificate of conformity for the company's Personnel Training Center (PTC) from Eurocopter.

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AgustaWestland, European Defence Agency, Launch Synthetic Helo Tactics Course

Several Countries Collaborating To Help Train Helicopter Aircrews

AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the European Defence Agency for the provision of an Interim Helicopter Tactics Training Service.

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FAA Meets With Aviation And Other Educators In Oklahoma City

Address Concerns About Knowledge Tests

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) joined FAA staff, other industry representatives, and university experts in Oklahoma City recently to review how the agency creates airman knowledge-test question banks.

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Aero-TV: Jacques Soukup's Quest -- Preserving Ballooning's Extraordinary History

One Man's Love For The World Of Ballooning Enriches The Entire Sport

We're still enjoying the aftermath of an amazing week that the ANN and Aero-TV crews spent, last fall, enjoying the grandeur and precision of a sport that much of aviation knows so little about. And... as amazing as we found the sport of hot-air and gas ballooning to be, we became even more impressed with the folks that populate this truly lofty activity.

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Aero-TV: Jacques Soukup's Quest -- Preserving Ballooning's Extraordinary History

One Man's Love For The World Of Ballooning Enriches The Entire Sport

We're still enjoying the aftermath of an amazing week that the ANN and Aero-TV crews spent, last fall, enjoying the grandeur and precision of a sport that much of aviation knows so little about. And... as amazing as we found the sport of hot-air and gas ballooning to be, we became even more impressed with the folks that populate this truly lofty activity.

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Klyde Morris (05.23.11)

Klyde Sees A Tough Future For Bolden

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airbus Single Aisle Production To Increase To 42 Per Month In Q4 2012

Reflects Strong Order Backlog And Continued Stable Growth

Airbus plans to increase the production rate of its A320 Family of single-aisle aircraft to 42 aircraft per month in the fourth quarter of 2012. Currently Airbus produces 36 A320 Family aircraft each month.

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Embraer Launches Ahead System For The Phenom Jets

Aircraft Health Analysis And Diagnosis System Enhances Operational And Maintenance Management Decisions

Embraer has rolled out the AHEAD (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis) solution to Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive jet customers. The service was developed to assist maintenance and operational decision-making.

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Cessna Expands European Customer Service

New Facilities, More Parts Available To European Operators

Cessna said at EBACE this week that it continues to expand its customer support services in Europe with new facilities, enhanced parts distribution and more service options for Citation owners.

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Bombardier Says Its Regional Aircraft Surpass Fuel Economy Estimates

CRJ And Q400 Both Reported To Be Performing More Efficiently Than Expected

According to its internal research, Bombardier says that both the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet and Q400 turboprop airliner are achieving better than expected fuel burn.

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Qantas Flight To London Forced To Return To Bangkok

Boeing 747 Experienced Engine Problems, Shut One Down

The crew of a Qantas Boeing 747 on a flight from Bangkok to London was forced to return to Thailand after experiencing "an increase in vibration and high temperatures" in one of the airplanes' four engines.

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Performance-Based Navigation Capabilities Added To Rockwell Collins FMS-4200

Certified For CRJ700/CRJ900/CRJ1000 NextGen Aircraft

Rockwell Collins has received certification for its FMS-4200 Flight Management System on Bombardier CRJ700/CRJ900/CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft. The announcement was made Thursday at the 36th Annual Regional Airlines Association (RAA) Convention in Nashville, TN. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.11): Unicom

Unicom A nongovernment communication facility which may provide airport information at certain airports. Locations and frequencies of UNICOMs are shown on aeronautical charts and publications.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.11)

Aero-Linx: Ballooning Hall of Fame: Sidney D. (Sid) Cutter Sidney (Sid) Cutter, Inducted into the US Ballooning Hall of Fame, July 31, 2005, by the Balloon Federation of America at the  National Balloon Museum, Indianola, Iowa. Sid Cutter was born in Albuquerque in 1934 to aviation pioneer William P. “Bill” Cutter and Virginia (Dillon) Cutter, daughter of New Mexico Governor, R. C. Dillon. Mr. Cutter passed away may 21st, 2011... he will be missed.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.23.11)

“It can be easily accessed from anywhere, via the Internet, and through its enhanced monitoring, analysis, and diagnosis capabilities, provides up-to-date decision-making information to reduce aircraft return-to-service time.” Source: Edson Carlos Mallaco, Vice President, Customer Support and Services – Embraer Executive Jets, describing the AHEAD (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis) solution to Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive jet customers. The service was developed to assist maintenance and operational decision-making through the advanced integration of onboard systems, aircraft connectivity, technical publications, and web-based applications.

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