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February 19, 2012

Pilot Of C182 Detained After Violating LA TFR

Authorities Discover Pot On Board When Inspecting The Aircraft After Intercept

Failure to check NOTAMS has landed the pilot of a Cessna 182 in hot water. He was detained at Long Beach International Airport after busting a TFR in southern California on Thursday and reportedly flying too close to the President's helicopter. And the TFR violation turned out to be only the beginning of his troubles.

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Metro Aviation To Use AS350 Simulator

Full-Motion Sim Is Only One For The Type In World

Dallas, Texas – Metro Aviation has signed an agreement with American Eurocopter to use the AS350 Flight Simulator as part of the operator’s pilot training program. American Eurocopter says it owns the only AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator in the world.

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Looking Back At America's First Orbital Spaceflight: Friendship 7 (Part 1)

A Booster The Blows Up As Often As It Goes Up

Part 1 of 2 By Wes Oleszewski On the 12th day of April 1961, deep behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union and under absolute secrecy, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into orbit. After circling the earth one time his Vostok spacecraft reentered the Earth's atmosphere. Somewhere around 23,000 feet Gagarin blew the hatch, ejected from the spacecraft and parachuted to the earth. He thus became the first human to orbit the earth.

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Bombardier Confirms Ethiopian Airlines Q400 Customer

Deal Had Been Announced Just A Few Days Ago As An Anonymous Buyer

Bombardier Aerospace confirmed Wednesday that Ethiopian Airlines is the customer that placed the firm order for five Q400 NextGen airliners announced on February 13, 2012. Two of the five aircraft will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines and three by its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo.

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Sikorsky Aircraft Signs MOU With ASESA Of Mexico

Two Companies Will Explore Service Opportunities For Black Hawk Helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft and Mexican helicopter service provider ASESA (Aeroservicios Especializados, S.A. de C.V.) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly explore assembly and service opportunities in support of Black Hawk helicopters.

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Airborne Laser Test Bed Retires To Arizona

Modified 747 Has Completed Its Mission

The Air Force said Tuesday that the Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) has completed the key MDA Knowledge Points, and has transitioned into long-term storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, AZ. The ALTB demonstrated the viability of a directed energy weapon for missile defense by tracking and destroying a boosting, representative foreign ballistic missile in flight.

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Vector Aerospace Now Offers AS350 B3/B4 Components MRO Support

New Services 'Complimentary' To Existing Portfolio

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation, announced Sunday it will begin offering components repair and overhaul support for Eurocopter AS350 B3 and B4 dynamic components.

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Crying Baby Prompts Man To Activate Airliner Emergency Slide

Said He Wanted To Give A Woman And Her Child A Faster Exit From The Plane

We've all heard of the movie "Throw Mama From The Train" ... and at least the man involved in this incident was kind enough to take the action while the aircraft was still on the ground. It seems that a man seated next to a woman and her crying baby on a Vietnamese airline flight politely opened one of the plane's emergency exits and activated the evacuation slide ... he said so that the pair could get off the plane faster.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.12): Partial Obscuration

Partial Obscuration Denotes that 1/8th or more of the sky, but not all of the sky, is hidden by any surface-based phenomena in the atmosphere, excluding precipitation. It often reduces horizontal visibility but not the vertical. It is reported as "X" in an observation and on the METAR.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.12)

Aero Linx: Jet Engines (US Centennial Of Flight Comm.) Before World War II, in 1939, jet engines existed only as laboratory items for test. But at the end of the war, in 1945, it was clear that the future of aviation lay with jets. The new engines gave great power and thrust, but were compact in size. They also were simple in their overall layout. A jet engine, down to the present day, pulls in air by using a compressor. It looks like a short length of an ear of corn, but instead of corn kernels, the compressor is studded with numerous small blades. The compressor rotates rapidly, compressing the air...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.19.12)

“We are strong advocates of simulator training for EMS pilots. In fact, we have been using simulator training for all our pilots for the last three years. The availability of the AS350 simulator will allow us to put our AStar pilots into the actual model they fly and practice emergency procedures that you couldn’t perform in a real airframe.” Source: Mike Stanberry, President of Metro Aviation, following the signing of an agreement with American Eurocopter to use the AS350 Flight Simulator as part of the operator’s pilot training program. 

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