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January 01, 2010

ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Aero-Hero #6--Avidyne R9 Design Team

Aero-Heroes #6 -- Dan Schwinn and the Innovative Avidyne R9 Design Team SO... enter Avidyne (Rev. 2)... a little bruised from having pioneered a whole new segment of GA avionics and then lost market share to the 600 pound Olathe gorilla (Garmin) and their immense resources -- as well as mis-steps they made in service and support that cast a pallor over the company for several years. Avidyne's Dan Schwinn realized that his company needed a second chance... and needed to make sure that THIS TIME, they were able to not only raise the bar, but to kick it totally over the heads of the rest of the competition.

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Heartbreaker #6--eAPIS and CBP Nonsense

Aero-Heartbreaker #6: eAPIS and CBP Nonsense   One of the beauties of General and Business Aviation is not just our ability to fly in pursuit of personal enrichment or commercial interests, but the fact that we can benefit our businesses and our nation through interfacing with interests and businesses across the border. This nation receiecves powerful benefits from those companies that utilize aviation to pump up our side of the balance of trade by reaching across borders to find business opportunities, sell our services, build partnerships, and conduct American business outside of our borders.

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Aero-Hero #7--Aspen Avionics Design Team

Aero-Heroes #7 -- John Uczekaj and Aspen Design Team To those of you who use your airplanes for real-live transportation, especially when the weather heads for the deck, the quality of one's instrumentation has never been more critical. And along with the criticality of said panels, and the search for solutions that fit a pilot's needs, comes the ever-delicate balancing act between getting the capabilities you need for a price you can afford.

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The Best Of Gadget Patrol 2009: BendixKing/Honeywell AV8OR ACE

BendixKing/Honeywell AV8OR ACE To many, the portable GPS market seemed to have been "owned" by a single major company... until Honeywell's BendixKing group decided to take on the market with a design that not only keeps up, competitively, but adds some new tricks to the works.

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Heartbreaker #7--Airspace Restrictions

Aero-Heartbreaker #7: Airspace Restrictions As previously mentioned, we spent a lot of time in American airspace in 2009. One of the things that became quite noticeable to us this year -- even more so than in years past -- was the fact that our airspace is becoming more and more limited by the day. It is becoming overtly difficult to not only keep track of TFRs, but the constant grab for special use airspace, and the fact that virtually the entire nation now features virtually no uncontrolled airspace of any import, makes today's aviators tasks a difficult proposition indeed.

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Aero-News Alert: Major Pilot Union Labels TSA Security Initiatives 'Ridiculous'

The Christmas Bombing Attempt Of A NWA A330 Has The TSA In A Tizzy -- and NOT IN A Good Way

ANN is researching data and documents being sent to us by "proud members" of a 'major airline' pilot's union that has examined current heightened procedures dictated by the TSA.  

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2009 In Review: The Year In General Aviation

General Aviation is the foundation of our industry. So many of the pilots that come to ANN every day fly general aviation airplanes. This year, there were significant developments in regulations, intrigue coming from pilot's associations, and new technology.

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Classic Aero-TV: Allen Silver, Parachute Misconceptions

FAA Master Rigger Allen Silver Shares His Best Parachute Safety Tips

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere parachute experts, Allen Silver has been an FAA Master Rigger since 1974.  Designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA in 1991, he now serves as chairman of the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Rigging Committee. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Aero-TV: Advocacy on Water - The Seaplane Pilots Association

Mark Twombly Introduces the Leading Seaplane Advocacy Organization

Nothing in aviation emulates a sense of freedom and relaxing retreat more than the seaplane culture; the ability to take a weekend excursion to a far-off fishing lake or quiet lagoon inspires many to join the adventurous lifestyle of the seaplane community. 

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TSA Threatens Bloggers For Publishing Security Directive... Then Backs Off

Intimidation And Subpoenas Used To Demand Sources

Chris Elliott and Steven Frischling were visited by TSA Special Agents armed with DHS subpoenas after separately posting the TSA Security Directive 1544-09-06 sent out on December 25 after the Christmas Day bombing attempt.

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Klyde Morris (01.01.10)

You Just KNEW That Klyde Wouldn't/Couldn't Pass This Up...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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CAPA: Threat Intelligence, Aircrew Training Should Be Mandatory

Call Renewed After Incident On Northwest Airlines Flight #253

In the aftermath of a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil, CAPA is calling on TSA to close glaring loopholes in the aviation security system more than eight years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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Commercial Flights At Paine Field?

FAA Schedules Third Hearing On Environmental Assessment

The FAA has scheduled a third public hearing on a draft environmental assessment that could lead to commercial airline service at Paine Field, Boeing's home airport.

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Report: JAL May Become Domestic Carrier

International Routes Would Be Taken Over By ANA

The Japanese government is considering a massive restructuring of Japan Air Lines (JAL) that would strip the carrier of its international operations in hopes that it could survive as a domestic carrier. The international routes would be absorbed by rival All Nippon Airways (ANA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.10): Under The Hood

Under The Hood Indicates that the pilot is using a hood to restrict visibility outside the cockpit while simulating instrument flight. An appropriately rated pilot is required in the other control seat while this operation is being conducted.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.11): Radio Altimeter

Aircraft equipment which makes use of the reflection of radio waves from the ground to determine the height of the aircraft above the surface.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.01.10)

Aero-Linx: Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center Welcome to the Air Traffic Control System Command Center's real-time airport status page. This page lists all major U.S. airports that are either experiencing delays or are affected by a traffic management initiative. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.01.10)

"It should now be obvious to all that the security procedures forced upon us by the TSA and Homeland Security have in fact turned out to be the facade that we all knew them to be. The latest TSA knee-jerk response is more of the same; however the company and the flight crews have no choice but to comply. Therefore we are asking all crews, both international and domestic, to be at a heightened state of security awareness." Source: A portion of a Security Committee message transmitted to the members of a major airline's pilots union on December 31st, 2009. 

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