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March 11, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.11.10

The NTSB explains why steam gauges are safer - for now.
The FAA says the US economy needs NextGen ATC.
And anyone involved in business aviation must become an ambassador.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.11.10

The NTSB explains why steam gauges are safer - for now.
The FAA says the US economy needs NextGen ATC.
And anyone involved in business aviation must become an ambassador.


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ANN Special Feature: Carter's Unique Aviation Technologies - 03.11.10

In audio excerpts from a recent webinar for rotorcraft experimenters, Jay Carter, Jr. of Carter Aviation Technologies talks about machines ranging from his early autogyros and steam-powered car, to

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.11.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.11.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.11.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Carter's Unique Aviation Technologies - 03.11.10 (ANN Special Report, with Jay Carter, Jr. of Carter Aviation Technologies)

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2nd Ariane 5 To Be Launched This Year Enters Assembly Process

Ariane Plans A Total Of Seven Mission In 2010

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's second dual-payload flight of 2010 has begun its assembly as the Spaceport in French Guiana is once again the center of activity for two parallel missions.

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FAA Looks At D.C. Airspace Violation

Cessna 172 Pilot Came Within 30 Miles Of Nation's Capital

The FAA is investigating the flight of a Cessna 172 which had departed from New York, and which crossed the prohibited airspace boundary over Washington, D.C. "several times" Tuesday around 1800.

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First Destination For The Dreamliner? Victorville, CA

Boeing 787 Begins First Flight-Test Operations Outside Of Washington State

The second 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, landed at 1053 PST Tuesday in Victorville, CA, marking the beginning of the first flight-test operations outside of Washington state for the program.

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European Commission Says KC-X Bid Situation Is 'Regrettable'

Statement Issued On US Refueling Tanker Program Announcement

The European Commission said in a statement Tuesday that the decision by Northrop Grumman / EADS not to submit a bid to the US Department of Defense for the US Air Force's aerial refueling tanker contract is unfortunate.

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Association Of Flight Attendants Calls For Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Group Says The Policy Is "Discriminatory"

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President Patricia Friend issued a statement last week supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act that was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Aspen, Keystone Receive STC For Two Bell Helicopters

EFD1000H Available For Installation In Bell 206, 407 Aircraft

Aspen Avionics announced the approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the Aspen EFD1000H into the Bell 206 and Bell 407 model helicopters on Tuesday. This STC was developed in partnership with Keystone Helicopters.

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U.S., Israel Announce Joint Aviation Security Agreement

Allows Real-Time Exchange Of Security Information

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Transport and Road Safety Minister Israel Katz met last week to formulate a new agreement to enhance information sharing about civil aviation security incidents.

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Scottsdale, AZ Airport Gets Approval For Heavier Jets

FAA OK's Higher Weight Limits

Four months after getting approval from the Scottsdale City Council, the FAA agreed on February 4th to allow some of the largest business jets to take on enough fuel at Scottsdale to fly nonstop to Europe or Asia ... but so far none has.

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Mid-Continent Instruments - West Improves Global Business

Can Now Reach International Customers More Quickly With On-Site Airworthiness Approvals

Mid-Continent Instruments - West's Chief Inspector Bryan Miner has been named the latest member of the company's Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA).  The move gives the company the capability to reach international customers on a shorter turnaround.

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Man Pleads Guilty In 'Kiss And Fly' Security Breach

Entered An Airport Secure Area To Kiss His Girlfriend Goodbye

A New Jersey man who ducked under a security rope at Newark Liberty Airport to give his girlfriend a goodbye kiss has pleaded guilty to defiant trespass. 28-year-old Haisong Jiang will be fined $500, plus $158 in court costs, and will be required to perform 100 hours of community service.

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Chris Baker Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled

Baker Died In 2008 Plane Crash Which Critically Injured DJ AM, Travis Barker

Sebastian Baker, the 3-year-old son of Chris Baker, who died in a highly-publicized plane crash which critically injured radio personality DJ AM, will receive over $17 million over his lifetime as the result of a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Aero-TV: The R66 Turbine – Robinson’s New Five-Seat Helicopter

Frank Robinson Discusses the Company’s Latest Heli Evolution
 
At the 2010 Heli-Expo, Frank Robinson updated an enthusiastic crowd on the much-anticipated R66 turbine helicopter.  Expo attendees had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the five-place helicopter on display.  Though few specifics were released due to ongoing research and development, Robinson confirmed several significant details including base price and performance specifications; customers can purchase the standard-equipped R66 at $770,000. 
 

Gone West: Second AOPA President John Baker

Remembered By AOPA President And CEO Craig L. Fuller, Immediate Past President Phil Boyer

ANN is saddened by the news of the death of John L. Baker, who served as the president of AOPA from 1977 through 1990. He was only the second person to serve in that capacity.

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Aero-TV: The R66 Turbine - Robinson's New Five-Seat Helicopter

Frank Robinson Discusses the Company's Latest Heli Evolution

At the 2010 Heli-Expo, Frank Robinson updated an enthusiastic crowd on the much-anticipated R66 turbine helicopter. Expo attendees had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the five-place helicopter on display. 

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Corker Lifts Hold On FAA Reauthorization Bill

Full Senate Debate Can Begin, Members Can Offer Amendments

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has lifted his hold on the FAA reauthorization bill, which has been bottled up in the Senate because of language in the House version of the bill that Corker and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) say would be harmful to Memphis-Based FedEx.

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SpaceX Aborts Falcon 9 Countdown Prior To Static Fire

Clock Counted To T-2 Before Aborting For Spin Start Problem

SpaceX attempted its first Static Fire for the Falcon 9 launch vehicle Tuesday. The launch sequence was counted down to T-2 seconds, but aborted on spin start.

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JFK Construction Prompts Requests For Tarmac Delay Waivers

Jet Blue, Delta Ask For A Reprieve From The Three Hour Limit

With the main runway at JFK International Airport (KJFK) in New York closed for repairs, a couple of airlines are asking that DOT grant waivers at JFK on the three-hour tarmac delay limit set to go into effect April 29.

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Women Pilots Celebrate A Century In The Sky

Set Aside A Day To Introduce Girls To Aviation

On March 8th, 1910, French balloonist Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman ever issued a pilots license, making this past Monday the 100th anniversary of women as pilots. In celebration of that milestone, women pilots across the country set aside some time to take women and girls flying.

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Airlines Likely To Cancel Flights To Avoid Fines

Analysts Say Three-Hour Delay Rule Could Cost Airlines Millions Per Plane

Airlines are saying they will cancel flights rather than face potentially millions of dollars in fines once a rule goes into effect that could make ground delays longer than three hours very costly.

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No-Fly List Nearly Doubles After December 25th Bombing Attempt

List Now Numbers Near 6,000 People

The No-Fly list ... one of the federal government's best-known counterterrorism tools, has nearly doubled in size since Farouk Abdulmuttalab allegedly attempted to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day last year.

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Embry-Riddle Hosts 2010 National Training Aircraft Symposium

Focus Is On Preparing Future Pilots For The Right Seat

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will convene the 2010 National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS 2010) March 14-17 at its Daytona Beach campus. The theme of the event is "Preparing Future Pilots for the Right Seat."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.11.10)

HAI Online Aviation Wire Strike Safety Awareness Video

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has released a new, online aviation wire strike safety awareness video. "Surviving the Wires Environment" is posted as a streaming video on the HAI Web site. It can be viewed for free by HAI members and nonmembers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.11.10)

"(T)raining is clearly one of the key components to reducing the accident rate of light planes equipped with glass cockpits, and this study clearly demonstrates the life and death importance of appropriate training on these complex systems." Source: NTSB Chair Debora Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.11.10): Fairing

A fairing is a structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline and reduce drag.  

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