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March 19, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.19.10

NTSB rules on the Northwest 188 Minneapolis overshoot.
The on-demand industry says, leave safety to the experts.
And Florida FBOs dodge a bullet.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.19.10

NTSB rules on the Northwest 188 Minneapolis overshoot.
The on-demand industry says, leave safety to the experts.
And Florida FBOs dodge a bullet.


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ANN Special Feature: FDM for Small Aircraft - 03.19.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Skip Lau of GA-FDM, who explains how airline-style flight data monitoring is now available for small general aviation aircraft.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.19.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.19.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FDM for Small Aircraft - 03.19.10 (ANN Special Report, with Skip Lau of GA-FDM)

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'General Aviation Serves America' Campaign Grows By Going Local

San Bernardino Co., CA, Kicks Off Community-Level Effort

"General Aviation Serves America," A nationwide campaign sponsored by AOPA  to improve understanding about general aviation (GA), is getting bigger by going smaller.

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FAA Will Question Pilot Suspected Of Buzzing Galveston Beach

Airplane Made Multiple Low Passes Over Jeep Club Beach Gathering

The FAA says it plans to interview the pilot of a plane who reportedly flew within 10 feet of the ground over Crystal Beach near Galveston Saturday.

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Pilots Turned Away From Airport Development Meeting In CA

Dozens Turned Out, Room Was At Capacity, Developer Says

Dozens of people, many of them pilots, were not allowed to attend a public meeting Wednesday in which a developer was discussing plans to close a local airport and re-purposing the land.

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Senate Debate Continues On FAA Reauthorization Bill

U.S. House Passes Another Three-Month Extension At Current Funding Levels

The United States Senate continues debate on the FAA Reauthorization bill, working its way through a pile of amendments before calling for a final vote.

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Flight Testing Begins For 'Soon-To-Be-Certified' Seawind

Full Flight Test Program To Be Conducted In Ottawa

After completing all the ground testing, the soon-to-be-certified Seawind 300C received its flight permit and took its initial flight over Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada. The Canadian National Research Council (NRC) will perform the flight test piloting under the direction of DAR Chief Test Pilot Robert Erdos. 

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U.S., Zambia Reach Open Skies Agreement

DOT Secretary LaHood Announces First Aviation Agreement Between The Countries

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Wednesday that the United States and Zambia have signed an Open-Skies aviation agreement, liberalizing U.S.-Zambia air services for the carriers of both countries. 

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Third 747-8 Freighter Joins Flight Test

Flight Testing Proceeding With Deliveries To Begin Late In The Year

The third Boeing 747-8 Freighter, RC 521, successfully completed its first flight Wednesday. It is the final test airplane scheduled to participate in the flight-test program for the 747-8 Freighter.

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CAP Again Ready To Fight Flooding In North Dakota, Minnesota

Filling Sandbags, Ready To Fly

Seventy-five members of the Minnesota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol are on the ground in the Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN, area filling sandbags and building dikes in areas threatened by the rising Red River.

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King Schools Names Bill Ziska VP Sales

14 Years Of Service Rewarded With Promotion

King Schools, Inc. announced the promotion of Bill Ziska to Vice President of Sales on Wednesday. King Schools is known for its self-study, interactive computer and online courseware.

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Hawker Beechcraft Delivers First Hawker 4000 In India

Company Sees Continued Success, Future Growth Opportunities

With the recent arrival of the first Hawker 4000 in India, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) says it continues to see growth and demand in the Asia market. India's first Hawker 4000 is based at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

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Commercial Airlines May Rely Heavily On Biofuels by 2020

Concerns Raised the Feedstocks Will Compete With Land Used For Farming Food

Airlines will likely fly using fuel made from plant sources rather than petroleum-based jet fuel within the next 10 years. The forecast was made during the World Biofuels Markets conference held this week in Amsterdam.

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Aero-TV: Sport Aviation Perspectives – What Obstacles Exist in the LSA Market?

2010 Sport Aviation Expo Attendees Reflect on the LSA Market
 
On January 21st through January 24th, 2010, sport aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Sebring Regional Airport for the annual Sport Aviation Expo.  Held in Sebring, Florida, the Expo is the place to see, buy, and sell aircraft operating under the LSA rule such as fixed-wings, trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes.  In addition, LSA industry leaders display the latest in sport aviation technology including new aircraft and electronics.  The Expo also provides educational forums, such as training programs and insurance seminars, specifically geared towards aviation’s Sport Pilot.
 

Aero-TV: Sport Aviation Perspectives – What Obstacles Exist in the LSA Market?

2010 Sport Aviation Expo Attendees Reflect on the LSA Market

On January 21st through January 24th, 2010, sport aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Sebring Regional Airport for the annual Sport Aviation Expo. Held in Sebring, Florida, the Expo is the place to see, buy, and sell aircraft operating under the LSA rule such as fixed-wings, trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes.

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NTSB Says Northwest Pilots' Distraction Led To Overflight Of Minneapolis

Notes ATC Shortcomings, Issues Recommendations On ATC Procedures

The NTSB has determined that Northwest Airlines flight 188 overflew its destination airport of Minneapolis by more than 100 miles and failed to maintain radio communications because the pilots became distracted by a conversation unrelated to the operation of the aircraft.

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Klyde Morris (03.19.10)

Klyde Bemoans The State Of Modern Flight Schools

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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FAA's Gilligan, ACSF's Coyne Testify Before House Aviation Subcommittee

Gilligan: On-Demand Charter Safety Record Is Good

FAA Associate Administrator for Safety Peggy Gilligan and Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) President James K. Coyne testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation Wednesday.

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STOVL F-35B Completes First Vertical Landing

Airplane Balanced On 41,000 Pounds Of Thrust

A supersonic Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter rode more than 41,000 pounds of thrust to a vertical landing for the first time Thursday, confirming its required ability to land in confined areas both ashore and afloat.

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GAMA Supports Public-Private Partnership To Speed NextGen Upgrades

Praised Administration For Funding Alternative Fuel Research

GAMA testified Thursday in support of the Administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request for the FAA before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

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Fuel Price Amendment In The Florida Senate Withdrawn

Companion Bill Without Amendment Passes Florida House Transportation Committee

The Baker amendment to a bill in the Florida Senate (SB 1500) was withdrawn during a Transportation Committee meeting Wednesday. The amendment would have put fuel pricing at some Florida FBOs in the hands of the state government.

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FAA Proposes $300,000 Civil Penalty Against American Airlines

Second Large Penalty Proposed In Six Days Against The Airline

The FAA announced Thursday that it is proposing a $300,000 civil penalty on American Airlines for a maintenance violation. It is the second such civil penalty proposed in the past six days.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.19.10)

"(S)imply grouping on-demand operations together in order to assess risk does not take into account the true nature of on-demand operations and does not allow for an effective safety response to the risks of each type of on-demand operation." Source: FAA Associate Administrator for Safety Peggy Gilligan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.19.10): VFR Not Recommended

VFR Not Recommended

An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recommended.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.19.10)

Unusual Uses For An RC Helo

Well, at least one. Today's Aero-Linx documents how one enterprising scientist used a remote control helicopter as a way to help study diseases in whales.

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