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May 28, 2009

Two Killed in Hawaii Army Helicopter Crash

Operation Characterized as a "Routine Maintenance Test Flight"

The Army Times is reporting that two Army Helicopter pilots died when in a crash at Wheeler Army Airfield. The names of the pilots are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.28.09

Business aviation shows signs of a recovery.
His last takeoff came after "rough air and wind gusts like he had never seen before."
And NBAA is now a top-5 trade show.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.28.09

Business aviation shows signs of a recovery.
His last takeoff came after "rough air and wind gusts like he had never seen before."
And NBAA is now a top-5 trade show.


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ANN Special Feature: Business Aviation Recovering - 05.28.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Brian Foley, President of Brian Foley Associates, about indications that business aviation is now passing the bottom of the recession.

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Emergency Maneuver Training Comes to Idaho this Summer

Idaho Looks Great.... Inverted!

Master Aerobatic Instructor and spin training expert Rich Stowell recently announced plans to base from Cascade Airport (U70) starting this summer. Located 35 miles south of McCall, Idaho, the setting is reminiscent of the practice area east of Santa Paula Airport (SZP) where Stowell has spent most of his time since 1987.

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Zeppelin Plies LA Skies, Returns to San Fran

This UFO Was An Unusual Flying Object

Airship Ventures' "Eureka" airship sailed home to Moffett Field in San Francisco after a successful visit to Southern California. Last Thursday through Monday, "Eureka" brought her unique flightseeing experience to the entertainment capital of the world. Within 48 hours of arriving in Southern California,

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Embry-Riddle Scores Well In NIFA Competition

ERAU Teams Score Second and Fourth

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's two renowned student flight teams placed second and fourth at this year's National Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), hosted May 17-23 by the Parks College of St. Louis University.

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NTSB: Rome, GA Instructor Responsible In Fatal Crash

Instructors Experience Is Questioned

The NTSB has released its report on a March 21, 2008 crash in Rome, GA, that claimed the lives of a student pilot and his instructor.

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Gone West: B-24 Pilot Tom Holmes, Jr.

90-year-old WWII Bomber Pilot Regains His Wings

"I didn't think any of us was ever going to finish the first few months (in Europe)." World War II Bomber Pilot Tom Holmes Jr. a businessman in Jasper, Texas died on Memorial day, a day his family called "appropriate."

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Testing On Track for GE Rolls-Royce F136 Engine

F35 Could Fly With GE/RR Engine In 2 Years

GE Rolls-Royce tells ANN that it has begun Flight Clearance Certification Review, a process that will clear the F136 engine for flight testing in the next several months.

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StandardAero Adds PW127M Engine Model To Service Roster

StandardAero has been granted an extension of its Designated Overhaul Facility license to include the PW127M engine.

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Aero-TV: Innovative Audio Panel -- PS Engineering's PMA8000B

An Evolutionary Upgrade Keeps This Audio Panel Series At The Top Of The Game

While there is no end of news concerning the major companies that populate the GA world, sometimes, its the quiet little companies that really deserve more of the attention. A case in point in PS Engineering... a little company that decided it could specialize in one aspect of avionics and try to be th best in the field... and to many, that's just what they've done.

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NASA's New Mars Rover Named By A 6th Grader

Kansas Girl Wins "Naming Rights" Contest

And no, it's not "Toto", but it will eventually be far, far from Kansas. NASA announced today that twelve-year-old Clara Ma from the Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa submitted the winning entry, "Curiosity."

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Aero-TV: Innovative Audio Panel -- PS Engineering's PMA8000B

An Evolutionary Upgrade Keeps This Audio Panel Series At The Top Of The Game

While there is no end of news concerning the major companies that populate the GA world, sometimes, its the quiet little companies that really deserve more of the attention. A case in point is PS Engineering... a little company that decided it could specialize in one aspect of avionics and try to be the best in the field... and to many, that's just what they've done.

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New ISS Crew Launches on Soyuz

Live Briefing From Space on June 1  

It may get just a bit crowded, even with the recent expansion. The International Space Station crew is awaiting the arrival of three new members that will usher in an era of six-person crews aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.28.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.28.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.28.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Business Aviation Recovering - 05.28.09 (ANN Special Report, with Brian Foley, President of Brian Foley Associates)

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Tunica Airport Improvements Set to Begin

A New Terminal Could Be Coming Soon

More federal stimulus money is being spent on aviation's "shovel ready" projects. Tunica Municipal Airport hopes to begin long-planned improvements with the help of money from the FAA, the Mississippi DOT, and The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. As much as $10 million in improvements are on airport officials' wish list.

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Airport Owner Admits Embezzling FAA Funds

Guilty Plea Could Mean 2 Years in Prison

To those of us who have worked in or around the airshow industry for many years, this story comes as a bit of a shock -- a sad one. One of the favorite figures in an elder airshow age, the man who ran one of GA's best small-town airshows, is in big trouble with the law.

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Virginia Fly-In Set For This Weekend

Pilots From Florida To New York Are Expected

The 12th Annual Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is set for this weekend at Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) and organizers say even the weather seems to be cooperating.

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Aircraft Mechanics May Have Been Improperly Licensed

Poor Regulation Of Examiners Cited

In a development that could have far reaching effects, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV have been reporting that hundreds of mechanics may have received licences without proper testing, and that many continue to work in the commercial and general aviation industry.

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USAF Tests New Constant-Pressure Fuel System

Air Force officials officially began to test a 50-50 mixture of synthetic and JP-8 fuels in a Type 3 constant-pressure fuel hydrant system at Sheppard Air Force Base, May 18.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.28.09): Right Ascension (RA)

Right Ascension (RA) A coordinate used by astronomers to locate stars and other celestial objects in the sky. Right ascension is comparable to longitude, but it is measured in hours, minutes, and seconds because the entire sky appears to pass overhead over a period of 24 hours. The zero hour corresponds to the apparent location of the Sun with respect to the stars on the day of the vernal (spring) equinox (approximately March 21).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.28.09)

Aero-Linx: Mars Exploration Rover Mission NASA's twin robot geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, launched toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the history of water on Mars. They landed on Mars January 3 and January 24 PST, 2004 (January 4 and January 25 UTC, 2004). The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.28.09)

"Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone's mind. It makes me get out of bed in the morning and wonder what surprises life will throw at me that day. Curiosity is such a powerful force. Without it, we wouldn't be who we are today. Curiosity is the passion that drives us through our everyday lives. We have become explorers and scientists with our need to ask questions and to wonder." Source: 6th Grade student, Clara Ma, who submitted the winning entry, 'Curiosity' in a contest to name NASA's next Mars Rover. 

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