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March 02, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.02.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.02.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.02.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: User Fees & ADSB - 03.02.10 (ANN Special Report, with Reason's Robert Poole)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.02.10

JFK will limp along without its longest runway.
Airports say new de-icing rules need work.
And NASA moves into testing for the private sector.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.02.10

JFK will limp along without its longest runway.
Airports say new de-icing rules need work.
And NASA moves into testing for the private sector.


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ANN Special Feature: User Fees & ADSB - 03.02.10

Robert Poole, Founder and Director of Transportation Studies of the Reason Foundation, has been a long-time proponent of aviation user fees, but recently applauded the Obama administration's decisi

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NASA, Italian Space Agency Repurpose 'Leonardo' Module

Will Increase Space Allocated To Science On The Station

NASA and the Italian Space Agency announced a new use for an existing Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) known as "Leonardo." It will be transformed into a Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) for the International Space Station.

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AEA's GA Avionics Show Features More Regulatory Sessions, Technical Training

Speakers Include FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, First Officer Jeff Skiles Of The 'Miracle On The Hudson' 

Hundreds of avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals are preparing for the 53rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, from April 7-10, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL.

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Flight Attendant Leaders Push For Progress On FAA Reauthorization

Lobby U.S. Senators On Issues Important To FAs.

Flight attendant leaders from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) met last week with the offices of several influential Senators to promote moving forward with the FAA Reauthorization bill.

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Singapore Airlines Cargo Selects Pratt & Whitney For Fleet Technical Management

Multi-Year Agreement For Management Of PW4000 Engines

Singapore Airlines Cargo has signed a multi-year fleet technical management agreement with Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services to provide Singapore Airlines Cargo with powerplant engineering and on-wing fleet management for its fleet of PW4000 engines.

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'Pistons And Pixels' Demo Event Set For March 13th In Fredericksburg, TX

Glass Cockpit Centurion Will Be On Display

Sierra Industries in south Texas will host a “Pistons and Pixels” demonstration to showcase their avionics and airframe upgrade capabilities for a variety of high-performance aircraft.

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NASA Presents An Inside View Of NTSB Accident Investigation

NTSB Member Will Talk About Accident Investigation Process

Robert Sumwalt, the 37th board member of the NTSB, will present "An Insider's View of NTSB Accident Investigation" at 1400 in the Reid Conference Center on Tuesday, March 2, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

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Child Abuse Victim Turns To Aviation To Help Others

He And His Dad Will Attempt 65 Days In The Air Without Touching The Ground

Matt Pipkin and his dad have come up with "Commit 65". The two will attempt to break a world record set in 1958 by staying aloft in an airplane for 65 days. The worlds record is just over 64 days.

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Airlines May Be Set To Bump Checked Baggage Fees

Other Revenue Streams Under Consideration

As airlines have tried with little success to raise fares amid growing concerns that oil prices may again start to climb, they appear ready to again increase the fees charged for checked luggage, industry observers say.

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Bell Helicopter Expands European Service Network

Acquires Prague-Based Company For Modifications, Upgrades

Bell Helicopter announced the acquisition of Aviation Service, Monday. The Prague-based company provides modifications and upgrades, avionics and special mission packages in the Czech Republic, and reports annual revenues of about $14 million.

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Raytheon Will Develop Next-Generation GPS Control Segment

Wins $886 Million USAF Contract To Improve Satellite Security, Accuracy, Reliability

The U.S. Air Force has selected Raytheon Company for an initial contract of $886 million to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites.

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NASA Opens High Frontier To Education And Non-Profit Groups

New Initiative Begins Will Launch Small Satellites

NASA is announcing a new initiative to launch small cube-shaped satellites for education and not-for-profit organizations.

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Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 3 – Cessna’s Wing Construction Jigs

CJ4 Program Manager, Norm Baker, Provides an Exclusive Factory Tour
 
At Cessna Aircraft, “safety begins with a durable airframe.”  Each airframe is stress-tested five times the aircraft’s standard lifetime; yet, Cessna’s renowned safety and reliability begins on the production line.  State-of-the-art technology allows employees to create replicable, seamless assembly for each new aircraft on the line.  In the third of his four-part series, Baker describes Cessna’s CJ4 wing construction including the vertical wing assembly, systems assembly, and vertical horizontal assembly.
 

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Understanding a Cirrus Aircraft Annual

Steve Miller Explains the Basic Annual Process for Cirrus Owners
 
For owners, the aircraft’s annual maintenance check is a time of year that most dread; yet, it is as fundamental to aviation safety as the procedures that every pilot goes through before each flight.  Required by the FAA to meet basic airworthiness standards, an aircraft’s registered owner or operator must complete a specific number of inspections and maintenance procedures to be safe (and legal) to fly each year.  
 

Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 3 - Cessna's Wing Construction Jigs

CJ4 Program Manager, Norm Baker, Provides an Exclusive Factory Tour

At Cessna Aircraft, "safety begins with a durable airframe." Each airframe is stress-tested five times the aircraft's standard lifetime; yet, Cessna's renowned safety and reliability begins on the production line. State-of-the-art technology allows employees to create replicable, seamless assembly for each new aircraft on the line.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Understanding a Cirrus Aircraft Annual

Steve Miller Explains the Basic Annual Process for Cirrus Owners

For owners, the aircraft's annual maintenance check is a time of year that most dread; yet, it is as fundamental to aviation safety as the procedures that every pilot goes through before each flight. Required by the FAA to meet basic airworthiness standards, an aircraft's registered owner or operator must complete a specific number of inspections and maintenance procedures to be safe (and legal) to fly each year. 

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ANN Puts Out 'Help Wanted' Sign

ANN Is About To Grow -- Again... And Is Seeking EXCEPTIONAL New Staffers  2010 is turning out to be a REALLY interesting year for ANN. Without tipping my hand (yet), ANN is about to embark on some serious expansion and is heading into some interesting new territories over the next few months. In other words, we're about to grow again -- a lot...   FMI: ANN Opportunities 2010

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Aerovel 'Strolls-Out' Flexrotor Long-Endurance Robotic VTOL Aircraft

It Doesn't Have Wheels ... But It's Easy To Carry

Aerovel's Flexrotor design is essentially an efficient winged airframe with a large rotor in place of a propeller. For hover, it pitches from wing-borne flight to nose-vertical, and uses helicopter-style collective and cyclic pitch controls.

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Apache Role Changing In Iraq

Fewer Attack Missions, Increase In Recon

As the role of U.S. forces shifts to a supporting role for the Iraqi Army and Police, unit missions must also adapt to the changes. For the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment, from Morrisville, NC, this means turning their advanced capabilities from shooting to observing.

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Bolden Finding Space Outsourcing A Tough Sell On Capitol Hill

NASA Administrator Reportedly Surprised At Anger Directed His Way

The Obama administration's desire to hand the reigns of human space flight over to private companies is running into stiff opposition on Capitol Hill, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is finding his management style the subject of some intense criticism as well.

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Boeing Signs $39 Million Contract Expansion For Australian Helo Support

Training, Maintenance, And Support Services All Included

Boeing has signed an $39 million change proposal with the Commonwealth of Australia to increase the scope of the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract.

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FAA Investigates Why Cropduster Crash Went Unreported

Pilot Walked Away, But No Report Filed

The FAA and NTSB are looking into the crash of a Schweitzer G-164B cropduster which went down February 23rd near Byron, CA, but which was not immediately reported to either agency.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.02.10)

"It doesn't have an undercarriage, so we couldn't do a roll-out." Source: Tad McGeer, Aerovel's president.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.02.10): Pitch Point

A fix/waypoint that serves as a transition point from a departure procedure or the low altitude ground-based navigation structure into the high altitude waypoint system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.02.10)

Leonardo Module

There were three Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules, or MPLMs built by the Italian Space Agency. One of those is about to have a permanent home attached to ISS.

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