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March 03, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.03.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.03.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.03.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Heli-Expo Recap - 03.03.10 (ANN Special Report, with ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell )

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Sullenberger Heading For The Hangar

Will Retire After 30 Years With US Airways

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously ditched a US Airways A320 in the Hudson River over a year ago saving all aboard, says he's calling it a career after 30 years with the airline.

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Two Controllers Placed On Administrative Leave From JFK

Child In Control Tower Was Permitted To Talk To Pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that two employees at John F. Kennedy Airport Tower are on administrative leave following an incident last month when a child was permitted to talk with pilots on an air traffic control frequency.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.03.10

NASA's Bolden gets an earfull on Capitol Hill.
Flight attendants urge the Senate to move on FAA reauthorization.
And Oahu businesses want compensation for the Obama no-fly zone.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.03.10

NASA's Bolden gets an earfull on Capitol Hill.
Flight attendants urge the Senate to move on FAA reauthorization.
And Oahu businesses want compensation for the Obama no-fly zone.


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ANN Special Feature: Heli-Expo Recap - 03.03.10

ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell talks about the major stories from Heli-Expo 2010, and his overall impressions about the state of the helicopter segment.

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Lawyers Use Props In Aviation Case

Paper-Mache Moose Leg, Cessna Seat Brought To The Courtroom

A jury hearing a product liability case against Cessna, O & N Aircraft Modifications, and McFarlane Aviation Products being tried in Philadelphia were shown a paper-mache model of the hindquarters of a moose, as well as the pilot's seat of a Cessna 210.

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BAE Systems plc Pleads Guilty, Ordered To Pay $400 Million Criminal Fine

Charged With Making False Statements To The U.S. Government, Violating Arms Export Act

BAE Systems plc (BAES) pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to conspiring to defraud the United States.  BAES was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates to pay a $400 million criminal fine.

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Radar Maps Show Abundance Of Ice On Mars

Glaciers Hide Beneath Protective Rubble

Extensive radar mapping of the middle-latitude region of northern Mars shows that thick masses of buried ice are quite common beneath protective coverings of rubble.

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U.S. Hopes Brazil Will Buy F/A-18 Fighter Jets

Facing Competition From Dassault Rafale And Saab Gripen NG

The U.S. Government hopes Brazil will enter into a multi-billion dollar contract to purchase F/A-18 Hornets when it buys 36 new fighter jets, and some see the arrival of the U.S.S Carl Vinson in Rio de Janeiro as a tactic to convince the Brazilian government that the Hornet is the best plane for them to buy.

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CVW 5 Continues Capability Upgrades With Arrival Of New Hawkeye 2000

Aircraft Can Serve As Fleet Information Hub Through Improved Data Links

Three new E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft arrived at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan to join Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 February 28.

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Heathrow And Singapore Airlines Institute Special A380 Departure Procedures

Expect Fuel Savings, Reduced CO2 Emissions

Heathrow, NATS, Singapore Airlines and Airbus have launched an improved departure procedure for the Airbus A380, which is projected to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions while remaining within the airport's strict noise procedures.

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Russia Plans New Strategic Bomber

Prime Minister Putin Says Russia Must Upgrade Aging Military Aircraft

On the heels of the first flight of Russia's new T-50 Stealth Fighter, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (pictured, right) said the country will begin work on another new aircraft. "We won't limit ourselves to just one new model," Putin said at a government meeting that focused on military aviation.

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Skyscanner Hears From Tall As Well As Overweight Flyers Following Survey

Tall Travellers Tired Of Extra Airlines Charges For Passengers That Don’t Fit The Norm

The UK’s tallest travellers have rallied in support of the world’s overweight passengers against so called ‘body discrimination’ by airlines.

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BatteryMINDer Introduces 28 Volt Aviation Charger-Maintainer-Desulfator

Provides Full Power to All Electronics Plus Fast Recharge And Desulfation

The folks at BatteryMINDer have just introduced a 28 volt battery charger-maintainer-desuflator for the aviation market.

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AVSeminars First To Offer FAA Approved Webinars For CFI Renewals

"Live" CFI Renewals Now Available Online Through AVSeminars' FIRC Webinars!

The FAA gave approval February 26, 2010 to AVSeminars to offer the nation's first CFI Renewal through a "Live" Webinar. The process of renewing a CFI Certificate is "virtually" identical to attending a live FIRC--without the travel and hotel costs. All that's needed are a PC or Mac, a web-cam and a microphone.

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First G1000-Equipped TBM 850 Delivered Down Under

Very Fast Turboprop Will Supply Corporate Transportation

Daher-Socata said Tuesday it has delivered its first G1000-equipped TBM 850 very fast turboprop aircraft to an Australian customer. The TBM 850 was delivered to Warwick and Katrina Hawksworth of Capstone Financial services.

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Aero-TV: The Next Horizon – Brian Binnie on Commercial Space Flight

SpaceShipOne Pilot Brian Binnie Reflects on the Future of Private Space Flight
 
On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne.   Inspired by the Orteig Prize, won by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for the successful completion of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Peter Diamandis formally announced the X PRIZE competition in 1996. The competition offered the largest incentive prize in history, a stunning $10 million dollar award, to the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface twice within two weeks.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week – Aspen’s EFD1000 Pro Auto-Zoom

Aspen’s Scott Smith Explains Some of the EFD1000 Pro’s Capabilities 
 
At the 2010 Heli-Expo, Aspen Avionics announced the STC certification authorizing installation of its EFD1000 flight display system in Bell 206 and 407 panels.  Aspen developed the newly designated EFD1000H, featuring helicopter-specific software, in conjunction with Keystone Helicopter, calling the EFD1000H “the lowest priced certified EFIS in the helicopter market.”
 

Aero-TV: The Next Horizon – Brian Binnie on Commercial Space Flight

SpaceShipOne Pilot Brian Binnie Reflects on the Future of Private Space Flight

On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne. Inspired by the Orteig Prize, won by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for the successful completion of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Peter Diamandis formally announced the X PRIZE competition in 1996.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week – Aspen’s EFD1000 Pro Auto-Zoom

Aspen’s Scott Smith Explains Some of the EFD1000 Pro’s Capabilities 

At the 2010 Heli-Expo, Aspen Avionics announced the STC certification authorizing installation of its EFD1000 flight display system in Bell 206 and 407 panels.  

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NASA Radar Finds More Ice At Moon's North Pole

Approximately 1.3 Trillion Pounds Of Water Ice Detected

Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits near the moon's north pole. NASA's Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with water ice.

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Global Hawk Unmanned Recon Aircraft Makes History

First Roundtrip Flight From Northrop Grumman's Palmdale Facility

Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) made aviation history last month when it successfully completed its first roundtrip flight from the company's Palmdale, CA, manufacturing facility, the company announced Monday.

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NBAA: Court Rules Against Long-Term Protection Of Flight Data In BARR Program

Ruling Leaves Real-Time Data Disclosure Unaffected

The NBAA says that a District Court judge for DC ruled last week that aircraft tail numbers submitted to the FAA for blockage from distribution to sources outside the FAA under NBAA’s Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program must be made available.

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Master Instructors LLC Releases February Graduate List

One New, Seven Renewing Master Instructors Make The Grade

Master Instructors LLC and its board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of a group of very special aviation educators.  Recently, they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority.

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Albaugh: Boeing Would Prefer To Build Airplanes In Washington State

But Labor Issues May Force The Company's Hand, CEO Says

Boeing Commercial Airline CEO Jim Albaugh says the company would prefer to build airplanes in the Puget Sound region, with the caveat that the preference holds only if the Machinists union moderates its future wage demands and avoid strikes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.03.10)

“NBAA has long believed that security and other imperatives make it absolutely essential to protect our Members’ aircraft and flight information from being made widely available, which is why we created the BARR program.”  Source: Bob Lamond, NBAA Director, Air Traffic Services and Infrastructure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.10): Microburst

A small downburst with outbursts of damaging winds extending 2.5 miles or less. In spite of its small horizontal scale, an intense microburst could induce wind speeds as high as 150 knots.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.10)

Moon Minerology Mapper

It would appear that the ice on the moon is more extensive than originally thought. Among the instruments making those discoveries is the M3, or Moon Minerology Mapper, one of two instruments that NASA is contributing to India's first mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1.

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