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February 02, 2011

Done Deal! Sikorsky Aircraft Completes Minority Investment in Eclipse

Announcement That Energized BizAv Is Complete

The deal that set everyone abuzz at NBAA2010, namely an investment in the reinvigorated Eclipse program by industry behemoth Sikorsky, has been completed. The program allows Eclipse to draw upon "the vast resources and expertise of Sikorsky," as well as take on an undisclosed monetary interest.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.02.11

The Senate tries again on FAA reauthorization.
North Carolina lures a new MRO facility.
And John Pistole flip-flops on private screeners.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.02.11

The Senate tries again on FAA reauthorization.
North Carolina lures a new MRO facility.
And John Pistole flip-flops on private screeners.


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ANN Special Feature: First Flight of Onex - 02.02.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett about the Onex, a single-seat, piston kitplane which recently made its first flight, and the Sub-Sonex single-place jet prototype.


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A Reason To Take Your iPad Down Island

2011 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide Now On The Popular Tablet

While you may go to the islands to get away from "it all," there's still a good reason to slip your iPad into your flight bag ... the 2011 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.02.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.02.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.02.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: First Flight of Onex - 02.02.11 (ANN Special Report, with Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett)

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AFNORTH Officials Give Civil Air Patrol A Technology Boost

Portable "Go" Kits Will Help In The Field

When Air Forces Northern officials need an aircrew to fly a search and rescue mission, run counterdrug support or play the bad guy, they frequently call on the members of the Civil Air Patrol, who are always more than eager to lend a helping hand.

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Florida Space Industry Sets March 16, 2011 To Lobby In Tallahassee

Joining Together To Preserve Florida's Role In Nation's Space Program

Key representatives from Florida's space industry plan to visit the state capital in Tallahassee on March 16 to participate in Florida Space Day and share the challenges the industry faces in ensuring Florida remains at the forefront of the nation's space program.

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First S-92 Helicopters Delivered To Afghanistan

Aircraft Tasked With Utility Operations And Cargo Lift Missions Supporting DoD

Two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters have been delivered to airlift services provider AAR CORP. for operations in Afghanistan. AAR will use the aircraft to perform passenger and cargo lift missions on behalf of the United States Transportation Command.

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ARSA Project To Measure Benefits Of Aviation Bilateral Agreements

Looking To Gather Economic Data Relevant To The Aviation Maintenance Industry

A survey to assess the economic impact of bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA) has been launched by AeroStrategy and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). ARSA is an international trade association that represents companies performing aviation maintenance.

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Eurocopter Inaugurates New North Sea Service Center

Facility Home To An EC225 Simulator At Aberdeen In Scotland

Eurocopter officially inaugurated its new North Sea Service Center in Aberdeen, Scotland Monday, providing a highly capable training, technical support and logistics facility in close proximity to helicopter operators who support the region’s vital oil and gas industry.

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Republic Airways Amends Delta Agreement To Add Eight E170 Aircraft

Additional Regional Jets Would Fly Under Delta Connection Colors

Republic Airways Holdings has amended its capacity purchase agreement with Delta Air Lines to provide for the addition of eight dual-class E170 aircraft.

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Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Program Wins Defense Logistics Award

Best PBL Implementation Recognizes Military Partnerships With Industry

The Defense Logistics Agency has awarded its Best Performance Based Logistics (PBL) award to AAI Corporation's Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) at the 7th Annual Defense Logistics Awards ceremony.

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Los Angeles Police Department Selects Cobham EFIS

Two-Screen Systems To Be Installed In Bell And Eurocopter Aircraft

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has announced the selection of Cobham to supply Synthetic Vision Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS) for their fleet of Eurocopter and Bell helicopters.

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PGA-Portugalia Airlines Signs Lifetime FLYFokker Take Care Contract

Six Aircraft Covered By The Agreement

PGA-Portugalia Airlines and Fokker Services have agreed to a Lifetime FLYFokker Take Care contract for the support of their six Fokker 100 aircraft. The contract, which was signed last December 31, names both the ABACUS services and Fokker Services as preferred preferred suppliers.

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Tunisian President's Family Plane Seized By French Authorities

NGOs Claim President, Family Holding Assets Belonging To Tunisia

A business jet belonging to the family of deposed Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has been seized by French officials near Paris. The move is part of the EU's effort to freeze the assets of Ben Ali and his wife after being ousted in a popular revolt.

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Aero-TV: Adventures in Gas Ballooning -- Mark Sullivan's Dedication to the Sport

One Of The Most Amazing Aspects About Ballooning Are The Folks Who Are Devoted To It

It's been a few months now and still the sites, sounds and sensations of the 2010 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta bring a smile to our faces. Better than that, though, are the friends we made, the rest of the people we met and the world we were privileged to be a part of, that tumultuous week.

Aero-TV: Adventures in Gas Ballooning -- Mark Sullivan's Dedication to the Sport

One Of The Most Amazing Aspects About Ballooning Are The Folks Who Are Devoted To It

It's been a few months now and still the sites, sounds and sensations of the 2010 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta bring a smile to our faces. Better than that, though, are the friends we made, the rest of the people we met and the world we were privileged to be a part of, that tumultuous week.

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Boeing, Airbus Disagree Over WTO Report On Alleged Boeing Subsidies

Depending On Which Company You Ask, It's High Crimes Or Much Ado About Nothing

The World Trade Organization has handed over its final report concerning government subsidies received by Boeing to both the U.S. and European governments. While the report is supposed to be kept confidential, both Boeing and Airbus had immediate statements putting their spin on the document.

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Navy Captain Says Superiors Were OK With Carrier Videos

Capt. Owen Honors Says There Was "Affirmative And Tacit Approval" For His Controversial Vids

In a statement spanning 15 pages, Capt. Owen Honors defends the practice of producing and showing a series of videos some have described as "vulgar" and "profane". Capt. Honors produced the videos while he was the XO of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise.

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NTSB Makes Recommendations About Airbags In Cessna, Other Aircraft

Study Found Some Potential Safety Issues With Airbag Restraint Systems

After adopting the safety study Airbag Performance in General Aviation Restraint Systems on January 11 the NTSB is issuing six safety recommendations to the FAA to address issues concerning airbag restraint systems and shoulder harnesses.

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Alaska MPs Train On Guard Black Hawks

Preparing For Deployment To Afghanistan

Soldiers of the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted squad training the past two weeks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

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Analyst: Retrofits May Boost Flagging Avionics Market

Rising Demand For New Gadgets In Older Airplanes Could Buoy The Sector

New research shows retrofit and aftermarket sales in previous years had resulted in unprecedented profits for avionics manufacturers, but currently, they are streamlining their operations and often relying on niche markets to stay afloat.

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Caribbean Airlines Signs Contract For 9 ATR 72-600s

First Deliveries Set For October 2011

Trinidad and Tobago's flag carrier Caribbean Airlines has officially signed a contract for the purchase of 9 ATR 72-600 aircraft, valued at some $200 million, according to a news release from the European turboprop manufacturer.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.02.11)

"The WTO's decisions confirm that European launch aid stands alone as a massive illegal subsidy only available to Airbus." Source: Boeing Statement on WTO Report. "From today, Boeing can no longer pretend that it doesn't benefit from generous and illegal state subsidies." Source: Airbus Spokesman Rainer Ohler.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.11): Formation Flying

When an aircraft is flown solely with reference to another aircraft and within 500 feet of the referenced aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.02.11)

Pilot Email Addresses

Airman.com offers airmen -- and airwomen -- a unique, vanity e-mail address.

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