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February 03, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.03.11

Eclipse and Sikorsky finalize their deal.
Boeing and Airbus each spin the WTO's ruling.
And TSA tests a more modest body scanner.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.03.11

Eclipse and Sikorsky finalize their deal.
Boeing and Airbus each spin the WTO's ruling.
And TSA tests a more modest body scanner.


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ANN Special Feature: LSA Segment Status Check - 02.03.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Bob Wood, Chairman of the US Sport Aviation Expo, about what this year's Sebring experience can tell us about the health of GA and the LSA segment in general, and this

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.03.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.03.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.03.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: LSA Segment Status Check - 02.03.11 (ANN Special Report, with Bob Wood, Chairman of the US Sport Aviation Expo)

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NASA Finds Earth-Size Planet Candidates In Habitable Zone,

One Star Boasts A Solar System Of At Least Six-Planets

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Delivers Second UH-60 For CBP

Extensively Modified Black Hawk Entering Service Protecting U.S. Borders

The second UH-60 aircraft that has undergone "A-A" to "L" recapitalization has been delivered by Sikorsky Aerospace Services to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency.

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FAA Grants NVG STC For Twin Otter To Aviation Specialties Unlimited

Company Holds 14 STC's For Rotorcraft, Expanding Fixed Wing Business

The FAA has granted an STC to modify the cockpit and cabin of Twin Otter DH-6 aircraft for NVG operations to Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), the company said Tuesday in a news release.

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Trans State Holdings Mitsubishi Regional Jet To Get PW1200G Engines

Fifty Firm Orders And Fifty Options Secured By Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney has secured 50 firm orders and up to 50 options for engines on new Mitsubishi Regional Jet aircraft ordered by Trans States Holdings as part of a contract announced Tuesday.

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New Resources For Rotax Owners ISO Service Providers

RFSC Website Updated, About 500 Maintainers Listed

Rotax Flying & Safety Club has recently completed updates to the RFSC Rotax iRMT (independent Rotax Maintenance Technician) website with listings of technicians currently trained to work on BRP-Powertrain Rotax brand aircraft engines.

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Certified: Alaki Flight Data Monitoring System On AS350 Helicopters

System Records, Analyzes, And Automatically Reports FDM Results For Operators

The FAA has issued an STC to Alakai Technologies for installation of Alakai’s digital Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) systems and wireless Internet units on Eurocopter AS350 and EC130 helicopters.

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Radar Repair And Calibration New Business For Mid-Continent Instruments

Company Will Add Jobs To Service Legacy Equipment

Mid-Continent Instruments announces the addition of weather radar capabilities, including calibration, overhaul, repair and exchange. The instruments company is expanding its equipment and employees to incorporate the additional services.

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Snowstorm Collapses Hangar, Several Aircraft Damaged

Six Planes And A Helicopter Were Inside When The Roof Succumbed To The Snow

Six airplanes and a helicopter were inside a Swift Aviation hanger at Norwood Airport (KOWD) in Norwood, MA, when the roof gave away Wednesday morning under the weight of several inches of snow, followed by heavy rain. Officials say that two of the aircraft were probably total losses.

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Pre-Owned Business Aircraft Sales Improved Year-Over-Year In December 2010

Data From Jetnet Shows A 16% Gain Over December 2009, Prices Still Depressed

December 2010 brought some welcome good news in the Biz-Av pre-owned aircraft market. Full Sale Business Jet Transactions of pre-owned aircraft for the year improved by 16% compared to 2009, and exceeded the 2008 transaction level by 4.8%, according to data from Aviation Analyst Jetnet.

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HATSOFF To Helicopter Student Pilots

CAE And Hal Helicopter Training Center Takes Delivery Of Dhruv Simulator Cockpit

The Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), a joint venture owned equally by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE, said Tuesday that its simulator cockpit for the civil/conventional variant of the Dhruv has arrived at the HATSOFF training center in Bangalore.

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Austria's Eurofighter Typhoon Fleet Plays Key Role In 'DAEDALUS 11' Mission

Security Overflights Provided For 41st World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Mission "DAEDALUS 11", which ran from January 27th to the 30th, demanded intensive air surveillance and security for the 41st World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. For this mission the Austrian Typhoons were called on to protect the skies during a high-profile event.

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Aero-TV: Sport Aviation Expo 2011 -- The LSA Industry Continues to Mature

The Center Of The LSA World Resides In Sebring Every January!

It was a great four days... and despite rain, winds, frigid cold and other evidence that Florida had lost its rep as a warm and inviting tourist mecca, folks from all over the world showed up in Sebring, Florida, to celebrate all things LSA. While the first day's traffic was outstanding by any standard and the conditions were likewise, Friday through Sunday attendees had to brave some serious rain (Friday) and chilly/windy conditions the rest of the week. But, through it all, they did indeed flock to Sebring.

Aero-TV: Sport Aviation Expo 2011 -- The LSA Industry Continues to Mature

The Center Of The LSA World Resides In Sebring Every January!

It was a great four days... and despite rain, winds, frigid cold and other evidence that Florida had lost its rep as a warm and inviting tourist mecca, folks from all over the world showed up in Sebring, Florida, to celebrate all things LSA. While the first day's traffic was outstanding by any standard and the conditions were likewise, Friday through Sunday attendees had to brave some serious rain (Friday) and chilly/windy conditions the rest of the week. But, through it all, they did indeed flock to Sebring.

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Wireless 4G Broadcaster May Interfere With GPS Signals

FCC Grants Licence For 40,000 Watt Transmitters On Adjacent Frequencies

The FCC has granted a license to a company called LightSquared, which plans to offer 4G wireless broadband services nationwide. But studies show the service may severely interfere with GPS navigation, according to one GPS industry source.

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Centaur Begins Flight Test Program

Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) Based On DA42 Platform

Aurora Flight Sciences announced that the Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) has begun its flight test program. The first fully-configured Centaur made its first flight on Saturday, January 22 from Aurora's base at Manassas, VA.

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John Nance to Speak at AEA International Convention

ABC World News Aviation Analyst To Keynote Awards Luncheon

John Nance, best known to television viewers as the aviation analyst for ABC World News and aviation editor for Good Morning America, will speak at the Aircraft Electronics Association Annual Awards Luncheon during the 54th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show.

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Boeing: No Price Cut On 737s

More Likely To Replace The Workhorse Single-Aisle Airliner Wholesale

Boeing executives said Monday they see no reason to cut the price of their ubiquitous 737 line, even as Airbus rolls out the A320neo.

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Jacksonville, FL Flight School Employs Tecnam P2006T

Airline Training Solutions Launches New "Two-Crew" Professional Flight Training Program

Representatives of Airline Training Solutions have taken delivery of their first Tecnam P2006T light twin aircraft at their facility at Craig Airport (KCRG), (soon to be known as Executive Airport at Craig Field) in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Analyst: Biz-Av Set To Outpace Other Industries

Many GA Segments Are Already Showing Measurable Improvement

In his most recent outlook, GA analyst Brian Foley says he sees an industry now poised to experience a nice growth spurt, albeit from an extremely depressed base. He likens the situation to what investors call a "dead-cat bounce", or a sharp, rapid upturn following a particularly severe decline.

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California Olive Grower Expands Lawsuits

Balloon Customers Subpoenaed By JCM Farming

The lawsuit brought by a California olive grower in the Palm Springs area is getting a bit more absurd by the day. Now, JCM Farming has added a real estate company as defendants, and subpoenaed a couple who were passengers in a balloon operated by Magical Adventure Balloon Rides.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.03.11)

"The industry has literally nowhere else to go but up." Source: GA Analyst Brian Foley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.03.11): Pusher

A propeller mounted in back of its engine, pushing an aircraft through the air, as opposed to a tractor configuration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.03.11)

Air America

Air America's tenure in Asia began when Civil Air Transport (CAT) crossed the river into Shanghai in 1946. It ended on a rooftop in downtown Saigon in 1975.

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