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March 07, 2011

Sukhoi Company Adds 2nd PAK FA Prototype To Flight Tests Program

Aircraft Stability Tested During 44 Minute First Flight

The first flight of the 2nd prototype of the fifth generation Sukhoi aviation complex (PAK FA) took place in Komsomolsk - on - Amur Thursday. The plane was flown by Russian Federation test pilot Sergey Bogdan.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.08.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.07.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Type Ratings for Composite GA Planes? - 03.07.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.11

NASA's Glory satellite ends up in liquid orbit.
The Air Force successfully lanuches another X-37B mission.
And Heli-Expo open in Orlando.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.07.11

NASA's Glory satellite ends up in liquid orbit.
The Air Force successfully lanuches another X-37B mission.
And Heli-Expo open in Orlando.


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ANN Special Feature: Type Ratings for Composite GA Planes? - 03.07.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves tells ANN's Paul Plack why he wants the FAA to require a type rating to fly advanced, composite general aviation airplanes.

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ANN Guest Editorial: A Follow-Up On EAA's Young Eagle Data

Does EAA's Recent Young Eagles' Data Add Up?

By ANN Guest Columnist Rich Davidson  The time has come for aviation to embrace a cold soul searching willingness to challenge everything we've been told or believe about our sport. Instead though, aviation's leaders continue to shore up reputations, seek out quantity over quality, and treat us like mushrooms. The (most recent) example comes from EAA.

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GAMA Adds Continental Datagraphics And Thales Canada As New Members

Trade Association Membership Now Stands At 70

The GAMA board of directors has approved Continental DataGraphics (CDG) and Thales Canada as its newest members, bringing the international trade association's membership to 70.

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Piper Appoints Australian Sales Agent

Aircraft Are On Display At Avalon 2011

Piper Aircraft is continuing to expand its international reach with the designation of Piper Australia Aircraft Sales Pty Ltd, Melbourne, as the company's new aircraft sales agent for the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Bio-Fuels, Growth, Emerging Issues At Asian Aerospace 2011

Boeing Plans Participation In Those Discussions At Conference Next Week

Executives from Boeing will speak at conference sessions that address sustainable aviation bio-fuels and explore developments in the cargo sector during Asian Aerospace 2011 and discuss their implications for commercial aviation. Asian Aerospace takes place March 8-10, at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.  The company also will conduct a media briefing to share the company’s market outlook for the next 20 years.

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Professional Aviation Associates Enters the Rotorcraft Business

Company Best Known As A King Air Parts Supplier Now Serving Helicopter Platforms

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has formed a Global Helicopter Support Parts Group and is now serving rotorcraft operators.

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NASA And Florida Tech To Host Space Studies Program 2012

Nine-Week Course Designed For Post-Grad Students

NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL, have been selected to host the International Space University's 25th annual Space Studies Program.  

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Phoenix Heliparts Introduces New Managers At Heli-Expo

Announces Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Phoenix Heliparts will be introducing a couple of new faces (for the company, anyway) at Heli-Expo in Orlando. The company says it is continuing its successful expansion by appointing Conrad Moreno as quality assurance manager, and Marcus Landry as manager of business development.

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NASA Awards Space Network Expansion-East Option

General Dynamics To Implement New Ground Terminal In NASA's Tracking And Relay System

NASA awarded the option for the Space Network Expansion-East, under the Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment contract, to General Dynamics C4 Systems of Scottsdale, AZ.

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Phoenix Heliparts Customizes 1981 MD500D

Low-Time D Model Sprouts E Model Nose, Digital Avionics

A 1981 MD500D model has been customized with an 'E' nose, air conditioning and a complete Aerodynamix NVG package following a full restoration by Phoenix Heliparts of Phoenix, AZ. The company says this 30-year-old aircraft is now truly state of the art.

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Australia Eyes New Airlifter Purchase

Sends C-17A Globemaster III Letter of Request To The U.S.

Australia is investigating the purchase of an additional C-17A Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft Minister for Defence Stephen Smith said Monday. The government has sent a Letter of Request to the United States regarding the potential purchase of an additional C-17A aircraft through the United States Foreign Military Sales program, formally seeking cost and availability information.

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Garmin Says New GMA 350 Audio Panel Makes Flying Easy

Features Include Voice Recognition, 3D Sound, Advanced Auto Squelch

Garmin has rolled out its new GMA 350 and GMA 350H audio panels. Designed for fixed wing and rotorcraft, respectively, the GMA 350 and 350H have industry-first features like voice recognition, 3D spatial audio processing, advanced auto squelch, and ambient noise based volume adjustment.

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Classic Aero-TV: Robinson's R66 -- The Turbine 'Robby' Exceeds Expectations

A Few Hours In The Air Prove The R66 Has The Right Stuff

I've been waiting for this one for quite a while and I'm delighted to report that the result was worth the wait. The new R66 Turbine Five seat helicopter is a helluva machine and a joy to fly -- and in a number of flight regimes. Some three years and eight months after Robinson publicly announced plans to develop the beast, the FAA presented Frank Robinson with Type Certificate No. R00015LA, just a few weeks back. The FAA also presented Robinson with an amended Production Certificate that now includes the R66, allowing Robinson to begin deliveries right away.

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Klyde Morris (03.07.11)

Klyde: DoT's 'High Speed Rail' Obsession? 

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Hawke Capital Partners To Acquire Northeast Aviation Technologies

New Businesses Is Part 145 Repair Station

The rotorcraft-focused private equity investor, Hawke Capital Partners, announced Sunday that it reached agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of NorthEast Aviation Technologies, Inc.

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Europe's New Satellite Navigation System Guides First Approach

Dassault Falcon 900LX First To Fly Approaches Using EGNOS

The first approaches using Europe's new EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) satellite navigation system were flown recently by a Dassault Falcon 900LX.

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USAF Academy Cadets Will Train On AAI UAS

Aerosonde System To Introduce Future Officers To Unmanned Aircraft

Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy will learn about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) using AAI's Aerosonde Mark 4.7 system under a fee-for-service contract announced by AAI Wednesday.

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New Tension-Torsion Straps Developed For Bell 206, 206L

Airwolf Aerospace Says Price Will Be Significantly Less Than OEM.

A new Tension-Torsion (TT) strap for Bell 206 Jet Ranger and 206L Long Ranger helicopters, civilian and military has been developed by Airwolf Aerospace. Airwolf manufactures the straps under an FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA).

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NASA-Sponsored Research Explains Missing Sunspots

Solar Minimum Can Effect Earth's Atmosphere, Space Debris

NASA-sponsored research has resulted in the first computer model that could explain the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun's 11-year cycle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.07.11): Helipad

Helipad A small, designated area, usually with a prepared surface, on a heliport, airport, landing/takeoff area, apron/ramp, or movement area used for takeoff, landing, or parking of helicopters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.07.11)

Aero-Linx: Alec Buck's EMS Helicopter Site This EMS Heli page was started around 13 years ago with 'just a couple of helicopter photos.' As their audience grew, they started receiving photos of EMS Helicopters from all over the world. They enjoyed the photos so much that they 'decided to share them with everybody.' The site's goal is to have every EMS Helicopter in the US displayed. Based on what we see so far, they seem to be off to a good start... check this site out...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.07.11)

"Launch is a very demanding business and having what appears to be a successful launch is always welcome news... It is important to remember that this is an experimental vehicle; that this is just the second launch; and that we have just started what is a very systematic checkout of the system." Source: Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs Richard McKinney, commenting on the laucnh of the second USAF X-37B unmanned spacecraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.07.11)

"The fee-for-service arrangement provides the academy with a flexible, cost-effective, comprehensive system to train Cadets in the planning and executing UAS missions... The academy will be able to draw upon the considerable assets of this AAI system as they train a core group of future U.S. Air Force leaders." Source:Stephen Flach, division vice president of AAI's Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. commenting on the fact that cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy will learn about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) using AAI's Aerosonde Mark 4.7 system under a fee-for-service contract announced by AAI Wednesday.

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