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March 09, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.10

DHS gets a new assistant secretary.
A Piper pilot plays target drone over Washington DC.
And let's try and vent without committing felonies.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.09.10

DHS gets a new assistant secretary.
A Piper pilot plays target drone over Washington DC.
And let's try and vent without committing felonies.


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ANN Special Feature: Frank Robinson on the R66 - 03.09.10

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Robinson Helicopters Founder, President and Chairman Frank Robinson about the new R66 turbine helicopter, its noteworthy price, and the future of the company's other p

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.09.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.09.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Frank Robinson on the R66 - 03.09.10 (ANN Special Report, with Frank Robinson!)

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Backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology On Its Way To Eleven Airports

First Full Body Scanners Being Deployed Nationwide

The first 11 airports receiving advanced imaging technology (AIT) units are gearing up for their arrival. TSA reports on its blog that advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under clothing.

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President Obama To Host Space Conference In Florida In April

Session Will Focus On The Future Of The Manned Space Program

President Barack Obama will visit Florida on April 15, hosting a White House Conference on the Administration's new vision for America's future in space, the White House announced Sunday.

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Customer Nations, EADS Come To Principle Agreement On A400M

Additional Provision to be Booked

The Customer Nations and EADS have come to a principle agreement regarding the A400M military transport aircraft with the intention to amend the original contract accordingly in the coming weeks.

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New Army Black Hawk Exhibits Success In Combat

Equipped With a Stronger Engine, A Digital Cockpit And Composite Rotor Blades

The Army's new high-tech UH-60 Black Hawk M-model helicopter -- equipped with a stronger engine, a digital cockpit and composite rotor blades -- performed exceptionally well in Afghanistan during its first major combat deployment, service officials said.

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Boeing Selects Pratt & Whitney To Power Boeing's Proposed NewGen Tanker

Air Force RFP To Replace KC-135 Is Open

The NewGen Tanker that Boeing will propose as its platform for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X recapitalization program will be powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW4062 engine.

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Boeing And Turkish Airlines Finalize Order For 20 Next-Gen 737s

Order Is Valued At $1.6 Billion In 2010 Dollars

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized an order for 20 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The order includes 10 737-800s and 10 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes.

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Former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey Joins Metron Aviation Board Of Directors

First Woman To Be Appointed To Metron Board

Air traffic management company Metron Aviation announced Monday that former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey has joined its Board of Directors.

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Airbus A380 Flies Flag For International Year Of Biodiversity

Logo To Be Displayed On A380 Aircraft

Airbus is showing support for the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity by featuring the initiative's official logo on its largest passenger aircraft - the A380.

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SimCom's Falcon And Westwind Sims Get Level C Approval

Both Soon To Receive Instructor Station Upgrades

SimCom Training Centers' Falcon 20 and Westwind II devices have received FAA approval and statements of qualification designating them as Level C simulators. Acquired late last year from CAE, the devices are located at SimCom's Park South training center in Orlando, FL.

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French Legion Of Honor Medal Awarded To WWII P-51B Ace

France's Highest Award Will Honor Service To French Resistance

Col. Steven Pisanos (ret.) received the medal French Legion Of Honor Medal during a ceremony at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on Saturday.

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Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 4 – Final Touches on Cessna Production Line

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 last part of his four-part series, Baker describes the front of the CJ4 production line; at this point, technicians complete final system installations and preparedness before the aircraft moves into functional testing, and ultimately, power on.
 

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – CO Guardian, Every Pilot’s Flight Doctor

Breathing Easier... And Safer

Ash Vij's CO Guardian is the undisputed leader in carbon monoxide detectors for General Aviation, and are now included as standard safety equipment on all new Cessna 172, 182, 206, Columbia Aircraft, Diamond DA40 and Skycrane helicopters, and all Cirrus Aircraft. The CO Guardian product does one thing... monitor CO in the cockpit.

Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 4 – Final Touches on Cessna Production Line

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 – CO Guardian, Every Pilot’s Flight Surgeon

Breathing Easier... And Safer

Ash Vij's CO Guardian is the undisputed leader in carbon monoxide detectors for General Aviation, and are now included as standard safety equipment on all new Cessna 172, 182, 206, Columbia Aircraft, Diamond DA40 and Skycrane helicopters, and all Cirrus Aircraft. The CO Guardian product does one thing... monitor CO in the cockpit.

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Cessna Delivers 9,000th Independence-Produced Single-Engine Piston

Production Line Opened In 1996

Cessna  has delivered the 9,000th single-engine piston aircraft to be produced in Independence, KS. Cessna customer Rob Logozio took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a 182T Skylane, during a small ceremony at Cessna's Independence facility last week.

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Boeing Transfers US Portions Of ISS To NASA

From Crew Compartments To Software Code, NASA Officially Has "Keys" To The Station

Boeing has officially turned over the U.S. on-orbit segment of the International Space Station (ISS) to NASA with the signing Friday of government form DD-250 at the conclusion of an Acceptance Review Board meeting in Houston.

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Success Or Failure Of Falcon 9 Could Have An Enormous Impact On Space Program

Commercial Launches Pivotal To Obama's NASA Plan

When SpaceX launches the first Falcon 9 Rocket from Cape Canaveral, possibly as early as next month, the veracity of President Obama's plan to outsource much of the space program to commercial entities will possibly be riding on its shoulders.

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DOT Fines US Airways For Violation Of Price Advertising Rules

Airline Assessed Civil Penalty Of $40,000

The U.S. DOT assessed a $40,000 civil penalty against US Airways Monday for violating rules that require airline price advertisements to disclose the full price consumers must pay for air transportation.

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EBAA: US CBP Pre-Clearance Should Be Extended To All Of Business Aviation

Commercial Charter Operations Comprise A Large Share Of Biz-Av In Europe

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) said Monday that while the expansion of US Custom and Border Protection (CBP) air pre-clearance to private aircraft departing Ireland's Shannon Airport is an excellent initiative, it should apply to all of Business Aviation and not just Part 91 flights.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.09.10)

“I am confident that Bob’s talent and expertise will make him a tremendous asset in our ongoing efforts to bolster security and screening measures at our airports.” Source: President Barack Obama.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.09.10): Civil Twilight

The time between the moment of sunset, when the sun's apparent upper edge is just at the horizon, until the center of the sun is 6° directly below the horizon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.09.10)

Aero-Linx: National Center For Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

As pilots, we are all touched by the weather every time we fly. Understanding the weather, and the admospheric conditions that influence it, requires a great deal of research.

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