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April 27, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.27.10

DOT and FAA tell airlines what they should already know.
Israel becomes the 97th open-skies partner with the US.
And a Texas county buys some expensive tree-trimming.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.27.10

DOT and FAA tell airlines what they should already know.
Israel becomes the 97th open-skies partner with the US.
And a Texas county buys some expensive tree-trimming.


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ANN Special Feature: Stranded by Volcanic Ash - 04.27.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Max Trescott, who has been stranded in Dublin, Ireland by the volcanic ash cloud.

FMI: www.maxtrescott.com

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C-17 Aircrew Drops 77,000 Pounds From FL250

Breaks Aircraft Record For Heaviest Airdrop In Test For NASA

Members of the 418th Flight Test Squadron here set a record for the heaviest single payload ever extracted out of a C-17A T-1 during flight April 14 over Yuma Proving Ground, AZ.

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Miracle On The Hudson Subject Of NTSB Meeting In DC

Will Consider Proposed Safety Regulations Relating To Bird Strikes

The NTSB will hold a public Board meeting on May 4 on its investigation into the accident in which a US Airways jetliner came to rest in the Hudson River near New York City after a low-altitude encounter with a flock of birds.

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2008 Crash Survivor Sues Pilot's Estate

Also Names State Police, And Surveying Company Which Hired The Pilot

One of the passengers aboard a Cessna 337A which went down in a wooded area of New Jersey in 2008 has sued the pilot's estate, as well as the state police whom she says called off their search too early. The suit was filed by Jacalyn Brown of Galloway Township in New Jersey.

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Obama Administration Funds Hypersonic Missile Research

Could Strike Anywhere On Earth In An Hour

The Obama administration is backing the development of a new generation of missile that could strike anywhere on the planet in an hour or less.

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'Spirit Of Alaska' To Join Largest DC-3/C-47 Formation Flight in the World

Courtesy Aircraft Sales Helps To Celebrating The 75th Anniversary Of The DC-3

Courtesy Aircraft Sales says its DC-3, N1944H "Spirit of Alaska", will be participating in the mass formation arrival planned for Oshkosh this summer.

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Lakota Now Flying In Europe

Army's Newest Helicopter Will Be Used To Train Pilots For Combat

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command paved the way for another first when it facilitated the acquisition and receipt of five UH-72A Lakota helicopters - the Army's newest aircraft. The cutting-edge helicopters received at Ramstein Air Base, April 13, are the first ones to reach the U.S. Army in Europe.

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Heads Up: HUDs Could Have Been A Factor In Many Aircraft Accidents

Flight Safety Foundation Report Shows Systems Like HGS Could Have Helped Prevent Them

According to a study conducted by the Flight Safety Foundation, head-up guidance system technology could have prevented or positively influenced 38 percent of all commercial aircraft accidents that occurred over the past 13 years.

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Buffenbarger Scolds Boeing CEO For Colombia FTA Support

Machinists Union President Says Columbia Is "Most Dangerous Country" For Trade Unionists

The president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Friday called on Boeing Company CEO Jim McNerney to demand an end to human rights abuses in Colombia as an essential pre-condition for the passage of any Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with that country.

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Japanese Companies Continue Helicopter Buys

AgustaWestland Helicopter Fleet Continues To Grow In Fare East

Three new helicopters have been delivered to Japanese customers by AgustaWestland in recent weeks, highlighting the company's growth in that market. The three new helicopters include the first AW119 Ke to be delivered in Japan, as well as an AW109 Power and AW139.

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Hot-Air Balloon Accident In Abu Dhabi Kills Two Passengers

Several Others Injured When Tourist Balloon Goes Down

Two of the 14 people aboard a hot-air balloon in Abu Dhabi were killed when the aircraft experienced higher than normal winds and impacted the ground. The dead are a French national and an Indian national. Their names and genders have not been released.

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Aero-TV: Modern Metal – Flight Design Introduce the MC

Experienced LSA Manufacturer Introduces All-New Metal Aircraft
 
At the 2010 Sport Aviation Expo, Flight Design introduced enthusiastic media and dealer network partners to the all-new Flight Design MC.  Created using aluminum, steel, and composites, the MC aircraft is one of the first LSA all-metal models to hit the market.  Designed specifically with the light sport pilot in mind, engineers used state-of-the-art programs to create a rugged, yet comfortable aircraft for both private owners and flight schools.
 

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Skip Koss on Electrical Systems

Concorde Battery’s Skip Koss Discusses System Safety
 
As a battery and electrical systems expert, Skip Koss has seen it all when it comes to the power that keeps today’s aircraft in the sky. Recently, however, Koss has grown concerned over the increase in aircraft that apparently consume power even when all systems appear to be off.  These “parasitic loads” can be considerable, draining the battery to the extent of even permanent damage.  Koss joins Aero-TV in the second of his safety tips to explain how general aviation pilots can address this potentially dangerous problem.
 

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Skip Koss on Electrical Systems

Concorde Battery's Skip Koss Discusses System Safety

As a battery and electrical systems expert, Skip Koss has seen it all when it comes to the power that keeps today’s aircraft in the sky. Recently, however, Koss has grown concerned over the increase in aircraft that apparently consume power even when all systems appear to be off.

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Aero-TV: Modern Metal - Flight Design Introduces the MC

Experienced LSA Manufacturer Introduces All-New Metal Aircraft

At the 2010 Sport Aviation Expo, Flight Design introduced enthusiastic media and dealer network partners to the all-new Flight Design MC. Created using aluminum, steel, and composites, the MC aircraft is one of the first LSA all-metal models to hit the market. Designed specifically with the light sport pilot in mind, engineers used state-of-the-art programs to create a rugged, yet comfortable aircraft for both private owners and flight schools.

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Another Step Down The Road To NextGen

FAA Controllers In Philadelphia Transition To ADS-B

Even as congressional hearings continue on the full implementation of NextGen, Philadelphia-area controllers now have the capability to use the ADS-B in the crowded northeast corridor.

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FAA Publishes NPRM On Rotor Overspeed Requirements

Aims To Establish An International, Uniform, Design And Test Requirement

The FAA has published an NPRM in the Federal Register to solicit comments on the proposed establishment of uniform rotor overspeed design and test requirements for aircraft engines and turbochargers certificated by the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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NTSB Cites 'Poor Judgement' In 2009 Arkansas Crash

Probable Cause Report Indicates That The Airplane Was Overloaded, Out Of CG

The NTSB has released a probable cause report in a fatal accident which occurred on departure from Gaston's White river Resort near Lakeview, AR in June of 2009. The pilot, who suffered fatal injuries in the accident, told one of the passengers who survived that they would need "all the runway" go get off the ground.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.27.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.27.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.27.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Stranded by Volcanic Ash - 04.27.10 (ANN Special Report, with Max Trescott)

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20 Year Old Telescope Still Peers Billions Of Years Into The Past

NASA Celebrates 20 Years Of Hubble Discovery

As the Hubble Space Telescope achieves the major milestone of two decades on orbit, NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute, or STScI, in Baltimore are celebrating Hubble's journey of exploration with a stunning new picture and several online educational activities.

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Air Transport Association Supports Proposed Energy Speculation Rule

Organization Says Excessive Speculation Distorts Oil Markets, Kills Jobs

The Air Transport Association (ATA) last week submitted public comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in support of the proposed rule on speculative position limits for certain energy contracts.

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Another Successful ILS Proton Launch

3rd ILS Proton Mission of 2010, 5th in 4 Months

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the SES-1 satellite directly into geostationary orbit Saturday on an ILS Proton for SES World Skies. This was the third ILS Proton launch and the fifth overall Proton launch this year.

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LSA In Deep Water Off Hawaii May Be Unrecoverable

NTSB Says Depth And Currents Make For Very Difficult Conditions

The NTSB says that it may be impossible to recover an LSA which went down Wednesday about a half mile off the coast of Hawaii. The pilot and passenger in the aircraft at the time were fatally injured in the accident.

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15 New Jersey Airports To Get Upgraded Weather Sensors

Belfort Instrument Inks AWOS Contract With Regional Planning Commission

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will upgrade Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) under a contract announced Sunday by Belfort Instrument Company. The company will supply and install 15 DigiWx at airports around the state.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.27.10)

"They are so new, they still have that new helicopter smell." Source: Aircraft mechanic Carl Marquez.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.27.10): Delay Indefinite, Expect Further Clearance

Used by ATC to inform a pilot when an accurate estimate of the delay time and the reason for the delay cannot immediately be determined.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.27.10)

NTSB "Miracle On The Hudson" Hearing Supplemental Information

The NTSB is set to hold a hearing on US Airways Flight 1549 early next month. The purpose of the hearing is to look at possible safety measures related to bird strikes.

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