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May 14, 2010

Atlantis' Final Scheduled Launch Picture Perfect

Spacecraft's 32nd Mission Underway On Schedule

Space shuttle Atlantis roared into an azure blue Florida sky at 1420 EDT Friday, the final planned launch of the veteran spacecraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.10

NASA brings the Langley experience to a GA fly-in.
The airlines will fight a new rule which favors union organizers.
And Boeing lights the fires on the first GE-powered Dreamliner.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.14.10

NASA brings the Langley experience to a GA fly-in.
The airlines will fight a new rule which favors union organizers.
And Boeing lights the fires on the first GE-powered Dreamliner.

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ANN Special Feature: Aspen's Helicopter Products - 05.14.10

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Aspen Avionics CEO John Uczekaj about what it takes to successfully adapt avionics to helicopters, and about Aspen's future in that segment.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.14.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.14.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Aspen's Helicopter Products - 05.14.10 (ANN Special Report, with Aspen Avionics CEO John Uczekaj)

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Transport Canada Mandates 406 MHz ELTs For Most Aircraft

Even Non-Canadian Registered Aircraft Operating In Canada Must Carry Correct ELT

After 12 years of debate, consultation and negotiation, Transport Canada has decided to mandate new ELTs that broadcast on 406 MHz for most aircraft flying in Canadian airspace, including private aircraft (Canadian and foreign).

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Cessna Chief Jack Pelton Named To U.S. Aviation Advisory Committee

Only Committee Member To Represent General Aviation

Cessna President and CEO Jack Pelton has been named by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to the department's Future of Aviation advisory committee, the company announced Thursday.

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FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) Visits Zenith Aircraft

On-Site Kit Evaluation Of The STOL CH 750 Kit Completed

A four-person FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) concluded its two day visit to Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri Wednesday. The team was sent to determine whether the STOL CH 750 aircraft kit will officially allow an amateur-builder to meet the "major portion" (or "51% percent") requirement.

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Continental Faces Another FAA Fine

$325,000 Civil Penalty For Improper Landing Gear Maintenance

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a civil penalty of $325,000 against Continental Airlines for operating an aircraft on at least a dozen commercial flights without properly maintaining its right main landing gear.

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'No Boundaries' Contest Helps NASA Market Its Careers To Teens

New Jersey Students Win NASA, USA TODAY National Competition

In the "No Boundaries" competition, students work in small groups or individually to develop a project that markets careers at NASA to teens. They selected one of the four STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) disciplines and choose a career within that discipline.

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NASA Awards Cooperative Agreements For STEM Program

Challenger Center, SRI International Receive Funding For MMOG Study

NASA's Learning Technologies Project Office (LTPO) awarded two Cooperative Agreement Notices for NASA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.

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An 'Out Of This World' Experience For NASA Twitter Followers

NASA Is Organizing A "Tweetup" In Houston For The STS-132 Mission

NASA has really embraced the concept of social media, and if you don't yet know what a "Tweetup" is ... ask any nearby teenager. But the social media phenomenon extends beyond the Internet, and NASA Twitter followers will have the chance to personally go inside the heart of a space shuttle mission.

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Norwood Flight Academy Awarded Air Agency Certificate

Receives Part 141 Designation

A Boston area flight school, Norwood Flight Academy, was awarded the FAA's Part 141 designation on Thursday.  The Part 141 Air Agency Certificate was presented by FAA inspector, Bob Berlin.

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AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2010-10-02

MANUFACTURER: Aircraft Corporation Model S- 76A, B, and C Helicopters  

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2010-10-07

MANUFACTURER: Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model ERJ 170 and Model ERJ 190 Airplanes

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Aero-TV: The DA42 NG – Diamond Aircraft’s Next Step

Test Pilot, Rob Johnson, Introduces the Newly Certified DA42 NG
 
On April 10th, 2010, Diamond Aircraft announced the FAA certification of the company’s latest development, the DA42 NG. In addition, the certification approved both IFR and FIKI operations.  For existing DA42 owners and operators, the FAA also approved the conversion of TAE powered DA42s to the NG configuration, including the optional installation of the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot.  
 
 

Aero-TV: The DA42 NG -- Diamond Aircraft's Next Step

Test Pilot, Rob Johnson, Introduces the Newly Certified DA42 NG

On April 10th, 2010, Diamond Aircraft announced the FAA certification of the company's latest development, the DA42 NG. In addition, the certification approved both IFR and FIKI operations. 

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Senate Energy Legislation Has Airline Industry On Edge

ATA: Airlines Committed To Fuel Efficiency And CO(2) Reduction Improvements

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled the Senate version of an energy bill Wednesday that includes cap-and-trade language for carbon emissions and specific CO(2) reduction targets.

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NTSB Released Probable Cause Report In July 4th California Jet Accident

Aircraft Was Part Of The Tehachapi, CA Independence Day Celebration

The NTSB has finished its investigation of an accident which occurred on July 4th in Tehachapi, CA, in which an Aero Vodochody L-29 went down after a low pass over towns the 4th of July parade, fatally injuring both people on board.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Eurocopter Tail Gear Box

Move Prompted By An Accident Involving An AS350B2

The FAA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD), prompted by several reports of cracking in a tail gearbox (TGB) control lever, part number (P/N) 350A33-1058-03, including an accident involving an AS350B2 helicopter.

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Klyde Morris (05.14.10)

Klyde Gets Experimental... Again

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Sending Accident Investigating Team To Libya

Will Assist As The Libyan Government Looks Into Afriqiyah Airways Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a team of investigators to assist the government of Libya in its investigation of an accident involving an Airbus A330-200, which was equipped with General Electric CF6-8E1 engines.

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Charges Against NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair Dropped

Airport Management Issues Have Been Resolved

ANN has learned that a judge has dismissed all charges against Jason Blair, the Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors, which stemmed from a allegations of embezzlement at an airport where he had been manager.

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Airbus Releases Statement On Afriqiyah Airways Accident

The Airplane Went Down "Short Of The Runway Threshold"

Airbus released a statement Wednesday following the crash of an A330 operated by Afriqiyah Airways in Tripoli, Libya.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.14.10)

"We trust that if Congress pursues this legislation, it will adopt this approach versus imposing punitive industry and passenger taxes." Source: ATA President and CEO James C. May.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.14.10): Ruddervators

Flying control surfaces, usually a V tail, that control both yaw and pitch attitude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.14.10)

TARC -- Team America Rockety Challenge

The Aero-TV crew is in Virginia for the Team America Rockety Challenge, the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

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