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April 12, 2011

A380 Collides With Commuter Jet At On The Ground At JFK

Smaller Aircraft Was Spun Around By The Impact, No Injuries Reported

An Air France A380 taxiing for takeoff collided with a parked Comair CRJ-700 airplane Monday night, causing the regional jet to spin violently about 90 degrees.

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NASA Announces New Homes For Shuttle Orbiters After Retirement

Florida, California, Washington, DC, And New York City Will Display The Spacecraft

After 30 years of spaceflight, more than 130 missions, and numerous science and technology firsts, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire and be on display at institutions across the country to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.12.11

NASA celebrates the golden anniversary of human spaceflight.
Airbus says the A320neo will be ready early.
And Boeing gets another order from Qatar.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.12.11

NASA celebrates the golden anniversary of human spaceflight.
Airbus says the A320neo will be ready early.
And Boeing gets another order from Qatar.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: Aspen Avionics VP Brad Hayden - 04.12.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Aspen Avionics VP of Marketing Brad Hayden about the company's surprising collaborations with Honeywell, Avidyne and Cobham to bring new products to market. (From AEA

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FAA Operates From New Air Traffic Control System Command Center

The "Conductor" Of The National Airspace System

The new David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center, located in Warrenton, VA, is fully operational, the FAA announced Monday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.12.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.12.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.12.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: Aspen Avionics VP Brad Hayden - 04.12.11 (ANN Special Report, with Aspen Avionics VP Brad Hayden)

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SIAE: Solar Impulse To Visit Paris Air Show

First Airshow Appearance Made By Solar-Powered Aircraft

The organizers of the International Paris Air Show are said Monday the solar airplane Solar Impulse will make its first-ever airshow appearance at the Le Bourget event, and that the aircraft is scheduled to fly daily.

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RAF Reaper Reaches 20,000 Hours Over Afghanistan

System Was Introduced In 2007

The RAF Reaper force, controlled by 39 Squadron, has repeatedly proven itself, both in combat and as eyes in the skies for front line troops and military commanders on the ground.

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SAS Continuous To Streamline Its Aircraft Fleet

Will Phase Out Older 737s, MD80s

While it's not known whether the timing of the move has anything to do with a recent decompression incident aboard a Southwest Airlines B373, the Solana, Sweden-based airline SAS says it has made a decision to phase out the MD80 and Boeing 737 Classic aircraft it operates from Stockholm and Oslo.

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FAA IT Contract Awarded To SAIC

Company To Provide Comprehensive Information Technology (IT) Services To FAA, DOT, Other Federal Agencies

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was awarded a prime contract by the FAA, Enterprise Services Center (ESC) to provide comprehensive information technology (IT) services to the FAA, DOT, and other federal agencies.

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Cessna Establishes Citation Service In Prague

Will Cohabitate With Bell Helicopter Service Facility

Cessna Aircraft Company has established a Citation business aircraft service facility in Prague at sister company Bell Helicopter’s service facility at Prague Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR).

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Soloy Aviation Solutions Delivers 85th Cessna 206/207 Turbine Conversion

Refurbished 1980 Cessna 207 Serving In Cameroon

Soloy Aviation Solutions has delivered its 85th Cessna 206/207 Mark I turbine conversion to JAARS. The newly converted Cessna 207 will be deployed in Cameroon, a coastal country in central west Africa.

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DLR And NASA Making The Helicopters Of The Future Quieter

German And U.S. Agencies Team Up For Advanced Rotor Research

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Gottingen and NASA are investigating the exact origin of rotor noise. The aim is to make the helicopters of the future quieter.

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U.S. Navy Awards $15.6 Million Contract For C-26 And UC-35 Support

M7 Aerospace To Perform Logistics And Maintenance

 M7 Aerospace LP (M7) has been awarded a $15.6 million contract by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, Maryland to perform Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) and maintenance for a mixed fleet of seven RC/EC/C-26D and 12 UC-35C/D utility aircraft.

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Air Force Announces MC-12 Basing Decision

Twin Turboprop To Be Used Initially For Mission Qualifications And Training

The Department of the Air Force recently announced it will base the MC-12W Liberty aircraft at Beale AFB in California. The announcement comes following the completion of an environmental assessment that concluded with a finding of no significant impact, clearing the way for the final decision.

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Flight Design Increases American Content In CT, MC Aircraft

U.S. Made Propeller, Transponder, Landing Gear To Be Used On Imported LSAs

For several years, importer Flight Design USA has been using an increasing percentage of U.S. made components in the CT and MC series aircraft they sell in the U.S. market.

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Classic Aero-TV: AvGas Alternatives--The Swift Fuel Proposition (Part 1)

The Future Of 'Motion Lotion' Remains An Important Concern

There are few more contentious issues facing GA right now as the question about what will eventually replace 100LL. There are few folks working hard to address the issue, but they all report that they're facing serious hurdles in not only perfecting their product but wading through the bureaucratic processes necessary to make their fuel a reality. ANN had the chance to spend some quality time with a number of the folks behind the Swift Fuel program, one of the more prominent players in the race to replace 100LL -- and the conversations were intriguing -- and educational.

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STS-1… I SAW IT! Part 3 Of A Series

Go Baby GO!!

The night before the second launch attempt we got a later start out of Daytona than we had the first time. We stopped and ate and this time we were all armed with sleeping bags. Just as we had planned Friday morning, almost everyone parked where they had been for the scrub.

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Industry Poll Shows Support For Fully Funding The FAA

Americans Back Improving The Nation's Aviation System

Recent polling conducted on behalf of the Aerospace Industries Association shows considerable public support for fully funding the Federal Aviation Administration and the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

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City Of Oshkosh May Look To Expand Aviation Presence

Chamber Of Commerce Leader Calls For Construction Of Aviation Business Park

The president and CEO of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce wants the city of Oshkosh and Winnebago County to pave the way for an aviation business park adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport, a move he says will establish the city's place as a "leader in the aviation community."

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Tourism Sneaks On To Georgia Airplane Parts Bill

Tax Breaks For Developers Added To Parts Sales Tax Exemption Measure

A bill making its way through the Georgia legislature to extend a sales tax exemption for airplane parts has been co-opted by developers looking for tax breaks.

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Flight Into Known Icing Approved for Bonanza G36

STC Granted To CAV Aerospace For FIKI System

An amended STC approval from the FAA has been granted to CAV Aerospace to install the TKS Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) protection system in Bonanza G36 aircraft.

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Flight Design Hand Control Option Goes Into Production

Company Donates System To Able Flight

In an effort to help disabled persons achieve a goal of learning to fly, Flight Design has donated one of its hand control systems for use by a disabled student who has access to a Flight Design aircraft.

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Legendary Rocker Joins NASA Astronaut In First Space-Earth Flute Duet

Cady Coleman, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Play "Bourree"

Harmony reached new heights recently as NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, circling Earth aboard the International Space Station, and musician Ian Anderson, founder of the rock band Jethro Tull, collaborated for the first space-Earth duet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.12.11)

"Then the STS-1 stood up on two stilts of flame as bright as the sun. Everyone was screaming "GO!... Go Baby GO!... GO!" I heard myself screaming it and I heard it echoing up and down the riverbank." Source: ANN Cartoonist and Contributer Wes Oleszewski.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.11): National Flight Data Digest

A daily (except weekends and Federal holidays) publication of flight information appropriate to aeronautical charts, aeronautical publications, Notices to Airmen, or other media serving the purpose of providing operational flight data essential to safe and efficient aircraft operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.11)

Plane Spotting

Aircraft Spotting is like bird watching but you get to watch much bigger "birds".

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