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February 04, 2012

Milestone C-130 Hercules Delivered By LMC

The 2,400th Airlifter Goes To Cannon AFB, NM

The C-130 Hercules program reached a significant milestone last week with the delivery of its 2400th aircraft. The aircraft is an MC-130J Combat Shadow II assigned to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command and will be operated by the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, NM.

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FAA, Industry Avionics Rotorcraft Forum Concludes At AEA HQ

Presentations From The Forum Now Available Online

On Thursday, Feb. 2, more than 70 general aviation industry leaders and regulatory executives concluded a successful 2 ½-day avionics rotorcraft forum at the Aircraft Electronics Association International Headquarters.

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Florida Senator Speaks Out Against User Fees

Senator Bill Nelson (D) Sends Letter To President Obama Supporting GA Position

Florida's senior Senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, recently sent a letter to the White House opposing President Barack Obama's proposal for a $100 per-flight user fee on general aviation. "I know we're facing difficult economic times in our country," Nelson wrote, "but we've got to get our financial house in order without hindering high-growth industries, such as general aviation."

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Armadillo Aerospace Launches Third 'STIG-A' Rocket From Spaceport America

Flight Was Successful, But Main 'Ballute' Did Not Deploy As Intended

A STIG-A rocket was launched over the weekend by Armadillo Aerospace from the New Mexico Spaceport Authority's Spaceport America. The research and development test flight was a non-public, unpublished event at the request of Armadillo Aerospace, as the company is testing proprietary advanced launch technologies.

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Over 7,000 Stranded When Malev Airlines Goes Under

Second European Carrier In A Week To Suspend Operations

A second European airline has folded up its tent this week. Hungary-based Malev Airline grounded all its planes Friday, ending a reported 66 years of continuous service. Spain's Spanair entered bankruptcy proceedings and suspended operations last weekend.

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HAI Applauds Defeat Of Schumer Noise Amendment

NY Senator Tried To Add Altitude Restrictions To FAA Reauthorization

A provision to regulate helicopter routes and address noise issues over populated areas in Long Island New York, championed by New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, and inserted at the eleventh hour in the Senate FAA bill, was dropped in final negotiations with senior lawmakers. HAI is thanking leaders from both parties for blocking the amendment.

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Shumer Says FAA Helo Noise Rules For NYC Are Coming 'Soon'

LaHood Indicates Changes Could Come By Memorial Day

Despite the defeat of his 11th hour amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said this week that he expects the FAA will soon offer new rules to require helicopter flights to Long Island and the Hamptons to be conducted north of the city over Long Island sound as a way to reduce noise over the region.

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Obama Confirms, Defends Drones In Pakistan

Discusses UAS Strikes, Civilian Casualty Count

The US has been very reluctant to even acknowledge that it has a program of drone strikes on foreign soil, let alone offer details. But in an hour-long "hang-out" on Google+ Monday, President Obama both acknowledged and defended the practice, which is being criticized by Amnesty International.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.04.12)

"I know we're facing difficult economic times in our country, but we've got to get our financial house in order without hindering high-growth industries, such as general aviation." Source: Letter to President Obama from Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.04.12): Fly-Over Waypoint

A waypoint that precludes any turn until the waypoint is overflown, and is followed by either an intercept maneuver of the next flight segment or direct flight to the next waypoint.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.04.12)

Fun Places To Fly

It's the weekend, and the winter weather has been milder than normal in many parts of the country. So ... all gassed up and no place to go? This website has an ever growing list of Fun Places to Fly.

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