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March 19, 2009

FAA Shuffles Regional Ranks With Two New Appointments

Miniace To Lead Central Region; Vernon Promoted To NW Mountain Region Administrator

Now almost two months in to his administration, President Barack Obama has yet to appoint his nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration... but the agency is shoring up its ranks with Thursday's announcement Joe Miniace and Kathryn Vernon have been named administrators for the Central Region and Northwest Mountain Region, respectively.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.19.09

Lessons Of Flight 1549: Controller Patrick Harten... And Congressman John Mica

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.19.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.19.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Lessons Of Flight 1549: 03.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with congressional testimony from FAA controller Patrick Harten,

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.19.09)


The purpose of this group's effort is to build a highly inspirational aircraft device that will make a positive influence on our youths for years to come. Also, the F-4 Phantom II Thunderbird Simulator's intends to give the everyday person a once in a life time opportunity to get in a real jet cockpit and actually fly it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.19.09): Albedo


An object's albedo is the ratio of the amount of solar radiation reflected from an object to the total amount it receives. An object with a high albedo is shinier than an object with a low albedo. A white, completely reflecting object has an albedo of 1.0; a black object with no reflectivity has an albedo of 0.0 (zero).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.19.09)

"The challenge issued by a flight attendant during a recent commercial air flight seemed innocuous enough: "Name just one of the five Medal of Honor recipients from the current engagements in Afghanistan or Iraq, and get a free drink coupon." But the passengers' response -- more specifically, the inability of all but just one to respond -- revealed how little the average American knows about its military heroes."

Source: Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service, in a rather humbling commentary piece that notes while most Americans can name at least one winner on "American Idol"... very few can name any of this nation's most recent, true heroes.

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