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May 11, 2010

NTSB Publishes 'Professionalism In Aviation' Forum Agenda

Three Day Public Forum Devoted To Professionalism And Safety

The NTSB has published the agenda for the Professionalism in Aviation safety forum which will begin at 0900 Thursday, May 18th.  NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will chair the three-day, en-banc forum which is open to the public, and there is no registration for attendees.

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Santa Monica, FAA Spar Over Airport Traffic Patterns

New IFR Departure Procedure Is Basis For Complaints

The city of Santa Monica is not happy about new IFR departure procedures being tested by the FAA at Santa Monica Airport (KSMO), and says it will "aggressively persue all avenues" to force the FAA to conduct a full environmental impact study before any change is made permanent.

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FAA, Parks Service Discuss Sightseeing Tours Over Mt. Ranier National Park

Limited Tours, Outright Ban Both Up For Consideration

The National Parks Service and the FAA are working on a federally-mandated plan that could limit, or ban, aerial sightseeing tours over Mt. Ranier National Park. While no specific limits have yet been discussed, both are options that could be proposed by the public.

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ST. Lucie County Airport Earns Two National Awards

Wins Award For Runway Design, And Tapped As Top Aviation CBP Facility

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recently announced that the St. Lucie County International Airport (KFPR) has earned the Southeastern U.S. Airport's General Aviation Airport Project of the Year Award for the design of the new runway 10L-28R.

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Aero-TV: As The Rotor Turns -- Frank Robinson Looks To The Future

The Future Has Never Looked Brighter For Robinson

One of the most interesting conversations to be had in any helicopter-oriented environment occurs whenever Frank Robinson is part of it. At the 2010 Heli-Expo, Frank Robinson updated an enthusiastic crowd on the much-anticipated R66 turbine helicopter. Expo attendees had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the five-place helicopter on display. He also sat down with ANN to talk about all manner of future possibilities for the immensely popular Robinson Helicopter line.

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Aero-TV: Mid-Continent's MD835 -- Light Weight Emergency Power Supply

There's NO SUCH THING As Too Much Backup...

During the tumultuous week of AEA 2010, Mid-Continent's MD835 Emergency Power Supply was introduced, having recently received TSO certification from the FAA. Rigorous RTCA DO-160 environmental testing and DO-311 testing for Rechargeable Lithium Systems was conducted to receive TSO approval.

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Pilot In 2008 Accident In PA Suffered From Heart Disease

His Cardiologist Had Said He "Should Not Be Flying" With His Heart Condition

The NTSB has issued a probable cause report in a 2008  accident in Latrobe, PA, involving a pilot who suffered from heart disease, and who's medical certificate had been pulled due to the condition.

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Service Schedule Changes Announced For Centurion Engines

Life Extension To 1,500 Hours Certified

Centurion is launching a service offensive for the kerosene piston aircraft engines in its Centurion 2.0 series. The operational lifetime for this engine has been extended to 1,500 hours.

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Hawker Beechcraft Has Hiring Plans

HBC "Very Aggressively" Exploring International Markets

In what might be another sign that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the aircraft manufacturing industry, Hawker Beechcraft said late last week that it has plans to hire more than 100 engineers, along with 40 or 50 employees in the areas of operations and supply chain beginning in the next three to four months.

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Telluride Requests Additional Runway Grant

Airport Closed Monday For Initial Runway Work

The airport at Telluride, Colorado, was closed Monday to begin work on a $17 million month-long project on the ends of its runways, but airport managers have requested an additional $20 million from the FAA for additional safety enhancements.

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Airborne Police Officer Killed In CA Accident

Aircraft Monitoring Highway Speeders Went Down On Patrol

A California Highway Patrol pilot was killed Saturday when the plane he was flying went down about 0930 local time in Imperial County, CA.

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