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January 20, 2010

Breaking News: Southers Withdraws As Nominee For Head Of TSA

Says Nomination Was Obstructed By Politics

Eroll Southers, President Obama's nominee to lead TSA, has withdrawn his name from consideration, saying it has been "obstructed by political ideology."

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Pilot My-Cast by Garmin App Now Available For iPhone and iPod Touch

Detailed Aviation Weather And Airport Information Now Fits In Your Pocket

The little electronic device that seems to be becoming increasingly ubiquitous has just gotten a little more useful for pilots. Digital Cyclone, a subsidiary of Garmin, announced Wednesday that Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is available immediately for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Garmin G3X Experimental And LSA Glass Cockpit Unveiled

Adds Engine Sensors And Autopilot Interface

Pilots of LSA and experimental aircraft are about to get some of the same cockpit information ... ok, we'll say it ... toys, that are normally found in the front office of higher-performance airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.10

Relief flights appear to be getting into Haiti smoothly.
The Dreamliner achieves a flight test milestone.
And the earlybirds are already in Sebring.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.20.10

Relief flights appear to be getting into Haiti smoothly.
The Dreamliner achieves a flight test milestone.
And the earlybirds are already in Sebring.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.20.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.20.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: A Great Year for Air Shows, Pt II - 01.20.10 (ANN Special Report, with ICAS President John Cudahy)

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NASA Continues Testing Of 'Head-Worn HUD' System

Awards InterSense An Extended SBIR Contract To Test Head-Worn Tracking System For Pilots

NASA has awarded additional funding to InterSense Inc. to continue development and testing of an inertial-optical head tracking system for commercial pilots, the company said Monday.

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Lancair Evolution Pricing Simplified for 2010

Inspection And Training Package Included In Base Price

Pricing and value on the 2010 Lancair Evolution has been simplified into one base price for the airframe from the firewall aft.

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First S-70i Helicopter Nearing Completion

International Varient Of The Black Hawk Being Built At Sikorsky Facility In Poland

The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, an international variant of the Black Hawk helicopter, is nearing completion on the assembly line at PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. company in Poland.

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Delta and SkyTeam Issue Statement Of Support For Japan Airlines

Still In The Running For A Partnership Agreement

Japan Airlines has entered into a court-led financial restructuring arrangement under the guidance of the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan (ETIC). 

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Flight Design USA Adds Four Flight Schools To Pilot Center Roster

More Fight Design Pilot Centers Improve Customer Convenience

Flight Design USA announced the addition of four new flight schools to their growing roster of Flight Design Pilot Centers (FDPC) Monday.

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Ad Astra Rocket Company, MEI Technologies, Form Strategic Alliance

Will Collaborate On Plasma Propulsion Technology

Plasma rocket developer Ad Astra Rocket Company and national aerospace defense and technology company MEI Technologies have joined forces to create a strategic alliance in support of Ad Astra's Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) rocket development.

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Global Hawk Collects Recon Data During Haiti Relief Efforts

Helping Determine The Extent Of Damage, Locate Potential Airfields

An RQ-4 Global Hawk is providing imagery to determine the extent of damage to earthquake-stricken Haiti and usability of its infrastructure, an Air Force official said during a Department of Defense Bloggers Roundtable January 15.

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Gone West: Dave Richardson

Line Service Manager With Million Air Toronto, Toronto Airways

Derek Sifton, President of Million Air Toronto FBO and Toronto Airways Limited (TAL) is deeply saddened to announce that Dave Richardson (aka DR), Line Service Manager passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 17, 2010.

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Aero-TV: Avidyne Release 9 – ANN’s Jim Campbell Reviews R9

Avidyne's R9 Actually Deserves Title Of "Best Panel In GA"

After spending some serious dollars late in 2008 to purchase our much beloved Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo, the last thing we thought we needed to do was undertake a radical $100k upgrade program. What convinced us that it was right to do so was the compelling proposition that Avidyne put forth that while overall capabilities were a big deal in seeking the "Perfect Panel," human factors and usability were VERY MUCH an equally important consideration. They weren't kidding. In some 200 hours of R9 flying, we have to admit that we're flat out blown away with this system. It works. It works well. It has DRAMATICALLY eased our workload in some of the most intense airspace in the business. AND, it keeps working des

Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week – Understanding The Future of ADS-B

New Technologies Are Driving GA to Incredible Heights

On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their annual AOPA Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in Tampa, Florida. Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring the latest in G.A. technology.

Aero-TV: Avidyne Release 9 -- ANN's Jim Campbell Reviews R9

Avidyne's R9 Actually Deserves Title Of "Best Panel In GA"

After spending some serious dollars late in 2008 to purchase our much beloved Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo, the last thing we thought we needed to do was undertake a radical $100k upgrade program. What convinced us that it was right to do so was the compelling proposition that Avidyne put forth that while overall capabilities were a big deal in seeking the "Perfect Panel," human factors and usability were VERY MUCH an equally important consideration.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week – Understanding The Future of ADS-B

New Technologies Are Driving GA to Incredible Heights

  While there is tremendous confusion about what ADS-B is... and isn't, this is a technology that the FAA is betting their Next-Gen ranch on. FAA calls ADS-B "...one of the most important, underlying technologies in the agency’s plan to transform air traffic control to a satellite-based system. It is an air traffic system that will provide more precise surveillance data to air traffic controllers and to ADS-B equipped aircraft at the same time. This information will significantly enhance pilots’ situational awareness.

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Integrated, Sustainable Bioenergy Research Project For Aviation Fuel Established

Boeing, Etihad Airways, Honeywell and Masdar Institute Involved In Abu Dhabi Effort 

The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Project (SBRP) will use integrated saltwater agricultural systems to support the development and commercialization of biofuel sources for aviation and coproducts, the group announced Monday.

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U.S. To Open Additional Runway In Haiti, General Says

Operations Into Jacmel Expected By Mid-Week

As some 200 daily flights transit through the congested and sole functioning Haitian airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. military is looking to open a second runway in the city of Jacmel within a day.

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Long-Distance Attempt Ends Tragically After Only Five Hours

Adventurer Had Hoped To Pilot A Microlight Airplane From England To Australia

British tree surgeon Martin Bromage had hoped to fly his QuikR microlight airplane from London to Sydney, Australia as a fundraiser went down on Monday just five hours into his planned eight-week 11,000 mile journey.

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Unite Announces Fresh Ballot Of BA Cabin Crew Members

Still No Agreement Between BA, Cabin Crews On Working Conditions And Workload

The UK civil aviation union Unite says it is set to begin a new industrial action ballot of cabin crew employed by British Airways, it advised the company Monday.

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MU-2 Down In Ohio

Four, Including The Inventor Of The Dropped Celing, Are Killed

Two pilots and two passengers were killed Monday afternoon when a Mitsubishi MU-2B went down on approach to Lorain County Airport in Ohio.

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DOT Unveils Updated Aviation Complaint Website

Streamlined Site Also Gives Easy Access to On-Time And Baggage Handling Data

The DOT recently announced the launch of its redesigned Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement website. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.20.10)

"I've always had an appetite for adventure and I relish a challenge." Source: British tree surgeon Martin Bromage, just prior to his departure on a planned 11,000 mile flight in a microlight aircraft from England to Australia. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.10): Terrain Following

The flight of a military aircraft maintaining a constant AGL altitude above the terrain or the highest obstruction. The altitude of the aircraft will constantly change with the varying terrain and/or obstruction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.10)

E-6B Flight Computer

With all of the computing power in many of our cockpits today, sometimes it's good to remember the basics. The E-6B flight computer has taught legions of pilots how to calculate speed, time, and distance, true course, and a host of other factors that go into dead reckoning.

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