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February 11, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.11.11

NTSB assists Irish investigators with a downed airliner case.
A Search and Rescue helicopter program in the UK is cancelled.
And Continental employees brace for layoffs in Houston.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.11.11

NTSB assists Irish investigators with a downed airliner case.
A Search and Rescue helicopter program in the UK is cancelled.
And Continental employees brace for layoffs in Houston.

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ANN Special Feature: Gas Ballooning with Cheri White - 02.11.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with veteran balloonist Cheri White about the preparations required for distance competitions in gas balloons, and choosing the right partner.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.11.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.11.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.11.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Gas Ballooning with Cheri White - 02.11.11 (ANN Special Report, with Balloonist Cheri White)

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NTSB Moves Into Social Media

Safety Board How Has Presence On Twitter, YouTube

The National Transportation Safety Board has established a Twitter account and a YouTube channel as the Safety Board broadens its communication efforts by moving into social media. The handle for the Twitter account is "ntsb". The YouTube channel is "ntsbgov".

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Folland Gnat Jet Donated To Spirit Of Flight

One Of Only 105 Ever Built

In 1955, the Folland Aircraft Company flew the compact Gnat T Mk. 1 aircraft for the first time to great praise by the RAF test pilots and development team that included one pilot for India.

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EAA's Women Soar You Soar Expands To Four Days

More Experiences Await Young Women Interested In Aviation-Based Careers

Entering its seventh year of inspiring young women to reach for their dreams in aviation, "Women Soar You Soar" is expanding to four days in 2011 and will now be held on the final weekend of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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CubeSat Space Mission Candidates Announced

Twenty Small Satellites To Be Developed By Industry, Academia, Military

NASA has selected 20 small satellites to fly as auxiliary cargo aboard rockets planned to launch in 2011 and 2012. The proposed CubeSats come from a high school in Virginia, universities across the country, NASA field centers and Department of Defense organizations.

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Airmen Help Transport Clothes, Shoes To Kyrgyzstan

Program Allows Civilian Goods To Be Transported On Military Aircraft

More than 6,500 pounds of humanitarian goods were loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Scott AFB in Illinois on Feb. 7. The goods are being shipped to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, as part of the Denton Program.

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Mercy Flight Selects DVCS6100 Digital Audio System

Panel Will Be Integrated Into Air Ambulance Company's New Bell 429, BK117

Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY, will have Becker Avionics' DVCS6100 Digital Audio System integrated into their newly purchased Bell 429 light-twin helicopter, as well as one of their existing BK117 EMS helicopters.

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Hellenic Air Force Receives Second F-16C Block 52+ Aircrew Training Device

Network Capability With First Sim Allows Air-To-Air Combat Training

A second F-16C Block 52+ Aircrew Training Device (ATD) has been delivered to the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) said Wednesday in a news release.

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Southeast Aerospace Announces New Website

Greater Depth In Each Area Of Expertise

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) launched a newly designed website Tuesday.

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Deadline Approaches For NASA Graduate Fellowship Applications

Slots Open For Grad Students Interested In Space Technology Research

Only two weeks remain to submit graduate student applications for NASA's new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications are due by Feb. 23 for the new NASA grants. 

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Magellan Aerospace (UK) Extends A350 XWB Work

Selected to Manufacture Additional Structural Components For The New Airplane

An agreement has been reached between Magellan Aerospace Corporation and Airbus securing a further work package for the company on Airbus' new A350 XWB. It is expected to generate revenues in excess of $20 million over the next ten years.

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PSSST! Hey Kid. Wanna Buy A Used Harrier Jet?

He Did, But Dad Made Him Give It Back

For just a little while, a 7-year-old boy was the proud "owner" of a surplus Harrier jet he'd bought for $113,000 on eBay.

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Aero-TV: Carbon Cub At Play -- Too Much Fun For Words

One More Reason That Campbell LOVES His Job....

It's been REALLY busy hereabouts lately, as the ANN HQ crew seems to find more and more things to do at a time when most folks would think we could take it easy for a while. Yeah... not a chance. Still, there's busy... and there's BUSY. And when busy means spending a day with the Carbon Cub, life ain't all that bad.

Aero-TV: Performing Above It All -- Sean Tucker at Oshkosh 2010

One Of Aviation's Most Ebullient Personalities Enjoys The Oshkosh Experience

ANN knows how to have fun at Oshkosh and we dare anyone to enjoy the experience as much as we do... UNLESS it's Sean Tucker taking on the challenge. Face it, when it comes to Oshkosh, Sean knows how to party... and pulls some serious Gs in the process.

Aero-TV: Performing Above It All -- Sean Tucker at Oshkosh 2010

One Of Aviation's Most Ebullient Personalities Enjoys The Oshkosh Experience

ANN knows how to have fun at Oshkosh and we dare anyone to enjoy the experience as much as we do... UNLESS it's Sean Tucker taking on the challenge. Face it, when it comes to Oshkosh, Sean knows how to party... and pulls some serious Gs in the process. Sean may be one of aviation's best known ambassadors... his professionalism and infectious enthusiasm for his craft have thrilled hundreds of millions of people around the world and shown the public what a true aviation adherent can do with passion, practice and the utmost in professionalism.

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Aero-TV: Carbon Cub At Play -- Too Much Fun For Words

One More Reason That Campbell LOVES His Job....

It's been REALLY busy hereabouts lately, as the ANN HQ crew seems to find more and more things to do at a time when most folks would think we could take it easy for a while. Yeah... not a chance. Still, there's busy... and there's BUSY. And when busy means spending a day with the Carbon Cub, life ain't all that bad.

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Boeing Submits Final NewGen Tanker Proposal To US Air Force

Planemaker Claims Significant Fuel Savings Over Competing Airbus Tanker

The Boeing Company's final proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition was submitted to the U.S. Air Force Thursday. The proposal offers a fleet of Boeing NewGen Tankers that Boeing says will burn 24 percent less fuel than the competing EADS tanker.

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Senate Considering Amendments To FAA Reauthorization Bill

Senators: FAA Bill Is "Too Important" To Be Delayed Again

As the Congressional debate over a long-term FAA funding bill again gains momentum in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other senators have said the FAA bill is too important to be delayed again.

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Canadian Transportation Safety Board Issues Report In 2009 Helo Accident

Uses The Report To Push For Improved Helicopter Safety

Pushing a series of four key reforms to improve helicopter safety, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its final report into the fatal 2009 crash of Cougar Flight 91 off the coast of Newfoundland Wednesday.

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SpaceX Sells First Lunar Mission

Could Fly Robotic Lander To The Moon As Early As 2013

A Pittsburgh-based company which is building a lunar rover has purchased a slot to travel to the moon from SpaceX, and could undertake the mission as early as 2013.

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NATA Concludes Successful FBO Leadership Conference

Participants See Positive Signs For A Slow Industry Recovery

More than 100 FBO and airport professionals gathered this week at the National Air Transportation Association's (NATA) annual FBO Leadership Conference (FBOLC) in Savannah, Georgia.

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Missionary Rescues Pilot Following Accident

Baron Goes Down On Approach, Two Critically Injured

A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints is being called a hero after he helped pull a pilot and passenger from their plane following an accident in San Bernardino, CA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.11.11)

"I have always admired the Gnat and how maneuverable it is. I have flown one and you really need to be on your game because of how quick it is." Source: Spirit of Flight Center President Gordon Page.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.11.11): Calm

Atmospheric conditions devoid of wind or any other air motion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.11.11)

YF-23A Black Widow II

In 1981, the Air Force developed a requirement for an Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) as a new air superiority fighter. The competitors were Lockheed with its YF-22 and Northrop/McDonnell Douglas with its YF-23. Here's to the 1st runner up!

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