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February 28, 2011

As Predicted... Cirrus 'Merges' With China's CAIGA

The End Of A Uniquely American GA Icon?

Cirrus has admitted that the company will "merge" with the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA). The scenario is described as a "definitive merger agreement pursuant to which CAIGA would acquire Cirrus."

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Pilot's Body Recovered After Vintage Jet Goes Down In The Hudson

BAC-167 Strikemaster May Have Flamed Out During Vertical Climb

A New York surgeon was fatally injured Saturday when the BAC-167 Strikemaster he had just purchased went down in the Hudson River following a low pass over Kingston Ulster Airport (20N).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.11

NTSB studies more cases abroad than at home.
A mystery command keeps the Glory mission grounded.
And the FAA certifies Embraer's Legacy 650.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.28.11

NTSB studies more cases abroad than at home.
A mystery command keeps the Glory mission grounded.
And the FAA certifies Embraer's Legacy 650.


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ANN Special Feature: Back Doors in O2 Emergencies - 02.28.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about an accident in which a fatality apparently caused by an oxygen system malfunction might have been avoided.

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Updated: Concerns Grow Over Much-Delayed/Hyped Cirrus Jet Program

Schedules Missed, Refunds 'Delayed,' Staff Disappearing, And Questionable Marketing May Mean Downfall Of Once-Iconic Cirrus

ANN Editorial Note: ANN understands that 'an announcement' is pending, within hours, concerning Cirrus Aircraft... we are monitoring the situation as we write this and will report back as soon as concrete info is available. -- ANN E-I-C The past few years have not been kind to one of the former darlings of the GA world... Cirrus Design/Cirrus Aircraft. With thousands of SR20 and SR22 aircraft in circulation, there is little doubt that the company once guided by GA wunderkind Alan Klapmeier has fallen on hard times. Up and through the better economic times leading into 2008, Cirrus enjoyed pretty significant success under

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Building Student And Teacher Interest In STEM Through Aviation

Central New Jersey-Based Program Joins 2011 WAI Conference To Showcase A Comprehensive Business Education Partnership

Leaders of a business-education partnership in Central New Jersey are participating in the 22nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, and showcasing a comprehensive, community-based approach to stimulating and sustaining interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) through the lens of aviation.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.28.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.28.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Back Doors in O2 Emergencies - 02.28.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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FAA Announces Recovery Act Funded Improvements

Pitt-Greenville Airport Terminal Project Paid For By ARRA

The FAA on Friday announced the completion of the expansion and renovation of the passenger terminal at the Pitt-Greenville Airport in Greenville, N.C., which was paid for with $7.9 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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First Production F-35 Stealth Fighter Flown Friday

Test Pilot Gigliotti: "Aircraft Was Rock Solid"

The first production model of the F-35 Lightning II made its inaugural flight Friday in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Air Force this spring. The jet will head to Edwards Air Force Base, CA, to support developmental testing shortly after the Air Force takes delivery.

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After Two Difficult Years, Charter Companies See Modest Recovery

Air Charter Association Sees Charter Taking The Place Of Individual Corporate Jets

The chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America recently told the NBAA that, in many ways, business conditions are especially ripe for a turnaround in air charter.

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IAM Flight Attendants At Continental Ratify New Agreement

Top Base Pay Increases To Over $52 Per Hour

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced Friday that Flight Attendants at Continental Airlines have voted to ratify a new interim collective bargaining agreement that will raise their top base pay to $52.53 per hour.

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Typhoon Does Battle With JSF For Japanese Business

Typhoon Could Trump F35 As Japan's Primary Fighter

Fighter jets built in the U.S. have been Japan's military aircraft of choice for many years, but with lengthy delays in the F-35 and potential technology transfer restrictions, Tokyo is reportedly considering a pitch from Eurofighter for the Typhoon.

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That's Hot: Engineers To Test Boiling At Zero-Gravity

Experiment Launches With Shuttle Discovery To International Space Station

In space exploration, boiling may be used for power generation and other applications, but because boiling works differently in a zero-gravity environment, it is difficult to design hardware that will not overheat or cause other problems.

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Carolinas Aviation Museum Acquires Flight 1549 Airframe From Chartis

Insurance Company Has Preserved The "Miracle On The Hudson" Airplane

The Carolinas Aviation Museum has acquired the “Miracle on the Hudson” Flight 1549 Airbus A-320 Airframe from Chartis, a property-casualty and general insurance company, the organization announced Friday.

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What ... We WON?

Congressman Sends Out Wrong E-Mail Following Tanker Announcement

Apparently all the buzz that EADS/Airbus was going to be awarded the KC-46A contract was taken seriously by at least one Washington State Congressman.

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Aero-TV: We Find Bigfoot -- Found Aircraft’s (Really) Big Bird

Are You Ready To Fly Into The Bush??? Bigfoot IS!

In and amongst all the things we say and do to convince the world of the utility of today's aircraft, and the modern destinations they are expected to service, we sometimes forget how well some specially adapted aircraft do in servicing areas of the world that are ANYTHING but modern... or improved... or even paved.

Aero-TV: King Air Retrofit -- Elliot Aviation's Garmin G1000 Upgrade

One of GA's Favorite Turbo-Props Is Ready For A Glass Panel Makeover

The Garmin G1000 Retrofit for the King Air is adding a whole new world of utility and capability to an elder series of airplanes that are still regarded as some of the most versatile turbo-props in the business. Taking these elder airplanes and giving them the G1000 treatment will not only extend their useful lives but make them far safer and more capable aircraft than their original designers could have conceived of.

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Certified (Finally!): Avidyne DFC100 Autopilot For Entegra R9-Equipped Cirrus

DFC100 provides Dual-source Attitude-Based Digital Autopilot Capability and Full-time Flight Envelope Alerting

In one of the most tortuous FAA certification delays in recent memory, the FAA has finally coughed up some long-overdue paperwork and given the much-anticipated Avidyne DFC100 its flying papers. With both TSO and STC approval of the DFC100 Digital Flight Control System, the autopilot provides the precision and reliability of a dual-source attitude-based flight control system, as well as safety enhancements such as a Straight & Level mode and full-time Flight Envelope Alerting.

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Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

Two Amazing Women Prepare To 'Get Their Acro On'

What should have been but one more sad reminder of a tragic event has turned out to be one of the most uplifting pursuits we've undertaken all year. After receiving a number of impressive submissions, ANN CEO, Jim Campbell, finally had to make up his mind and make what turned out to be some very tough selections. Working through a number of applications from some truly deserving applicants, the first two scholarship recipients were decided upon... Kelly Marie Hoffman of San Carlos, CA, and Christy Lynn Garvin of Powder Springs, GA.

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Uplift, Outreach, Camaraderie: 2011 WAI Conference Exceeds Lofty Expectations

"Inspire, Enthuse, Innovate" -- and Then Some -- At The Women in Aviation, International 2011 Conference

It has proven to be one of my favorite events... and is one that provides my cluttered cranium with a helluva workout... in addition to the stories, interviews and Aero-TV gigs we pulled off at 2011 WAI confab, this yearly event allowed me to gauge the health of the "soul" of aviation...and by all appearances, despite our industry's bruises and bumps, we flyers are still in fine shape.

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Aero-TV: We Find Bigfoot -- Found Aircraft’s (Really) Big Bird

Are You Ready To Fly Into The Bush??? Bigfoot IS!

In and amongst all the things we say and do to convince the world of the utility of today's aircraft, and the modern destinations they are expected to service, we sometimes forget how well some specially adapted aircraft do in servicing areas of the world that are ANYTHING but modern... or improved... or even paved.

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Aero-TV: King Air Retrofit -- Elliot Aviation's Garmin G1000 Upgrade

One of GA's Favorite Turbo-Props Is Ready For A Glass Panel Makeover

The Garmin G1000 Retrofit for the King Air is adding a whole new world of utility and capability to an elder series of airplanes that are still regarded as some of the most versatile turbo-props in the business. Taking these elder airplanes and giving them the G1000 treatment will not only extend their useful lives but make them far safer and more capable aircraft than their original designers could have conceived of.

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Klyde Morris (02.28.11)

Klyde Reflects On The (Lack Of) Progress In Media Reporting Of Aviation and Aerospace

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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F-35 Program Names New Chief Test Pilot

Alan "Al" Norman Step Up Following Just-Retired Jon Beesley

Talk about some people's dream job. The F-35 Lightning II program has a new chief test pilot. Alan "Al" Norman, a veteran experimental test pilot, was recently to the position by Lockheed Martin. 

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Lion Air Adds 15 New ATR 72-500s To Wings Air's Fleet

Wings Air's Fleet Of ATRs Increases To 30 Aircraft

European turboprop manufacturer ATR, Indonesia's Wings Air and its parent company Lion Air have signed an operational contract for the purchase of 15 additional ATR 72-500s.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.28.11): EnRoute Minimum Safe Altitude Warning

EnRoute Minimum Safe Altitude Warning A function of the EAS that aids the controller by providing an alert when a tracked aircraft is below or predicted by the computer to go below a predetermined minimum IFR altitude (MIA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.28.11)

Aero-Linx: Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance Traditionally, most aviation organizations primarily are founded and strive to support and inform pilots. Many in the aviation community, felt a need for an organization to support the aviation maintenance industry, in particular the female members. This brought about the organization of AWAM. AWAM is open to both men and women and has membership opportunities for students, and corporations.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.28.11)

"Over the course of a few days, we talked to a number of aviators... black, white, male, female, gay, straight, young, old, civilian and military and no matter our backgrounds and experiences, I have to tell you that the aviation world could not possibly be in better shape, "spiritually." Based on all those I talked to... sometimes on frank and difficult subjects... and in the aura of one of the most positive events in aviation, we saw solid evidence that while the times may be hard, the entire community of flyers -- of any sex, race, background, preference, experience or persuasion -- looks forward to seeing their dreams for aviation flourish... and through them, they might do just that." Source: ANN's Jim Campbell, discussing the exp

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