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March 09, 2011

Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Return To Earth Wednesday

Last Of 39 Flights For The Shuttle Which First Launched In 1984

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth for the final time on Wednesday, completing a 13-day mission to outfit the International Space Station.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.11

Randy Babbitt will keynote SAFE's upcoming symposium.
The A400M completes flight-cycle testing.
And Rolls-Royce sees bright days ahead.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.09.11

Randy Babbitt will keynote SAFE's upcoming symposium.
The A400M completes flight-cycle testing.
And Rolls-Royce sees bright days ahead.


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ANN Special Feature: Pt I: Pilot Training Reform Symposium - 03.09.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Doug Stewart, Chairman of SAFE, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, about problems in pilot training which are responsible for the declining pilot population a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.09.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Pt I: Pilot Training Reform Symposium - 03.09.11 (ANN Special Report, with Doug Stewart, Chairman of SAFE, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators)

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Tampa Granted New Flights To Cuba

Reestablishment Of Tampa As Historic Gateway to Cuba

Tampa International Airport has been given the green light to accept flights to and from Cuba. The Airport has received its official approval Monday from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to operate Cuba flights.

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Change Incorporation Work Underway On 787 Dreamliner

Next Step Towards Type Certification

Work began Monday on the 787 Dreamliner at Boeing's Global Services & Support site in San Antonio, Texas. During change incorporation, airplanes that are not part of flight test are configured to conform with the standards established as part of type certification efforts.

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Air China Signs Agreement With Boeing For 747-8 Intercontinentals

Airline Becomes The First Chinese Customer For Boeing's Newest Jumbo Jet

Boeing and Air China have signed an agreement for the purchase of five 747-8 Intercontinental jetliners. Air China is the first Chinese carrier to contract the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8. 

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Rockwell Collins Extends Pro Line 21 IDS To S-61 Helo

Collaborative Effort With Vector Aerospace Of Canada

Rockwell Collins said on Monday it has successfully installed its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) into a Sikorsky S-61 long-range helicopter. This retrofit is the first installation of a Pro Line 21 avionics system on a rotary wing aircraft.

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South Korean Government Orders An AW139

Aircraft To Be Utilized As A Fire Fighting Helicopter

The Public Procurement Authority of the Republic of Korea has selected the AW139 for the Incheon Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will perform fire fighting, emergency medical service, air rescue and transport missions and is scheduled to go into service in 2012.

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Night Flight Concepts Releases Free NVG Orientation Kit

Designed To Help Kick-Start NVIS Program Planning

Night Flight Concepts has taken the wraps off a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Orientation Kit to introduce the basics of NVG operations. This complimentary webinar series will help organizations accelerate learning of NVG solutions and development time for night vision (NVIS) program planning.

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Vector Aerospace Receives Sikorsky Certifications

Renewed As S-76 Overhaul And Repair Center, Customer Support Center

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, a provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has received renewal as a Sikorsky Aerospace Authorized S-76 Overhaul and Repair Center, as well as renewal as a Sikorsky Aerospace Authorized S-76 Customer Support Center.

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First Air Medical EC155B1 Interior Developed For US Based Customer

Metro Aviation Will Convert Three Helos For University Of Michigan

As the result of a recent competitive bid award, Metro Aviation will finish three Eurocopter EC155B1 critical care transport helicopters for The University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight program.

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Texas Department of Public Safety Signs AS350 Simulator Contract

Extends Training Relationship That Has Lasted More Than 20 Years

The Texas Department of Public Safety has signed a simulator training contract with American Eurocopter’s Training Center in Grand Prairie.

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Garmin G500H Goes To Hawaii And Hollywood

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Selects G500H, Upgrades Their Fleet

One of Garmin's most popular products for helicopters is being used by one of the world’s largest tour operators.

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Bell Helicopter, Rolls-Royce Team Up To Upgrade 206 Engines

Uniflight Will Put New Engines In JetRanger, LongRanger

A cooperative venture between Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce was announced Sunday by Uniflight to provide the RR500 turboshaft as an engine upgrade kit to the 206 series of light single engine helicopters.

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Aero-TV: Newer, Better, Moster, Faster -- Darwin Conrad and Rocket Engineering

What Pilot Doesn't Want (Much) MORE From Their Airplane?

MORE! It's a phrase much beloved by those us in aviation as we search for the conditions, modifications or skills that allow us to derive every erg of performance out of the flying machines we love. One of the 'Master of More" is a fellow by the name of Darwin Conrad... a guy who has devoted much of his life to NOT leaving well enough alone. And hundreds of aircraft owners are thanking their lucky stars for that fact.

Aero-TV: Newer, Better, Moster, Faster -- Darwin Conrad and Rocket Engineering

What Pilot Doesn't Want (Much) MORE From Their Airplane?

MORE! It's a phrase much beloved by those us in aviation as we search for the conditions, modifications or skills that allow us to derive every erg of performance out of the flying machines we love. One of the 'Master of More" is a fellow by the name of Darwin Conrad... a guy who has devoted much of his life to NOT leaving well enough alone. And hundreds of aircraft owners are thanking their lucky stars for that fact.

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AEA Objects To Segments Of FAA's SMS Proposal

Supports Incident Management, Risk-Based Analysis Concepts

In comments to the FAA regarding its proposal to mandate SMS for air carriers, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) objected to the proposal as written while supporting the general concept of incident management and using a risk-based analysis for strategic regulatory decisions.

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One Third Of The Airplanes Delivered In Next 20 Years Will Go To Asia Pacific

Boeing's Tinseth: Growth, Fuel Prices, Aging Fleets Key Factors Affecting Asian Airlines’ Airplane Decisions

In a media briefing Monday at Asian Aerospace 2011, Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the Asia Pacific region’s air traffic growth will exceed the world average by a large margin over the next two decades.

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AgustaWestland Expands Capabilities In Its AW139

Two Recent Certification Approvals Received For The Medium Twin Helicopter

AgustaWestland said this week at Heli-Expo that the AW139 has recently obtained certification for offshore take off and landing procedures for operations according to Performance Class 1 (PC1) and PC 2e (enhanced) requirements, as defined by the stringent JAR OPS 3 rules.

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Night Flight Concepts Responds To FAA Report On Laser Strikes

Expands Laser Eye Protection Program (LEPP) For Greater Safety

Night Flight Concepts has responded recent FAA reports of a record number of laser strike incidents in 2010 by announcing at Heli-Expo 2011 the expansion of their new Laser Eye Protection Program to help aircraft operators improve safety and prevent the risk of eye damage.

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JSSI Announces New Programs For Eurocopter EC-135 And EC-145

Operators May Enroll New Or In-Service Engines In Maintenance Program

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), has announced new JSSI programs for the Eurocopter EC-135 and the EC-145. The JSSI hourly cost maintenance program for the EC-135 provides coverage for the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 and Pratt & Whitney PW206B2 engines.

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Gone West: Jack Cox

Well Known Authority On Homebuilt Aircraft And Sport Aviation

Justin B. “Jack” Cox, EAA Lifetime 14286, who influenced generations of aviators as the long-time editor-in-chief of EAA Sport Aviation magazine, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, North Carolina.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.09.11)

“Asia Pacific will account for one-third (10,320) of new airplane deliveries worldwide over the period. This demand is driven by the fact that Asia Pacific will account for 44 percent of travel in 20 years’ time. This is sweet music to an airplane manufacturer’s ears.” Source: Boeing's Randy Tinseth.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.09.11): Pre-Frontal Squall Line

A line of thunderstorms that precedes an advancing cold front.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.09.11)

All around website for those who want to start flying. Helicopters, fixed wing, balloons, gliders and other kinds of aircraft.

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