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May 24, 2011

NASA Announces Key Decision For Next Deep Space Transportation System

Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Based On Orion Design

NASA has reached an important milestone for the next U.S. transportation system that will carry humans into deep space.

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Expedition 27 Crew And Capsule Land Safely In Kazakhstan

Captures First, And Perhaps Last, Images Of Shuttle Docked At The Station

Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Monday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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ANN Special Feature: Part I: Randy Babbit Q-&-A - 05.24.11

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt answers audience questions at the Pilot Training Reform Symposium in Atlanta, GA on May 5, 2011.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II: Randy Babbit Q-&-A - 05.25.11

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt answers audience questions at the Pilot Training Reform Symposium in Atlanta, GA on May 5, 2011.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.24.11

Another Icelandic volcano spews ash over Europe.
Unofficial leaks describe Air France 447 cockpit audio.
And Airbus will further increase A320 production.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.24.11

Another Icelandic volcano spews ash over Europe.
Unofficial leaks describe Air France 447 cockpit audio.
And Airbus will further increase A320 production.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.24.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.24.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.24.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: Randy Babbit Q-&-A - 05.24.11 (ANN Special Report, withFAA Administrator Randy Babbitt)

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FAA, Flight Attendants Kick Off Summer Travel Season

Safety For Children Stressed By Administrator, FAs

The FAA and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) announced Monday they are teaming up to keep passengers safe when they fly this summer.

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DHS Grants Jeppesen Authority To Issue I-20 Student Visa Documentation

Visa Process Simplified For Non-U.S. Residents Attending U.S. Based FAA Dispatcher Certification Training

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently formally approved Jeppesen to issue Form I-20 documentation for training students, the first step required for obtaining a student visa for non-U.S. residents interested in participating in Jeppesen’s FAA dispatcher certification training program. 

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Mississippi House Declares May 'GA Appreciation Month'

National Aviation Organizations Welcome Proclamation

National aviation organizations on Monday welcomed Mississippi House of Representatives' declaration of May as "General Aviation Appreciation Month."

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SwiftFuel Meets New ASTM Standard For Testing Of Unleaded Avgas

"100SF" Fuel Under Development Possible "Drop-In" Replacement For 100LL

A large step has been taken toward bringing an unleaded aviation gasoline to the general aviation industry.

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Gone West: Balloon Fiesta Founder Sid Cutter

Former USAF Pilot Was 77

The founder of one of ANN's favorite events ... the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ... has passed away following a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. Sid Cutter died in his sleep Sunday morning at the age of 77.

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New 230 Horsepower 4 Cylinder Engine Available For The Experimental Aircraft

408 Cubic Inch Engine Compatible With Any Lycoming O-360/IO-360 Application

Enhanced Aircraft Systems (EAS) on Monday announced the availability of the O-408 and IO-408 engines designed and tested by AC Corporation.

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National Air And Space Museum Previews 'NASA | ART: 50 Years Of Exploration'

Temporary Exhibition Open To The Public May 28 Through October 9

Members of the media will get a sneak peek at the National Air and Space Museum's new temporary exhibit "NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration" on Tuesday. The exhibit will open to the public May 28th.

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Twin Commander Owners, Operators Attend Tenth University

More Than Fifteen Sessions Dealing With Topics Ranging From Tax Regs To NEXRAD

A six-hour class on airborne weather radar theory and tactics. A two-hour session on using NEXRAD data-link weather to better advantage.  A tax consultant's take on the state of estate tax regulations. Those were just some of the more than 15 seminar sessions at the recent Twin Commander University.

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Web-Based Electrical System Planner Introduced By Vertical Power

Company Says It Is The First Such Tool Available

Vertical Power has unveiled its new VP-X Planner, a free, web-based aircraft electrical system planning tool that allows builders to plan, print, and share the electrical system for their experimental aircraft.

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Remote And Unpaved Airfield Operations Growing Using BAE Systems 'SUV'

BAe 146/AVRO RJ Gaining Popularity For Use In Remote Areas, Company Says

BAE Systems says that it is receiving a growing number of enquiries from existing and potential operators of the BAe 146/Avro RJ who are interested in using the aircraft for remote airfield operations for both private and commercial purposes.

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NASA Honors Human Spaceflight Achievements At Kennedy Center Concert

Performance Titled “Human Spaceflight: the Kennedy Legacy”

NASA is inviting the general public to a special concert at 1900 EDT on Wednesday, May 25, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington to honor American achievements in human spaceflight.

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Aero-TV: Sandia Aerospace -- A Quiet Success Story

A Closer Look At Some Of The (Many) Good guys That Keep GA Alive!

As previously noted, we have great respect for the folks at Sandia Aerospace... a little company that plugs along building great gear with not nearly enough fanfare... and providing excellent values, to boot. Sandia Aerospace was founded in 1997 by a group of avionics professionals to provide high quality avionics products to General, Corporate and Regional airline markets.

Aero-TV: Sandia Aerospace -- A Quiet Success Story

A Closer Look At Some Of The (Many) Good Folks That Keep GA Alive!

As previously noted, we have great respect for the folks at Sandia Aerospace... a little company that plugs along building great gear with not nearly enough fanfare... and providing excellent values, to boot. Sandia Aerospace was founded in 1997 by a group of avionics professionals to provide high quality avionics products to General, Corporate and Regional airline markets.

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EBACE Numbers Look Encouraging For Euro Biz-Av

Second-Highest Attendance, Record Number Of Exhibitors At 11th Annual Event

The 11th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2011) ended its three-day show with records in the number of Exhibitors and exhibit spaces, and an increase in attendance amid welcome news that business aviation traffic is trending upward.

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Carbon Cub EX Added To FAA List Of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits

Information Will Appear On FAA Website Often Searched By Potential Builders

CubCrafters received notification last month from the FAA that their National Kit Evaluation Team had completed its evaluation of CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX amateur-built aircraft kit.

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JSF Makes 1st Air Show Appearance

Navy Variant Makes One Pass Across The Andrews AFB Show Line

The F-35C Joint Strike Fighter made its first public appearance at an air show May 21. Piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus, the F-35C made a single pass down the show line at the Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base, MD.

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Superior Air Parts Resumes XP-Series Experimental Engine Shipments

Company Continues Its Climb Back From Bankruptcy

In what is likely to be seen as good news in experimental aviation circles, Superior Air Parts announced Monday that it has resumed shipping its experimental XP-Series engines to authorized dealers.

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ATA Reports April Increase In Demand For Air Travel, Shipping

Passenger Revenue Up 12 Percent Over April 2010

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) reported late last week that passenger revenue rose 12 percent in April 2011 compared to the same month in 2010, marking the 16th consecutive month of revenue growth. The revenue data is based on a sample group of U.S. carriers.

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CAPA Pleased At Withdrawal Of Shuster Amendment

Association Believes It Would Have Slowed Passage Of FAA Reauthorization

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents over 28,000 commercial passenger and all-cargo cargo pilots, said Monday it is pleased that Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has withdrawn his Amendment on Pilot Fatigue to the FAA Reauthorization Bill (HR 658).

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Supreme Court Finds In Favor Of Boeing, General Dynamics Over A-12

Case Referred Back Lower Court For Further Review

The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside a ruling by a Federal Appeals Court what would have forced Boeing and General Dynamics to repay more than a billion dollars to the Pentagon over a stealth aircraft that was cancelled in 1991.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.24.11)

“While we have to be careful not to interpret or represent this as some form of official certification, it does officially substantiate that the majority of the fabrication and assembly of the Carbon Cub EX kit is undertaken by the owner.” Source: Mitch Travis, Kit Program Manager at CubCrafters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.24.11): Feeder Fix

The fix depicted on Instrument Approach Procedure Charts which establishes the starting point of the feeder route.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.24.11)

National Smokejumper Association

The National Smokejumper Association, through a cadre of volunteers and partnerships, is dedicated to preserving the history and lore of smokejumping.

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