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March 27, 2012

Army Aviation Faces Budget Cuts As Military Contracts

Program Executive Officer Says Budget Reductions Are Inevitable

The Army's Program Executive Officer for Aviation Maj. Gen. William "Tim" Crosby said in a speech last week that the Army aviation program has already taken some deep budget cuts, but not as deep as some other programs.

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Amelia Earhart Gloves For Sale On eBay

Signed Pair From 1935 Mexico Flight

A pair of gloves reportedly worn and signed by Amelia Earhart popped up on eBay recently, and at last check the high bid was $5,999.

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Qantas To Operate Biofuel Flight

Conventional Jet Fuel In A 50/50 Blend Fuel Derived From Waste Cooking Oil

Qantas said Monday it plans to operate Australia’s first commercial flights powered by sustainable aviation fuel on 13 April 2012. The flights, a Sydney-Adelaide return service operated by an Airbus A330, will be powered by a biofuel derived from used cooking oil (split 50/50 with conventional jet fuel).

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GAMA Partners With IMC Clubs For AirVenture IFR Proficiency Center

Three Seminars Will Be Held At Oshkosh This Summer

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is teaming up with the IMC Club to host three instrument flying proficiency seminars at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in July.

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India Says 'No' To EU Carbon Tax

Bans Its Airlines From Participation In The Emissions Trading System

Another country has joined the ranks of those which have balked at paying the European Union for carbon credits for airline flights which cross European airspace. India becomes the latest government to say its airlines will not participate in the carbon trading scheme

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Suspected Chico, CA, Airplane Thief Arrested

Flew A Stolen Plane From Paradise, CA, To Chowchilla

A licensed pilot who allegedly stole an airplane in Paradise, CA is under arrest, suspected of also stealing a Chevy Avalanche SUV.

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NetJets Unveils Joint Venture Plans For China

Operations Will Be Headquartered In Zhuhai

NetJets has unveiled additional details for its new joint venture in the People’s Republic of China. Subject to obtaining relevant regulatory approvals, NetJets China Business Aviation Limited will be a joint venture among NetJets Inc.; a consortium of Chinese investors, a leading private equity firm of China; and Fung Investments, part of the private investment arm of the families of Dr. Victor Fung and Dr. William Fung.

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USAF Carpets Glider Landing Strip

Artificial Turf Smoother, More Economical Than Grass

Gliders taking off and landing at the U.S Air Force Academy are now operating from a surface that should be familiar with many NFL players ... artificial turf.

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Law Firm Seeks To Block Use Of 'Astronaut' Title On Congressional Ballot

Former NASA Mission Specialist Running For U.S. Congress Wants Word To Appear

A former NASA mission specialist who is running for U.S. Congress wants to have the title "Astronaut" placed by his name on the ballot. But a law firm with ties to the GOP has sued to block the use of the title, saying it is not one a person carries for life.

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'Girls Gone Wild' Creator In Court Over Helicopter Deal

But The Agreement Was Was A Handshake About 10 Years Ago

The creator of the controversial "Girls Gone Wild" video series is in court attempting to recover over a quarter of a million dollars he says he ponied up to buy a Bell Jet Ranger, but that was sold to another buyer before the deal could be finalized.

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Silicon Valley Startup Would Use UAVs For Taco Delivery

'Tacocopter' Would Use Unmanned Aircraft, Smartphones, GPS For Lunch Delivery

So it's lunchtime. You feel a grumble in your stomach, and nothing sounds better than a nice taco. But you can't get away from the office, so you grab your smartphone and place an order. Sometime later ... a small VTOL UAV comes buzzing to your location with your order, drops it off, and flies away.

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Owners Of African Helo With U.S. Military Markings Win A Court Round

Rainier Arrangies May Again Fly His Huey On Commercial Flights

An African businessman in Namibia may once again fly his UH-1 "Huey" helicopter for commercial purposes, but it will need some modifications to its paint job.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.27.12

EAA's Eagle Flights will begin this summer at Oshkosh

Local airports have higher approval rating than congress!

And Pistol Packing Pilots may be a thing of the past…


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Aero-TV: Seated On The Edge Of Forever -- A PPC's Bird's Eye View

A Segment Of The Sport Aviation World That Truly Lives "Low And Slow"
 
Pity the life of ANN's Chief videographer, Nathan Cremisino... shoot the most exciting aircraft in the world, attend the most intriguing events in the aerospace community... and now and then, just fly along to geek out at how cool aviation, in all its many forms, can be. Yeah... Nathan has a hard life... as you can plainly see by this video shot at the Popular Rotorcraft Association Fly-In in Mentone, IN. The event, normally populated by rotorcraft, shared the skies with quite a few members of the powered parachuting community and it was clear that every one had a ball. 

Aero-TV: Seated On The Edge Of Forever -- A PPC's Bird's Eye View

A Segment Of The Sport Aviation World That Truly Lives "Low And Slow"

Pity the life of ANN's Chief videographer, Nathan Cremisino... shoot the most exciting aircraft in the world, attend the most intriguing events in the aerospace community... and now and then, just fly along to geek out at how cool aviation, in all its many forms, can be. Yeah... Nathan has a hard life... as you can plainly see by this video shot at the Popular Rotorcraft Association Fly-In in Mentone, IN. The event, normally populated by rotorcraft, shared the skies with quite a few members of the powered parachuting community and it was clear that every one had a ball.

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EAA’s Inaugural Eagle Flights Planned For Oshkosh 2012

New Aviation Introduction And Mentoring Program Based On Success Of Young Eagles

The EAA’s upcoming Eagle Flights program, the new aviation orientation program for adults, will have its official kickoff this summer with inaugural flights at the EAA AirVenture fly-in, which is scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

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Boeing Celebrates Delivery of Japan Airlines' First Two 787 Dreamliners

First 787s Delivered With The General Electric GEnx Engines

Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) celebrated the delivery of the airline's first two 787 Dreamliners Monday. JAL is the first airline to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines.

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Budget Cuts Could Pare Back Pilot Firearm Training

White House Would Halve $25 Million FFDO Appropriation

The FY2013 budget submitted by the Obama administration would cut the $25 million allocated for training flight crews in handgun use in half, which could spell the end to armed pilots in the cockpit of an airplane.

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Poll Shows Americans See Value Of Local Airports

But The National Survey Shows Confusion Over How Airports Are Funded

Americans love their local airports, but they’re still not sure how they work, according to a new national survey commissioned by Airports Council International-North America.

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Two Fatally Injured In Colorado Mid-Air Collision

Instructor, Student Identified By Local Authorities

A flight instructor and his student were fatally injured Friday when the Cessna 172 they were flying was involved in a mid-air collision with a Cessna 180, according to police in Longmont, CO, where the accident occurred.

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Avidyne Showcases IFD540 At Lakeland

Will Soon Begin DFC90 Certification Process For V-Tail Bonanza

Avidyne will  be showcasing a dual IFD540 system at Lakeland Linder (FL) airport this week. Since both the IFDs are on the Avidyne Digital Databus, all the data is instantly available to both IFDs. This means things like crosschecking data between IFDs like Nav deviation is available and using one display as a full QWERTY keyboard to make changes to a flight plan that instantly shows on the map page of the other IFD.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.27.12)

"We’re confident that Eagle Flights will be a similar pathway for thousands of adults who want to pursue their dreams of flight.” Source: Jeff Skiles, EAA’s vice president of chapters and youth education.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.12): Aileron Buzz

A very rapid oscillation of an aileron, at certain critical air speeds of some aircraft, which does not usually reach large magnitudes nor become dangerous. It is often caused by shock-induced separation of the boundary layer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.12)

International Helicopter Safety Team

The mission of the IHST is to significantly improving helicopter safety by creating partnerships with any region in the world that operates a significant number of helicopters.

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