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March 23, 2010

Two RAF Red Arrows Involved In Midair Collision, All Safe

One Pilot Ejected Safely, The Other Aircraft Was Able To Land

Two of the Hawk jets from the RAF's Red Arrows precision aerobatic team collided during practice over Crete Tuesday. Both pilots survived the incident, though the one who was forced to eject from his aircraft suffered a dislocated shoulder and other minor injuries. One aircraft was badly damaged.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.23.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.23.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I - Cirrus Bullish on 2010 - 03.23.10 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus CEO, Brent Wouters)

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Cirrus Bullish on 2010 - 03.24.10

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Cirrus Aircraft President and CEO Brent Wouters about rapidly improving 2010 outlook, what it means for the SF-50 jet project, and what it means for other piston aircr

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Cirrus Bullish on 2010 - 03.23.10

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Cirrus Aircraft President and CEO Brent Wouters about his announcement last week that 2010 sales are on a pace to equal those of 2008, when the company delivered 550 a

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.10

Burt Rutan's new spaceship makes its maiden flight.
Bigelow Aerospace wants to hire experienced astronauts.
And there's a new prize competition for electric aircraft.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.23.10

Burt Rutan's new spaceship makes its maiden flight.
Bigelow Aerospace wants to hire experienced astronauts.
And there's a new prize competition for electric aircraft.


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General Aviation Groups Applaud Arkansas Governor's Support For GA

State Proclamation Highlights GA Value To State's Economy, Transportation System

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D) unveiled a proclamation declaring March 2010 to be "Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month" in Arkansas last week. Beebe announced the proclamation as part of the Governor's Aerospace Summit which was held at the Convention Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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First Flight For Second Sikorsky S-76D Prototype

Second Aircraft Allows For Beginning Of Engine Testing For Certification Credit

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully completed the first flight of its second S-76D helicopter. The prototype aircraft successfully completed its initial test card during a flight on March 19 that lasted approximately 30 minutes. The S-76D is the latest version of the S-76 helicopter.

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Power Flow Tuned Exhaust Available For R22

Complete Replacement For R22 Factory Exhaust System

Power Flow Systems is in the final stages of STC approval to bolt-on their industry leading high performance exhaust system to a Lycoming O-320 powered Robinson R22.  This product, Power Flow's first on a rotorcraft, has already received CAA approval. 

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Houston Eyes NASA Job Losses

Space Agency Accounts For Over 17 Thousand Jobs In The Region

The end of the Constellation program could mean the loss of thousands of jobs in the Houston area, but some with a history with the space program in the region say they should be more concerned about extending the shuttle's life to keep them.

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Aircraft Leasing Execs Charged With Bribery In Chicago

Payoffs Allegedly Assured Aircraft Purchase

Brian Hollnagel, the owner and CEO of BCI Leasing, and Brian Olds, former VP with AAR Corp, an aircraft group, have been indicted by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois on bribery charges.

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Eclipse Taps SimCom For Training

Level D Sims Will Relocate To Orlando, FL

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. and SimCom Training Centers have announced a partnership to provide pilot training for EA-500 owners and operators. Eclipse will relocate two EA-500 Level D simulators to SimCom's training center in Orlando, FL.

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Cirrus SR22 Down In Washington State

Pilot Killed, Investigation Underway

An investigation is underway in an accident in which a Cirrus SR22 that went down Friday near Morton, WA. 39-year-old Shave Sullivan was killed in the accident, and his passenger and business associate, 27-year-old Rebecca Carrol suffered multiple broken bones.

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StandardAero To Reopen Springfield Engine Shop

Opening Date Targeted For Late Summer 2010

StandardAero announced Monday that it will reopen the engine shop at its Springfield, Ill, service center (SPI). It will be operational in the third quarter of 2010.

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Predator Passes 700,000 Hours

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Are In High Demand On The Battlefield

Airmen of the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing reached a new flight milestone March 12 when they surpassed 700,000 flight hours in the MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft. The last 200,000 Predator hours were flown in just over 12 months.

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FAA Denies Minnesota Runway Extension Project

Will Consider Resurfacing, Other Improvements

The FAA has denied a request by the Blue Earth, MN City Council for an AIP grant to lengthen the runway at Blue Earth Municipal airport (KSBU) by 1,200 feet. The agency cited a lack of traffic volume at the facility.

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Williston, Florida Airport Fest Set

Event To Feature Business Expo, Introduce New Restaurant

The folks at Williston Municipal Airport (X60) are finishing plans for their Annual Williston Airport Fest on Saturday, March 27th. The event will featuring an Open House for the new airport building.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Bud Granley Explains the ACE Program

ACE Committee Member Discusses ICAS' Safety Initiative for Air Show Performers
 
Safety has always been a vital priority to the International Council of Airshows (ICAS), both for air show performers and air show attendees.  The backbone of ICAS’ safety initiatives is the Aerobatic Competency Evaluation (ACE) program.  Administered by a seven-member ACE Committee comprised of Greg Poe (acting chairman), Bob Carlton, Bud Granley, Makr Proulx, Gene Soucy, Greg Koontz, and John Mohr, the ACE program sets the standards for evaluating aerobatic competence.  In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada, the ACE program is able to issue a Statement of Aerobatic Competency for air show pilo

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Aero-TV: Abingdon Watches – An E6B Watch for the Woman Pilot

Why Should Guys Have A Monopoly On Cool Pilot Watches?

It used to be that you could tell that a guy was a pilot by the timepiece he wore.  It was a pretty much male affectation and one that more than a few of us have taken on for our own. The big iconic pilot watch is as much a part of the aviation aura as the scarf and goggles. BUT... for the female aviators among us, the ability to join in this frenzy of aviation-oriented timepiece ownership was often just out of reach since many of the watches made for flyers were simply too large for a number of aviatrix' wrists. It was simply NOT fair...

Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

Long-Stalled Legislation Finally Passes Significant Legislative Hurdle

The U.S. Senate on Monday finally passed the $34.5 billion FAA Reauthorization bill with a unanimous 93-0 vote. The bill funds the FAA through September 2011.

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Aero-TV: Abingdon Watches -- An E6B Watch For The Woman Pilot

Why Should Guys Have A Monopoly On Cool Pilot Watches?

It used to be that you could tell that a guy was a pilot by the timepiece he wore... It was a pretty much male affectation and one that more than a few of us have taken on for our own. The big iconic pilot watch is as much a part of the aviation aura as the scarf and goggles. BUT... for the female aviators among us, the ability to join in this frenzy of aviation-oriented timepiece ownership was often just out of reach since many of the watches made for flyers were simply too large for a number of aviatrix' wrists. It was simply NOT fair...

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Bud Granley Explains the ACE Program

ACE Committee Member Discusses ICAS' Safety Initiative for Air Show Performers

Safety has always been a vital priority to the International Council of Airshows (ICAS), both for air show performers and air show attendees. The backbone of ICAS’ safety initiatives is the Aerobatic Competency Evaluation (ACE) program.

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Three Killed In Florida Mid-Air Collision

Piper PA-32, RV-6 Involved In Accident

Two aircraft collided in mid-air in central Florida Saturday, killing the three people on board the planes. The accident happened in VFR conditions on a clear, sunny day near Williston, FL.

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Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise's First Flight

World's First Commercial Spaceship Takes Inaugural "Captive Carry" Flight

Virgin Galactic announced Monday that its commercial manned spaceship, VSS Enterprise, has successfully completed its first "captive carry" test flight, taking off at 0705 PST from Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.

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Garmin Announces Proposed Change In Place Of Incorporation

Wants Shareholders To Approve Move To Switzerland

Garmin announced last week that its board of directors has unanimously approved moving the place of incorporation of the company from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland. Garmin’s shareholders will be asked to vote in favor of the proposed change in place of incorporation on May 20, 2010.

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Signing Event Represents Future Of Alternative Aviation Fuels

Defense Energy Support Center And Air Transport Assn. Ink Strategic Alliance

The Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Energy Support Center and Air Transport Association of America, Inc., signed a strategic alliance agreement Friday in Washington, D.C., recognizing a partnership for the development and deployment of alternative aviation fuels.

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Cirrus Fights Rumors

L-3 Charges That Cirrus Is Near Insolvency

Cirrus Design has filed a lawsuit in federal court against L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, charging that L-3 is falsely spreading rumors about Cirrus' financial status.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.23.10)

"By collaborating, we reinforce our commitment to fostering the widespread commercialization of alternative jet fuel. In the evolving landscape of alternative energy, it is in our collective interest to see aviation at the forefront." Source: James C. May, president and CEO of ATA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.10): Say Again

Used to request a repeat of the last transmission. Usually specifies transmission or portion thereof not understood or received; e.g., "Say again all after ABRAM VOR."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.10)

Video Of First STOVL F-35 Vertical Landing

DoD has released a video of the first vertical landing of an F-35B STOVL aircraft undergoing flight testing at Patuxant River NAS in Maryland, which ANN told you about last week. We thought youd like to see the vid as well.

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