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May 18, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.18.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Virginia Regional Festival of Flight - 05.18.10 (ANN Special Report, with Dee Whittington)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.10

A Piper that went down in Clearwater was a relief flight to Haiti.
A Pennsylvania high school team wins the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
And Farnborough tries something new.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.10

A Piper that went down in Clearwater was a relief flight to Haiti.
A Pennsylvania high school team wins the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
And Farnborough tries something new.


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ANN Special Feature: Virginia Regional Festival of Flight - 05.18.10

ANN's Paul Plack gets a preview of this weekend's Virginia Regional Festival of Flight from Dee Whittington, the event's Public Relations Chairman.

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Children's Hospital Supporters Soar On Patriot Jets

Patriots Jet Team offers Flights to Balloon Festival Supporters

Northern California and the Central Valley's only balloon festival has gotten even more exciting.  The Patriots Jet Team has agreed to perform fly-overs on both  Saturday and Sunday of the balloon festival and four Children's Hospital supporters have been invited to join the flight.

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Purdue University To Offer Online Master's Degree In Aviation Technology

Distance-Learning Format Of Curriculum Allows Aviation Professionals To Set Their Own Pace

Purdue University's College of Technology will offer an online master's degree with an aviation concentration beginning this fall. The degree program is designed for aviation professionals who are looking to move into a leadership position.

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Sporty's Gives Away A Skycatcher In Latest Sweepstakes

Pilot From Yuma, AZ Goes Home With Cessna LSA

Just 10 days after taking delivery of its first Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA on May 5, Sporty's Pilot Shop watched the airplane fly away with it's new owner, who won it as part of Sporty's annual airplane sweepstakes.

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SafeNav Airport Vehicle Nav System Provides Real-Time Situational Awareness

I.D. Systems And Garmin Team To Provide New Airport Safety Solution

I.D. Systems, Inc. Garmin have entered into a distribution agreement to bring an innovative new airport safety product to the aviation industry. The product ... SafeNav Powered by Garmin ... is an on-vehicle, GPS-based navigation and alert system.

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LSAs To Be On Display At Midwest Show

Plans Are Shaping Up For September Event In Illinois

The Second Annual Midwest LSA Expo is shaping up to be much bigger and better than the successful inaugural event held last fall, event organizers say. Nearly 40 aircraft exhibitor spaces have already been reserved on the flightline with many of the remaining slots being eyed by aircraft exhibitors.

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Fewer Noise Complaints Prompts Calls For More Noise Complaints

Greenwich, CT Homeowners Told To Pick Up The Phone And Complain

A sharp drop in noise complaints around Westchester County, NY airport has prompted one of Greenwich's largest homeowners associations to tell residents to keep calling.

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'Speed Dating' Meetings Planned For Oklahoma Aerospace Summit

Attendees Can Get Eight Critical Minutes Of Face Time With Contractors

If it works for personal relationships, it just might work in business relationships as well. The 2010 Oklahoma Aerospace Summit & Expo is planning a "speed dating" format to give attendees a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with OEMs/Primes Contractors and Government Agencies.

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Winter Haven Airport In Florida Seeks New Director

FAA Says City Has Two Outstanding Issues From A 2008 Grant Audit

Winter Haven Airport (KGIF) is conducting a search for a new director following the resignation last month of Cheryl Connor.

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Gone West: Former NTSB Chair Jim Burnett

Reagan Appointee Served Six Years As Chair

Former NTSB Chairman Jim Burnett has passed away in his hometown of Clinton, AK, at the age of 62.

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Report: Aerospace And Defense Mergers And Acquisitions Strongest In Over A Year

First Quarter Activity Shows A 345% Increase Over A Year Ago

The global Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector experienced its strongest performance in the past five quarters with regards to total deal value, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report, Mission control: First-quarter 2010 global aerospace and defense industry mergers and acquisitions analysis.

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Rod Holter Named VP/GM For HBC Aircraft Manufacturing

Will Lead All Manufacturing Operations In Wichita And Mexico

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has tapped Rod Holter as vice president and general manager, Aircraft Manufacturing.

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Aero-TV: Entertainment Value – Flight Display Offers In-Flight Options

Jay Healey Discusses the Latest in In-Cockpit Entertainment Products
 
On April 8th through April 10th, in Orlando, Florida, hundreds attended the 53rd Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show; founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) represents more than 1,300 industry affiliates associated with the general aviation avionics and electronics systems.  At AEA’s 2010 ‘New Product Introductions,’ leading manufacturer, Flight Display Systems, announced two new retrofit cabin entertainment products. 
 

Third Time's A Charm? President Obama Nominates John Pistole To Head TSA

Current Position Is Deputy Director At FBI

President Obama's third choice to fill the top job at TSA should have no trouble with an F.B.I. background check, since his current position is deputy director of the F.B.I.

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Aero-TV: Entertainment Value – Flight Display Offers In-Flight Options

Jay Healey Discusses the Latest in In-Cockpit Entertainment Products

On April 8th through April 10th, in Orlando, Florida, hundreds attended the 53rd Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show; founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) represents more than 1,300 industry affiliates associated with the general aviation avionics and electronics systems. At AEA’s 2010 ‘New Product Introductions,’ leading manufacturer, Flight Display Systems, announced two new retrofit cabin entertainment products.

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Analyst: Rising Dollar Could Favor North American GA Market

Shift Will Be Slow, But The Trend Is Up, Says Brian Foley

General aviation aircraft are typically priced in dollars, and with the index up 15 percent in just the last six months, the industry will slowly see a shift from predominately non-North American buyers to a more even mix.

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Gone West: WWII/Korean War Ace Walker Mahurin

Hero Of Two Wars Passes Away

The Air Force's first double ace in World War II, who later flew in the Pacific Theater and the Korean War, died May 11th at his home in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Japan Scrubs Launch Of Venus Orbiter And Solar Sail Missions

Poor Weather At Launch Site Forced Launch Cancellation

Japan's Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki, along with the solar sail demonstrator project IKAROS, were set to launched late Monday (US EDT) from the The Tanegashima Space Center in the southern portion of Kagoshima Prefecture, but poor weather at the launch site forced flight directors to scrub the mission.

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Virgin Galactic Appoints George T. Whitesides As Its First CEO

Former Chief Of Staff To Administrator Bolden

Virgin Galactic, the US based and regulated Space Tourism Company, is delighted to announce the appointment of George T. Whitesides as its first Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Whitesides will guide VG through its transition from a development project to a commercially operational business.

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Enterprise Earns Flight Deck Certification

Mandatory Hurdle Passed On Way To 21st Deployment

USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully completed flight deck certification May 14 pushing itself one step closer to its 21st deployment. Flight deck certification is a requirement that every aircraft carrier must achieve prior to deploying with fixed-wing aircraft.

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Farnborough Int'l Airshow Sets 2010 Agenda

Multiple Themes Announced

The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), in conjunction with A|D|S, is chatting up details for this year's airshow, 19-25 July 2010. Taking place over the first four days of the show, the aim of the program is to offer visitors and exhibitors greater focus to their visit and to give them the opportunity to network and discuss key issues affecting their business with fellow members of their industry and government officials.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.18.10)

"There is much to achieve at Virgin Galactic over the coming years as the company moves from the extensive test flying program and FAA licensing process into commercial operation of frequent spaceflights from our new home at Spaceport America in New Mexico. There is a great team at Virgin Galactic and I'm greatly looking forward to growing the business and establishing operations at the Spaceport." Source: George T. Whitesides, who has just been named as the CEO of Virgin Galactic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.18.10): Wall Cloud

An abrupt lowering of a cloud from its parent cloud base, a cumulonimbus or supercell, with no visible precipitation underneath.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.18.10)

IKAROS Solar Sail

The Japanese Space Agency launched a small solar sail demonstration project late Monday afternoon EDT.

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