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February 27, 2012

FAA Proposes To Raise Airline Pilot Qualification Standards

Would Require ATP, 1,500 Hours For First Officers

The FAA on Monday proposed to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. consistent with a mandate in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, the proposed rule would require first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.12

Diamond Aircraft reports a strong 2011.
The Kansas City police are buying new MD500E helicopters.
And the machinists union votes to strike Air Canada.

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ANN Special Feature: Icing, or Stalls? - 02.27.12

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, who wonders, how many accidents blamed on icing are actually stalls?

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Even At 90, Bob Hoover Has A Few Tricks Up His Sleeve

Talks P-51 Pilot Through A Landing Gear Issue To A Safe Touchdown

When flying a vintage P-51D Mustang, one of the things a pilot certainly doesn't want to see is no green lights indicating the plane's landing gear are down and locked before landing. But that's what happened to pilot Chuck Gardner and his passenger Bill Barton Sunday afternoon as they approached Mobile Downtown Airport. And it was 90-year-old WWII P-51 veteran Bob Hoover to the rescue.

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PRA Webinar Earns WINGS Credit

Course Addresses Radio Use In Pattern

The Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) has received approval to grant WINGS continuing education credits to pilots attending a March 1 webinar, Radio Use in the Traffic Pattern by Pilots of Light Sport Aircraft. This webinar, which starts at 1900 EST, will be of value to pilots of low-mass, high drag aircraft as well as pilots of larger, faster aircraft wanting a better understanding of what to expect when flying with these slower aircraft in the pattern.

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Oklahoma State To Review Travel Policy

Cause Of PA-28 Crash Which Claimed Four Lives Still Unknown

A medical examiner has told the Associated Press that the 82-year-old pilot of a Piper PA-28 that went down for unknown reasons last year in Arkansas had no medical conditions which could explain the accident. The flight, which killed CFI Olin Branstetter, his wife and co-pilot Paula, Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna, may prompt a reevaluation of the use of small GA aircraft on recruiting trips.

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First Black Female Fighter Pilot Follows Childhood Dream

Her Journey To The Cockpit Began In The Fourth Grade

By the time she was in fourth grade, young Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell knew she wanted to be a fighter pilot. What the now-Air Force major didn't know, however, was that she would knock down a racial barrier by becoming the first black female fighter pilot.

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GA-ASI Successfully Tests Due Regard Radar Aboard Manned Aircraft

Supports Sense-and-Avoid Architecture, Sets Stage for Unmanned Aircraft Tests

UAS and radar system manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully demonstrated an early prototype of its Due Regard Radar on a manned aircraft. The Due Regard Radar is a company-funded system that supports GA-ASI’s overall radar-based airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator B UAS.

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LMC Says F-35 Flight Test And Production Program On Track

Growth In Test Point Estimate Is Anticipated This Year

The F-35 program continues to build on its 2011 flight test success, according to prime contractor Lockheed Martin. For 2012, the baseline F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) flight test plan calls for the accumulation of 1,001 test flights and 7,873 test points. However, growth in test point requirements throughout the year is anticipated, and the plan will be adjusted as needed.

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Royal Navy's Next Helicopter Completes Trials On HMS Iron Duke

'Wildcat' Helo Completes 20 Days Of Sea Trials Aboard The Frigate

The Royal Navy's next generation helicopter "Wildcat" has completed 20 days of demanding trials aboard HMS Iron Duke, laying the groundwork for future operations. Wildcat landed nearly 400 times on the frigate's flight deck by day and night in various weather conditions as the ship sailed off the coasts of southern England and northern Scotland.

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World Surveillance Group Files PCT Patent Application On Airship Design

Patent Based On Company's Argus One Lighter-Than-Air UAV

A patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty ("PCT") for an airship design and a method of controlling the airship has been filed by lighter-than-air ("LTA") UAV developer World Surveillance Group. The patent, based on the company's Argus One UAV, was filed to protect its intellectual property in the unique airship design that is the foundation of the Company's UAV research and development program.

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Former AF Chief Of Staff Named CEO Of SAIC

John P. Jumper To Succeed Walter P. Havenstein At The Defense Consultant

The Board of Directors for Fortune 500 consulting company SAIC have named John P. Jumper to succeed Walter P. Havenstein as chief executive officer on March 1, 2012. Jumper joined SAIC's board as Director in June, 2007. From September 2001 to November 2005, Jumper was the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.

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Public Vote Open For 20 Space Race Semi-Finalists In Sub-Orbital Contest

Videos Are Now Posted On The Space Needle's Space Race Tab On Facebook

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Seattle's Space Needle, the attractions' management company came up with a novel idea. Why not hold a contest to sent one lucky person on a sub-orbital flight with a space tourism company?

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Ukraine 2012-2014 Privatization Program Set To Raise Up To $7.5 Billion

Aircraft Manufacturers To Be Offered To Private Investors

The State Privatization Program for 2012-2014 in Ukraine stipulates the decrease of the share of the state-owned sector in Ukrainian economy until it reaches 25-30 percent of the GDP. Ukrainian law on the respective Program has recently gone into effect and the estimated income from the sale of national companies to domestic and foreign investors over three years is estimated at $5 to $7.5 billion (U.S.).

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VoiceFlight App Transfers iPad Flight Plans To GNS430W/530W

'Connected Talker' Can Be Downloaded At The App Store

VoiceFlight Systems announced today that it has released a free "Connected Talker" iPad App that allows pilots to quickly transfer flight plans from their iPad into VoiceFlight enabled Garmin 430W or 530W GPS units.

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Airborne 02.24.12: GAMA Numbers Disappoint, Foggy Oshkosh F-16, Reno Proceeds

Also: Wichita Loses Skycatchers, NextGen, AeroNav's First Kill, Quiet Jets, Obama At Boeing, Onex Approved, TFR Bust Goes to Pot... and SO MUCH MORE!

Is the worst of the recession over... at least as far as the aviation world is concerned? Hard to say... and though GAMA pronounced that 2011 was to be the turn-around year, we were sadly disappointed. Hopefully, though, the current doldrums may be the worst of it... Watching the trends in 2012, especially with trouble afoot for so much of GA, is going to be interesting. Hey -- remember that F-16 that went off the runway at Oshkosh this year... we now know what happened and fog INSIDE the cockpit is being named the c

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Barnstorming: More Loose Thoughts In a Tight Formation (A Never-Ending Process)

So… Where Do We Go From Here?

Analysis/Commentary by Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief/Aero-Radical, First Class Hi folks... long time, no editorialize. We’ve had our hands full dealing with the fact that we are, indisputably, the victims of a series of criminal actions from an entity that is shaming the world of aviation with each passing day… but we do survive and we are going to get past all this. In the meantime, though, I have to admit, that many of the good things I had hoped to accomplish by now have been slowed or headed off by the inexplicable greed of a few truly dishonest creeps who are doing us ALL no good (a story that is growing more ponderous by the day). I’ll update you all on that at some point, but in the meantime, let

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Klyde Morris (02.27.12)

Klyde Hosts More Line-Boy Poetry


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PA Governor Corbett Announces Upgrades, Safety Enhancements At Nine Airports

Total Investment By The State Amounts To $10 Million

A $10 million state investment will fund important projects at nine airports across Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett said Thursday. "Thousands of people rely on the aviation industry for jobs," Governor Corbett said. "These funds will help ensure that the airports continue to run safely and can meet the demands of their regional economies."

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Boeing Shuffles Program Heads On 777, 787 Programs

Company Playing Move Very Close To The Vest

Boeing has swapped leadership on its 777 and 787 programs, but is not offering much explanation as to why.In an internal announcement Friday morning, Larry Loftis was announced as the GM of the 787 program, and Scott Francher moved over to the 777 program. The two simply traded jobs.

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Video Shows Helicopter Falling Apart After Landing

None Of The Aircraft's Occupants Were Injured

In a scene vaguely reminiscent of one of those comedy movie classics where a car falls apart just after arriving at its destination or finishing the car chase ... a dramatic video out of Brazil shows a rescue helicopter literally shaking its self apart after landing.

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America's First Female Military Pilots Share Accounts Of WWII Service

Part Two Of Fantasy Of Flight's 'Legends & Legacies Series' Features Rare Appearances By Women Who Broke Boundaries

In 1942, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said "This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used."

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NTSB Presents Safety Recommendations For B737 Overhead Bins

Bins Separated From The Airplane Ceiling Causing Additional Injuries, Board Says

The NTSB has issued a series of safety recommendations following several survivable accidents that have occurred in the last 3 years in which overhead bins and passenger service units (PSU) on Boeing 737 airplanes became separated from their attachments during the accident sequences.

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Actor Tyler Perry Earns Pilot Certificate

How Else Does A Celebrity Commute To His Private Island?

After purchasing a remote island getaway in the Bahamas, actor Tyler Perry found himself with a dilemma. He was afraid to fly, and the only way to get to the island was by boat or seaplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.27.12)

Aero Linx: E-6B Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) A mark of America's strategic excellence is its preeminent ability to command, control, and communicate with its nuclear forces. An essential element of that ability is U.S. Strategic Command's Airborne Command Post, also called "Looking Glass." Its highly-trained crew and staff ensure there is always an aircraft ready to direct bombers and missiles from the air should ground-based command centers become inoperable. Looking Glass guarantees that U.S. strategic forces will act only in the precise manner dictated by the president.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.27.12): Altocumulus Castellanus

Altocumulus Castellanus A middle cloud with vertical development that forms from altocumulus clouds. It is composed primarily of ice crystals in its higher portions and characterized by its turrets, protuberances, or crenelated tops. Its formation indicates instability and turbulence at the altitudes of occurrence.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.27.12)

"...You're like, 'Oh, what the hell was I afraid of?'" Source: New Pilot Tyler perry... who admitted that he was afraid to fly... Realizing that the boat option would probably take too long for quick getaway trips, Perry determined that the best way to get over his fear of flying so he could enjoy his island home was to learn to do it ... so he did. Reports in numerous entertainment media outlets indicate that he recently earned his pilot certificate so that he could fly himself and his friends to the island. He said it was all a matter of conquering fears.

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