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March 18, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.19.12

Boeing is set to relocate part of the Dreamliner production line but with no loss of employment

The EAA and FAA reach agreement on Airworthiness Directives

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In North Carolina Cessna Corvalis Accident

Aircraft Impacted Water, Cockpit And Parts Of The Fuselage Were Not Recovered

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident which fatally injured two people in North Carolina. The weather was reported as VFR at the time the Cessna Corvalis 350 departed from Davidson County Airport, but witnesses said they were unable to see the airplane shortly before it went down in High Rock Lake due to heavy fog.

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Boeing To Move Dreamliner Horizontal Stabilizer Production Line

Will Be Fabricated In Utah And Italy By The End Of This Year

Boeing plans to move fabrication of horizontal stabilizers for the Dreamliner to Salt Lake City and Italy by the end of the year. Company officials say the move will not cost any workers in Seattle their jobs.

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A-4 Skyhawk Comes To Spirit Of Flight Center

Fighter Jet Will Highlight Center's Topgun Program

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since Tom Cruise portrayed Topgun pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell on the big screen. In the movie, he decided to engage his instructor CDR Mike "Viper" Metcalf (played by Tom Skerritt) in a one on one dogfight.  One thing the young Maverick didn’t appreciate was that “Viper” was flying a nimble Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, and in the skilled hands of the Commander Maverick got “shot down”.

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FAA Awards ETASS Contracts

Provides For Broad Technical And Professional Services

The FAA has awarded three $400 million contracts for the ETASS (EnRoute Technical Assistance Support Services) program. These replaced two contracts that ended in February for the Oceanic Integration Support and the Technical Assistance Contract.

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U.S. Reassures JSF Partners On Delays, Cost Overruns

Pentagon Officials Say No Further Delays Are Expected In The Program

Countries which have agreed to partner with the U.S. on the Joint Strike Fighter are understandably somewhat nervous as the cost if the airplane continues to climb and its delivery date gets pushed farther into the future.

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NASA's Begins IceBridge 2012 Arctic Campaign

Airborne Mission To Study Changes In Polar Ice

Researchers and flight crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in polar ice, began another season of science activity with the start of the 2012 Arctic campaign on March 13. From mid-March through mid-May, a modified P-3 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA, will conduct daily missions out of Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to measure sea and land ice.

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Pilot Walks Away After R-22 Goes Down In Northern CA

Emergency Landing Left The Helo In A Marsh Near Palo Alto Airport

The pilot of a Robinson R-22 helicopter was uninjured when she executed an emergency landing in wetlands near Palo Alto Airport.

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Liberty Guard Files Lawsuit Against TSA

Seeking Documents In Conjunction With Airport 'Opt-Out' Requests

Liberty Guard, a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization with more than 4,000 members dedicated to protecting and defending individual liberty, has filed suit in the Superior Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the TSA and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.18.12)

Aero Linx: Hot Air Ballooning Get Involved in Ballooning: If you are one of those who find hot air balloons fascinating, you've probably dreamt of going for a balloon ride, or maybe even piloting one. Did you know it's relatively easy to get involved in ballooning? Getting involved can be as simple as following a balloon and meeting it at its landing spot. There are lots of other ways to get involved, a few of which we explain here...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.18.12): DF Guidance

DF Guidance Headings provided to aircraft by facilities equipped with direction finding equipment. These headings, if followed, will lead the aircraft to a predetermined point such as the DF station or an airport. DF guidance is given to aircraft in distress or to other aircraft which request the service. Practice DF guidance is provided when workload permits.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.18.12)

"This lawsuit will help empower all those who travel by commercial air carrier, to be protected against arbitrary and privacy-invasive techniques employed by the federal government that are of questionable constitutional validity." Source: Former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA), who serves as Chairman of Liberty Guard, in remarks commending President Joe Seehusen and Attorney Christopher L. Markham for filing a lawsuit against the TSA.

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