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February 23, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.23.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.23.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: SMS in Flight Training - 02.23.10  (ANN Special Report, with Steve Lasday, chairman of the Flight Training Safety Committee of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.10

The FAA says the Zodiac issue is...complicated.
Two US Army pilots have been lost in Iraq.
And IAM says it has worked out a good deal for members laid off at Boeing.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.23.10

The FAA says the Zodiac issue is...complicated.
Two US Army pilots have been lost in Iraq.
And IAM says it has worked out a good deal for members laid off at Boeing.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: SMS in Flight Training - 02.23.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Steve Lasday, chairman of the Flight Training Safety Committee of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, about SMS - Safety management Systems, and why we need th

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Sikorsky Innovations Expected To Develop Mission-Adaptive Rotorcraft

Selected For Prospective DARPA Contract

Sikorsky Innovations group has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a contract to develop active rotor technologies that will allow aircraft to adapt to a changing environment and dynamically enhance performance.

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Honeywell Sentinel Display Enhanced With Approach Plates, Airport Diagrams

Other New Features Include Flexible Mounting And Shipping Symbology From Maritime Transponders

Honeywell says it has upgraded its Sentinel Multi-Function Display and Navigation System to include a new display for improved cockpit flexibility and new software features to improve the system capability, as well as approach plates and airport diagrams.

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Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Fleet Reaches 200,000 Flight Hour Milestone

Over 100 Flying In 21 Countries

Sikorsky Aircraft's S-92 helicopter fleet recently passed 200,000 total flight hours, the company announced Sunday at the Heli-Expo exhibition.

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On Board Data Systems (OBDS) Says They Plan To 'Cut the Red Tape'

Roll Out Consulting Service For Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs)

On Board Data Systems (OBDS), a developer of electronic flight bag (EFB) technology, announced a consulting service to aid air carriers and corporate flight operations to plan, create, and certify their own EFB program, including all the necessary regulatory documentation and manuals.

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Two Carrier Air Wing 7 Squadrons Earn Battle 'E' Award

Award Given For Efficiency, Excellence

Two squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 earned the Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award for efficiency excellence for fiscal year (FY) 2009.

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Honeywell Announces HTS900 Engine Upgrade For Bell 407 Operators

New Upgrade Delivers 40 Percent More Payload At Altitude

Honeywell has teamed with Eagle Copters of Calgary, Alberta, to offer an HTS900 engine upgrade for the Bell 407 helicopter, called the Eagle 407 HP, the companies announced Sunday at Heli-Expo.

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CAE SimuFlite Awards First Master Aircraft Technician Certifications

The Home Depot Aircraft Systems Technicians Take The Honors

Two Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians from The Home Depot Aviation are the first recipients of CAE's a new Master Aircraft Technician Award, the company announced Friday.

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Eurocopter Offers New Inlet Barrier Filter for EC135

ADAC Air Rescue of Germany is Launch Customer

Eurocopter is displaying an EC135 P2i with a newly developed inlet barrier filter (IBF) at the Heli-Expo show in Houston. During the show, the aircraft was handed over to ADAC Air Rescue of Germany, the first operator to put the new system into service.

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CAE Launches CAE 3000 Series Helicopter Mission Simulators

Advance Preview Of Immersive Sim At Heli-Expo

CAE says it plans to launch a family of helicopter mission simulators for the civil helicopter market, the company announced Monday at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo conference. The first CAE 3000 Series simulator will be available for training by the summer of 2010.

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Eurocopter Shows Off New EC225 Fire-Fighting System

Tank Can Be Filled While The Aircraft Is In Hover

Eurocopter is displaying its new fire-fighting system developed for the EC225 at this year’s Heli-Expo. The system has been tested during forest fires on the island of Corsica (France). The first operator to utilize this system is South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Service with its EC225.

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Conklin And de Decker Celebrate 25 Years In Business

Donates To HFI Scholarship Fund

Conklin & de Decker is celebrating 25 years of providing aircraft operating cost data and educational programs at this year's Heli-Expo. In recognition of that milestone, the company announced Monday it will donate $2500 to the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) scholarship fund.

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Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 2 – Cessna’s Mating Process for Section Alignment

CJ4 Program Manager, Norm Baker, Provides an Exclusive Factory Tour
 
At Cessna Aircraft, “safety begins with a durable airframe.”  Each airframe is stress-tested five times the aircraft’s standard lifetime; yet, Cessna’s renowned safety and reliability begins on the production line.  State-of-the-art technology allows employees to create replicable, seamless assembly for each new aircraft on the line.  In the second of his four-part series, Baker describes Cessna’s CJ4 mate and alignment tools to assure precision assembly for every aircraft on the production line.  

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – What Pilots Should Know About Annuals

Steve Miller Explains How Aircraft Owners Can Maximize the Annual Process
 

For owners, the aircraft’s annual maintenance check is a time of year that most dread; yet, it is as fundamental to aviation safety as the procedures that every pilot goes through before each flight.  Required by the FAA to meet basic airworthiness standards, an aircraft’s registered owner or operator must complete a specific number of inspections and maintenance procedures to be safe (and legal) to fly each year. 

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - What Pilots Should Know About Annuals

Steve Miller Explains How Aircraft Owners Can Maximize the Annual Process

For owners, the aircraft's annual maintenance check is a time of year that most dread; yet, it is as fundamental to aviation safety as the procedures that every pilot goes through before each flight.  Required by the FAA to meet basic airworthiness standards, an aircraft's registered owner or operator must complete a specific number of inspections and maintenance procedures to be safe (and legal) to fly each year. 

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Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assy Pt. 2 - Cessna Mating Process for Section Alignment

CJ4 Program Manager, Norm Baker, Provides an Exclusive Factory Tour

At Cessna Aircraft, "safety begins with a durable airframe."  Each airframe is stress-tested five times the aircraft's standard lifetime; yet, Cessna's renowned safety and reliability begins on the production line. 

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Congressman Calls For Hearing Following Austin Crash

Says GA Aircraft Pose Some Risk To Federal Buildings

We all knew there was no way this was not going to happen. The Texas Congressman who represents the district where a PA-28 was deliberately flown into a building containing IRS offices wants a Congressional hearing to look into security for federal facilities.

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Rolls-Royce Forecasts Strong Worldwide Market For Turbine Helos

Predicts Demand Of 16,400 New Turbine Helicopters During Next Decade

Rolls-Royce forecasts a turbine helicopter market characterized by emerging near-term recovery followed by long-term growth. Over the ten year period, the company said at Heli-Expo 2010 Monday, total helicopter deliveries are predicted to be more than 16,400 units.

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Honeywell Completes LTS101 Upgrade Flight Tests

New Upgrade Delivers 12 Percent Increase In Single Engine Hover Weight For Eurocopter BK117 Helos

Flight testing of the LTS101 engine upgrade from Airwork New Zealand for the Eurocopter BK117 has recently been completed, Honeywell announced Sunday at Heli-Expo 2010.

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Sikorsky Eyes Top Spot In Helicopter Production

Company President Says They Could Be There In "The Next Few Years"

At a news conference at the HAI Heli-Expo in Houston, TX Monday, Sikorsky President and CEO Jeff Pino said the company could be poised to become the world's biggest helicopter company in the not-too-distant future.

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Eurocopter Displays Bluecopter Technology At Heli-Expo 2010

Improved Acoustics, Less Internal And External Noise

Eurocopter will open the door to its development labs at this year’s Heli-Expo, showcasing some of its flight proven innovation technologies.

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Honeywell's Popular Handheld Now Available For Helicopters

Bendix/King By Honeywell AV8OR Provides Portable Weather, Traffic and GPS

Honeywell announced Sunday at Heli-Expo 2010 that the AV8OR handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) is now available for helicopter operators.

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Belleville, Illinois Airpark Accident Kills Two

Plane Impacted A Hangar Home At Aero Estates

A Piper PA-46 Meridian went down Sunday evening at an Airpark east of Belleville, IL. The flight's intended destination was Parks Downtown Airport in St. Louis. Both the pilot and the passenger on board the plane were killed in the crash.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.23.10)

"We have absolutely no intention to regulate general aviation as a result of this incident.”  Source: An aide to Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.10): Remote Communications Air/Ground Facility

Remote Communications Air/Ground Facility

An unmanned VHF/UHF transmitter/receiver facility which is used to expand ARTCC air/ground communications coverage and to facilitate direct contact between pilots and controllers. RCAG facilities are sometimes not equipped with emergency frequencies 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.10)

Committee On Homeland Security

One of two committees in Washington (the other is the companion committee in the Senate) that creates the rules for TSA, which in turn affects so many of the things that affect us as pilots. Certainly one that bears watching to stay abreast of the issues that can influence our lives as aviators.

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