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April 14, 2011

FAA's ATC Chief Resigns

Babbitt: "We Are Conducting A Top-To-Bottom Review"

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has accepted the resignation of Hank Krakowski, who has served as the head of the agency's Air Traffic Organization.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.14.11

The Southeastern LSA Tour is a hit.
Pilatus reports 2010 produced record revenue.
And Barbados drops to Category 2 in aviation safety.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.14.11

The Southeastern LSA Tour is a hit.
Pilatus reports 2010 produced record revenue.
And Barbados drops to Category 2 in aviation safety.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: Garmin's Jim Alpiser - 04.14.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jim Alpiser, Director of Aviation Aftermarket Sales for Garmin, about the new GTN 650 and 750 which were debuted at AEA 2011. How did Garmin get them certified and in-st

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.14.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.14.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: Garmin's Jim Alpiser - 04.14.11 (ANN Special Report, with Garmin's Jim Alpiser)

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Rear Admiral Craig Steidle Named Commercial Spaceflight Federation President

Will Assume His New Role May 15

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Rear Admiral Craig E. Steidle (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named as President, effective May 15.

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Number of Airline Seats In April Set To Exceed 317 Million Worldwide

OAG: Published Schedules Indicate Highest Ever April Figure

While the world's airlines continue to adjust their schedules and capacity daily to meet fluctuating demand in the wake of Japan's devastating earthquakes and tsunami, OAG's latest monthly snapshot of airline activity reveals unprecedented capacity levels planned for April.

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Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule To Return To Russia

Icon of Space History Sells for $2.9 Million To A Russian Businessman

Fifty years after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into outer space, the Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule that paved the way for his historic mission sold for $2,882,500 to Evgeny Yurchenko, chairman of the investment fund AS Popov.

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Cessna Continues To Grow In China

Claims Nearly 200 Prop Aircraft, 26 Citations Flying In The Country

Cessna's exhibit in China for the Shanghai International Air Show touts the planemaker as one of the leading general aviation companies in the country in terms of deliveries.

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China's CDB Adds 10 Embraer 190s

Leasing Company Plans To Buy A Total Of 30 Of The Aircraft

A tripartite signing ceremony was held in Beijing, P.R. China on Wednesday among Embraer, CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. (CLC) and China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. CLC confirmed the purchase of a second batch of ten Embraer 190s.

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Don't Look Now, But An Airline Is Reducing Fees

Frontier Airlines Cuts Itinerary Change Fee, Discounts First Bag Fee For Online Check-in On Some Fares

We all know that what one airline does is often copied by others, so we can only hope this is the beginning of a trend. Frontier Airlines Wednesday announced fee reductions and policy changes effective for tickets purchased on or after April 13, 2011.

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Colorado Private Aerospace Sector Growing Strong

As Shuttle Era Ends, Entrepreneurship Is On The Rise

Colorado executives attending this week's National Space Symposium say the state's companies and entrepreneurs are the best positioned to help the U.S. become the global leader in the space exploration race.

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Burt Rutan Makes Retirement Official

Quietly Left Scaled Composites April 1st

There are five of his airplanes hanging in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. One of them flew around the world on one tank of gas. One was the first non-government-built spacecraft to fly to the very fringe of space ... twice.

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Swiss F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers Set For Upgrades

L-3 Link Simulation & Training To Perform The Work

L-3 Link announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract from armasuisse to provide upgrades that will keep the Swiss Air Force's F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers and associated training system equipment concurrent with modifications being made to the service's F/A-18C aircraft.

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Space Fence, Advanced GPS Highlighted At 27th Annual National Space Symposium

Raytheon to Demonstrate Advanced Space Solutions

Raytheon Company says it is displaying a number of its space solutions at the 27th annual National Space Symposium this week in Colorado Springs.

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Houston, We Have No Shuttle

Johnson Space Center Director Says He Is "Disappointed"

While there was a lot of celebration in the cities selected for display of one of NASA's retiring space shuttles, Houston, home of the Johnson Space Flight Center, did not get to join the party.

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Classic Aero-TV: AvGas Alternatives--The Swift Fuel Proposition (Part 3)

The Future Of 'Motion Lotion' Remains An Important Concern (Part 3)

There are few more contentious issues facing GA right now as the question about what will eventually replace 100LL. There are few folks working hard to address the issue, but they all report that they're facing serious hurdles in not only perfecting their product but wading through the bureaucratic processes necessary to make their fuel a reality. ANN had the chance to spend some quality time with a number of the folks behind the Swift Fuel program, one of he more prominent players in the race to replace 100LL -- and the conversations were intriguing -- and educational.

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Barnstorming: 'Aero-Pourri' -- A Number of Loose Thoughts In A Tight Formation

"Never Doubt That A Small Group Of Thoughtful, Committed People Can Change The World. Indeed, It Is The Only Thing That Ever Has." ---  Margaret Mead Analysis/Opinion by ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell  I've always lived to the beat of a different drummer and never did 'the usual' things that others did...

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Reno Controller Nods Off During Medical Flight Approach

Staffing Changes Coming On Control Tower Overnight Shifts At 27 Airports

A third incident in which an air traffic controller fell asleep on duty has prompted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt to announce Wednesday that effective immediately the FAA will place an additional air traffic controller on the midnight shift at 27 control towers around the country.

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Details Emerge: Senator Inhofe Gets A Wrist-Slap For Closed Runway Landing

Political Official Was Required To Complete Seven Hours Of Remedial Training

The FAA has closed its investigation into an incident last October in which Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe landed his Cessna 340A on a closed runway at Port Isabel, TX, and the Senator has escaped with what amounts to a slap on the wrist for his actions.

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Vans Celebrates 100th Flying RV-12

LSA Was Introduced Just Three Years Ago

Van's Aircraft introduced their new Light Sport Aircraft, the RV-12, just over three years ago. Well over five hundred kits have been sold since then, and on Wednesday, the 198th kit to ship became 100th RV-12 to fly.

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NBAA's Bolen Lashes USA Today For CEO Perks Article

Corporate Aircraft Again Cast In The Role Of 'Excess'

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen has submitted a letter to the editor of USA Today criticizing the paper for its portrayal of corporate aircraft as an excessive perk for corporations and executives.

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Recreational Flying Codified In New Mexico

Aircraft Use Now Included In Recreational Use Statue

In a positive development for recreational aviation, at least in the state of New Mexico, Governor Susana Martinez signed House Bill 12 into law on April 6th. This law adds "operation of aircraft" to the state's existing Recreational Use Statute.

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Adult Education Students Gain Hands-On Work Experience At Van Nuys Airport

'Job Shadow Day' Lets Job Seekers Know About Opportunities In Aviation

Twenty students enrolled at the North Valley Occupational Center (NVOC), a division of the L.A. Unified School District that provides adults affordable technical and career training, will gain hands-on work experience shadowing Van Nuys Airport employees.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.14.11)

"The RV-12 really does fly "like an RV". It's incredible how nimble this "LSA" feels -- a fantastic little bird!" Source: Vans RV-12 builder John Ratliff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.11): Safety Logic System

A software enhancement to ASDE-3, ASDE-X, and ASDE-3X, that predicts the path of aircraft landing and/or departing, and/or vehicular movements on runways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.14.11)

Flying Things Caught On Google Earth

Among the many wonders of Google Earth is the coincidence of some satellite capturing images of something unusual, such as an airplane in flight.

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