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April 19, 2012

Coast Guard Responds To Plane Down In The Gulf Of Mexico

Pilot Was Unresponsive When Intercepted By NORAD Jets

The Coast Guard is responding to a plane crash approximately 120 miles west of Tampa, FL, in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday. The North American Aerospace Defense Command notified the Coast Guard 8th District watchstanders at 0830 CST of an airplane flying erratically over the Gulf of Mexico.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.19.12

Cirrus Aircraft says it's Full Speed Ahead for the SF50 - Again!
Boeing Says It's Time For Next Generation Pilot Training…
Despite Some Perceptions, NASA IS Looking To The Futu

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Arizona Rans S-12 Accident

Few Details Available About The Events Leading To The Crash

The NTSB's preliminary report on an accident involving an Rans S-12 in Mesa, AZ, two weeks ago offers few details about the circumstances which led to the airplane impacting terrain. Witnesses said that the aircraft seemed to develop engine trouble shortly after takeoff. Two people, both pilots, were fatally injured in the accident.

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Piper Completes Delivery Of Indonesian Fleet

Eighteen Piper Warriors Go To Government Flight School In Curug

Piper completed delivery this week of 18 Piper Warrior training aircraft to Sekolah Tinggi Penerbang Indonesia, the government flight school at Budiarto Airport in Curug, Indonesia. Sekolah Tinggi Penerbang Indonesia (STPI) educates pilots under the auspices of the Ministry of Transportation for the Republic of Indonesia.

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Hubble's 22nd Anniversary Image Shows Turbulent Star-Making Region

New Image Is One Of The Largest Hubble Mosaics Ever Assembled

Several million young stars are vying for attention in a new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, a star-forming complex located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula. The new image comprises one of the largest mosaics ever assembled from Hubble photos.

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Beechcraft King Air 250 Achieves EASA Certification

HBC Says European Deliveries Will Begin 'Very Soon'

EASA has certified the Beechcraft King Air 250, the latest derivative of the turboprop Beechcraft King Air line. The Beechcraft King Air 250 received FAA certification in June 2011, followed by type certification from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) in November.

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NASA Continues Orion Parachute Testing For Future Test Flight

Agency Targets 2014 For First Orion Test Flight

NASA successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert Tuesday in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014.

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Garmin Unveils Expanded Aviation Charting Capability For Europe

Teams With Jeppesen To Integrate European VFR Terminal Charts

Garmin has introduced expanded electronic charting capabilities for Europe, including the availability of European VFR terminal charts and European SafeTaxi airport diagrams for select Garmin aviation products.

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Flight 3407 Families Press Cases Despite Pinnacle Bankruptcy

Chapter 11 Filing Puts Wrongful Death Suits On Hold

The father of one of the passengers fatally injured in the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 has been placed on the creditors committee as part of Pinnacle Airline's bankruptcy proceedings. Twenty-three wrongful death cases were put on hold when the company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization April 1st.

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American Jet International Welcomes New Director of Operations

Pilot Annette Vitello Named To The Post

Ms. Annette Vitello has been named as the new Director of Operations for American Jet International. Ms. Vitello will be responsible for the day to day operations of the flight department, including management and control of business development and growth of the company.

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Canadian Helicopters Announces Proposed Name Change

Would Become 'HNZ Group Inc.' If Shareholders Approve

Canadian Helicopters Group Inc., an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, previously announced that it will hold an annual and special meeting of shareholders on May 11, 2012. At the Meeting, the Company intends to seek shareholder approval of a special resolution to change the Company's name from "Canadian Helicopters Group Inc." to "HNZ Group Inc.".

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Phoenix Aviation Managers, NBAA Renew Aviation Workers' Compensation Program

Provides Exclusive Program To More Than 8,000 NBAA Member Companies

Phoenix Aviation Managers announced Tuesday that it has renewed an exclusive agreement with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) to provide a workers' compensation program for the NBAA's Membership of more than 8,000 companies. The NBAA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program was introduced in 2009 to provide access to high-quality coverage at competitive rates for NBAA Member companies.

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Canadian Companies Join Forces To Boost Numbers Of Qualified Pilots

Air Georgian, Ottawa Aviation Services To Provide Aptitude Testing And Customized Pilot Training

Canadian jet charter provider Air Georgian recently signed a a partnership agreement with Ottawa Aviation Services (OAS) to assist with pilot recruiting and selection needs. Air Georgian has chosen the technical platform services of OAS to help ensure the selection of the best flight crew for employment, while at the same time assembling a pool of qualified candidates for potential future hire.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-18-52

PRODUCT: Certain Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters.

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Classic Aero-TV: NBAA 2011 Opening Session -- Senator Joe Manchin Defends BizAv

Plane Talk At NBAA 2011... The Kind That You Wished The Rest Of the World Could Hear

NBAA 2011 was an interesting year for the world's largest gathering of all things BizAv... it also signaled a far more aggressive shift in what and how the BizAv world decided to explain itself. Starting with HBC's Bill Boisture, on the day before the official opening of the event, the "Plane-Speaking" commended and never stopped as one flyer after another decried the nonsense the aviation world had been forced to deal with... at the hands of a public, media and government that fails to understand or appreciate the immense contributions this industry makes, day after da

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A4A Opposes Proposal To Change FAA Crew Rest Rules

Says Applying The Rules To All Cargo Pilots Is Not Justified

Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) has affirmed its support for the FAA's decision to apply the recent final rule on crew-member duty limits and rest only to scheduled passenger airline operations, and voiced strong opposition to newly proposed legislation that would reverse the careful analysis and conclusion by FAA that applying the rule to all-cargo carriers could not be justified.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Garver Optimistic About NASA's Future

Remarks Made During Discovery Arrival Ceremony At KIAD

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver expressed optimism about the agency's future, even as Space Shuttle Discovery was arriving in Virginia to become a museum piece.

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First Flight: Tecnam P2010

Test Pilot Says That The Airplane Was Stable And Easy To Fly

Tecnam's latest offering, the P2010 flew for the first time 12th April, 2012. Tecnam's Test Pilot, Marco Locatelli said that the airplane is very stable once in trim, excellent visibility allows the pilot to have good references to the horizon, and that the Garmin PFD provides very good attitude and situational awareness.

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Remembering The Apollo 16 Launch-Four Decades Ago

Looking At The End Of America’s Manned Lunar Program

On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 16 launch, it is important to look at where we were as a space-faring nation at the time of that mission and perhaps consider where we are as a space-faring nation today. For the purposes of looking back we will gaze through the eyes of a rabid, spaceflight crazed eighth-grader in the year 1972… Wes Oleszewski.

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JAMA Study Finds Emergency Helo Transport Saves Lives

Journal Of The American Medical Association Report Released This Week

A study released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that patients transported to Level I and II trauma centers by helicopters have improved odds of survival compared to transport by ground ambulances.

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Centurion Receives European Certification For PA28 Retrofit

Diesel Powerplant Available For Cherokee, Warrior, Cadet Aircraft

The 155 hp Centurion 2.0s power pack has been certified in Europe for installation in Piper Cherokee, Cadet, and Warrior aircraft. The engine is the same diesel engine which has been installed in the Diamond DA40. EASA authorized the retrofit as of mid April, and the production launch of the new Centurion retrofit kit is underway. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer.

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Additional Details Emerge In Connecticut Robinson Accident

Pilot, State Representative William Wadsworth, Credited With Lifesaving Action

State Representative William Wadsworth of Farmington, CT, said he "felt a little bump in the machine" just before it went down in a wooded area near his home. The accident severally injured his girlfriend, Irene Van, who is recovering from a broken back at a rehabilitation center in West Hartford.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.19.12)

"While it is wonderful to reminisce about the past, NASA continues to focus on the future. You need only admire the amazing space shuttles and their accomplishments to realize the people, organizations and nation that created them have only just begun." Source: NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.12): Sea Level Pressure

The sea level pressure is the atmospheric pressure at sea level at a given location. When observed at a reporting station that is not at sea level (nearly all stations), it is a correction of the station pressure to sea level.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.12)

The Mooney Mite Site

The Mooney M-18 Mite is a single-place, low-wing monoplane with retractable, tricycle landing gear. It is mainly of fabric-covered wood construction designed for the general aviation market and offering extremely low operating costs.

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