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February 22, 2009

HAI2009: Bell Updates Status Of 429 Program

Announces EASA Maintenance Program Approval, Improved Speed/Range 

In conjunction with Heli-Expo 2009 -- which opens Sunday in Anaheim, CA -- Bell Helicopter provided status and performance updates on its ongoing 429 development program.

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NASA Defers Setting Next Shuttle Launch Date

Flow Control Valve Concern Requires More Study

During a thorough review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, NASA managers decided Friday more data and possible testing are required before proceeding to launch. Engineering teams have been working to identify what caused damage to a flow control valve on shuttle Endeavour during its November 2008 flight.

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Deadline Near For English Proficiency Certification

Pilots, Crew Flying Internationally Must Demonstrate Use Of Language

ANN reminds all pilots, flight crew members and control tower operators who operate internationally that the International Civil Aviation Organization deadline to demonstrate English proficiency is fast approaching. Effective March 5, ICAO will require those certificate holders to show proof they are skilled in using the English language.

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HAI2009: L-3 IRIS Infrared Imaging System STC'd On Bell 206 And 407

May Be Installed By Precise Flight On Popular Helis

L-3 Avionics Systems announced Sunday at Heli-Expo 2008 the Federal Aviation Administration has granted Precise Flight Inc. a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the IRIS Infrared Imaging System on the Bell 206 and 407 helicopters.

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NASA Asks For Names For Next ISS Module

"Serenity" Is One Of The Choices? Shiny!

NASA is asking the public to help name the International Space Station's next module -- a control tower for robotics in space and the world's ultimate observation deck.

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Economic Slump Hits Recreational Flyers In Coastal SC

Flight Operations Numbers Down At Beaufort County Airports

Recent flight operations counts at two coastal South Carolina airports have revealed that area air traffic has slipped to the lowest levels recorded in several years, supporting the contention that economic conditions are indeed taking their toll on recreational general aviation.

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HAI2009: FAA Approves STC For Sikorsky S-61 Glass Cockpit Upgrade

Sagem ICDS Retrofit Part Of Carson Helicopter Modernization Effort 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America -- which proudly notes it is the world's largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services -- announced at Heli-Expo 2009 that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a Vector-developed Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been granted to Carson Helicopter Services for a five panel configuration of a Sagem Avionics Integrated Cockpit Display System for installation in the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter.

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Aerojet Fires Ares I Roll Control Thruster

Derivative Of Design Used On Viking Mars Mission

Aerojet announced last week the company completed a hot firing test sequence of a new roll control thruster being developed as a candidate for NASA's Ares I launch vehicle. This was a significant milestone, as it is the first firing of the improved engine design including a new valve that meets redundancy criteria ensuring crew safety and provides pulsing capability that is critical for the roll control application.

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BBA Aviation Spotlights Total Engine Services At Heli-Expo

Wide Range Of Products, Offerings For Many Types

BBA Aviation's Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) companies will showcase their spectrum of services at this year's Heli-Expo, which runs Sunday through Tuesday in Anaheim, CA.

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Air Force Efforts Put Nuclear Security Back on Track, General Says

Application, Oversight Have Changed "Dramatically"

Prioritization and "incredible attention to detail" have restored "nuclear surety" in the Air Force, the general in charge of the service's nuclear program said at Minot Air Force Base last week. Nuclear surety is the equipment, people and processes aimed at ensuring the safety, security, reliability and control of nuclear weapons.

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PA Welcomes Service Center for Robinson Helicopters

Parts And Service Are Now Available From Cove Helicopter At Altoona

Altoona Blair County Airport (AOO) in Pennsylvania is now home to Cove Helicopter. As of January 1, Robinson Helicopter Company of Torrance, CA has authorized Cove Helicopter as an R22 and R44 Service and Overhaul center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.09)

Aero-Linx!

The USHPA began as the Southern California Hang Gliding Association in 1971 and shortly afterwards, in March of 1974, became the United States Hang Gliding Association (USHGA), headquartered in southern California.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.09): Blue Ice

Aero-Terms!

Blue ice in the context of aviation is the frozen material formed by leaks in commercial aircraft lavatory waste tanks, a mixture of human waste and liquid disinfectant that freezes at high altitude. The name comes from the blue color of the disinfectant.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.22.09)

"We need to complete more work to have a better understanding before flying."

Source: Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Gerstenmaier chaired Friday's Flight Readiness Review on the upcoming STS-119 mission, to be flown by the shuttle Discovery. NASA managers decided Friday more data and possible testing are required before proceeding to launch. Engineering teams have been working to identify what caused damage to a flow control valve on shuttle Endeavour during its November 2008 flight.

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