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March 08, 2009

Is TSA Readying An All-Out Attack On GA Access To American Airports?

One Pilot's On-Scene Report Signals New and Draconian TSA Efforts To Severely Limit GA Freedoms

 ANN E-I-C Note: The following email is real and has been verified as being the work-product/personal report of a pilot (who has asked for anonymity) that attended a recent TSA meeting in Montrose, CO, in which new and mostly unreported TSA controls were discussed that spell incredible trouble for the aviation world... no matter who they may be.

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NASA Gives 'GO' For Space Shuttle Launch On March 11

Flight Readiness Review: Flow Control Valves Are Free Of Cracks

NASA managers completed a review Friday of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-119 mission. Commander Lee Archambault and his six crewmates are now scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 9:20 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 11.

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TICO Airshow Ticket Prices Reduced Due To Hard Economic Times

Special Guest Is Medal of Honor Winner Colonel George "Bud" Day

The roar of vintage warbird engines return to the Space Coast on March 13 through 15 with the 32nd annual TICO Warbird Airshow at the Space Center Executive Airport (TIX) in Titusville, FL. To encourage attendance despite the present economic conditions, the Valiant Air Command -- the airshow's sponsor -- is reducing the gate admission fee.

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B-1B Makes Emergency Landing At Melbourne Airport

Was Heading To Australian Int'l Airshow When Crew Reported Gear Problems

The US Air Force is investigating why the crew of a B-1B Lancer bomber had to divert from their planned destination over Australia, and instead make an emergency landing at the Melbourne Airport.

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New Air Traffic Controller Training Program Comes To Texas

LeTourneau University To Offer Two- And Four-Year Courses

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking to hire 17,000 new air traffic controllers in the next decade. To help meet this need, LeTourneau University in Longview, TX was recently approved by the FAA to participate in the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program. LETU is the only university in the state of Texas approved to prepare and train students interested in a career as an air traffic controller.

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CFI Develops FAA-Approved Landing Gear Simulator

Complex Aircraft Endorsement... In Fixed-Gear Aircraft

On March 1, 2009, pilot Jeff Clark of Troy, MI obtained a Complex Aircraft Endorsement. Not unusual, you say? But he did it in his fixed gear Piper Dakota, using a landing gear simulator developed by CFI Gregg Stockman.

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National Alliance To Advance NextGen Pushes Congress For Funding

Group Suggests First Implementation Of NextGen To Be In Congested NY Area

An unprecedented array of airline, business, travel, and tourism industry leaders joined the Port Authority in New York City last month, urging full funding for NextGen initiatives to overhaul the country's air traffic control system and finally put an end to delays that plague the nation's air travelers. 

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Pilot Lost In NC Homebuilt Accident

Friends Fondly Remember Glenn Moore As 'Father Of Aviation' In Area

The pilot of a single-engine experimental aircraft succumbed to injuries suffered when his plane lost power and crashed into a field south of Stag Air Park (7NC1) near Burgaw, NC last Thursday afternoon.

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Gulfstream Inspector Earns Master Mechanic Award From FAA

Richard Thrasher Honored For Lifetime Of Accomplishment

Richard Thrasher, a senior airworthiness inspector with Gulfstream Aerospace, recently received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Federal Aviation Administration. Thrasher is the first Gulfstream employee to receive the award, which recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics.

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Narco Avionics To Supply XCOM VHF760 To US, Canadian Dealers

Manufacturing, Support, And Service Exclusively From Narco

Michael Coates, CEO & President of the Australian XCOM Avionics, and Alan Hanks, CEO & President of Narco Avionics, Inc. have jointly announced that all XCOM  2 1/4" Avionics VHF 760 Aircraft Transceivers will now be sold and marketed exclusively through the Narco Avionics Dealer Network and Original Airframe Manufacturers (OEMs) in the US and Canada.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.08.09)

Aero-Linx!

Established in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is an international association which serves providers of air and surface medical transport systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.08.09): Pushback

Aero-Terms!

Powerback is used by aircraft to reverse using the power of their engines, In Europe only propeller aircraft tend to use powerbacks as a means of reversing, while in the USA some larger jet aircraft also perform powerbacks.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.08.09)

"It presently appears that anyone on the ramp without a TSA ID is subject to fines or convictions in unknown amounts and arrest or detainment by unknown persons as it seems not to be known how enforcement will be conducted, or by whom. The sole female TSA person, I could not fathom or match the persons to the names, quietly said, the one time she even dared look at the crowd, that patrolling would likely be random and infrequent. Or something very like that.

"Of course the question was then raised, why bother. No answer." Source: From an email received by ANN, and verified as being the work-product/personal report of a pilot (who has asked for anonymity) that attended a recent TSA meeting in Montrose, CO, in which new

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