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January 25, 2010

Navy Assists Ethiopian Airlines Search, Rescue Effort

P-3 Orion, Guided Missile Destroyer Deployed To The Area

The U.S. military has dispatched a guided missile destroyer and a patrol aircraft to assist the search-and-rescue effort after an Ethiopian Airlines plane went down in the Mediterranean Sea Monday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.10

The Supremes won't review the FAA's plan for New York airspace.
Space station crews now have much more direct internet access.
And another Cub LSA debuts at Sebring.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.25.10

The Supremes won't review the FAA's plan for New York airspace.
Space station crews now have much more direct internet access.
And another Cub LSA debuts at Sebring.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Demystifying Density Altitude - 01.25.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the difference between pressure altitude and density altitude, and why knowing the difference is sometimes a life-and-death mat

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Ethiopian Airlines 737 Down Off The Coast of Lebanon

No Reports Of Emergency Broadcasts

Ethiopian Airlines flight 409 disappeared off radar screens shortly after leaving Beirut International Airport (OLBA) enroute to Addis Ababa (HAAB) early Monday morning. 

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Botched Tupolev Landing In Iran Gets Taban Air Suspended

No Fatalities Reported After Serious Accident

Taban Air shut down operations on Sunday after a flight veered off the runway during landing, catching fire and shearing off both wings.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.25.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.25.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Demystifying Density Altitude - 01.25.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)  

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Pentagon To Provide Shadow UAVs To Pakistan

12 RQ-7s, Training, And "Other Capabilities" Will Be Included

The United States plans to provide Pakistan with a dozen RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles to support their fight on extremists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed Friday during a roundtable session with Pakistani reporters.

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Finnish Border Guard Orders A Fourth AW119Ke Helicopter

Aircraft Used For Homeland Security Missions

The Finnish Border Guard has ordered a fourth AW119Ke single engine helicopter, AgustaWestland announced Friday.

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IATA, ICAO, and DHS Meet To Discuss Aviation Security Cooperation

International Meeting Focused On Safety Standards

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) hosted an aviation security summit with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week.

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Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K Helicopter Precision Components Technology Center

$20 Million Center Will Produce Dynamic Major Components

Sikorsky formally opened its new Precision Components Technology Center Friday, launching a new path toward strategic competitive excellence beginning with the manufacture of CH-53K heavy lift helicopter components.

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Gone West: Stephen O'Keefe

Unpredictable Winds Blamed In Skydiving Accident

Stephen O'Keefe, 70, died last week of internal injuries sustained after a hard skydive landing at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH) on January 17.

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Kodiak Leaves Idaho To Join Efforts In Haiti

First Use Of Kodiak In Disaster Relief Work

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new Kodiak airplane and four crew members to join its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort following the massive earthquake in Haiti.

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New Report: How NASA Can Stop Killer Asteroids

Researchers Examine Options For Detecting And Countering Threats From Space

This is not the plot of a movie: a new report from the National Research Council lays out real options NASA could follow to detect more near-Earth objects (NEOs) – asteroids and comets that could pose a hazard if they cross Earth's orbit. 

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Aero-TV: X Prize Milestone – Diamandis on Five-Year Anniversary

X PRIZE Foundation Celebrates Five Years Since the Ansari X PRIZE Win

On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne.   Inspired by the Orteig Prize, won by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for the successful completion of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Peter Diamandis formally announced the X PRIZE competition in 1996. The competition offered the largest incentive prize in history, a stunning $10 million dollar award, to the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface twice within two weeks.

Aero-TV: X Prize Milestone - Diamandis on Five-Year Anniversary

X PRIZE Foundation Celebrates Five Years Since the Ansari X PRIZE Win

On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne. 

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Entegra Release 9 Goes To College

Avidyne Avionics Selected By Western Michigan University College Of Aviation

 Avidyne has announced that Western Michigan University (WMU) has selected Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck avionics system for WMUs fleet of Cirrus SR20 aircraft. The upgrades will be performed by Brown Aviation Lease. 

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USAF Chief Of Staff Notes Keys To Air Force's Future

Remarks Made At National Security Conference In Washington, D.C.

The Air Force must be able to operate across a spectrum of conflicts, using a myriad of warfare tools and tactics, while keeping up with advancing technologies and the ways the nation's adversaries use them, the service's top officer said Wednesday.

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Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Orders Two CAE 7000 Series Sims

Full Flight Simulators For A320, A330

CAE has received orders for two Airbus A320 and A330 CAE 7000 Series full-flight simulators (FFS) from Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Company (SEFTC), the training subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, the company announced Tuesday.

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FAA Issues Airspace Restrictions For 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver Flight Advisory And NOTAMs Now Available

The airspace restrictions for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games in Vancouver will be in effect from January 29, 2010 to March 24, 2010.

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BAE Systems, NOAA Partner For 1st Coyote UAS Test Flight

13 Pound UAS Deployed From A Sonobouy Dropped By A P-3

 BAE, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), completed the first successful test flight of the Coyote unmanned aircraft system. The system deployed in midair after being dropped from a P-3 aircraft in a 3-foot-long sonobuoy.

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MAF Opens Satellite Communications Center And Resumes Flights In Haiti

Relief Agencies Given Reliable Access To Phone Lines And Internet

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) missionaries have set up a Port-au-Prince airport communications center connected to a GATR VSAT satellite system, supplying direly needed high-bandwidth communications to workers from at least 16 international aid groups that have arrived since the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.

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Delta AirElite Buys Segrave Aviation to Expand Biz Jet Operations

Acquisition Doubles Fleet Size, Improves Customer Service.

Delta AirElite, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL), has acquired Kinston, NC-based Segrave Aviation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.25.10)

"The Air Force consumes more petroleum each year than any other agency in the U.S. government, and thus is the most susceptible to energy-price volatility and disruption of logistics lines.  Each $10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil equates to a $600 million increase in fuel costs to the Air Force." Source: Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz at the 38th Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis-Fletcher Conference on National Security, Strategy and Policy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.10): TFR

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is a type of Notices to Airmen (NOTAM).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.10)

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex A visit to Florida isn't complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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