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February 19, 2010

FBI To Lead Austin Plane Crash Investigation

NTSB Determines The Incident Was Not An Accident

The NTSB has transferred control of the investigation into yesterday's crash of a small aircraft into an office building in Austin, Texas to the FBI.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.10

Joe Stack's friends say they never saw it coming.
Alphabet groups brace for a new attack on GA.
And a bomb threat diverts a United flight.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.19.10

Joe Stack's friends say they never saw it coming.
Alphabet groups brace for a new attack on GA.
And a bomb threat diverts a United flight.


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ANN Special Feature: The Reincarnation of UltraFlight - 02.19.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Roy Beisswenger, long-time editor of UltraFlight Magazine, about the end of UltraFlight, what will take its place, and the future of print magazines for niche interests.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.19.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.19.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: The Reincarnation of UltraFlight - 02.19.10 (ANN Special Report, with Roy Beisswenger)

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X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Taking Shape On Board U.S.S. Lincoln

First Unmanned Jet Aircraft To Take Off And Land Aboard An Aircraft Carrier

Personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (N-UCAS) program team and industry partner Northrop Grumman Corporation are underway with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to test the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D).

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Avidyne Extends Reach Into Helicopter Market Of EX600 MFD

Adds RDR-1400 Radar And HTAWS Interfaces

Avidyne tell ANN that new helicopter-specific interfaces uniquely position their EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) as the MFD solution of choice for helicopter operators.

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Cessna Adds Flight Training Schools To Cessna Pilot Center Network

Seven New Centers Bring Total To Near 300

Cessna  has added seven flight training schools to its global network of more than 280 Cessna Pilot Centers (CPCs), the company announced Thursday.

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Bombardier Opens Third U.S.Commercial Aircraft Service Center

Inks 10-Year Maintenance Agreement With Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has added a third commercial aircraft service center to its growing customer support network worldwide. The facility, located in Macon, Georgia complements the two Bombardier-owned commercial aircraft service centers in Bridgeport, WV and Tucson, AZ.

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Bye Energy Launches The Green Flight Project

Focus Is Development Of Electric-Hybrid Airplane Engines

Bye Energy, an integrator of alternative energy and renewable fuel technologies for business and general aviation aircraft, is launching “The Green Flight Project” to enhance the development of an electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system (EHPS) for commercial application.

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Third F-35B Lands At NAS Patuxent River

STOVL Aircraft Joins Flight Test Fleet

Piloted by Lockheed Martin F-35 Test Pilot Jeff Knowles, the third F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, Wednesday.

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Boeing Returns E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft To Service

Airborne Command Center Underwent 11 Months Maintenance

The Boeing Company delivered an E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft to the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 8, after 11 months of maintenance at Boeing’s Wichita facility.

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Two Flight Attendants Injured When Pilot Takes Emergency Action

Aircraft Approaching Burbank Was On A Collision Course With Another Plane

A Southwest Airlines pilot was forced to take sudden evasive action during a flight over the weekend to avoid a collision with a GA aircraft near Bob Hope Airport (KBUR).

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Civil Air Patrol, USAF Junior ROTC Cyberspace Teams Headed For National Showdown

Teams Look For Vulnerabilities In Virtual Networks.

Cyber defense teams from the Arizona, California, New Hampshire and North Carolina wings of the Civil Air Patrol will compete against four Air Force Junior ROTC teams in the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot II Championships on Friday in Orlando, FL.

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Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Joins The Avfuel Network

Offers Range Of Services In National Capital Region

Avfuel Corporation and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (KSHD) have formed a new branding alliance between the fuel and services supplier and the airport.

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Parachutist Jumps From Tethered Hot-Air Balloon

Operators Were Not Expecting The Valentine's Day Stunt

A person who had booked a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon for Valentine's Day surprised the other passengers by climbing over the gondola's safety net, unrolling a hidden parachute, and launching himself into the air 300 feet above the ground.

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Aero-TV: ICAS Perspectives – What Makes a Perfect Loop?

Leading Air Show Performers Give Their Perspective and Advice

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives.

Aero-TV: ICAS Perspectives – What Makes a Perfect Loop?

Leading Air Show Performers Give Their Perspective and Advice

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives.

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American Eagle Airlines Facing $2.9 Million FAA Civil Penalty

Airline Has 30 Days To Respond

The FAA has proposed a $2.9 million civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines for operating more than 1,000 flights using airplanes on which improper repairs were performed on landing gear doors.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Historic NASA Commitment

$75 Million Pledged For Commercial Suborbital Flights, Payloads

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed NASA's announcement Thursday that the agency will fund dozens of science and education payloads to fly on commercial suborbital vehicles built by companies including Armadillo Aerospace, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, Virgin Galactic, and XCOR Aerospace.

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Klyde Morris (02.19.10)

Klyde Reflects On Another Sign Of The Times...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Vermont Governor Recognizes Importance Of GA

Alliance For Aviation Across America Applauds Proclamation Made Thursday

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas signed a proclamation declaring February as "General Aviation Appreciation Month" Thursday during the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association (VAAA) Open House. 

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SAFE Forms Flight Training Safety Committee

Goal Is To Improve General Aviation Safety

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently announced the formation of its Flight Training Safety (FTS) Committee. Responding to a number of recent, high profile events, the new committee has been charged with advancing general aviation safety.

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Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane To Kenya Wildlife Service

Patty Wagstaff's Annual KWS Pilot Training Is A Success

The Lindbergh Foundation announced Thursday that the donation of a factory-new 180HP A1C Husky bush plane to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and a five-day training program of the KWS air patrol has been successfully completed.

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Gone West: Maj. Gen. Jeanne M. Holm (Ret)

Air Force, DOD Pioneer, First Woman Air Force Major General

The first woman to serve as major general in the Air Force, and the Department of Defense, passed away February 15. Retired Maj. Gen. Jeanne M. Holm is credited as the single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream military.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.19.10)

"By declaring February "Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month", we're sending a clear signal that we support this industry that is central to our state's economic success." Source: Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.10): Holding Fix

A specified fix identifiable to a pilot by NAVAIDs or visual reference to the ground used as a reference point in establishing and maintaining the position of an aircraft while holding.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.10)

Green Flight Project

A collaborative effort between alternative energy and aerospace industries resulting in the creation of an electric hybrid propulsion system for aviation, work has begun transforming a conventionally powered airplane to electric power for a proof of concept flight. 

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