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April 20, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.21.10

Airline flights resume out of Heathrow.
The ash cloud also forced changes in military flights.
And IATA wants changes in the way Europe responds next time.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.21.10

Airline flights resume out of Heathrow.
The ash cloud also forced changes in military flights.
And IATA wants changes in the way Europe responds next time.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I - FAA's Randy Babbitt at AEA 2010 - 04.21.10

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt updates attendees at AEA 2010 about NextGen ATC, Safety Management Systems, and his continuing push for professionalism among pilots.

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Discovery Touches Down At KSC Following 15-Day Mission

Weather Caused The Shuttle's First Two Landing Opportunities To Be Waved Off

Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts ended a 15-day journey of more than 6.2 million miles with a 0908 EDT landing Tuesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The landing was made in the third arrival window for the shuttle, after the first two attempts were waved off due to poor weather.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.10

Florida's use tax on visitors could be on the way out.
The Air Force places UAVs in space.
And the ash may be dispersed today.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.20.10

Florida's use tax on visitors could be on the way out.
The Air Force places UAVs in space.
And the ash may be dispersed today.


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ANN Special Feature: Tom Poberezny on Succession - 04.20.10

In a conversation with ANN's Jim Campbell, Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman and President Tom Poberezny provides an update on the executive search for a new EAA President.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.20.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.20.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Tom Poberezny on Succession - 04.20.10 (ANN Special Report, with EAA's Tom Poberezny)

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New Model Sting Released - The 'Sting S4'

Redesigned Canopy, Cockpit, And Landing Gear On Australian Light Sport

The latest version of the TL-2000 Sting aircraft was introduced at Aero Friedrichshafen, which wrapped up last week. The new Sting aircraft known as the Series 4, or "S4" for short, features many improvements which TL says further refine this already mature aircraft.

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IBA Says The Only Way To Go Is Up

But, They Admit, It's A Long Road Ahead 

The International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) gave its latest assessment of aircraft valuations, as well as  predictions for future market trends, at the recent 24th Annual Finance & Commercial Aviation Geneva Conference.

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Southwest To Part Company With WestJet

Companies Can't Come To Terms On Modified Agreement

Southwest Airlines notified WestJet last week of its intent to terminate the agreement to offer connecting service between the United States and Canada with WestJet. WestJet had recently requested significant changes to the agreement that the two airlines have had in place since 2008.

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New Partnership Expands Aviation Education At Canada's Conestoga College

Helicopter Training To Be Added To The Curriculum

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning has signed an agreement with Great Lakes Helicopter Corporation of Kitchener to expand aviation education at Conestoga to include training on helicopters.

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CAP Orders A Dozen Cessna Skylanes

Delivery Slated For Late 2010

Cessna announced Monday it received an order last week for 12 Skylanes from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Cessna's largest fleet operator. The Skylanes will be delivered before the end of the year.

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Belite Aircraft Takes Grand Champion Ultralight Honors At Lakeland

Innovation, Appeal, Principal Factors In Determining Winner

Belite Aircraft was named the 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight at this year's Sun 'n Fun Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The award is based on innovation, appeal, ease of build and presentation among other factors.

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You CAN Get There From Here: Cessna Offers Citation WAAS Upgrade

Promises Greater GPS Navigation Accuracy

Many Citation owners can now get an upgrade to their GPS nav systems to give them the greatest accuracy possible. Cessna is offering Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) upgrades for Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ aircraft as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS aircraft.

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Aircraft Departing Lakeland Makes Emergency Landing

Airplane Suffered Minor Damage, Pilot And Passenger OK

An airplane leaving the recent Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida Sunday morning experienced an engine failure and made an emergency landing on a dirt road in Hardee County on its way home to Fort Lauderdale.

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Civilian Flights Not Alone In Eruption Disruption

Military Adjusts To Icelandic Volcano's Ashfall

Ash from an Icelandic volcano continues to wreak havoc with air flights across Europe, including American military flights. Thousands of commercial and military flights from Ireland to the Ukraine have been cancelled as the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which started erupting last week, continues to spew ash.

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Aero-TV: Debby Rihn-Harvey – A Look at Competition vs. Airshow Flying

Decorated Champion Offers Unique Perspective on Aerobatic Community
 
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.  One of the many professionals in attendance was the 2006 and 2008 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, Debby Rihn-Harvey.
 

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Aero-TV: Debby Rihn-Harvey – A Look at Competition vs. Airshow Flying

Decorated Champion Offers Unique Perspective on Aerobatic Community

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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'Professionalism In Aviation' Public Forum Announced By NTSB

Three-Day Meeting On Professionalism At All Levels, Disciplines

The NTSB will hold a safety forum on professionalism in aviation beginning Tuesday, May 18, 2010.  The three-day, forum will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. 

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FAA Statement On The Status Of European Airspace

"Ready To Assist" Carriers And European Colleagues

In a statement issued Monday, the FAA says it supports the decision by the European Commission to resume air traffic in parts of continental Europe. Safety is the main priority for both U.S. and European aviation authorities.

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No Carry On Charges From Some Airlines, Schumer Says

New York Senator Has Commitments From "Several" Airlines To Not Charge For Carry-On Bags

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) says he has been assured by several airlines that they will not follow the lead of Spirit Airlines and begin charging for carry-on luggage.

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Marine One Helo Competition Draws A Potential 'Dream Team'

Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin Join Up To Bid For The VXX Program  

Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin announced the signing of a teaming agreement Monday to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy's revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program. 

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First C-130J Super Hercules Delivered To Dyess AFB

U.S. Air Force Chief Of Staff Flew The Airplane, Officially "Hands Over The Keys"

At ceremonies Monday in Abilene Texas, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz delivered the first of 28 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifters to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base. Schwartz flew the C-130J to Dyess from Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.

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IATA: Europe Should Re-Think Volcano Airspace Restrictions

Governments Must Base Decisions On Fact, Not Theory

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sharply criticized European governments for their lack of leadership in handling airspace restrictions in light of the Icelandic volcano eruption and urged a re-think of the decision-making process.

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UAL Flight Attendants Draw A Line In The Sand Over Merger Talks

Warns The Deal Is Going Nowhere Without A New Contract, Job Security

Leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), which represents 16,000 flight attendants at United Airlines, said again last week that any merger scenario will go nowhere without a new contract and job security for flight attendants.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.10)

" During the forum, we will gather information on the screening, selection and training of pilots and controllers and methods to reinforce professionalism and excellence." Source: NTSB Chair Debora Hersman, announcing an upcoming three-day forum on professionalism in aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.10): Release Time

A departure time restriction issued to a pilot by ATC (either directly or through an authorized relay) when necessary to separate a departing aircraft from other traffic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.10)

Aero-Linx: HMX-1 Command

With a story today about a renewed competition for a new Presidential Helicopter, which carries the designation "Marine One" when the President is on board, we went looking for additional information about the squadron who's job it is to ferry the Commander in Chief safely from one place to another.

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