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March 26, 2011

Babbitt Moves Quickly On Overnight Tower Staffing

Interim Plan In Place At "Selected Airports" Nationwide

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has moved quickly to address the issue of overnight staffing at control towers following an incident this week in which a controller allegedly fell asleep during is shift, causing two airliners to have to land without clearance.

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Diamond Aircraft Looking To Spur Spring Sales

Announces Up To $40,000 Cash Credit Incentive Program

Diamond Aircraft and its North American Diamond Regional Distribution Centers are offering significant time-limited incentives to buyers of new Diamond aircraft.

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NATCA Weighs In On 'Safe Staffing' For Air Traffic Control Shifts

Rinaldi: "We Applaud Secretary LaHood For Moving Quickly"

The union representing the nation's air traffic controllers has weighed in on the incident Wednesday in which a controller allegedly fell asleep during a midnight shift at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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NTSB Recommends Changes In FAA Controller Management Style

Says Supervisory Functions Should Not Be Carried Out While On Duty

In a letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, NTSB Chair Debora Hersman recommending that the FAA take action to improve the safety of air traffic control (ATC) operations by prohibiting air traffic controllers from providing supervisory oversight while performing operational air traffic duties.

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Klyde Morris (03.25.11)

Klyde Gets On LaHood's Case... Again


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G250 Completes Natural Icing Tests

Aircraft Now Involved In Function And Reliability Testing

Gulfstream's second G250 flight-test aircraft has recently successfully completed natural icing tests, bringing the aircraft several steps closer to its certification later this year by the FAA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.

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NASA'S Successful 'Can Crush' Will Aid Heavy-Lift Rocket Design

Structural Tests Subject Large Components To Nearly One Million Pounds Of Force

NASA put the squeeze on a large rocket test section Tuesday. Results from this structural strength test at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, will help future heavy-lift launch vehicles weigh less and reduce development costs.

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Vector Aerospace Confirms Exclusive Discussions With EADS

Says No Binding Offer Has Been Made For The Company

 Vector Aerospace Corporation has been asked by Market Surveillance on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange to disclose the current state of the review of strategic alternatives with the objective of enhancing shareholder value announced previously by the Corporation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.26.11)

"The NTSB concludes that the watch supervision directives in Order 7210.3 are incompatible with effective oversight and that the effectiveness of the supervisory role is reduced when it is performed in combination with operational duties." Source: NTSB Chair Debora Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.11): Useful Load

Weight of the occupants, baggage, usable fuel, and drainable oil. The difference between maximum and empty weight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.11)

Utah Back Country Pilots

Utah Back Country Pilots believes that through sharing their knowledge and experience of remote airstrips they can make backcountry flying in Utah safer.

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