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December 16, 2007

Alaska General Aviation Groups Concerned Over Red Flag TMOA

Eielson Pilots To Prepare Other Airmen For Combat

The Alaskan Interior will be the site of some major aerial training sessions by the Air Force in 2008... and that concerns the general aviation community in Alaska.

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AOPA Reminds Nation Of GA's Importance On Wright Bros. Anniversary

Kicks Off Renewed "GA Serving America" Campaign

On the 104th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is kicking off a television ad campaign to remind Americans how important general aviation airplanes and airports are to their quality of life.

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Caught On Video: Spider Attacks Space Shuttle!

They DO Grow 'Em Big In Florida...

We're usually not superstitious types here at ANN... but if you believe in omens, this couldn't have been a good one for NASA.

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Lockheed Martin Opens Development Laboratory For Orion, Constellation Programs

Houston Facility Near Johnson Space Center

Lockheed Martin announced this week the opening of its new space Exploration Development Laboratory in a ceremony dedicating the facility to support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Project Orion and Constellation Program.

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BentProp Project Returns To Palau Once Again

Mission To Find More MIAs From WWII

A group calling itself the BentProp Project is making plans to resume searching Palau for World War II aircraft and remains of their airmen.

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HAI Announces Recipient Of 2008 MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award

HPD Officer Dan Schwarzbach Honored

Helicopter Association International told ANN this week of this year's MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award recipient, Mr. Daniel B. Schwarzbach, a Senior Police Officer with the Houston (TX) Police Department.

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Era Helicopters To Open New Helo Training Center In Lousiana

Facility Will Feature Frasca Simulators

Era Helicopters LLC (Era) announced this week it will open a new 7,694 square foot helicopter training facility in Lake Charles, LA early next year. The facility, Era Training Center LLC, will feature two helicopter Flight Training Devices (FTDs), an AS-350B2 FTD and an EC-135 CPDS P2+ FTD, classrooms, custom briefing areas and administrative offices.

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Challenger Center Goes 'Green' With New Learning Center

NJ Building Will Sport Sustainable Design

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education’s newest Learning Center will be the first such location to incorporate a sustainable building design in support of the interactive experience that immerses over 400,000 students a year in science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.

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Cessna, ARINC Defense Unit Partner For Special Mission Mods

Will Modify Citation Jets, Other Planes

ARINC Engineering Services, LLC announced this week it has entered into a business relationship with Cessna, the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. ARINC will perform design, engineering and physical modification work to equip Cessna customer aircraft for special mission operations.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.16.07)

Aero-Linx!

Founding member Colin Rhodes,  after completing the restoration of a steam locomotive,  turned to his first love, aircraft. Originally trying to buy a Vampire to restore and fly, he eventually purchased Gloster Meteor NF14 WS760.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.16.07): Propeller Efficiency

Aero-Terms!

The ratio of the thrust horsepower produced by the engine-propeller combination to the brake horsepower delivered to the propeller shaft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.16.07)

"While this is still a TMOA, the Airmen and others on the statewide aviation council believe that alternatives need to be discussed in order to keep access for IFR general aviation along this route."

Source: The Alaska Airmen's Association. The Air Force will conduct Red Flag training in which Eielson Air Force Base pilots will prepare squadrons from bases all over the nation for combat. The exercise uses the Delta Temporary Military Operations Area, that is also a corridor used by general aviation aircraft offering the only IFR route, Victor 444, to and from Alaska and Canada... a cause of concern for GA pilots in the area.

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