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April 06, 2012

F/A-18 Down In Hampton Roads, VA

Pilots Eject, Airplane Impacts Apartment Building

A Navy F/A-18D on a training mission went down just after takeoff Friday afternoon, impacting an apartment building after the pilots ejected. Both pilots, along with four people on the ground, were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Sometimes Smaller Is Better, When Cockpit Space Is Limited

Trig’s New Small VHF Radios Get A Big Audience At AEA

Trig Avionics unveiled its latest new product range Wednesday, complementing its growing avionics family. Andy Davis, Trig CEO took to the stage at the New Product Launch event at the AEA International Convention in Washington to launch the Trig TY91 and TY92 radios. Both models are 2.25 inch panel mounted, ideally suited for light and general aviation pilots looking for a compact and certified 25 kHz and 8.33 kHz VHF comms solution.

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Trig’s Mandate-Ready ADS-B Solution Is In The Works

Company Developing A Lower-Cost Solution To Meet 2020 Requirements

The search by pilots for a cost-effective ADS-B Out solution that meets the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B mandate is just about to get easier, according to Trig Avionics. The company's TT31 and TT22 transponders can be installed in a GA aircraft today and with a software update will be 2020 ADS-B mandate ready. Andy Davis, CEO of Trig Avionics, unveiled the latest important step in Trig’s journey, offering pilots practical and affordable ADS-B technology.

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Rockwell Collins Extends Pro Line 4 To Pro Line 21 Upgrade Program

Now Available For Astra SPX, G100, Lear 60 Aircraft

A retrofit upgrade program involving the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics systems has expanded to include Astra SPX, Gulfstream G100 (formerly Astra SPX), and Bombardier Lear 60 aircraft. The announcement was made Wednesday at the 55th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) Convention and Trade Show in Washington, D.C.

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Retired Rocket Scientist Warns: Mars Mission Is Dangerous

Wally Nelson Is The Subject Of A Documentary Film Outlining His Concerns

While NASA, President Obama, and others talk sometimes wistfully about sending men to Mars, one retired rocket scientist is warning that the journey would be very dangerous, and a University of Central Florida film professor has produced a documentary to make that point.

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TrueNorth Teams With StandardAero For Gulfstream STCs

New FAA STCs Cover System Installations On Gulfstream III, IV, G450, G500 And G550 Models

TrueNorth Avionics has announced it has teamed with StandardAero, Springfield, IL, to earn FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for system installations on the Gulfstream III, IV, G450, G500 and G550 aircraft models. Continuing the rapid market acceptance of TrueNorth’s Simphone¯ OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system.

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Apache Block III Helicopter Performs Well In Tests

Deployment Expected Sometime In 2013

The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Block III next-generation attack helicopter is finishing up its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation at Fort Irwin, CA, and should be ready to deploy with Soldiers sometime next year, officials said April 2 at the Army Aviation Association of America's 2012 Professional Forum and Exposition.

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New Boeing 747-8 Marks Six Months In Service

First Customer Took Delivery In October, 2011

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter reaches six months in service this month, and the planemaker says the aircraft is setting new standards of efficiency and performance – meeting or exceeding expectations in service reliability, fuel burn, and payload capacity. The airplane entered service in October 2011 with launch customer Cargolux.  Boeing has delivered 14 747-8 Freighters to five airlines (Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Atlas, AirBridgeCargo and Korean Airlines) around the world.

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Aircell Establishes New Scholarship For Aviation Education

First Annual Recipient Announced At AEA Convention In Washington D.C.

The establishment of Aircell, a new aviation scholarship program was announced Wednesday by Aircell in conjunction with the AEA Educational Foundation. In the amount of $2,500, the Aircell Scholarship will be available each year to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to attend, or are already attending, an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program.

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Pentastar Aviation Completes Full MD-81 Retrofit

Select CMS From Flight Display Systems Upgrades The Legacy Airliner

Pentastar Aviation has completed a full retrofit of a McDonnell Douglas MD-81 featuring a complete Cabin Management System (CMS) from Flight Display Systems. The MD-81 cabin has two distinct customer seating areas which allow the VIP passenger to either relax in business-class seats with newly upgraded leather upholstery, or work at shared table spaces that allow for business meetings during flight.  

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Octogenarian Woman Lands Plane With Virtually No Flying Experience

Her Pilot/Husband Died During A Flight, She Saves Herself

John Collins, 81, and his 80-year-old wife Helen were flying home to Sturgeon Bay, WI from Marco Island, FL in their Cessna 414A (similar aircraft pictured) when John passed away at the controls of the airplane. Helen, who according to family members had flown in the past ... but not for thirty years and never in the 414, was forced to take matters into her own hands.

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STC Near For Garmin GTN 650/750 Citation 500 Series Install

Includes New Garmin Transponders, Audio Panels, Weather Radar

An FAA STC is pending for the installing the new touchscreen Garmin G650/750 GPS/NAV/COM on Cessna Citation 500 series aircraft to include models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560 by JETTECH. In addition, the STC will cover the installation of the Garmin GTX 33ES transponders, remote GMA35 audio panels and the GWX 68 weather radar.

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ICG, Chicago Jet Group Collaborate On Sora ig+ STC

Customer Installation In Falcon 900 Expected In Second Quarter This Year

International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) and Chicago Jet Group (CJG) announced Tuesday that they are on schedule to obtain a group STC from the FAA for the installation of a version of ICG’s Sora advanced voice and data satellite communications system on a Dassault Falcon 900 series aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.06.12

The Flying Car Takes Another Step Toward Reality…
Another TSA Employee Runs Afoul Of The Law…
The Airshow World Suffers A Tragic Loss…

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AEA Names 2012 Member And Associate Member Of The Year

Jim Joubert, Pacific Southwest Instruments, And Mid-Continent Instruments And Avionics Honored At Annual AEA Awards Luncheon

Each year during the Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, two prestigious awards are presented at the AEA Annual Awards Luncheon: the AEA Member of the Year, which honors an individual from an AEA regular member company; and the AEA Associate Member of the Year, which honors a company that is an AEA associate member.

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AEA2012 Sponsor: TrueNorth Avionics -- Fly. Connect. Succeed.

AEA2012 Sponsor: TrueNorth Avionics

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, TrueNorth is a leading aerospace technology company that designs, develops, and manufactures satellite telecommunication solutions for business aviation. TrueNorth’s innovative Simphone OpenCabin® is the first app-based business jet solution to offer reliable, high quality performance with global reach, enabling a Lifestyle in the Sky™.

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Aviators Model Code Of Conduct—Version 2.0 Released

Code Promotes Ongoing Improvements I Flying Quality And Safety

The Aviators Model Code of Conduct (AMCC)—Version 2.0 was released today by the project’s Permanent Editorial Board. Developed by a team of aviation professionals and drawing upon decades of research and experience, the Code promotes ongoing improvements in flying quality and safety. AMCC Version 2.0 reflects the knowledge and experience gained from extensive research, consultation, and draftsmanship of the many preceding versions.

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Cobham Announces Acquisition Of Shares In Thrane & Thrane

Says Outright Acquisition Is Still An Option

Cobham ("Cobham" or the "Group") announced on 12 March 2012 that it had withdrawn its proposal to the Board of Thrane & Thrane A/S ("Thrane & Thrane") regarding a possible recommended offer for Thrane & Thrane at a price of DKK420 per share in cash, as the Board of Thrane & Thrane felt unable to recommend its proposal. Cobham reserved the right to reconsider its position at any time.

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Boeing 747-8 Approved To Serve 200 Airports Globally

London Heathrow Is 200th Airport To Welcome 747-8 Operations

The Boeing 747-8 is approved for operations at 200 airports around the world – less than six months after entering service. To date, 63 airports around the world are supporting revenue flights from 14 in-service 747-8 Freighters operated by five carriers. The approval shows the newest member of the 747 family can operate safely within an airport environment, accounting for regulatory requirements, clearances, pavement loading and parking requirements.

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Dassault’s New Falcon 2000S Reaches Flight Test Milestone

Certification Of The New Twin-Engine Aircraft Expected By Year’s End

Dassault’s newest aircraft, the twin-engine Falcon 2000S, has completed its first year of flight testing. As of today, the test aircraft has accumulated nearly 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights.

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AEA2012 Sponsor: ADS-B Experts, FreeFlight Systems

AEA2012 Sponsor: FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high performance avionics systems with particular emphasis on NextGen related solutions. FreeFlight Systems was the first company to certify a WAAS/GPS receiver and is pioneering avionics systems for the implantation of ADS-B in all aircraft types. Based in Central and North Texas, the company offers high quality avionics systems at competitive prices. The company has been in business since 2001 and can trace its legacy back to the earliest applications of GPS technology to commercial and military aviation. This pioneering spirit continues today as the company looks forward to addressing the challenges of the NextGen transformation.

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AEA2012 Sponsor: Avidyne Makes Sure ANN Coverage Of AEA2012 Is Best Yet!

Got A C-182, Baron, Or Bonanza? Ask Avidyne About The New DFC90 Digital Autopilot!

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products also includes the industry-leading Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck line for new and existing aircraft, DFC90 and DFC100 digital flight control systems, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems with ADS-B, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system.

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Altitude Group LLC Announces Radial Rocket Sub Kit Availability

Fighter Look And Feel, Radial Power, Easy-To-Handle Gear Configuration

Altitude Group LLC has announced the introduction of sub kit purchase program for the Radial Rocket kit aircraft. Builders can now purchase sub kits and build their Radial Rocket according to their personal time and financial schedule.

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Klyde Morris 04.06.2012

Klyde's Self-Help Course May Drive Him Crazy ...

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Patriotic AEA2012 Sponsor: Universal Avionics Supports Wounded Warrior Project

AEA2012 Sponsor: Universal Avionics

Universal Avionics Systems Corporation is the leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems for business jets, turboprop aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, regional and commercial airliners used by corporate, military and airline operators. The company offers advanced avionics as a retrofit solution for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. The company backs its array of products with: sales, marketing, manufacturing, technical support, customer training, rental and repairs.

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AIAA, IAF To Host Global Space Exploration Conference In Washington, D.C.

Heads Of International Space Agencies To Discuss Future Space Exploration Initiatives

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), in coordination with the International Astronautical Federation (IAF),  is pleased to announce  the initial program for the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) to take place May 22–24, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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AEA2012 Sponsor: Guardian Avionics Has Something REALLY Different For GA!

AEA2012 Sponsor: Guardian Avionics

Guardian Avionics (by CO Guardian, LLC.) proudly announces the newest instrument for 21st century panels -- and get this, its an innovative product that NO ONE else has. Guardian's Aero 454 receives data from your airplane's Garmin GPS system (430, 530, 650, 750, G900, G1000) and transmits it simultaneously to as many as THREE iPad/tablet devices held by pilots or passengers. The new Aero 454 is an FAA/TSO certified product. It can reference locations, maps, flight plans in the Panel Mounted GPS's, approaches, departures, etc. on your iPad/tablet. You will have no more GPS signal loss because of banking or a heated windshield (It's so much more than a new gadget).

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An AEA2012 Sponsor With 50 Years Of Service: Becker Avionics

AEA2012 Sponsor: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is a privately held multinational enterprise that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications. For over 50 years, Becker Avionics has provided avionics equipment to general and corporate aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world.

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ANN AEA2012 Sponsor With A New Name -- Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics  Same Team. New Name.

Same team. Brand new name. Mid-Continent Instruments is now Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. The company is expanding its dealer-only overhaul and repair capabilities! The new name better describes the company’s capabilities and underscores its commitment to provide customers with a full range of services supporting avionics systems, instruments and power solutions.

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An Innovative AEA2012 Sponsor: Aspen Avionics

AEA2012 Sponsor: Aspen Avionics

We specialize in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. Our philosophy is that getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or on installation.

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Powerful AEA2012 Sponsor: Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems

AEA2012 Sponsor: Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems

Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems has designed and manufactured precision Engine Instrumentation for over four decades. Whether you are in search of a glass panel replacement for your general aviation piston or turbine aircraft, or you seek new or retrofit program solutions; Flightline is uniquely equipped to address your needs. We are dedicated to providing superior products and cost effective solutions while maintaining superior customer service and support.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.06.12)

“This is a wonderful contribution to the aviation industry. Aviation safety is a matter of ethics. What pilots care about determines how well they manage the risks of flight.” Source: King Schools co-owner John King.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.12): Nuisance Alert

A term used to describe a false alarm provided by an avionics system designed to detect surrounding hazards such as proximate traffic and terrain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.06.12)

European Regions Airlines Association

ERA is the principal body that represents the interests of organisations involved in intra-European air transport by influencing regulatory and environmental conditions.

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