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February 16, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.10

Schoolkids get their space questions answered..live from space.
NASA honors one of its major contractors.
And the French Army takes delivery of new UAVs.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.16.10

Schoolkids get their space questions answered..live from space.
NASA honors one of its major contractors.
And the French Army takes delivery of new UAVs.


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ANN Special Feature: The Quest Kodiak's Unique Story - 02.16.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Quest Aircraft CEO Paul Schaller about the unique set of circumstances surrounding the development of the Quest Kodiak, which is among the types serving the Haitian eart

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.16.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: The Quest Kodiak's Unique Story - 02.16.10 (ANN Special Report, with Quest Aircraft CEO Paul Schaller )

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Florida Judge Determines City Owes FBO

Court Determines Fernandina Beach Violated Its Lease With McGill Aviation

A 4th judicial circuit judge in Nassau County, Florida has accepted the determination of a mediator that the Fernandina Beach, Florida city government owes McGill Aviation, an FBO at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB), nearly $411,000, and the FBO must be allowed to continue operations at the airport.

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Are Aviation Services In Line For Sales Taxes?

As Service Economy Means Lower Sales Tax Revenue, States Look Elsewhere

It appears that the proposed excise tax in Washington State is not the only juicy target for taxation by states struggling to balance their budgets.

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DOT Proposes Approval Of oneworld Antitrust Immunity Application

"Interested Parties" Have An Opportunity To Comment

The U.S. DOT proposed to grant antitrust immunity to American Airlines and four international partners to form a global alliance, the Department said Saturday in a news release. Under the proposal, the airlines must agree to conditions to protect consumers and preserve competition.

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Former Republican Leaders Urge GOP Support For NASA Budget

Newt Gingrich, Bob Walker Write Op-Ed In Washington Times

Two former leaders of the Republican Party are urging current members of Congress to support President Obama's NASA budget, which was unveiled earlier this month.

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USAF's Global Hawk Continues Reconnaissance In Haiti

Capturing Thousands Of Images Of Earthquake Damage

A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk continues its persistent watch over Haiti. To date, the Global Hawk has flown six missions, approximately 130 hours, and provided more than 3,600 images of Port-au-Prince and areas damaged by the massive earthquake.

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Boeing Completes P-8A Weapons Ground Vibration Tests

Needed Step Before Flight Testing Later This Year

Boeing successfully completed stores (weapons) ground vibration testing on P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T1 on February 5 in Seattle. The tests will provide data to validate predictions of aircraft performance prior to flight testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, later this year.

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BA Fuels Green Revolution

British Airways Eyes 'Sustainable' Av Fuel Plant

British Airways, in partnership with the Solena Group, hopes to establish Europe's first sustainable jet-fuel plant and plans to use the low-carbon fuel to power part of its fleet from 2014.

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Sikorsky Aircraft, Terma Sign MOU For Potential Collaboration

Looking At A Joint Danish Maritime Helicopter Program Opportunity

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Terma A/S announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding Monday to explore potential collaborations if the Danish government decides to procure Sikorsky MH-60R Seawhak helicopters. 

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Helicopter Pilot, Passenger 'Jump' And Survive

Deep Snow Cushioned Fall To The Ground

A French helicopter pilot and his 63-year-old passenger escaped serious injury when they jumped from the aircraft just before it impacted the side of a mountain. Both escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

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Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Contracts For Passur Airspace Monitoring

Allows Instant Airport Messaging, "My Home Locator"

Passur Aerospace announced Friday that Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) has contracted for the collaborative version of Passur AirportMonitor, a web-based airspace education tool for airport communities.

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13 Percent Would Sleep With Strangers On Flights, Says Skyscanner

Poll Shows At Least Some Would Share A "Skycouch" With Someone They Don't Know

13 percent of people would be happy to share a Skycouch with a stranger they met in line, according to the latest (very unscientific online) poll from the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

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Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 1 – Cessna’s Fuselage Build Process

CJ4 Program Manager Norm Baker Provides an Exclusive Factory Tour

 
At Cessna Aircraft, “safety begins with a durable airframe.”  Each airframe is stress-tested five times the aircraft’s standard lifetime; yet, Cessna’s renowned safety and reliability begins on the production line.  State-of-the-art technology allows employees to create replicable, seamless assembly for each new aircraft on the line.  In the first of his four-part series, Baker describes the CJ4’s fuselage build process.

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – A Guide to Rotax Engine Maintenance Pt. 2

Rotax Expert Eric Tucker Explains Basic Engine Maintenance Procedure

 
In order for aircraft owners to get the most out of their engines, it is essential to understand proper operation and maintenance procedures.  Many of the most common engine problems are preventable through routine maintenance and can ensure an engine reaches its expected T.B.O. (Time Between Overhaul) benchmark.

Aero-TV: CJ4 Precision Assembly Pt. 1 – Cessna’s Fuselage Build Process

CJ4 Program Manager, Norm Baker, Provides an Exclusive Factory Tour

At Cessna Aircraft, “safety begins with a durable airframe.” Each airframe is stress-tested five times the aircraft’s standard lifetime; yet, Cessna’s renowned safety and reliability begins on the production line.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – A Guide to Rotax Engine Maintenance Pt. 2

Rotax Expert Eric Tucker Explains Basic Engine Maintenance Procedure

In order for aircraft owners to get the most out of their engines, it is essential to understand proper operation and maintenance procedures. Many of the most common engine problems are preventable through routine maintenance and can ensure an engine reaches its expected T.B.O. (Time Between Overhaul) benchmark.

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Cessna Skymaster Down In New Jersey

Witnesses Said Plane Came Apart

Five people were reportedly killed Monday when a Cessna 337 Skymaster went down at Monmouth Executive Airport (KBLM) in New Jersey. A helicopter pilot who witnessed the accident said the airplane did a high-speed low pass of the runway, then rolled and impacted the ground.

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Women Air Force Service Pilots Of WWII To Be Honored

Will Receive The Congressional Gold Medal On March 10th

Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) from World War II will finally be given the recognition and honor they deserve when they and representatives of deceased WASP receive a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony to be held in the United States Capitol on Wednesday, March 10.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Texas Medevac Helo Accident

Aircraft Went Down During Training Flight

The NTSB has released a preliminary report concerning an accident which killed two paramedics and a commercially-rated pilot while conducting training exercises under contract with the U.S. Army. The flight was conducted primarily to train the pilot and one paramedic in the use of night vision goggles (NVG).

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First 'On Wings Of Eagles' Cadets Will Get Special Recognition

FAA Administrator Babbitt Will Personally Present Certificates

FAA Administer Randy Babbitt will personally present Private Pilot certificates with Instrument Ratings to the first two cadets from the On Wings of Eagles Foundation flight academy (OWOEF) as part of the National Guard Youth Challenge Foundation's Gala at the JW Marriott hotel on February 23, 2010.

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Astronauts Move Cupola To Permanent Location

Tranquility Viewport To Be Ready For Use Later This Week

The International Space Station’s new viewport is facing the Earth now, ready to provide a panoramic view of the planet below and approaching cargo ships. Relocation of the cupola from the Tranquility node’s forward port to its new location was completed at 0131 EST Monday.

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AOPA President Dubs 2010 the Year of Engagement

New Site And Events Give Support To Aviation Activists

AOPA president Craig Fuller kicked off a new campaign to engage the GA community by naming 2010 the Year of Engagement and unveiling a new website with a variety of tools and information.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.16.10)

“The Obama administration’s budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration deserves strong approval from Republicans.” Source: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA-Ret).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.10): See And Avoid

When weather conditions permit, pilots operating IFR or VFR are required to observe and maneuver to avoid other aircraft. Right-of-way rules are contained in 14 CFR Part 91.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.10)

 

Aviation History Online Museum

We needed a little background on the DC-3 today, and our search led here. The Aviation History Online Museum offers extensive information about the history of dozens of aircraft, as well as engines, people, and even some flight theory. It can be a fun place to wile away a few winter hours.

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