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March 14, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.14.11

An airshow mishap injures two in Texas.
It's a bad week to fly to Japan.
And the latest Nall Report holds news good and bad.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.14.11

An airshow mishap injures two in Texas.
It's a bad week to fly to Japan.
And the latest Nall Report holds news good and bad.


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ANN Special Feature: Airframe Icing and Back Doors - 03.14.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about considerations for flying into sub-freezing clouds, in particular in a Q400 like the one operated as Continental Connections Fl

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National Airways Corp. Appointed As Authorized Piper Distributor

New Affiliate Will Serve Southern Africa

Piper Aircraft Inc. has appointed National Airways Corp. (NAC) as the company's Authorized Distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa, effective immediately. NAC, through its wholly owned subsidiary 43 Air School, is the largest Piper fleet operator in Africa.

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Frost & Sullivan: Increasing Air Traffic To Push APAC Engine MRO Market

Potential For Annual Growth Rate Of Five Percent Through 2016

In 2009, engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), which is the largest segment in the MRO market, accounted for 40 percent of MRO activities, worldwide.

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USAF Official Looks To Define Best Balance Of Live Flight, Simulation

Goal Is Most Efficient Use Of Resources For Ongoing Training

Headquarters Air Force Director of Operations personnel plan to work closely with those in the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation and the MAJCOMs to define the right balance of live flight hours and Distributed Mission Operations-Live, Virtual and Constructive, or DMO-LVC, to train warfighters.

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Cessna Restructures Global Sales Team

Hopes To Better Integrate Offerings From Pistons And Citations To Citationair

Cessna said Thursday that it has restructured its aircraft sales team to better represent the full spectrum of transportation products including new propeller, new and previously owned Citation turbine aircraft and on-demand transportation options from CitationAir.

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S-76D Helicopter Projected To Set Standard For Quieter Rotorcraft

New Sikorsdy Helo Progressing Towards FAA Certification

Sikorsky Aircraft's newest commercial rotorcraft, the S-76D helicopter, continues to progress steadily toward FAA certification this year, having performed more than 225 test flights and meeting performance, reliability and pilot workload expectations.

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ARRA Dollars Fund Asheville Regional Airport Improvements

FAA Marks Completion Of Terminal Improvements At The Airport

The FAA celebrated the completion of terminal improvements at North Carolina’s Asheville Regional Airport on Thursday. The project was paid for with $7.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

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Boeing Selects Leading Edge For South Carolina 787 Dreamliner Painting

Livery To Be Added In Amarillo, TX

It's kind of the ultimate in paint and body work. Boeing has selected Leading Edge Aviation Services to paint 787 Dreamliners assembled at Boeing's new North Charleston, S.C., final assembly and delivery facility.

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Etihad Airways, Engine Alliance Finalize Fleet Management Agreements

Contract For Purchase Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul Of GP7200 Engines

Etihad Airways and the Engine Alliance have signed agreements for the purchase of the GP7200 engines to power its fleet of 10 Airbus A380 aircraft and for a long-term Fleet Management Agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines.

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PurePower PW1100G Engines To Be Hung On ILFC Airbus A320neos

Deliveries Expected In 2016

Pratt & Whitney will provide power for up to 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft ordered by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

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Vector Aerospace Offers Customizable UH-1 Upgrade Program

Options Range From Minor Enhancement To Major Airframe And Engine Upgrades

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, said at Heli-Expo last week that it has launched a unique UH-1H helicopter upgrade program which they say is ready for delivery to operators around the globe.

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BBA Aviation ERO Companies Expand Services

Premier Turbines Creates Center Of Excellence, H+S Aviation Receives EASA Certification Of PT6T Test Cell

BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) subsidiary Premier Turbines has established a Rolls-Royce Center of Excellence for its M250 Authorized Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMROC) in Neosho, Missouri, while H+S Aviation, has been awarded EASA certification for its PT6T test cell.

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Aero-TV: John Langford -- The National Association of Rocketry at TARC

2010's Amazing Team America Event Is Due To Give Way To 2011's Rendition This May 14, 2011

It was one of Aero-TV's favorite shoots from 2010... The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (7th through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Teams can be sponsored by schools or by non-profit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not the NAR or other rocketry organizations). The goal of TARC is to motivate students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field, and it is co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, 4-H, the Department of Defense, and NASA. The event involves designing and building a model rocket (2

Cirrus/CAIGA Merger Deal Reportedly Valued At '$210 Million' -- Maybe

Complex Legal Documents Seem To Suggest More Questions Than They Answer

ANN is poring through over an inch thick stack of documents sent to shareholders of the Cirrus Aircraft program in the last few days. The deal, claiming a purchase price of "$210,000,000" sounds impressive until wading through over 100 pages of associated documentation to note that the $210M figure is 'minus the estimated "Net Debt"...

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Aero-TV: John Langford -- The National Association of Rocketry at TARC

2010's Amazing Team America Event Is Due To Give Way To 2011's Rendition This May 14, 2011

It was one of Aero-TV's favorite shoots from 2010... The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (7th through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Teams can be sponsored by schools or by non-profit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not the NAR or other rocketry organizations).

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Klyde Morris (03.14.11)

Klyde Ain't So Thrilled With Obamaspace

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.14.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.14.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.14.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Airframe Icing and Back Doors - 03.14.11 (ANN Special Report, with  CFI Bob Miller)

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'Coalition to Save Our GPS' Launched To Fight Interference

Group Says GPS Is A 'National Utility' That Needs To Be Protected

Representatives from a wide variety of industries and companies announced Thursday that they have joined together to form the "Coalition to Save Our GPS" to resolve what they say is a serious threat to the Global Positioning System (GPS) – a national utility upon which millions of Americans rely every day.

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LOBO Announces First Annual LOBO/Lancair Fly-In

Owners, Builders, Pilots Get Together To Discuss All Things Lancair

LOBO has joined forces with Lancair International Inc. to plan and organize the First Annual LOBO/Lancair Fly-in this fall, scheduled for October 7-9, 2011 at the Taney County Airport (KPLK) near Branson, Missouri.

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Jeff Skiles Flying EAA Young Eagles On March Flight Tour

Young People To Fly In EAA Sweepstakes Grand Prize Cessna Skycatcher With 'Miracle On The Hudson' Co-Pilot

Jeff Skiles, one of the cockpit crew who safety landed a disabled US Airways airliner on the Hudson River in January 2009, will be using his flying skills to inspire young people toward aviation this month during a flight tour involving the EAA Young Eagles program and EAA's nationwide chapter network.

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Boeing Begins Final Assembly Of 1st Production P-8A Poseidon

Delivery On Track For 2012

Final assembly has gotten underway on the first Navy P-8A Poseidon production aircraft in the Boeing's Renton factory.

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Gulfstream Announces Order From Hainan Airlines Group, New VP

Five Large-Cabin Aircraft To Enter Service With Deer Jet In 2012

In ceremonies at the Asian Business Aviation air show in Hong Kong this week, Gulfstream signed a sales agreement with Hainan Airlines Group for one large-cabin, long-range G450 business jet and four large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 business jets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.11): ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System)

ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System) Acronym for Automated Surface Observing System. This system is a collection of automated weather instruments that collect data. It performs surface based observations from places that do not have a human observer, or that do not have an observer 24 hours a day.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.11)

Aero-Linx: National Skydiving Museum The purpose of the National Skydiving Museum is to recognize and promote the sport of skydiving through public education and awareness; recognize the contribution to skydiving by its participants, suppliers and supporters; capture forever the history of the sport via its events, equipment, and personalities; and enhance aviation safety as it pertains to skydiving.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.14.11)

"The result is a picture which strongly suggests that Cirrus had been managed into a corner for which a financial suitor (and just about any suitor we would expect), should have been able to suggest very favorable terms in order to get the company off the Arcapita balance sheets. The question is... was the Cirrus deal with CAIGA a "Fire Sale?" And yet, we have heard that some potential investors were ignored by Arcapita, in favor of the China deal.... if so, why?"  Source: Part of the most recent update published by ANN, currently looking into the many questions that still surround a proposed sale of Cirrus Aircraft to a Chinese concern, CAIGA.

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