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April 02, 2010

FAA Proposes New Policy On Antidepressants For Pilots

Will Evaluate Conditions On A Case-By-Case Basis

The FAA today announced that it will consider the special issuance of a medical certificate to pilots who are taking medication for mild to moderate depression, conditions that now bar them from all flying duties.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.02.10

Piper adds a new executive.
The Pentagon says if EADS wants to bid, it will extend the KC-X deadline.
And GE commits to a new research center for electric powerplants.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.02.10

Piper adds a new executive.
The Pentagon says if EADS wants to bid, it will extend the KC-X deadline.
And GE commits to a new research center for electric powerplants.


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ANN Special Feature: Airline Passengers Bill of Rights - 04.02.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni of Flyers Rights about the prospects for language supporting airline passengers' rights to remain intact as FAA reauthorization bills from the House and Senat

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Salina, KS Airport Director Receives First Patriot Medal

Honor Awarded By The Kansas National Guard

Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. was awarded the first Kansas National Guard Patriot Medal, March 26, at the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal Building.  

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NavWorx Developing ADS-B Transceiver For GA

Existing Receive-Only Units Will Be Eligible For Upgrades

NavWorx is currently developing ADS-B transmitter capability, which will be offered as an upgrade option for current ADS600 owners and integrated into the ADS600-B transmit and receive unit.

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All Is 'Go' For Monday Liftoff

Crew Is In Florida, Countdown Begins Friday

At Thursday morning's STS-131 countdown status briefing, everything was reported "go," pointing toward space shuttle Discovery's liftoff on Monday. Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters gave an 80 percent chance of an on-time launch.

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Father Of GPS Inducted Into National Inventors Hall Of Fame

Roger Easton Pioneered Satellite Telemetry And Timing

Roger L. Easton has been recognized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for pioneering achievements in spacecraft tracking and timing and navigation technology (TIMATION) that led to the development of critical enabling technologies of the NAVSTAR-Global Positioning System (GPS).

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RAF Tornado Crews Train For Afghan Deployment In Nevada

The Tornado Unit Is Undergoing An Intensive Program At Nellis AFB

Airmen from the RAF's 13 Squadron are taking part in Exercise Green Flag in America as part of their preparations for operations in Afghanistan later this year. The Tornado unit, which is normally based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, is currently flying out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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NTSB To Meet On South Carolina Lear Accident Which Killed 4

Session Will Help Determine Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on its investigation into an accident in which a chartered business jet crashed during a rejected takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina, 18 months ago. 

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First HC-144A Ocean Sentry In Service At Coast Guard Air Station Miami

Eventually Five Of The Twin-Engine Multi-Mission Aircraft Will Patrol The From Florida

Deployment of the U.S. Coast Guard’s HC-144A Ocean Sentry has expanded to the world’s busiest air/sea rescue unit – Air Station Miami, Florida – as the EADS-built multi-mission aircraft continues to demonstrate its capabilities in operational service.

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Bulgarian Border Police Takes Delivery Of Its First AW109 Power

First Of Three Helicopters To Be Assigned To Outer EU Border Duty

The Bulgarian Border Police took delivery of its first AW109 Power light twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at Sofia Airport Tuesday.  This helicopter will provide  air surveillance capability on the outer EU borders, since Bulgaria is expected to be a Schengen Zone Member starting from March 2011.

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Smoking! Qantas A380 Blows Two Tires On Landing In Sydney

Aircraft Is Deemed Safe By Australian Airline

A Qantas Airways A380 blew two of its 20 tires on landing Wednesday night, causing a fire in the left landing gear of the aircraft. All 244 passengers on the plane were evacuated safely, but stood on the tarmac for nearly two hours before being bused to the terminal at the airport.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2010-06-10

MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model 767-200, -300, and -300F Series Airplanes  

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AD: Honeywell

AD NUMBER: 2010-07-02

MANUFACTURER: Various Aircraft Equipped With Honeywell Primus II RNZ-850( )/-851( ) Integrated Navigation Units  

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Aero-TV: X2 Advancement – Sikorsky Prepares to Speed Benchmark

Unique Rotorcraft Development Program Seen As Sikorsky R&D Benchmark

Few (if any) rotorcraft development programs have earned the intense interest and scrutiny devoted to the Sikorsky X2 Coaxial Pusher concept. About as unique as a rotorcraft gets these days, this program has set the heli world on its ear with the promise of a viable helo design that could conceivably be put into service within just a few years and readily stomp through 250 knots, in the process. Yeah, Sikorsky got the rotor community's attention... and in a very big way.

Aero-TV: Revolutionizing Rotorcraft -- Sikorsky Launches 'Innovations' Organization

Sikorsky Is Making A Most Extraordinary Commitment To R&D

An ebullient Sikorsky Boss, Jeffrey Pino, talked up the future of Sikorsky with all the pride and enthusiasm of a new Father. Pino noted that the company could be positioned to become the world's biggest helicopter company in the not-too-distant future, while also reporting that 2009 was a strong year for Sikorsky, which showed over $6.3 billion in turnover for the year... $1.1 billion of that in its commercial helicopter business. "If you look at how our competitors calculate their backlogs, we have some $12 billion of business,'" said Pino. "In the next few years we could be the biggest helicopter company on the planet."

Randy Groom Tapped As New Piper EVP

Focus Will Be On Sales, Marketing, And Customer Support

Randy Groom, an experienced senior executive and prominent aviation professional with more than 36 years of leadership roles in general aviation, is the new Executive Vice President of Piper Aircraft, Inc. He will report to Piper President & CEO Kevin J. Gould.

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Aero-TV: X2 Advancement – Sikorsky Prepares to Speed Benchmark

Unique Rotorcraft Development Program Seen As Sikorsky R&D Benchmark

Few (if any) rotorcraft development programs have earned the intense interest and scrutiny devoted to the Sikorsky X2 Coaxial Pusher concept. About as unique as a rotorcraft gets these days, this program has set the heli world on its ear with the promise of a viable helo design that could conceivably be put into service within just a few years and readily stomp through 250 knots, in the process.

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Aero-TV: Revolutionizing Rotorcraft-Sikorsky Launches 'Innovations' Organization

Sikorsky Is Making A Most Extraordinary Commitment To R&D

An ebullient Sikorsky Boss, Jeffrey Pino, talked up the future of Sikorsky with all the pride and enthusiasm of a new Father. Pino noted that the company could be positioned to become the world's biggest helicopter company in the not-too-distant future, while also reporting that 2009 was a strong year for Sikorsky, which showed over $6.3 billion in turnover for the year... $1.1 billion of that in its commercial helicopter business.

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President Obama Lauds Navy Biofuels Program

Green Hornet To Take Flight On Earth Day

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his administration's future plans on energy security to include the Department of Navy's (DoN) biofuel program during a speech in Hangar 3 at Joint Base Andrews, MD.

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Navy Aircraft Mishap In North Arabian Sea

Three Crewmembers Rescued, Search For 4th Continues

An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed at sea March 31 while operating in the North Arabian Sea.

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Pentagon Mulls Tanker Deadline Extension

EADS Would Have To "Express An Intention To Compete"

The Defense Department has informed companies interested in bidding on the KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract that, if the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Co. formally expresses an intention to compete, the bidding deadline would be extended 60 days.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 04.01.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.01.10   (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.01.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: The Future of Airshows - 04.01.10 (ANN Special Report, with Attendees

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CAP Aircrews Wrap Successful Flooding Response

Flights Document Midwest States' Critical Infrastructure Concerns

Civil Air Patrol aircraft and personnel from seven Midwest states have returned home after providing nearly 360 hours of flight time supporting disaster relief efforts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.02.10)

"Our military leaders recognize the security imperative of increasing the use of alternative fuels, decreasing energy use, reducing our reliance on imported oil, making ourselves more energy-efficient." Source: President Barack Obama outlining energy security policy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.02.10): Negative Contact

Used by pilots to inform ATC that previously issued traffic is not in sight. It may be followed by the pilot's request for the controller to provide assistance in avoiding the traffic, orthey were unable to contact ATC on a particular frequency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.02.10)

Best Practies InFO

The FAA issued an Information For Operators (InFO) this week referring to a list of Best Practices resources in operational areas such as checklist design, training, procedures, crew resource management, and error trapping.

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