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April 04, 2011

FAA To Issue AD Tuesday Mandating Inspection Of Some Boeing 737s

Planemaker Preparing A Service Bulletin To Address Fatigue Cracking

As the cancellations of Southwest Airlines flights continues to mount up, Boeing is reportedly preparing a service bulletin recommending the inspection of all older-model B737s worldwide, while the FAA is preparing an emergency AD to address the problem.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.04.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.04.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.04.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Should Sport Pilot Dual Time Count? - 04.04.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Porter Airlines Orders Two More Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprops

Airline Increases Q400 Fleet To 26 Airplanes

Porter Airlines of Toronto has placed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction involves the conversion of two of the six options announced by Bombardier along with Porter's firm order for four Q400 NextGen aircraft on August 6, 2010.

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Cessna Presents Platinum Awards To Airborne Systems, Pinnacle Aviation Academy

Announces The Addition Of Three Flight Training Schools to Cessna Pilot Center Network

Cessna said Tuesday is has awarded its 2010 Platinum Awards to Airborne Systems, Inc. and Pinnacle Aviation Academy for exceptional performance in the Cessna Pilot Center network.

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Bombardier Enters Into Strategic Alliance With Fokker Services

Deal Intended To Strengthen Support For Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace has entered into a strategic alliance with Fokker Services for the launch of FLY, a new program aimed at improving the availability of components and reducing the cost of repairs for Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft operators.

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University Of North Dakota Adds To Its Skyhawk Training Fleet

Five New 172s Ordered By The Aviation School

The aviation program at the University of North Dakota will soon have five new Cessna 172 Skyhawks in its training fleet.

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Euro Hawk Undergoes Testing At Edwards AFB

European Version Of USAF Global Hawk

Engineers with the 772nd Test Squadron facilitated electromagnetic interference testing on a Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft at the Benefield Anechoic Facility at Edwards AFB March 10 and 11. They teamed with representatives of Northrop Grumman Corporation and the German government to complete the testing.

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Eurocopter Announces Sale Of First AS350 B3e

Slave Lake Helicopters Is The Launch Customer For The Updated Helo

The first of Eurocpter's newly-updated AS350 B3e will be delivered to Slave Lake Helicopters next year.

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Boeing, GECAS Finalize Order For 10 777-300ERs

GECAS Has Ordered 53 777-Family Aircraft

An order for 10 777-300ER airliners has been finalized between Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The order is worth approximately $2.8 billion at list prices. The new 777-300ERs will help GECAS meet growing airline demand for long-haul passenger airplanes.

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Spanish Government, Iberia, And Airbus Launch Bio-Fuel Initiative

'Value Chain' To Study Bio-Fuel Production To Reduce CO2 Emissions

The Spanish government, Iberia Airlines and Airbus have signed an agreement to develop a complete Spanish 'value chain' for sustainable and renewable aviation bio-fuel for commercial use.

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Turkish Airlines Confirms Order For 15 Next-Generation 737s

Order Includes Additional 737-900ers

Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines has confirmed that it has exercised options with Boeing for 15 Next-Generation 737s. The order, comprised of 10 737-800s and five 737-900ERs, has an average list-price value of more than $1.2 billion.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.04.11

Another Southwest 737 has blown its top.
Gulfstream mourns four employees lost in a testing accident.
And FAA Reauthorization may still face trouble.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.04.11

Another Southwest 737 has blown its top.
Gulfstream mourns four employees lost in a testing accident.
And FAA Reauthorization may still face trouble.


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ANN Special Feature: Should Sport Pilot Dual Time Count? - 04.04.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves tells ANN's Paul Plack why he believes dual instruction hours from a Sport Pilot CFI should not count toward a later upgrade to the Private Pilot certificate.

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Aero-TV: Copters For A Cause -- Rotorcraft Enthusiasts Give Back

RotorNauts Have A Heart... A Big Heart

Do I really need to tell you that aviators, of all stripes, are suckers for helping out with a good cause? Day in and day out, the heart of aviation is visibly on display as aviators the world over do what they can to be of service to those around them... while the world is often ignorant of the sacrifices and benefits we flyers bring to them.

SWA Returns 19 Inspected B737-300s to Service, But Two Show Cause For Repair

Cracks on Two Planes Require Additional Maintenance

The media feeding frenzy that started over this week's emergency landing of an elder Boeing 737-300 is likely to go on for a while. While the aircraft involved made a safe landing in Yuma after first descending at a rapid rate to get to a breathable ambient pressure, evidence continues to mount that this aircraft may have had visible issues prior to the actual failure. NTSB spokespersons have confirmed that the aircraft involved showed evidence of previous damage while two other SWA B737s (all of the 300 variant) were reported to require 'additional repairs.'

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Gulfstream IDs Crew Lost In G650 Crash

Two Pilots, Two Flight-Test Engineers Were Killed During Flight Testing In NM

Gulfstream Aerospace has identified the four employees killed in the crash of a Gulfstream G650 during flight testing in Roswell, NM. Experimental test pilots Kent Crenshaw and Vivan Ragusa and technical specialists David McCollum and Reece Ollenburg died in the April 2 accident. All four were residents of Savannah.

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Aero-TV: Copters For A Cause -- Rotorcraft Enthusiasts Give Back

RotorNauts Have A Heart... A Big Heart

Do I really need to tell you that aviators, of all stripes, are suckers for helping out with a good cause? Day in and day out, the heart of aviation is visibly on display as aviators the world over do what they can to be of service to those around them... while the world is often ignorant of the sacrifices and benefits we flyers bring to them.

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The End Of An Era: Narco Shuts Down

Company Ceases Ops After 65 Years of Service To GA

We can't say the news is a surprise as we all know that the economy is still in a state of significant turmoil and the avionics world, after all, is a tough one even in the best of times. Still; it's a sad sign of the times when a name that we all grew up with, as pilots, finally Goes West.

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TrueNorth Introduces New Master Communications Console, Handset

Console Is First Graphical Touch Screen Display Manages Cabin Communications

In what it says is the industry's first touch screen graphical telecom display facilitating communications management for large aircraft, TrueNorth Avionics this week introduced the Simphone Master Console.

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Klyde Morris (04.04.11)

Klyde, It May Be Mean-Spirited.... But It's Also True

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aerojet Completes Acceptance Testing On First MR-104G Engine

Program Supports NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle

Vibration and hot fire acceptance testing has been completed on the first development MR-104G mono-propellant rocket engine planned for use on NASA's Orion Crew Module (CM).

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Bombardier Sells Four Bombardier 415 Amphibious Firefighting Aircraft

Identity Of The Buyer Is Undisclosed

Four Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft have been sold to an undisclosed customer, the Canadian planemaker announced Tuesday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.04.11): Arm

Arm In aircraft weight and balance, as well as load distribution, it is the distance from the CENTER OF GRAVITY (c/g) to some point. For computations, arms measured forward from the c/g are positive (+n) and those measured aft of the c/g are negtive (-n).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.04.11)

Aero-Linx: Franklin's Flying Circus The Facebook page for airshow performers, Kyle and Amanda Franklin, it has become the rallying point for news of the pair since their accident last month. Kyle as well as Amanda's brother, Matt Younkin, have been keeping everyone updated on the long road to recovery these fliers face, while also serving as a great location for their friends and fans to express their encouragement and support in this recovery process. Be sure to check it often... and let them know that you're thinking of them.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.04.11)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "We mourn the loss of our colleagues and friends and extend our deepest sympathies to their families... The Gulfstream team has already rallied to support the people these men left behind, and we know that the local and aviation communities will do the same. On their behalf, we ask for your kindness, support and understanding as they, and the rest of the Gulfstream family, grieve the passing of these fine professionals." Source: Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream, addressing the tragedy that occurred Saturday morning when a G650 test aircraft went down on takeoff, killing its crew. ANN sends our prayers and condolences to the families and friends of those lost...

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