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February 03, 2009

HAI's Zuccaro Addresses NTSB Public Hearings On EMS Operations

Group A "Designated Party" Throughout Hearings, May Question Others

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) started a 4-day public hearing Tuesday on the Safety of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations, part of the Board's ongoing efforts to evaluate the factors that contribute to accidents in EMS accidents. The hearings, which wrap up Friday, are open to public observation, though the public may not participate.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.03.09

TBO-NAFI To Form New Flight Instructor Group? With CFI Doug Stewart

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.03.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.03.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Will TBO-NAFI Form A New Flight Instructor Group? 02.03.09 (ANN Special Report, with 2004 National Flight Instructor of the Year Doug St

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New Medical Air Transportation Program To Assist Southeast Patients

Airlift Hope Southeast Affiliated With Mercy Medical Airlift

Patients and families caught in a health crisis requiring distant travel can find assistance through a new program called Airlift Hope Southeast, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers charitable and charitably-assisted medical air transportation options in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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'Google Mars 3D' Now A Reality

Wait... That's My House!

NASA and Google announced Monday the release of a new Mars mode in Google Earth that brings to everyone's desktop a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of the Red Planet.

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Virgin America Releases Financial Results After DOT Forces Issue

Airline Posted $175 Million Net Loss Through Q3 2008

They didn't want to do it, and argued with the Department of Transportation they shouldn't have to... but on Tuesday, upstart low-cost carrier Virgin America revealed the company's past financial data for the fourth quarter of 2007 and the first three quarters of 2008.

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Iran Successfully Launches Country's First Satellite

Islamic State's 'Source Of Pride' Not Very Advanced, US Says

For better or worse, there's a new space power in the world. Iran launched its first satellite into low-Earth orbit Monday evening, marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 overthrow of the Shah and the start of the Islamic Revolution.

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Simulated Emergency Landing Turns Real In Indiana

Landing Gear Strikes Ground During Recovery

A practice session to demonstrate emergency engine-out landing procedures turned into a real emergency landing for a flight instructor and his student in northwestern Indiana this weekend.

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Bombardier Makes WAAS Available On Legacy Lears

STC Approved For New And In-Service Learjet 40, 45 Models

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday it is now offering a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capable Flight Management System (FMS) on Learjet 40 XR and Learjet 45 XR aircraft. The new system is available as a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for in-service Learjet 40, Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 and Learjet 45 XR aircraft customers and will also be offered as an option on new aircraft.

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Globemaster Lands Gear-Up In Afghanistan

Second C-17 Landing Incident Since December

Whoops. A C-17 Globemaster III landed gear-up January 30 at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, though at this point it's not clear whether the accident was due to equipment malfunction or a cockpit management misfire.

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Iraqi Air Force Demonstrates Surveillance Capabilities

Recent Elections Overseen By King Air "Eye In The Sky"

The Iraqi air force demonstrated its capability to view polling stations and other potential critical-incident locations from above last week, in preparation for the country's provincial elections, held this past weekend.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.03.09

The NAFI divorce is getting messy.
Patty Wagstaff's court records are released by Winnebago County.
And Embraer says it's being smeared by a bribery accusation.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.03.09

The NAFI divorce is getting messy.
Patty Wagstaff's court records are released by Winnebago County.
And Embraer says it's being smeared by a bribery accusation.


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ANN Special Feature: MCFI Doug Stewart, TBO-NAFI - 02.03.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with 2004 National Flight Instructor of the Year Doug Stewart, who is now serving as spokesman for the TBO-NAFI Interim Working Group. This group comprises about 400 members

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Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster Fires Up For Expanded 2009 Racing Season

They Feel The NEED... You Know The Rest!

After blazing a trail of new records in 2008, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University jet drag racing team is positioned in 2009 for an even bigger racing season, with 24 major racing venues already scheduled.

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Liberty Claims 'World's Most Efficient IFR Certified Aircraft' Title

Throws Down Gauntlet For Competitors To Match

In today's slumping market for new plane sales, manufacturers are looking for any angle that gives their offerings an edge... especially if that advantage relates to low upfront cost, or low cost of ownership. Liberty Aerospace hopes to appeal to both sensibilities with its latest campaign.

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Aero-TV: Headset Solutions -- The 'Dynamic' In Beyerdynamic

A New Generation Of Digital Headsets Is Coming To Aviation

There are few things we love more at ANN than a good game of "Gadget Patrol." Checking out the latest and greatest in aviation goodies is about as good a time as anything else while the variety and ingenuity we see in this market continues to blow us away.

Aero-TV: Headset Solutions -- The 'Dynamic' In Beyerdynamic

A New Generation Of Digital Headsets Is Coming To Aviation

There are few things we love more at ANN than a good game of "Gadget Patrol." Checking out the latest and greatest in aviation goodies is about as good a time as anything else -- while the variety and ingenuity we see in this market continues to blow us away.

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Report: More Hawker Beechcraft Layoffs Coming This Week

Around 2,700 More Positions May Be Cut

There will likely be more unsettling news to come from Wichita, as local media seem fairly certain a major layoff announcement is in the offing from Hawker Beechcraft.

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Singer Ruminates On 'The Day The Music Died'

Performer Gave Up His Seat On Doomed Flight

Accounts of the legendary "day the music died," and the fatal plane crash that took the lives of a pilot and three young performers are many as we look back from 50 years later.

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FAA Issues SAFO On Cessna Seat Latches

Calls For Immediate Compliance With AD

The FAA renewed on Monday its urgent call for owners and operators of many legacy Cessna high-wing aircraft to inspect seat tracks on their planes, for signs of potentially fatal wearing of the seat retention pins.

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Branson Offers 'Sully' A Ticket To Fly For His Airline

"We'll Make Him The Best-Paid Pilot At Virgin"

No stranger to the art of self-promotion, Sir Richard Branson has found a way to capitalize on the recent hoopla surrounding last month's ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River.

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Rocker's Helicopter Antics Once Again Run Afoul Of LAPD

Tommy Lee, Seriously... Take A Hearse Next Time

When it comes to bad pairings, rocker Tommy Lee should probably add rotorcraft to his list of things to avoid, in addition to ex-wife Pamela Anderson. For the second time in three years, a helicopter with Lee onboard has run afoul of authorities.

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Conklin & De Decker To Present Sessions At PAMA 2009

Both Courses Qualify For IA Renewal Credit

Conklin & de Decker will be presenting two informative sessions at the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association 2009 Management Symposium in Dallas, TX on Friday, March 6, 2009.

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Goodrich Appoints Engine Components President

Falletti Replaces Bob Yancey In Position

Goodrich Corporation recently appointed Daphne Falletti as President of its Engine Components business unit.

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Oregon Resort Partners With Area FBOs

"Golf Golden Triangle" Gives Pilots New Travel Options

Few combinations appeal to pilots more than flying, and golf. Besides being rather costly endeavors that require great determination and skill to master, golf and flying are also increasingly common recreational pairings for pilots looking to get away for a weekend.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.03.09)

Aero-Linx!

There are a lot of lost, abandoned and closed airports out there in the state of Washington. There's also a bunch of airports that are clearly still in use but are just not on the charts. A lot more than most people would imagine. The VERY interesting, and might we say uniquely designed website chronicles some of them.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.03.09): Yaw String

Aero-Terms!

The yaw string, also known as a slip string, is a simple device for indicating a slip or skid in an aircraft in flight. It performs the same function as the slip-skid indicator ball, but is more sensitive, and does not require the pilot to look down at the instrument panel.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.03.09)

"I remember just sitting there alone on the bus, and Buddy's guitar was on the back seat, Ritchie's outfit was hanging from the luggage rack ... There was the Big Bopper's hat, just sitting there. It was baffling to me. You just wonder what life is about, where you're going, what does it matter? My mind started spinning."

Source: Dion DiMucci, leader of doo-wop group Dion and The Belmonts, who on February 3, 1959 gave up his seat onboard a chartered Beech V33 Bonanza to Ritchie Valens. That plane, also carrying Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, crashed outside Mason City, IA... the "Day The Music Died," 50 years ago today.

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