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January 03, 2011

Flight Design: Four Place CT Series Aircraft Prototype Nearly Ready

Company To Seek New U.S. Representatives At Sebring Show

In what are certainly still difficult economic times, LSA manufacturer Flight Design says it is nearly ready to unveil its new four-place CT series airplane. Company CEO Matthias Betsch said that the company is nearing completion on a proof-of-concept four seat model of the CT series, and expects to show the new aircraft for the first time at Aero in Friedrichshafen Germany in early April, 2011.

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Iran Claims To Have Shot Down Two UAVs

Revolutionary Guard Says Aircraft Were Hit Over The Persian Gulf

Iran's Revolutionary Guard claims that it has shot down two UAVs over the Persian Gulf after they violated Iranian airspace. They offered no details as to where the aircraft originated, or when they claim the shootdown occurred.

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Military Plane Down In Russia, 12 Fatally Injured

An-22 And Tu-95 Fleets Grounded Pending Investigation

An An-22 cargo aircraft went down in Russia last week about 120 miles south of Moscow. All 12 people on board the flight were fatally injured.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.03.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.03.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Be an Amateur NTSB Investigator - 01.03.11  (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.11

NORAD got an unscheduled drill New Years Day.
A mid-air in Virginia claims two lives.
And restricted military airspace could expand over Florida.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.03.11

NORAD got an unscheduled drill New Years Day.
A mid-air in Virginia claims two lives.
And restricted military airspace could expand over Florida.


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ANN Special Feature: Be an Amateur NTSB Investigator - 01.03.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about why studying NTSB accident reports may be the single most effective thing pilots can do to be safer.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Cooling Fans -- Sandia's Temperature Control Solutions

How Cool Is YOUR Cockpit???

Aviation publications LOVE to write about all the new wiz-bangs that are seen front and center is today's cockpits... the latest generation of cockpit displays are about a slick as things get these and look sexy as hell. BUT... what about the BEHIND the scenes... those components that allow all those super-cool new technologies to remain... well, super cool?

Aero-TV: Cessna's 'High Sierra' Mustang -- Cost Effective Luxury at FL410

Galloping Through The Flight Levels In Style

Let's face it, if you've gotten to that place in life where there is a chance you might be buying into the Cessna Citation experience, you really want it to be something special. And for those just getting their spurs in the bizjet game, Cessna's Citation Mustang has become THE entry-level jet program for those with aspirations to get around in the flight levels.

Aero-Analysis: Feds Wrong -- Pilot Photo ID NPRM IS 'Economically Significant'

Aero-News Analysis by ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, and CFI Robert Hadow (SAFE)

ANN has been monitoring a number of reports and conversations concerning the FAA's forthcoming mandatory Photo ID requirements... and the attendant 'Bravo Sierra' foisted upon aviation assuring us that this is no big deal and of negligible cost -- or, to use FAA-Speak, "is not an `economically significant regulatory action'"

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Helo Pilot Rescues Calf... More Proof That Pilots Are Cool!

Helo Hero Produces International "Awww" Moment

In today's media, news reports concerning the actions of a pilot are rarely cause for celebration... unless you happen to be News Helicopter Pilot Mason Dunn, a pilot for KWTV of Oklahoma City, OK. Upon getting a frantic request for assistance in the rescue of a Calf stranded on thin ice (literally) Dunn's Bell 407 went to the rescue.

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2010 Year In Review: Sport Aviation

The Year Saw Its Share Of Innovation, But Some Companies Couldn't Last

There was innovation in the world of sport avation in 2010, from electric aircraft and jet gliders to new avionics that put the LSA and homebuilt market on a par with some of the big boys. But there was also tragedy, and the economy spelled the end to a few companies doing interesting things at this end of the aviation spectrum.

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2010 Year In Review: General Aviation

Layoffs And Innovation Both Prominent In GA In 2010

Nearly every legacy GA manufacturer suffered layoffs in 2010, but there was also a sense of optimism and innovation at some of the major trade shows and in the industry in general.

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Aero-TV: Cessna's 'High Sierra' Mustang -- Cost Effective Luxury at FL410

Galloping Through The Flight Levels In Style

Let's face it, if you've gotten to that place in life where there is a chance you might be buying into the Cessna Citation experience, you really want it to be something special. And for those just getting their spurs in the bizjet game, Cessna's Citation Mustang has become THE entry-level jet program for those with aspirations to get around in the flight levels.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Cooling Fans -- Sandia's Temperature Control Solutions

How Cool Is YOUR Cockpit???

Aviation publications LOVE to write about all the new wiz-bangs that are seen front and center is today's cockpits... the latest generation of cockpit displays are about a slick as things get these and look sexy as hell. BUT... what about the BEHIND the scenes... those components that allow all those super-cool new technologies to remain... well, super cool?

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Klyde Morris (01.03.11)

Klyde Picks A Fight With DoT

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Qref Announces Release Of 'The Instrument Rating Flight Instructor Notebook'

Qref's 160-Page Companion for CFII's

Our friends at Qref have been busy as 2010 came to a close. A new Qref publication (ISBN 978-1-60786-902-3) features a 42-lesson Instrument Rating Syllabus, 125 Instrument Rating/Proficiency Check and Study Guide questions with detailed answers, 46 PTS Topic Lesson Plans, and an Instrument Rating Checkride Checklist.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.03.11): Fairing

Fairing An added streamlining structure or auxiliary member, most often of light metal, whose only purpose is to reduce drag. Fairings are not load-bearing and, therefore, are not meant to carry any principal air loads placed on the airplane structure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.03.11)

Aero-Linx: SAFE Forums ANN has learned some VERY interesting things perusing the forums area of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators -- an area open to the public at large (registration required for posting). SAFE is a member-oriented organization of aviation educators fostering professionalism and excellence in aviation through continuing education, professional standards, and accreditation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.03.11)

"Costs to pilots would sum to $445.8 million ($235.8 million, present value) over the above 20-year period." Source: FAA's startling assessment of the costs of initiating a mandatory Photo ID requirement for every Airman -- costs which other parts of the NPRM call 'economically (in)significant.'

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