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March 12, 2008

Small Plane Flies Too Close To Capitol

Alert Given, But No Mandatory Evacuations

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.12.08 1605 EDT: For the second time in seven days, news of a small aircraft entering restricted airspace over Washington, DC is making headlines.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.12.08

A Cirrus SRS Update

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.12.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.12.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Cirrus SRS Update: 03.12.08 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus Design Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier, and Vice President of Sales John Gauch.)

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NASA Investigates Odd Debris Seen Near Shuttle's Nose

Captured On Camera 10 Seconds Into Launch

Was it a bird... or perhaps a Florida-sized mosquito? NASA engineers are fretting over a mysterious, well, something that may have impacted the nose of the shuttle Endeavour during its launch early Tuesday.

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Gone West: George B. Litchford Sr.

Inventor Of TCAS Was 89

If you've ever been alerted by the urgent warnings from your cockpit-mounted collision avoidance system, calling your attention to nearby traffic you hadn't seen... you have George B. Litchford Sr. to thank. The prolific inventor, who worked on aircraft navigation and surveillance systems for some 60 years, passed away February 28 at the age of 89.

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Southwest Grounds 43 737s Over Inspection Concerns

Hires Outside Expert To Review Maintenance Procedures

The fallout continues to mount from the reported failure on the part of Southwest Airlines to inspect some of its oldest 737s for structural fatigue issues. On Wednesday, the Dallas-based low cost carrier grounded as many as 42 of its aircraft, due to concerns about such problems.

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Adam Air 737 Skids Off Wet Runway

Comes As EU Reviews Blacklist Ban

More problems for Indonesia's trouble-plagued airline industry... as Monday, an Adam Air jet skidded off a runway at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam while attempting to land during a heavy rainstorm.

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Canada Expands Sensis ADS-B Contract To Include East Coast Deployment

Foundation of NAV Canada's Nationwide Deployment Of ADS-B

Sensis Corporation announced Wednesday that NAV CANADA has expanded its contract for Sensis Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) ground-based transceivers to include deployment along the Labrador and Baffin Island coasts of Canada for enhanced surveillance of trans-Atlantic air traffic.

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CIT Places Order For A320s, A330s

Deliveries Scheduled to Begin in 2011

Aircraft lease and financing company CIT Group Inc. announced this week CIT Aerospace, a unit of CIT, has signed contracts with Airbus for 20 new aircraft (15 A320 family aircraft and five A330 aircraft) worth approximately $1.9 billion at list prices.

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ABX Air Certifies Wingspeed System For Use On B767s

Provides Voice Communications And Data Link Operations

Wilmington, OH-based cargo airline ABX Air was recently granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Wingspeed Corporation’s XLLink Flight Information Architecture (XFIA). In late 2007, ABX Air selected Wingspeed’s XFIA system and XLLink network services to provide voice and data communications on 13 of their 767-200 SF charter aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.12.08

The Endeavour crew prepares for docking with the ISS.
DOT's Mary Peters announces voluntary airline caps at Newark Liberty.
And Jerry Airola is a no show at the Silver State bankruptcy hearin

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.12.08

The Endeavour crew prepares for docking with the ISS.
DOT's Mary Peters announces voluntary airline caps at Newark Liberty.
And Jerry Airola is a no show at the Silver State bankruptcy hearing.

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ANN Special Feature: Cirrus SRS Update - 03.12.08

Today, we'll hear Cirrus Design Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier's comments on the Cirrus SRS light sport aircraft, followed by more details in an interview with Cirrus Vice President of Sales John

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Only The Roof Is The Limit! Aero-TV Visits 'E-Fest' (Part 2 of 2)

One of the most amazing air displays ANN and Aero-TV has ever seen was (pretty much) run on batteries... no kidding. The growing popularity of small, electric Radio-Controlled aircraft (of ALL kinds and configurations) has given rise to an amazing event, held each Winter in Champaign, IL.rved.

Only The Roof Is The Limit! Aero-TV Visits 'E-Fest' (Part 2 of 2)

Tremendously Good Fun!

One of the most amazing air displays ANN and Aero-TV has ever seen was (pretty much) run on batteries... no kidding. The growing popularity of small, electric Radio-Controlled aircraft (of ALL kinds and configurations) has given rise to an amazing event, held each Winter in Champaign, IL.

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A Stealthy Slip Into History

Last F-117 To Be Retired Next Month

It's hard to believe it's been 27 years since the Air Force put the F-117 into service. The first attack aircraft to employ stealth technology has spent those years patrolling hostile skies from Serbia to Iraq... but the F-117 fleet will soon be making what will likely be its last flights.

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Families Of Lost Skydivers Allege C208's Deicing System Was Faulty

October 2007 Downing Near White Pass, WA Claimed 10

 The attorney representing the families of nine skydivers killed when their Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashed near White Pass, WA in October 2007 says the plane performs poorly in icing conditions... and moreover, that both Cessna and Goodrich, maker of the deicing system, know it.

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Rockwell Collins Donates $150,000 To Nat'l Center For Aviation Training

To Be Used Towards New Technical Campus In Wichita

Aero-News learned this week aviation and communications electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins is donating $150,000 to the National Center for Aviation Training at Colonel James Jabara Airport in Wichita. The donation will help provide equipment for the new technical education campus, managed by Wichita Area Technical College.

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STS-123 Crewmembers Prepare For ISS Docking

16-Day Mission Will Install Kibo Module, And A BIG Robot

Following their spectacular ride into orbit in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the STS-123 crew onboard the space shuttle Endeavour got down to business, in preparation of their scheduled rendezvous with the International Space Station late Wednesday.

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AIR, Inc. Says Airlines Hired 1,038 New Pilots In February

Job Fair Coming To Los Angeles March 29

The folks at AIR, Inc. tell ANN airlines added an additional 1,038 pilots in February, bringing the year-to-date total 2,151 -- an increase of 393 pilots from this time last year.

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Report: US Army Wants More Apache Longbows

ARH Delays Present Opportunity

Ongoing delays with helicopters meant to replace older Kiowa Warriors in the US Army fleet have spurred officials with the service, and Boeing, to ask Congress for more money to buy modernized Apache Longbow helicopters.

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R/C Airplane Fliers Keep Their Field... But With Stipulations

Club Must Curtail Sunday Flying, Quiet Motors

 Radio-controlled model aircraft enthusiasts in Central Florida will be allowed to continue leasing property on which to enjoy their hobby, but will have to accept some new terms to accommodate neighbors.

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Concorde's RG-131 Aircraft Battery Earns FAA TSO-C173

Joins Eight Other Part Numbers Recently Authorized

Concorde Battery Corporation aircraft battery part number RG-131 recently earned Technical Standard Order C173 (TSO-C173) authorization, making Concorde the sole aircraft battery company with parts TSO-C173 authorized by the FAA.

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Andrew Koehler Joins Dallas Airmotive APU Sales Team

Names APU Regional Engine Manager For Central US

Representatives with BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul company Dallas Airmotive told ANN Tuesday of the recent hiring of Andrew Koehler as the company's APU Regional Engine Manager for the Central US. The addition of Koehler brings to three the number of Dallas Airmotive sales representatives dedicated to APU sales in North America.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.12.08)

Aero-Linx!

Regardless of your age, or your interest in World War II, a visit to Pearl Harbor Hawaii is an extremely emotional experience. There are many war memorials across America, but there's something truly different here.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.12.08): Magnus Effect

Aero-Terms!

The effect on a spinning cylinder or sphere moving through a fluid, in which force acts perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the direction of spin. This is used to advantage in baseball, in which the trajectory of a pitched ball is a distinct curve.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.12.08)

"We are impressed with the region’s passion for and commitment to technical training. We are proud to be a partner in this effort and are pleased to support it financially and with our employees’ expertise and involvement."

Source: Kent Statler, executive vice president of Rockwell Collins Services. The aviation and communications electronics manufacturer is donating $150,000 to the National Center for Aviation Training at Colonel James Jabara Airport in Wichita. The donation will help provide equipment for the new technical education campus, managed by Wichita Area Technical College.

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