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April 19, 2011

Cirrus Exonerated In 2003 Fatal Accident

Had Been Accused Of Inadequately Training New Pilots

An appeals court in Minnesota has overturned a ruling against Cirrus Design which had held the company responsible in the deaths of two people fatally injured in an accident involving an SR22.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.19.11

LaHood and Babbitt may be in denial over controller naps.
Sikorsky shows off the X2 in Nashville.
And GE breaks ground on a $51-million R&D center.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.19.11

LaHood and Babbitt may be in denial over controller naps.
Sikorsky shows off the X2 in Nashville.
And GE breaks ground on a $51-million R&D center.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: Iridium's Brian Pemberton - 04.19.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Brian Pemberton, Director of Product Management, Aeronautical and Marine Products for Iridium Communications, about the system concept, and the new satellite constella

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.19.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.19.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.19.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: Iridium's Brian Pemberton - 04.19.11 (ANN Special Report, with Brian Pemberton, Director of Product Management, Aeronautical and Marine Products for Iridium Communications)

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ACI-NA Calls For Changes To DHS Regulations

Review Shows Some Regs To Be "Burdensome, Redundant, Unnecessary"

Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) has submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Notice on Reducing Regulatory Burden and Retrospective Review and the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Regulatory Review of Existing Regulations.

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CAP Provides Aerial Recon Photos Of Red River Flooding

North Dakota Wing Flying Four To Five Sorties Per Day

With spring flooding nearing high-water marks once again in the Red River Valley, volunteers from Civil Air Patrol's North Dakota Wing are flying daily, using the latest in digital airborne photography equipment to help emergency management officials assess damages and deploy assets to the region.

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Layoffs Coming At United Space Alliance

As Many As 2,800 To Be Released After Shuttle's Final Flight In June

Following the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program, United Space Alliance will implement a major workforce reduction in late July and early August due to the completion of tasks related to day-to-day operations of the shuttle fleet.

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Boeing Ready To Deliver 787 Pilot Training On Global Scale

Full Flight Simulators, Other Devices Undergoing Worldwide Certification

Boeing has achieved multiple qualifications for its worldwide network of 787 training campuses. The qualifications mean Boeing Flight Services has training devices that are ready to be used with an approved training course in locations around the globe.

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AIA Disappointed In Budget Agreement

Blakey: "Indiscriminate" Cuts Will Hurt R & D

The Aerospace Industries Association said in a news release late last week that it is "disappointed" that the recent budget agreement cuts defense programs more deeply than the levels recommended by Defense Secretary Gates.

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Space Program Continues To Spin Off Terrestrial Products

NASA Device Inducted Into Space Technology Hall of Fame

A rotating device developed by NASA inventors to grow better living tissue specimens was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame last week.

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Airport Workers In Europe Don't Trust Air Terminals' Security Technologies

EU-Funded BEMOSA Project Study Suggests A Need To Improve Security Decision-Making Processes

The first in-depth study of European airports, conducted by the EU-funded BEMOSA Consortium, indicates that airport personnel do not rely primarily on procedures or rules in emergency cases.

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Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Soar To 600,000 Flight Hours

100,000 Flight Hours Completed Each Of The Past Three Years

The Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS) developed by AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems have achieved in excess of 600,000 total flight hours, or just over 70 years of accumulated flight time.

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Suspected Bad Fuel Causes Bad Blood In TX

City Settles With GA FBO In New Braunfels

What started as a dispute over some allegedly tainted avgas and escalated to the city of New Braunfels, TX, impounding a fuel truck belonging to airport tenant New Braunfels (NB) Aero and placing the company under a temporary restraining order has reportedly been settled, but the spat is apparently not completely resolved.

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'Skycar' Manufacturer Announces Scheduled Test Flight

Moller International Hopes To Fly M400 In October

Moller International has scheduled a demonstration flight of its ethanol-fueled M400 Skycar volantor. This invitation-only media event is scheduled to take place on October 11, 2011 in Vacaville, CA.

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Mandy J. Morrison Named Constant Aviation Director Service & Support

Principal Job Is To Ensure Consistency In Customer Service

Constant Aviation, LLC, a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility said Monday that Mandy Morrison was named the Director of Service & Support at their Cleveland Hopkins International airport headquarters.

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Aero-TV: Jepp’s Mark Van Tine: Charting The Future (Electronically)

Jepp Profiles One More Amazing Aspect of the Electronic Revolution

At the 2011 Women In Aviation Convention, Jepp's Leader Mark Van Tine, took a few moments to look over the massive and overwhelming revolution that is affecting every aspect of aviation... and especially when it comes to charting. The changes in just a few years are enough to make one's head spin... if not your airplane, as well. Changes are taking place at a dramatic, even breathtaking, rate and with the reliance that aviation has on accurate nav and chart data, one can only imagine the pressure that Van Tine's troops must be under.

Aero-TV: Jepp’s Mark Van Tine: Charting The Future (Electronically)

Jepp Profiles One More Amazing Aspect of the Electronic Revolution

At the 2011 Women In Aviation Convention, Jepp's Leader Mark Van Tine, took a few moments to look over the massive and overwhelming revolution that is affecting every aspect of aviation... and especially when it comes to charting. The changes in just a few years are enough to make one's head spin... if not your airplane, as well.

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Flight Instructors Model Code Of Conduct Unveiled

Recommended Best Practices Designed To Improve Flight Instruction Experience

The Flight Instructors Model Code of Conduct (FIMCC) was released Monday by the project’s Permanent Editorial Board.

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NASA Awards Next Set Of Commercial Crew Development Agreements

Second Round Of Contracts Awarded To Four Companies

NASA has awarded four Space Act Agreements in the second round of the agency's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev2) effort. Each company will receive between $22 million and $92.3 million.

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'eGenius' Electric Concept Aircraft Makes Public Debut

Airbus-Sponsored Aircraft Rolled Out At AERO Friedrichschafen

The "eGenius" ... an electrically powered two-seat airplane currently being utilized to examine the long-term potential of electricity as a major onboard energy source for air transport ... was seen publicly for the first time at the just-concluded AERO Friedrichshafen 2011 industry event in Germany.

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NTSB Releases Factual Data In San Francisco Near Collision

Departing Boeing 777 Came Within 500 Feet Laterally From Cessna 182

The NTSB has released factual findings in an incident which occurred in March, 2010, in which a wide-body airliner came within 500 feet of colliding with a Cessna 182.

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EASA Expands ETSO Authorization For Evolution FDS

Covers System Components Which Have Received FAA Approval

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has expanded the European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization for Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display to include additional system components previously approved by the FAA.

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OH-58 Block II Successfully Completes First Flight

Updated Kiowa Warrior Flight Was "Flawless," Bell Says

The OH-58 Block II demonstrator completed its first flight at Bell Helicopter's Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth, Texas on April 14.

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Endeavour Launch Preparations Continuing

Final Ordinance Installed Monday Night

Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A are continuing preparations for space shuttle Endeavour's launch countdown. Teams installed the final ordinances needed for liftoff Monday night.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.19.11)

“The accomplishments of this team are unmatched in human spaceflight. It will be difficult to say goodbye to such tremendously talented and dedicated teammates.” Source: Virginia Barnes, United Space Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.11): Basic Empty Weight

Standard empty weight of an aircraft plus optional equipment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.11)

Unclaimed Baggage

After an obligatory waiting period, airlines often send unclaimed luggage to a retail store in Alabama, which posts some items online for your buying pleasure.

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