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July 28, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.28.11

Swift Fuel is ready whenever the FAA's ready.
Randy Babbitt will be at AirVenture today.
And a new book celebrates the DC3 and those who flew her.

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ANN Special Feature: ATC 2012 - 07.28.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with ANN Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell about the upcoming Aviation

Transformation Conference 2012 in St. Louis. 

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.27.11, Day Three

Nearing The Half-Way Point Of The Greatest Airshow Over Earth!

Welcome to our Wednesday wrap up of the latest news from AirVenture, 2012. The rains finally came to Oshkosh, and the day dawned grey, promising off-and-on showers through the day. But the less than perfect weather did not dampen the spirits of those who came to Wittman Field at mid week, and the attendance was robust, if not record breaking.

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Aviation Marketing Done Right

Enstrom Helicopters Making Efforts To Sell Professionally

As our readers know, I am not shy about pointing out the dismal failures in aviation management and marketing. I do this to stimulate change which is good for our industry. On the other end of the spectrum, I thoroughly enjoy pointing out good examples.

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Redbird Flight Simulations Expands Product Line To King Air, Meridian

New Products Bring Affordable Aircraft-Specific Devices To Operators, Trainin Organizations

Beech King Air C90GTx and Piper Meridian pilots can now take advantage of Redbird training devices. The company announced Wednesday that is has delivered aircraft-specific Advanced Aviation Training Devices for those two airplanes.

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Phenom 300 Receives Type Certification In Australia

Nearly 40 Countries Now Have Certified The Light Jet

Embraer has received Type Certification (TC) from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), for the Phenom 300 light jet to operate in the country. First certified in December 2009 by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil - ANAC) and the FAA, the Phenom 300 is now accepted in almost 40 countries.

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Using Manual Flaps Has Become ... EZ

An Elegantly Simple Solution To An Older-Airplane Problem

If you fly an airplane with manual flaps where you have to reach down to pull the flap handle, this is a must have for you. Bill Berle has developed a very simple solution to an age old aviation problem.

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Daher-Socata Celebrates 100 Years At Oshkosh

Replica Of Historic Type L On Display, Plans Available

Daher-Socata is celebrating its 100th anniversary at Oshkosh with the display of a replica of the Morane-Saulnier Type L, an iconic design representative of the early years of the company.

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PC Aero Furthers Electrics To The Garage Concept Level

In Other Words ... Buy A Garage, Get A Plane

PC Aero, a German design and engineering company, announced the introduction of the Elektra One at their exhibit Tuesday. The aircraft is intended as a technology demonstrator to show what a purpose built electric aircraft can accomplish.

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SMA Improves Their Jet-A Piston Offerings

Company Hopes To Enter The OEM Market Next Year

The SMA SR305-230E diesel engine for general aviation, developing 230 shaft horsepower (SHP), was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on January 24, 2011. The SR305-230E logged 2,500 hours of ground and flight testing for this certification program. Based on the results of these tests, SMA guarantees Time Between Overhauls (TBO) of 2,000 hours, plus excellent dispatch reliability right from service entry, which is scheduled for early 2012.

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Diamond Aircraft Appoints Distributors For Midwest, California

Sales And Service Net Grows In Several States

Diamond Aircraft is expanding its sales and service network with the appointment of Diamond Regional Distribution Centers in northern California and the central U.S. states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota.

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NASA, International Partners Discuss New Uses For ISS

Ideas Range From Deep Space Exploration To Development Of Lunar Habitats

The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) for the International Space Station partner agencies met Tuesday, July 26, to discuss how to use the space station as a test bed for technologies that will enable missions beyond low Earth orbit.

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Journey To AirVenture Contest Still Wide Open

Vid With The Most Votes Will Win An NFlightcam

The "Video Your Journey to Airventure" contest ends Friday, and NFlightcam tells ANN "We need YOUR videos!" 

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Video Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.27.11, Day Three

Nearing The Half-Way Point Of The Greatest Airshow Over Earth!

Welcome to our Wednesday wrap up of the latest news from AirVenture, 2012. The rains finally came to Oshkosh, and the day dawned grey, promising off-and-on showers through the day. But the less than perfect weather did not dampen the spirits of those who came to Wittman Field at mid week, and the attendance was robust, if not record breaking.

Aero-TV: Truly The End Of An Era -- Tom Poberezny Retires

Surprise Announcement Is Sad... But The Transitions Seems To Have Gone Off Rather Well

It came as a surprise... and a sad one at that. Mid-morning Tuesday, EAA Communication Boss Dick Knapinski put the word out that there was to be an unscheduled announcement at the Brown Arch on the grounds of Wittman Field... the rumor mill went into over-drive but the prevalent story was that Tom was ready to hand ALL the reins over to new EAA President and CEO, Rod Hightower.

Aero-TV: Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2011 -- Hanging Out At The Flightline

Flight Line Fun at Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh, one week a year, is a microcosm of the world... a massive group of small unique associations and groups all dedicated to a common cause... and doing their own thing in the process. From the Warbird gang to the aerobatic folks to the ultralight types to the folks that keep the Flightline running, it is an eclectic and delightful exercise in human interaction.

Aviation Association Leaders Present A Unified Front At AirVenture

Call On Every Individual In Aviation to Contact Elected Officials ASAP In Response To Attack On Aviation Industry

Leaders from seven aviation industry organizations sat together at the EAA Welcome Center on Wednesday afternoon to discuss critical concerns on the Federal and State legislative fronts that were consistently referred to as some of the greatest threats the aviation industry has ever faced.

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Lycoming Finds Silver Lining In Cloudy Economic Forecasts

"Focus On Four Cylinder" Campaign Emphasizes The LSA Market

In a sign that things may be picking up a bit in the aviation industry, Lycoming's vice president and general manager Mike Kraft said at an AirVenture press briefing Monday that the company is seeing increased orders from OEM manufacturers and a measureable upturn in general aviation. Kraft also stated that Lycoming now has over 100 authorized service centers in the USA, Canada, and certain Pacific Rim countries.

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Aero-Analysis: FAA Divests Its Interest In GA

Could GA Return The Favor?

The fact that the FAA has been temporarily crippled begs the question “Could general aviation survive without FAA oversight as we currently know it?” Looking around the landscape for a comparable surrogate finds the Light Sport Aircraft category doing quite well left to its own devices.

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Aero-TV: Truly The End Of An Era -- Tom Poberezny Retires

The Surprise Announcement Is Sad... But The Transition Seems To Have Gone Off Rather Well

It came as a surprise... and a sad one at that. Mid-morning Tuesday, EAA Communication Boss dick Knapinski put the word out that there was to be an unscheduled announcement at the Brown Arch on the grounds of Wittman Field... the rumor mill went into over-drive but the prevalent story was that Tom was ready to hand ALL the reins over to new EAA President and CEO, Rod Hightower.

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Avidyne Joins Growing List Of Connected-Pilot Partners

Jumps Into The Open-Architecture Pool With Aspen, Honeywell, Jeppessen, Others

Avidyne announced Tuesday they are collaborating with Aspen Avionics of Albuquerque and a growing number of parterns to develop new products that are enabled to take advantage of Aspen’s new Connected Panel technology. The two companies previously announced and are currently developing an interface between Avidyne’s DFC90 digital autopilot and Aspen’s EFD1000 flight display system.

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Aero-TV: Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2011 -- Hanging Out At The Flightline

Flight Line Fun at Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh, one week a year, is a microcosm of the world... a massive group of small unique associations and groups all dedicated to a common cause... and doing their own thing in the process. From the Warbird gang to the aerobatic folks to the ultralight types to the folks that keep the Flightline running, it is an eclectic and delightful exercise in human interaction.

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March 2010 Hilton Head Accident May Have Been Caused By Previous Damage

NTSB Says Airplane Had "Likely" Suffered A 'Previously Undocumented Propeller Strike'

That Lancaire which went down in March, 2010 in Hilton Head, fatally injuring a man jogging on the beach during the emergency landing, turns out to have likely suffered damage to its propeller and crankshaft sometime before the accident, according to the NTSB's probable cause report.

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Julie Filucci And Jack Pelton Launch New Book

Signing Copies Of 'Together We Fly: Voices From the DC-3' At AirVenture

Julie Filucci was joined by former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton on a rainy Wednesday morning at AirVenture to sign copies of her new book "Together We Fly: Voices From the DC-3." Pelton wrote the forward for the book

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Gyroplanes At Oshkosh Grow In Sophistication

Manufacturers Offering Greater Refinement, Capability

Gyroplanes have always sat at the back of the bus at AirVenture, but manufacturers are making an increased showing at AirVenture, and their sophistication and appeal are also growing.

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Czech Republic Introduces Two New Aircraft

One LSA, One Workhorse Twin Coming From The Former SSR

There seems to be a lot of GA activity in the Czech Republic, at least in the LSA segment of the market anyway. Tomark Aero has introduced a new 2-place light sport aircraft. The aircraft is all metal with side-by-side seats, dual controls, a vertical rising canopy and fixed landing gear.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.28.11)

"(O)nce you got over that mentally, it's just a big airplane, which is pretty slow and pretty massive, so there are things about it that are very forgiving." Source: Author Julie Filluci, on learning to fly a DC-3.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.28.11): Vertex

The last fix adapted on the arrival speed segments. Normally, it will be the outer marker of the runway in use.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.28.11)

Aerolocker

Aerolocker specializes in aeronautical parts and memorabilia for collectors, restorers and enthusiasts. Stock includes items from the earliest days of aviation, through to the supersonic era.

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