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April 22, 2009

Avidyne Completes Certification Of Entegra FMS900w FMS

New FMS Reduces Workload In Single-Pilot IFR Operations

 In addition to the just announced certification of Avidyne's much awaited Release 9 Flight Deck, we're pleased to report that the Avidyne FMS900w has gotten the same respect from the FAA. The certification of their new Entegra FMS900W WAAS-enabled GPS/NAV/COM Flight Management System (FMS) is designed to reduce workload for single-pilot IFR operations.

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Cessna Announces Piston Aircraft Fleet Orders

Cessna Aircraft keeps selling airplanes... as evidence by the recent announcement of two single-engine piston fleet orders.

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Wichita Aero Club Fundraising Dinner Will Feature EAA's Tom Poberezny

EAA CEO Will Speak at June 6 Dinner at Wichita's Hyatt Regency

The Wichita Aero Club, in cooperation with the United Way of the Plains, will raise funds for displaced workers by hosting an evening gala and silent auction at 7 PM on June 6, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The "No Black Tie" Black Tie Ball will feature Tom Poberezny, Chief Executive Officer of the Experimental Aircraft Association...

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Cessna Hosts Its First-Ever Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down

Cessna Aircraft is nearing approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to host a flight instructor safety stand down, a first for any aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

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NTSB Confirms Inflight Breakup Of San Diego Comanche

Controller Instructed Pilot To "Keep Your Speed Up" and "Maintain Maximum Forward Speed"

 An aircraft operating in VFR conditions but under an IFR flight plan was found to have broken up, prior to impact, according to information recently imparted by the NTSB. The pilot stopped communications with controllers less than a minute after being instructed to keep his speed up during his descent.

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Patty Wagstaff Gets 'Enhanced Vision'

Patrick Farrell, CEO/President of Forward Vision and aerobatic ace Patty Wagstaff have clued ANN in on a cooperative effort to promote the enhanced safety benefits of the Forward Vision EVS-100 powered by Max-Viz.

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AEA Names New Chairman, Vice Chairman For AEA Board

At the recent Aircraft Electronics Association's 52nd annual International Convention & Trade Show, from April 1-4, in Dallas, Texas, seven new board members were seated during the annual AEA board of directors election. In addition, new international officers were elected.

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Silicon Valley Rescue C-130s Go 'Digital'

Nestled in the center of the world's technology epicenter is the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing.  Search and rescue is the wing's primary mission, which often involves low-tech but courageous life-saving actions.

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Boeing Assembles First Set of 747-8 Wings

Another Jumbo Heads For Assembly

Boeing Company has completed major assembly of the first set of wings for the 747-8 Freighter. The new 135-foot 3-inch wings incorporate the latest aerodynamic technologies to fly farther and more efficiently. The advanced airfoil provides improved overall performance and greater fuel capacity.

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Placer County Sheriff's Department To Operate AS350B3

Will Expand Mission Capability

The Placer County Sheriff's Department took delivery of an AS350B3 helicopter from American Eurocopter this week (like the bird that summitted Everest some time ago... shown below). This delivery marks the department's move from military surplus to a multi-mission helicopter that will be used for a variety of law enforcement, firefighting and search & rescue missions.

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Rockwell Collins Signs On With ICG To Offer Nxtlink Iridium Transceivers

New Offering Delivers Reliable Voice And Data Communications Over Iridium Network

ICG has concluded an agreement to provide Rockwell Collins a version of the ICG NxtLink Iridium communications systems for Air Transport customers. Rockwell Collins is marketing the devices as the IRT 2110 (Dual Channel) and IRT 2120 (Tri Channel) Iridium systems.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.22.09

The weather, if not the economy, smiles on Lakeland.
Avidyne's Release 9 gets its TSO.
And the guys at Aspen make steam gauges even more obsolete.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.22.09

The weather, if not the economy, smiles on Lakeland.
Avidyne's Release 9 gets its TSO.
And the guys at Aspen make steam gauges even more obsolete.


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Aero-TV: Jack Pelton At AEA 2009 -- Addressing Industry Issues

Jack Defends Aviation and Defines A Proper Response For Critics

Say what you will, but these days Cessna CEO and C-195 aficionado, Jack Pelton, is a man with a mission. Sick and tired of watching an industry he loves victimized by misinformation and prejudice, Jack has come out swinging... and the man knows how to take on his foes. At the recently concluded AEA 2009 Convention and tradeshow, Jack was a featured speaker. He spoke to attendees about “Weathering the Storm,” and received a very positive response from an admittedly sympathetic crowd.

Cirrus Aircraft Receives FAA FIKI Approval For SR22 And Turbo Models

Ready For The Winter!

It's all done. The amazing FIKI program that ANN presented to you here and on Aero-TV over the last few months has received its final approvals for flight into known icing (FIKI, for short).

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Finally! Hilton Software LLC Releases WingX for iPhone

REALLY Solid Mobile Flight Planning Program Shows Up For iPhone... and NONE Too Soon!

Hilton Software LLC has finally updated one of our favorite mobile flight planning tools... this time for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. WingX for iPhone enables pilots to easily access preflight and inflight information using WingX Technology.

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Aero-TV: Jack Pelton At AEA 2009 -- Addressing Industry Issues

Jack Defends Aviation and Defines A Proper Response For Critics

Say what you will, but these days Cessna CEO and C-195 aficionado, Jack Pelton, is a man with a mission. Sick and tired of watching an industry he loves victimized by misinformation and prejudice, Jack has come out swinging... and the man knows how to take on his foes.

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Shuttle Program Review for STS-125 Concludes

The Space Shuttle Program’s Flight Readiness Review concluded Tuesday, setting the stage for the executive-level review at the Kennedy Space Center, which begins April 30. Following the final review, a firm launch date for the STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope will be set. Launch is currently targeted for May 12 at 1:31 p.m. EDT.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.22.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.22.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.22.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Avidyne's Tom Harper, Entegra Rel. 9, Part II - 04.22.09  (ANN Special Report, with with Avidyne's Director of Corporate Marketing, Tom Harper)

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ATP Opens Tampa Flight Training Center

ATP's new Tampa-area Flight Training Center will open on May 4 at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (KPIE) adjacent to the Signature FBO. The new training center will offer single- and multi-engine flight training from Private thru ATP, including ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program.

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Coast Guard HH-65 Rescues Stranded Boater

Man Hoisted From Remote Beach On Catalina Island

A Coast Guard air crew from Air Station Los Angeles rescued a man early this morning from a remote beach on Catalina Island.

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Tecnam P-92 Echo Classic Donated To Embry-Riddle Flight Team

 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has a new plane to fly. Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam Srl. and Michael and Lynne Birmingham, U.S. distributors for the Tecnam line of aircraft, have donated a brand new 2009 Tecnam P-92 Echo Classic, S-LSA, to Embry-Riddle's nationally ranked Daytona Beach flight team.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.22.09)

Aero-Linx: Zeppelin and Garrison Museum Tønder During the First World War the German Imperial Navy operated Zeppelin airships from Tønder. The base was placed a few kilometers north of the city and was virtually self-supporting with its own gas plant, heating central and waterworks. FMI: www.zeppelin-museum.dk/main.php?lang=en

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.22.09):

WAC Corporal  A small liquid-propellant sounding rocket developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the United States Army. It was the first true sounding rocket because it was built for no other purpose than upper air research. The WAC Corporal used an attached Tiny Tim solid-propellant booster to clear the launch tower.  FMI: www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/W/WAC_Corporal.html

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.22.09)

  "During the 11-day mission's five spacewalks, astronauts will install two new instruments, repair two inactive ones and perform the component replacements that will keep the (Hubble) telescope functioning into at least 2014." Source: From the NASA Mission Briefer describing the upcoming STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space telescope.

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