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May 04, 2009

Mayors Argue Case For GA... With The President

Mayors To Outline Benefits of GA to Small Towns and Local Economies

This ought to be an interesting week for General Aviation... especially come this Wednesday, May 6th at 1130 EST. At that time, a number of Mayors and county executives from across the country hold a conference call with reporters to announce the release of a letter to President Barack Obama communicating the crucial importance that small aircraft - also known as general aviation...

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Gone West: Joseph Samuel Algranti

Amazing and Gifted Life Shaped Manned Space Flight

A truly amazing player in the oh-so-dramatic earlier years of space exploration and development has gone west. Joseph S. Algranti was one of those "been there and done most of it" flyers who helped build NASA from the launch pad up.

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ViperJet Retools For Economy

Focuses On Fuel Efficient Travel In New Viperjet LXR

Viper Aircraft Corporation has released its latest addition to the Viperjet family--the Viperjet LXR. Through minor tooling enhancements to its Viperjet MKII Executive fuselage, Viper Aircraft designers were able to accommodate the certified Pratt & Whitney JT15D-1A, 2200 lbs static thrust turbofan engine.

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New NBAA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program

Partnership with Phoenix Aviation Managers Aims to Reduce NBAA Members' Insurance Costs

A new NBAA workers' compensation insurance program is offered exclusively to NBAA Members as of May 1. The NBAA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program is underwritten by Phoenix Aviation Managers, Inc., and the program is administered by NationAir Aviation Insurance of Chicago.

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Third Generation STALKER Aircraft Completed

Built/Designed 'In Support of Global War on Terror'

The Global War on Terror has spawned a number of intruiguing development programs, especially in regards to aerial platforms. Based on the Beech King Air, Commuter Air Technology (CAT) has recently completed the ground and flight tests of its third generation STALKER aircraft.

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Enstrom 480B Added To Part 135 Ops At ACS

Turbine Enstrom Goes To Work In Northern Indiana

Aircraft Charter Services, a subsidiary company of Goshen Air Center, is adding an Enstrom 480B to their charter certificate.

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Granted: FAA's First AML-STC for Helo GPS/WAAS Avionics

Helicopter IFR Just Got Far More Capable

Garmin has been granted the FAA's first ever approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) avionics installed in a helicopter.

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Sikorsky Briefs Quad A On X2

Sikorsky Unveils X2 TECHNOLOGY Light Tactical Helicopter Concept 

Sikorsky is unveiling its X2 TECHNOLOGY Light Tactical Helicopter (LTH) design at the Army Aviation Association of America annual convention. The new mockup reflects Sikorsky's concept for potential military application of the high-speed enabling X2 TECHNOLOGY.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.04.09

Piper Aircraft has a new owner this week.
So does Northrup Grumman's KillerBee UAV.
And there may be hope for reversing Florida's punitive use tax.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.04.09

Piper Aircraft has a new owner this week.
So does Northrup Grumman's KillerBee UAV.
And there may be hope for reversing Florida's punitive use tax.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Recurrent Ground School - 05.04.09

 ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the importance of ground training, to supplement recurrent flight training, for pilots hoping to remain proficient. Bob a

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What Would You Carry On A Mission To Fix The Hubble Space Telescope?

Pocket Telescope, Lens Celebrate Hubble Mission

From a model of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to a patch from the New York City Sanitation Department, the STS-125 mission astronauts are marking the flight by taking a wide variety of mementos with them into orbit.

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Marines Play Key Role In Balikatan Mission

During Balikatan ‘09, every member of every unit has a role to play. One of the most vital roles takes place on the flight line. The Marines of Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (HMM-262) are responsible for service members participating in Balikatan getting equipment, supplies and transportation to provinces that can’t be reached by car.

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Aero-TV: Multi-Function Displays -- Aspen's Continuing Evolution

MFDs Are Just The Beginning Of The Goodies Coming Soon From Aspen

Completing the vision... that's what Aspen's Doug Cayne was telling Aero-TV about during the 2009 AEA Convention and Trade Show. And the next step on the road to Aspen's revolutionary aims is to get the EFD 1000 (and its little cousin, the EFD500) out on the market.

Getting Closer... Boeing 787 Dreamliner Moves to Flight Line for Testing

Boeing's LONG-awaited Dreamliner has moved to the flight line. Fuel testing - the first in the next phase of extensive checks the airplane must undergo - will begin in the next few days.

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Aero-TV: Multi-Function Displays -- Aspen's Continuing Evolution

MFDs Are Just The Beginning Of The Goodies Coming Soon From Aspen

Completing the vision... that's what Aspen's Doug Cayne was telling Aero-TV about during the 2009 AEA Convention and Trade Show. And the next step on the road to Aspen's revolutionary aims is to get the EFD 1000 (and its little cousin, the EFD500) out on the market.

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Klyde Morris (05.04.09)

The Aero-Economic Collapse Logs Another Casualty

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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North American Top Gun Embarks On 2009 Tour

Unique, Exciting Warbird Experience

We ran into one of our good friends, Bruce Moore, from North American Top Gun the other day while refueling our Cirrus G3 Turbo at Palatka, FL, (possibly the cheapest 100LL in the state, BTW -- and a VERY cool little airport) and got updated on the latest and greatest in the NATG universe. NATG offers one of the most exciting of the "Air Combat" programs available these days in that they conduct their program in real live Texans of the SNJ/At-6 persuasion.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 05.04.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.04.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.04.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Recurrent Ground School - 05.04.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Master Instructors LLC Designates April 2009 Masters

Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review tell ANN that they take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of some very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority.

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Venezuelan Helo Crash Kills 18

Mi-35 Downed Sunday

A Russian built Mi-35 helicopter has gone down in Venezuela, killing 18 crew and passengers on board. Ostensibly involved in border patrol, the Mi-35 was carrying soldiers to patrol the 1400 mile border with Colombia and stopped communicating for no published reason about mid-day, near the town of El Alto de Rubio.

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HAI Provides Insights On FAA's Proposed Rule for Part 135 CRM Training

The FAA Gets Serious About CRM

The Helicopter Association International has looked over a recently issued, proposed, rule from the FAA that would require all certificate holders conducting operations under part 135 to include in their flight training programs crew resource management for crewmembers, including pilots and flight attendants, and is providing some counsel on the matter.

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NASA Awards Contract For Support At Michoud Assembly Facility

NASA has selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tenn., to receive the manufacturing support and facilities operations contract at the Michoud Facility Assembly in eastern New Orleans.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.04.09):

  Air Mass Thunderstorm Generally, a thunderstorm not associated with a front or other type of synoptic-scale forcing mechanism. Air mass thunderstorms typically are associated with warm, humid air in the summer months; they develop during the afternoon in response to insolation, and dissipate rather quickly after sunset. They generally are less likely to be severe than other types of thunderstorms, but they still are capable of producing downbursts, brief heavy rain, and (in extreme cases) hail over 3/4" in diameter. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.04.09)

Aero-Linx: Girls With Wings Girls With Wings is an e-commerce merchandising and public awareness project that focuses its efforts on introducing young girls to their role models in aviation-related careers and hobbies. Website activities and inspirational stories of women involved in various aspects of aviation will motivate girls to pursue their own skyward adventures.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.04.09)

  "These results give us confidence in our ability to move into further gauntlet testing using either ground power or the airplane's engines or auxiliary power unit. This is a significant milestone on the path to first flight." Source: Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 Dreamliner program, commenting on the movement of the first 787 test flight vehicle to the flightline, after completing a rigorous series of tests including build verification tests, structures and systems integration tests, landing gear swings and factory gauntlet, which is the full simulation of the first flight using the actual airplane. With Chief Pilot Mike Carriker at the controls, the simulation tested all flight controls, h

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