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May 08, 2009

A Win For The S.A.F.E. Effort? NAFI Approves Member-Elected Board

We can't say that we didn't see this one coming, but the pivotal question is this... is it too little -- and too late? That said, ANN has learned that the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) will begin transitioning to a board that is comprised of at least 51 percent of directors elected by NAFI membership.

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Unpleasant Analysis: User Fees by 2011?

Administration's Continuing Assault On 'All Things Aviation' Continues

ANN has been slogging through hundreds of pages of budget documents published in the last few days by OMB and the DoT in order to get a grasp on what will happen to this industry, as far as interaction and funding/taxation by the government is concerned.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.08.09

Small towns fight back against biz-jet bashers.
Could hackers take down US air traffic control?
And the FAA backs off on new repair station rules.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.08.09

Small towns fight back against biz-jet bashers.
Could hackers take down US air traffic control?
And the FAA backs off on new repair station rules.


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ANN Special Feature: Epic Aircraft CEO Rick Schrameck - 05.08.09

Epic Aircraft has introduced some very fast, very complicated, pressurized turbine aircraft as kits for the amateur-built experimental market.

How will imminent changes in the w

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NASA Details FY 2010 Budget

NASA Gets An Extra $900 Million

NASA has offered up details of its $18.69 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 to advance Earth science, complete the International Space Station, explore the solar system and conduct aeronautics research. The budget request represents an increase of $903.6 million, or 5 percent, above funding provided in the fiscal year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

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Airport Runway Incursion Prevention Offered By Approach Systems

Approach Systems Corporation is disclosing details of 'Approach EasyTaxi,' a free download of geo synchronized location of aircraft on all NACO Airport Diagrams.

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USMC LtG Trautman: More Ospreys Will Deploy With Marine Unit

After three successful combat deployments over more than 19 consecutive months, Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys will begin a global deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, a senior Marine aviation official said Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris (05.08.09)

The Real Rationale Behind LASP?????

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Pentagon To Get Help, Despite Budget Cuts...

20,000 Staffers To Be Added

In a move that seems at odds with current US federal budget priorities, the Pentagon has announced it will add 20-thousand employees over the next five years. Of that total, 11-thousand will be conversions of outside contractors to federal civilian employees.

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Canadian Airlines Join 'Open Skies'

Canada has reached an agreement with the European Union which may make finding investors much easier for Canadian airlines than for their US competitors.  

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Golden West Fly-in Announces 2009 Theme 'Bringing Aviation Home'

The Golden West Aviation Association has disclosed that "Bringing Aviation Home", a celebration of amateur-built aircraft, is the theme for this year's Golden West Fly-in which will be held on June 12, 13 & 14 at Yuba County Airport in Marysville, California.

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Aero-TV: Rotors Reborn -- Northwest Helicopters

Hey Pal... How Much For The Cobra???

Starting out as an operator of Huey helicopters with a specialty in heli-logging, Northwest helicopters has made quite a name for itself via a unique specialty.

Aero-TV: Rotors Reborn -- Northwest Helicopters

Hey Pal... How Much For The Cobra???

Starting out as an operator of Huey helicopters with a specialty in heli-logging, Northwest helicopters has made quite a name for itself via a unique specialty.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #1: C-17 Strategic Airlift Aircraft

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate production of the C-17 airlift aircraft and fund an orderly shutdown of the production line because the number of C-17s now ordered will be sufficient to meet the Department of Defense's (DOD's) airlift needs.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #2: Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR-X) Helicopter

  Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Air Force Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) Helicopter Program because of problems with contracting, high costs, and questions about the need for an aircraft solely devoted to this purpose when multi-purpose aircraft are available.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #3: F-22 Raptor Fighter Aircraft

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the F-22 Raptor program after production of the planned 187 aircraft because the Department of Defense (DOD) has determined that 187 F-22s, together with other fighter aircraft including the new Joint Strike Fighter now in production, will be able to meet foreseeable threats.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #4: Joint Strike Fighter Alternate Engine

Proposal: The Administration has decided not to fund the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Alternative Engine Program (AEP), because it is no longer needed as a hedge against the failure of the main Joint Strike Fighter engine program.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #5: LORAN-C

Proposal: The Administration is proposing to terminate the terrestrial-based, long-range radionavigation system (Loran-C) operated by the U.S. Coast Guard because it is obsolete technology. Accounting for inflation, this will achieve a savings of $36 million in 2010 and $190 million over five years.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.08.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.08.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.08.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Epic Aircraft CEO Rick Schrameck - 05.08.09  (ANN Special Report, with Rick Schrameck)

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White House Aero-Hit-List #6: Multiple Kill Vehicle Program

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV), which is a long-term research and development program designed to counter ballistic missile threats by using several "kill" vehicles launched from a single interceptor, or missile.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #7: Next Generation Bomber

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV), which is a long-term research and development program designed to counter ballistic missile threats by using several "kill" vehicles launched from a single interceptor, or missile.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #8: Presidential Helicopter (VH-71)

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Presidential Helicopter replacement (VH-71) program and to initiate a new Presidential Helicopter replacement program, and to properly develop options for a fiscal year 2011 follow-on program.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #9: Transformational Satellite

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Air Force's Transformational Satellite (TSAT) program because of significant cost increases and slips in schedule.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.08.09):

Altocumulus These clouds are composed of mainly water. They appear as white or gray colored roll like elements or bands. The individual elements are large and darker than in cirrocumulus clouds. These clouds from between 6,500 and 23,000 feet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.08.09)

Aero-Linx: Max Trescott On General Aviation There is no shortage of blogs on the Internet... there's even quite a few that feature aviation... but when you filtter the number down to those authored with REAL expertise, passion and insight... well, let's just say that the numbers aren't all that impressive. Max Trescott, though, a recent National Instructor of the Year and a prolific aviation writer, is one of the few that we can not only recommend, but do so quite strongly.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.08.09)

  "The President’s 2010 Budget seeks to usher in a new era of responsibility—an era in which we not only do what we must to save and create new jobs and lift our economy out of recession, but in which we also lay a new foundation for long-term growth and prosperity." Source: From the Obama Administration's OMB report on a number of project terminations targeted in the 2010 Budget in order to save some $17 Billion... this, while the overall budget spends trillions more than any other Adminstration in the history of the nation.

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