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March 20, 2010

Babbitt Defends NextGen Funding In FY2011 Budget Request

Administrator Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

FAA administrator Randy Babbitt reportedly faced some tough questions about funding for NextGen when he testified Thursday before the U.S. House Transportation subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. The committee was hearing the FAA's FY2011 budget request.

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Brevard County Commission To Vote On Valkaria AIP Funding

Some Neighbors Still Oppose Safety Improvements At Grant-Valkaria Airport

The County Commission in Brevard County, FL is set to vote Tuesday on whether to accept FAA AIP funding for various safety improvements at Grant-Valkaria Airport (X59), over the objections of some who live nearby.

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Soyuz Landing Caps Milestone Space Station Mission

Returning Crew Members Helped Complete U.S. Portion Of The Station

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Max Suraev landed their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft on the steppes of Kazakhstan Thursday, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Pentagon May Extend Tanker RFP Deadline

EADS Says It MAY Want To Bid, Is "Assessing The Situation"

The Pentagon said Thursday that it had received a communication from EADS indicating that the company might reconsider its decision to not bid on a $35 billion dollar contract to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of KC-135 tankers.

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CAP's Aerial Surveys Support Flood Response

Flights Check Rivers For Dam Failures, Other Issues

Civil Air Patrol is providing aerial reconnaissance as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force as rivers and tributaries in North Dakota and South Dakota continue to rise. 

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Analyst: Piston Aircraft Growth To Outpace Jets And Turboprops

Expects Sales To Pick Up Mid-Year, LSA's May Lag

After three years of plummeting deliveries, the piston-powered fixed-wing segment is now well poised to outpace other categories for the next several years, according to one avaiation analyst.

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Aspen Avionics Promotes Brad Hayden To Vice President Of Marketing

Responsibilities Will include Overall Marketing Strategy And Programs

Aspen Avionics announced this week that Brad Hayden has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing, and will be responsible for the company’s overall product strategy and marketing programs. Hayden will report directly to Aspen’s President and CEO, John Uczekaj.

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Cessna 188 Gets A (Turbo) Boost With Soloy Turbine Pac

Industrial Aviation Receives Restricted Airworthiness Certification For Mod

Industrial Aviation Services’ Soloy Turbine Pac powered Cessna 188 completes its first 100 hours of trouble free revenue service. Industrial Aviation designed and manufactured the custom installation and gained FAA approval in the restricted airworthiness category.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.20.10)

"We understand that these times demand cautious and well-considered fiscal policy. The FAA is grateful that Congress recognizes our mission as a national priority." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.10): Direct

Direct Straight line flight between two navigational aids, fixes, points, or any combination thereof.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.10)

Interactive Simulation of Satellite Communications

NASA has produced an interactive computer simulation which allows virtual explorers of all ages to dock the space shuttle at the International Space Station, experience a virtual trip to Mars or a lunar impact, and explore images of star formations taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 

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