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March 24, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.24.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.24.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.24.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II - Cirrus Bullish on 2010 - 03.24.10 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.24.10

Two pilots with the RAF's Red Arrows survive a mid-air collision.
Three occupants of two GA planes over Florida do not.
And Airbus gloats about a WTO ruling.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.24.10

Two pilots with the RAF's Red Arrows survive a mid-air collision.
Three occupants of two GA planes over Florida do not.
And Airbus gloats about a WTO ruling.


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Gone West: X-15 Pilot Robert White

First "Winged Astronaut" Flew To And Altitude Of 59 Miles

On July 17, 1962, Major Robert White flew the X-15 to an altitude of 314,750 feet, or 59 miles, becoming the first "winged astronaut." He was the first to fly at Mach 4, Mach 5 and Mach 6; he was the first to fly a winged vehicle into space. After a career of 'firsts' White passed away on March 17, 2010

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Flight Advisory: National Special Security Event

Nuclear Security Summit Means Extensive Airspace Restrictions

The United States Government will host a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on April 12 and 13, 2010. As part of the airspace security measures, the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) will be modified with additional flight restrictions during the hours of 0800-2200 local each day.

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B787 Completes Flutter And Ground Effects Testing

Milestone For Achieving Type Inspection Authorization From FAA

Boeing's Dreamliner has completed flutter and ground effects testing, and apparently passed with flying colors according to a blog entry posted last week.

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Orion Attitude Launch Abort System Control Motor Successfully Tested By ATK

The Next Step In Creating Crew Safety For Future Human Space Flight

The second of two ground tests of a full-scale attitude control motor (ACM) for the launch abort system (LAS) of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle has been completed by Alliant Techsystems. ATK said the second test was conducted on March 17.

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Quartz Mountain Aviation Assets Go On The Auction Block

Luscombe 185 Factory To Be Auctioned This Weekend

ANN has received notice that the Luscombe 185-11E factory in Altus, Oklahoma on The Altus Municipal Airport will be auctioned this Friday and Saturday, with the auction to include the airplane's type and production certificates, and all other assets.

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'Flight For The Human Spirit' To Begin At America Jet In Salina, KS

Pilot Plans To Visit 135 Cities Carrying Message Of Hope

It's two weeks before the takeoff of The Flight for the Human Spirit and it seems that the only variable is the weather.  Michael Combs is slated to take off in his Remos GX light-sport aircraft from the Salina Municipal Airport, April 5 to begin his journey across the nation. 

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FlyersRights.org Lauds U.S. Senate For Passage Of FAA Reauthorization Bill

Measure Contains "Passengers Bill Of Rights," Includes 3 Hour Rule

Included in the legislation passed Monday by the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the FAA is the so-called "Passengers Bill of Rights."  The language, championed by FlyersRights.org, requires the either delayed commercial aircraft return to the gate after a three hour period on the Tarmac.

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Northrop Grumman Returns Restored B-2 Bomber To Active Duty

'Spirit of Pennsylvania' Is First B-2 To Receive Insignia Of Global Strike Command

Northrop Grumman has returned to service with the U.S. Air Force a freshly painted, completely overhauled B-2 stealth bomber known as the "Spirit of Pennsylvania."

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Irish Cancer Survivor Hope To Circumnavigate In A Gyroplane

27-Thousand Mile Journey Includes 4,400 Over Water

There is only one category and class of powered aircraft which has never circumnavigated the globe. An Irishman and colon cancer survivor plans to fill in that blank, and he started Monday.

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Gone West: Elinor Smith (Sullivan) Dies at Age 98

Pioneer Aviatrix Set Numerous Records, Flew Into Her Late 80's

Elinor Smith (Sullivan), aviation pioneer and record-setting aviatrix died Friday, March 19, 2010 in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 98.

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RAM Aircraft Announces Owner Loyalty Rewards

Returning RAM Customers Will Receive Manufacturer Discounts

RAM Aircraft, LP has instituted an Owner Loyalty Rewards program for returning RAM customers with a Cessna 340, 340A, 414, 414A, 421C, or Baron 58P/TC with a RAM engine.

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Aero-TV: Women in Aviation Pt. 1 – Attendees on Aviation Career Choice

WAI Conference Attendees Offer Their Perspectives on the Aviation Industry 
 
On February 25th through February 27th, 2010, the Women in Aviation International organization held their 21st annual conference; over 3,000 women and men gathered at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort to celebrate the 2010 WAI Conference theme, “Aviation – It’s a Small World.”  Developed in 1990, Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women throughout aviation career sectors and interests.
 

WAI Conference Attendees Offer Their Perspectives on the Aviation Industry

From The 21st Annual Women In Aviation Conference, Part 1

On February 25th through February 27th, 2010, the Women in Aviation International organization held their 21st annual conference; over 3,000 women and men gathered at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort to celebrate the 2010 WAI Conference theme, "Aviation – It's a Small World."

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FAA Proposes $1.45 Million Civil Penalty Against Northwest Airlines

Several 757's Flown Without Inspections Required By AD

The FAA has proposed a $1.45 million civil penalty against Northwest Airlines for operating a number of its Boeing 757 aircraft without proper windshield wiring inspections. A 1990 FAA airworthiness directive on Boeing 757s required inspections for the presence of undersized wires in the heating system.

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Blakey Responds To Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization

...Though We'll Bet She Wishes They Could Have Done This YEARS Ago...

 Former FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey, who battled the Washington Puzzle Palaces for years in order to update the FAA and ATC has made some comments on the Senate's MUCH-delayed passage of the FAA's long-overdue Reauthorization.

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WTO Says European Government Unfairly Subsidized Airbus

European Planemaker Sees The Ruling Differently

The World Trade Organization ruled Tuesday that grants from European governments received by Airbus have given an unfair advantage to the planemaker over its rival Boeing. However, in a news release, Airbus says 70% of the U.S. complaints were "rejected."

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Hersman Highlights Runway Safety, Human Fatigue

Addresses NATCA Convention In Orlando

In an address to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Orlando Tuesday, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman lauded controllers for their role in keeping the number of runway incursions low while challenging the FAA to hasten the pace of its efforts to improve runway safety.

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Governor Rendell Announces $13.8 Million Investment In 32 Airports

Aviation Accounts For $12 Billion In PA Economy, Governor Says

An investment of $13.8 million in federal and state funds will help 32 Pennsylvania airports make upgrades and enhance safety, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced Monday.

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Boise TRACON Relocation Stalled By FAA Reauthorization Bill

Language Inserted By Idaho Senators To Delay The Move

Idaho's two U.S. Senators inserted language in the FAA Reauthorization bill passed Monday by the Senate that has put the brakes on a planned relocation of the Boise TRACON facility to Salt Lake City.

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Germany To Make Nearly $1.5 Billion Loan For A350

Grant Appears To Comply With WTO Rules

The German Government is set to loan $1.49 billion to Airbus for the development of the A350 long-haul airliner. "As far as we are concerned all pre-conditions have been met and the funds are available," said Peter Hintze, parliamentary state secretary at the German ministry of economics.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.24.10)

"Aviation is a $12 billion industry in Pennsylvania, and investments in our airports pay dividends in job creation and economic growth. Each dollar we invest helps the airports stay safe and improves their service and infrastructure" Source: Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.10): Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)

A primary FAA publication whose purpose is to instruct airmen about operating in the National Airspace System of the U.S.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.10)

C-47 On Floats Video

An ANN reader sent us this link to a video which shows a C-47 fitted with Edo floats, making the venerable transport an amphibious airplane. As unlikely as that sounds, this is not something that we would have saved for April 1st. It appears to be the real deal.

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