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April 01, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.01.10

Investigators probe a near-miss over San Francisco.
Bombardier tests the composite wing for its CSeries.
And the US Air Force takes the next step in demonstrating biofuels.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.01.10

Investigators probe a near-miss over San Francisco.
Bombardier tests the composite wing for its CSeries.
And the US Air Force takes the next step in demonstrating biofuels.


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ANN Special Feature: The Future of Airshows - 04.01.10

Attendees at the recent International Council of Airshows annual convention in Las Vegas discuss their opinions on the future of the business, and the issues it faces.

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Northrop Grumman Introduces 'Business Hawk'

UAV Biz Jet Builds On Success Of Military Unmanned Systems

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Defense giant Northrup Grumman Thursday took the wraps off its first new commercial aircraft in decades, the Unpiloted Autonomous Biz-AV Vehicle (UBAV) corporate jet dubbed The Business Hawk.

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PS Engineering Introduces 'Wake-Up Call' for Airlines

Company to Revolutionize 'Sleepy' Airlines Avionics Market

ANN April 1st Special Edition: PS Engineering announced today that Delta Airlines will be the launch customer for its newest product, the PMW188. In a departure from the manufacturer's traditional product line, the new device is described as a marker beacon receiver with enhanced sensitivity, configured to trigger the playing of an MP3 recording of an alarm clock through an aircraft's normal audio system to the flight crew's headphones.

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President Obama Imposes Nationwide TFR

"I've Got A Boeing, And I'm Not Afraid To Use It," President Says

ANN April 1st Special Edition: The FAA has imposed a nationwide TFR until further notice at the request of President Barack Obama. The President, embarking on a campaign to pump up poll number for the recently-passed health care legislation, said he might need to travel just about anywhere on a moment's notice.

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New LSA Racing League Announces Summer Schedule

Sort Of Like A Sailboat Race ... Slow Is Fast

ANN April 1st Special Edition: A new air racing league will fly a series of competitions this summer, but instead of souped-up warbirds or specialized racing machines, this one is open to pilots of more modest means.

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EAA to Choose Poberezny Successor at AirVenture 2010

Recreating Ancient Selection Process Required Improvisation

ANN April 1st Special Edition: In most years, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is distinguished primarily by advances in aviation technology. But this year, the most conspicuous attraction on AeroShell Square is expected to be something straight out of the Thirteenth Century.

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Klyde Morris (04.01.10)

Yes, Klyde Knows What Day It Is...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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National Air And Space Museum To Loan Apollo Gear To NASA

With Constellation Cancelled, NASA Turns To Proven Technology

ANN April 1st Special Edition: NASA and the National Air and Space Museum have reached an agreement for a long-term loan of the Apollo spacecraft currently on display in Washington so that NASA can get its manned space program back on track.

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NTSB Recommends 'Seat Shockers' In Commercial Airliners

Wants To Be Sure Pilots Are Paying Attention, Not Distracted

ANN April 1st Special Edition: The NTSB has issued a recommendation to the FAA that it require all commercial airliners be equipped with "seat shockers" for the pilot and co-pilot to avoid another "distracted pilot" incident.

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FAA Pilots: 'Babbitt Is A Stick Hog'

Former Airline Pilot Administrator Likes To Fly Up Front

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Line pilots for the FAA have started to grumble about Administrator Randy Babbitt, saying they can't keep him in the back of the airplane.

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Babbitt: GA Accident Rate On Track For Zero

20 Percent Decline In Accidents Over Past Year

ANN April 1st Special Edition: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced at a news conference Thursday that the agency's emphasis on safety and professionalism by pilots had dramatically improved the safety record of GA. 

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Embraer, Bombardier To Bid On Air Force Tanker

"Me Too, Me Too," Regional Jet Makers Say

ANN April 1st Special Edition: With the Northrop Grumman/EADS consortium still wavering on a bid in the KC-X Tanker competition, two regional jet makers are eyeing a run at Boeing for the multi-billion dollar contract.

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Aspen Avionics Receives STC For Video Game Option

Three-Panel Installs Will Now Feature Classic Games For Long X-C Flights

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Aspen Avionics announced Thursday that it has struck a deal with classic video game maker Atari, as well as Microsoft, to allow video games and flight sims be uploaded into their three-panel EFD1000MFD installations. 

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'Rise' Campaign Deflated By Lawsuit

Move Deals A Blow To Campaign To Promote Business Use Of GA Planes

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Cessna's "Rise" campaign hit a snag Thursday when the company was sued in U.S. District Court in New York seeking an injunction to stop use of the slogan "Rise." Few details were available on the suit, which was sealed due to its "sensitive nature."

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Experienced Controller Sues FAA, Charges 'Unfair Dismissal'

'Little Person' Has Over 30 Years Experience At JFK

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Ernest Smithson had worked more than 30 years as an air traffic controller at JFK International Airport without incident, so when he arrived for his shift last Monday, he was shocked to be told his services were no longer required.

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Boeing Teleportation Research Draw Fire From Airline Unions

Senior Official Admits "We May Research Ourselves Out Of A Job"

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Boeing announced Thursday that, building on the success of its airborne laser program, it has made a breakthrough in another Star Trek-like technology, the transporter.

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New Garmin Aviation GPS Features Turn-By-Turn Voice Prompts

Available In Male Or Female Voices Speaking English, Spanish, Italian, French, And German

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Garmin announced Thursday that it's new GPS5000VP brings the automotive GPS experience into the cockpit, with voice prompts to inform the pilot of upcoming heading changes, restricted airspace, even missed approach procedures. 

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US Airways Drops Drink Charges On Domestic, International Routes

Revenue Will Be Recovered Through PayLavs

ANN April 1st Special Edition: In a move that shocked the airline industry Thursday, US Airways said it would stop charging for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on its domestic and international flights.

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NASM Announces National Tour For Enola Gay

Famous Airplane Will Fly Again, Thanks To Extensive, Secret Renovation

ANN April 1st Special Edition: The National Air and Space Museum made a surprising announcement Thursday. In honor of the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII, the NASM staff has been secretly preparing the B-29 Enola Gay to make her airworthy for a commemorative flight across the United States.

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EAA Debuts 'Sport Litigation' Magazine

Targets Lucrative Demographic of Lawyers with Jets

ANN April 1st Special Edition: EAA announced a completely new magazine dedicated to coverage of aviation lawsuits on Thursday. "EAA Sport Litigation" will debut in June as an extra-cost option for all EAA members, but intended primarily for members who are also practicing personal injury attorneys.

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Buzz Aldrin Wows On 'Dancing With The Stars'

But Some Contestants Complain He's A Bit Too Light On His Feet

ANN April 1st Special Edition: Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is holding his own on "Dancing With The Stars", which has some contestants grumbling that his time on the moon might give the octogenarian hoofer an unfair advantage.

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US Air Announces Seaplane Service To Downtown Manhattan

Dornier Amphibian To Fly DC-NY Route

ANN April 1st Special Edition: U.S. Airways says it will be the first major airline in more than 65 years to offer amphibious floatplane service to Manhattan, the company announced in a news conference Thursday. The first route will link New York City with Washington, D.C.

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Parents Arrested After Infant 'Dropped A Bomb' In Airport

TSA May Have Stepped In It This Time

ANN April 1st Special Edition: The parents of a 7-month-old baby girl were detained at MCO this week after TSA agents overheard them refer to a "bomb" in reference to their child.  A TSA task force proceeded to strip-search and interrogate the terrified family only to learn that the child had a dirty diaper.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.01.10)

ANN April 1st Special Edition: "OK, folks... ANN did not suddenly lose its mind (though, there ARE moments... oh, never mind). Check the DATE. 04.01.09. It's April FIRST... a/k/a APRIL Fool's Day. Source: ANN's Jim Campbell

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.01.10): Pilot

ANN April 1st Special Edition: A television program produced as a "proof of concept" for a potential series.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.01.10)

 FAA Department Of Renundancy Department

ANN April 1st Special Edition: As pilots, we're all about redundancy. From the first airplanes we flew with dual magnetos to the redundant systems built into the glass panels becoming more and more prevelant, it seems like nothing gets done only once.

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