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April 16, 2010

Black Hawk ... Pilot Optional

Sikorsky Aircraft Developing Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator Helicopter

Sikorsky is collaborating with the U.S. Army to develop an optionally piloted demonstrator Black Hawk helicopter, the company announced Thursday from the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Annual Convention in Ft. Worth, TX.

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'R2' Goes To Space To Advance ... Auto Manufacturing?

NASA To Launch GM Co-Developed Human-Like Robot To ISS

NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or "R2", was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement.

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K-Cars In Space? Finally A Flying Car? NASA And Chrysler Establish Partnership

Space Agency And Auto Maker Explore Advanced Technologies

A new agreement between NASA and Chrysler may put rocket science on the road and automotive technologies in space. The collaboration seeks to use technologies originally developed for human spaceflight to enhance future vehicles and adapt advanced automotive technology for use in space.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 04.16.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.16.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.16.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Regulation and the Avionics Industry - 04.16.10 (ANN Special Report, with Ric Peri, Vice President for Government and Industry Affairs of the Aircraft Electronics Association)

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Survey Shows For Most Americans, Air Travel Security Trumps Privacy

65% Say They Are Willing To Cooperate In Full Body Electronic Scans

Ninety-three percent of Americans said they are willing to sacrifice some level of privacy to increase safety when traveling by air, according to research conducted in January and February by Unisys Corporation.

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Venice, FL City Council Gives Up On Airport Downsizing Plan

Will Work On A "Hybrid" Plan To Shift Runway Safety Zone Away From Houses

More than two years of discussion over a plan to downgrade the Venice, Florida airport has yielded very little, as the city council voted Tuesday to not forward the plan on to the FAA.

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Navy Conducts A Little Long-Distance Morale Boosting

NCTAMS PAC Helps NASA Lift Spirits Aboard ISS

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific's (NCTAMS Pac) Makalapa (Pearl Harbor) Tech Control helped a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) talk with an active duty Navy family member stationed in Japan over a video teleconference (VTC) April 10.

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From Cell Phone To Security Sniffer

DHS Funds Research To Turn Smart Phones Into Personal Security Devices

The Department of Homeland Security has gotten initial funding for research which could eventually turn your iPhone into a chemical detection device that would automatically call authorities when it senses a dangerous substance.

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KC-135 Testing Aims At Fueling Efficiency, Cost Savings

Engineers Test ARAI: Automatic Receiver Aircraft Identification

Engineers at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base are testing a system known as the Automatic Receiver Aircraft Identification, or ARAI. Currently installed on a test aerial refueler, if the tests are successful, Air Force officials say the system will significantly improve air-to-air refueling.

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NASA Selects Five Companies For Aerospace Vehicle R&D Contracts

Areas Of Research Range From Durability To Noise Production

NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, has selected five companies to provide the agency with support for analytical and experimental research and technology development, primarily for aerospace vehicles. 

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Hot Enough For Ya? Cirrus Plans A/C For SR20

Certification Expected In September

As most places are celebrating the spring thaw, Cirrus Aircraft is looking ahead to much warmer weather. The company says it plans to offer air conditioning as a factory-installed option in its SR20 line sometime in September.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.16.10

President Obama revises his NASA vision to include Mars.
Private space companies could generate 11-thousand new jobs a year.
And airports press the DOT to support higher facilities ch

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.16.10

President Obama revises his NASA vision to include Mars.
Private space companies could generate 11-thousand new jobs a year.
And airports press the DOT to support higher facilities ch

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ANN Special Feature: Regulation and the Avionics Industry - 04.16.10

Ric Peri, Vice President for Government and Industry Affairs of the Aircraft Electronics Association, talks about the effects on the industry of Safety Management Systems (SMS), ADS-B, and the FAA'

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Classic Aero-TV: Dream of the Boeing 40C - Addison Pemberton’s 26-Year Quest

Addison Pemberton Revives an 80-Year Old Aviation Legacy

Addison Pemberton is no stranger to rare aviation restorations.  Having learned to fly at the age of 15, Pemberton spent most of his adolescent years surrounded by exceptional antique aircraft including Howards, Travel Airs, Wacos, and Stearmans. 

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Details Emerge In Arrest Of NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair

Accused Of Embezzlement While Manager Of Hastings City/Barry County Airport

Jason Blair, the Executive Director of NAFI, was arrested earlier this month and charged with embezzlement. The charge stems from some 2,510 gallons of fuel that allegedly went unpaid while he was the manager of the Hastings City/Barry County Airport in Michigan.

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FAA Proposes Elevator AD For Citation X

Would Require Replacement Of The Elevators In All Airplanes

An FAA NPRM published in the Federal Register last week would require that the elevators in all Cessna Citation X airplanes be replaced, superseding an existing AD which calls only for the inspection of the elevator assemblies.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Tennessee Medical Helo Crash

Pilot, Two Nurses Fatally Injured In Early-Morning Accident

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in the crash of a medical helicopter which went down in the early morning hours of March 25th near Brownsville, TN. The pilot and two medical personnel were injured fatally as a result of the accident.

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Belite Aircraft Jazzes Up Airplanes With Dragon-Inspired Paint Scheme

New Trike, Superlite Available Now

Belite Aircraft is breathing a little life ... or in this case maybe its fire ... into its marketing effort this year by unveiling an eye-catching paint scheme for its Belite 254, Superlite and Trike Part 103 aircraft. The paint gives the airplane the distinct appearance of a dragon in flight.

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Pelton Calls On GA To Take A Firmer Stance On The Environment

Cessna's CEO Issues Aviation Industry-Wide Call To Action

Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton issued a call to action urging the general aviation community to take a leadership role in defining solutions to environmental issues so that responsible stewardship works in conjunction with economic considerations required for industry growth.

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1st P-8A Poseidon Arrives At NAS Patuxent River

Two Additional Test Aircraft Will Join Program Later This Year

The first P-8A Poseidon test aircraft arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, April 10. The aircraft, recently assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, arrived after a six hour, 55 min. flight from Boeing's Seattle facilities.

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Military Leaders Press Obama To Act On Tanker Contract

Say Further Delays Put Our War Fighters In Jeopardy

Twelve members of the National Defense Trust (NDT) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday expressing concern over the ongoing delays and political maneuvering preventing the Air Force from awarding the contract to build the next generation of aerial refueling tankers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.16.10)

"Space exploration is not a luxury, not an afterthought in America's brighter future. It is an essential part of that quest." Source: President Barack Obama, in a speech at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.10): Fast File

A system whereby a pilot files a flight plan via telephone that is tape recorded and then transcribed for transmission to the appropriate air traffic facility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.10)

Navy Patrol Aircraft

The new P8 Poseidon is only the lates in a long line of Naval Patrol Aircraft with squadrons dating back to 1911 ... nearly 100 years. With the first of the P8's arriving for flight testing at NAS Pax River this week, it seemed like an appropriate time for a look back at the Navy's previous patrol aircraft and squadrons.

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