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April 05, 2010

Discovery Headed To ISS Following Pre-Dawn Launch

Only Three Scheduled Shuttle Launches Remain In The Program

Space shuttle Discovery lit up Florida's Space Coast sky about 45 minutes before sunrise Monday with a 0621 EDT launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch began a 13-day flight to the International Space Station and the second of five shuttle missions planned for 2010.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.05.10

Pilots diagnosed with treatable depression will no longer be automatically grounded.
TSA announces new airport security measures.
And another Soyuz capsule completes another ISS crew

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.05.10

Pilots diagnosed with treatable depression will no longer be automatically grounded.
TSA announces new airport security measures.
And another Soyuz capsule completes another ISS crew

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ANN Special Feature: The Preflight Paradox - 04.05.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, who wonders why, when so few aviation accidents are caused by mechanical failures, we spend more time pre-flighting the aircraft tha

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DO NOT MISS: Aero-TV's LIVE AEA 2010 Coverage Schedule

Wow... This Is Going To Be SO Cool!

Folks... I truly am sworn to secrecy... but there is some VERY cool stuff, of GREAT INTEREST, coming up this week. We have had preliminary access to a lot of the announcements that will be made in the next few days... but are working under an NDA.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.05.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.05.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.05.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: The Preflight Paradox - 04.05.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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The Return Of The $200 Commute

Increase In Helo Commuting May Signal Wall Street Revival

A sign that there may actually be an economic recovery on the horizon may be manifesting its self in the concrete, glass, and steel canyons of New York City. Liberty Helicopters says people living in New Jersey can now commute to Manhattan aboard one of their helicopters for around $200 per day.

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CAPA Thanks Members For Taking Action On Senate FAA Vote

Controversial Amendment Was Not Included In The Bill Which Passed Last Month

When the US Senate passed its version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill, Senator Jim DeMint's (R-SC) S.3048 "Pilot's Professionalism Assurance Act" ... which would have allowed the use of Cockpit Voice Recorder data to be used for punitive action against pilots ... was not included as an amendment. 

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GE Aviation To Create Electric Power R&D Center In Ohio

Center Will Focus On Advanced Technologies For More Electric Aircraft And Other Applications

GE Aviation plans to create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center (EPISCENTER) near Dayton, Ohio. The center will be directed at several markets including more electric aircraft, on- and off-highway hybrid and electric vehicles, and marine applications

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In The Wet: Global Hawk Wet Runway Testing Yields Positive Results

"The Choreography Is Phenomenal" Flight Manager Says

Wet runway testing for the RQ-4 Global Hawk has been conducted by the 453nd Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in CA through the month of March. The wet runway test required the Global Hawk to demonstrate taxiing and stopping from 6, 12, 30, 50 and 70 knots.

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General Dynamics Delivers First F-15 Wideband Radome To Boeing

Delivery Marks The Start Of A Radar Modernization Program

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has delivered its first F-15 wideband nose radome to Boeing in support of the F-15 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) under a system development and demonstration (SDD) contract that was awarded in October 2008.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2010-07-01

MANUFACTURER: Rolls-Royce plc RB211-Trent 500, 700, and 800 Series Turbofan Engines  

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2010-07-03

MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model 747-200C and - 200F Series Airplanes

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Classic Aero-TV: Aspen Avionics in Flight –Test Flying an Aspen Equipped SR-22

ANN Experiences The Complete 3-Screen Evolution Flight Display System in Action

E-I-C Note: As ANN prepares for its first major LIVE Aero-TV programming, we have to admit that we've been flogging the video geeks to within an inch of their lives to get ready... and worse than that, Senior Producer Sarah Curtiss seems to like it. Still... before we really put the pressure on, we've decided to give them a SLIGHT break and will be offering classic episodes of Aero-TV, all with an Avionics Theme, in order to prepare for "hell week."

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(Still) Just Plane Wrong: That Sun 'n Fun 'Thing'

SnF's Decade Long Attempts To Evade Responsibility For Its MANY Problems Has To Stop

ANN Update: 04.05.10: Another year, another bizarre display of unamerican censorship--by all those associated with the so-called Sun 'n Fun Fly-In. I've been told that the definition (one of them, anyway) of insanity is to keep repeating the same action and expecting a different result. Sun 'n Fun keeps attacking a journalist's RIGHT to report on their event, warts and all, and apparently expects something different to happen. We haven't backed down...

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SAFE Responds To ANPRM On Pilot Certification Requirements

'Competency Will Ensure Public Safety, Not Flight Hours'

 The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has submitted a detailed response to the FAA ANPRM entitled, "New Pilot Certification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations". Earlier this year, the FAA solicited input on proposals to enhance air safety through improved pilot qualification and training requirements.

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Klyde Morris (04.05.10)

Klyde's Not Feeling So Secure...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA Awards Challenger Center A Grant For Game Evaluation

Space Agency Is Developing A Multi-Player Online Game "Astronaut School"

Challenger Center for Space Science Education has received a $1 million dollar grant from NASA to validate the educational goals and content of NASA's new massive multi-player online game, Astronaut School, currently in development.

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US Navy Ends Search For Missing E-2C Crewman

Navy Suffers Heart-Breaking Loss

After an extensive search by military units, the Navy suspended search and rescue efforts at 6 p.m. (Zulu +4) on April 2 for the fourth crew member from the E-2C that crashed March 31.

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AgustaWestland's Operational Flying Training Center Officially Open

Will Offer Everything From Basic Pilot Training To Advanced Operations

AgustaWestland cut the ribbon on its Operational Flying Training Center (OFTC) located at Newquay Cornwall Airport in South West England Wednesday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.05.10)

"This is a heart-wrenching loss for the Zilberman family and the Bluetail family... It is our exceptional people that are the strength of our community and our Navy. Steven was one such individual. He bravely and willingly accepted the risks of an inherently dangerous job. He was a fine aviator and we are better people for having him in our lives. I extend my deepest sympathy to Steven's family and friends. He will not be forgotten." Source: Cmdr. Joseph F. Finn, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121’s commanding officer, following the confirmation of the loss of a valued crewmember, Lt. Steven Zilberman, 31.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.10)

Aero-Linx: EBAA The EBAA - founded in 1977 - is the leading Association for Business Aviation in Europe. It promotes excellence and professionalism amongst its Members and is the only representative of the sector recognised by the European Authorities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.10): Vortices

VORTICES Circular patterns of air created by the movement of an airfoil through the air when generating lift. As an airfoil moves through the atmosphere in sustained flight, an area of area of low pressure is created above it.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2010-07-10

MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A300 B2-1C, B2K-3C, B2- 203, B4-2C, B4-103, and B4-203 Airplanes  

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2009-08-08R1

MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca ARRIEL 1B, 1D, 1D1, 2B, and 2B1 Turboshaft Engines  

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