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May 12, 2010

Libyan Airliner Down, 103 Passengers And Crew Reported Lost

A330 "Disintegrated" On Landing. One Child Survives

A Libyan Airbus A330 landing in Tripoli after a flight from South Africa has reportedly "disintegrated" on landing at Tripoli Airport, killing 103 of the passengers and crew on board, but leaving a "miracle" survivor ... an 8-year-old boy.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.12.10

CHP has lost an airborne traffic speed patrol officer.
British Airways faces more strikes by cabin crews.
And DOT wants to fine Continental Airlines a hundred-grand.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.12.10

CHP has lost an airborne traffic speed patrol officer.
British Airways faces more strikes by cabin crews.
And DOT wants to fine Continental Airlines a hundred-grand.


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ANN Special Feature: Update on DOT's Tarmac Stranding Rule - 05.12.10

Kate Hanni of Flyers Rights tells ANN's Paul Plack that the start of the DOT's new rules regarding tarmac strandings hasn't been the apocalypse the airlines predicted.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.12.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.12.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Update on DOT's Tarmac Stranding Rule - 05.12.10 (ANN Special Report, with Kate Hanni of Flyers Rights)

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Iran Claims U.S. Planes Near Naval Maneuvers Warned Off

Tensions Still High Over Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

U.S. reconnaissance aircraft were reportedly warned off from approaching an area in which the Iranian Navy was conducting operational war games, according the quasi-official Iranian News Agency Fars.

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White House Says Spy Planes Have Not Flown Over New York

Some Charge High-Tech Military Gear Was Used To Find Times Square Bombing Suspect

The White House and the Department of Defense both insist that spy planes were not used in the hunt for Failas Shahzad, the man who allegedly tried to detonate a crude bomb in New York's Times Square.

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NASA KLASS Enables Students To Launch Virtual Space Shuttle

Allows Elementary School Kids To Learn About Critical "Go, No Go" Decisions

As NASA prepares for one of its final three space shuttle launches on Friday, May 14, the agency is offering the ABCs of 3,2,1 liftoff to students and educators throughout the nation. A new computer simulation program will allow them to launch the shuttle from their own classrooms.

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Army Marks UAS Flight Time Milestone

Surpasses 1 Million Unmanned Flight Hours

The Army's one millionth Unmanned Aerial System flight hour marks a window in time through which to view a broader trajectory of explosive change and expansion -- one in which the advent of UAVs in Iraq and Afghanistan have added more eyes to the fight, found and destroyed more enemies and saved more lives.

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EASA STC Granted For FreeFlight Systems 1203 On B757-200

Enhanced GPS Part Of ADS-B Package Utilized By Icelandair To Meet GNSS Requirements

FreeFlight Systems' 1203 SBAS/GPS has been selected and installed on Icelandair's B757-200 fleet as part of their ADS-B program which received an STC from EASA in late March, the company announced Monday.

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JPL Invites The Public To Its Annual Open House

Hubble Camera, Other Artifacts On Display

If you happen to be in Southern California this weekend, you might want to stop by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA for a close-up look at JPL's past, present and future. It's JPL's annual Open House being held on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, from 0900 to 1700.

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Becker Avionics Signs Dealer Agreement With Redimec

Expands Distribution Network To South America

Becker Avionics has gotten together with South America-based Redimec, and announced that it has entered into a dealer agreement with the maintenance and repair center for avionics, instruments and electronic equipment.

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Boeing Wedgetail Aircraft Accepted Into RAAF Fleet

Early Warning And Control Aircraft Ready For Operational Training And Use

The Commonwealth of Australia has accepted the first two Project Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft into the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet. The aircraft were accepted during a ceremony last week at RAAF Base Williamtown.

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Balli Aviation Hit With $2 Million Fine

Judge Found The Company Conspired To Export 747s To Iran

A federal judge has ordered Balli Aviation, a subsidiary of a firm based in Britain, to pay a $2 million dollar fine after pleading guilty in an aircraft export conspiracy.

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'Massage Shoes' Lead To Arrest Of Pakistani Airline Passenger

Shoes Contain Batteries, Circuits, On/Off Switch

A Pakistani man wearing shoes designed to massage one's feet was detained at Karachi airport because the shoes contained batteries and circuit boards, but the person wearing them said they were simply intended to keep him comfortable on his flight.

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Aero-TV: Belite Avionics – Micro Instrumentation for LSAs

CEO James Wiebe Details Belite's Newest Featherweight Technology
 
In only its second year since entering the industry, Belite Aircraft continues to establish a reputation for innovation and marketplace presence.  After an aggressive redesign of an existing Part 103 aircraft, Belite introduced three new LSA models:  the Belite 254, the Superlite, and the Trike.   At the 2010 Sun’N’Fun Fly-In, Belite made yet another leap in the LSA market, introducing an all-new line of lightweight, solid-state avionics specifically designed for Part 103 and experimental aircraft. 
 

Aero-TV: Belite Avionics - Micro Instrumentation for LSAs

CEO James Wiebe Details Belite's Newest Featherweight Technology

In only its second year since entering the industry, Belite Aircraft continues to establish a reputation for innovation and marketplace presence. After an aggressive redesign of an existing Part 103 aircraft, Belite introduced three new LSA models: the Belite 254, the Superlite, and the Trike. At the 2010 Lakeland Fly-In, Belite made yet another leap in the LSA market, introducing an all-new line of lightweight, solid-state avionics specifically designed for Part 103 and experimental aircraft.

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Out To Launch ... Aero-TV Visits TARC

Extensive Coverage Planned Of Team America Rocketry Challenge

With Atlantis poised on pad 39A for a launch Friday, the Aero-TV crew will turn its cameras on rockets of a smaller scale on Saturday. Teams of students from all over the nation will be gathering this weekend at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA for TARC, the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and Aero-TV will be there.

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American Barnstormers Tour To Offer Flights In Vintage Aircraft Through EAA Youn

Up To 15 Kids In Each Of 7 Midwest Cities Will Have An Opportunity For A Unique Flight

Young people in seven Midwest cities will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in unique vintage aircraft this summer, as the American Barnstormers Tour will include flight opportunities for selected young people through the EAA Young Eagles program.

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Lee County Florida Breaks Ground On New GA Terminal Complex At Page Field

Building New Terminal, Hangar, And Fuel Farm

The Lee County Port Authority, Board of Port Commissioners, county officials, business leaders and other community representatives gathered last week for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new General Aviation Complex at Page Field General Aviation Airport (KFMY) in Fort Myers, FL.

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Allan P. Judd Tapped As Chief Test Pilot For E-Green Technologies

Will Test All 21st Century Airships' New Designs

E-Green Technologies (EGT) - 21st Century Airships, developers of state-of-the-art technologies for mid, high altitude and heavy-lift airships, announced Tuesday that it has hired Allan P. Judd to be their Chief Test Pilot.

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Flooding Inundates Cornelia Fort Air Park Near Nashville

500 Year Flood Leaves Airplanes, Hangars Awash

Record rainfalls in the central part of the U.S. have pushed the Cumberland River out of its banks, which as inundated the Cornelia Fort Air Park (M88), a GA airport just across the river from Opryland.

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Kitbuilt Jet Blows Its Engine, Pilot Unharmed In Forced Landing

Aircraft Lost Part Of A Wing When The Engine "Blew Up"

The pilot of a kit-built jet successfully made an emergency landing just short of the runway at Loveland, Colorado, about 1000 Sunday after the plane's engine "blew up" in flight, causing the airplane to lose at least a portion of one wing.

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British Man Loses Job, Fined Over Twitter 'Threat'

Banned For Life From Robin Hood Airport

From our "think before you Tweet" department, consider the story of Paul Chambers, a British man who was concerned about his flight from Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster being cancelled due to snow in January.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.12.10)

“Business at Page continues to grow with nearly 76,000 annual operations. The infrastructure improvements ... at Page Field will help us meet the future demand of general aviation in Southwest Florida.” Source: Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County (FL) Port Authority.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.12.10): Hot-and-High

Adverse combination of airfield height and high ambient temperature, which lengthens required take-off distance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.12.10)

Airships

We have a story today about one of the worlds most modern airships which can fly to the fringe of space, but lighter-than-air craft have a long history in military and civilian use. They're the subject of today's Aero-Linx.

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