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July 28, 2010

Babbitt: Safety, Professionalism, NextGen

Administrator Randy Babbitt Holds AirVenture News Conference

By Tom Patton FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt visited AirVenture Wednesday for a media briefing on a variety of subjects ranging from his usual memes of safety and professionalism to the capabilities of NextGen. The Administrator also took questions from the media.

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Pakistani Jetliner Down, 152 People On Board Killed

Poor Weather Conditions Cited As Contributing To The Accident

An Airbus A321 carrying 152 people is reportedly down in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. All those on board have been killed in the accident.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.28.10

Jack Roush's jet is down at Oshkosh.
The NTSB sends a team to Saudi Arabia.
And a pilot is OK after the second crash of his warbird in Indiana.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.28.10

Jack Roush's jet is down at Oshkosh.
The NTSB sends a team to Saudi Arabia.
And a pilot is OK after the second crash of his warbird in Indiana.


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ANN Special Feature: SAFE Update with Doug Stewart - 07.28.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Doug Stewart, chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Professionals, about the progress of the organization after its first 18 months, and about the new insurance

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Zenair Goes Amphib With Pre-Drilled Fast Built Float Kit

Just Put Them Together And Bolt Them On

For more than six months, Zenair has been delivering the popular 1150 and 1450 lbs kits and factory assembled floats. Zenair is now offering a pre-drilled fast built kit and welcoming aircraft dealers and maintenance shops in finishing them for their customers.

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Diamond Introduces DA42 Engine Conversion Programs For North America

Options Include Lycoming Or Austro Engines

North American owners and operators now have the choice of upgrading their DA42 with either Lycoming or Austro Engine power.  Also available are numerous options to turn any DA42 TDI into a virtually new aircraft, with all the features of new production DA42s.  

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Version 2.0 Software For AV8OR Expands Capabilities

Airport Diagrams Added For All GPS Units

Honeywell announced Monday that a software upgrade for all AV8OR products, which allows airport diagrams on any AV8OR GPS and VFR sectionals on the AV8OR ACE.

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New (Unofficial) Speed Record For A Helicopter

X2 Technology Demonstrator Achieves 225 Knots

Sikorsky's X2 Technology demonstrator unofficially broke the speed record for rotorcraft on Monday, achieving a maximum speed of 225 knots in a one-hour test flight at the Development Flight Center.

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Your Company Doesn't Own An Airplane? What About An Employee?

NBAA Releases Tips for Using Owner-Flown Aircraft For Business

Owner-flown aircraft can provide companies with all of the efficiency, productivity and financial benefits that can be realized with business aviation.

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Belite Electronics Expands 'Patch Flyer' Avionics

Solid State Instruments Designed For Homebuilts And Part 103 Aircraft

Belite Aircraft, which recently introduced the its extremely lightweight solid state avionics, has added a couple of additional instruments to the line: a dual Cylinder Head Temperature Gauge (CHT) and a dual Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Gauge.

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Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) Announces Enhanced Repack Centers

Special Incentives Available For Cirrus, Cessna Owners

BRS Aerospace President Larry Williams announced Monday at AirVenture that they will begin providing full repack servicing of their whole airframe parachute recovery systems. The aircraft included will be the Cirrus Design SR20 and SR22, as well as Cessna's 172/182s.

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NBAA Praises TSA's Move On International Waiver Requirements

Streamlined Process For Entering The U.S. Recognizes Need For Cross-Border Commerce

The NBAA says it welcomes the decision by TSA officials to eliminate a historically unpredictable and burdensome process for companies using business aviation to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S.

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Republic Airways Announces Plan To Acquire 24 Embraer 190 Jets

First Six Aircraft Will Arrive In 2011

Republic Airways Holdings announced last week it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Embraer to acquire 24 new Embraer 190 aircraft with the option to convert any of the aircraft in the order to the larger Embraer 195 model. The LOI is subject to final documentation, including final commercial terms.

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New EC135 Delivered To West Midlands Police Air Support Unit

Handover Made At Farnborough Air Show

A brand new EC135 P2i was handed over to Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Sharon Rowe, at the EADS/Eurocopter booth at the Farnborough International Air Show last week. The order for this aircraft had been placed in September 2009.

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Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2010- Looking Back At Day Two

This is Aero TV's Daily Update on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for Tuesday, July 27th.
 
USA Today, which for whatever reason now has a standing policy of talking down general aviation, was out yesterday with a cheap shot at EAA AirVenture. Tuesday's story on page 3A appeared under a subhead that reads, "Air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has history of fatal crashes. The writer, Alan Levin, did acknowledge that the fatals to which he referred did not involve the airshow at Oshkosh, and that most involved obvious pilot mistakes, and many weren't even in the area.

Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2010: Looking Back At Day Two

This is Aero TV's Daily Update on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for Tuesday, July 27th.

USA Today, which for whatever reason now has a standing policy of talking down general aviation, was out yesterday with a cheap shot at EAA AirVenture. Tuesday's story on page 3A appeared under a subhead that reads, "Air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has a history of fatal crashes. The writer, Alan Levin, did acknowledge that the fatals to which he referred did not involve the airshow at Oshkosh, and that most involved obvious pilot mistakes, and many weren't even in the area.

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Aero-News Alert: Roush-Fenway Racing Beech Premier 1A Down At Wittman Field

Aircraft Belongs To Jack Roush

The Hawker Beechcraft Premier belonging to Jack Roush (N6JR) has gone down at Wittman Regional Airport. Roush was flying the plane. He is listed in serious but stable condition. His passenger, Brenda Strickland, suffered non-life-threaning injuries.

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Cobalt Aircraft Unveils Co50 Prototype At EAA AirVenture

A New French Entry Into The Single-Engine 4-Place Business Arena

Cobalt Aircraft of Toussus-leNoble, France brought their prototype Co50 aircraft to AirVenture. The Co50 is a single-engine, canard, airplane targeted at the US business market.

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Alternative Fuels VS Alternative Engines

SMA Sporting The SR-305e Engine

Is an alternative engine in your future? SMA, a Subsidiary of the Safran Group would like to think so as they are showing the SR-305e here at Oshkosh. Geared for the general aviation market, this 4 stroke, boxer engine is designed to run on Jet A fuel.

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GE Aviation and University of Dayton Sign Agreement at AirVenture

Ohio Based Research Center To Advance Innovation In Aviation Systems

The State of Ohio appeared on the EAA AirVenture radar screen Monday with the official signing of an agreement between GE Aviation and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI).

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Commemorative Air Force And Aaron Tippin To Get Red White & Loud

B-29 Fifi To Offer Flight Experiences To The Public

The Commemorative Air Force has teamed up with country music legend Aaron Tippin for a tour starring the CAF's B-29 Superfortress "Fifi" and Tippin. As the B-29 arrives at each scheduled tour stop, Tippin will be onboard Fifi, and will perform in concert alongside the B-29.

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A Place To Exchange Ideas, Swap Stories

Homebuilders Hanger Dedicated On AirVenture Grounds

AirVenture now has a dedicated hanger for homebuilt aircraft in the "old NASA pavilion" located next to the government pavilion. The hanger was formally dedicated Monday night by EAA President Tom Poberezny.

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2010 AirVenture Salute To Veterans

Warbird Alley Dedicated As AirVenture Begins

Monday, July 26th kicked off the "Salute To Veterans" theme at OshKosh's AirVenture, and Scotts Warbird Alley was where many people gathered at 1430 to see the dedication of the area at Wittman Field take place.

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Dominican Republic Says 'Land Here!'

DR Ministry of Tourism Seeks To Increase GA Pilot Tourism

Just south of Miami, below Cuba, and west of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic is out to get pilots--and they're downright serious.

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AirVenture 2010 From Above

Aerial Photos Of The Airventure Grounds

On Monday July 26th, 2010, the Aero News staff went for an aerial tour of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds in a Bell 47 helicopter. Looking down at AirVenture, the effect of the wet, soggy conditions rapidly becomes apparent.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.28.10)

"I was parking planes in places I never imagined I could park planes. If I could have taken the fence down, we'd be parking cars elsewhere and putting planes there." Source: Tim Bentheimer, Airport General Manager of Dodge County Airport (KUNU)  in Juneau, WI.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.28.10): Chase

An aircraft flown in proximity to another aircraft normally to observe its performance during training or testing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.28.10)

Minter Field Museum

Minter Field is base for many flying WWII aircraft, including Stearmans, Ryans, Stinsons, North American AT-6s, and Harvard, and a P-51 Mustang. Minter Field is the home of Reno Air Race Champions Bill "Tiger" Destefani and "Strega", and 8 time winner Eddie Van Fossen.

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