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February 14, 2011

NASA Announces Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Agency CFO: "We Had To Make Some Tough Choices"

NASA has requested $18.7 billion for fiscal year 2012 in a budget the agency says supports a reinvigorated path of innovation, technological development and scientific discovery. The budget supports all elements of NASA's 2010 Authorization Act.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.14.11

Diamond reports an encouraging delivery trend.
Flight attendants break off talks with US Airways.
And the alphabet groups speak out for Sport Pilots.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.14.11

Diamond reports an encouraging delivery trend.
Flight attendants break off talks with US Airways.
And the alphabet groups speak out for Sport Pilots.


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ANN Special Feature: Could AOPA Be Selling Us Out? - 02.14.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about his guest editorial on ANN February 9th, and the AOPA Political Action Committee solicitation mailing which prompted it.

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FAA Certified: Dassault’s EVS For Falcon 7X

Fully Integrated System Improves Situational Awareness, Company Says

The FAA has certified Dassault Falcon's Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for the Falcon 7X. This follows certification received from EASA in July, 2010.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.14.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.14.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.14.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Could AOPA Be Selling Us Out? - 02.14.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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BTS: Airline On-Time Performance Improves in 2010

Overall On-Time Rate Was Nearly 80 Percent

The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines improved in 2010 compared to the previous year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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NOAA Studies Atmospheric ‘Rivers’ Using Unmanned Aircraft

Global Hawks Study West Coast Winter Storms

NOAA scientists will use unmanned aircraft to study “rivers in the sky” during the Winter Storms and Pacific Atmospheric Rivers, or WISPAR, field campaign slated to begin Feb. 11.

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Hermes 450, 900 UAVs Perform First Joint Mission

Working In Concert, Different Systems Feed Same Ground Control Station

A series of joint flight missions of the Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has been successfully carried out by Elbit Systems, the company announced Tuesday.

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New Wire Strike Protection System Developed For Hindustan Aeronautics

Cutters And Windshield Protectors Will Be Designed Specifically For The ALH

A new Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS) will be developed for the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) by Magellan Aerospace under a deal announced Monday.

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New Software Simplifies Fuel Pricing For FBOs

Acufuel Uploads Individualized Price Data to Multiple Fuel Programs

Flight planning resource company AC-U-KWIK has rolled out a new "single point of entry" feature of acufuel.com. This new feature allows airport FBO managers who may currently upload fuel prices to dozens of fuel programs and websites to organizing this information in one central spot.

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First Bell 429 Helicopter Delivered Into India

Delivery Announced At Aero India Air Show

Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of a Bell 429 helicopter to a customer in India. The customer, Span Air, is an air charter operator headquartered in New Delhi.

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2011 Dassault Falcon Regional M&O Seminar Series Set

Thirteen Sessions Planned From Rome To Seattle And Points In Between

Dassault Falcon’s Regional Maintenance & Operations Seminar (M&O) series will continue again in 2011, with a total of 13 seminars to be held in eight countries around the globe.

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Aero-TV: The Ultimate 'Solo' Trip -- Cameron Balloons' Sky Hopper

A Unique, Affordable and Isolated way to Enjoy Ballooning

Ballooning is both a unique as well as eclectic pursuit... and it attracts (naturally) a pretty unique brand of aviator to its ranks. But solo balloons are particularly rare... though an undeniably cost effective way to play in the sky.

Aero-TV: Aspen's EA100 Adapter -- Digital Autopilot Interface

Aspen Continues To Fill In Their Expanding Product Line

I've had a ball watching the folks at Aspen take a couple of good ideas and go forth to build a serious avionics company around them... increasing their product line and market penetration with startling speed. And best of all... they show NO sign of slowing down as the continue to spool up to become a solid force in the avionics world.

FlightPrep Fiasco Update: Runway Finder Seeks Motion To Dismiss

Though Quiet For Now, The FlightPrep Mess Continues On

RunwayFinder's Dave Parsons has updated the latest in the soon-to-be-long-winding saga of FlightPrep v The World Of Aviation. In a note sent to ANN, Sunday, and published on the now dormant RunwayFinder.com site, Parsons notes that, "The RunwayFinder attorneys filed a motion two weeks ago in the Oregon district court to dismiss FlightPrep’s lawsuit based on a lack of personal jurisdiction. My understanding of the motion is that FlightPrep filed their lawsuit with the wrong court..

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Aero-TV: Aspen's EA100 Adapter -- Digital Autopilot Interface

Aspen Continues To Fill In Their Expanding Product Line

I've had a ball watching the folks at Aspen take a couple of good ideas and go forth to build a serious avionics company around them... increasing their product line and market penetration with startling speed. And best of all... they show NO sign of slowing down as the continue to spool up to become a solid force in the avionics world. One of the latest additions to the Aspen line, certified last October, is the EA100 -- a product that provides a digital-to-analog data conversion capability between the EFD1000 and an aircraft’s attitude-based autopilot system.

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Aero-TV: The Ultimate 'Solo' Trip -- Cameron Balloons' Sky Hopper

A Unique, Affordable and Isolated way to Enjoy Ballooning

Ballooning is both a unique as well as eclectic pursuit... and it attracts (naturally) a pretty unique brand of aviator to its ranks. But solo balloons are particularly rare... though an undeniably cost effective way to play in the sky. While there have been a number of single seat experimental and ultralight balloon systems offered over the years, Cameron says its Sky Hopper is a smaller, lighter and simpler concept.

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Comment Period Closing Soon For ANPRM Concerning FAA Certificate Actions

The 60-Day Comment Period for the ANPRM Concludes On February 22, 2011

For several decades, ANN and its predecessor publications have advocated the need for an Airman's Bill of Rights to deal with the often Draconian hardships imposed on aviators who run afoul of the FAA and its system of 'justice.' While the ANPRM did not go nearly far enough, it was a solid step in the right direction... if only to raise the dialogue over the rights of airmen in dealing with the FAA.

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NexAir Represents S-TEC With NEW Autopilot For Helicopters

New Helicopter Autopilot (HeliSAS) From Cobham Available For Installation

Texas-based avionics firm Cobham is closing in on FAA certification for HeliSAS, its two-axis autopilot system.

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Progress! FAA Reauthorization Includes Residential Through The Fence Protection

Legislative Support For A Pressing Problem May Be At Hand

House Transportation Committee leaders have finally introduced long overdue long term legislation to reform and fund FAA policies and priorities. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI) and other members introduce the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 (HR 658).

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Jeppesen and Executive Jet Management Announce Collaboration

FAA Authorization Allows for Use of Jeppesen Charts on iPad

Jeppesen has announced that Executive Jet Management has received authorization from the FAA to use the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for iPad as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts. The authorization allows Executive Jet Management to use iPad and the Jeppesen Mobile TC App as the sole reference for electronic charts, even during taxi, takeoff and landing.

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Klyde Morris (02.14.11)

Klyde Knows It's All About The T-Shirt

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Officials Certify First Aircraft For Biofuel Usage

And It's A Big One ... The C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 Globemaster III was recently certified for unlimited usage of hydroprocessed blended biofuels known as hydrotreated renewable jet fuels, Air Force officials said Wednesday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.11): Vapor Trail

Vapor Trail A cloudlike streamer or trail often seen behind aircraft flying in clear, cold, humid air. A vapor trail is created when the water vapor from the engine exhaust gases are added to the atmosphere. Also called a contrail, for condensation trail.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.11)

Aero-Linx: Predator RQ-1/MQ-1/MQ-9 Reaper-UAV RQ-1 Predator is a long-endurance, medium-altitude unmanned aircraft system for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Surveillance imagery from synthetic aperture radar, video cameras and a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) can be distributed in real-time both to the front line soldier and to the operational commander, or worldwide in real-time via satellite communication links. MQ-1, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is the multi-role version which is used for armed reconnaissance and interdiction.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.14.11)

"This insertion of the RTTF language into the reauthorization bill will hopefully end the FAA's factually unsupported and misguided attempt to ban residential through the fence activity... We owe a great deal of thanks to Congressman Graves and Senator Wyden for helping stop the FAA illogical stance." Source: Brent Blue, organizer of www.throughthefence.org, a website dedicated to the reform of the Federal Aviation Administration's 'Through The Fence' (TTF) policies.

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