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March 27, 2011

YAK 52 Down In Flagler County, FL

Pilot Fatally Injured During Airshow Performance

A Yak 52 that was performing in the annual "Wings Over Flagler" airshow at Flagler County Airport in Florida went down shortly after takeoff Saturday afternoon. The pilot was fatally injured in the accident.

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FAA Installs 150th Alaska Weather Camera To Promote Safer Skies

Latest Cam Is In Talkeenta Providing Critical Real-Time Weather Info

In an ongoing effort to improve aviation safety in Alaska, the FAA has turned on its 150th weather camera in Talkeetna, a historic village whose airport is the hub for mountain climbing and sightseeing flights to Mt. McKinley.

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Watchdog Group Applauds 'Stop Work' Order On F136 Engine

Citizens Against Government Waste Has Opposed The Engine From The Start

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released a statement Thursday in support of the "stop-work" order on the F136 alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.

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Rare Airship Artifacts Go To Women's Air And Space Museum

Items Detail Flights Taken By Women Early In Aviation History

A number of artifacts documenting Clara Adam's travels have recently been donated to the International Women's Air & Space Museum.

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Boeing And EL AL Complete Contract For Four 737-900ERs

Options Reserved For Future Aircraft Purchases

The Israeli national carrier EL AL said Wednesday it has completed a contract to order four Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range) from Boeing, and reserve options for future aircraft. The four-airplane order is valued at approximately $343.2 million at current list prices.

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777 Fuel Efficiency Enhanced Through 'Performance Improvement Package'

Boeing, United Airlines Modify Long-Haul Airplanes To Reduce Emissions

United Airlines' 777 fleet will be modified with a "Performance Improvement Package" that Boeing and the airline say will result in greater fuel efficiency, along with reduced emissions.

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NASA Stardust Spacecraft Officially Ends Operations

Fuel Depleted, Mission Completed, Last Transmissions Sent

NASA's Stardust spacecraft sent its last transmission to Earth at 1933 EDT Thursday, March 24, shortly after depleting fuel and ceasing operations.

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Night Flight Concepts Expands Operations Into Canada

Takes Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) As Strategic Partner

At the Helicopter Association of Canada Annual Convention and Trade Show 2011, Night Flight Concepts (NFC), said it plans to expand operations into Canada, timed with the unveiling of a new strategic partnership with Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.11): Known Traffic

KNOWN TRAFFIC With respect to ATC clearances, means aircraft whose altitude, position, and intentions are known to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.11)

Aero-Linx: Air Aces

Air Aces' Home Page is a compilation of the victories of the pilots in various wars and "conflicts". Not all those listed are "Aces" (five kills or more), so the name of the site is kinda misleading.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.27.11)

"Real-time pictures of current weather conditions from weather cameras are helping pilots in Alaska make better choices every day about when and where it's safe to fly... We want to make sure people in Alaska can travel to work, school and the doctor as safely as possible." Source: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in comments made after the FAA turned on its 150th weather camera in Talkeetna, Ak. Aviation cameras are positioned to view sky conditions around airports, air routes and mountain passes. They provide pilots with critical weather information to help them decide whether it's safe to fly.

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