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March 16, 2010

Runner Killed When Lancair Makes An Emergency Landing On The Beach

Aircraft Lost Its Propeller In Flight, Was Attempting To Land At Hilton Head Airport

A person jogging on the beach was killed Monday evening when he was struck by an airplane making an emergency landing at Hilton Head Island. Neither person in the airplane was injured in the incident.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Homebuilt Safety & Skewed Data - 03.17.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Earl Lawrence, VP for Industry and Regulatory Affairs at the Experimental Aircraft Association, about the accident rate for homebuilt aircraft. Earl outlines a number of

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Homebuilt Safety & Skewed Data - 03.16.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Earl Lawrence, VP for Industry and Regulatory Affairs at the Experimental Aircraft Association, about a major flaw in the NTSB's calculation of the accident rate for hom

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.16.10

The CJ4 gets its type certificate.
An emergency AD is issued for the Boeing 737.
And a disaster drill at  Nigerian airport turns into the real thing.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.16.10

The CJ4 gets its type certificate.
An emergency AD is issued for the Boeing 737.
And a disaster drill at  Nigerian airport turns into the real thing.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.16.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.16.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.16.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I - Homebuilt Safety & Skewed Data - 03.16.10 (ANN Special Report, withEAA's Earl Lawrence)

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Spotlight Will Shine On Electric Aircraft At Airventure This Year

Flight Demos, Technology Forums Part Of Planned Oshkosh Activities

The innovation and technology of the emerging era of electric-powered aircraft will be a major part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, the organization said Monday. 

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DoD Official Announces Plans To Curb Fighter Program's Cost

Plans Include Fixed-Price Contract And Internal Analysis Of Productions Costs

The Defense Department will require a shift to a fixed-price contract in its negotiations with Lockheed Martin for the initial production phase of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, a defense official said Friday in a briefing at the Pentagon.

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Pilot Killed In 2009 Oklahoma Helo Crash Tested Positive For Meth, Other Drugs

Passenger Was Also Killed In The Accident

A Medical Examiner in Tahlequah, Oklahoma has determined that 26-year-old Mark James Mahaney had taken methamphetamine and the generic pain medication propoxyphene prior to a flight which went down about a mile after takeoff from a private residence.

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Sikorsky Subsidiary Will Provide Support For US Navy H-72A Fleet

First Program To Work Directly With The Navy's Test Pilot School

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Monday that Helicopter Support Incorporated (HSI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, has been chosen to provide a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program for U.S. Navy Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland.

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NASA Announces Systems Engineering Student Competition

Winners Will Receive Cash Scholarships And The Chance To View A Launch

NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is inviting teams of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the country to participate in the fourth annual Systems Engineering Paper Competition.

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Charter Company Gets FAA Approval For Eclipse 500 Single Pilot Operation

North American Jet Charters Operates 10 Eclipse 500 Jets

North American Jet Charter Group (NAJet) announced Monday that it has received FAA Part 135 charter approval for operation of its fleet of Eclipse 500 Very Light Jets in a single-pilot charter configuration, the first company to do so.

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Mountain West Helicopters, Baldwin Aviation, Get Together On Safety Program

Companies Collaborate To Qualify For HAI Safety Accreditation

Mountain West Helicopters and Hilton Head South Carolina-based Baldwin Aviation announced Monday that they are collaborating on obtaining IS-BAO registration for the Alpine, Utah flight operation.

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Gripen NG Demonstrator Flight Tests In Progress In Sweden

Current Testing Includes Tactical And Communications Systems

The flight test program with Gripen NG Demonstrator continues according to plan at the Saab facilities in Linkoping, Sweden, Saab said Monday.

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Congresswoman Takes 19 Staffers On Helicopter Ride

"Staff Training" Flights Tied Up Two Emergency Services Helos For Several Hours

A Democratic Congresswoman from Long Beach requested the use of two Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters in order to take both her local and D.C. staffs on an aerial tour of the region. 

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NBAA Marks Passing Of Aviation Industry Leader John Baker

Honors The Second President Of AOPA

The NBAA Monday honored the memory of aviation industry legend and former AOPA president John Baker, who died last week at his home in Angier, NC.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip Of The Week -- Battery Health And Parasitic Loads

Is Your Airplane Draining Your Battery?

Concorde Battery's Skip Koss is one of our favorite experts... and possesses a true treasure trove of aviation knowledge--especially when it comes to batteries and electrical systems. Over the course of many years, Skip has seen it all when it comes to the electrical power that keeps todays's aircraft in the sky.

Aero-TV: NASA's Ikhana UAV -- Predator B Expands Scientific missions

A Predator By Any Other Name...

NASA's Ikhana unmanned science and technology development aircraft is a Predator B unmanned aerial system. It was acquired by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to support Earth science missions and advanced aeronautical technology development. The aircraft, named Ikhana, acts as a testbed to develop capabilities and technologies to improve the utility of unmanned aerial systems. NASA obtained the aircraft from the manufacturer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, in November 2006. Ikhana is a Native American Choctaw word meaning intelligence, conscious or aware. The name is descriptive of the research goals NASA has established for the aircraft and its related systems.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip Of The Week -- Battery Health And Parasitic Loads

Is Your Airplane Draining Your Battery?

Concorde Battery's Skip Koss is one of our favorite experts... and possesses a true treasure trove of aviation knowledge--especially when it comes to batteries and electrical systems. Over the course of many years, Skip has seen it all when it comes to the electrical power that keeps todays's aircraft in the sky.

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Aero-TV: NASA's Ikhana UAV -- Predator B Expands Scientific missions

A Predator By Any Other Name...

NASA's Ikhana unmanned science and technology development aircraft is a Predator B unmanned aerial system. It was acquired by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to support Earth science missions and advanced aeronautical technology development.

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Secretary Napolitano Meets With Asia/Pacific Counterparts In Tokyo

Group Discussed Ways To Bolster International Aviation Security

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Tokyo last week at the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to meet with top officials from the Asia/Pacific region and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to discuss ways to bolster global aviation security.

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BRS Founder Boris Popov Wins Prestigious Sperry Award

Award Recognizes Significant Engineering Contributions

BRS Aerospace ... a manufacturer of aircraft emergency and military parachute systems ... announced Saturday that Boris Popov, its founder and Board Director, has been awarded the prestigious Sperry Award for 2009.

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Fourth 787 Joins Boeing Flight-Test Fleet

Only Test Aircraft To Include Some Elements Of Passenger Interior

Boeing has added the fourth 787 Dreamliner to its flight-test fleet with the completion of the first flight of ZA003. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, WA, at 1055 PDT Sunday, and landed at 1401 at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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American Says No Pilot Furloughs In April

Airline Has Re-evaluated The Number Of Pilots It Will Need

American Airlines told its pilots on Friday that it would not need to impose mandatory furloughs in April as it had previously thought. The airline cited a higher than expected attrition rate as the reason 175 pilots would not be let go in two weeks.

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NASA Managers Weigh Options On Discovery

Problem Arose During Preparations For Fuel Loading

Engineers met at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Monday to discuss options following an issue that arose while venting space shuttle Discovery's aft fuel propellant tanks in preparation for fuel loading during the weekend.

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Lovell, Cernan Say Moon Decision Is Wrong

Former Astronaut Says Move Could Be "Disastrous"

Two of the men who were part of NASA's lunar program have told the BBC that the Obama Administration's decision to scrap a manned return to the moon could damage the nation's space program.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.16.10)

"Personally, I think it will have catastrophic consequences in our ability to explore space and the spin-offs we get from space technology. They haven't thought through the consequences." Source: Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.10): Gull Wing

Gull Wing

Descriptive of wing in frontal view bent as the wing of a seagull; a distinctive shallow, inverted "V" shape.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.10)

Asia-Pacific Joint Declaration on Aviation Security

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano met last week with her Asia/Pacific counterparts to discuss aviation security, and the result of the meeting was a Joint Declaration issued by the meeting's participants. You can find the complete text of the Joint Declaration by clicking on today's Aero-Linx.

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