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May 20, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.20.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.20.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.20.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards - 05.20.10 (ANN Special Report, with Betty Wilson of the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards program)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.20.10

Two F-35s take a long cross-country.
Pratt & Whitney fires back at the F-136.
And Europe continues wrestling with a volcano.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.20.10

Two F-35s take a long cross-country.
Pratt & Whitney fires back at the F-136.
And Europe continues wrestling with a volcano.


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ANN Special Feature: Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards - 05.20.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Betty Wilson of the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards program, which will be represented at this weekend's Virginia Regional Festival of Flight.

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Creative Ways To Use A 747

World's Largest Aerial Application Tool Standing By To Support Oil Spill Response

The Evergreen Supertanker has successfully secured its American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) Oil Spill Certification, and is standing by at Gulf Port, Mississippi, prepared to help combat the massive oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.

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NASA Moves 'FAST', Naming Reduced-Gravity Flight Testing Tech Projects

17 Demonstrations Projects Eyed By NASA, Commercial Spaceflight Companies

NASA has selected 17 technology demonstration projects for reduced-gravity aircraft flights to demonstrate whether emerging technologies can perform as expected in the reduced-gravity environment of the moon and Mars, or the zero-gravity environment of Earth orbit.

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Special Mission King Air Line Rolled Out For USMC

350 Turboprops Modified To Military Specs

The first special mission King Air 350 for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) was rolled out by Hawker Beechcraft in a ceremony Tuesday at its headquarters in Wichita, KS.

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NASA: Beauty Of Future Airplanes Is More Than Skin Deep

Six Teams Design Airplanes That May Appear Conventional, But Incorporate Revolutionary Improvements

Some of the ideas resulting from the 18-month NASA research effort to visualize the passenger airplanes of the future may appear to be old fashioned.  But Look more closely at these concepts and you'll see things that are quite different from the aircraft of today.

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ERAU Engineering Student To Spend The Summer With Daher-Socata

Cory Ravetto Receives Prestigious International Aviation Internship

Cory Ravetto, an aerospace engineering student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, AZ, campus, will spend five weeks in France this summer working and learning at aircraft manufacturer Daher-Socata.

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Eurocopter Delivers AS350 B3 To V. Kelner Helicopters of Thunder Bay

Missions To Include Everything From Forestry To MEDEVAC

Eurocopter Canada (ECL) has delivered a new AS350 B3 helicopter to V. Kelner Helicopters of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Sikorsky S-76 Models

Intermittent Malfunctions Of The LITEF AHRS

The FAA has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010-11-52 prompted by reports of intermittent malfunctions of the LITEF Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) units of the navigation system.

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Italian Government Fines Ryanair Over $4 Million

Charges That Low-Cost Airline Did Little To Assist Passengers Stranded During Volcanic Activity

Discount airline Ryanair has been fined over $4 million by the Italian government for failing to do enough for passengers stranded during the early days of the travel disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcano.

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Gone West: Aviation Writer Robert Serling

Best Selling Author Of "The President's Plane Is Missing"

Robert J. Serling, whose book "The President's Plane Is Missing" spent 21 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has passed away at the age of 92 in Tucson, AZ.

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Lightspeed Aviation Introduces The Sierra Headset

Expects To Ship To Retailers In About A Month

A new headset from Lightspeed Aviation made its debut Tuesday. The company says the headset is targeted to the pilot who is looking for premium performance and high value.

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NY Man Who Struck An Airplane With His Car Is Found Dead

Apparently Committed Suicide In His Upstate New York Home

It's the second such story we've reported in as many days, but this one ended tragically. A man who allegedly drove off the road, through and airport fence, and struck an airplane at Saratoga County Airport in New York Saturday was found dead in his home by Sheriff's Deputies.

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Aero-TV: Switlik Suits – Exposure Protection for Aviators

Switlik Parachute Company Details the Anti-Exposure U-Zip-It™
 
In the event of an emergency, the most minute differences can determine the line between survival and tragedy.  Through the years, these important differences have remained the foundation behind Switlik Parachute Company’s continued research and development into new advances in survival gear technology.  From parachutes to rafts, from life vests to anti-exposure suits, Switlik Parachute Company’s safety gear has evolved alongside aviation’s own advancements since the 1930s.
 

NextGen 'Summit' Begins Call For Consensus

Special to ANN: Drew Steketee Reports From Washington Some 300 industry and government players kicked-off a three-day "NEXTGEN Ahead 2010 Summit" in Washington, May 19th.

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Aero-TV: Switlik Suits – Exposure Protection for Aviators

Switlik Parachute Company Details the Anti-Exposure U-Zip-It

In the event of an emergency, the most minute differences can determine the line between survival and tragedy. Through the years, these important differences have remained the foundation behind Switlik Parachute Company’s continued research and development into new advances in survival gear technology.

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Babbitt Touts NextGen To Airport Executives

System "Starts On The Ground At The Airport"

FAA administrator Randy Babbitt addressed the annual convention of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) on Tuesday, saying "We need NextGen, and we need it now."

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Professional Development Program Coursework Updated By NBAA

Three New Courses Also Approved As Association Seeks New Providers To Develop Additional Material

Three new courses developed to prepare business aviation professionals for management roles within business aviation flight departments were unveiled Monday by the NBAA. The association also released updated Professional Development Program (PDP) objectives for its existing curricula.

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Dornier Selects Quebec For Sea Star Final Assembly

Cites Strong Local Support, Proximity To Lake Champlain Among Deciding Factors

The Dornier Seaplane Company said Monday it has selected Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a southern suburb of Montreal, as the final assembly site for the Sea Star amphibious twin currently in development.

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Advanced Core Testing Validates Performance Goals For P&W PurePower Engines

Pratt & Whitney Completes Over 100 Hours Of Testing

Pratt & Whitney has completed more than 100 hours of testing on its full-scale PurePower engine core, successfully validating performance goals of its new generation of commercial jet engines and demonstrating excellent starting and operability characteristics.

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A New 'Dawn' For ISS Arrives With Atlantis

Russian Laboratory Rassvet To Be Used For Bioscience Experiments

Space shuttle Atlantis has delivered science experiments and a new Russian laboratory to the International Space Station, continuing the transition from station assembly to continuous scientific research through the end of the decade.

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Who Is Screening The Screeners?

TSA Agent Arrested For Stealing Cash From Wheelchair-Bound Passenger

A TSA agent has been arrested and charged with stealing almost $500 cash from a passenger in a wheelchair who was clearing a security checkpoint at Newark Airport in February.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.20.10)

"We need NextGen, and we need it now." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.20.10): Radiation Fog

Fog that is created when radiational cooling at the earth's surface lowers the temperature of the air near the ground to or below its dew point.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.20.10)

FAA SWIM

SWIM is the FAA's System Wide Information Managment program.

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