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January 11, 2011

NORAD Exercises Planned For Washington, D.C.

Overflights Planned To Begin Midnight Tuesday

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct a three-day exercise -- Falcon Virgo 11-04 -- beginning about midnight Tuesday in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.11.11

Airline costs are rising faster than inflation.
DOT fines Mesaba for mishandling disability complaints.
And Lockheed will produce a new night-vision system for the Apache.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.11.11

Airline costs are rising faster than inflation.
DOT fines Mesaba for mishandling disability complaints.
And Lockheed will produce a new night-vision system for the Apache.


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ANN Special Feature: Better Instructors, More Pilots - 01.11.11

CFI Doug Stewart, Chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, offers some background on the upcoming National Flight Training Reform Symposium, scheduled for May in Atlanta.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.11.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.11.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.11.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Better Instructors, More Pilots - 01.11.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Doug Stewart, Chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators)

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U.S. DOT Provides Guidance On Code-Share Disclosure Requirements

Airlines, Ticket Agents Informed Of Disclosure Rules

The U.S. DOT Aviation Enforcement Office has provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.

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SAFE Responds To Helicopter Flight Rules NPRM

Substantive Recommendations Offered In 12-Page Document

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has submitted a comprehensive response to the NPRM, Air Ambulance and Commercial Helicopter Operations… (Docket No. FAA-2010-0982; Notice No. 10-13).

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Beefier Landing Gear Approved For PA-18 Super Cubs

CubCrafters Awarded New STC For Extended Landing Gear

The FAA has awarded an STC to CubCrafters for its new “3X3 (3-by-3) landing gear”, available as a modification for all PA-18 Super Cubs.

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Utah Highway Patrol Completes AS350 Training

Becomes First To Finish The Course In American Eurocopter's AS350 Flight And Mission Simulator

Pilots from the Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau have completed the inaugural training course conducted in American Eurocopter's new AS350 Flight and Mission Simulator. The Aero Bureau is the first to utilize the new simulator in support of their training efforts.

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NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet

But It's Not Exactly A Vacation Spot ... Keplar-10b Not In The 'Habitable Zone'

NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.

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Airmen, Soldiers Redeploy Aircraft

First Time Such A Move Has Been Undertaken Over Land

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter was returned home to Fort Wainwright, AK, by the joint efforts of Soldiers and Airmen working in Eielson, AK, last month.

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Air Ambulance Company Angle MedFlight Names New COO

"Rusty" Valko To Oversee Company-Wide Operations

Air medical transportation company Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance has promoted Rastislav "Rusty" Valko to Chief Operations Officer. In the COO position, Valko will oversee company-wide operations.

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CAF Renews Long-Term Presenting Sponsor Deal For AIRSHO

Western National Bank On Board For Five Years

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) said in a news release Monday that Western National Bank will return as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for the next five years of AIRSHO! The Best Warbird Show in America returns to the skies Oct. 8-9.

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Peter Green Named New President Of Wyle Aerospace Group

Company Veteran And Chief Pilot Taking The Reins Of The Division

A longtime Wyle veteran has been named president of the company's Lexington Park, Maryland-based Aerospace Group. Peter Green replaces Brent Bennitt, who has been promoted to the position of executive vice president in the company's corporate offices.

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New California Client For Avfuel FBOs

Company Now Brands, Supplies Aviation Fuel And Services To Jet Air Systems

Fixed-base operator Jet Air has branded with Avfuel Corporation. Under the agreement, Avfuel will act as Jet Air aviation fuel and services provider, and also supplement the FBO with marketing services. Jet Air now offers AVTRIP rewards points on qualifying fuel purchases, as well as Avfuel Contract Fuel.

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Aero-TV: SAFE'S Doug Stewart -- Leading the Flight Training Reformation

One of the few bright lights of 2009-2010 was the rise of SAFE... an uncommon new aviation association that seems to be on the road to DOING THINGS rather than just bragging about how good they are. Born of the political strife that resulted during the NAFI/EAA melt-down, we have come to find that th leading personalities in SAFE are some of the most dedicated flyers and aero-education professionals we've ever met. Doug Stewart is (very much) one of those folks.

Aero-TV: SAFE'S Doug Stewart -- Leading the Flight Training Reformation

Looking At Rebuilding The Art and Craft Of Flight Instruction

One of the few bright lights of 2009-2010 was the rise of SAFE... an uncommon new aviation association that seems to be on the road to DOING THINGS rather than just bragging about how good they are. Born of the political strife that resulted during the NAFI/EAA melt-down, we have come to find that the leading personalities in SAFE are some of the most dedicated flyers and aero-education professionals we've ever met. Doug Stewart is (very much) one of those folks.

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ANN's Heroes 'n Heartbreakers 2010-- 'FAA vs. Instructors'

Aero-Heartbreakers: Agency Blocking Instruction for LSA and Gyroplane Pilots In speaking appearances during his first full year at the helm, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt tried in 2010 to sell the idea that the agency is, for its size and mission, responsive, efficient, and as light on the controls as its safety mandate allows. In rooms filled mostly with operators of aircraft with standard airworthiness certificates, that line sold pretty well. But for pilots of experimental aircraft, especially the small ones which are general aviation's entry level, Babbitt's comments were very dark comedy.

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ANN's Heroes 'n Heartbreakers 2010: Mason Holland and The Eclipse Resurrection

Aero-Hero: Mason Holland and The Resurrection of The Eclipse 500 There IS Life After Bankruptcy! When Vern Raburn's magnificent little dream jet project folded under the weight of some truly miserable behavior by pseudo-savior ETIRC Aviation Chairman Roel Pieper (whose tenure with the program may go down as one of the most botched efforts in BizAv history), most thought that was the least they'd seen of the little pocket-rocket.

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Aerospace Organizations Respond To Congresswoman's Shooting

Giffords Strongly Supportive Of The Aerospace Industry

The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) in Tuscon over the weekend has sent a shockwave through much of the aerospace industry. Giffords was severely injured, and several others, including a federal judge, were killed.

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Tampa Runway Closed Due To Magnetic Pole Shift

Main Runway At Tampa International Out Of Service Until Mid-Week

A slight shift in the Earth's magnetic north pole towards Russia has caused officials to close the primary runway at Tampa International Airport until January 13th.

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China Likely 'Leaked' New Fighter Jet Images Intentionally

Bloggers Release Photos Prior To U.S. Official Visit

Photos and videos of China's J-20 stealth fighter, which the Chinese government says will be a direct rival to the U.S. F-22 Raptor, have been "leaked" from that country just prior to an official visit by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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Discovery Repair Work Continuing

Initial Fixes Finished By Tuesday, But Additional Work May Be Required

Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center continue to repair cracks on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank in the Vehicle Assembly Building. Repair work will continue through Tuesday.

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Losses In Iranian Airliner Accident Climb

Officials Now Say 77 Fatally Injured

The number of people fatally injured in a Boeing 727 accident in northwestern Iran has risen to 77, according to officials there.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.11.11)

"Rep. Gabrielle Giffords serves her constituents and her country with passion and with genuine enthusiasm. Our prayers are with her family and her staff as they get through this difficult situation." Source: AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.11.11): Metering

Metering A method of time-regulating arrival traffic flow into a terminal area so as not to exceed a predetermined terminal acceptance rate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.11.11)

Women Fly

The site contains short biographies of numerous women pilots as well as astronauts. A great start to pick someone to write a report on for school.

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