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January 17, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.11

Chinese investors take another bite out of US aviation.
HAI is back in user-fee-fight mode.
And EASA takes the shackles off Flight Design.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.17.11

Chinese investors take another bite out of US aviation.
HAI is back in user-fee-fight mode.
And EASA takes the shackles off Flight Design.


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ANN Special Feature: Got Ice? Don't Get Slow - 01.17.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the effects of ice accumulation on an airframe, and why it's important to keep speed up.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.17.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Got Ice? Don't Get Slow - 01.17.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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S&D Conference Keynoter An Expert In Sports, Business, Customer Service

Susan O'Malley Owns Washington Sports & Entertainment

The upcoming 22nd Annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference opening session will feature a host of motivational speakers from inside and outside of the business aviation industry.

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NASA Offers STEM Workshops In North Carolina

Charlotte-Area Teachers Invited To Participate

NASA is set to offer free workshops blending science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines using NASA education resources relating to current and future the agency's missions.

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Italian Guardia di Finanza Takes Delivery Of AW139

Multi-Role Helicopter Second To Be Accepted By Border Patrol Service

A second AW139 medium twin helicopter has been delivered to the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Customs and Border Patrol Service).

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Canadian Government Awards Bell Helicopter A $647 Million Contract

Will Provide Support Services For The Fleet Of CH146 Griffons

The Canadian government has awarded a Bell Helicopter a 10-year, $647 million support services contract for the Canadian Forces CH146 Griffon fleet.

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IFS Signs Support Contract With Eurofighter

Repair Services Deal Worth A Reported $3.1 Million

The Eurofighter consortium has signed a five year contract with IFS to maintain its IFS Applications-based system, which is handling the Industrial Repair Service (IRS) for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

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Groen Brothers Aviation Signs Agreement With Chinese To Build Light Gyroplanes

Enters Cooperative Joint Venture Agreement For Production In China

 Groen Brothers Aviation, based in Salt Lake City, is part of the latest headline involving a Chinese investment in US aviation. In a news release dated Saturday, a deal that had been the subject of rumors in the gyroplane community was confirmed. Groen Brothers has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary called Groen Brothers Aviation International, LLC for the specific purpose of entering a cooperative joint venture with China's Guangzhou Suntrans Aviation Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

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Classic Aero-TV: All Things Old May Be New Again--The Ultimate 'Classic' Kitfox

Coolest Kitfox EVER Gets Serious Attention At Oshkosh 2010

There's something about the Kitfox... an aircraft series that was a true pioneer in the sport aviation arena for quite a number of years... and through good times and bad. It was the aircraft that brought thousands of pilots to aircraft ownership and inspired many thousands more to pursue flight. As uniquely identified with the early sport kit revolution as the Piper Cub was to early GA, the Kitfox has not only weathered the last few decades fairly well, but may yet see some of its finest days... in its future.

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ANN's Heroes 'n Heartbreakers 2010: The US Congress

Aero-Heartbreakers: US Congress The national legislative body was something of a mixed bag for aviation this year. There were some successes, notably the extension of the accelerated depreciation rules in the tax code which was widely praised as a potential catalyst for new airplane sales.

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ANN's Heroes 'n Heartbreakers 2010: SpaceX

Aero-Hero: SpaceX When discussing the year's biggest accomplishments, it would be impossible not to put SpaceX at the top of the list. The company this year proved that it does not require the government to safely put an object into orbit, and return it safely to Earth, and may well have given us a glimpse of the future of U.S. human spaceflight.

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Guest Editorial: Is GA The Next Big Target For New 'Security Theater' Efforts?

Think the John and Martha King arrest and detention cannot happen to you? Think again. The Customs and Border Patrol Agency has deemed you to be a national security threat and is watching you every time you fly, simply because you are a pilot. The CBP has established an "Air and Marine Operations Center' (much like the Operations centers the military air services use)  at the former March AFB in Riverside CA and is spying on our citizens lawfully going about their business. This Operations Center has the capabilities to draw upon government databases and determine if you are a threat before you even get near your aircraft. 

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NTSB Prelim: Med-Helo Pilot Suffers Unusual Medical Incapacitation

"I Disengaged The Autopilot, My Right Arm Fell To My Side..."

 As NTSB Prelims go, this one is a little on the unusual side... and could have gone a lot worse than circumstances permitted. However; a medical helo flight went awry when its pilot suffered a scenario in which he suddenly lost the use of his right arm. The Part 135 flight executed an emergency landing at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station with a medical crewmember providing control assistance under the instructions of the stricken pilot.

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Klyde Morris (01.17.11)

Klyde Discloses The 'Popcorn Problem'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Upgrades Make P-3 Orion More Efficient, More Effective

Newly Installed Computer Hardware, Software Will Save Money, Improve Capabilities

NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) recently delivered ten newly configured Orions to the Fleet, outfitted with an upgraded acoustic system called the Acoustic Receiver Technology Refresh (ARTR).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.11): Visual Descent Point

Visual Descent Point A defined point on the final approach course of a nonprecision straight-in approach procedure from which normal descent from the MDA to the runway touchdown point may be commenced, provided the approach threshold of that runway, or approach lights, or other markings identifiable with the approach end of that runway are clearly visible to the pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.11)

Aero-Linx: British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association The British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association oversees pilot and instructor training standards, provides technical support, such as airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilots, and supports a country-wide network of recreational clubs and registered schools, providing the infrastructure within which UK hang gliding and paragliding thrive.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.17.11)

"I Disengaged The Autopilot, My Right Arm Fell To My Side..." Source: From a recent NTSB Prelim outlining the unusual circumstances involved in the emergecny landing of a BK117 medical helicopter flight. The flight went awry when its pilot suffered a scenario in which he suddenly lost the use of his right arm. The Part 135 flight executed an emergency landing at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station with a medical crewmember providing control assistance under the instructions of the stricken pilot. The helo sustained significant damage but all three crew members emerged unscathed.

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