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March 29, 2011

USAG Expanding Light Sport Service In Midwest

Moving Towards Authorized Service For Most LSA Models

US Aviation Services, a division of US Aviation Group, is taking steps to become a national/regional factory authorized service center for the maintenance and repair of the majority of Light Sport Aircraft models.

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Cessna's Updated Corvalis TTX Sports 'Intrinzic' Garmin G2000 Flight Deck

New Interior and Paint Schemes Also offered

Cessna has confirmed that its new Corvalis TTX high-performance single-engine piston features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options, and the Intrinzic flight deck powered by the Garmin G2000. Intrinzic is a Cessna-designed cockpit that incorporates the latest developments in human factors engineering, ergonomics and user experience to create environments that make flying simpler and more pleasurable.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.11

A Congressman wants CFIUS to look at the sale of Cirrus.
Diamond needs help restarting the D-Jet.
And Baumann Floats succumbs to the recession.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.29.11

A Congressman wants CFIUS to look at the sale of Cirrus.
Diamond needs help restarting the D-Jet.
And Baumann Floats succumbs to the recession.


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ANN Special Feature: Paula Derks Wraps Up AEA 2011 - 03.29.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks at the close of AEA's 54th International Convention & Trade Show in Reno, Nevada.

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LAST CHANCE! April 1st Is Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN staff looks forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act weirder than the loons who run Sun 'n Fun... and in this group, that's really saying something. (At least we get group rates on appropriate professional care... which comes in handy more often than we care to admit -- Ed.)

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Eurocopter To Acquire Vector Aerospace Corporation

Helicopter Manufacturer Moves Into Aerospace Support And Services

Eurocopter Holding will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Vector Aerospace by way of a take-over bid for consideration of $13.28 in cash per Common Share.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.29.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.29.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Paula Derks Wraps Up AEA 2011 - 03.29.11 (ANN Special Report, with Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks)

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TSA Administrator Meets With Key Officials In Switzerland And Belgium

Sessions To Discuss Improved International Air Cargo Security

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole returned Monday from a three-day trip to Switzerland and Belgium, where he discussed supply chain security efforts with international cargo organizations and government officials

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Vector Aerospace's Arriel 2 Engine Overhaul Line In Full Operation

Builds On Experience Gained Through Arriel 1 Service

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America announced late last week that its Turbomeca-approved Arriel 2 engine repair and overhaul line; including full test capability is up and running.

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Simcom Training Centers Completes 23,000 King Air Pilot Training Events

Nine Simulators Spread Across Three Cities Serve The King Air Community

Specializing in King Air simulator training since 1991, SimCom Training Centers recently completed its 23,000th King Air pilot training event.

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Rotorsim To Expand With Purchase Of AW139 Full-Flight Simulator

CAE 3000 Series Level D Simulator To Be Located At Rotorsim Training Center In Sesto Calende, Italy

Rotorsim, the consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, said Monday that it is expanding with the purchase of a CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) replicating the AW139 aircraft from CAE's Military division.

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South African Hawk Trainer Set For Nav And Weapons Upgrade

BAE Systems Changes Will Let Trainer More Closely Resemble A Front-Line Fighter

The South African Air Force's Hawk jet trainer fleet is about to receive a navigation and weapons system upgrade from BAE Systems, which has completed the design work and is now ready to install the new system in the aircraft.

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Boeing Places Final Beam on New Interiors Building

Facility Is Expcted To Be Open For Business Late This Year

Boeing marked progress on its newest 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility with a special ceremony commemorating placement late last week of the last steel beam on the building.

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Embraer Executive Jets Authorized Service Center Opens In Provo, Utah

Company Expands Its Partnership With Duncan Aviation

Embraer has expanded its partnership with Duncan Aviation to provide maintenance services for Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft operators in Provo, UT. Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 will also be serviced at the same facility in the near future.

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COMAC, Bombardier Sign Strategic Agreement On Commercial Aircraft

Will Evauate Potential Collaboration On C919/CSeries Aircraft Commonalities

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) and Bombardier Inc. have signed a framework agreement to establish a long-term strategic cooperation on commercial aircraft.

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Aero-TV: A 2011 LSA Q&A – What Features Do YOU Want In An LSA?

A Five-Part Interview Series Looking At The People Of The LSA World (Part Two)

One of the most enjoyable interactions we at ANN and Aero-TV undertake at the dozens of events we attend is the chance to talk NOT with the newsmakers... but to those that the news we report on affects most... YOU. At the 2011 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, we spent extra time asking the attendees a series of five questions... both to gauge the kind of interest that LSA holds for the aviation community as well as the strength of that interest.

Aero-TV: A/C For The R66 -- Cooling Down the Industry's Hottest Helicopter

A Much Requested Feature Is Ready For The Helo Market

Despite the warmth of the Florida climate, there was something undeniably cool at this year's Orlando, FL HAI Convention. Robinson Helicopter confirmed that it is now delivering the R66 turbine helo with optional air conditioning. The 'simple, lightweight system' provides air conditioned comfort and reduced humidity throughout the five-seat cabin.

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Aero-TV: A/C For The R66 -- Cooling Down the Industry's Hottest Helicopter

A Much Requested Feature Is Ready For The Helo Market

Despite the warmth of thew Florida climate, there was something undeniably cool at this year's Orlando, FL HAI Convention. Robinson Helicopter confirmed that it is now delivering the R66 turbine helo with optional air conditioning. The 'simple, lightweight system' provides air conditioned comfort and reduced humidity throughout the five-seat cabin.

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Aero-TV: A 2011 LSA Q&A – What Features Do YOU Want In An LSA?

A Five-Part Interview Series Looking At The People Of The LSA World (Part Two)

One of the most enjoyable interactions we at ANN and Aero-TV undertake at the dozens of events we attend is the chance to talk NOT with the newsmakers... but to those that the news we report on affects most... YOU. At the 2011 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, we spent extra time asking the attendees a series of five questions... both to gauge the kind of interest that LSA holds for the aviation community as well as the strength of that interest.

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Aft Closeouts Prepare Endeavour For TCDT

Crew Arrives Tuesday For Countdown Test

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers at Launch Pad 39A started closeout work on space shuttle Endeavour's aft section Monday in preparation for Tuesday's STS-134 crew arrival.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Long Beach Accident

Details Still Sketchy, But Witnesses Said Aircraft "Wobbled" Before Going Down

The NTSB has released preliminary information in an accident in which a Beech King Air went down shortly after takeoff in Long Beach, CA on March 16th, fatally injuring five of the six people on board. There are still very few details known about the accident, and the investigation is ongoing.

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54th Annual AEA Convention And Trade Show Concludes in Reno

Attendees And Exhibitors Depart Following Four Productive Days Of Activities

Final statistics are in from the 54th Annual AEA Convention and Trade Show held last week in Reno, which the organization said was a success for attendees and vendors alike.

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AirTran Employees Choose Machinists Union

National Mediation Board Conducted Polling Which Resulted In Union Representation

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced on Monday that AirTran Airline’s 2,900 Fleet and Passenger Service/Reservation employees have voted to join the Machinists Union.

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Vector Aerospace Receives FAA Approval For S-61 Glass Cockpit Installations

Company Says The Upgrade Is Operator- And Pilot-Focused

The FAA has granted an Amended STC (#SA1230AK-R STC) to Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America for an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Integrated Cockpit Display System and Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) installation for the Sikorsky S-61L and S-61N series helicopters.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.29.11)

"We are disappointed and frustrated in the extreme to have to take this action. We had deferred these cost cutting measures as long as possible, while awaiting a positive response to our request for a federal government loan." Source: Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.11): Variable Pitch Propeller

A propeller with its blades held in rotary bearings in the hub, so that pitch (of all blades in unison) can be altered in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.11)

Alaska Weather Cams

Pilots wanting to keep track on the weather in the 49th state need go no farther than their computer and the FAA website. The agency has placed web cams at airports throughout the state.

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