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April 24, 2011

KSTL Welcomes First Flights Following Tornado

A Few Arrivals Only -- Some Departures Return On Sunday

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (KSTL) tells ANN that it is re-opening less than 24 hours after it sustained extensive damage from a storm Friday night. The National Weather Service has confirmed that damage at the Airport was part of an incredible trail of destruction caused by an EF-4 Tornado. It was the strongest tornado to hit the St. Louis area since 1967. As many as nine in-bound flights from three airlines (AirTran, Delta and Southwest) were scheduled to land at Lambert after 5 p.m (Saturday). The Airport and airlines are working to restore a majority of inbound and outbound flights for Easter Sunday, but a full schedule of flights will take a few more days because of heavy damage to the C Concourse. Lamber

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NTSB Releases Prelim On Andrews/Obama Go-Around

Much Ado About Spacing???

There are few pilots with any significant accumulation of flight time that haven't been forced into a go-around when spacing issues became ponderous. While the media is writing this up as another example of ATC problems, most of us know it for what it was... a spacing problem that simply didn't go as the controller/pilots planned and necessitated one more shot at the approach. Been there, done that...

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Boeing, US Navy Mark Delivery Of 500th Super Hornet/Growler

F/A-18E/F And EA-18G Will Operate Through 2035 And Beyond

Five hundred F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and derivative EA-18G Growlers have joined the Navy's tactical aircraft fleet, a mark that was celebrated by the U.S. Navy and Boeing on April 20 in St. Louis.

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NASA Spacecraft Reveals Dramatic Changes In Mars' Atmosphere

CO2 Varies Greatly As Planet's Axis Shifts

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet's axis varies.

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NASA Small Business Technology Transfers Address Critical Needs

Selects 27 Small Business Research Proposals

NASA has selected 27 small business proposals that address critical research and technology needs for agency programs and projects for final contract negotiations.

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Four Gulfstream Units Receive FAA Diamond Awards

Highest Honor Bestowed By FAA For Aviation Maintenance

Four maintenance organizations within Gulfstream Aerospace recently received the FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for 2010.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.11): Final Monitor Controller

Final Monitor Controller Air Traffic Control Specialist assigned to radar monitor the flight path of aircraft during simultaneous parallel and simultaneous close parallel ILS approach operations. Each runway is assigned a final monitor controller during simultaneous parallel and simultaneous close parallel ILS approaches. Final monitor controllers shall utilize the Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) system during simultaneous close parallel ILS approaches.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.11)

Aero-Linx: Aviation System Standards - AJW-3 Providing services to ensure the standard development, evaluation, and certification of airspace systems, procedures, and equipment for customers worldwide. This office designs and develops instrument flight procedures (IFPs), publish aeronautical charts and digital products for air carrier and general aviation pilots for use throughout the United States and around the world, provide aircraft maintenance and engineering services, operate a fleet of flight inspection aircraft for airborne evaluation of electronic navigational signals and flight validation of ground-based and GPS performanced based IFPs.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.24.11)

"As soon as EXEC1F contacted the tower, the tower controller asked ECEX1F to make "S" turns on final to get additional spacing. The pilot of EXEC1F did comply with the request, however, the spacing had continued to deteriorate to 2.94 miles. The tower controller then instructed EXEC1F to "go around" because the spacing was not adequate for landing. The weather was reported to be Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC)." Source: From the NTSB Preliminary report describing the go-around necessitated when a USAF Exec 737 approached too close to a C17 that was still on the runway.

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