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February 18, 2010

Aero-News Alert: Small Plane Impacts Building In Austin, TX

NTSB Says It Is Treating The Incident As "Intentional"

A small plane has crashed into a 7 story office building in Austin, Texas, killing the pilot and injuring several in and around the building.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.18.10

Three fatalities are reported in a foggy take-off gone wrong.
GAMA pushes for government policies which boost the industry.
And a new bizjet market study shows slow and steady growth

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.18.10

Three fatalities are reported in a foggy take-off gone wrong.
GAMA pushes for government policies which boost the industry.
And a new bizjet market study shows slow and steady growth

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ANN Special Feature: FAA Hurting E-LSA & Gyroplane Instructors - 02.18.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Roy Beisswenger about the effects of recent FAA policies which are limiting training access for prospective pilots of ultralights and gyroplanes.

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Garmin Introduces An Affordable HTAWS Option

Compatible With The GNS 430W/530W Family

Garmin International has unveiled a new Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) for the GNS 430W/530W series navigators. HTAWS is available as an option on newly purchased systems or as a field upgrade for current owners.

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Garmin Goes Glass For Helicopters

G500H All-Glass, Helicopter-Specific PFD And MFD

Garmin International took the wraps off the G500H on Thursday afternoon, an all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The G500H is a derivative of the G600 and G500 for the fixed-wing market.

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EFD1000H Approved For Bell 206, 407 Helos

Aspen Avionics Announces STC, Developed By Keystone Helicopters

Aspen Avionics said Tuesday that an STC for installation of the Aspen EFD1000H into the Bell 206 and Bell 407 model helicopters has been approved by the FAA. This STC was developed in partnership with Keystone Helicopters.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.18.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.18.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.18.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FAA Hurting E-LSA & Gyroplane Instructors - 02.18.10 (ANN Special Report, with Roy Beisswenger)

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Top CAP Cadets Will Gather In Washington, D.C.

Weeklong Academy One Of America's Leading Civic Education Activities

Twenty-four of the Civil Air Patrol's top cadets from across the nation are gaining a head start in their public service careers by participating in one of America's leading civic education activities, the Civic Leadership Academy, from Feb. 20-27 in Washington, D.C.

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TSA Apologizes To Family Nearly A Year After Incident

4-Year-Old Son Was Required To Remove Leg Braces To Clear Security

Nearly a year after the fact, TSA has issued an apology to a Pennsylvania family who say their physically-challenged son was required to remove his leg braces before clearing security on a trip to Florida last March.

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LAX Slated To Get Full Runway Safety Warning System

Prototype System Installed Last June

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the FAA entered into a Memorandum of Agreement Tuesday for the installation of a Runway Safety Status Lights (RWSL) system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This agreement augments a prototype system that was installed June 2009.

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Bangladesh Navy Orders Two AgustaWestland AW109 Powers

8 Place Helicopters To Fill A Variety Of Missions

The Bangladesh Navy has signed a contract for two AW109 Power maritime helicopters, AgustaWestland announced Monday. The helicopters will be used for a wide range of naval missions.

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VAQ 141 Holds 'Safe For Flight' Ceremony For EA-18G Growler

Culminates Eight Months Of Training In Upgraded Aircraft

The "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 held a flyover and a ceremony commemorating their designation of "Safe for Flight" in the EA-18G Growler on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, WA, February 12.

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WACO Classic Announces All Glass Aircraft

Traditional Meets Tomorrow In 1930's Style Biplane

WACO Classic Aircraft says it has produced a first for single engine General Aviation, an all glass panel aircraft, the WACO YMF open cockpit biplane. This plane is completely without a single round or analog gauge.

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Russian Airlines Consider Off-Lease Avro RJ85 Jets

Aircraft Already Certified By Russian Interstate Aviation Committee

BAE Systems said in Moscow Tuesday that it will offer Russian airlines the Avro RJ85 regional jetliner as an immediate replacement for ageing aircraft operated on domestic and regional routes.

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Organizers Say AERO Friedrichshafen Will Be A Strong Show

Exhibit Bookings Exceeding Original Expectations

The team organizing the 18th annual AERO international aviation trade show says they expect the event will be better than ever, with exhibitor numbers exceeding initial expectations.

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Former Governor Romney Threatened On A Flight From Vancouver

Another Passenger Threatened Physical Harm To The Politician

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney  was on board an Air Canada flight Monday morning when he was threatened with physical violence by another passenger on the flight.

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Aero-TV: Cessna’s ValuePlus Program – Making Pre-Owned Citations New Again

Tom Heck Details the Advantages of the ValuePlus Program and Process
 

After building and maintaining more than 5,700 Citations to date, the employees at each Citation Service Center understand the level of expertise it takes to build a quality Cessna aircraft.  It’s no wonder, then, that many customers turn to Cessna’s ValuePlus program when looking to refurbish or buy a pre-owned Citation.  When the aircraft is returned to the Cessna factory, over 20 individuals dedicate their attention to the Citation’s refurbishment process including maintenance technicians, designers, and engineers. 

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Aero-TV: Cessna's ValuePlus Program -- Inside Cessna's Citation X

Tom Heck Details the Advantages of the ValuePlus Program and Process

After building and maintaining more than 5,700 Citations to date, the employees at each Citation Service Center understand the level of expertise it takes to build a quality Cessna aircraft. 

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A Lot Rides On SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Launch

Congress Will Be Watching Closely As It Ponders NASA's Direction

March 22 could be a make-or-break day for not only the fledgling commercial space company SpaceX, but also for the fate of NASA's budget before the United States Congress. That is the day the 154-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket is set to be launched for the first time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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New Production DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter Takes Flight

Viking Model Is The First New Twin Otter In 22 Years

The first new-production DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter has taken its initial flight from Viking's final assembly facility in Calgary, Alberta, in advance of certification by Transport Canada.

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Think You're Done After Clearing Airport Security?

Think Again. TSA Is Taking Random Explosive Swabs From Passengers

Saying the current technology is unable to spot the kinds of explosives allegedly used by Farouk Abdulmutallab in an attempt to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day, TSA has been testing a program in five airports in which they roll an explosives detection machine around the gate area.

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Transition To Return Port-au-Prince Tower To Haitian Controllers Underway

Local ATC Personnel Learning To Deal With Higher Traffic Volume

Air Force air traffic controllers worked side-by-side with Haitian air traffic controllers to provide some sense of normalcy a month after an earthquake devastated vast portions of Port-au-Prince.

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Final Boeing 747 Dreamlifter On The Job

Largest Cargo Capacity By Volume Of Any Airplane

The fourth Boeing Dreamlifter (registry N718BA) – the final airplane in a fleet of specially modified 747-400s – entered service today. Dreamlifters transport the large composite structures of the 787 Dreamliner from partners around the world to Everett, WA for final assembly.

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NATCA Mounts Grass-Roots Effort On ATC Realignment

Reports Over 550 Letters Sent To Congress Through Advocacy Website

NATCA says that pilots and aviation stakeholders from Ohio and other locations around the country affected by the possibility of losing local air traffic control radar services have sent over 550 letters to their members of Congress through a special advocacy website.

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Michael Small Appointed Aircell President And CEO

Ron LeMay To Return As Chairman Of The Board

The airborne communications company Aircell announced the appointment of Michael J. Small to the position of President and CEO Tuesday. Ron LeMay, current President and CEO, will return to the position of Chairman of the Board previously held prior to July 24, 2009.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.18.10)

"We stand with pilots, airport directors and all local aviation stakeholders who are opposed to the FAA's moves without having a say in the matter through a collaborative, transparent process." Source: NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.10): Handoff

An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter the receiving controller's airspace and radio communications with the aircraft will be transferred.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.10)

Airborne Weather Radar

While Nexrad and Nowrad are becoming more common in aircraft cockpits, many airplanes still carry radar equipment on board. Here's a site explaining how airborne weather radar works, from the basics of radar technology to the nitty-gritty of how the data is processed and displayed.

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