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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Bell Helicopter Delivers 1st Bell 429WLG In North America

Customer Is A NASCAR Driver And Entrepreneur

The first Bell 429WLG (Wheeled Landing Gear) to be delivered in the U.S. is now in the hands of its new owner; professional NASCAR driver and founder and CEO of SunEnergy1, Kenny Habul.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

U.K. Navy Pilot Receives RAF Decoration

Crash-Landed A Sea Fury T20 After Engine Failure

The pilot of a 1944 Sea Fury T20 making a demonstration flight during Air Day at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall last July had kind of a bad day. During the flight, the engine of the airplane began to lose power, causing 44-year-old Lieutenant Commander Christopher Gotke to declare an emergency and extend his landing gear. But the plane lost all power before he could land, and as 21,000 people watched, he made a decision not to eject, and raised the landing gear to improve his glide ratio. As he approached the field, he put the gear back down, but the landing gear collapsed as the plane touched down, and the plane skidded to a stop on its belly.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Twirly Birds To Celebrate 70 Years Of Vertical Flight Fellowship

Group To Gather At Heli-Expo In Orlando Next Week

Seventy years ago, a small group of fledgling helicopter pilots met to share stories, experiences, and the common bond of vertical flight, and as a nod to the pioneer airplane pilot group Early Birds, they called themselves, "Twirly Birds".  The group of "founder" members included helicopter pioneers such as Igor Sikorsky, Charles Lindberg, Stanley Hiller and Stewart Graham, to name a few. 

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

Crew Of A B-24 Liberator Shot Down Over New Guinea

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Feb. 23, that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Whirly-Girls Names Guidance Aviation Level 1 Sponsor

Organization's 60th Anniversary Starts With Guidance Aviation Providing Significant Support

On the eve of their 60th Anniversary in 2015, Whirly-Girls International named Guidance Aviation its Level 1 sponsor as the organization which is dedicated to promoting women in helicopter aviation plans its participation in the 2015 HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Navy Returns To Florida's Cecil Field ... Temporarily

Will Support Operations During NAS JAX Runway Renovations

After returning to civilian use as the result of the Base Realignment and Closure process in the 1990s, Cecil Field, a former Navy Master Jet Base in northeast Florida, will once again see Naval aircraft operating from its runways ... but only on a temporary basis.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Garmin Introduces Helicopter-Specific ADS-B Options

New GDL 84H And GDL 88H Offer On Scene Mode, TerminalTraffic And More

Garmin has announced the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink. In a news release, Garmin said the devices offer helicopter owners and operators added safety benefits with the GDL 84H and GDL 88H, which meet equipage requirements for ADS-B Out while receiving ADS-B In traffic and weather on a mobile device or compatible display in the cockpit.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site

We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.27.15)

“With this new layer of liability protection, landowners are more likely to grant permission for the use of these airstrips." Source: Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) member Jim Newton.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.27.15): Propeller/Rotor Modulation Error

Certain propeller RPM settings or helicopter rotor speeds can cause the VOR course deviation indicator (CDI) to fluctuate.

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