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February 05, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.10

The FAA invites public input on airline safety reforms.
ALPA criticizes NTSB's finding of cause in the Flight 3407 crash.
And security officials want to know who's behind mysterious h

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.05.10

The FAA invites public input on airline safety reforms.
ALPA criticizes NTSB's finding of cause in the Flight 3407 crash.
And security officials want to know who's behind mysterious h

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ANN Special Feature: A Good Year for LSAs - 02.05.10

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Bob Wood, Chairman of the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida, about the success of this year's show in January, and the outlook for the LSA market segment in 20

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.05.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.05.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: A Good Year for LSAs - 02.05.10 (ANN Special Report, with USSAE's Bob Wood)

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NBAA Releases Safety Management System Overview

Applicable To Commercial And Non-Commercial Aircraft

The NBAA released "Twelve Steps to an Effective Safety Management System: A Review of the Fundamentals" Thursday, which outlines the basic steps necessary to prepare a comprehensive and effective Safety Management System (SMS).

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Pentagon Will Move Forward Even If One Bidder Drops Out Of Tanker Competition

Gates Says He Hopes Both Boeing And Northrop Grumman/EADS Will Participate

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that he is ready to move forward on the new RFP for a replacement to the aging KC-135 tanker, and he hopes both Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS will bid on the multi-billion dollar project.

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James Cameron Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, New NASA Plan

Moviemaker Served On NASA Advisory Council During George W. Bush Administration

James Cameron, the writer and director of "Avatar" and "Titanic" who served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2003 to 2005, has published an op-ed in The Washington Post endorsing commercial human spaceflight and President Obama's new plan for NASA. 

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Rotax Owner Website Posts New Tech Video

How-To For Adjusting BING Carb Needle

A new video on the proper procedures for adjusting the BING Carb needle positions has been posted at the website Rotax-Owner.com.

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Cirrus Aircraft Is Off To The Races

The Red Bull Air Races, That Is

Cirrus Aircraft and Red Bull Air Race announced a global partnership for the 2010 World Championship at an exclusive event in Santa Monica, California Thursday.

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Eurcopter Reports Stable Sales In Asian Markets

Order Book Stands At $701 Million For 2009

Eurocopter announced Wednesday at the Singapore Air Show that in 2009, it recorded a turnover growth of 58 per cent in Asia to reach $1.2 billion.

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First F-35B STOVL Aircraft Refueled In Flight

Initial Aerial Refueling Using "Probe-And-Drogue" System

In another first for the STOVL variant of the F-35 JSF, a Navy KC-130 has successfully performed the first in-flight refueling using a probe-and-drogue refueling system during a recent mission at Lockheed Martin's Ft. Worth, TX manufacturing facility.

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Fifth Lockheed Martin F-35 Enters Flight Testing

First Flight Included Basic Handling, Landing Gear Operation

A Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter became the fifth F-35 to begin flight operations Tuesday.

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Embraer 190 Receives Steep Approach Certification

Allows Operations Into London City Airport

Embraer has received steep approach certification for another member of its E-Jets family, the Embraer 190, to operate at London’s premier business airport, London City (LCY). The Embraer 170 received the same certification in 2007 and is currently operated by British Airways at LCY.

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Cessna Rolls Out the 300th Citation Mustang

BizJet Has Been In Production Less Than Three Years

Cessna rolled out its 300th Citation Mustang at its assembly facility in Independence, KS Thursday, less than three years after the first Mustang delivery in 2007.

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Unruly Passenger Causes Flight Diversion

FBI Says He Blames Cookies Laced With Medical Marijuana

A passenger who became unruly on a flight from Philadelphia to LA Sunday said he had eaten cookies baked with medical marijuana, which caused his unusual behavior. The flight diverted to Pittsburgh, where he was removed from the plane and arrested.

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Aero-TV: ICAS Perspectives – What Does it Take to be an Air Show Pro?

Leading Air Show Performers Give Their Perspective and Their Advice

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives.

Aero-TV: ICAS Perspectives – What Does it Take to be an Air Show Pro?

Leading Air Show Performers Give Their Perspective and Their Advice

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives.

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FAA Withdraws Many Proposed Changes In Sport Pilot, Instructor Rules

Changes In Proficiency Requirements, Instrument Instruction Pulled From Final Rule

The FAA has decided to withdraw several of its proposed changes to the sport pilot and sport pilot instructor regulations following comments made on the NPRM issued last year.

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Babbitt Updates Congress On 'Call To Action'

Testifies Before The House Committee On Transportation Aviation Subcommittee

J ust a week after releasing the FAA's "Call to Action" document, and on the heels of some 25 recommendations from the NTSB in their final report on Colgan Air Flight 3407, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was on Capitol Hill Thursday providing testimony about airline safety and pilot training.

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Klyde Morris (02.05.10)

Klyde Has Some Issues With The Future Of NASA

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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FAA Seeks Public Comment On Pilot Certification

Advanced NPRM To Be Issued Next Week

As part of the FAA's "Call to Action" to enhance airline safety following last year's Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, the FAA Thursday asked for recommendations to improve pilot qualification and training requirements.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Information In Waxahachie Fatal Accident

Flashlight Found In Tailcone Of The Tecnam

The NTSB has issued its preliminary report in the Texas accident in which a high-school student pilot and his instructor were killed. Investigators said a flashlight was discovered in the tailcone of the Tecnam P2002 involved in the incident.

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Life Saving Supplies Head To Haiti From Miami

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. And Miami Aviation Hero Barrington Irving Kick-off Charitable Coalition For Airlift Saturday

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) is donating the use of a 767 jumbo jet loaded with MHIA power generators, light towers, food, medical supplies and tents in partnership with Operation USA to Haiti.

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Lockheed Martin 'Disappointed' By Orion Cancellation

Program Scuttled In FY2011 NASA Budget Proposal

Lockheed Martin says it is "keenly disappointed" by the Administration's budget proposal for NASA that would cancel Project Orion as part of an elimination of NASA's Constellation Program.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.05.10)

"As I noted when I appeared before you in September, history has shown that we are able to implement safety improvements far more quickly and effectively when the FAA, industry, and labor work together on agreed upon solutions. Source:  FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.10): Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)

Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)

An airport lighting facility providing vertical visual approach slope guidance to aircraft during approach to landing by radiating a directional pattern of high intensity red and white focused light beams,

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.10)

STOVL Aircraft

The F-35B is just the latest in what is a long line of airplanes designed to take off in a very short distance and have the capability to hover and land vertically. The American Institute Of Aeronautics and Astronautics has put together a fairly comprehensive history of this type of aircraft.

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