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February 07, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.07.11

The future of unmanned aerial combat takes flight over Edwards.
The Superjet 100 gets certified at home.
And FAA and the alphabet groups study lead-free avgas.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.07.11

The future of unmanned aerial combat takes flight over Edwards.
The Superjet 100 gets certified at home.
And FAA and the alphabet groups study lead-free avgas.


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ANN Special Feature: PTS vs. Proficiency - 02.07.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the differences between the FAA's Practical Test Standards and true proficiency, and what we really need to fly safely.

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NTSB Prelim: 'Severe Vertigo' Downs Cirrus -- But Chute Saves Pilot

Airframe Chute Used To Save Another Pilot

 While accidents like this one will do little to quiet the pro-chute/anti-chute controversy that has arisen since Alan Klapmeier made  the gutsy decision to include the BRS airplane chute with every Cirrus, there is little doubt here that this pilot thought he was in severe trouble -- and used the chute to save him from what was likely to be a pretty poor outcome. A save is a save is a save... 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.07.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.07.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.07.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: PTS vs. Proficiency - 02.07.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Space Florida And Bigelow Aerospace Sign MOU

Will Work Together To Explore Customers For Orbital Space Complex

Space Florida President Frank DiBello and Robert Bigelow, president of Bigelow Aerospace, have agreed to work together to pursue and identify foreign and domestic companies that could benefit from utilization of Bigelow's expandable, orbital space complexes.

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FAA, JetBlue Sign NextGen Agreement

Pact Will Bring GPS Precision To East Coast, Caribbean Routes

The FAA and JetBlue have signed a NextGen agreement that will allow the airline to fly more precise, satellite-based flights from Boston and New York to Florida and the Caribbean beginning in 2012.

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Truman Helps Train Future Pilots

Carrier Qualifications Are The Pinnacle Of Navy Pilots' Training

Pilots from five Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRSs) embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) began the final stage of their pilot training, Jan. 27.

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International Partners Discuss Space Station Operations

Top Topics Included Reducing Costs, Increasing Use

The International Space Station partner agencies met Thursday by videoconference to discuss coordinating the increased use of the space station as a research laboratory.

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Its Like Big Kids' Laser Tag

Meggitt's Vector Scoring Selected For QF16 Aerial Targets

Meggitt Defense Systems Inc, has been awarded a contract to integrate and produce the vector scoring system for Boeing's QF-16 aircraft-former F16 fighters fitted with equipment for remote-controlled flight and used as aerial targets and decoys.

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California Conference Focues On Aerospace, Defense Manufacturers

Will Discuss Challenges Facing OEMs And Other Suppliers

The senior-most executives from aerospace and defense manufacturing are gathering this spring at AeroDef 2011 Manufacturing Exposition and Conference to address the challenges facing the major OEMs and their supply chains.

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Aviation Engine Component Plant Helps Bring Jobs To The Tampa Region

New Core Facility Will Be Built Next to Chromalloy Castings - The Company's Newly Operational $30 Million Foundry

Florida Governor Rick Scott joined Chromalloy officials and employees Thursday as the company broke ground on a new $5 million ceramic core production facility in Tampa, FL.

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Aero-TV: Pilots N Paws -- Animal Rescue Takes Flight

Awwwww... A Really Cool and Emotionally Satisfying Way To Use Your Airplane!

I dare you to consider the mission of Pilots n Paws... and not be affected. Devoted to helping the helpless, the aviators who comprise Pilots n Paws not only do "a service" to the world... but also show the world how big a hear aviation (and aviators) possess.

Aero-TV: Sandia's SAC 7-35 ADC -- An Air Data Computer for 'The Rest of Us'

Sandia Helps Make Sense of Air-Data... Via the SAC 7-35 ADC

On a recent visit to the wilds of Albuquerque, NM, ANN spent some quality time with the folks of Sandia Aerospace. In this program, Sandia Aerospace details how their recently TSO'd SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer was designed specifically for the new generation of integrated avionics that will provide the pilot with a host of information to make his flying safer and more economical.

ANN's Heroes 'n Heartbreakers of 2010: 'SAFE'

Aero-Heroes: SAFE In the coming days, we're going to pick up the conversation we started some weeks ago about all that was right or wrong in aviation... and one of the inescapable conclusions I keep coming to is the thought that so much of aviation's future is tied up in the quality (or lack thereof) of flight training available these days. Both from the standpoint of the individual instructors, as well as the schools that they may work with, aviation's future will rise or fall with the quality that both bring to our skies over the coming years.

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Aero-TV: Pilots N Paws -- Animal Rescue Takes Flight

Awwwww... A Really Cool and Emotionally Satisfying Way To Use Your Airplane!

I dare you to consider the mission of Pilots n Paws... and not be affected. Devoted to helping the helpless, the aviators who comprise Pilots n Paws not only do "a service" to the world... but also show the world how big a heart aviation (and aviators) possess. Pilots N Paws is an organization created for pilots and other volunteers who help to transport rescue animals by air. Their mission is to provide a user-friendly communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals; and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals.

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Aero-TV: Sandia's SAC 7-35 ADC -- An Air Data Computer for 'The Rest of Us'

Sandia Helps Make Sense of Air-Data... Via the SAC 7-35 ADC

On a recent visit to the wilds of Albuquerque, NM, ANN spent some quality time with the folks of Sandia Aerospace. In this program, Sandia Aerospace details how their recently TSO'd SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer was designed specifically for the new generation of integrated avionics that provides the pilot with a host of information to make his flying safer and more economical.

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Speakers, Moderators Chosen For GA Symposium

Who's-Who Roster Will Guide Pilot Training Reform

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently released its list of keynote speakers and panel moderators for the GA Pilot Training Reform Symposium. SAFE Chair and 2004 National Flight Instructor of the Year Doug Stewart will preside over the symposium.

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Klyde Morris (02.07.11)

Klyde Listens To Some More Whining...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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ANN's Heroes 'n Heartbreakers of 2010: The 'New' AOPA

Aero-Heartbreakers: The Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association We've had some tough things to say about AOPA this year... and I'm afraid we see no reason to quit now. It hurts to write that... really. Call it 'tough love' if you will, but it should not be lost to anyone that ANN, once one of the most prominent and public supporters of the AOPA mission, has publicly declared that we have no confidence in the organization at this time... and especially in its leadership.

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Navy Test Pilot Completes First F-35 Flight

"Magic" Buus: "I Think The Fleet Is Going To Love This Airplane"

After a series of extensive ground and simulator training events, Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus completed the first flight by a U.S. Navy test pilot in an F-35 on Thursday.

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University Of Illinois May Ground Aviation Program

Interim Chancellor Says It Is To Costly To Continue

The interim chancellor of the University of Illinois has recommended the elimination of the school's aviation program in a cost-saving move.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.7.11)

Aero-Linx: FAA--Become a Pilot An FAA site: Decide what you want to fly. FAA's rules for getting a pilot's license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. If you are interested in flying ultralight vehicles, you don't need a pilot's license. You should also think about what type of flying you want to do. There are several different types of pilot's licenses, from student pilot all the way up to airline transport pilot...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.07.11): VDL Mode 2 -- VHF Digital Link Mode 2

VDL Mode 2 -- VHF Digital Link Mode 2 VDL Mode 2 was developed in the early 2000s to provide a much-needed increase in capacity for aeronautical operational control messages. It improves on VHF ACARS data link by providing 10 times the bandwidth. VDL Mode 2 is the enabling technology for Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications and the future free flight environment.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.07.11)

"The flight was very enjoyable and went off without a hitch... I'm very blessed to be on this program, and it's a testament to the designers and engineers that this airplane flies so well. I'm looking forward to getting a few more hours, helping the team knock out test points, and delivering this airplane to the warfighters. I think the fleet is going to love this airplane." Source: Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus, after completing the first flight by a U.S. Navy test pilot in an F-35 on Thursday...

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