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March 29, 2010

Here's A Total Eclipse That Won't Damage Your Eyes

Eclipse Aerospace Announces The "Total Eclipse" Program

A new factory refurbishment program dubbed “Total Eclipse” was rolled out Monday by Eclipse Aerospace. The Total Eclipse program marks the completion of the final design of the original EA500 aircraft.

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Luscombe Auction Falls Far Short Of Hopes

New Owner Says He Plans To Manufacture Airplanes ... Someday

The sale of the FAA Type Certificate for the Luscombe 11E at a bankruptcy auction in Altus, Oklahoma fell far short of expectations over the weekend, bringing only about a half million dollars against the company's estimated $16 million in debts.

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It's Bonhomme Again In Red Bull Air Race Season Opener

UK's Paul Bonhomme Prevails In Abu Dhabi Heat

Defending Red Bull Air Race champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain won the first race of the 2010 season in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with a hard-fought victory in scorching heat, finishing just ahead of fellow Britain Nigel Lamb (2nd) and Hungary's Peter Besenyei (3rd).

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NASA Sets Lauch Date For Discovery

13 Day Mission Will Lauch Early On April 5

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to begin a 13-day flight to the International Space Station with a launch at 0621. EDT on April 5 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.10

A third search for the Flight 447 black boxes is underway.
Witnesses offer a clue in a landing accident involving an amphib.
And an Angel Flight accident is traced in part to lack of

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.29.10

A third search for the Flight 447 black boxes is underway.
Witnesses offer a clue in a landing accident involving an amphib.
And an Angel Flight accident is traced in part to lack of

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ANN Special Feature: Making a Difference in Instruction - 03.29.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, who names three organizations he believes are on the right track in improving flight training.

FMI:

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Fair Warning! April 1st Is Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN staff looks forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act weirder than the loons who run Sun 'n Fun...

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.29.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.29.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Making a Difference in Instruction - 03.29.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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British Army Orders Ten More Lynx Upgrades

Upgraded Aircraft Will Deploy To Afghanistan

UK Ministry of Defence has awarded AgustaWestland  a $62.5 million contract extension for the upgrade of 10 more British Army Lynx Mk.9 helicopters with LHTEC CTS800-4N engines. The contract was announced Thursday by Quentin Davies MP, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support.

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Australia Signs Contract For New Chinook CH-47 Helicopters

DMO To Acquire 7 Chinooks

Australia's Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Greg Combet announced Monday the Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) has signed a contract with the US Army Security Assistance Command to acquire seven CH-47F Chinook helicopters, two simulators and associated spares.

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NASA Partners With Idaho For New Student Aerospace Program

Pilot Program For High School Juniors To Participate In NASA Curriculum

NASA has partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to implement the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program, replicated after Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. This will be its pilot year.

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Aero-TV: Aerobatic Ambassadors – The Canadian Snowbird Demo Squadron

Team Lead Lieutenant Colonel Bard Discusses the 2010 Air Show Season
 
Almost 70 years after their inception, the 431 Snowbirds continue today bolstered by the tradition of excellence, discipline, and dedication that started in 1942.  In response to the onslaught of World War II, the Royal Canadian Air Force formed the 431 Bomber Squadron in Burn, England.  After the end of the war and a brief time on public tours, the 431 Squadron disbanded in 1954; however, to commemorate Canada’s centennial year in 1967, the RCAF formed the Golden Centennaires, planting the seed for another era of aerobatic team display!
 

Aero-TV: Aerobatic Ambassadors - The Canadian Snowbird Demo Squadron

Team Lead Lieutenant Colonel Bard Discusses the 2010 Air Show Season

Almost 70 years after their inception, the 431 Snowbirds continue today bolstered by the tradition of excellence, discipline, and dedication that started in 1942. In response to the onslaught of World War II, the Royal Canadian Air Force formed the 431 Bomber Squadron in Burn, England.

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LIVE Aero-TV Streaming From AEA 2010 Is Only 10 Days Away!

Amazing Coverage Signals Many New and Exciting Offerings From ANN and Aero-TV

We're but ten days away from the inauguration of YET ANOTHER new coverage offering from the News-Geeks that run ANN's Aero-TV programming. The preparation process has been more work that even we imagined but thankfully, we rolled this program out at AEA... where the folks that work there have proven why that organization ranks as one of the most productive and helpful in all of aviation. FMI: www.aea.net, www.aero-news.net, www.aero-tv.net, Read More

What A Load Of... Dreamliner!

Boeing Completes Ultimate-Load Wing Test on 787

Boeing has completed the ultimate-load wing up-bending test on the 787 Dreamliner static test unit. During the testing, loads were applied to the airframe to replicate 150 percent of the most extreme forces the airplane is ever expected to experience while in service. The wings were flexed upward by approximately 25 feet (7.6 meters) during the test.

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Ice Ain't Nice: CAV Aerospace Offers Cessna 208B Caravan TKS Retrofits

Nearly 3.5 Hours of Ice Protection Now Offered Via Retrofit

CAV Aerospace tells ANN that they will begin retrofits of Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in a matter of days. New production Cessna Caravans began receiving TKS upgrades in 2008, when Cessna made the switch from pneumatic boots to the TKS system.

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Klyde Morris (03.29.10)

That Klyde Is A Smart Ant...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Doug Stewart Joins IMC Clubs Board of Directors

Stewart Is Chairman of SAFE, Master CFI

The IMC Clubs appointed Doug Stewart, Master CFI and Chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (safepilots.org), to its Board of Directors on Tuesday. The IMC Clubs said the move was made to improve and address the need for experienced guidance.

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'It’s a TRAP!' HMM-165 Trains To Recover Downed Air Crews

Tactical Recovery Of Aircraft And Personnel Team's Job Is To Bring Them Home

A Marine lies under the shade of an oak tree, immobilized by injuries caused when his aircraft crashed. He waits for a CH-53E “Super Stallion” after giving the Marines coordinates and information necessary for his escape. Moments later, pilots land the Super Stallion and a team of Marines rush to his aid.

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Boeing Completes Canadian CF-18 Hornet Modernization Project

Upgrades To Multiple Systems Over A 9 Year Span

Boeing delivered the 79th and final upgraded CF-18 Hornet aircraft to the Canadian Department of National Defence during a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec on Thursday, hosted by industry partner L-3 Communications MAS, who performed final upgrade installations.

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Mesa Air Group Pilots Elect New Leadership

 The pilot leadership at Mesa Air Group, represented by ALPA, has elected new officers. Now serving on the Master Executive Council (MEC) are Captain Angelo Matziaris as the chairman, First Officer Marcin Kolodziejczyk as the vice chairman, and Captain Derek Latimer re-elected as the secretary-treasurer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.10): Overlying Center

Overlying Center The ARTCC facility that is responsible for arrival/departure operations at a specific terminal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.10)

Aero-Linx: AIRA - Aircraft Icing Research Alliance The Aircraft Icing Research Alliance (AIRA) was created by Canadian and US partners with the purpose of increasing the degree of coordination in aircraft icing research, especially research collaborations among the AIRA signatories (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Transport Canada (TC), Environment Canada (EC) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.29.10)

“We are committed to working collaboratively with management to meet the needs of our pilots, as well as those of the company, in order to reestablish Mesa Air Group as a viable airline. This is no time for games, and we will not tolerate ineptitude.” Source: Capt. Matziaris, after his recent election to MEC chairman. 

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