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March 15, 2011

American Effort Underway to Head Off Chinese Sale of Cirrus

Foley Organizing Cirrus Aircraft Counter-Offer

Within a week of publishing his industry analysis of China's recent purchase of some US general aviation companies, consulting firm BRiFO President Brian Foley now finds himself charting a new and wholly different course of action on that topic. Foley's paper discussed, among other things, the recent bid on Duluth, Minnesota-based Cirrus Aircraft, a respected maker of light piston aircraft, by Chinese plane maker China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA or AVIC).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.15.11

The GPS industry forms a coalition to fight interference.
The P-8A Poseidon has entered low-rate production.
And a Texas company is chosen to paint new Dreamliners.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.15.11

The GPS industry forms a coalition to fight interference.
The P-8A Poseidon has entered low-rate production.
And a Texas company is chosen to paint new Dreamliners.


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ANN Special Feature: Women in Aviation - 03.15.11

ANN's Jim Campbell's talks with Dr. Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International, about the growth of her organization at the 22nd Annual International Aviation for Women Conference

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Aero-TV: Skycatcher 2011 Update -- Cessna’s LSA Program Matures Nicely

Cessna Projects It Will Deliver 150 LSAs In 2011

It looks to be a better year for most things Cessna. And that starts with the Skycatcher program. When we interviewed Cessna's Bob Stangarone at the 2011 Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo, the company had reported that it had received more than 60 Skycatcher light sport aircraft from Shenyang Aircraft Corporation -- and better yet, in conjunction with its reassembly site at Yingling Aviation in Wichita, KS, Cessna has delivered more than 30 Skycatchers.

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ANN Announces AEA 2011 Live Programming Schedule

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

As you may be aware, ANN's Aero-TV will be continuing to broaden our live video news capabilities at next week's 54th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Reno, NV! With the latest rendition of this exciting new endeavor, AEA, Aero-TV and ANN will be able to bring you the latest breaking news live from the convention floor! Aviators, WORLDWIDE, will be able to watch the streaming online video coverage from the convenience of your computer!

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Agreement Reached To Expand Capacity At O'Hare

$1.17 Billion Project Will Construct Next Phase Of O'Hare Modernization

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, executives from United Airlines and American Airlines and U.S. Senators Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk announced a $1.17 billion agreement on Monday that will allow the O'Hare Modernization Program to move forward.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report On Biplane Collision With Large RC Aircraft

Radio Controlled Plane Was Performing In A Model Air Show.

In what was perhaps the most unusual mid-air collision last year, a Shpakow SA 750 bipe struck a large-scale AJ Slick RC model, slightly damaging the larger aircraft but largely destroying the model. The good news is that the biplane landed safely, but it was not undamaged.

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NTSB To Host Volunteer Pilot Safety Seminar 'Stand Down'

Sessions To Be Held At Board's Training Center In Virginia

The NTSB, Angel Flight, and AOPA are holding a volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on March 25, 2011.

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Deployment Of Floodwall Underway At St. Paul Downtown Airport

Precautionary Measure Against Expected Mississippi River Flooding

With spring flooding of the Mississippi River at St. Paul all but certain, work crews from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) began deploying temporary sections of floodwall at St. Paul Downtown Airport (KSTP) on Monday.

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SBIRS GEO-1 To Be Processed For May 2011 Launch

First Satellite In Stationary Orbit To Be Tasked With Missile Detection

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have delivered the first geosynchronous (GEO-1) Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, where it will be prepared for an early May liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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AH-1Z Cobra Earns Navy Initial Operating Capability Designation

Upgrade Program Completed Ahead Of Schedule

The U.S. Marine Corps' newest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Cobra, achieved Initial Operating Capability ahead of schedule in February.

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Work Begins On Exploration Park Site

Initial Phase Underway Outside Kennedy Space Center

Site work has begun on Exploration Park, the high-tech research and office park being developed by The Pizzuti Companies in partnership with Space Florida.

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Clay Lacy To Speak At March 22 Wichita Aero Club Luncheon

National Aviation Hall Of Fame Inductee, Movie And Air Racing Legend, United Airlines And Learjet Pilot

Wichita native Clay Lacy has at least one interesting story for every hour he has logged in the left seat of an airplane ... and that would add up to more than 50,000 so far. He will tell at least a few of them to the Wichita Aero Club on Tuesday, March 22.

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First JT8D-219 Engine For Joint STARS Aircraft To Be Delivered

FAA Certified Several Modifications For Re-Engining Project

The first reconfigured JT8D-219 engine in the U.S. Air Force's re-engined E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft program will be delivered by Pratt & Whitney to Northrop Grumman later this month.

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Cathay Pacific Announces Order For Additional 777-300ERs, Airbus A330-300s

Hong Kong Carrier Takes Ten Long-Range Boeings, 15 Mid-Size Airbus Airliners

Hong-Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered a total of 25 new airplanes last week, including 10 Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes and 15 Airbus A330-300s.

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Sixty-Four Rotations, But No World Record

Pilot Falls Short Of Inverted Spin Record Attempt

It was a valiant attempt, but stunt pilot Spencer Suderman fell a bit short in his attempt to break the world-record for an inverted spin last Friday.

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KaiserAir FAA Certified To Operate Large Jets As A Part 121 Commercial Airline

Authority Granted Under FAR Part 121 For Full Flight Operations And Management

The FAA has certified aviation management company KaiserAir, Inc. to provide full flight operations and management services for a Boeing 737-700 with all-premier passenger service – 60-seat configuration.

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Aero-TV: Skycatcher 2011 Update -- Cessna’s LSA Program Matures Nicely

Company Projects It Will Deliver 150 LSAs In 2011

It looks to be a better year for most things Cessna. And that starts with the Skycatcher program. When we interviewed Cessna's Bob Stangarone at the 2011 Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo, the company had reported that it had received more than 60 Skycatcher light sport aircraft from Shenyang Aircraft Corporation -- and better yet, in conjunction with its reassembly site at Yingling Aviation in Wichita, KS, Cessna has delivered more than 30 Skycatchers. Times, indeed, have changed.

F-35 Fleet Grounded Following Generator Failure

"A" Model Suffered Oil Leak, Double Generator Failure

The Pentagon has grounded the entire fleet of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters after an "A" model developed an oil leak and suffered a double generator failure in flight last week.

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HAI Calls For Input On Improving FAA Helicopter Briefings

Meetings To Be Held March 22-23

The FAA is partnering with HAI and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) in developing safety briefing material tailored to helicopter operations.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.15.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.15.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.15.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Women in Aviation - 03.15.11 (ANN Special Report, with Dr. Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International)

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U-2 Spy Plane Offering Assistance To Japan

Will Provide High-Resolution Imagery Of Tsunami-Ravaged Areas

As Japan copes with the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11, the United States has sent help in the form of personnel, equipment and a watchful eye in the sky: a U-2 high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

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Fund Established For Kyle and Amanda Franklin

Kyle Reportedly Improved, Amanda Is 'Stable'

A fund has been established to assist Kyle and Amanda Franklin, who were both injured when the biplane they were flying during an air show went down during the performance.

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Worker Killed In Fall At KSC

Work Was Suspended On Pad 39A

A United Space Alliance worker fell at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A at about 0740 EDT Monday morning. NASA emergency medical personnel responded, but they were unable to revive the man.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.15.11)

"The O'Hare Modernization Program is one of the most important economic development projects in the nation." Source: Sentaor Mark Kirk (R-IL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.15.11): IF/IAWP

Intermediate Fix/Initial Approach Waypoint.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.15.11)

Army Air Forces.com

This web site was started in 1998, under the name "HeavyBombers" and has grown ever since. It exists to enable research concerning the United States Army Air Forces of World War II.

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