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March 16, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.16.11

An accidental fall claims the life of an engineer at Kennedy Space Center.
All F-35s are grounded after a forced landing.
And an assistance fund has been founded for Kyle and Amanda F

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.16.11

An accidental fall claims the life of an engineer at Kennedy Space Center.
All F-35s are grounded after a forced landing.
And an assistance fund has been founded for Kyle and Amanda F

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ANN Special Feature: Celebrating 40 Years of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - 03.16.11

ANN's Jim Campbell's talks with ballooning legend Tom McConnell about 40 years of history at Albuquerque, and a book commemorating the Balloon Fiesta which will be available soon.

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Tax Proposed On Aviation In Connecticut Which Could Severely Affect GA

Repeals Exemption For Aircraft Parts And Maintenance, Assesses Personal Property Tax

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) released his budget proposal on February 17, 2011, which would repeal the current tax exemption for aircraft parts and maintenance on aircraft under 6,000 pounds and assess personal property tax on aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Ready, Steady, Hover! -- Cool City Avionics' Helo Auto-Pilot System

Expert Autopilot Design Team Comes Up With New, Cost-Effective Autopilot System For Light Helos

There are autopilots... and there are autopilots... especially when you look at the differences that occur in terms of the job that they do. The differences between a fixed wing autopilot and a rotorcraft autopilot are intense... hence the reasons that an economical new generation of autopilots for helicopters tends to create some buzz. And the buzz comes to us courtesy of Cool City Avionics.

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NTSB Determines Pilot Error Caused Owatonna Accident

Cites Captain's Decision To Attempt A Go-Around Late In The Landing Roll With Insufficient Runway Remaining 

The NTSB determined Tuesday that the probable cause of the 2008 plane crash at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport, (KOWA) in Owatonna, Minnesota, was the captain's decision to attempt a go-around late in the landing roll with insufficient runway remaining.

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NASA Extends Crew Flight Contract With Russian Space Agency

With Shuttle Set To Retire ... Russia Boosts The Price For Transportation

This development was pretty much inevitable. NASA has signed a $753 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency that reflects a 20 percent increase for transportation to the station.

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ICAS Establishes Fund For Kyle And Amanda Franklin

Air Show Performers Injured In March 12 Accident

Tthe ICAS Foundation has created a "Kyle and Amanda Fund." Every penny donated to this fund will go directly to Amanda and Kyle. It is our (the foundation's) hope that members of the air show community will contribute to this fund as generously as their circumstances allow.

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NATF Announces Scholarship Recipients

"Learn To Fly" Program Promotes General Aviation Careers

The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is proud to announce the winners of its Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship, Pioneers of Flight Scholarship and NATA Business Scholarship.

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NTSB Investigates Tailcone Ice In Citation Excel

Three Incidents Found In Which Ice Restricted Rudder Travel

The NTSB is investigating three incidents involving Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) 560XL airplanes that experienced loss of rudder control after ice built up inside the tailcone.

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Jeppesen Expands Commercial Airline Overlay Chart Library

Four Hundred New Charts Added For More Than 70 Locations And Enhances Chart Design

Jeppesen recently introduced design enhancements to its commercial airline overlay (CAO) chart library, and has added 400 new airport/approach charts to the series for more than 70 global locations to benefit airlines operating worldwide.

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Structural Proof Testing Of 2nd X-47B Aircraft Completed

Tests Prove That Tailless, Unmanned Jet Can Operate Safely in All Planned Flight Test Environments

The U.S. Navy's second X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) will be able to withstand all of the structural stresses and strains associated with takeoff, flight and landing - including those uniquely linked with landing or taking off from the moving, pitching deck of an aircraft carrier.

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Pinnacle CEO Phil Trenary To Step Down

Resignation Effective March 24

Philip Trenary, President and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines Corp.has decided to resign his position effective March 24 to pursue other interests outside the company.

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Columbia 400 Down In Southern Illinois

Pilot Walks Away From Off-Airport Landing

The manager of a Poplar Bluff, MO, car dealership was uninjured after making an emergency landing in a field near Carbondale, IL on Friday.

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NASA Celebrates Women's Contributions To Science And Exploration

Launches New Website In Conjunction With Women's History Month

NASA will debut its new Women@NASA website during a Women's History Month event at the agency's Headquarters in Washington at 1300 EDT on Wednesday, March 16.

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ExecuJet Middle East Adds Two Aircraft To Its Managed Fleet

One Gulfstream, One Falcon Join The Ranks

ExecuJet Middle East continues to grow and diversify its fleet with two additional large cabin aircraft added this month.

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C-17 RHUD Contract Goes To Elbit Systems

Replacement Head Up Display Will Increase Pilot Situational Awareness, Company Says

A contract for the development of the C-17 Replacement Head Up Display ("RHUD") for the United States Air Force has been awarded to the U.S. subsidiary of Elbit Systems from The Boeing Company  The contract also contains options for Recurring Production, Depot Support and Repairs.

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ISTAT Conference Reports Record Attendance

Organizers Say That Reflects Investor Interest In Air Transport

Commercial aviation continues to demonstrate its sustained ability to attract investors as evidenced by record attendance at the 28th annual conference of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) held this week.

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Prince Harry To Get Advanced Apache Training In U.S.

Selected For Special Training In Yuma, AZ

Prince Harry has been picked for training at the U.S. Army's Yuma proving ground in Arizona in advanced tactics and weapons in the Apache gunship helicopter.

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Aero-TV: Ready, Steady, Hover! -- Cool City Avionics' Helo Auto-Pilot System

Expert Autopilot Design Team Comes Up With New, Cost-Effective Autopilot System For Light Helos

There are autopilots... and there are autopilots... especially when you look at the differences that occur in terms of the job that they do. The differences between a fixed wing autopilot and a rotorcraft autopilot are intense... hence the reasons that an economical new generation of autopilots for helicopters tends to create some buzz. And the buzz comes to us courtesy of Cool City Avionics.

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.16.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.16.11   (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.16.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Celebrating 40 Years of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - 03.16.11 (ANN

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ORBCOMM And SpaceX Set Plans To Deploy Satellites On Next Falcon 9 Launch

Falcon 9 Rocket To Carry ORBCOMM’s First Two Next-Generation OG2 Satellites

The first two ORBCOMM next-generation OG2 satellites will be carried to orbit on the next Falcon 9 launch this year. ORBCOMM and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) jointly announced the development Monday.

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Running The Gauntlet: 747-8 Intercontinental Completes Final Gauntlet Test

Simulates Flight Conditions As Step Towards First Flight, Which Could Come As Early As Sunday

Final gauntlet testing on the first 747-8 Intercontinental jetliner Boeing has been completed, Boeing said Monday. The two days of testing were wrapped up late Sunday.

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Work Resumes At Launch Pad 39A

Operations Suspended Briefly After A Worker Was Fatally Injured In A Fall Monday

Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A resumed processing operations Tuesday in preparation for space shuttle Endeavour's upcoming launch.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.16.11)

"The President's 2012 budget request boosts funding ... to ensure that American astronauts and the cargo they need are transported by American companies rather than continuing to outsource this work to foreign governments." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.11): En Route Automation System (EAS)

The complex integrated environment consisting of situation display systems, surveillance systems and flight data processing, remote devices, decision support tools, and the related communications equipment that form the heart of the automated IFR air traffic control system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.11)

New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959.

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