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March 21, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.11

Boeing's newest 747 makes its first flight.
NASA schedules a summit to explore open source.
And you'll be happy to know, your iPad won't explode.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.22.11

Boeing's newest 747 makes its first flight.
NASA schedules a summit to explore open source.
And you'll be happy to know, your iPad won't explode.


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ANN Special Feature: NAFI on FAA Test Changes - 03.22.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jason Blair, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors, about the FAA's decision to change airmen knowledge tests last month without warning,

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.21.11

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FAA's Surprise Test Changes - 03.21.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Preparations Begin For Next Ariane 5 Launch

Communications Satellites To Be Delivered In Third Arianespace Launch Of 2011

Ariane Flight VA202 - The launcher components for Arianespace's third Ariane 5 mission of 2011 arrived this week in French Guiana, marking the first step in preparations for a heavy-lift flight with the ST-2 and GSAT-8 telecommunications satellites.

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Omniflight Completes Level 1 Of FAA SMS Program

First Phase Completed In Seven Months

Air medical services provider Omniflight Helicopters says it has completed Level 1 of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) program, and has now started on Level 2.

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Kauai FD Takes Delivery Of An MD 530F

First Aircraft For The Department To Own

The delivery of an MD 530F to the Kaui, HI, Fire Department marks an important milestone in the history of the agency. It is the first aircraft they have owned. Prior to this delivery, the Department had leased helicopter services from a local operator.

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Southwest Airlines Seeks Mediation Assistance With Its Dispatchers

Wells: Company 'Looking Forward To A Contract ... That Is Acceptable To Everyone'

Southwest Airlines is currently in contract negotiations with its Dispatchers, represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) 550. At Wednesday's negotiating session, the carrier announced that it will seek assistance from the National Mediation Board.

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NASA Glenn 'Drops' Student Microgravity Experiments

Fall From 79-Foot Tower Achieves Two Seconds Of Weightlessness

NASA has selected four high school teams of students to test their science experiments in a competition that simulates the microgravity in space.

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NASA To Host Open Source Summit March 29-30 In California

Software Developers Meet To Discuss Collaboration, Costs, Timelines For The Agency

NASA will host a summit about open source software development on March 29-30 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. The event runs from 0900 to 1700 PDT on both days.

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CSeries Aircraft Model To Be Displayed At ICAO HQ

Model Will Be On Permanent Display In The Lobby In Montréal

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has accepted a large scale model of the new CSeries commercial jetliner as a special gift from Bombardier Aerospace.

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IMC Club Releases Android, iPhone Application

First Webcast Of IMC Report From IMC TV Planned For Friday, March 25th

Aviation safety organization, IMC Club International has released a new mobile application compatible with both Android and iPhone platforms.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.11

Two unions report progress on behalf of airline employees.
NASA says the Messenger probe is now orbiting Mercury.
And Boeing China has a new president.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.21.11

Two unions report progress on behalf of airline employees.
NASA says the Messenger probe is now orbiting Mercury.
And Boeing China has a new president.


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ANN Special Feature: FAA's Surprise Test Changes - 03.21.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Aiwaves about the protest from alphabet groups over the FAA's unannounced changes in the question pool for airmen knowledge tests.

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Boeing Births Another 747... Intercontinental Flies 4 Hr, 25 Min Test Flight

B747-8 Intercontinental Conducts Successful First Flight

Boeing's maxxed-out 747-8 Intercontinental successfully began its flight test program Sunday, taking off from Paine Field in Everett, WA, before several thousand employees, customers, suppliers and community leaders. The airplane landed four hours and 25 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The 747-8 Intercontinental's first flight marks the beginning of a flight test program that will finish in the fourth quarter. With 747 Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein and Capt. Paul Stemer at the controls, the newest member of the 747 family took off at 9:59 a.m. and landed at 2:24 p.m. local time.

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Classic Aero-TV: WIFI Goes Skyward - Aircell Brings Those Onboard Online

John Wade Outlines Aircell's Potential for the Aviation Industry

As ANN and Aero-TV prepares for its Annual LIVE PROGRAMMING from the floor of the 54th Annual AEA Convention and Tradeshow, we figured this was as good an excuse as any to show you some of the things that got us excited last year in order to get you ready for EVEN MORE EXCITING things this year! We can't tell you much... YET... but this year's AEA Convention is likely to be one of the most newsworthy on record... and if you'll join us LIVE

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Klyde Morris (03.21.11)

Klyde's Not Thrilled With FAA Written Testing... But Who Is?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Chicago In The Bidding War For A Retired Shuttle

The Adler Planetarium Hopes To Bring A Shuttle Orbiter To Chicago To Inspire The Next Generation Of Explorers

The Adler Planetarium released a rendering on Wednesday of the state-of-the-art glass pavilion and learning center it would build to house a Space Shuttle Orbiter.

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Boeing To Lease 2nd Oklahoma City Facility

New Building Needed To accommodate Program Relocations And Growth

Construction is underway on a second Boeing facility the planemaker plans to lease in Oklahoma City.

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Army Building New 'F' Model Kiowa Warrior

Upgrades Will Extend Aircraft Service Life Through 2025

The U.S. Army is beginning mission equipment upgrade modifications to its fleet of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior scout aircraft in an effort to build a new, high-tech "F" model helicopter designed with improved avionics, better sensors and stepped-up overall performance capability, service officials said.

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Boeing, Korean Air Announce Order for Two 747-8 Freighters

First Airline To Order Both Passenger And Freight Versions Of The Larger 747

A pair of new B747-8 Freighters valued at $639 million at Boeing list prices have been ordered by Korean Air. Boeing and the airline announced the order jointly Friday.

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Venezuelan Authorized Service Center Named For GE's M601 And H80 Engines

Line Maintenance, Removals, Re-installations Part Of The Package

Solo Aviation has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an Authorized Service Center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.11): Vela Satellite

Vela Satellite Launched by the U.S. in the 1960s to monitor the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The satellite’s mission was to detect the gamma rays produced during nuclear blasts. Although not intended for astronomical studies, the Vela satellite provided useful celestial data, detecting an unexpected blast of cosmic gamma radiation in 1967. The satellite discovered several other gamma-rays bursts during the years of the Vela project, which ceased operation in 1979.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.11)

Aero-Linx: Fly Rockets! The fastest sport on the planet! You've seen them fly on the Discovery Channel, now discover how they work and how you can get involved. The Fly Rockets site was developed to introduce you to all aspects of rockets and rocketry. Inside you'll find easy to understand information for the beginner, information on local clubs and national organizations, a vast array of rocketry vendors, and links to other great rocketry web sites. Come join an inspiring, educational, family hobby with an un-paralleled safety record. We're looking for people just like you!

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.21.11)

"This a great day for the 747-8 team and for all of Boeing. What an honor it is to see such a beautiful airplane fly... I want to thank everybody who had a hand in designing, building and preparing this airplane for flight – our engineers, our manufacturing employees, our colleagues in Boeing Fabrication, our colleagues in Boeing Test & Evaluation, our external suppliers – for all their hard work." Source: Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the 747-8 program, following the successful first test flight of the streched Boeing.

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