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April 10, 2010

Polish President's Plane Down, 96 People Killed

President Lech Kaczynski, His Wife Both Lost

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and 94 other people were killed Saturday morning when the TU-154 they were aboard went down on approach to Smolensk in western Russia in a thick fog.

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Certified: Diamond's DA42 NG, DA 40 NG

Twin Is Approved For IFR And FIKI Operations

Pilots waiting for a new turbo-diesel DA42 will welcome the news that Diamond Aircraft has received FAA certification for its DA42 NG airplane, powered by twin 170 hp Austro Engine AE-300 turbo-diesel powerplants.

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ANN's LIVE AEA 2010 Coverage Sponsored by Aspen Avionics!

Revolutionary AND Evolutionary -- Aspen Avionics!!!

Aspen Avionics, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded by aviation enthusiasts in 2004. The company specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits. Read More

More of ANN's AEA2010 Live-Streaming Programming Continues Saturday  Join Aero-TV again on Saturday, April 10th, at 1100 ET, for a convention wrap-up featuring AEA’s President, Paula Derks, Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs, Ric Peri, and the AEA Educational Foundation’s Executive Director, Mike Adamson.

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Klyde Morris (04.09.10)

Klyde Opines on A New 'Low'


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Babbitt Hints At Coming Changes In Manufacturing Standards

New Program To Be Announced In Mid April, Babbitt Tells AEA Convention

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told attendees of the 53rd Annual AEA Convention and Trade Show that the agency is considering a change in some of the traditional ways that companies are "invited" to manufacture equipment.

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Cessna Sees A Potential Rebound In The Piston Market

Company Leaders Are "Cautiously Optimistic"

It has been a rough economic 18 months by anybody's estimation, but now officials at Cessna say they are still optimistic, but cautious, about the predicted rebound in general aviation’s piston market.

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ANN Thanks Avidyne For AEA 2010 Live Coverage Sponsorship!

ANN Flies An Avidyne R9-Equipped Cirrus... So We REALLY Do LikeThese Guys!

 Avidyne Corporation designs and manufactures avionics instruments, flight displays, VHF and GPS-based navigation, communication and datalink transceivers, as well as a range of traffic detection and weather detection sensors.

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Hartzell Introduces Advanced-Composite Aerobatic Propeller

Designed For Extra 300/330 Applications

Hartzell Propeller has developed an advanced structural composite propeller for aerobatic aircraft using its proprietary ASC-II technology.  The new Claw 2.0 propeller has recently achieved FAA type certification, meeting all of the propeller certification requirements. 

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See and HEAR AEA 2010 Live Coverage -- Thanks To PS Engineering

ANN Flies With A PMA 8000B... The Best Audio Panel We've Ever Owned

PS-Engineering may be a company with humble origins... but there is no doubt that General Aviation wouldn't sound the same without them. 

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Private Pilots Can Now Get Online Upset Recovery Training

Helps Teach Pilots How To Recognize Loss Of Control Situations

Aviation Performance Solutions has launched an online upset recovery training program for private pilots of all skill levels. The training program was previously only available to pilots participating in-person at the APS Emergency Maneuver Training campus at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona.

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Maryse Carmichael Takes Command Of The Canadian Snowbirds

An Appropriate Appointment In The Year Of The Centennial Of Women Pilots

On May 6, 2010, Maryse Carmichael, who flew with the Snowbirds in 2001 and 2002, will assume command of the squadron in the year of the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots.

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FreeFlight Systems Sponsors ANN's AEA 2010 Live Coverage!

An Avionics Veteran, FreeFlight Systems Has SO Much To Offer!

Founded in 2001 through the acquisition of Trimble Navigation’s Avionics Products Division, FreeFlight Systems is an international supplier of professional-grade avionics systems for commercial and military aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.10.10)

"That theory would be that, instead of telling you the design specs quite accurately of what we want built, we would tell you want we want to receive from the product and let you design and build it." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.10.10): Pilot's Discretion

When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.10.10)

Aviation Diesel Engines

With Diamond announcing FAA certification of the DA42 NG and EASA certification of the DA40 NG, it seemed to be an appropriate time to go back and look at the concept of the aviation diesel engine. NASA seemed like a good place to start.

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