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January 16, 2011

NTSB Prelim: Nose Gear Problem Results In Cautionary Engine Shut-Down--Too Early

Cessna 310 Shuts Down Both Mills -- Short Of The Runway

Things get VERY distracting when an aircraft system problem escalates to an unplanned landing. Under such circumstances, once has to react carefully and swiftly... though sometimes the concept of swiftly and carefully can conflict with each other. In this case, a Twin Cessna pilot shut down both engines proper to landing with the knowledge that he had a nose gear problem -- while obviously trying to save the engines.

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Skyvision Xtreme Releases Fully Functional ADS-B Display

Gives Pilots Unprecedented Intuitive Situational Awareness

A new new ADS-B traffic and weather display, with 3D traffic, subscription-free weather, and control inputs for the UAT (Universal Access Transceiver) has been introduced by SkyVision Xtreme, LLC.

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NASA Invites Students To Send Experiments To The Edge Of Space

High School Students Will Submit Proposals To Fly On Weather Balloons

NASA is inviting student teams to design and build experiments the agency will fly into the stratosphere, a near-space environment, more than 100,000 feet above the Earth.

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Safe Flight Donates $50,000 To Corporate Angel Network

CAN Has Arranged More Than 36,000 Flights To Assist Cancer Patients

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, a pioneer in aviation safety and performance since 1946, has donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network, the public charity that coordinates free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft.

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NASA Names Deputy Chief Technologist

Michael J. Gazarik Will Track Technology 'Investments' Across The Agency

NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun has announced the appointment of Michael J. Gazarik as the agency's deputy chief technologist.

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STAT MedEvac Purchases Five Eurocopter Twins To Upgrade Fleet

Deliveries Expected In First Half Of 2012

STAT MedEvac has ordered five more twin-engine helicopters, consisting of three EC135 helicopters and two EC145 helicopters. The order is part of an ongoing strategy at STAT to continually upgrade its fleet with the latest aircraft and the newest technology.

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Stanford, IATA To Offer Unique Program To Aviation Professionals

Distance Learning Leads To Professional Certification in Aviation Management

The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed an agreement to develop and deliver a distance learning aviation management program.

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Marine Corps Making Progress With F-35B Lightning II

First Vertical Landing With Return To Normal Flight

The Marine Corps performed a significant maneuver Wednesday with the Corps’ short take-off and vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the STOVL F-35B Lightning II.  The BF-2, a test version of the fighter jet, accomplished its first vertical landing and conversion back to normal flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.11): VFR Military Training Routes

VFR Military Training Routes Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training under VFR below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.11)

Aero-Linx: Bensen X-25A "Gyrocopter"

Note: This aircraft is located in the Research & Development Gallery on a secure part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Two X-25 aircraft were procured by the USAF in 1968 to test a method for improving the chances of rescuing crewmen forced to bail out from their aircraft over enemy territory...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.16.11)

“Using a common helicopter platform allows us to more effectively manage our fleet’s maintenance program. We are also able to cross-train all our pilots on both aircraft, which helps ensure maximum flexibility in scheduling and personnel availability.” Source: Doug Garretson, President and Chief Executive Officer of STAT MedEvac, explaining the methodology behind their selection of EC135 anbd EC145 helos upgrade their fleet.

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