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March 28, 2010

French Authorities To Resume Search For Flight 447 FDR

Aircraft Went Down In The Atlantic 9 Months Ago

The French investigative agency BEA says that it will soon begin a third search for the flight data recorder from Air France Flight 447, which went down on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris June 1st of last year. All 228 people on board the airplane were lost.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Texas Amphib Accident

Wheels May Have Been Extended During Water Landing

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report in a March 18th accident in which an amphibious Maule flipped over during a water landing, killing 41-year-old Kristin Kolby, the passenger on board the airplane. 

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In 2008 Angel Flight Accident

Pilot Was Not "Instrument Current"

The NTSB has issued a Probable Cause report for an accident that occurred during an "Angel Flight." Pilot Joseph Baker was transporting a cancer patient and his wife from Connecticut to Boston  in August, 2008, when the airplane went down in a supermarket parking lot, killing all three.

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Russian Bombers Enter British Airspace ... Again

UK Says It Is The 20th Such Incident In 15 Months

Two Russian bombers reportedly were intercepted by RAF jets off the west coast of Scotland March 10th, the 20th time the RAF says it has scrambled jets to check out Russian aircraft in British airspace.

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Minnesota Wing Aircrews Pile Up Flying Hours In Flood Response

ARCHER System Gathering Hi-Resolution Aerial Images Of Flooded Areas

Aircrews from the Minnesota Wing of Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, have accumulated more than 100 hours of high-tech flying time in recent days, supporting disaster relief efforts in the Red River Valley.

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Army Aviator Ends 43-Year Career

Retiring With 21,000 Flying Hours Under His Rotary Wings

When Chief Warrant Officer Herb Dargue joined the Army as a helicopter pilot, the Beatles' "Penny Lane" topped the charts and the UH-1C Huey was the hottest "chopper" flying. Forty-three years and 21,000 flying hours later, Dargue made his last flight as a military aviator Friday.

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EADS North America Partners With Alabama To Send Supplies To Haiti

3000 Pounds Of Supplies Donated By Montgomery Rescue Mission

In a partnership with Alabama Governor Bob Riley's office, EADS North America has sent an Airbus Military C-212 tactical transport aircraft to Haiti with nearly 3,000 pounds of relief supplies aboard. The cargo of food and clothing was provided by Montgomery Rescue Mission.

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Airports Council Applauds House Vote On Tax Relief

Says Airports Play A Key Role In The Federal Bond Market

Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA), said Wednesday that the House's passage of HR 4849, the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010, will be beneficial to airports around the country.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.10): Outer Area

Outer Area (associated with Class C airspace) Nonregulatory airspace surrounding designated Class C airspace airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring and sequencing on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.10)

Aero-Linx: American Heroes Air Show Established in Los Angeles in 1992, the American Heroes Air Show began as a grass-roots community effort to celebrate the dynamic role of helicopters in law enforcement, fire service, search and rescue, homeland security, communications and national defense. Today, this non-profit event is offered in seven major U.S. cities, enabling spectators from coast-to-coast the rare opportunity to view advanced military and civilian helicopters and meet the pilots who fly them. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.28.10)

"Aircrew training prior to deployment and supporting the ground teams were good missions for our pilots and their crews since the demand for CAP's ARCHER system increased... Our pilots were training, reviewing tasks and completing skills needed for aerial imaging in anticipation of the flooding." Source:  Aircrews from the Minnesota Wing of Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, have accumulated more than 100 hours of high-tech flying time in recent days, supporting disaster relief efforts in the Red River Valley. Maj. Paul Pieper, Minnesota Wing's emergency services director and incident commander for the wing's ongoing flood response missions.

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