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February 12, 2011

Letter Groups Petition FAA For Changes In Sport Pilot Rules

The Goal Is To Make It Easier For Sport Pilots To Continue Training

Four major general aviation organizations often referred to as "the letter groups" are calling on the FAA to change its rules to make it easier for Sport Pilots to pursue additional training and higher level pilot certificates.

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First Orion Spacecraft Shipped To Testing Facility

Lockheed-Martin Designed Spacecraft On Its Way To Colorado

The first Orion crew module spacecraft structure was shipped out Thursday from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA, on its way to Lockheed Martin's Denver, CO. facilities.

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EADS NA Responds To Final Air Force RFP Revisions In Tanker Competition

European Company Claims "Substantial Savings" In Operating Costs Over Boeing Tanker

EADS North America has submitted its response to the U.S. Air Force's request for final proposal revisions in the KC-X aerial refueling tanker competition.

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CAPA Urges Opposition To Inhofe Amendment To FAA Bill

A Vote On Amendment #7 Is Expected Early Next Week

A proposed amendment on pilot fatigue offered by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) to the FAA Reauthorization Bill would exempt supplemental carriers, operating under 121 subpart S, from proposed changes to flight, duty and rest regulations.

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Another Rare Aircraft Joins The Airbase Fleet

Chrislea Super Ace Flew In To Coventry, UK Last Week

Airbase Coventry, is currently a blur of activity as work continues of a massive expansion program. And the collection has recently expanded into a second hangar at the historic Coventry Airport site. The latest airplane to join the fleet is a Chrislea Super Ace.

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Traveling On US Airways? Pack Light

Overweight Luggage On The Carrier Costs More

US Airways has bumped up its fees for heavy luggage by $40.  Passengers with bags that weigh between 51 and 70 pounds will now be slapped with an additional $90 fee over the normal $25 first-checked-bag fee. Go over 70 pounds, and the fee is $175.

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Are 'Friendly Skies' Becoming A Little TOO Friendly?

Planes Are Apparently The New Hotspot For A Romantic Liaison

A survey from flights comparison site Skyscanner has revealed romantic associations with flying are still going strong with the trend for “flyrting” – the practice of passengers flirting while flying.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.12.11)

"This ... puts us on the right path toward achieving the President's objective of Orion's first crewed mission by 2016." Source: Cleon Lacefield, Lockheed Martin vice president and Orion program manager.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.12.11): Scissors

A maneuver in which a series of hard turn reversals are executed in an attempt to achieve the offensive after an overshoot by an attacker.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.12.11)

Chicken Wings

An aviation related cartoon that's accurate enough to amuse aviators and aviation fans, without bogging the reader down with too much technical stuff.

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AD: Correction, Piaggio

AD NUMBER: 2011-01-53


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