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March 08, 2010

Northrop Grumman, EADS Will Not Bid On KC-X Tanker Program

Defense Department Says It Is "Disappointed" In The Decision

Northrop Grumman announced on its website Monday that it would not be submitting a bid to replace the Air Forces' aging fleet of KC-135 tankers.

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President Obama Announces His Intent To Nominate Robert A. Harding To Lead TSA

Retired Major General Has 35 Years Experience In The Intelligence Field

President Barack Obama announced Monday he intends to nominate Major General Robert A. Harding, U.S. Army (Retired), as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (TSA).

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.08.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.08.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.08.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Was it Icing, or a Stall? - 03.08.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.08.10

The Coast Guard has recovered the victims of a T-6 crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pilot of a Crusader down in Virginia is identified.
And The NTSB Chair calls for better science on

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.08.10

The Coast Guard has recovered the victims of a T-6 crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pilot of a Crusader down in Virginia is identified.
And The NTSB Chair calls for better science on

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Was it Icing, or a Stall? - 03.08.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about aviation accidents which get blamed on icing of the airframe, when they might really be due to inadequate pilot proficiency in

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Students Testing Building Blocks For Spacecraft On NASA Rocket Flight

Experiment Will Test "Cubesats"

Two spacecraft designed and built by university students in Kentucky and California, which are not much bigger than a child's toy building block, will fly in space for a short period this month to gather information that may be applied to future small Earth orbiting space vehicles.

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Student Teams Ready To Battle Lunar Terrain

NASA Holds 17th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

More than 100 student teams from around the globe will drive their specially crafted lunar rovers through a challenging course of rugged, moon-like terrain at NASA's 17th annual Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, AL, April 9-10.

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Pratt & Whitney F135 Carrier Variant Gets Initial Service Release

Conventional Take Off and Landing Engine Is Cleared For Use in F-35

Pratt & Whitney has achieved initial service release (ISR) for the conventional take off and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV) F135 engine, marking another major milestone as the engine is cleared for operational use in the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter.

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CAPA Opposes Pilot Professionalism Assurance Act

Says Cockpit Voice Recorders Should Not Be Utilized For Punitive Action

The Coalition of Airline Pilot Associations (CAPA) reached out to their membership on Friday, encouraging commercial pilots to voice their opposition to Senate bill 3048. 

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Pilot Of Downed T-6 Identified As Alabama Doctor

Aircraft Were Not Part Of Any Performance Team

The pilot of the T-6 Texan that failed to recover from a formation loop has been identified as Dr. H. Evan Zeiger, Jr, of Birmingham, AL. 

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Man Arrested For Threatening To Fly A Plane Into A Bank

Texas Real Estate Appraiser Did Not Like Assessment

Sean Timothy Donnelly was arrested after telling an employee of Chase Bank that he was "ready to fly an airplane into your building." 

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FAA-AST Celebrates 201st Successful Commercial Launch

Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) Monitored Operations At Cape Canaveral

Thursday, March 4, 2010 marked a significant milestone in FAA efforts overseeing the safety of the nation's commercial space transportation industry with the 201st FAA-licensed commercial rocket launch. 

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Defendants Face Up To 20 Years In Prison In Aircraft Parts Fraud Case

Prosecution Claims Over $7 Million In Charges Were Never Paid

After several years spent gathering information, US prosecutors have charged two men for systematical receiving aircraft parts from Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney and then reversing payment.

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Honeywell Completes First Test Of Airbus A350 XWB Auxiliary Power Unit

Testing Shows New APU Reduces Fuel Burn By Up To 10 Percent

 Honeywell announced Thursday that it has completed the initial ground tests for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

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Aero-TV: The 2010 Heli-Expo – Market Perspective for the Helicopter Industry

The Rotorcraft Industry Looks Forward To Better Times

The 2010 Heli-Expo recently concluded in Houston, Texas, and was best described as an event in which the attendees were thankful that they had simply survived the previous year. While 2009 was "trying," many in attendance looked forward to a steady 2010 and the hope for more positive trends by the time that 2011 was well in swing. With a significant percentage of the civil rotorcraft airframes showing their age, necessary replacement and rebuilds have kept the last year from being a total disaster, while 2010 and 2011 promised slight but incrementally positive trends for airframe replacement and services. 

Aero-TV: The 2010 Heli-Expo – Market Perspective for the Helicopter Industry

The Rotorcraft Industry Looks Forward To Better Times

The 2010 Heli-Expo recently concluded in Houston, Texas, and was best described as an event in which the attendees were thankful that they had simply survived the previous year. While 2009 was "trying," many in attendance looked forward to a steady 2010 and the hope for more positive trends by the time that 2011 was well in swing.

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DC Airspace Violation Gets F-16 Response

Piper Dakota Landed At Roanoke After Interception

The pilot of a Piper PA28 series aircraft got a high-powered escort down to Roanoke Airport (ROA) after flying into restricted airspace over Washington, DC, on Saturday morning. 

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Victims of Discrmination? African American Owned FBO To Close Doors in S Florida

Discrimination Suits Continue As Opa-Locka Flightline Shuts Down

Opa-Locka Flightline, LLC, (OLF) recently announced it will be ceasing operations at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport (KOLF) on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

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Klyde Morris (03.08.10)

Klyde Suggests A New Aero-Business Model

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Lockheed Martin Receives $213 Million Contract For 20 New F-16s For Egypt

Deliveries Are Scheduled Through 2013

The U.S. government has awarded an initial $213 million to Lockheed Martin for long-lead tasks for the production of 20 new Advanced Block 52 F-16 aircraft for Egypt.

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Dassault Falcon Launches Major New Worldwide Service Center Network Strategy

Company Adds Satellite Service Stations, More GoTeams, New Levels Of ASCs In Outlying Areas

In an effort to deliver an industry leading service center experience to Falcon customers, Dassault recently undertook a major review of both its Company Owned and Authorized Service Center (ASC) network.

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Virginia Tech Engineering Team Developing Autonomous-Flight UAV Helo

The Aircraft Is Designed To Investigate Nuclear Disasters

Students at Virginia Tech’s Unmanned Systems Laboratory are perfecting an autonomous helicopter they hope will never be used for its intended purpose. Roughly six feet long and weighing 200 pounds, the re-engineered aircraft is designed to fly into American cities blasted by a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb.

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Pilots Rally Behind JFK Kid Controllers

Radio Traffic Shows Support For Suspended ATC Parent

With departing quips of "adios" and more direct words of support, pilots talking with ATC at JFK are quietly showing support for controller Glenn Duffy.

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Lockheed Martin Awarded Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning Radar Contract

$171 Million For 4 Complete Systems And Spare Parts

Lockheed Martin has received a low-rate initial production contract valued at $171.8 million from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Bethpage, NY, for four AN/APY-9 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) radar systems and spare parts.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.08.10)

"With, the retirement this year of NASA's Space Shuttle, the nation will now look to the commercial space industry to take on added responsibilities, including commercial human space flights and replenishing equipment and technologies at the International Space Station." Source: FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST)George Nield on the occasion of the 201st successful commercial space launch overseen by FAA-AST.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.08.10): Air Traffic Control System Command Center

Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) An Air Traffic Tactical Operations facility responsible for monitoring and managing the flow of air traffic throughout the NAS, producing a safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of traffic while minimizing delays.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.08.10)

T-6 Driver This website was built 'to help current and aspiring T-6A pilots find the information that they need.  Future students that will be attending Joint Specialized Undergraduate Training (JSUPT) and Pilot Instructor Training (PIT) should be able to find a wealth of information related to their training.'

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