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April 11, 2011

Stranger Than Parody? FAA Demands ANN 'Stop Writing' About Them

FAA Spokesperson Can't Quite Grasp The Concept of Parody

Under the heading of "we can't make stuff up that's this crazy," ANN finds itself in the midst of a genuine 'WTF' moment (to use colloquial Internet parlance). Shortly after noon this day (Monday), ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell got a phone call from a person claiming to be calling on behalf of the Administrator of the FAA. The initial tone was serious and somewhat stern... and the caller claimed to be Sasha Johnson, currently the FAA Assistant Administrator for Communications.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.11.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.11.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Pilot Training Reform - 04.11.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Klyde Morris (04.11.11)

Klyde Bemoans Those Pesky Passengers...


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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.11): Inner Marker

Inner Marker A marker beacon used with an ILS (CAT II) precision approach located between the middle marker and the end of the ILS runway, transmitting a radiation pattern keyed at six dots per second and indicating to the pilot, both aurally and visually, that he/she is at the designated decision height (DH), normally 100 feet above the touchdown zone elevation, on the ILS CAT II approach. It also marks progress during a CAT III approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.11)

Aero-Linx: Evolution Cockpit Chronicles Most corporate blogs are a little lacking in terms of real info and impact... but here's one that we have enjoyed a great deal. This is the blog started by retired AOPA Boss, Phil Boyer, to chat up his experience with the Aspen Evolution system retrofitted into his Beech A36. With some interesting insights, it is recommended reading for those looking to check into the Aspen glass panel retrofit program from a guy with an extensive GA background.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.11.11)

"We are pleased to join Sikorsky's team to develop the S-97 Raider prototype... Our demonstrated success in rapid prototyping and our experience in transitioning prototype programs into production were key factors in Sikorsky's decision to select Aurora for this high priority development program." Source: John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences' President, on the announcment that AFS will build prototype airframes for the Sikorsky S-97 Raider.

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