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March 22, 2011

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.22.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.22.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: NAFI on FAA Test Changes - 03.22.11(ANN Special Report, with Jason Blair, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors)

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NTSB Issues Safety Alert For MET Towers

Pilots Urged To Be Vigilant In Avoiding Low Structures

The NTSB has issued a "Safety Alert" to warn pilots about the potential dangers posed by Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs).

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Ontario Police Department Orders Third AS350 B2

Aircraft To Enter Service In Late Spring

The Ontario (CA) Police Department has ordered their third AS350 B2, according to American Eurocopter. The aircraft, which will enter service in late spring, will primarily be used for aerial patrol and special operations surveillance.

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From High School To Flight School

Florida Flight School Offers Scholarships To Earn A Private Pilot's License For Free

Getting a private pilot's license can be time consuming and cost thousands of dollars. Tailwheels Etc flight school is offering one lucky high school student the chance to do it quickly and for free.

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First Orion Spacecraft, Space Operations Simulation Center Making Progress

Crew Vehicle And Denver Facilities Unveiled By Lockheed Martin

The first Orion spacecraft and a spacious state-of-the-art Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC) were unveiled by Lockheed Martin on Monday.

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Kids Going To Space Camp Thanks To Space Business Roundtable, EADS

Partnership Will Send Five D.C. Area Students To Huntsville

Five Washington, D.C.-area students will be going to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, thanks to a $5,000 donation from  EADS North America to the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR).

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Testing of Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Systems Begins

CIASTA Will Integrate Testing Of Various Components Under One Roof

The first systems for Bombardier's CSeries airliner program are now being developed and tested at partners and vendors in Canada, the United States and Europe prior to delivery to Bombardier's Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA).

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New Forest Service Rules May Be Costly For Helo Operators

New Equipment Required For Firefighting Helicopters

The U.S. Forest Service has released new standards for equipment used on helicopters contracted for firefighting operations which could cost operators as much as $50,000 per aircraft.

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United Nations Recognizes NAS Jax With Earth Trustee Award

First U.S. Military Base To Be So Recognized

Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) became the first military installation to be recognized by the United Nations Non-governmental Organization Earth Society Foundation receiving the Earth Trustee award for across-the-board environmental stewardship.

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German Chancellor's Helicopter Suffers Mechanical Problems

Chancellor Merkel Had Just Been Delivered To An Event When Problem occurred

A helicopter which had just delivered German Chancellor Angela Merkel to a campaign event near the German/Swiss border last Wednesday suffered an engine problem and fell 3,300 feet before the crew could re-start its engines.

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Analyst: Composites Supplant Use of Metals in Commercial Aircraft

Now Replacing Glass, Aluminum, Steel, And Titanium Parts

Considered one of the breakthrough innovations in the materials sector, composites have gained increasing traction with their capacity to enable aircraft weight reduction, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

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NASA Accepting Applications From 'INSPIRED' High School Students

Program To Encourage Students To Pursue STEM Careers

U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community.

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Classic Aero-TV: Touring The Toy Store -- Aspen Avionics Plant Tour

One Of This Decade's Rare GA Success Stories Shows ANN How It's Done

As ANN and Aero-TV prepares for its Annual LIVE PROGRAMMING from the floor of the 54th Annual AEA Convention and Tradeshow, we figured this was as good an excuse as any to show you some of the things that got us excited last year in order to get you ready for EVEN MORE EXCITING things this year! We can't tell you much... YET... but this year's AEA Convention is likely to be one of the most newsworthy on record... and if you'll join us LIVE on Wednesday, at 0930

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Diamond DA20-C1 Gets European Gross Weight Increase

Useful Load Increased By 110 Lbs

The Diamond Aircraft DA20-C1 has received European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) approval for an increased Maximum Take-off Weight of 1,764 lbs.

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AEA Convention Set For Reno

More Than 30 New Avionics Products Set To Debut This Week

The Aircraft Electronics Association will kick-off its 54th annual International Convention & Trade Show on Tuesday, March 22, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV, with more than 30 manufacturers unveiling new products.

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Thousands Gather For GA Rally In Wichita

Thousands Gather For GA Rally In Wichita

More than 2,000 general aviation workers, state and local officials, and industry leaders gathered in Wichita Monday for a rally supporting GA.

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Navigation Data Available For Light Sport, Experimental Aircraft Pilots

Jeppesen And Dynon Avionics Join Forces To Serve The Sport Market

Jeppesen and Dynon Avionics have entered into an agreement to provide Jeppesen NavData and obstacle services for the Dynon Avionics SkyView.

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T-38 Completes 50 Years Of Service

First Of The Supersonic Trainers Deployed In 1961

Officials commemorated the T-38 Talon supersonic jet trainer's 50th service anniversary in a ceremony at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas on March 17.

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Embry-Riddle Holds Groundbreaking For New Administration And Welcome Center

To Be Named For Jim W. Henderson, Chair Of ERAU Board Of Trustees

The Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University held a groundbreaking ceremony March 17 for the new Jim W. Henderson Administration and Welcome Center.

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As Many As 4500 'Pilots' Under Investigation In Delhi

Many Could Be Flying Without Proper Credentials

The government in Delhi, India is investigating as many as 4,500 people who may be flying without proper licenses, including as pilot-in-command for the airline IndiGo.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.22.11)

"The T-38 has been an instrumental and foundational element (of pilot training) over the last 50 years." Source: Col. Richard Murphy, commander of the USAF 12th Flying Training Wing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.11): Radar Traffic Advisories

Advisories issued to alert pilots to known or observed radar traffic which may affect the intended route of flight of their aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.11)

Read about aces like Pappy Boyington, Butch O'Hare, Chuck Yeager, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), Eddie Rickenbacker, & Erich Hartmann, or about pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.

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