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October 06, 2009

Acceptance Testing for Falcon 9 First And Second Stages Complete

Both Stages Headed To Cape Canaveral Next Month In Preparation For Launch

Acceptance testing has been successfully completed for both the Falcon 9 first and second stages in preparation for the first flight of Falcon 9, SpaceX said Monday. Acceptance testing took place at SpaceX's Texas Test Site, a 300-acre structural and propulsion testing facility, located just outside of Waco, Texas.  

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna Twins

Focus On Detented Fuel Selector Valve System

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for some Cessna twin reciprocating engine powered airplanes, and they say this issue may be applicable to other airplanes that use a detented fuel selector valve system.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.06.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.06.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.06.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters - 10.06.09 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters)

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Avidyne Continues International Expansion

Australasia Support Center A Partnership With Pacific Avionics

Avidyne Corporation announced the opening of Avidyne Australasia, a new International Customer Support Center for the Australasia region late Monday.  Avidyne-Australasia will provide customer support and exchange depot services throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.06.09

Embry Riddle protests an ATP requirement for the right seat at regionals.
Mission Aviation Fellowship needs help in its eathquake relief efforts in Sumatra.
And Vector Aerospace is br

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.06.09

Embry Riddle protests an ATP requirement for the right seat at regionals.
Mission Aviation Fellowship needs help in its eathquake relief efforts in Sumatra.
And Vector Aerospace is br

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ANN Special Feature: Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters - 10.06.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Cirrus Aircraft President and CEO Brent Wouters about the company's prospects as the global recession shows signs of nearing an end.

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As KC-135Es Retire, Air Force Officials' focus shifts To KC-X

New Tanker Remains Air Force's No. 1 Procurement Priority

One of the last of the KC-135E Stratotankers to retire made its final flight Sept. 28 to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and after more than 50 years of service, tail number 56-1503 will be relegated to a life as one of several planes used for aircraft maintenance training on the base.

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EBAA Leads Initiative To Develop ERP Manual For European Biz Av Operators

ICAO Has Imposed A November, 2010 Deadline For A Safety Management System

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Monday announced a new initiative to develop and deliver an Emergency Response Planning manual for business aircraft owners and operators based in Europe.

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Atlantis Continues On Track For November Launch

Orbiter Scheduled To Move To VAB Tuesday

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida technicians were back in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 Monday performing final checks on space shuttle Atlantis. The vehicle is set to move, or rollover, to the Vehicle Assembly Building Tuesday with first motion scheduled for 0700 EDT.

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Mediators Unlikely To Allow Airline Strikes

Fragile Economy Cited As Principal Reason

Analysts covering both sides of airline labor negotiations don't forsee the National Mediation Board allowing a service-disrupting strike for either United or American Airlines. Both are currently engaged in labor negotiations.

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Sensis Innovates Aircraft Departure Sequencing Tool

NYSERDA Contract May Help To Improve Efficiency, Reduce Emissions

Sensis Corporation is developing a prototype Departure Manager, an airport operations decision support application, under a million-dollar project co-funded with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). 

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President Obama Joins 50 Nations In Celebrating World Space Week

Telescopes Will Be Set Up On White House Lawn

World Space Week began Sunday with celebrations in over 50 nations and an announcement that President Obama will host a "Star Party" on the White House lawn Wednesday evening.

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Manufacturers To Discuss U.S. - Mexico Aviation Safety Agreement

Aerospace Manufacturers Gather This Month In Mexico To Discuss Critical Industry Issues

Aerospace manufacturers currently in production in Mexico, as well as those considering options for low-cost country investment and sourcing, will gather in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico from October 20 -22, 2009 at The Offshore Group's Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico Conference.

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Ryanair Imposes $64 Terminal Check-In Fee

Online Check-In Will Set You Back $8

Ireland's 'discount' carrier Ryanair has announce it will begin charging passenger $64 each way to check in at the airport, in an effort to drive customers to its online check-in system. Passengers that check in online are still be charged $8 for the privelege of confirming that they intend to be on the airplane.

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Aero-TV:  The Terrafugia Transition - The Most Anticipated Flying Car

CEO, Carl Dietrich Provides Exciting Updates on the ‘Flying Car’

At EAA Airventure 2008, a group of award-winning MIT Aeronautical Engineers set the aviation industry ablaze with the introduction of their proof of concept “flying car.”  The two-seat aircraft, designed to transform from a plane to a car in less than 30 seconds, allows a pilot to easily fold and stow wings for road use with quick wing-deployment for flight all from the comfort of the cockpit.  Able to cruise up to 450 miles at over 115mph in air, as well as drive at highway speeds on any road surface, the Terrafugia Transition, as stated by the company, aims to provide increased flexibility by exploring innovative new frontiers for personal mobility.

Aero-TV:  Safety Tip of the Week - Allen Silver, Different ‘Chute Shapes

FAA Master Rigger Allen Silver Shares His Best Parachute Safety Tips

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere parachute experts, Allen Silver has been an FAA Master Rigger since 1974.  Designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA in 1991, he now serves as chairman of the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Rigging Committee.  Silver sat down with Aero-TV to share his most invaluable safety tips for emergency bailout preparation.

Aero-TV: The Terrafugia Transition – The Most Anticipated Flying Car

CEO Carl Dietrich Provides Exciting Updates on the ‘Flying Car’

At EAA Airventure 2008, a group of award-winning MIT Aeronautical Engineers set the aviation industry ablaze with the introduction of their proof of concept “flying car.” The two-seat aircraft, designed to transform from a plane to a car in less than 30 seconds, allows a pilot to easily fold and stow wings for road use with quick wing-deployment for flight all from the comfort of the cockpit. 

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Allen Silver, Different ‘Chute Shapes

FAA Master Rigger Allen Silver Shares His Best Parachute Safety Tips

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere parachute experts, Allen Silver has been an FAA Master Rigger since 1974.  Designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA in 1991, he now serves as chairman of the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Rigging Committee.  Silver sat down with Aero-TV to share his most invaluable safety tips for emergency bailout preparation.

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ICAS Foundation Announces 2009 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Three Recognized For Their Contributions As Performers, Ambassadors

The International Council of Air Shows Foundation (ICASF) will be inducting three worthy candidates into their Air Show Hall of Fame during the 2009 convention, to be held December 6-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. This year's three outstanding inductees are Bobby Younkin, Tom Poberezny, and Charlie Kulp.

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Machinists Union President Tom Buffenbarger To Speak At NBAA2009

Business Aviation Advocate On The Program For The Opening General Session

The NBAA announced Monday that Tom Buffenbarger, international president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), will be a featured speaker at the Opening General Session for NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009).

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British Pilot Paul Bonhomme Wins 2009 Red Bull World Championship

800,000 Spectators Watched The Championship Race

Britain's Paul Bonhomme won the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday, with a thrilling victory in the final race of the season in Barcelona in front of a record crowd of 800,000. Bonhomme held off a ferocious challenge from defending champion Hannes Arch of Austria to take the win.

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Heli Mfr Sued Over Questionable 2006 Washington State Accident

NTSB Notes No Mechanical Defect, And Pilot Was Denied Medical Certificate

The family of a man killed when his Robinson 44 helicopter lost power and went down on October 8th, 2006 in 20 feet of water in Lake Tapps near Tacoma, Washington is suing Robinson Helicopter for manufacturing a defective product, and seeking unspecified damages.

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Senator Schumer Flips On Oswego County Airport

Asks FAA To Cut Off Funds For Airport He Previously Supported

New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) has asked the FAA to rescind $8 million it has set aside for Syracuse Suburban Airport in Oswego county, after helping make that funding possible. The FAA appears to believe Schumer was right the first time, and says it has no plans to remover the airport from a list for potential funding.

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Self-Taught Teen Pilot May Have Stolen Airplane In Idaho

Cessna 182 Found Crashed Near Granite Falls, Washington

State and federal authorities say a Cessna 182 stolen from a cattle farm in Boundary County, Idaho may be the work of a teenager believed to have taught himself to fly. The possible suspect is Colton Harris-Moore, an 18-year-old serial burglar who escaped from a juvenile facility in April 2008.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.06.09)

“The reality is our economy is in such a fragile state that the notion of the Mediation Board rushing through and creating the potential to put 70,000 or 80,000 people out of work – I don’t see it.”  Source: Airline management negotiator Jerry Glass, speaking to an American Bar Association aviation conference.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.06.09): Wing Loading

The maximum take-off (Gross) weight of an aircraft divided by its wing area.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.06.09)

Rebuild 'Tsunami'

The family of John Sandberg hopes to be able to raise enough money to restore "Tsunami", a homebuilt racing airplane, to flyable condition. Once restored, it would eventually be donated to a museum and be on display for all to see. The website offers a look at a uniqe aircraft built for one reason alone ... to go very fast.

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