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August 21, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.21.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.21.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.21.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Larry Simburger - The Appeal of Ballooning - 08.21.09 (ANN Special Report, with Ballonist Larry Simburger)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.21.09

Cirrus without Alan Klapmeier, Day 1.
Hawker Beechcraft employees get more bad news.
And the release of a notorious terrorist triggers public outrage.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.21.09

Cirrus without Alan Klapmeier, Day 1.
Hawker Beechcraft employees get more bad news.
And the release of a notorious terrorist triggers public outrage.


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ANN Special Feature: Larry Simburger - The Appeal of Ballooning - 08.21.09

Larry Simburger, Director of Balloon Operations for the Arlington Fly-In, tells ANN's Paul Plack how he chose his favorite corner of aviation.

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Burt Rutan Joins The Ranks Of Active AGW Skeptics

Rutan's Oshkosh Presentation Observes "CO2 Is Not A Pollutant"

Aviation pioneer and long-time flight test engineer Burt Rutan has begun making a public case against Anthropological Global Warming, or AGW, saying the data does not support a case for global warming, or climate change of any kind, caused by human activity.

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Shuttle Launch TFR Set For Monday Night

Area Around Kennedy Space Center Restricted During Launch

A TFR goes into effect around the Kennedy Space Center Monday night, with Discovery set to lift off at 0136 EDT Tuesday morning. The TFR centers on the Melbourne VOR/DME (MLB) 004 degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles. and extends out 40 nautical miles from the surface up to but not including FL180.

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EASA Certifies New 'Autopilot/Flight Director' TCAS Mode For A380

Enhances Flight Safety During TCAS Maneuvers

Following recent successful development testing, a new Auto-Pilot/Flight-Director (AP/FD) TCAS mode for the Airbus A380 has been approved and certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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Airborne Laser Successfully Fires In Flight

Science Fiction Technology Moves A Step Closer To The Real World

The Airborne Laser's (ABL) megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) was successfully fired in flight Tuesday. The test, "First Light in Flight," validates the High Energy Laser's (HEL) ability to fire in an airborne environment.

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Lockheed Martin C-5 RERP Production Begins

Program Includes More Than 70 Mods And Upgrades

The first Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy strategic transport was inducted into the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) production line in ceremonies at the Lockheed Martin facility In Marietta, GA August 18. The RERP modifications consist of more than 70 improvements and upgrades.

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WWII B-17 Bomber Returning Home To Kissimmee Air Museum

"Liberty Belle" On Tour, Will Return to Orlando/Kissimmee In September

Liberty Belle, the most recently restored World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will be returning  "home" to Kissimmee Gateway Airport where she underwent a 14 year restoration to flying condition.  Liberty Belle will offer flights to the public over Orlando and Kissimmee on October 3rd and 4th.

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FAA Extends Boeing's Self-Certification Authority

Increases Authority Of In-House Inspectors

The FAA has granted Boeing Organization Designation Authorization, giving the plane maker the ability to conduct design reviews, oversee testing to ensure all applicable product standards are met, and sign off on certification. The designation will take effect August 31st following training and readiness reviews.

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Turkish Airlines Signs Firm Order For Seven Airbus A330s

Adding The A330-300s For Expansion Of Their Medium-Haul Network

Turkish Airlines has signed a contract for the purchase of seven Airbus A330-300 aircraft, firming up a Memorandum of Understanding signed during Le Bourget Airshow in June 2009. The A330s will be operated on high capacity medium haul routes.

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Flight Delays Mount At Minneapolis-St. Paul

Runway 12L/30R Closed For Repairs, Causing Problems

The day after one of Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport's major runways was closed for repairs, the FAA is reporting arriving flights delayed by an average of 90 minutes at the airport.

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Connecticut Town Gets $7.4 Million Dollar FAA Grant To Buy Airport

Plainville To Buy Robertson Airport

The FAA Wednesday met with city leaders of Plainville, Connecticut and signed an agreement to grant the town $7.4 million to purchase the state's oldest continuously-operating airport from a private owner.

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Jeppesen Providing Electronic Flight Bag Services For Turkish Airline

Class 3 EFB Services Included In A New Three-Year Deal

Jeppesen has signed a three-year electronic flight bag (EFB) agreement with Turkish Airlines to provide electronic charts and data, plus distribution and management services for the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Wartime WartHog -- The A-10 Thunderbolt II

When You Want the "Prettiest" Tank-Killer In The World, You Want A WartHog!

To those who look upon the A-10 for the first time, there is a sense that they're not looking at an airplane -- but the box it came in. BUT, to those who need to kill heavy enemy armament and do it in a serious way, the A-10 suddenly becomes one of the prettiest sights you ever saw... especially if said enemy armament is aimed your way.

Best of Show! The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2009! (Part One)

Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News Network and Aero-TV

 For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the recently completed Oshkosh Fly-In.

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Alan Klapmeier Clears Out Office At Cirrus Aircraft

End Of An Era????

News/Analysis by J. R. Campbell, CEO/Editor-In-Chief  There is a temptation to get a mite maudlin about this... especially since it involves a good friend we've had the pleasure to work with over the course of a number of decades, but as we understand it, Alan Klapmeier cleared out his office at Cirrus Aircraft today, Thursday... which had to be an emotionally wrenching thing to do.

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Aero-TV: Wartime WartHog -- The A-10 Thunderbolt II

When You Want the "Prettiest" Tank-Killer In The World, You Want A WartHog!

To those who look upon the A-10 for the first time, there is a sense that they're not looking at an airplane -- but the box it came in. BUT, to those who need to kill heavy enemy armament and do it in a serious way, the A-10 suddenly becomes one of the prettiest sights you ever saw... especially if said enemy armament is aimed your way.

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Martha's Vineyard TFR Issued For Obama Vacation

Effective Dates August 23-30

President Obama will be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard next week, which means a TFR has been issued for the duration of the visit. The TFR is in effect from August 23rd beginning at 1030 to August 30th at 1700.

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Klyde Morris (08.21.09)

Klyde Wants Benefits...

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Hawker Beechcraft Suspends 401(k) Contributions

Layoff Announcements Expected Friday

After learning of the departure of three top-level executives, employees at Hawker Beechcraft have been told the company is ceasing its 401(k) contributions to employee accounts, and that a workforce reduction will be announced Friday.

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Bombardier Terminates Purchase Agreement With Jet Republic

But Remains Committed To The Learjet 60 XR Program

Bombardier has parted ways with Jet Republic, which had planned to purchase 110 Learjet 60 XR aircraft from the Canadian transportation company. In a brief news release Thursday, Bombardier said they have terminated both the firm and conditional order purchase agreement with Jet Republic in respect of all aircraft. 

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Air France 447 Voice And Data Recorders Still Missing

Second Extensive Search Fails To Turn Up "Black Boxes", Plane Wreckage

The French Air Accident Bureau BEA said Thursday it has completed another fruitless search for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from Air France flight 447, which went down in the Atlantic Ocean in June.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.21.09)

"Today, we remember those whose lives were lost on December 21, 1988, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who live each day with the loss of their loved ones due to this heinous crime," Source: Secretary of Sate Hillary Clinton

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.21.09): TCAS

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) TCAS is an airborne system developed by the FAA that operates independently from the ground-based Air Traffic Control (ATC) system.  TCAS was designed to increase cockpit awareness of proximate aircraft and to serve as a "last line of defense" for the prevention of mid-air collisions.    

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.21.09)

Missile Defense Agency

Friday we have a story about the Defense Missile Agency firing an airborne laser aboard a specially modified 747. The website details how this technology is being devloped to keep our country safe from missile attacks, where ever they may originate.

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