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September 02, 2009

You Knew THIS Was Coming... FAA Announces Changes To New York Airspace

Political Pressure, Media Hype Results In Changes To Hudson River Airspace

The FAA has confirmed that it is planning to modify the airspace over the Hudson River by revising procedures to 'create safe, dedicated operating corridors' for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan.

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Gulfstream's G650 Sees Daylight, First Engine Runs

First Real-World Pic Of Hottest New BizJet

Few new aircraft are as anxiously awaited (or as assuredly successful) as a new Gulfstream... especially when they're updating the top-of-the-line.

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Cirrus Announces 2009 Pricing For Vision SF50 Personal Jet

A Reservation This Year Guarantees A $1.55 Million Cap

Cirrus Aircraft announced Wednesday a maximum initial price of $1.39 million USD for owners of current production reservations for its single-engine Vision Personal Jet. This price will be for a Vision Jet delivered in a configuration analogous to the current GTS model in the best-selling SR22 piston family of airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.02.09

Southwest avoids having to ground a chunk of its fleet.
NTSB has 19 recommendations for the helo medevac industry.
And, ignore The Fourth Amendment? CBP says, yes we can!

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.02.09

Southwest avoids having to ground a chunk of its fleet.
NTSB has 19 recommendations for the helo medevac industry.
And, ignore The Fourth Amendment? CBP says, yes we can!


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Solberg Airport Beats Eminent Domain In Court ... So Far

Case Not Fully Resolved, Must Go To Open Trial

Solberg Airport has won a significant battle against Readington Township's attempt to take land in the airport's safety zone by eminent domain, a move some say would destroy the airport.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.02.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.02.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.02.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Steve Masters: Forward with Cessna Part II - 09.02.09  (ANN Special Report, with Cessna Advanced Aircraft Club's Steve Masters)

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FAA Issues SAIB For Eurocopter Emergency Floats

Incorrect Systems May Have Been Installed

The FAA has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alert for owners and operators of Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) model helicopters of the potential of having the incorrect emergency float system installed on a helicopter that has been converted to a Model AS350BA.

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Air Force Will Launch Civilian Marketing Campaign To Fill Jobs

20,000 Civil Service Jobs Expected In The Next 5 Years

Over the next five years, Air Force officials plan to hire 20,000 more civilians into civil service. To help bases better market civilian job openings and recruit qualified applicants for current and future jobs, Air Force Personnel Center specialists will roll out the "Your Future" marketing and recruiting campaign in September.

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Piaggio Aero Doubles Sales Force In North America

Despite Overall Slow-Down in General Aviation Industry, Italian Brand Expands Sales Reach

Piaggio Aero, which manufactures aircraft for business travel, announced Tuesday the addition of key sales positions within the company, doubling the North American sales force and increasing the brand's overall presence and strength within the U.S.

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Iraqi Jets Found In Serbia -- In Pieces

They Had Been Sent To Yugoslavia 20 Years Ago By Saddam Hussein

19 Soviet-built MiG 21's and MiG 23's sent to the former Yugoslavia for maintenance 20 years ago by Saddam Hussein have been uncovered by the Iraqi defense ministry. But the jets are mostly cannibalized and abandoned, and are unlikely to fly again anytime soon, if ever, Serbian officials say.

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CubCrafters Adds new 'Certified Sales Centers'

Centers Now Serve About Half The Country

With sales continuing to be brisk for its line of Light Sport and Standard Category aircraft, CubCrafters has recently overhauled its distribution network creating the Certified Sales Center program. The Certified Sales Center program is the worldwide network of independent CubCrafters aircraft resellers.

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Vector Aerospace Consolidates Texas-Based Engine Operations

Rolls-Royce And Pratt & Whitney Canada Repair Stations Combined

Vector Aerospace Corporation announces its Helicopter Services Rolls-Royce 250 model engine repair facility located in Lewisville, Texas is consolidating with the Vector Engine Services-Atlantic Pratt & Whitney Canada engine repair station in Southlake, Texas.

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FAA Warns Against Painting Pitot Tubes, Static Vents

CFI Candidate Was Unaware Of Any Potential Problem During Evaluation

A certified flight instructor applicant recently arrived for his evaluation with an aircraft with a painted pitot tube. When questioned about the painted pitot tube, the applicant was unaware of any potential for malfunction due to the paint application.

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Bombardier, Magellan Aircraft Services Sign Spare Parts Agreement

New Life For Used And Refurbished CRJ100/200 Parts

Bombardier Services Corporation and Magellan Aircraft Services LLLP of Charlotte, North Carolina signed an agreement last week under which Magellan will disassemble CRJ100/200 regional jets, refurbish useable components and market them to operators.

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Aero-TV: Flight of Inspiration - Speaker Jessica Cox Receives Her Wings

Able Flight Wing Recipient, Jessica Cox, Speaks to EAA AirVenture Attendees

On July 28th, 2009, Able Flight held a special ceremony to recognize the tremendous achievements of three remarkable new pilots, Mal Zakery, Jeremy Maddox, and Jessica Cox.  Each surmounted significant physical disabilities to attain their pilot’s license in recent years.  Special guest Miles O’Brien said, “Aviation is hope.  This shows that hope does indeed triumph.”  There has not been, however, an accomplishment in aviation history quite like Jessica Cox’s triumph.

Aero-TV:  Avionics Tip of the Week - Avidyne Rel9, Entering a Hold

Mike Glover Offers Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Usability Tips

Mike Glover, Director of OEM and Strategic Alliances at Avidyne, chatted with Aero-TV about his most helpful avionics tips relating to the all-new Entegra FMS900w Flight Management System.

Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week - Avidyne Rel9, Entering a Hold

Mike Glover Offers Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Usability Tips

Mike Glover, Director of OEM and Strategic Alliances at Avidyne, chatted with Aero-TV about his most helpful avionics tips relating to the all-new Entegra FMS900w Flight Management System.

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Aero-TV: Flight of Inspiration - Speaker Jessica Cox Receives Her Wings

Able Flight Wing Recipient, Jessica Cox, Speaks to EAA AirVenture Attendees

On July 28th, 2009, Able Flight held a special ceremony to recognize the tremendous achievements of three remarkable new pilots, Mal Zakery, Jeremy Maddox, and Jessica Cox. Each surmounted significant physical disabilities to attain their pilot’s license in recent years.

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FAA Approves Southwest Airlines Plan To Replace Unapproved Parts

All Parts Must Be Replaced By December 24th, Aircraft Deemed Safe To Fly

The FAA Tuesday approved a plan that would require Southwest Airlines to replace unapproved parts installed on about 50 B737 airplanes and for these aircraft to undergo inspections until fixes are made. The airline already has replaced parts on 30 other planes.

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FAA Posts NPRM For Pilot, Flight Instructor Rules

Flight School Certification Also Included In The Notice

The FAA is proposing several changes to its pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules. The FAA has determined these proposals are needed to respond to changes in the aviation industry and to further reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.

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FAA Ordered To Pay More Than $120,000 For Attorney Fees, Expenses

Ruling Comes Following Return Of Air Carrier Certificate

In an unprecedented decision served on August 27, the Honorable William A. Pope, II, NTSB Administrative Law Judge, Ordered the FAA to pay a Florida based air ambulance operator $120,169.35 for attorney fees and expenses.

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Gates Underscores F-35 Importance During Lockheed Martin Visit

Secretary Of Defense's First Visit To Texas Final Assembly Plant

United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited Lockheed Martin's final assembly operation for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter Monday, conveying optimism for the program's future and emphasizing the F-35's importance to global security.

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Airbus Delivers First A318 With 'Steep Approach' Capability

BA Brings Scheduled Long-Haul Flights To City Center Airports

Airbus has delivered the first of two A318 aircraft equipped with 'steep approach' capability to British Airways. The A318 is the largest commercial aircraft certified to land at steeper than usual gradients and has the potential to transform long haul travel between city centers, saving time and cost to the business traveller. 

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Woman Shoots At LSA

She Told Authorities It Was "Flying Too Close To Her Home"

A woman in Fulton, Missouri faces felony charges after she allegedly walked out near the grass runway at Elton Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton about 1930 on Saturday and took a shot with a .22 caliber pistol at a T-Bird LSA that was landing at the airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.02.09)

"We cannot afford as a nation not to have this airplane. I'm heartened by what I've seen . . . especially by the commitment of the people involved in putting this airplane together." Source: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.02.09): VFR Not Recommended

An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recommended. To be given when the current and/or forecast weather conditions are at or below VFR minimums. It does not abrogate the pilot's authority to make his own decision.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.02.09)

Cal  Fire Air Program California Firefighters are doing a lot of flying right now, battling half a dozen wildfires around the state. The Cal Fire Air Program website will give you an indication of the kinds of aviation assests the state of California can bring to bear against one of that state's most common natural disasters.

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