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November 13, 2010

FAA Finalizes Aging Aircraft Rule

Seeks To Prevent "Widespread Fatigue Damage" In Aircraft Over 75,000 Pounds

The FAA has finalized a rule designed to protect most of today's commercial planes and those designed in the future from structural damage as they age, in what the agency calls a continuing effort to address aging aircraft issues.

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AEA: FAA To Restrict A & P Recognition

But FAA Employees Are Apparently Exempt

The FAA has issued a policy which is intended to clarify the definition of "Actively Engaged" for purposes of issuing and renewing the A & P Inspector Authorization.

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CASA Has Final Say In Qantas A380 Return

ATSB Is Readying Initial Report On The Engine Incident

Australia's Civil Aviation Authority CASA says it will have the final say in when Qantas' fleet of A380 aircraft can return to service. A Qantas jet experienced a catastrophic engine failure shortly after departure from Singapore last week, causing the airline to ground its entire fleet of the super jumbo jets.

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Speaker Boehner Would Fly Commercial

Predecesors Have Used Air Force Jets Since September 11, 2001

John Boehner, who will likely become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative in January, says he would continue to fly on commercial airliners as Speaker.

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Jeppesen Joins 'The Green Flight Project'

Announces Support For Bye Energy In Developing Electric-Powered Cessna 172

Jeppesen announced Thursday it will co-market and collaborate with Bye Energy's effort to design and develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 proof of concept aircraft as part of “The Green Flight Project.”

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Bonus Depreciation Extension Brings Increased Activity For Cessna

More Interest In Single-Engine Piston Airplanes

Executives at Cessna said Thursday at the opening of the annual AOPA Aviation Summit the company has seen an increase in customer interest in its single-engine piston line.

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NASA'S 'Kids In Micro-G' Program Seeks Science Submissions For 2011

Proposals Due By December 8

NASA's "Kids in Micro-g" challenge is accepting proposals from students in fifth through eighth grades to design a classroom experiment that also can be performed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Proposals are due by Dec. 8.

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UAE Requests AH-64D Block III Apache Helicopter Purchase

Cost Estimated To Be $5.0 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress November 3 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of 30 AH-64D Block II lot 10 Apache helicopters, remanufactured to AH-64D Block III configuration, and 30 AH-64D Block III Apache helicopters.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.13.10)

"This rule is a comprehensive solution to ensure the structural safety of today's airliners and the airplanes of tomorrow." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.13.10): Wind Direction

The direction from which the wind is blowing. For example, an easterly wind is blowing from the east, not toward the east.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.13.10)

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This site looks to improve flight safety with a focus on human factors, by analyzing, discussing, and reflecting on the pilot's roles, functions, and responsibilities in the cockpit; cockpit leadership and management; and pilot judgment and decision making.

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