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September 13, 2010

Venezuelan Airplane Down, 11 Fatally Injured

Nearly Two Dozen Others Hurt In Guayana Accident

An ATR-42 turboprop with 43 passengers and four crew on board went down just after takeoff from Ciudad, Gauyana, according to Venezuelan state television. 11 of the passengers were fatally injured, and another two dozen were hurt in the accident.

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Continental Airlines, Teamsters Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Mechanics Would Receive Healthy Raises, Signing Bonuses

Continental Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Friday they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the (IBT) representing Continental aircraft maintenance technicians and related employees.

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Cessna Continues Expansion In Mexico

Shipping Considerations Outweigh Labor Costs When Compared To China

Cessna is nearing completion on its fourth expansion in the Mexican city of Chihuahua, which will increase the size of it's factory there 10 fold over it's original floor space.

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Obama Administration Moves Closer To Huge Saudi Arms Deal

Sale Of Advance Aircraft Systems, Including F-15's, Expected To Top $60 Billion

The White House if reportedly about to notify Congress of its intention to pursue a $60 billion deal with Saudi Arabia that would include the sale of advanced aircraft to the Kingdom.

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Bell Helicopter Reduces Direct Operating Costs For Model 407

Reevaluation Of Life Limited Parts Led To The Removal Of 14 Items From The List

Bell Helicopter says it has significantly reduced direct operating costs for 407 operators by removing a series of life limited parts from its maintenance manual.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.13.10

Sun Country gets the green light to reorganize.
Sabreliner is thriving through the recession.
And - should stimulus funds buy avionics for the airlines?

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Sun Country gets the green light to reorganize.
Sabreliner is thriving through the recession.
And - should stimulus funds buy avionics for the airlines?


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ANN Special Feature: Glass Panels in Depth - 09.13.10

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves tells ANN's Paul Plack that if you show up for a checkride in a plane with a glass panel, you'd better know more about it than just what the butons do.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.13.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.13.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Glass Panels in Depth - 09.13.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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NASA Wants to Share Great Ideas

Looks To Form A "Brokerage Service" For Intellectual Property

NASA is seeking information from potential partners who could provide no-cost brokerage services for intellectual property transactions, such as patent brokering, to help transfer NASA-owned technologies into the U.S. marketplace.

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Winning Team Selected In NASA Balloonsat Competition

North Carolina High School Team Claims The Top Prize

NASA has selected the winner of the national Balloonsat High Altitude Flight Competition, a contest that introduces high school students to engineering principles and encourages engineering practices.

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Aero-TV: A Very Polished C-47 -- Miss Virginia Takes To The Skies

One of the 'Shiniest' Of The Magnificent Planes From 'The Last Time'

The Last Time was an organization created for the sole purpose of reuniting flying examples of the Douglas DC-3 and the people associated with them, for one last time. The goal of the organization was to celebrate this aircraft and these people. Twenty-six DC-3/C-47 aircraft converged at Rock Falls, Illinois for a weekend long celebration, while over 15,000 guests visited the airport to see these historic airplanes and meet their crews. It was a wonderful reunion where old friends met and new friendships developed. It is unlikely that such a gathering will ever occur again.

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Aero-TV: A Very Polished C-47 -- Miss Virginia Takes To The Skies

One of the 'Shiniest' Of The Magnificent Planes From 'The Last Time'

The Last Time was an organization created for the sole purpose of reuniting flying examples of the Douglas DC-3 and the people associated with them, for one last time. The goal of the organization was to celebrate this aircraft and these people.

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ALPA: 'Welcomes Long-Awaited FAA Action on Pilot Fatigue'

Pilots to Fully Analyze Regulatory Proposal to Ensure Safety

ALPA President Capt. John Prater has released a statement concerning the FAA's announcement of an NPRM on airline pilots’ flight- and duty-time limits and minimum rest requirements.

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Klyde Morris (09.13.10)

A Blitzkrieg On Fatigue?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Air Force One, E-4B Aircrew Training Contract Extended

Atlas Air Has Trained VC-25 Crews Since 2007

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) confirned Thursday that the U.S. Air Force will be extending its contract with Atlas Air, Inc. for the flight training of Air Force pilots and flight engineers who fly the VC-25, also known as Air Force One, and the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center through 2011.

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US Army Golden Knights: 'Might As Well Jump!'

U.S. Army Golden Knights Selection And Assessment Begins

Sixteen individuals hoping for a spot on the U. S. Army's official parachute team have begun the rigorous assessment and selection process to determine if they'll earn the right to wear the official Golden Knights patch.

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Author Col. Hal Weekley To Appear At Sebring In January

Last Known WWII B-17 Pilot Will Address Volunteers, Sign Books

The US Sport Aviation Expo is very pleased to announce that Colonel Harold D. (Hal) Weekley, USAF (Ret.) will attend and participate in the 2011 Expo, scheduled for January 20-23, 2011 at Sebring Regional Airport, Sebring, FL.

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Long-Term Contracts Announced By Bristow Group For Twelve Large Helicopters

Contracts Worth In Excess Of $1.3 Billion In Revenue

Bristow Group said Thursday that it has secured new contracts for work in the UK North Sea, Norway and Malaysia potentially worth in excess of $1.3 billion in revenue over the next ten years.

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Simulating The Formation-Flying Future Of Space

EASA: Flying Multiple Satellites Together In Formation Is "The Real Cutting Edge"

All space missions are difficult. Docking a pair of spacecraft is tough but flying multiple satellites together in formation is considered the real cutting edge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.10): Flameout Pattern

Flameout Pattern An approach normally conducted by a single-engine military aircraft experiencing loss or anticipating loss of engine power or control. The standard overhead approach starts at a relatively high altitude over a runway ("high key") followed by a continuous 180 degree turn to a high, wide position ("low key") followed by a continuous 180 degree turn final. The standard straight-in pattern starts at a point that results in a straight-in approach with a high rate of descent to the runway. Flameout approaches terminate in the type approach requested by the pilot (normally fullstop).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.10)

Aero-Linx: GA Pilot’s Guide to Preflight WX Planning, WX Self-Briefings, and WX Decision Making This guide is intended to help general aviation (GA) pilots, especially those with relatively little weather-flying experience, develop skills in obtaining appropriate weather information, interpreting the data in the context of a specific flight, and applying the information and analysis to make safe weather flying decisions.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.13.10)

"The Tandem Team enables the Army to reach out to influential citizens and give them a taste of the professionalism, leadership and teamwork that is involved in giving them a tandem." Source: Lt. Colonel Joe Martin, U.S. Army Parachute Team, "Golden Knights." The Tandem Team focuses on bringing the public closer to the Army experience as well as the sport of skydiving.

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