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August 27, 2011

ANA, Boeing Set Date for First 787 Dreamliner Delivery

Launch Customer Will Accept The New Airliner September 25

Boeing and ANA are planning a party for September 26th to celebrate the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner ... after contractual delivery occurs the day before. "The airplane is ready. ANA is ready. And, Boeing is ready," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This airplane begins a new chapter in aviation history."

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Aero-Insanity #1: Man Reading About Antique Planes Pulled From United Flight

Accuses Airline Of Racial Profiling, Seeks Legal Help In Online Rant

If you fly to Oshkosh next year aboard a United Airlines flight, whatever you do, don't get caught reading any books about aircraft. Apparently, that makes you a terrorist suspect.

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Aero-Insanity #2: Chicago, RTA Attack Tax Havens

Airlines, Others Avoid Millions In Sales Tax On Legal Technicality

The City of Chicago has a sales tax as high as 9.75%. So United and American Airlines buy their fuel through subsidiaries in the small town of Sycamore, Illinois, and it has saved them as much as $12-14 million since 2004. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not amused.

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Aero-Insanity #3: FAA To Grant-Valkaria Anti-Aviation NIMBYs: Stop Calling Us

Agency Says It Will Not Investigate Any More Complaints

The efforts of an anti-aviation faction in the town of Grant-Valkaria in east central Florida near Melbourne have been pretty well documented. A small but vocal group including some elected officials has been adamant in its efforts to restrict legitimate aviation activity at the airport, and have flooded the FAA with complaints. On August 10th, the FAA called a meeting of the "interested parties", including the state Department of Transportation, the mayor, and the loudest complainers to say that enough was enough.

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New Jersey Senators Speak Out on GA Benefits

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce Grants To Miller Airpark, South Jersey Regional

Robert J. Miller Airpark in Tom's River, New Jersey has received an FAA grant to fund design of a crosswind runway. South Jersey Regional Airport got a $480,000 grant to revise its master plan. Perhaps just as exciting in the current political climate, both New Jersey's Democratic US Senators have spoken out in favor of the value of aviation to the state's overall economic well-being while jointly announcing the grant.

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K-State Aviation Lands Highest Level Of Accreditation

Process Takes Factors Such As  Faculty Quality, Teaching Resources, Facilities, Flight Training Into Account

Kansas State University Salina's professional pilot program is in elite company with renewed program accreditation from Aviation Accreditation Board International. The accreditation is good for another five years."The accreditation means we are among a relatively few collegiate aviation programs in the world that have been evaluated according to very stringent criteria and found to be worthy of the AABI seal of approval," said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head.

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Halfway Mark Reached In Deliveries Of Lakota Helicopters

Militarized Version Of The EC145 Takes On Multiple Roles

More than hlaf of a planned 345 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters have been delivered to the U.S. Army, according to a news release Tuesday from EADS North America. "Reaching the midway point in deliveries to the Army with an unblemished record of on-time deliveries is an excellent example of our strong performance on the Lakota program,” said EADS North American CEO Sean O’Keefe.

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Authorities Arrive At Accident Site And Find No Airplane

Wreckage Was Reportedly Towed Away By The Pilot With A Tractor

The FAA is looking for the pilot of a small plane which went down August 18th shortly after takeoff from an airport in Monmouth, Maine. Investigators say the pilot, who was apparently not injured when the plane went down, returned to the accident scene minutes after the crash and towed the wreckage away with a tractor.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.27.11)

"This airplane embodies the hopes and dreams of everyone fortunate enough to work on it. Their dreams are now coming true." Source: Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.27.11): Applicable Standard

A manufacturing/design/maintenance/quality standard, method, technique, or practice approved by or acceptable to a civil aviation authority.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.11)

Air Sports Net Aviation Weather

The forecast data is read 'real-time' from the National Weather Service Aviation web site. This data is adjusted to the local time zone and converted into a graphical format.

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