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May 22, 2009

STS-125 Landing: Game Called On Account Of Weather

Weather Delays Landing -- Next Opportunity Saturday

After five heavy days of rain here in Florida, we're not surprised to see that STS-125 is getting delayed in their return home. Weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center have forced flight controllers to pass on STS-125’s two landing opportunities this morning.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.22.09

A T-38 trainer with two onboard goes down in the Mohave Desert.
A controversial aviation attorney says, "don't blame the crew of 3407."
And don't sniff the cork before you p

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.22.09

A T-38 trainer with two onboard goes down in the Mohave Desert.
A controversial aviation attorney says, "don't blame the crew of 3407."
And don't sniff the cork before you p

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T-38 Goes Down North of Edwards AFB

An Air Force T-38 Talon crashed at 1:15 p.m. May 21, about nine miles north of Edwards Air Force Base. The Edwards aircraft was on a flight-test training mission at the time of the accident. Kern County fire spokesman Sean Collins reported that the T-38 went down about 1330 Thursday in the Mojave Desert.

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Much More To HR 915 Than Keeping FAA Funded

THIS Is The Government You're Paying For...

HR 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, is more than just a resolution to keep paying the FAA's Bills... it has become a nexus for a number of changes, a dumping fround for pet projects, and an amalgam of competing (and occasionally, conflicting) interests...

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NATA: Coyne Welcomes New House GA Caucus

Hopefully, This Means They're On OUR Side...

NATA President James K. Coyne is praising members of the House of Representatives for creating its new General Aviation Caucus.

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Dynon Intro's New Glass Panels For Experimental Aircraft

For only $1600, Dynon tells ANN that homebuilders can now install modern avionics at steam gauge prices. Dynon Avionics has released two new EFIS products. The EFIS-D6 (shown above and directly below) and EFIS-D60 offer modern glass panel avionics at the low cost of only $1600 and $1900. 

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Flight Design Pilot Centers Train Sport Pilots In CTLS

Flight Design has established a network of Flight Design Pilot Centers to meet the needs of training institutions. The process began at Oshkosh 2008 with visits to numerous flight operators to best determine their needs for Light-Sport Aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.22.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.22.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.22.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II - Lycoming's Ian Walsh - 05.22.09 (ANN Special Report, with Lycoming's Ian Walsh)

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NASA Updates Lunar Exploration Robotic Missions

NASA's return to the moon will get a boost in June with the launch of two satellites that will return a wealth of data about Earth's nearest neighbor. On Thursday, the agency outlined the upcoming missions of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS.

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AgustaWestland Test Pilot Selected For Astronaut Training

Not All Astronauts Come From Fixed Wing Ranks

AgustaWestland is doing a little crowing over the selection of Tim Peake, AgustaWestland Senior Test Pilot, by the European Space Agency as the first British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps. The Corps currently consists of eight members from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden.

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NBAA Commends House For FAA Reauthorization Passage

NBAA is commending the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will fund the FAA and the development of the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, also known as "NextGen."

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Austral Líneas Aéreas Buys 20 Embraer 190s

E-Jets Start Flying In Argentina In 2010

Embraer has sold Austral Líneas Aéreas, from Argentina, 20 Embraer 190s. The contract will go into effect after fulfilling certain requirements, and that should take place within two months. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010.

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ATA Fights HR 915 Til The End

James May Writes The House of Representatives... Again

ATA's James May is not giving up his misgivings about some aspects of H.R. 915 without a fight. Just before the Resolution passed the House, May expressed his displeasure with a number of aspects of the Act... including the inexplicable opposition to a rule that keep passengers from being held in an airliner (ostensibly due to delays) for more than three hours...

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Aero-TV: Tristate Careflight -- Saving Lives One Flight At A Time

MedEvac Means Saving Lives

Airborne in minutes and on-site shortly thereafter, the presence of the helicopter at the scene of a serious medical emergency can be as critical as the medical team itself... if the care is not there in time, then the effort often goes for naught.

The Dreamliner Roars: Boeing Completes First 787 Dreamliner Engine Runs

Dreamliner Converts Fuel To Noise

Boeing completed the first engine runs on the all-new 787, Thursday morning. The occasion marks the first all-electric start of a commercial jetliner engine on a commercial jetliner; the engines had been started electronically in test facilities earlier.

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Meet The New Boss -- Babbitt Confirmed As FAA Administrator

With An Extensive Airline Background, Will Babbitt Be Fair To ALL of Aviation? 

 Late Thursday, as the Senate hurriedly wrapped up business before the coming holiday, J. Randolph Babbitt was confirmed as the next Administrator of the FAA.

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HR 915, FAA Reauthorization Act, Passes House Hurdle

Still A Ways To Go.... But Progress Has Been Made

The House has passed H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act, in order to "To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2009 through 2012, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes."

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Big Bucks: FAA Wants To Fine Gulfstream International Airlines $1.3M

Same Airline Once Employed CC3407 Captain

The FAA is attempting to exact a $1.3 million civil penalty from Florida-based Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. for violations of the FAR's. Gulfstream has been making some news of late for also being a former employer of the Captain of the ill-fated Continental Connection 3407 flight.

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Aero-TV: Tristate Careflight -- Saving Lives One Flight At A Time

MedEvac Means Saving Lives

Airborne in minutes and on-site shortly thereafter, the presence of the helicopter at the scene of a serious medical emergency can be as critical as the medical team itself... if the care is not there in time, then the effort often goes for naught.

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Klyde Morris (05.22.09)

C.R.E.A.P. Strikes Again!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Another TSA Boondoggle -- Gone, And Not Missed

RIP: Puffer Machines

If you do fly the airlines regularly, you'll notice something missing at commercial airports - those obnoxious "puffer" machines designed to dislodge particles from your clothing, so they can be analyzed for traces of bomb-making materials.

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FlyersRights Claims Only 'Modest Gains' in House FAA Reauthorization

Predicts/Hopes Senate Version Will Set Binding Limits on Tarmac Delays

FlyersRights.org Executive Director Kate Hanni (pictured right) is politely lauding the "modest gains for airline passengers" contained in the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 915) that passed through the House of Representatives, Thursday, but predicted that the "final version that goes to the President will ultimately contain the critical element consumers want most...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.22.09): European Space Agency (ESA)

European Space Agency (ESA) A fifteen-member consortium of European countries for the design, development, and deployment of satellites. The Space Telescope — European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF) supports the European astronomical community in exploiting the research opportunities provided by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.22.09)

Aero-Linx: AMA 'Park Pilot' The Academy of Model Aeronautics currently defines a park flyer as a model weighing less than 2 pounds that is incapable of reaching speeds of faster than 60 mph. It must use electric power for propulsion, be remotely controlled or flown with a control line, and remain within the pilot’s line of sight at all times.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.22.09)

"We were very pleased with the performance on the engines during this test. We will now get ready for our intermediate and final gauntlet tests." Source: Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, after the bird was fired up, under its own power, for the first time. The first flight is expected to take place in less than 6 weeks.

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