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June 29, 2009

Bell Helicopter Reaches Agreement With Office And Clerical Workers

Manufacturing Workers Still On Strike

Bell Helicopter announced Sunday it has reached a new contract agreement with the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 317, which represents 340 office and clerical workers at Bell facilities in Fort Worth, Hurst, Arlington, Grand Prairie and Roanoke, Texas.

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Bumpy Landing May Have Contributed To Celebrity Pitchman's Death

Billy Mays Hit On The Head During Tampa Landing

Celebrity Pitchman Billy Mays complained about not feeling well before going to bed Saturday night, and Sunday his wife found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a Tampa hospital.  Mays was on a USAirways flight Saturday that landed hard in Tampa, reportedly causing minor injuries to several of the passengers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.29.09

Cirrus confirms former CEO Alan Klapmeier want to buy out the jet program.
You TV weatherman has a new eye in space.
And Hawker Beechcraft is offering WAAS-LPV for your 800-XP.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.29.09

Cirrus confirms former CEO Alan Klapmeier want to buy out the jet program.
You TV weatherman has a new eye in space.
And Hawker Beechcraft is offering WAAS-LPV for your 800-XP.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Teachable Moments - 06.29.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about "teachable moments," how to recognize when you're in one, and how to take maximum advantage of the opportunity.


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StandardAero Receives FAA STC for King Air 200/B200-Series PT6A-52 Program

StandardAero has received an STC (SA02715CH-D) to remove Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-41 or -42 series engines on the Beechcraft King Air 200/200C/B200/B200C and replace them with PT6A-52 engines and four-bladed Hartzell propellers.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 06.29.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.29.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.29.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Teachable Moments - 06.29.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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NASA Wants Your Ideas About Chronicling Wernher Von Braun

Project Is Part Of NASA's Celebration Of The 40th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the historic first moon landing, NASA is seeking ideas from the public, academia, and industry about how to analyze and catalog notes from spaceflight pioneer Wernher von Braun into an electronic, searchable database or other system.

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Abacus Releases PBY-5A for FSX

Have You Always Wanted To Fly The PBY?

Now available for download for FSX, the PBY Catalina has a long history of service to the military, mostly with the US Navy. During World War II, the PBY was often equipped with bombs, torpedoes, depth charges and machine guns and used as for anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance, search and rescue and supply transport.

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Certified: 'proair charter' Fields SR22s For New Air-Taxi Operation

Signs Of The Times... Affordable S/E Air Taxi Ops Continue To Show Progress 

proair charter tells ANN that it will be fielding an FAA-approved SR22-based Air-Taxi (on-demand) operation, while operating under its Rite Way Aircraft operating certificate.

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Yes, It Is Rocket Science: Volvo Aero And Snecma Reach Agreement

5 Year Deal For Space Propulsion Components

Snecma and Volvo Aero agreed at the Paris Air Show on the basic principles of a five-year partnership between the two companies in the field of space propulsion.  For Volvo Aero, sales of several hundreds of millions of Swedish kronor will be secured through the agreement.

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Yoke Mounts For TacView Displays Available Soon For C-130

Helps Update Older Aircraft Capability Without A Complete Avionics Refit

The Pentastar Aviation Maintenance and Design Team presented Edsel B. Ford II, Owner, Pentastar Aviation, and Rick Maloney, President and CEO, Pentastar Aviation with the first production run articulating yoke mount (patent pending) for the C-130 aircraft. The articulating yoke mount is being supplied to C-130 military units in conjunction with the Esterline CMC Electronics' TacView Electronic Flight Bag System.

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Aero-TV: Powerful Upgrades -- Texas Turbine Conversions

Big Bad Caravans!!!

The Aero-TV crew were all agog at the ultimate big bad Caravan... a project recently certified by the folks at Texas Turbine Conversions Inc.

Aero-TV: Powerful Upgrades -- Texas Turbine Conversions

Big Bad Caravans!!!

The Aero-TV crew were all agog at the ultimate big bad Caravan... a project recently certified by the folks at Texas Turbine Conversions Inc.

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Obama Administration Nominates Hart For NTSB

Christopher A. Hart, Nominee for Member, NTSB

 The Obama administration is filling in the vacancies over at the NTSB... most recently with the nomination of Christopher hart to rejoin the board, having previously served over 15 years ago.

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Klyde Morris (06.29.09)

Klyde Gets A Load Of 'Cap and Trade'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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1st Signal From GOES-O Satellite Received Following Successful Launch

"Performing As Planned"

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have received the first on-orbit signals from GOES-O, indicating that the Earth-observation satellite is healthy and operating normally. Controllers confirmed initial contact with the spacecraft at 12:25 a.m...

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Stratos Completes Personal Jet Cabin Mockup

You Can Sit In The Cabin At Oshkosh

Stratos Aircraft announced Friday  the completion of  full-scale mock-up of the Stratos 714 cabin to be displayed at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Aero-Associations Join Forces Over Bob Hope Curfew

Ask For An Extension Of The Comment Period

EAA and AOPA are asking the FAA to extend the public comment period from 30 to 60 days regarding a petition to impose a night flight curfew at the Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California. The curfew, proposed by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority (BGPAA) for 10 p.m.-6:59 am, would force all users to transfer night flight operations to other regional airports.

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ALPA Pushing Congress To 'Control' Excessive Oil Speculation

Seeks Legislative Action

ALPA has called on Congress to pass legislation that would help control excessive speculation in the commodity futures marketplace by enhancing oversight, transparency, and reporting requirements, as well as imposing limits on cumulative speculative positions across all markets.

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Era Training Center Upgrades S76 FSTDs

Era Training Center (ETC) has contracted with Frasca for the design and construction of a Sikorsky S76 C++ Level 6 Helicopter Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.09): ETOPS

ETOPS - Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards Extended Operations (ETOPS) means an airplane flight operation, other than an all-cargo operation in an airplane with more than two engines, during which a portion of the flight is conducted beyond a time threshold identified in part 121 or part 135 of this chapter that is determined using an approved one-engine-inoperative cruise speed under standard atmospheric conditions in still air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.09)

NASA PA-30 Flutter Test Video Ya gotta hand it to YouTube... along with a lot of nonsense, there is some amazing footage... in this case, a copy of the NASA flutter testing of a Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche... check this out and prepare to be shocked at the destructive power of aerodynamic flutter. Preventing such phenomena is one of the reasons that FAA Certification is such a big deal.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.29.09)

“Oil prices have begun to climb again and, given the other challenges facing our economy right now, it’s clear that we need to act swiftly to stabilize the marketplace to head off another significant price spike.” Source: ALPA President, Capt. John Prater -- ALPA has called on Congress to pass legislation that would help control excessive speculation in the commodity futures marketplace by enhancing oversight, transparency, and reporting requirements, as well as imposing limits on cumulative speculative positions across all markets.

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