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December 01, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.01.10

Diamond Aircraft Austria gets a new CEO.
Thielert is back in the black and looking for investment.
And a Sikorsky was brought down by a red-tailed hawk.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.01.10

Diamond Aircraft Austria gets a new CEO.
Thielert is back in the black and looking for investment.
And a Sikorsky was brought down by a red-tailed hawk.


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ANN Special Feature: Pt I: EAA's Rod Hightower - 12.01.10

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Rod Hightower, new president of the Experimental Aircraft Association, about his relationship with Tom Poberezny.

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Airbus Offers New Engines On The A320

Boeing Publicly Dismissive Of The Move

While stopping short of calling it a "re-engining" of its single-aisle A320, Airbus has decided to offer new engines as an option for the aircraft, the  planemaker announced Wednesday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.01.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.01.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.01.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Pt I: EAA's Rod Hightower - 12.01.10 (ANN Special Report, with Rod Hightower, new president of the Experimental Aircraft Association)

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'Flying Car' Company Picks Up Defense Work

Terrafugia To Work With AAI Corporation On DARPA Transformer (TX) Project

DARPA has been talking for some time about developing a four person flyable and roadable vehicle it describes as a 'flying Humvee', a project with a budget of about $65 million.

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Continental Reaches Tentative Agreement With Its Fleet Service Employees

New Labor Contract Would Cover Some 7,600 Continental Workers

United Continental Holdings announced Monday that Continental Airlines has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing Continental fleet service employees.

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Zagat Surveys Ninety Major World Airlines

Flyers Object to Luggage Fees, High Prices, Indirect Routes and NY Airports

As consumers gear up for the holiday travel season, Zagat released the results of its 2010 airline survey Monday. The survey covers 16 domestic and 74 international airlines, as well as 30 major domestic airports.

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Beijing Airport City Development Embraces New Era Of Air Cargo Transport

Free Trade Zone Set To Open At Beijing Airport

In a joint statement Monday, Beijing Tianzhu Free Trade Zone, Beijing Customs, Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau and Beijing Port Office announced the Beijing Tianzhu Free Trade Zone Port Operational Center is ready for daily operation.

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HAI Introduces The Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award

"Salute To Excellence" Recognizes Management And Leadership In The Industry

The Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award salutes excellence in management and leadership. The award is granted to an individual who is recognized for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. Nominees need not be licensed pilots.

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GKN Aerospace Awarded Contract For 747-8 And 787 Thrust Links

Components Manufactured In California, Mexico

A California company has been awarded a multi-year production contract to supply lightweight titanium thrust links for the Boeing 747-8 and for both engine variants of the Boeing 787. The amount of the contract was not disclosed.

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First Rocket Engine Test Conducted At Wyle's San Bernardino Facility

Facility can Safely Test Liquid Propulsion Systems

Wyle engineers successfully demonstrated the company's new liquid fuel rocket engine test system, a major component of the state-of-the-art rocket engine and fluids test facility at San Bernardino. 

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IAE Wins Order From BOC Aviation

Engines Will Power Asian-Based Airbus Aircraft

IAE International Aero Engines AG today announced that BOC Aviation has signed an exclusive agreement for the firm order of V2500 engines to power 25 A320 family aircraft newly ordered from Airbus.

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Consumer Group Accuses TSA Of Manipulating National Opt Out Day

Liberty Guard Files FOIA Request To TSA Regarding Political Manipulation

A group which purports to "Defend Individual Liberty" says news and personal reports from around the country indicate that TSA deactivated many of their controversial body imaging scanners on Wednesday, November 24th – one of the busiest travel dates of the year.

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Boeing, Copa Airlines Complete Order For 22 Next-Generation 737s

Purchase In Line With Airline's Medium-Term Growth Plans

Boeing and Copa Airlines announced an order for 22 Next-Generation 737-800s at a signing ceremony Tuesday at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The order previously was attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's orders and deliveries website.

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Jetliner Plunge Caused By Seat Adjustment

Co-Pilot Panics After Inadvertently Pushing Control Column, Locking Captain Out Of The Cockpit

He just wanted to be a little more comfortable, but when the co-pilot of an Air India Express Boeing 737 went to adjust his seat, he inadvertently pushed the control column forward and put the plane into a steep dive.

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Aero-TV: Changing of The Guard -- Rod Hightower and the Future of EAA (Part 3)

On The Record and Without Adult Supervision (Grin), Hightower Goes One On One With ANN

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago at the 2010 NBAA Convention... EAA's new President was wandering the halls -- all by himself. No big entourage... no media guy at his elbow... and Tom Poberezny was nowhere in sight. In just a few weeks at the helm of EAA, it appears that the newest leader in the aero-biz has been cleared to solo and was seen at NBAA (and later at AOPA) all by his lonesome...

Aero-TV: Changing of The Guard -- Rod Hightower and the Future of EAA (Part 3)

On The Record and Without Adult Supervision (Grin), Hightower Goes One On One With ANN (Part 3)

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago at the 2010 NBAA Convention... EAA's new President was wandering the halls -- all by himself. No big entourage... no media guy at his elbow... and Tom Poberezny was nowhere in sight. In just a few weeks at the helm of EAA, it appears that the newest leader in the aero-biz has been cleared to solo and was seen at NBAA (and later at AOPA) all by his lonesome...

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Rockefeller, Dorgan Push For Lame Duck Passage Of FAA Bill

Congress Has Extended FAA Funding 16 Times Since 2007

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV and Byron Dorgan, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, Operations, Safety and Security, are pushing their colleagues to pass the FAA Reauthorization in the lame duck Congress.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Cessna 337 Accident In Florida

Aircraft Lost It's Right Wing Prior To Impact With The Ground

The Cessna 337 which went down during a military exercise near Avon Park in central Florida on November 17 lost most of its starboard wing before impacting the ground. Three people were fatally injured in the accident. All three were civilian contractors.

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Agreement Provides TTF Access For Companies At New Northwest FL Airport

Master Airport Access Agreement Executed At New Northwest Florida Airport

Northwest Florida real estate developer The St. Joe Company (“St. Joe”) has executed a Master Airport Access Agreement with the Panama City-Bay County Airport and Industrial District regarding through-the-fence access at the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

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DHS Achieves Major Aviation Security Goal One Month Ahead Of Schedule

Agency Now Vetting 100 Percent Of Passengers On Flights Within, Or Bound For U.S. Against Watchlists

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the United States are now being checked against government watchlists - fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule.

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Civil Air Patrol Observes 69th Anniversary

Air Force Auxiliary Performs Many Missions Nationwide

On Wednesday, Civil Air Patrol observes the rich history of vigilant service provided by the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force over the past seven decades.

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Latest JSF Engine Problem ... It's Too Big For Navy Transports

F135 Engine Will Not Fit Through Standard COD Cargo Door Or On V-22 Osprey

The Navy is facing a significant challenge with the F135 engine developed by Pratt & Whitney for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ... they can't get spare engines to an aircraft carrier by air or sea.

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Woman's Purse Stolen In Indy Airport Security Line

Victim Had Been Directed To Full-Body Scanner

Proving that there are opportunistic thieves everywhere, a woman who had been directed to a full-body scanner at Indianapolis International Airport on Sunday had her purse stolen by another women in the security line.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.01.10)

“We have relied on too many short-term reauthorizations and stop-gap measures. It’s time to get this reauthorization bill passed.” Source: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.01.10): NOTAR - No Tail Rotor

A system patented by McDonnell Douglas for maintaining directional control of helicopters without use of an anti-torque tail rotor.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.01.10)

The Brewster Buffalo

A group of Internet aviation fans once debated the subject of the worst fighter of World War II. Their hands-down favorite: the Brewster Buffalo.

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