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September 26, 2011

Signs Of Life In Wichita -- Cessna Launches New Citation M2

New Light BizJet 'Closes Gap' Between Mustang and CJ Series

Well... there is life in Wichita after all, and it appears to be coming from Cessna Aircraft Company. After a few rumors leaked out in recent days, Cessna has officially launched the Citation M2, a new light business jet that 'fills the gap between the Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ family.' The Citation M2 features Garmin G3000 avionics, engines similar to those found in the Citation CJ series and an all-new cabin design. The aircraft is an aluminum airframe with a T-tail and a straight wing that includes LED lights.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.26.11

The Dreamliner finally starts deliveries today.
The preliminary report is out on the crash at Reno.
And NASA says it still doesn't know where UARS actually landed.

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ANN Special Feature: Banish Bad Pilot Decisions - 09.26.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves distills lessons from the case of a Mooney pilot who canceled his IFR flight plan just a few minutes too soon.

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NASA Posts Space Launch System Acquisition Overview

Sets Timelines For Development Of SLS Components

NASA has released the acquisition overview for the Space Launch System (SLS), its new, advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle. NASA officials say this new heavy-lift rocket - in combination with the Orion crew capsule already under development, increased support for the commercialization of astronaut travel to low Earth orbit, an extension of activities on the International Space Station until at least 2020, and a fresh focus on new technologies - is key to implementing the plan laid out by President Obama and Congress in the bipartisan 2010 NASA Authorization Act.

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Embraer Delivers 800th E-Jet To China CDB Leasing

Aircraft Will Join China Southern Airlines' E-Jets Fleet In China's Xinjiang Region

Embraer's E-Jets program reaches a significant milestone with the delivery of the 800th aircraft - an Embraer 190, in a tripartite ceremony held Tuesday at the Company's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, between Embraer, the aircraft's recipient CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. (CLC), and the jet's operator China Southern Air Holding Xinjiang Company, a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.

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Cessna Marks 15 Years For The Stationair

Prototype Made First Flight 15 Years Ago

This year marks the 15th anniversary since the first flight of Cessna's model 206T Turbo Stationair. The Stationair began production in 1964 until all single engine production was halted in 1986. Production was revived in Independence, KS, following passage of the 1994 U.S. General Aviation Revitalization Act. The first prototype flight was in 1996 and the first customer delivery was in 1998.

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Plant Experiments Take Root On Space Station To Inspire Students

Goal Is To Study How Plants Germinate In A Microgravity Environment

"Plants in Space," a unique science project designed to allow students and teachers to examine root growth in microgravity and compare the results with those from plants used in their own ground-based experiments, has been initiated aboard the International Space Station.

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German Defence Ministry Takes Delivery Of Global 5000

Aircraft To Be Used In MedEvac And VIP Transport Missions

The first of four Bombardier Global 5000 jets was handed over to the German Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Special Mission Wing to be operated for VIP transport and Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) flights. The special ceremony in Berlin, Germany, was attended by government officials and executives from Bombardier, German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH & CO.KG (GOAL), Rolls-Royce Germany, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services and Lufthansa Technik.

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China Eastern Selects V2500S For 50 Aircraft

Embraer Also Selects The Powerplant For KC-390s

China Eastern Airlines has selected International Aero Engines to provide V2500 engines to power 50 new A320 series aircraft. The deal also includes comprehensive long-term engine aftermarket services. In announcing the agreement Tuesday, the companies said deliveries will commence in August 2012 and continue to 2015, and China Eastern will employ the new V2500s to expand the capacity of its fleet.

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NASA 2012 Lunabotics Competition Open For Registration

Goal Is To Design And Build An R/C Or Autonomous Robot That Could Operate On The Moon

NASA is accepting applications from teams of U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate students for the third annual Lunabotics Mining Competition. Participants in the competition will design and build a remote controlled or autonomous robot, which could be used for future exploration on the moon.

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Aeroman Breaks Ground On Hangar Extension In El Salvador

Will Provide Additional Bays For B737, A320 Service

Aeroman, a member of the Aveos Group, announced that it is adding a new hangar that will accommodate three new lines for narrow body aircraft at the maintenance facility in El Salvador for both existing aircraft (Airbus 320s and Boeing 737s) and the future Airbus A320neo.

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TUI Travel Orders Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Engines

Powerplants To Be Hung On Travel Company's New A330s

Rolls-Royce has won a contract from leisure travel company TUI Travel PLC to provide Trent 700 engines to power two Airbus A330 aircraft which will also be covered by TotalCare long-term support services. The aircraft will be operated by TUI's subsidiary Corsairfly and the contract also includes maintenance agreements for two additional A330s already in service with the airline.

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Bye Engineering, GNSS Announce Project Milestone

Solar Electric Airship UAV Development Advances

Global Near Space Services (GNSS) and Bye Engineering Partners say they've concluded Phase 2 engineering of the StarLight high-altitude long-endurance solar electric airship intelligence and surveillance platform. The program was conducted under the supervision of the Naval Air Systems Command, Aircraft Division.

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Man Faces Federal Charges After Carrying Knife Onto A Delta Flight

Passenger Reportedly Made Threats Against A Passenger, Police, FBI

A passenger boarding a Delta Airlines flight in Salt Lake City last Sunday faces federal charges after he allegedly brought a knife on board the plane, and made threats against another passenger and law enforcement officials.

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Aero-TV: Total Eclipse: Mason Holland Proves He Can Finish The Job

Eclipse VLJ Is Quite Assuredly Back On Track

After a very shaky period in which the previous iteration of Eclipse Aircraft wound up going astray, a whole company, Eclipse Aerospace and its President Mason Holland, says "we're happy, we're selling planes, customers are happy, and things are rolling off the line."

Done Deal... Boeing, ANA Complete Contractual Delivery of First 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Gets It ALL Done On First 787

Some one gets to deposit a whopping check this morning as Boeing and ANA have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner. Celebrations to mark this historic milestone started today in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday. Today's signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.

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Aero-TV: Total Eclipse: Mason Holland Proves He Can Finish The Job

Eclipse VLJ Is Most Assuredly 'Back On Track'

After a very shaky period in which the previous iteration of Eclipse Aircraft wound up going astray, a whole company, Eclipse Aerospace and its President Mason Holland, says "we're happy, we're selling planes, customers are happy, and things are rolling off the line." Holland says every Total Eclipse comes standard with the Avio Integrated Flight Management Systems. Existing customers can also retrofit their Eclipse 500 jets with the IFMS package. The upgrades can cost from $70-80,000 up to half a million dollars, according to Holland.

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Klyde Morris (09.26.11)

Klyde's Getting 'Reported'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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GK Takes Gold At The 2011 USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals

SSG Joe Abeln Takes Overall Top Honors

The 2011 USPS Nationals of Canopy Piloting has officially come to an end. The competition was held at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, TX. This year two members of the Golden Knights competed against 48 other skydivers from across the US. SFC Greg Windmiller, a seasoned canopy piloting competitor, faced off against 33 jumpers in the Open class. SSG Joe Abeln, competing in his first Nationals of Canopy Piloting, competed against 17 in the Advanced class.  

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World War II Scout Pilot To Be Honored

Spirit Of Flight Center Event Features Captain Bill Getz, P-51 Mustang Replica

Capt. Charles W “Bill” Getz was a member of the 2nd Scouting Force, ex 491st Bomb Group and flew a P-51D known as “Saucy Shirley". On Saturday, September 24, 2011 the Spirit of Flight Center air museum, located at the Erie, CO Municipal airport, will honor Capt. Bill Getz with a ceremony and induction of a giant ¼ scale P-51 Mustang which is painted in the colors of his airplane.

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NBAA Announces 2012 Business Aviation Regional Forum Locations

Schedule Includes New Orleans, Van Nuys, Teterboro, and Seattle

The NBAA released the 2012 schedule for its popular Business Aviation Regional Forums on Thursday, offering convenient venues throughout the continental United States for Members to gather and discuss the issues affecting their operations and communities and view a host of aircraft, products and services.

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Pan Am Worldwide Reunion To Visit Only Surviving Division

Former Employees Will Pay A Call On Pan Am International Flight Academy

Pan Am International Flight Academy is a scheduled stop for the "Worldwide Family Reunion" of former Pan Am Employees being held October 20 - 23, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Former employees, friends and family of Pan Am International Flight Academy's founding airline, Pan American Airways, affectionately known as Pan Am, together with aviation aficionados from all over the globe and every division of the company, are expected to attend the reunion.

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Civilians Deliver Skylanes To Afghanistan

Three T182Ts Are The First Of 34 Cessnas To Seed The Afghan Air Force

It was an unforgettable flight. Carl Gustafson, a First Officer with Jet Blue Airways out of Long Beach and a volunteer at Flabob Airport, got a little more excitement than he anticipated in flying a Cessna Skylane to Shindand, Afghanistan. Gustafson was one of a flight of three that helped launch a new Afghan Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.11)

Aero Linx: AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT AND ULTRALIGHT FLIGHT TESTING HANDBOOK This advisory circular (AC) sets forth suggestions and safety related recommendations to assist amateur and ultralight builders in developing individualized aircraft flight test plans. BACKGROUND: a. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the United States Ultralight Association (USUA) are concerned and committed to improving the safety record of amateur-built and ultralight aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.11): Arctic Air Mass

ARCTIC AIR MASS An air mass that develops around the Arctic, it is characterized by being cold from surface to great heights. The boundary of this air mass is often defined by the Arctic front, a semi-permanent, semi-continuous feature. When this air mass moves from its source region, it may become more shallow in height as it spreads southward.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.26.11)

"ANA has been a tremendous partner from day one. Through the hard work and challenges, the Boeing team never lost focus on the commitments to our valued customer. We know ANA's customers will love this airplane." Source: Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, in commwents associated with Boeing and ANA having signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner.

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