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November 24, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.10

Airports hold their breath to see what happens on Opt-Out Day.
Why aren't the airlines and airports speaking out on screenings?
And will TSA always be headed by a political appointee?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.24.10

Airports hold their breath to see what happens on Opt-Out Day.
Why aren't the airlines and airports speaking out on screenings?
And will TSA always be headed by a political appointee?

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ANN Special Feature: Why We're Still Not Safe - 11.24.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation about why TSA's intrusive screenings still don't make us safe, and why we can't just copy what the Israelis do.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.24.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.24.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Why We're Still Not Safe - 11.24.10 (ANN Special Report, with the Reason Foundation's Robert Poole) Read More

CASA Approves Qantas' Plan For A380 Return To Service

Airline Will Not Fly The A380 Until It Receives Authority OK

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has given a green light to a plan developed by Qantas to return its A380 aircraft to service. Qantas submitted a detailed A380 plan to CASA which sets out how the aircraft will be operated, additional safety measures and required inspections.

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Passenger In San Diego Arrested For Stripping Prior To Search

Video Camera And Phone Used To Record The Incident Also Confiscated

Well, the theater of the absurd that TSA screening is rapidly approaching was taken a step further when a passenger in San Diego stripped to his underwear prior to and "enhanced" pat-down search on Friday at the San Diego airport.

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LABTA Supports TSA Security Measures

Business Travel Association Urges Travelers To Accept "Necessary Security Measure" To "Keep Flying Safe"

The Los Angeles Business Travel Association (LABTA) is urging airline travelers to embrace full body scanning technology as a necessary security measure to keep air travel safe.

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Boeing Phantom Ray Completes Low-speed Taxi Tests

Stealth UAV 'Did Exactly What It Was Supposed To Do'

The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system successfully completed low-speed taxi tests on Nov. 18 at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

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Jacksonville Aviation Authority Launches Rebranding Effort

Northeast Florida's Aviation System Unveils New Names And Logos

In preparation for its 10-year anniversary next year, and to highlight what it says are its many successes, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) in Jacksonville, FL unveiled a new branding campaign on Monday designed to build better awareness of the city's vibrant aviation system.

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Embraer Delivers 1st Legacy 650 Executive Jet

Recently-Certified Aircraft Will Be Operated By UK-Based Titan Airways Executive

The first Legacy 650 executive jet has been delivered to Amsair Aircraft Limited, owned by Lord Alan Sugar.

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FIT Aviation Program Plans To Resume Flight Operations Monday

Return To Flight Training Set For 0600

The Florida Institute of Technology aviation program in Melbourne, FL, plans to resume flight operations following the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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AFA-CWA Holds Holiday Food Drive for Flight Attendants In Need

Union Says Non-Perishable Food Items, Everyday Essentials, Kids Items Needed

America West flight attendants are holding a holiday food drive to assist flight attendants in need during the holiday season. 

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Bahamas Habitat Awarded Challenge Grant Of $50,000

Money For Construction Of Zion Children's Home In The Bahamas

Bahamas Habitat said Friday it has received a matching grant of $50,00 from The Father's Table Foundation of Sanford, Florida for construction of the Zion Children's Home for abandoned and abused children in The Bahamas.

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NBAA Awards Five UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarships

Recipients Involved In Subjects Ranging From Commercial Aviation To FAA Research

Five college students studying aviation-related curricula at National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions have received 2010 UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship awards totaling $5,000.

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Suspect Says Bomb Threat Against Florida Flight Schools Was A 'Joke'

National Aviation Academy In Florida Threatened On Thursday

A 32-year-old Gulfport, FL resident said the bomb threat he phoned in Thursday against National Aviation Academy  was a "joke," but authorities are not seeing the humor.

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Aero-TV: Readying The Robby -- Pre-Flighting The R66 Turbine

Robinson's Evolutionary Turbine Five-Seater Is Ready To Rotor!!!

Boy... have we been waiting for this... our first flight in a CERTIFIED R66 Turbine helicopter -- and the only thing more impressive than our experience with this new bird was the fact that the actual result exceeded our expectations... and mind you, they were pretty damned high. STILL... before we get to the flight test, let's spend some time with Robinson Uber-Flyer Doug Tompkins as we preflight this amazing new machine.

Aero-TV: Readying The Robby -- Pre-Flighting The R66 Turbine

Robinson's Evolutionary Turbine Five-Seater Is Ready To Rotor!!!

Boy... have we been waiting for this... our first flight in a CERTIFIED R66 Turbine helicopter -- and the only thing more impressive than our experience with this new bird was the fact that the actual result exceeded our expectations... and mind you, they were pretty damned high. STILL... before we get to the flight test, let's spend some time with Robinson Uber-Flyer Doug Tompkins as we preflight this amazing new machine.

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ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving

Will Be On A Reduced Schedule For Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens... in Real Time. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 25th and 26th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Basically, we're going to treat the four-day weekend as just that: a four-day weekend, meaning you'll still be able to find several new stories each day on our website.

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FAA Awards SpaceX First Ever Commercial Re-Entry License

Allows Spacecraft To Return To Earth From Orbit

On Monday, November 22nd, the FAA made SpaceX the first-ever commercial company to receive a license to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit.

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EASA Issues Emergency AD For Some A380 Engines

Inspections Required For Rolls-Royce Trent Series 900 Engines

EASA has issued an emergency AD for some Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 900 series engines known to be installed on, but not limited to, Airbus A380 series airplanes.

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Avidyne Delivers First Entegra R9-Equipped Matrix

Certification For Mirage, Meridian Expected Next Year

The first Piper PA-46 Matrix equipped with Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck has been delivered by the avionics company.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In FIT Accident

No Fuel Was Found From The Fuel Selector Valve Forward To The Engine Driven Fuel Pump On The Left Side System

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in the Palm Beach accident involving a PA-44 belonging to the Florida Institute of Technology aviation department which went down on takeoff, fatally injuring the four people on board.

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Civil Air Patrol Asks For Help With Section 60 Project

Deadline Nears For Arlington 'Wreaths Across America' Sponsors

As part of its holiday tradition of partnering with Wreaths Across America, Civil Air Patrol is calling on its partners and its parent organization, the Air Force, to help with this year's Section 60 Project at Arlington National Cemetery.

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AirTran Flight Attendants To Protest Stalled Negotiations

Some Holiday Travelers At Hartsfield Will Be Met With Picket Lines

AirTran flight attendants are planning an informational picket on on Wednesday, November 24 outside Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The union says it is frustrated with what it calls "stalled" negotiations with the airline.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.24.10)

"With this license in hand, SpaceX can proceed with its launch of the Dragon capsule. NASA wishes SpaceX every success with the launch." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.10): Nylon Letdown

In at least some military circles, ejection and the subsequent parachute ride. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.10)

Aero-Linx: National Aeronautic Association Aviation Records The Contest & Records Department of NAA oversees and certifies aviation records in the United States, serving exclusively as the national authority for all aviation record-setting activity.

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