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December 10, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.10.09

The family of a Comair 5191 victim is awarded 7-million dollars from the airline.
The US House has temporarily extended FAA funding.
And an independent review panel will look into las

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.10.09

The family of a Comair 5191 victim is awarded 7-million dollars from the airline.
The US House has temporarily extended FAA funding.
And an independent review panel will look into las

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ANN Special Feature: AOPA Summit Survey Part I - 12.10.09

Attendees at last month's AOPA Summit in Tampa, Florida tell us how they think new AOPA President Craig Fuller is doing as he nears the end of his first year on the job.

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Sikorsky Unveils First UH-60 For CBP

Rollout Ceremony Took Place At Chase Field In Texas

Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance took the wraps off the first U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP) UH-60 A-A to L recapitalization aircraft at its Chase Field Operations Center in Texas Wednesday. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

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NAFI To Select Three Board Members

Announces Membership Election Process For Open Positions

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced a call for nominations to fill three open positions on the NAFI Board of Directors. This is the initial step in to the process of member election of directors.

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UK Frequent Flyers Could Face Higher Taxes

Move Considered To Curb Airline Demand

As if higher fares, check baggage fees, packed airplanes, and ever-eroding service weren't doing enough to curb airline demand on their own, the chairman of the British Government's Committee on Climate Change has floated an idea that frequent flyers in the UK should be charged higher taxes than those who fly occasionally.

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UAE Hopes To Acquire CH-47F Chinook Helicopters

Package Worth Approximately $2.0 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Wednesday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of 16 Chinook helicopters, and communication equipment, as well as associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $2.0 billion.

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New Air Force Target Of Opportunity: Energy

Air Force Is U.S. Government's Largest Energy Consumer

The Air Force has rolled out a new plan to reduce energy consumption and incorporate energy considerations into all phases of its practices. The Air Force is the federal government's largest consumer of energy.

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Hornet Fighter Modified By Patria Completes Successful First Flight

Single-Seat Fighter Transformed Into Two-Place Aircraft

A D-model F-18 Hornet modified by Patria successfully performed its first 51-minute flight on December 3rd, 2009 in Jamsa, Finland. This two-place aircraft is repaired and modified from a single-seat C-model F-18 Hornet badly damaged in a mid-air collision.

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Lawsuit Settled In SC Learjet Accident

Former Blink-182 Drummer Settles Case For An "Undisclosed" Sum

Travis Barker, the former drummer for the band Blink-182, has settled his lawsuit against Learjet and other companies stemming from a 2008 accident which killed both pilots and two other people. Barker, along with radio host DJ-AM (Adam Goldstein), survived the crash, though Goldstein later died of unrelated causes.

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American Airlines Sees Opportunities From Japan-U.S. Open Skies Agreement

Open Skies Accord Paves Way For Joint Ventures That American Says Could Result In Stronger Airlines

American Airlines applauded efforts by Japanese and U.S. negotiators Wednesday for their progress in developing an Open Skies accord that will govern aviation in years to come. American, a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, pressed both countries to reach a final accord in Washington, D.C., this week.

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Boeing Seeing Fewer Deferrals In Fourth Quarter

Says It May Be A Sign Of Better Days To Come

A Boeing official says the number of order deferrals has slowed, which could be an indication that the industry's slide may be coming to an end. Boeing President and Chief Financial Officer James Bell told industry analysts that only a few new requests for deferrals have come in since the third quarter ended October 1st.

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Aero-TV: Engine Efficiency Boost – Tuned Exhaust by Power Flow Systems

Power Flow Systems Introduces the Latest in Tuned Exhaust Designs

On November 12th, Power Flow Systems announced the debut of its all-new tuned exhaust system for the Beech Bonanza.  Though PFS now has systems on over 3,500 aircraft, the Bonanza will be the company’s first tuned exhaust for a six-cylinder engine.  The new system required a “clean-sheet” design to fit inside the cowling while still providing the necessary length for increased performance. The high performance tuned exhaust will feature Power Flow’s patented components including mandrel bent tubing, cabin heat design, and headers comprised of their own independent slip joints eliminating the need for clamps.

Aero-TV: Avionics Upgrade – Cirrus Offers Factory Installed R9

Cirrus Announces Factory Option for New SR20 and SR22 Aircraft

During the 2009 AOPA Summit, aviation enthusiasts convened at the Tampa Convention Center to see the latest in general aviation technology and hear the latest in general aviation news.  During the convention, one of the industry’s top leaders, Cirrus Aircraft, announced that Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck system would now be available from Cirrus as a factory option on selected new SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.10.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.10.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.10.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AOPA Summit Survey Part I - 12.10.09 (ANN Special Report, with Attendees at this year's AOPA Summit)

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Aero-TV: Engine Efficiency Boost - Tuned Exhaust by Power Flow Systems

Power Flow Systems Introduces the Latest in Tuned Exhaust Designs

On November 12th, Power Flow Systems announced the debut of its all-new tuned exhaust system for the Beech Bonanza.  Though PFS now has systems on over 3,500 aircraft, the Bonanza will be the company’s first tuned exhaust for a six-cylinder engine. 

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Aero-TV: Avionics Upgrade - Cirrus Offers Factory Installed R9

Cirrus Announces Factory Option for New SR20 and SR22 Aircraft

During the 2009 AOPA Summit, aviation enthusiasts convened at the Tampa Convention Center to see the latest in general aviation technology and hear the latest in general aviation news. During the convention, Cirrus Aircraft, announced that Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck system would now be available from Cirrus as a factory option on selected new SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

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Babbitt Takes Professionalism Speech To The U.S. Senate Aviation Subcommittee

FAA Is Considering New Commercial Pilot Certificate Standards For Airlines

FAA Administrator Babbitt testified Thursday at a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee Aviation Subcommittee on oversight of FAA safety initiatives. In his prepared remarks, he reiterated that "we cannot regulate professionalism."

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Garmin Granted FAA’s STC For GTS Series, TAS And TCAS I Traffic Systems

Initial STC Covers Some 580 Different Aircraft Makes And Models

Garmin International announced Wednesday that the FAA has granted an approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) for the Garmin’s TAS and TCAS I traffic systems, the GTS 800, GTS 820 and GTS 850. The initial AML-STC includes approximately 580 different aircraft makes and models.

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Big Mistake Finds TSA Procedures Posted Online

Secret Airport Screening Parameters Inadvertently Made Public

TSA has inadvertently posted some of its most secret airport screening procedures online in a way that makes them available to the public, including special rules for diplomats, CIA personnel, and law enforcement officers.

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Cirrus Hopes To Restructure Lease In Grand Forks, ND

Wouters Projects Return To Profitability In 2010

Cirrus Design hopes to work with city leaders in Grand Forks, ND in an effort to re-structure a lease on its facility there. According to City Administrator Rick Duquette, the company currently owes $845,000 in back rent.

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FAA Applauds Biofuel Project Grants

$600 Million To Be Doled Out By DOE For Biofuel Projects

The FAA said Wednesday it welcomes the announcement by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack of more than $600 million in awards to advanced biofuel projects. At least four grant recipients are working on technologies to produce fuels including renewable jet fuels.

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FAA May Impose Re-Registration Of Aircraft Next Year

As Many As 340,000 Aircraft May Need New Paperwork To Be Legal

The FAA may soon be set to require aircraft to be registered periodically, as are cars and boats. If adopted, the perpetual registration of aircraft would be scrapped and the registration of every aircraft in the United States would be cancelled, requiring a new registration within three years.

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Feds Hope To Confiscate Illegal Immigrants' Airplane

Says He Lied On FAA Registration Documents

The U.S. Attorney's Office in McAllen, Texas wants to seize an airplane belonging to Jorge Aguiniga, a Houston car dealer being held on charges of  illegal immigration. Aguiniga was arrested on board the airplane, 1978 Beechcraft Model 95-B55, at McCreery Aviation at McAllen airport in July.

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Gone West: Air Medal Winner Eddie Edwards

Famed WWII CAP Pilot Involved In Dramatic Rescue At Sea

96-year-old Eddie Edwards, a famed WWII Civil Air Patrol pilot and a winner of the first Air Medal of WWII to be presented personally by the President of the United States to any U.S. airman, has passed away. Edwards accepted his Air Medal from Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House Oval Office in 1942.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.10.09)

“Renewable jet fuels are critical to building the cleaner, more sustainable Next Generation commercial aviation system in the United States. Source:  Nancy LoBue, FAA Acting Assistant Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.09): Restricted Area

Airspace designated under 14 CFR Part 73, within which the flight of aircraft, while not wholly prohibited, is subject to restriction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.09)

NORAD Tracks Santa

Well SOMEBODY has to keep tabs on the Jolly Old Elf to be sure he's got a clear path. Every year, NORAD tracks Santa's progress on December 24th, but the site is hot now, with lots of fun activites for the young, and young at heart.

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