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December 29, 2009

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.30.09

NBAA joins British GA interests in fighting airline-style security for business flights.
Teledyne Continental will announce its diesel strategy next month.
And Alaska Airlines pilots

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MC-12 Lands in Afghanistan, Ready To 'Look For Trouble'

Aircraft Arrival Heralds Activation of 4th ERS

The newest aircraft on the Air Force's inventory arrived Dec. 27th, 2009, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The MC-12 aircraft, tail number 090623, was the first of an undisclosed number of aircraft for the new 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron.

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Aero-Eval: The Best FBOs We Visited/Worked With In 09 -- KICT's Yingling Av.

On a fall trip to the West Coast, N377SR got to see the best and worst of a number of Southern tier FBOs... among those that truly stood out include: KICT: Yingling Aviation, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas

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The Best Of Gadget Patrol 2009: Sporty's Deluxe Instrument Rating Kit

Sporty's Deluxe Instrument Rating Kit (Online Course & Leather Bag)

As I waded back into the world of hard GA IFR over the course of last year (face it, our old Glasair III was fun, but a hard IFR mount it was NOT), I found myself scrambling to check out a number of resources to help me get back up to speed... both for my own purposes as well as my curiosity about the state of guidance available to today's up and coming IFR Aeronauts. The folks at Sportys were kind enough to send me one of their recently updated IFR training kits and I really liked what I found.

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NBAA: Recent Security Incident 'Highlights Need for Continued Vigilance'

However, Recent Proposals In The UK Cause New Concerns

Although business aviation has never been identified as a security threat, the attempted terrorist action aboard a commercial airliner on December 25 underscores the need for continued vigilance across all of aviation. NBAA is in continuing contact with officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and it is the Association's understanding that last week's events are not anticipated to have an impact on security policies related to the business aviation community.

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The Best Of Gadget Patrol 2009: GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook

Max Trescott's GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook Many of the books currently available haven't kept up with the times (with the exception of Rod Machado's outstanding works on the topic) and we're pleased to see our good friend and trusted contributor, Max Trescott, take the matter on, as well.

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Continental Pilots Note Anniversary of No-Contract Ops

ALPA Claims Pilots Are "Giving Back" $200M A Year Without New Contract

As of Dec. 31, 2009, ALPA tells ANN that Continental pilots will see another year pass without a new contract in place. The current concessionary agreement that helped keep Continental out of bankruptcy was signed in April 2005 and became amendable on Dec. 31, 2008.

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The Best Of Gadget Patrol 2009: Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Handbook

The workload has never been more complex and the capabilities never so impressive, but I have to admit that its getting harder and harder to keep up... especially with the other job I have... namely keeping ANN on the straight and narrow. As I looked over the current crop of materials available, two tomes kept my attention and impressed with each consult... this is the other book that I was writing about previously: Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Handbook

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IAI's Bedek Receives FAA, CAAI STCs For B767-300 Freighter Aircraft Conversion

Additional Conversions Are Underway

Israel Aerospace Industries' Bedek Aviation Group (IAI/Bedek) received a Civil Aviation Administration of Israel (CAAI) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on December 17, 2009 and an FAA STC on December 21, 2009 for its prototype B767-300BDSF (Bedek Special Freighter) aircraft.

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Alaska Airlines Pilots Take Care Of Their Own

Alaska Pilots Raise Funds, Distribute Checks to Furloughees 

T'is the season... as ALPA tells us that Alaska Airlines’ furloughed pilots recently received a holiday gift from their fellow pilots in the form of a check. In a little more than a month, Alaska Airlines’ pilots—joined by some of Alaska Airlines’ crew schedulers and planners and management—contributed $24,000 to the Furloughed Pilots Christmas Fund, the brainchild of Alaska First Officers Will McQuillen and Nate Chilman, who both were furloughed from a different carrier prior to coming to work at Alaska.

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ACI-NA Supports President Obama’s Plan To Review Aviation Security

Here's Hoping It Does Some good

It never hurts to make nice with the Boss/President... especially when he hasn't had such a great track record with all things aviation... but Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International-North America, has commended President Obama for ordering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to review “screening policies, technologies and procedures related to air travel.”

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Aero-TV: The Spruce Goose - Evergreen Museum's Crown Jewel

Educational Director, Larry Wood, Profiles the Infamous Spruce Goose

In July of 1942, while the United States remained embroiled in World War II, famed industrialist Henry Kaiser proposed a fleet of flying transports to safely protect troops and supplies from German U-boats.  Joining forces with Howard Hughes, Kaiser obtained an $18,000,000 government contract to construct three “Flying Boats.”  Due to government restrictions on critical war material, such as steel and aluminum, Hughes used a process called “Duramold” to create almost every part of the plane.  Using a plywood-like series of thin wood laminations, engineers built an airframe both lighter and stronger than aluminum.  The resulting wooden aircraft

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ANN 2009 In Review: The Year In Commercial Aviation

ANN's Annual Review Of The Year That Was: Commercial Aviation In 2009  

The commercial airline industry saw several milestones in 2009, including the first flight of the long-awaited Dreamliner. But the year was marred with tragedy as well, and the economy continued to cause airlines to scramble for ways to improve the bottom line.

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Aero-TV: The Spruce Goose: Evergreen Museum's Crown Jewel

Educational Director, Larry Wood, Profiles the Infamous Spruce Goose

In July of 1942, while the United States remained embroiled in World War II, famed industrialist Henry Kaiser proposed a fleet of flying transports to safely protect troops and supplies from German U-boats.  Joining forces with Howard Hughes, Kaiser obtained an $18,000,000 government contract to construct three “Flying Boats.” 

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WISE Ready To Open Eyes And See The Universe... In IR

Detailed Celestial IR Survey About To Commence

NASA tells ANN that all systems are behaving as expected on their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which rocketed into the sky just before dawn on Dec. 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Teledyne Continental Committed To Diesel

Better Fuel Economy, More Available Fuel, Better For The Environment, Continental Says

Teledyne Continental says it plans to increase its presence in the diesel engine market in the coming years, as technology improves and 100LL fuel becomes more scarce.

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Honeywell Aerospace Workers On Furlough Next Week

Move Part Of A "Cost Management Approach"

A large percentage of Honeywell's U.S. workforce will be on furlough January 4th to the 11th, and international workers will be taking "extended holiday breaks" and other measures to conform with local labor laws.

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Origami Airplane Captures New World Record

Japanese Engineer Gets Closer To 30-Second Goal

Takuo Toda ended his 10-trial run on Sunday less than 4 seconds from his goal of a full 30-second flight for a paper airplane.

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Airline Stocks Expected To Maintain Level Flight

Christmas Bomb Scares Likely To Have No Effect

Industry analysts expect little movement on airline stocks in response to the attempted bombing of NWA flight 253 and a second scare on Sunday. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.29.09): Handoff

Handoff An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter the receiving controller’s airspace and radio communications with the aircraft will be transferred.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.29.09)

Aero-Linx: INTERNATIONAL AVIATION ART CONTEST The International Aviation Art Contest, an event of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) is cosponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation Research and Education (NASAO Center) and the National Aeronautics Association (NAA). 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.29.09)

"...diesel is a commitment for our company." Source: TCM Boss Rhett Ross, in recent comments to local media about their intent to seek diesel solutions for future product lines.

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