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November 19, 2010

Mooney Aviation Draws Down Yet Again

New Investment Required For Production Re-Start, But Working Down To 10 Staffers For Now

ANN has just finished a call about the unwelcome news that Mooney employees are facing yet another series of layoffs... ultimately leaving few of them on the job. According to company statements, 'More difficult decisions were necessary that will eliminate many of the current positions at the company by year end.'

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Missing F-22 Pilot Identified

Rescue Teams Continuing Search North Of Anchorage, AK

The pilot of the F-22 aircraft that went down Tuesday night has been identified as Capt. Jeffrey Haney, assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.10

Qantas may keep its A380s on the ground till next month.
Boeing is bringing two 787 test aircraft home.
And could the Dreamliner be delayed into 2012?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.19.10

Qantas may keep its A380s on the ground till next month.
Boeing is bringing two 787 test aircraft home.
And could the Dreamliner be delayed into 2012?


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ANN Special Feature: AIT Scanner Radiation Threat - 11.19.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue about whether the Allied Pilots Association is warranted in its concerns over pilots - or anyone else - being exposed to

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.19.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.19.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AIT Scanner Radiation Threat - 11.19.10 (ANN Special Report, with Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue)

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AFGE: TSA Must Protect Employees, Provide Public Education On Pat-Downs

Union Calls On TSA To Issue Pat-Down Information To Every Passenger

The union representing TSA workers across the country has heard from its Transportation Security Officer members that while most passengers are understanding of the new TSA security procedures, there have been a few instances where passengers have become angry, belligerent and even physical.

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Civil Air Patrol Receives $10,000 Grant From Lightspeed Aviation Foundation

One Of The First Non-Profit Aviation Orgs To Receive The Award

The Civil Air Patrol is one of the first nonprofit aviation organizations to receive a $10,000 grant from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation's new gift and grant program.

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FAA Works With DoD To Open Up Air Corridors For Holiday Travel

Hopes To Ease Delays And Congestion During Thanksgiving Week

The FAA is preparing for a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week by working with the Department of Defense to clear the way for commercial aircraft to fly in airspace normally reserved for the military.

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Government Of Bermuda Now Requires SMS Compliance For Large Airplanes

Department Of Civil Aviation Will Enforce I.C.A.O. Annex 6, Part 2, Section 3 Seventh Edition – Version 4

As of Thursday, the Government of Bermuda has begun to require compliance with I.C.A.O. Annex 6 Part 2 Section 3 Seventh Edition – Version 4. All visiting privately registered/Corporate aircraft (FAR Part 91 and 125 or equivalent) will be required to be compliant with the regulations.

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Boeing Delivers Its 900th 777 Airplane To Ethiopian Airlines

Model Delivered Is The Long Range "Worldliner"

The B777 continues to roll off the production line, as is evidenced by the delivery of the 900th 777 airplane Wednesday to Ethiopian Airlines. The airplane is the ultra-long-range Boeing 777-200LR (long range) Worldliner, and is the first of five 777s the airline ordered in 2009.

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Suborbital Flight Deal Announced Between KLM, Space Experience Curacao

Plans Are To Fly XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft

At least one traditional airline is testing the space tourism waters. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced to the Netherlands press Wednesday that they were embarking upon a new relationship with Space Experience Curacao (SXC).

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Young Eagles Program Setting A Fast Pace This Weekend

Logo On Joe Nemechek's NASCAR Entries Part Of Sprint Cup, Nationwide Sponsorship Package

The EAA Young Eagles program will be a featured sponsor on Joe Nemechek's entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Homestead Motor Speedway near Miami.

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NASA Administrator Bolden Attends International Space Summit

Says Exploration Beyond Low-Earth Orbit Will Require International Cooperation

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was among the heads of the world's space agencies to participate in a summit held specifically for those leaders Wednesday in Washington, DC.

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Pilot The Focus Of Air India Accident Investigation

Preliminary Report Shows He Slept Most Of The Trip

The pilot of an Air India Express flight which overshot the runway in Mangalor on landing had been asleep for more than half the flight, according to an official report from the Indian government. 158 people were fatally injured when the aircraft went into a ravine off the end of the runway and caught fire.

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Dutch Industrial Participation In F-35 Program To Expand

Fokker Technologies Reaches New Agreements With Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman

A competitive strategic sourcing agreement has been signed between Fokker Technologies and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to identify and develop future roles and opportunities for Fokker in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

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A Strong Presence In China For Sikorsky S-76, S-92 Helicopters

Nine Of The Helos Delivered So Far In 2010

A steady stream of deliveries has sent nine new Sikorsky S-76 and S-92 helicopters to China in 2010 - the most ever in a single year for China.

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Aero-TV: Albuquerque Balloon Museum -- Where Ballooning Comes Alive

Preserving The History Of An Amazing Facet Of Aviation

ANN's phenomenal trip to Albuquerque for the 2010 ABQ Balloon Fiesta is the gift that keeps on giving... both with the memories we have of the extraordinary visual delights of that week as well as the tremendous opportunities our Aero-TV crews had to experience so much of the world of ballooning, its people and its history.

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Barnstorming: Damned Right, It's Personal

Another Flyer Pays The Price For Standing Up To The FAA

 I may have to keep this short and not-so-sweet... because at the moment, I do not trust my ability to string together more than a few sentences without a few choice invectives... the kind that will get me some nasty emails in return. Suffice it to say, its been a tough day... when it should have been something quite different.

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Aero-TV: Albuquerque Balloon Museum -- Where Ballooning Comes Alive

Preserving The History Of An Amazing Facet Of Aviation

ANN's phenomenal trip to Albuquerque for the 2010 ABQ Balloon Fiesta is the gift that keeps on giving... both with the memories we have of the extraordinary visual delights of that week as well as the tremendous opportunities our Aero-TV crews had to experience so much of the world of ballooning, its people and its history.

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GPS To Be Tested In The Southwest November 19th

Several States In The Southwest Will Be Affected

The FAA has released a notice that it will be testing GPS satellites from 0300-0700 UTC Saturday (1900-2300 PST Friday), which the agency says may result in unreliable or unavailable GPS signal.

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Klyde Morris (11.19.10)

Klyde Gets The Inside Skinny On TSA's Use Of The 'Porn-Scanner'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Discovery Launch Postponed Again

First Launch Opportunity Is Now December 3

At Thursday's Program Requirements Control Board, or PRCB, the Space Shuttle Program clearly identified the analysis and repairs that are required to safely launch shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission.

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Central Florida Airport Opts Out Of TSA Screening

But Washington Officials Say Guidelines Must Be Followed

Orlando Sanford Airport (KSFB) in central Florida says it will opt out of TSA screening in favor of a private contractor, but that may not end the controversy.

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As Many As 40 New Engines May Be Needed For The A380 Fleet Worldwide

Nearly Half Of The Trent 900 Engines In The Fleet May Be Suspect

A Qantas spokesperson said Thursday Rolls-Royce may be facing the replacement of as many as 40 of its Trent 900 engines hung on the wings of Airbus A380 aircraft worldwide.

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Wichita Police Department Air Section Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Says Personnel, MD 500E Keys To Success

In an era when so many police aviation departments are the victims of city budget cuts, the Wichita, KS Police Department Air Section is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.19.10)

"It is unacceptable for any passenger to verbally or physically assault any security officers, and TSA must act now — before the Thanksgiving rush —  to ensure that TSOs are not being left to fend for themselves." Source: AFGE National President John Gage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.19.10): Make Short Approach

Make Short Approach Used by ATC to inform a pilot to alter his/her traffic pattern so as to make a short final approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.19.10)

Aero-Linx: Aviation Medicine Advisory Service AMAS is a source for confidential, risk-free information relating to health and FAA medical certification.

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