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September 21, 2010

NATO Helicopter Down In Afghanistan

Nine Fatally Injured, No Reports Of Hostile Fire

A NATO helicopter has gone down in Zabul province in Afghanistan, and nine international troops have reportedly been killed in the incident. There were reportedly a "large number" of Americans on board the helo when it went down, according to a military source who requested anonymity.

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Textron Adjusts Business Jet Outlook

And The News Is Not Particularly Good For Cessna

Cessna parent Textron reported Tuesday that it is adjusting aircraft production schedules and reducing headcount at its Cessna business unit due to continued weakness in new aircraft orders.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.21.10

Cessna dodges a machinists strike in Wichita.
Delta simulator techs vote to stay non-union.
And 50 new 737s will be headed to Russia.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.21.10

Cessna dodges a machinists strike in Wichita.
Delta simulator techs vote to stay non-union.
And 50 new 737s will be headed to Russia.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: Flying the SR-71 - 09.21.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with US Air Force Colonel Richard Graham (Retired) about his experiences with the SR-71 Blackbird, the spy plane which entered service in 1962.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.21.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.21.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.21.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: Flying the SR-71 - 09.21.10 (ANN Special Report, with US Air Force Colonel Richard Graham-Retired)

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Virginia Airport Runway Extension Approved

Federal Government To Pay All But 5 Percent Of The Cost

The FAA has approved a plan to extend the runway at Virginia Highlands Airport (KVJI) in Abingdon, finding "no significant impact" for the project.

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DHS Announces $98 Million In Recovery Act Funding For Airport Security

X-Ray Units And Baggage Screening Technology Top The List Of Improvements

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that approximately $98 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for advanced technology (AT) X-ray units and inline baggage screening systems.

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Gulfstream International Group Receives $8.5 Million In Federal Subsidies

Company Awarded Essential Air Service Contracts For Routes To Cleveland

Gulfstream International Group announced Monday that it will receive $8.5 million in federal subsidies as part of the Essential Air Service Program for five routes for small communities around Cleveland, OH.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Firms Up Order For 30 A350 XWBs

Operational Efficiency, Fuel Efficiency Top List And Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

Cathay Pacific Airways has firmed up a previously announced commitment for 30 all-new ­A350 XWB long range aircraft.

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Embraer 190 Jet Makes Debut In Argentina

Austral receives first two of 20 airplanes

Embraer marked delivery of the first two Embraer 190 jets to Austral Lineas Aereas, last Thursday, with a ceremony held at the Company's headquarters, in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.

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Caribbean Islands In Line For A New International Airport Terminal

Project Will Quadruple Passenger Capacity When It Opens In April, 2012

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), a collection of 32 islands and cays in the Southern Caribbean, announced at the 16th World Route Development Forum that terminal construction will begin later this year on its new $240 million international .

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Boeing Plant 2 Has A Date With The Wrecking Ball

Site Was The Birthplace Of "Rosie The Riveter"

Between Boeing Field and The Duwamish River in south Seattle sits Boeing Plant 2, a rambling, low tech assembly line building that has a lot of history, but little modern use.

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RQ-4 Arrives In Guam

Responsive Imagery Tool To Serve U.S., Pacific Partners

Andersen Air Force Base celebrated the arrival of the RQ-4 Global Hawk intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance remotely piloted aircraft to Guam during a ceremony at the base Monday.

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NASA Selects High School Students For INSPIRE Education Program

Nearly 2,000 Picked For National Science Project

NASA has selected 1,895 high school students to participate in the agency's Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE.

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EADS Continues Barracuda Flight Test Campaign

UAV Demonstrator Completes Four Test Flights In Goose Bay, Canada

In a series made up of four flights, EADS Defence & Security (DS) successfully tested the technology demonstrator 'Barracuda' at Goose Bay Air Force Base in Canada.

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Cleared For FL410! Eclipse Fixes Windshield, VLJ Ready For Heavy-Breathing

VLJ Revolution Keeps Coming Back... Incrementally

Never Say Die... The Eclipse 500 keeps trucking toward a solid comeback with the news that the bird will shortly be back to flitting around at FL410. Eclipse Aerospace has confirmed the completion of an enhanced windshield application for the dissipation of precipitation static on windshields, and aircraft design changes for operation up to 41,000 feet. EAI committed to bring these upgrades to market for existing Eclipse aircraft owners after EAI acquired the assets of the previous company.

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By Request! Aero-TV: GA's Power CEOs Talk About The Future of GA Fuel (Pt 2)

Lycoming's Kraft and TCM's Ross Present United Front To Solve GA Fuel Issues -- Part II

ANN E-I-C Note: Barely a month old, we've received so many requests for the links (though we must note that if you use ANN's search function, you can find them quicker than asking us...) to this two part Aero-TV story that it seemed to make sense to give it a chance at the limelight one more time. Here is a redux of Part II of our August two-parter featuring Lycoming Boss Michael Kraft and TCM CEO Rhett Ross... enjoy!

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External Fuel Tank For Last Planned Shuttle Flight Ready To Ship

It Has Been Loaded Onto A Barge For The Trip From Louisiana Beginning Tuesday

The external fuel tank that will power the last planned space shuttle into orbit will be shipped beginning Tuesday to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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South Florida Airline To Go Public

IPO For Spirit Airline Reported To Be Worth $300 Million

Ultra-low-cost Spirit Airlines based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has filed with the SEC for an initial public offering (IPO) of up to $300 million in common stock. It is not yet known how many shares the company intends to offer, or on which stock exchange the airline will be traded.

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Gulfstream Marks 25th Anniversary Of The First GIV Flight

First GIV Flew Three Months Ahead Of Schedule

Gulfstream Aerospace recognized the 25th anniversary of the first flight of the Gulfstream IV on Sunday. "The GIV was the aircraft that launched a thousand Gulfstream aircraft," said Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream.

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St. Cloud State University Aviation Program Facing Budget Axe

School Has The Program On Elimination List

The nationally accredited aviation program at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota is in danger of being eliminated due to the school's budget woes.

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Los Angeles Business Travelers Urge Air Safety Upgrades

LABTA Supports Use Of Stimulus Funds For Airport Improvements, NextGen

The Los Angeles Business Travel Association on Monday issued a statement urging Congress to support President Obama's call for funding NextGen.

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Teamsters Call H.R. 7466 A Major Win for Labor, Airline Employees, Taxpayers

Language Will Prohibit Airlines From Breaking Contracts, Dumping Pensions On PBGC And Taxpayers

In what the Teamsters describe as "a major victory for organized labor, airline employees and American taxpayers," the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law last week adopted a Teamster-written amendment to H.R. 4766.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.21.10)

“We believe we provide the right fit to these communities; as a niche operator with a unique aircraft size, we are able to efficiently connect these smaller markets to expanded air service." Source: David Hackett, CEO of Gulfstream Airline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.10): Parallel ILS Approaches

Approaches to parallel runways by IFR aircraft which, when established inbound toward the airport on the adjacent final approach courses, are radar-separated by at least 2 miles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.10)

Turbulence Forecast

The map displayed on Turbulence Forecast shows where actual turbulence has been encountered in the past couple of hours in the US.

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