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January 06, 2009

Garmin 'Working Diligently' On XM WX Portables Outage

Problem Seems To Be Affecting Garmin Portables, Primarily

ANN has been monitoring reports of problems with a number of the Garmin GPSMAP portable series. According to Garmin sources, device using GXM30/30A/40 antennas are currently having problems with receiving XM WX transmissions and the resultant display of that data.

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Bolen Tells TSA: Security Proposal Will Be 'Destructive' If Left Unchanged

NBAA Calls for Aviation Rulemaking Committee to Address Concerns of Business Aviation

In comments made to TSA officials today, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen articulated industry concerns about the agency's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and offered a process for improving the final rule on the proposal.

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TSA and St. Lucia Partner to Enhance Aviation Security

The U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the St. Lucian Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation announced today a plan to enhance aviation security on the Caribbean island nation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.09

AirTran says it was all TSA's fault.
NTSB says an Extra 300 pilot had been using herbal cigarettes.
And the National Weather Service offers a seminar for aviation.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.06.09

AirTran says it was all TSA's fault.
NTSB says an Extra 300 pilot had been using herbal cigarettes.
And the National Weather Service offers a seminar for aviation.


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ANN Special Feature: Bob Poole, Reason Foundation - 01.06.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Studies at The Reason Foundation. Bob has advised several US administrations on transportation, and comments about what's ahead und

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ANN's Best Of The Breed '08/Planes Of The Year-S/E 4+ Place Piston: Piper Matrix

4+ Place S/E Certified GA (Piston) -- Piper Matrix!

Talk about a 'd'oh!" moment… when we first heard that yet another variant of the Malibu series was coming forth from Piper, our reaction was simple… what else could they add to this amazing little airframe? And the answer is what we thought it was… NOTHING.

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Aerospace Contractor Team May Contest NASA Contract Award

PlanetSpace Likely To Protest NASA's Selection Process

Trouble may be brewing as a result of an aerospace contractor team losing out on a NASA contract to provide r

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More Bucks For The F119

Pratt & Whitney Awarded Contract for Long Lead Procurements for Additional F119 Engines

Pratt & Whitney was awarded a contract from the United States Air Force valued at up to $7 million for long lead material procurement to produce an additional eight F119 engines for the F-22 Raptor. The contract also includes an option for advance buy funding for long lead material procurement for up to 39 additional engines.

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New NBAA Guide Helps Members Submit LASP Comments to Regulators

As part of the continued effort to lead the industry’s response to the TSA’s LASP, NBAA tells ANN that it has prepared a new online guide to help Members submit comments to regulators about not only the LASP but also any future regulatory proposals that affect the way Members operate or use their aircraft.

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Continental To Make First Biofuel-Powered Flight by a U.S. Carrier

There's no Fuel Like A Biofuel...

It's been all the rage of late... bio-fuel this, green-flight that. But, apparently the US Carriers haven't quite caught up with the hype... that is, until this Wednesday.Continental Airlines tells ANN that will conduct the first biofuel-powered demonstration flight of a U.S. commercial airliner.

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Upgraded: Ranger Rotorcraft Group's Ed Bolden

Just Call Him "Mr. President"

Ranger Rotorcraft Group, Inc. has promoted Edward Bolden to President. Bolden was previously Vice President-Operations Development of Ranger Rotorcraft Group.

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Fantasy of Flight Founder Inducted into Florida Aviation Hall of Fame

Kermit Weeks, creator and founder of Central Florida's Fantasy of Flight, and a championship aerobatic pilot, has been selected as a member of the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame. Weeks was inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame recently at the society's sixth annual induction ceremony.

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Aero-TV: Owning The Night... The Forward Vision Solution

EVS Is Here... and Changing The Vision of GA!

At the AOPA Expo 2008, it was obvious that 2009 was to be (in part) the year of EVS. A number of OEM and aftermarket deployments were shown and discussed and ANN's Aero-TV crews used the event as an opportunity to find out more about the Forward Vision offering... recently TSO'ed for retrofit installation in the Cirrus SR 20 and SR 22.  

Aero-TV: Owning The Night... The Forward Vision Solution

EVS Is Here... and Changing The Vision of GA!

At the AOPA Expo 2008, it was obvious that 2009 was to be (in part) the year of EVS. A number of OEM and aftermarket deployments were shown and discussed and ANN's Aero-TV crews used the event as an opportunity to find out more about the Forward Vision offering... recently TSO'ed for retrofit installation in the Cirrus SR 20 and SR 22. 

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Frontier Pilots Ratify Long-Term Agreement

Pilots overwhelmingly approve wage, benefit concessions

Members of the Frontier Airline Pilots Association (FAPA) have ratified a long-term labor agreement with the airline. The agreement will extend certain wage and benefit concessions through December 2011. Nearly 85 percent of votes cast were in favor of ratification. Of the 454 votes cast, 384 voted yes, only 70 voted no.

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PHI S76 Offshore Accident Claims 8 Lives

The Sunday loss of a PHI Sikorsky S76 has cost 8 lives, with one other person known to be hanging on for survival. Weather does not seem to have been much of a factor and little is known about potential causes.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #2: Inadvertent Encounters

Icing Aero-Tip #2

If you inadvertently enter icing conditions, your primary responsibility is to maintain control of the aircraft. Activate all anti-icing and de-icing equipment. If equipped, turn cabin heat on full defrost, turn on the pitot-heat, and activate the alternate induction air. Communicate the state of your situation to air traffic control. Clearly state the urgency of your situation.

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Teamwork Shown As USAF Airmen Respond To Helicopter Crash

Six Airmen of the 379th Civil Engineer Squadron used teamwork to recover a Aerospatiale SA330J helicopter that crashed Dec. 15 at a forward operating base in Afghanistan.

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More Upgrades For USCG HC-130Js

$13.25 Million Contract Options to Provide Mission Systems for the HC-130J Aircraft

 Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Coast Guard exercised contract options valued at $13.25 million to install mission systems aboard two additional HC-130J aircraft. Once delivered, these aircraft will complete the Coast Guard's planned inventory of six missionized HC-130Js.

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NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather

A NASA-funded study describes how extreme solar eruptions could have severe consequences for communications, power grids and other technology on Earth. The National Academy of Sciences in Washington conducted the study.

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CAIR Files DOT Complaint After Muslims Kicked Off AirTran Flight

An Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has filed a complaint with the DOT following an incident Thursday in which nine Muslim passengers were removed from an AirTran Airways flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.09)

Aero-Linx!

The British Columbia Aviation Museum is a major attraction on Vancouver Island. It is located next to the Victoria International Airport. In the Museum, there are many interesting aircraft, engines, pictures, models and artefacts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.09): Radar Altitude

Aero-Terms!

The altitude of an aircraft, determined by a radar-type radio altimeter. It is the actual distance between the aircraft and the nearest terrain feature.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.06.09)

"People must realize that firefighters do more than fire extinguishment and rescue at these events... They also provide critical command and control functions as the incident commander under the Air Force Incident Management System construct." Source: Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Ricchuito, the fire and emergency services chief of the 379th Civil Engineer Squadron. The squadron used a teamwork approach to recover a Aerospatiale SA330J helicopter that crashed Dec. 15 at a forward operating base in Afghanistan.

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