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October 17, 2009

Congressman Introduces Bill To Boost GA Sales

Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) Looks To Extend Aviation Tax Exemption

U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) introduced legislation Thursday he hopes will help boost general aviation aircraft sales. The General Aviation Jobs Act would extend the current bonus depreciation allowance for another two years and shorten the recovery period for noncommercial aircraft property from five to three years.

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Emerging Competitors Could Squeeze Airbus, Boeing

AirInsight Report Summarizes Planned Aircraft Programs

In its just-released report "The Coming Aerospace Squeeze - a Review of Commercial Aircraft Programs in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and Russia," AirInsight summarizes current and planned aircraft programs in each of these countries and the potential impact of those programs on the commercial aerospace market.

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Funds For U.S. Troops Reportedly Diverted To Pet Projects

Independent Analysis Indicates Flight Training, Other Operations May Be Jeopardized

A recent analysis conducted by the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization in Washington, DC, says as much as $2.6 billion has been shifted by lawmakers out of the U.S. Military Operation and Maintenance (O&M) budget for earmark projects.

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Distinguished Former NASA Astronauts Endorse Commercial Human Spaceflight

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Piece Lays Out A Vision For Future Human Spaceflight

Commercial human spaceflight received a strong endorsement today by a group of thirteen former NASA astronauts who published an opinion piece titled "Commercial Spaceflight: All Systems Go" in the Wall Street Journal.

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Smithsonian Institution Welcomes Hiller Aviation Museum

San Francisco Bay Area Museum Accepted To Smithsonian Affiliations Program

The Hiller Aviation Museum joins a small group of museums and cultural institutions as a partner in the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. The Smithsonian Affiliations program allows selected organizations to have greater access to the collections and educational resources of the Smithsonian network.  

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Boeing Reportedly Trimming Flight Test Staff

As Many As 300 Could Be Let Go From Flight Test Team

As part of the most recent round of layoffs announced by Boeing, as many as 300 people involved with flight testing, operations, and validation (FTO&V) could lose their jobs. The cuts are part of the 10,000 jobs Boeing says it needs to shed this year. 4,500 of those slated to come from the commercial airplane division.

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Atlantis Crew to Train at Kennedy, Shuttle Preps Continue

Crew Scheduled To Arrive In Florida Monday

Teams are preparing for the arrival of the STS-129 mission astronauts for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Space shuttle Atlantis' six-member crew will be flying to Kennedy on Monday for the launch training, and will arrive at about 1015 EDT.

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DC PR Professional Charged With Interfering With Flight Crew

David Bass Said He Was On Allergy Medication, Sleep-Deprived

David Bass, a well-known public relations professional who often appears on television as a political analyst, has been charged with interfering with a flight crew on a Continental flight between Houston and Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, which could land him in prison for 20 years.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.17.09)

"Boeing and Airbus are feeding the hand that will come back to bite them. (T)echnology transfer to emerging aerospace countries is enabling new competitors who will each take a piece of the market." Source: Ernest S. Arvai of The Arvai Group.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.17.09): Cowl Flap

A controllable flap which regulates airflow through an engine's cowling.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.17.09)


Hiller Aviation Museum

The Hiller Aviation Museum has just been chosed to participate in a program with The Smithsonian Institution, which means they're probably a pretty good outfit on their own. The museum website allows visitors to browse through some of the collections, and tells about upcoming events should you be in the Bay Area.

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