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November 25, 2009

FIRST FLIGHT: New Gulfstream G650 Celebrates The Holidays... in Flight

Short Milestone Test Flight Signals Start Of New Generation Of BizJets

 Gulfstream is confirming that its newest business jet and the flagship of its fleet, the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650, has successfully completed its first flight just a few moments ago.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.25.09

DOT punishes three airlines for their roles in a tarmac stranding.
The FAA proposes to mandate ice detection.
And airline revenue is down 15 percent.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.25.09

DOT punishes three airlines for their roles in a tarmac stranding.
The FAA proposes to mandate ice detection.
And airline revenue is down 15 percent.


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ANN Special Feature: CEOs at AOPA Summit - 11.25.09

From AOPA Summit in Tampa, ANN's Jim Campbell gets an update on the HondaJet from Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujina, and ANN's Tom Patton talks product liability with Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wo

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House Members Display Bipartisan Support For Human Spaceflight

Kosmas, Calvert Write Bipartisan Letter To The President Calling For Increased Funding     

Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama Monday  calling for additional funding for NASA’s human spaceflight program.  The letter was signed by 81 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from across the country.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.25.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.25.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.25.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CEOs at AOPA Summit - 11.25.09 (ANN Special Report, with Honda and Cirrus CEOs At NBAA 2009)

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GE Aviation Acquires Performance-Based Navigation Company

Increasing Focus On Environmentally Responsible Air Traffic Management Services

GE Aviation said Monday that it has acquired Naverus, a privately owned, Washington-based supplier of advanced Performance-based Navigation (PBN) services, including Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedure development, PBN procedure maintenance, air navigation service providers and airports.

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Lockheed Martin's Lawson To Speak At Atlanta Aero Club

Executive VP & GM Of F-22 Program Will Discuss The Raptor

Larry Lawson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin's F-22 Program, is scheduled as the featured guest speaker for the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club December 4. Lawson is responsible for the development, manufacture and sustainment of the Raptor aircraft.

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Rockwell Collins Will Pick Up Air Routing International

Acquisition Moves Company Into The Business Flight Operations Arena

Rockwell Collins said Tuesday it intends to acquire AR Group, and its affiliated companies including Air Routing International, a premier provider of trip support services for business aircraft flight operations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Lockwood Aircraft Updates Super Drifter Kit

New Horizontal Tail Improves Flight Handling for Floatplane Versions

After buying all the rights to the Drifter series of light aircraft, Lockwood Aircraft has been evaluating the design ... along with delivering kits.  Lockwood Aircraft announced a design change to the horizontal stabilizer and elevator assemblies Monday which it says has noticeably improved the flight characteristics.

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Cobham Helicopter Stability, Autopilot System Receives First FAA Certification

Robinson 44 Is First, Other Models To Follow

Cobham's HeliSAS two-axis helicopter stability and autopilot system has received its first Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the FAA for use in a Robinson model R44 aircraft. Cobham is in the process of achievingcertification for use on the Bell 206, Bell 407, Eurocopter AS350, and U.S. Navy's TH-57 helicopters.

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The Qatar Armed Forces Takes Delivery Of Their First AW139

17 More Helos To Be Delivered Under The Contract

AgustaWestland announced Tuesday that the Qatar Armed Forces has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin helicopter. An official ceremony was held Monday at AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant in Italy.

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Charter Jet Captain Indicted On Federal Charges

Accused Of Fraud, Lying To Investigators

An indictment released Tuesday charges John Kimberling of being part of a conspiracy to operate a charter jet without proper documentation. Kimberling is accused of conspiring with the owners of Platinum Jet Management to falsify paperwork.

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Pratt & Whitney Delivers 400th F119 Engine To U.S. Air Force

Engine Has Logged More Than 125K Flight Hours

Pratt & Whitney has delivered the 400th F119 engine, which powers the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, to the U.S. Air Force. The company says this milestone delivery marks a significant accomplishment for the only operational fifth generation fighter engine in service today.

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The Gloves Were Off In NASA Glove Competition

$350,000 Awarded To Winning Astronaut Glove Designers

NASA's Centennial Challenges program awarded $350,000 last week to a pair of designers who developed concepts for more flexible space gloves that could make it easier for astronauts to perform tasks.

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Aero-TV: Remos Aircraft – A New Breed of General Aviation

Remos Gets A Boost From AOPA Sweepstakes Selection

November 5th through November 7th, an international assembly of over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts and industry leaders convened in Tampa, Florida, for the inaugural “AOPA Summit.”  In front of attending guests, AOPA unveiled its 2010 sweepstakes aircraft, a Remos GX light sport aircraft.  Attendees got a first look at the aircraft that, as Craig Fuller expressed, hopes to encourage individuals who had not been able to fly before finally make the transition into the aviation community.  The announcement marked the first time that AOPA has featured an LSA as part of the “Fun to Fly Sweepstakes.”

Aero-TV: Emergency Vision – EVAS’ Smoke Displacement Technology

EVAS’ Mobile Cockpit Unit Demonstrates Safety Benefits for Pilots

According to the Airline Pilots Association, there are an average of three smoke incidents daily in the United States.  In all, one out of every third emergency landing is due to smoke.  Air Safety Week reports that smoke is the leading defined cause of emergency landings for extended Twin-Engine Operations aircraft; dense smoke in a cockpit renders essential flight instrument panels useless if they are unable to be seen.

Aero-TV: Emergency Vision – EVAS’ Smoke Displacement Technology

EVAS’ Mobile Cockpit Unit Demonstrates Safety Benefits for Pilots

According to the Airline Pilots Association, there are an average of three smoke incidents daily in the United States.  In all, one out of every third emergency landing is due to smoke.  Air Safety Week reports that smoke is the leading defined cause of emergency landings for extended Twin-Engine Operations aircraft; dense smoke in a cockpit renders essential flight instrument panels useless if they are unable to be seen.

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Aero-TV: Remos Aircraft – A New Breed of General Aviation

Remos Gets A Boost From AOPA Sweepstakes Selection

November 5th through November 7th, an international assembly of over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts and industry leaders convened in Tampa, Florida, for the inaugural “AOPA Summit.”  In front of attending guests, AOPA unveiled its 2010 sweepstakes aircraft, a Remos GX light sport aircraft. 

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FAA Convenes First International Runway Safety Conference

"Taxiing Toward Tomorrow" In D.C. In Early December

The FAA, in cooperation with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the MITRE Corporation, will hold the first International Runway Safety Conference December 1-3 at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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Congress Told NextGen Funding Would Spur Jobs

Broad Aviation Coalition Addresses Issue In A Letter To Congress

In a letter dated November 23 addressed to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) and Ranking Member John Mica (R-FL), 19 aviation-related associations explained that funding for NextGen would "provide a platform for domestic job creation.

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FAA Withdraws Crew Rest NPRM After 14 Years

Issue Will Be Revisited, But For Now, Proposed Rule Is "Out Of Date"

The FAA announced Tuesday it is withdrawing a previously published NPRM that proposed to establish one set of duty period limitations, flight time limitations, and rest requirements for flight crewmembers engaged in air transportation.

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Owner Of AirGator Inc. Killed In NY Accident

Passenger Critically Injured When Piper Cherokee Went Down Near Dutchess County Airport

The pilot of a 1974 Piper Cherokee, who owned the navigation technology company AirGator Inc., was killed and his passenger critically injured Sunday when the aircraft experienced engine problems and went down in the woods in New York State's lower Hudson valley.

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Global Biz-Av Community Say It Is Committed To Working On Climate Change

Sets Ambitious Targets For CO2 Emissions Reductions

The global business aviation operating and manufacturing communities announced an aggressive strategy to further mitigate the industry's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on Tuesday,  presented jointly by the GAMA and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations.

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Layoffs Coming To Alabama Goodrich Facility

78 Workers Will Be Let Go At Airplane Maintenance Center

78 employees at the Goodrich Airplane Maintenance Center in Foley, Alabama will be let go in January, company officials said Monday. The reason given was a "slowdown" in aircraft maintenance.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.25.09)

"I hope that this sends a signal to the rest of the airline industry that we expect airlines to respect the rights of air travelers." Source:  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announcing unprecedented fines for a 6 hour tarmac delay in Rochester, Minnesota.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.09): Hover Taxi

Term used to describe a helicopter/VTOL aircraft movement conducted above the surface and in ground effect at airspeeds less than approximately 20 knots. The actual height may vary, and some helicopters may require hover taxi above 25 feet AGL to reduce ground effect turbulence.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.09)

Runway Incursions

As the FAA announces a runway safety symposium planned for early next month, it should be instructive to look at the starting point for runway incursions. Today's Aero-Linx is the FAA's basic documents on runway incursions, as well as other information on the topic.

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