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December 13, 2009

Ready To Fly: B787 Dreamliner Sked To Fly, 12.15.09, 1800 GMT

Final High-Speed Taxi Tests Completed Satisfactorily

Ready for flight... that's the feeling from many at Boeing as their 787 Dreamliner completed some of the final steps left before an actual test flight. Boeing completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 787 Dreamliner Saturday and confirmed that this is the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight.

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DOT Announces US-Japan Open Skies Agreement

Deal Removes Restrictions On International Flights

Secretary LaHood announced that the US and Japan reached agreement on the text of a landmark Open-Skies aviation agreement.

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X-51A Takes First Ride Aboard B-52

Flight is Key Milestone For Hypersonic Vehicle

The X-51A WaveRider was carried aloft for the first time Dec. 9 by an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52 Stratofortress over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. 

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12 Of bin Laden's Relatives Hold FAA Certificates

Family Is No Threat To U.S. Security, Government Says

As many as 12 of Osama bin Laden's relatives hold pilot certificates issued by the FAA, some received as little as three months ago, according to records provided by Safe Banking Systems.

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Santa To Fly On HBC Premier IA, Spreading Holiday Cheer To Military Families

Hawker Beechcraft To Transport Santa To U.S. Military Facilities Next Week

In celebration of the upcoming holiday season and in appreciation of our service men and women, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced Thursday it will transport Santa Claus and one of his elves to 10 military facilities across the United States next week to spread some holiday cheer.

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Gone West: Tuskegee Airman Smith Dies at 89

WII Pilot Flew Over 132 Missions

USAF Captain Luther H. Smith, Jr. (retired) died on Dec 9 in PA.

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Peak Of Geminids Meteor Shower Hits Sunday Night

Shooting Stars To Light Up Night Skies

Don't be startled if you see some bright flashes in the night sky over the next few days; the Geminids meteor shower is in progress.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.13.09)

“Once this agreement takes effect, American and Japanese consumers, airlines and economies will enjoy the benefits of competitive pricing and more convenient service.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.13.09): Ground Stop

A process that requires aircraft that meet a specific criteria to remain on the ground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.13.09)

Aero-Linx: Aviation Safety Network Presented by the Flight Safety Foundation, this Aviation Safety Network hasup-to-date and reliable data on airliner accidents and safety issues.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2009-09-51

MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France Model EC225LP Helicopters  

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