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May 12, 2009

ANN Special Feature: Mayors vs. Obama on GA, Part I - 05.12.09

Last week, four local mayors of US cities which depend, for a variety of reasons, on business aviation, held a news teleconference promoted by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, to publici

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ANN Special Feature: Mayors vs. Obama on GA, Part II - 05.13.09

The four mayors who spoke to the media May 6th on behalf of general aviation's contributions to the economy answer questions from reporters. (See also Part I, dated 5/12/2009.)
 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.12.09

The Flight 3407 cockpit transcript gets released today.
An R44 pilot and three passengers walk away from a powerline encounter.
And SAFE gets a famous new member.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.12.09

The Flight 3407 cockpit transcript gets released today.
An R44 pilot and three passengers walk away from a powerline encounter.
And SAFE gets a famous new member.


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Florida Aircraft Expos Coming To Orlando, Daytona Beach And Melbourne

Latest Piston-Engine Personal And Business Aircraft On Display May 21, 22 And 23

Coming off a reportedly 'very successful' introduction in the Tampa area, the second series of Florida Aircraft Expos will be held in Orlando, Daytona Beach and Melbourne.

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EBACE 2009: Rockwell Collins Starts Flight-Testing Pro Line Fusion

Rockwell Collins has started the flight testing of its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. The flights are taking place on Rockwell Collins' test airplane.

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EBACE 2009: Beechcraft Premier IA Sets Another Speed Record

Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson Roars Into EBACE

The Beechcraft Premier IA has another record under its belt. The most recent record was established on May 10 leading into this year's EBACE event in Geneva, Switzerland. With astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson at the yoke, the Beech completed a 627-statute mile trip from Hawker Beechcraft's International Headquarters in Chester, U.K. to Geneva in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.12.09

  ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.12.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)

 

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.12.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Mayors vs. Obama on GA, Part I - 05.12.09 (ANN Special Report, with Mayors Carl Brewer, of Wichita, Kansas; Steve Van Oort, of Ankeny, Iowa;  Rick Fernau of Show Low, Arizona; and Fred Bott of Devils Lak

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Study Claims BizAv In Decline, But Potential For Growth

Frost & Sullivan Takes A Stance on BizAv's Future

According to a study by Frost & Sullivan, following unprecedented growth in the last 5 years, Business Aviation is now facing harsh market conditions with aftermarket suppliers holding back investment until recovery.

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EBACE 2009: Associated Air Center Contracts For ACJ Completion

 Associated Air Center (AAC) has signed a new contract for the completion of a green Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ). The contract, signed back on March 6, represents AAC's 16th ACJ completion since becoming an Airbus Authorized Completion and Service Center in 2003.

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New Branson Airport Opens For Business

First Commercial Flight Flown By Sun Country

The Branson Airport, the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the US, officially began operations Monday by welcoming its first commercial flight. Sun Country Airlines flight SY509, with passengers from Minneapolis/St. Paul, touched down at 0900. 

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EBACE 2009: Gulfstream Establishes European Parts Distribution Center

$40M Parts Inventory To Be Located at Madrid-Based CORJET

Gulfstream has added a European parts distribution center to its product support network. The CORJET Europe facility in Madrid, Spain, will serve as a strategic parts distribution facility housing high-usage items commonly required by international Gulfstream customers.

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EBACE 2009: CAE Expands E-Learning Portfolio For BizAv

CAE has expanded its portfolio of web based pilot and technical training courses for business aviation customers through its e-Learning training service.

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Honeywell Delivers 500th HTF7000

Claims Fleet Reliability Continues Above 99.96%

Honeywell has delivered its 500th HTF7000. The HTF7000 engine fleet recently passed the 500,000 fleet-hour milestone. HTF7000 engines are demonstrating an industry leading 99.96% dispatch reliability.

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Air Canada Pensions At Risk?

It's a story we've heard all too often... and we'd hoped to hear the end of them. Air Canada revealed Monday just how tight its liquidity crunch has become. The nation's leading airline has asked Canadian regulators to grant it immediate relief from a requirement to fund employee pensions.

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Oklahoma CareerTech Selects SAE Institute/PAMA Professional Certification Progra

Oklahoma CareerTech has chosen the SAE Institute/Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Professional Certification Program to provide advanced credentials for its aviation maintenance students.

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Aero-TV: Composite Construction -- The Cirrus Factory Approach (Part 1)

This Is How They Build 'Em

We've had a ball showing you various aspects of how and why the Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s became some of the most popular aircraft in recent GA history. But the build process is nearly as fascinating as the airplanes themselves... especially in light of the changes the G3 version of the SR series has undergone in the last two years. 

Aero-TV: Composite Construction -- The Cirrus Factory Approach (Part 1)

This Is How They Build 'Em

We've had a ball showing you various aspects of how and why the Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s became some of the most popular aircraft in recent GA history. But the build process is nearly as fascinating as the airplanes themselves... especially in light of the changes the G3 version of the SR series has undergone in the last two years.

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NBAA Weighs In On Recent Budget/Tax issues

NBAA informs ANN that in the Administration's fiscal year 2010 budget, it intends to continue the existing taxes next year, but has previously signaled that they are considering a shift to user fees for 2011.

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EBACE 2009: Aerion Seeking An OEM Match

Will They Find A Partner For The BSST?

Aerion is telling attendees at EBACE 2009 that they continue serious and detailed discussions with potential OEM manufacturing partners, but are not yet naming names.

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EBACE 2009: Third Annual European Safety Standdown Draws High Turnout

Approximately 100 people attended the 3rd Annual European Safety Standdown on May 11 in Geneva, Switzerland, indicating that safety continues to remain a high priority for the business aviation community regardless of the economic climate.

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EBACE 2009: Boeing Updates Biz offerings

747-8 VIP Overhead Space Utilization Kit Offered, BBJ Performance Improvements Planned for 2011

There's been a lot of activity among those responsible for Boeing's business aviation programs. To lead off the bigger developments, Boeing's BBJ Convertible is now being made available to prospective customers.

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F22 Shutdown Will Not Be Cheap

The US Air Force reports that when the 147-million-dollar cost of shutting down the production line for the F-22 is spread over the cost of the last four aircraft to be delivered, those last four Raptors will end up costing 196-million dollars each, an increase of about a third over previous F-22s.

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EBACE 2009: Embraer Updates Legacy 450 And Legacy 500 Programs

Embraer tells ANN that the 'midlight' Legacy 450 and 'midsize' Legacy 500 executive jet programs have completed the Joint Definition Phase (JDP), which began in July 2008 and involved over 100 engineers from key system suppliers, as well as Embraer’s own staff.

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Colgan 3407 Drama About To Reach Fever Pitch

The widely anticipated release of the cockpit voice transcript for Continental Connection 3407 happens today at a hearing in Washington, DC. The plane went down on approach to Buffalo Niagara International the night of February 12th, killing all 49 onboard and one on the ground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.12.09)

Beaufort Wind Scale A system of estimating and reporting wind speeds. It is based on the Beaufort Force or Number, which is composed of the wind speed, a descriptive term, and the visible effects upon land objects and/or sea surfaces. The scale was devised by Sir Francis Beaufort (1777-1857), hydrographer to the British Royal Navy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.12.09)

  Aero-Linx: European Business Aviation Association EBACE2009, held in Geneva from May 12 to 14, is the flagship forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. Also at EBACE, the European regulators and government officials who make decisions that directly affect business aviation operations in Europe and around the world meet face to face with the companies who are using aviation to facilitate their business.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.12.09)

  "It's good to see that there are no user fees for general aviation in the Administration's budget plan for 2010. However, we remain concerned that the Administration's long-term planning could leave the door open to user fee proposals for general aviation. This would be a very divisive approach at a time when the industry needs to come together and move forward in making NextGen a reality. We will continue to work with members of Congress and the Administration on a funding plan that builds upon the proven and efficient fuel tax for general aviation." Source: NBAA Boss, Ed Bolen, talking about recent budget and tax moves made by the Obama Administration.

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