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January 13, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.13.11

Piper drops the PiperSport LSA.
Western Aircraft is Piper's new distributor in four western states.
And NTSB says airbags in GA aircraft work.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.13.11

Piper drops the PiperSport LSA.
Western Aircraft is Piper's new distributor in four western states.
And NTSB says airbags in GA aircraft work.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II: The Swift Fuel Story - 01.13.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with John Ziulkowski and Mary-Louise Rusek of Swift Enterprises about what it will take to get the new 102-octane, unleaded Swift Fuel certified and distributed.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.13.11  (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.13.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: The Swift Fuel Story - 01.13.11 (ANN Special Report, with John Ziulkowski and Mary-Louise Rusek of Swift Enterprises)

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Synthetic Vision Technology Is Certified For The Phenom 300

Multiple Agencies Approve SVT For The Light Jet

Civil aviation authorities have certified the use of Synthetic Vision Technology in Embraer’s Phenom 300 executive jet.

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Unions Representing AA, BA, Iberia Pilots Sign Mutuality Agreement

Three Carriers Recently Entered Into A Joint Business Venture

The APA, BALPA-BACC and SEPLA-IB unions announced Tuesday that they have entered into a mutuality agreement in response to the "significant commercial agreements" among American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia.

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No Tarmac Delays Longer Than Three Hours for the Second Month in a Row

BTS Data Shows Only 12 Delays Beyond The New Limit Since May

November was the second month in a row that the nation's largest airlines reported no flights with tarmac delays of more than three hours, while the carriers reported only a slight increase in the rate of canceled flights during the month.

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USAF Completes Another GPS Software Upgrade

No Navigational Changes Included In "Small Software Update"

As part of a larger ongoing effort by Air Force officials to improve and maintain the current GPS ground system, Air Force Space Command officials completed another sustainment software release for the GPS operational control segment ground system.

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Not Your Average Banner Tow Plane

F-4 Continues Long-Time Service To AF With New Mission

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron officials at Tyndal AFB in Florida are replacing the Lear jets used for banner tow missions with the F-4 Phantom, creating an air-to-air target that aircrews in training can safely evaluate, develop and test their weapons systems.

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Iraqi Airmen Fly Record Number Of Aircraft On Parade Day

Twenty Aircraft Participate In 12 Fly-Overs And Other Demonstrations

Iraqi air force pilots flew a record number of aircraft during the annual Iraqi Army Day Parade Jan. 6 at the International Zone in Baghdad.

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P&W's JT8D Engine Receives FAA Certification For Engine Enhancements

Will Support The Re-Engining Of Boeing 707s And Derivatives

Pratt & Whitney has received FAA certification for several enhancements for the JT8D-219 engine. These enhancements successfully completed 150 hours of endurance testing in May, clearing the way for final certification of the upgrades early November.

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AD: Boeing

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MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model DC-9-81 (MD- 81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and MD-88 Airplanes

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AD: Short Brothers

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Aero-TV: I/ITSEC 2010: The State of the Industry (Part 1)

Some 'Real' Talk About the Military Simulation World With RADM (Ret.) Fred Lewis

One of the most truly fascinating events we cover each year is the annual I/ITSEC event in central Florida. Known more formally as the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, 'I/ITSEC' promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs.

Aero-TV: I/ITSEC 2010: The State of the Industry (Part 1)

Some 'Real' Talk About the Military Simulation World With RADM (Ret.) Fred Lewis

One of the most truly fascinating events we cover each year is the annual I/ITSEC event in central Florida. Known more formally as the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, 'I/ITSEC' promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs.

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Boeing Director William M. Daley Resigns Board Seat

Heading To DC As President Obama's Chief Of Staff

The Boeing board of directors accepted the resignation of director William M. Daley on Monday. Daley submitted his request to resign January 7 following his appointment as U.S. President Barack Obama's chief of staff.

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G650 Flight Evaluates Fly-By-Wire In Electric Backup Mode

Gulfstream Says First Flight Ever Using Electrically Powered Flight-Control System

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. test pilots and flight-test  engineers recently made business-aviation history when they flew the Gulfstream G650 flight-test aircraft for the first time using only an electrically powered, fly-by-wire backup flight-control actuation system.

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NTSB Issues Second Update On Jackson Hole B-757 Runway Overrun Incident

Factual Information Released By The Safety Board

The NTSB has released a factual report in its continuing investigation of the runway overrun of a jetliner in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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SWA Pilots Begin Flying RNP Procedures at 11 Airports

Airline Says The Procedures Could Initially Save $16 Million Annually

Southwest Airlines' Pilots began using Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight procedures Tuesday at 9 airports nationwide, with two more to follow this week.

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Discovery Main Fuel Tank Getting A Makeover

Support Structures Being Added To 94 Stringers

Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center have begun modifications and repairs to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank's support beams, known as "stringers."

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Florida Trade Association Urges New Governor To Re-Think Aircraft Sale

Points Out The Upside, Efficiencies Of Aircraft Ownership

The Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA) has issued an open letter to newly-elected Governor Rick Scott, who announced last week he was making good on a campaign promise and putting the state's two airplanes up for sale.

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Congress Hears NASA Heavy-Lift Proposal

Latest Plan Relies Heavily On Shuttle Technology

NASA has sent its latest interim report on heavy-lift capability to the U.S. Congress, telling the body that it would be impossible to build within the current time and budget constraints imposed on the agency. It said the same was true of any crew vehicle the rocket would carry.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.13.11)

“After a year working with Czech Sport Aircraft, Piper determined that it is in our company’s best long-term interests to discontinue the business relationship.  Source: Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.13.11): Corner Markers

An easily identifiable marker or landmark from the air, 500 feet or more right and left of primary spectator area along the crowd line from the primary spectator area to provide flybys and performers a 500-foot reference for proper separation from spectators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.13.11)

The Space Frontier Foundation

The Space Frontier Foundation is dedicated to opening the space frontier to all humanity within our lifetimes.

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