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October 24, 2009

Turmoil: Serious 'Political' Trouble Reported At EAA HQ

One Board Member Resignation Already Confirmed, Others Possible

ANN is monitoring problems being reported at the highest level of the Experimental Aircraft Association arising out of failed efforts to seek a successor for its current leader, Tom Poberezny.

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Another Blow For Air-Taxi Industry: SATSair Shutting Down

Promising Air Taxi Operation Calls It Quits

Information is sketchy at this moment but ANN has learned that SATSair, thought to be a potential model for future inter-city air taxi networks, shut down operations just a few hours ago.

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Human Spaceflight Commission Releases Its Final Report

155 Page Document Concludes Human Spaceflight On An "Unsustainable Trajectory"

NASA's Human Spaceflight Commission, better known as the Augustine Commission after its chairman Norman Augustine (pictured, below), has released its final report for the White House, and the outlook for the future of government-funded human spaceflight is fairly bleak.

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FAA Joins The International Chorus On Climate Change

World Aviation Authorities Agree To Reduce "Greenhouse Gas Emissions" And Increase Fuel Efficiency

The FAA led a U.S. delegation in recent meetings at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, which resulted in an agreement that will guide the global aviation community as it tackles the challenge of climate change.

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Ares I-X Test Launch Is 'Go'

Liftoff Slated for October 27th

NASA has completed a review of the Ares I-X development rocket's readiness for its flight test and selected Tuesday, October 27, as the official launch date. Liftoff is scheduled for 0800 EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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FAA Re-Issues SAIB For AA-5 Stabilizer Spars

Adds Revised True Flight Aerospace Critical Service Bulletin

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for True Flight Aerospace (Grumman American) Model AA-5 airplanes.  The bulletin addresses an issue concerning the horizontal stabilizer forward spar attachment and surrounding structure in the aft fuselage area.

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Hawker Beechcraft Secures First Customer For Beech 1900 Upgrade

Raytheon Airline Aviation Services Features IDS Upgrade In World Tour Demonstrator

Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Raytheon Airline Aviation Services (RAAS) to upgrade its Beechcraft 1900D demonstrator with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS). This marks the first customer for this upgrade through HBS.

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Flights Suspended At ND Aviation School

Series Of Issues Prompted One-Day Stand-Down

The aerospace school at the University of North Dakota suspended flight operations for a day after a series of takeoff and landing incidents at Grand Forks International Airport. Al Palmer, Director of Flight Operations for the university, said the latest incident involved a Piper Seminole twin which made a gear-up landing.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.24.09)

"EU ETS is coming and operators need to ensure they are aware of the requirements for compliance. A failure to prepare could have serious consequences for operators flying into or out of the EU.  Source: Jonathan Moor, UK Director General of Civil Aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.24.09): Cardinal Altitudes

"Odd" or "Even" thousand-foot altitudes or flight levels; e.g., 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, FL 250, FL 260, FL 270.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.24.09)

Aero-Linx: The Augustine Commission Final Report

When pondering the future of human spaceflight, the possibilities, it would seem, are endless. Until reality rears its ugly head. While The Augustine Commission report is not pessimistic, it is realistic about what the future holds for man in space, and what it might cost to keep us there.

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