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October 27, 2009

You KNEW This was Coming... FAA Revokes 2 NWA Pilot Licenses

FAA "Throws The Book" At NWA 188 Pilots

 The FAA has revoked the licenses of two Northwest Airlines pilots who overflew their destination airport on October 21, 2009 while operating Flight 188 from San Diego to Minneapolis.

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Breaking News: Ares 1-X Test Launch Scrubbed Due To Weather

Next Attempt For Launch ... TBD

As hard as they tried, the weather would not cooperate with the Ares I-X launch team. They have called a scrub for today and will make a determination regarding an attempt for tomorrow.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.27.09

Those Northwest pilots did not fall asleep, and they weren't arguing.
Monday saw 14 US helicopter casualties in Afghanistan.
And NTSB says the elderly pilot had been warned by doctors

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.27.09

Those Northwest pilots did not fall asleep, and they weren't arguing.
Monday saw 14 US helicopter casualties in Afghanistan.
And NTSB says the elderly pilot had been warned by doctors

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ANN Special Feature: FAA Chief Randy Babbitt at NBAA - 10.27.09

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt tells attendees at NBAA 2009 that Safety Management Systems and professionalism can make corporate aviation, one of aviation's safest segments, even safer.

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Beech Baron Donated To Bahamas Habitat

Donated Aircraft Will Support Bahamas Habitat Mission Work

Bahamas Habitat announced the donation of a Beechcraft Baron to the organization Monday by Dr. John Quinn of Charleston South Carolina for use by the organization in its Bahamas mission work. Dr. Quinn, a native of Shreveport Louisiana, is a practicing pediatrician. 

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More Progress Reported For Gulfstream G650

Fluid Control and Actuation Components Safety Certifications Complete

Circor Aerospace reports it has successfully completed safety of flight testing for the firewall shut-off valve and main entry door hydraulic damper for the Gulfstream G650 aircraft. Circor Aerospace products on the G650 include pressure gauges, electromechanical valves, and actuation systems.

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NVG Virtual Simulation System For Training Crewmembers

Night Flight Concepts Offers Training In A Wide Variety Of Scenarios

Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has developed a state-of-the-art night vision goggle (NVG) crewmember training program, the core of which is the Night Readiness Virtual Terrain Board (VTB) Training System. The VTB Training System is a NVG simulation platform for training the capabilities and limitations of NVGs.

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Boeing Delivers 2 Apache Longbow Crew Trainers To US Army

Helicopter Sims Will Increase Training Time, Proficiency

Boeing has delivered two new Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT) to the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas, and the Army declared the helicopter simulators "ready for training" on September. 4th. These LCTs reflect the Apache Extended Block II configuration, ensuring concurrency with the latest AH-64D capabilities.

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E-3 Contractor Training And Sim Services Contract Awarded To L-3

AWACS Flight Training Provided For Pilots, Navigators, Flight Engineers

L-3 Link Simulation & Training has been awarded a one year $14.4 million contract option from the U.S. Air Force to provide continued support of the service's E-3 Contractor Training and Simulation Services (CTSS) program.

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Embraer Holds Ninth Maintenance Cost Workshop In Brazil

Focus Is On Reducing Costs With Innovative Technologies

Embraer is holding the ninth Maintenance Cost Workshop (MCW) this week in Brazil. The event, which is targeted to those who already operate or have ordered Embraer jets, focuses on reducing maintenance costs and stimulates the exchange of ideas among operators, suppliers, service centers, and Embraer.

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Airplane Scheduling And Tracking Utility Available Online

AirplaneManager.com Launches Latest Version Of Web-Based Aircraft Scheduling Software

AirplaneManager.com launched the latest version of its aircraft scheduling and management solution during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando last week.  This launch represents two years of work on the core product.

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Aero-TV: Opening Sessions At NBAA 2009 -- Part 2, Rich Karlgaard

Business Aviation Comes Together In Orlando, FL

With the end of the 2009 NBAA Convention, the BizAv community has had a chance to take stock of the year that has passed and evaluate their future prospects. While attendance and participation were obviously at lower levels than in year's past, the community showed that it is willing to do what it must to survive, and is seeking new opportunities and business venues as aggressive as the current economic climate allows.

Aero-TV: Opening Sessions At NBAA 2009 -- Part 2, Rich Karlgaard

Business Aviation Comes Together In Orlando, FL -- Part 2

With the end of the 2009 NBAA Convention, the BizAv community has had a chance to take stock of the year that has passed and evaluate their future prospects. While attendance and participation were obviously at lower levels than in year's past, the community showed that it is willing to do what it must to survive, and is seeking new opportunities and business venues as aggressive as the current economic climate allows.

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Aspen Avionics Showcases First Helicopter Installation

Aspen Goes Rotary

Aspen has gotten a lot of notice for what they've added to countless airplane cockpits this year, but now they're taking a bow for their first helo installation. The first Evolution Flight Display System to do helo duty has been installed in a Dale County Sheriff’s chopper located in Ozark, Alabama.

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Governors Riley, Barbour and Jindal Announce The Aerospace Alliance

KC-45 Contract Is The Region's "First Priority"

Governor Bob Riley (R-AL), Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS), and Governor Bobby Jindal (R- LA) announced the launch of The Aerospace Alliance Monday. The  governors hope they can establish the Gulf Coast and surrounding region as a world class aerospace, space and aviation corridor.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.27.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.27.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.27.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FAA Chief Randy Babbitt at NBAA - 10.27.09 (ANN Special Report, with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt)

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Simcom Adds Training Programs For Falcon 20, Westwind, King Air

All Programs Will Be Offered At Orlando, Florida Facility

SimCom Training Centers has added Falcon 20 and Westwind training programs to its portfolio of services. To support these programs, SimCom has acquired two Level C, full-flight simulators from CAE. Both simulators will be located at SimCom's Parksouth facility in Orlando, Florida.

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CharterMatrix Offers Website Development Packages For Aviation

Web Design Firm Says They Are Exclusively Focused On Sites For Aviation Companies

CharterMatrix Web Group, an aviation-focused website design company, says it is now offering complete website development and design packages for aviation companies, with a focus on search engine optimization (SEO) and charter-based functionality.

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Near-Term Growth Possible For Light Military Rotorcraft Market

Forecast International Projects Over 2,000 Will Be Produced In The Next Decade

Forecast International's new "The Market for Light Military Rotorcraft" study projects a total of 2,026 rotorcraft in this market segment will be produced during the 2009-2018 time period.  The value of this production is estimated at $20.8 billion in constant 2009 U.S. dollars.

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Becker Avionics 'Drop In' Upgrade Performed By Luftfahrt Technik

New DVCS 6100 Installed In ADAC EC145 HEMS Helos

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik recently upgraded the existing Becker Avionics DVCS 5100 Digital Audio and Intercom System installed on two ADAC EC145 HEMS helicopters to the DVCS 6100. The new system is designed as a 'drop-in' replacement.

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Pentagon Report: F-35 Will Cost More Than Expected

Lockheed Martin Disputes Report, Sees "No Substantial Delay"

Revised Pentagon estimates are that the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter will cost billions more than originally anticipated, and require more time to build, though prime contractor Lockheed Martin disputes those findings.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.27.09)

"Our first initiative is to win the KC-45 tanker, our first lesson is Geography -- Mobile, Alabama and the Gulf Coast States are part of the U.S. and our jobs are American." Source: Alabama Governor Bob Riley (R).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.27.09): VFR On Top

Flight in which a cloud ceiling exists but modified visual flight rules are in effect if the aircraft travels above the cloud layer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.27.09)

A Brief History Of Flight Simulation

Several stories today deal with flight simulators, which have become to sophisticated that even the sims available for home computers are pretty realistic. It got us thinking about how flight simulation worked in the days before there were all these electronics. "A Brief History Of Flight Simulation" has some interesting insight.

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