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October 10, 2009

EAA Applauds New Kit-Built Rules

After Four Years, Many Recommendations Made By EAA, Kitbuilders Included In Final Document

The FAA this week released the long-awaited final order that revises the amateur-built aircraft certification policy known as the 51 percent rule, as well as Advisory Circular 20-27G, the guide for amateur builders on how to properly certify every step of the building process.

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11 Lost Onboard UN Aircraft In Haiti

Surveillance Plane Impacted A Mountain Near The Dominican Border

Eleven UN military personnel were lost Friday when their surveillance aircraft impacted a mountain near the Dominican Border. It was not known why they were conducting surveillance in that area. All those on board were Uruguayan and Jordanian military personnel.

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NASA Spacecraft Impacts Lunar Crater In Search For Water Ice

Impact Was Visible With Amateur Telescopes

NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, created twin impacts on the moon's surface early Friday in a search for water ice. Scientists will analyze data from the spacecraft's instruments to assess whether water ice is present.

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ATK, NASA Complete Another Successful Ares I Main Parachute Drop-Test

Ares I Parachute System will be used Operationally On Ares I-X

Alliant Techsystems, along with NASA, the U.S. Army, and United Space Alliance (USA), has successfully conducted the third in a series of four Ares I main parachute drop-tests. These tests aid the development of the deceleration system for the Ares I First Stage solid rocket motor.

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CitationShares Re-launches As 'CitationAir by Cessna'

Company Says The Change Ushers In "New Era" In Private Aviation Industry

CitationAir by Cessna, formerly CitationShares, revealed its new business model, branding and value proposition today, after a decade of expanding its range of services beyond the fractional share ownership model.

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ALPA: DOT Advisory Falls Short of Safe Lithium Battery Shipments

Renews Call for Temporary Ban, But No New Restrictions For Passengers

ALPA said in a news release Thursday that it welcomes the DOT's advisory highlighting the safety threat lithium battery shipments pose to aviation and urging shippers to comply with applicable regulations, but the current rules are inadequate to prevent onboard fires and safeguard passengers and crews.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Smoke In The Cockpit

Move Follows An Incident Involving A Canadian Cessna 152

The FAA has issued an SAIB to address an airworthiness concern regarding emergency checklist procedures that apply to ventilating smoke and fumes from the airplane cockpit in GA aircraft. It was not previously required to include this procedure into the checklists addressing that situation.

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Yingling Aviation Expands Propeller Service

Adds Hartzell Propeller Capabilities To List Of Services

Yingling Aviation has expanded its already extensive propeller maintenance and service capabilities to include props manufactured by Hartzell Propeller, Inc. Yingling has made a significant investment to acquire the tooling and training necessary to provide service for aircraft equipped with Hartzell propellers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.10.09)

"It reinforces the importance of the amateur-built aircraft program to the overall aviation industry. It highlights the integrity of what has been accomplished over the years in terms of the amateur-built program, the development of kits, and overall safety. " Source: EAA President Tom Poberezny.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.10.09): Balanced Control Surface

A movable control surface, as an aileron or rudder, having an added physical extension or weights forward of the hinge-point to reduce forces on a joystick or yoke.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.10.09)

LCROSS

NASA doesn't often intentionally crash a spececraft, and yet early Friday morning, the LCROSS spececraft intenionally impaced the surface of the moon in its ongoing search for evidence of water ice on the lunar surface.

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