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October 16, 2009

Breaking News: F-16's Collide In Nighttime Training Incident Off South Carolina

One Landed Safely, Wreckage Spotted Near Collision Site

Two U.S. Air Force F-16's reportedly collided over the Atlantic Ocean during a nighttime training mission about 40 miles off the coast of South Carolina Thursday night. One of the aircraft was able to land safely Charleston Air Force Base. Wreckage and an oil slick have been sighted in the water near where the accident occurred.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.16.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.16.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Max Trescott: Aviation Hotspots - 10.16.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Max Trescott)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.09

A requirement for first officers to hold ATP has passed the House.
The Boy in the Balloon kept the phones hopping in Oshkosh.
And NASA prepares to roll Ares-I to the launchpad.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.16.09

A requirement for first officers to hold ATP has passed the House.
The Boy in the Balloon kept the phones hopping in Oshkosh.
And NASA prepares to roll Ares-I to the launchpad.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Max Trescott: Aviation Hotspots - 10.16.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with 2008 CFI of the Year Max Trescott about aviation accident hotspots, places which for a variety of possible reasons are statistically more deadly than other places in the

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Valkaria, Florida Airport Wins Another Round

Florida AG Says Town Of Grant-Valkaria Has No Jurisdiction Over Airport

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (pictured, right) has told the town of Grant-Valkaria in Brevard County that, though it is "located within the jurisdictional boundaries of a municipality," Grant-Valkaria airport "is not subject to the zoning ordinances and regulations of the municipality."

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Republic Airways To Acquire 10 Embraer 190AR Aircraft From US Airways

Four Of The Aircraft Will Replace Republic 717's

Republic Airways Holdings announced Tuesday that it will acquire 10 Embraer 190AR jets from US Airways. Republic will apply the full balance of its $35 million loan from US Airways toward the purchase of the aircraft and assume the remaining debt on the aircraft.

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ATK Delivers A High-Tech First To NASA

A Crew Module Structure Made Of Composite Materials

Alliant Techsystems said Thursday it has delivered a technological first to NASA: a full-scale, crew module structure made of composite materials. The Composite Crew Module (CCM) is a unique capsule design that has the potential to reduce the overall weight of future manned launch vehicles.

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Cascade Game Foundry Forges Ahead

New Simulation Game Development Studio Opened By Former Microsoft Aces Studio Veterans

Cascade Game Foundry, a new game development studio in Washington, announced their entry into the simulation marketplace  Thursday. An experienced team of industry pros is poised to create a portfolio of innovative and engaging products which will appeal to both aficionados and people new to the genre.

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Souther Field Becomes Jimmy Carter Regional Airport

But Not Everyone Agrees With The Change

An airport in rural south Georgia has been re-named for former President Jimmy Carter, over the objections of some who were opposed to the change. The New Georgia Encyclopedia online says that Souther Field is the nation's oldest continuously operating civilian airport.

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FlightAware Offers Free App For iPhone

Tracks Commercial, Corporate, GA Flights

The popular flight-tracking site FlightAware, which claims over two million monthly users, released the first-ever free flight tracking application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app became available Wednesday for free download via the Apple App Store.

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Guardian Mobility To Show Latest Devices at NBAA

Enhanced Mapping, Latest Tracking And Communication On View

Guardian Mobility said Thursday it plans use NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida next week to show off recent enhancements to its mapping services for aircraft operators who want to track the location and status of their fleet from the ground.

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Pilatus Reports Successful First SAAF PC-7 MKII Flight With New Cockpit

Trainers Get New Glass Cockpits

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has contracted Pilatus to integrate an avionics upgrade on 35 of their Pilatus Astra PC-7 MkII fleet. The upgrade will involve removing the obsolete avionics from the fleet, replacing them with new modern “glass cockpit” components.

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Zero Gravity Corporation Reduces Prices For 5th Anniversary Celebration

Offers Discounts To Commemorate Five Years of Successful Weightless Flights

In honor of Zero Gravity Corporation's (ZERO-G) fifth anniversary of offering weightless flights, the company is deeply discounting slots for its next scheduled flight. ZERO-G is cutting all regularly priced tickets to celebrate five years of flipping, floating and flying.

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AD: Boeing

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MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-300 and 737-400 Series Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows - Bud Granley, Creating a Legacy

Granley Describes His Passion for Aviation and Air Show Performance

Bud Granley is certainly not a new face on the air show circuit; after 47 years as an aerobatic pilot, Granley now performs with his company, “Granley Family Airshows,” alongside his son Ross.  Their hair-raising formation act has garnered much acclaim among the aerobatic community.  In 2005, Bud Granley received the Art Scholl Showmanship award and just recently, he also accepted the Bill Barber Showmanship award.

Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows - Bud Granley, Creating a Legacy

Granley Describes His Passion for Aviation and Air Show Performance

Bud Granley is certainly not a new face on the air show circuit; after 47 years as an aerobatic pilot, Granley now performs with his company, “Granley Family Airshows,” alongside his son Ross.  Their hair-raising formation act has garnered much acclaim among the aerobatic community. 

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Preliminary Injunction Motion On Master Instructor Program Filed Against NAFI

NAFI Says It Will "Vigorously And Adamantly Oppose" The Move

A Motion for Preliminary Injunction has been filed to put a halt to what is described in the motion as NAFI's unauthorized use of Master Instructor Program-related intellectual property. The motion was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on October 14.

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New Survey Provides Clear Picture Of Biz-Av Industry

GAMA, NBAA Commissioned The Document

GAMA and NBAA published a new survey Thursday showing conclusively that some of the recent portrayals of business aviation are inconsistent with the true nature of the industry. The survey was conducted for GAMA and NBAA by Harris Interactive.

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Klyde Morris (10.16.09)

Klyde Looks For Quality Flight Training...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Vans Confirms 1000 RV-10 Kits Shipped To Builders

206 RV-10's Are Flying Today

Back on May 29, 2003, Van's Aircraft of Aurora, Oregon, announced the successful first flight of their new kit aircraft, the RV-10.   A little over six years later, RV-10 kit number 1000 has been shipped to a customer in Irving, TX.

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Sikorsky X2 Envelope Expansion Continues

Demonstrator Tops 100-Knot Speed Milestone

Sikorsky's X2 Technology demonstrator achieved a significant milestone in a recent flight test, reaching a maximum speed of 106 knots. The test was conducted at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center.   

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FAA Denies Collings Foundation Flight Exemption Requests

Unable To Fly F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk, Me-262 and Fieseler Co. Fi-156 Storch With Passengers

The FAA recently denied the Collings Foundation's request for flight exemptions for the F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk, Me-262 replica, and Fieseler Co. Fi-156 Storch. The exemptions are required for the foundation to accept donations for flight experiences in these historic aircraft.

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History Will Roll Out Again At KSC

The Ares I-X Leaves The VAB In Less Than A Week

In less than a week, the doors of high bay number 3 of the VAB will have to yawn wide open. This time it will be to allow the 327 foot tall Ares I-X to be rolled out. First motion is planned for 0001 October 20th.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.16.09)

"Although the manufacture and use of business aircraft contributes significantly to the national economy, the industry is often not well understood." Source: NBAA CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.16.09): Glide Slope

(1) The angle between horizontal and the glide path of an aircraft. (2) A tightly-focused radio beam transmitted from the approach end of a runway indicating the minimum approach angle that will clear all obstacles; one component of an instrument landing system (ILS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.16.09)

 

Aviation Biofuels

It seems as if every week, we have at least one story about another advancement in biofules for use in aviation.  Enviro.aero offers a basic explaination of how biofuels could be integrated into the aviation industry.

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