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December 15, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.16.09

The first flight of the Dreamliner lasts just over three hours.
Embraer gets FAA certification for the Phenom 300.
And Cessna says four of its pilot centers are up and running with it

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.16.09

The first flight of the Dreamliner lasts just over three hours.
Embraer gets FAA certification for the Phenom 300.
And Cessna says four of its pilot centers are up and running with it

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Aero-TV: The Boeing Dreamliner -- Historic First Flight Coverage

Three Hour Flight Was 'Flawless' -- At Least, Until Mother Nature Intervened

For anyone who loves the aviation business, this was a VERY good day. After a number of delays and mis-steps that often accompany those programs that are truly trying to raise the bar and accomplish revolutionary progress, Boeing's B787 Dreamliner took to the skies over a very soggy Northwest Washington state.

Boeing B787 Update: Dreamliner Flies!

Flight Plan Has Been Filed, Weather OK

Boeing is finalizing plans for the maiden flight of the B787 Dreamliner in Everett, Washington at 1300 EST. A flight plan has been filed for the flight, and the weather appears to be cooperating.

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ANN Special Feature: AEA's Ric Peri on TSA's NPRM, Part I - 12.15.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ric Peri, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, about the coming oversight by the US Transportation Security Admini

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ANN Special Feature: AEA's Ric Peri on TSA's NPRM, Part II - 12.16.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ric Peri, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, about the specifics of satisfying likely TSA security mandates at a

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.09

Rotax four-strokes get TBO bumped up to 2-thousand hours.
An industry group wants phone calls allowed on airliners.
And a dozen people named bin Laden hold FAA pilot certificates.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.15.09

Rotax four-strokes get TBO bumped up to 2-thousand hours.
An industry group wants phone calls allowed on airliners.
And a dozen people named bin Laden hold FAA pilot certificates.


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Red Tape Ties Up Helicopter Deliveries To Mexico

First Copters To Arrive Two Years Behind Schedule

Five helicopters requested by the Mexican government two years ago to assist in fighting well-equipped drug cartels are finally about to be delivered, but an additional 15 aircraft may not arrive for two more years.

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A New Eye On The Universe For NASA

WISE Begins All-Sky Survey Mission

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, lifted off over the Pacific Ocean this morning on its way to map the entire sky in infrared light. A Delta II rocket carrying the spacecraft launched at 0909 EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.15.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.15.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AEA's Ric Peri on TSA's NPRM, Part I - 12.15.09 (ANN Special Report, with AEA's indefatigable Ric Peri)

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First Flight For Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 UAV

Production Expected Soon Following Further Flight Tests

Elbit Systems said Sunday that its Hermes 900 UAV completed a successful Maiden Flight and will commence serial production following the completion of additional flight tests. The Hermes 900 is based on the successful track record of the Hermes 450.

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Labor Unions Stand With TSA Workers, Union At Events Nationwide

AFGE: Support For TSA Workforce More Important Than Ever

Thousands of members of the 57 AFL-CIO labor union affiliates will converge on airports across the country over the next week and into January in support of Transportation Security Officers, and efforts by the American Federation of Government Employees to gain collective bargaining rights at TSA.

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1st IAI-Made Heron UAS Delivered To RAAF

System Will Support Royal Australian Air Force Troops In Afghanistan

The first Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) was delivered  to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)December 10th The Heron UAS, made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), includes an aircraft, mission payloads, Advanced Ground Control Station (AGCS), spare parts, and ground support equipment.

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Forward Vision Continues As Exclusive Distributor Of EVS-100, 600 For GA

Company Has STC's For 165 Aircraft

Max-Viz, which makes the EVS-100 and dual-wave length EVS-600, confirmed Monday that Forward. Vision will continue to be the exclusive sales channel and customer support provider to aftermarket and selected OEM’s for the EVS-x00 product line to GA.

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Irish Helicopter Pilot Fined For Rooftop Landing

Said He Needed To Pick Up A Set Of Keys

A helicopter pilot has been fined $7,300 (5,000 Euros) for landing on the roof of an Irish supermarket in July of 2007 because he needed to pick up a set of keys. Along with the fine, 50-year-old Sean O’Brien was given a 6 month suspended sentence, providing he does not operate an aircraft.

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Flight 1549 Survivors Find They Have A Lot In Common

Surviving The "Miricle On The Hudson" Led To Romance

As first dates go, it's probably really not recommended, and possibly not even recognizable as a date. But when the airplane you're on suffers a bird strike and lands safely in the Hudson River, it's possible that could cause a bond between people, don't you think?

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Aero-TV: Unique Precision – Building Boxes for Van’s Kit Aircraft

Meet Van’s Aircraft’s Resident Box Builder, Jim Daggett

Chances are, if you’ve bought an RV from Van’s Aircraft in the last decade, you’ve seen Jim Daggett’s work.  Thanks to Daggett’s expert woodworking, each aircraft part and kit arrives safely packed within carefully constructed crates.  After 14 years at the facility, box building has become second nature for Daggett.  Yet, it is his passion for aviation that makes his story particularly unique.  Daggett has never let adversity prevent him from contributing to aviation, no matter the challenges.

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Aero-TV: The Aero Associations Speak – Alan Klapmeier on Sharing Aviation

Alan Klapmeier Discusses How to Bring More People into Aviation

On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their annual Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in Tampa, Florida.  Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring the latest in G.A. technology.

Aero-TV: The Aero Associations Speak - Alan Klapmeier on Sharing Aviation

Alan Klapmeier Discusses How to Bring More People into Aviation

On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their annual Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in Tampa, Florida.  Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring the latest in G.A. technology.

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Aero-TV: Unique Precision - Building Boxes for Van’s Kit Aircraft

Meet Van's Aircraft's Resident Box Builder, Jim Daggett

Chances are, if you've bought an RV from Van's Aircraft in the last decade, you've seen Jim Daggett's work. Thanks to Daggett's expert woodworking, each aircraft part and kit arrives safely packed within carefully constructed crates.

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Dreamliner First Flight To Be Webcast

Long-Anticipated Airliner Expected To Fly At 1300 EST Tuesday

So it all comes down to this. The low-speed and high-speed taxi tests are done. The repairs effected after some initial static testing caused delamination of composite material have been checked, stressed, bent, and found to be acceptable. And at 1300 EST on Tuesday, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is finally expected to fly.

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Cessna Pilot Centers Gain FAA Part 141 Approval For New Training Course

Program Developed In Conjunction With King Schools

Cessna recognized four Cessna Pilot Centers Monday as the first training schools to gain approval from the FAA under FAR Part 141 to use Cessna's new Sport/Private Pilot Course in their private pilot certificate training programs.

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Phenom 300 Picks Up FAA Type Certification

Deliveries Will Begin In The Coming Weeks

Embraer’s Phenom 300 light executive jet was certified Monday by the FAA, which granted its Type Certificate following the same action by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) on December 3.

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Hartzell Propeller Signs Long-Term Deal With Hawker Beechcraft

HBC Piston And Turboprop Aircraft Will Sport Hartzell Props

Hartzell Propeller Inc. has signed an agreement with Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for the exclusive supply of constant-speed propellers to all of its new piston and turboprop commercial aircraft. The agreement is for a minimum of five years, and covers the full range of new-build HBC aircraft.

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Frost & Sullivan: War Operations Driving UAV Market

But New Companies Are Finding It A Difficult Place To Get A Toehold

Defense companies that wish to claim a stake in the intensely competitive unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market will find the task challenging, according to a new report by industry analyst Frost & Sullivan. Mature technologies, coupled with increasing consolidation, are making the UAS market a difficult space to enter.

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Possible Sale Of Virgin Galactic Stake Under U.S. Government Scrutiny

Arab Investors Hope To Have A Piece Of The Commercial Space Action

A group of Arab investors looking to buy a piece of Virgin Galactic has raised red flags in Washington, where the proposed deal is undergoing government scrutiny. The Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), a function of the Treasury Department, has opened an investigation into the proposed sale.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.15.09): Feeder Fix

The fix depicted on Instrument Approach Procedure Charts which establishes the starting point of the feeder route.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.15.09)

"From nano and small systems weighing less than 2 pounds to the 10,000 pound Global Hawk, UAS is changing the dynamics of the military aviation market space." Source: Frost & Sullivan Analyst Lindsay Voss

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.15.09)

Pilot Journey

So you're thinking you might want to get someone started flying for Christmas, but you're not sure where to start. Pilot Journey is a portal site that provides a lot of information about the different levels of certificates, links to flight schools, as well as aviation-focused blogs and career opportunities.

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