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December 19, 2009

LAST CHANCE: ANN Needs Feedback On 09's Best Aircraft and Products

We Want YOUR Input... Help Us Make Our Final Decisions On The Best Birds/Products/Values Of The Year

 Each year, we put our heads together, look over reader input, our own reports and other sources of info and try to recognize the VERY BEST aircraft and products in a number of pivotal categories. Each year, the choices get tougher. Worse; we tend to also make it more difficult by tightening the reins on the decision making process so that it gets harder and harder to make the cut as the best in any category, much less wind up at the top of the pack.

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'Through The Fence' Advocate: New FAA Policy Adversely Affects All Airports

Slight Change In Wording Could Cause Major Changes In Airport Access

The FAA's new Airport Compliance Manual adversely affects every federally funded airport by telling local airports how to deal with their neighbors, according to the advocacy group "Through The Fence". 

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NBAA Announces New Professional Development Program Courses

Course Providers Sought To Create Additional Content

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the approval of six new Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses offered by five different PDP providers. NBAA also seeks new educational providers to develop additional courses.

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AIA Seeks TARP Funds To Spur Aerospace Employment

Asks For $6.4 Billion From Stimulus Funds

The Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) is calling on the Obama administration to release some of the unspent TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Fund) money to create jobs in the Aerospace industry.

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Textron Sees Continued Stabilization For Business Jets

Forecast Despite Continued Cancellations of Out-year Orders

Textron's Cessna business unit continues to see stabilization in the business jet market, the company announced Thursday. Cessna management has observed that availability of used aircraft is declining, and customer inquiries for new orders are beginning to increase.

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U.S. Drones Hacked With $26 COTS Software

Insurgents Intercepted Video Feed From Aircraft

Insurgents using an inexpensive commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software package have reportedly intercepted video feeds from U.S. military drones, potentially giving them information about military operations. The hack could allow the bad guys to evade coalition forces.

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FAA's 'Through The Fence' Stance Could Cost Independence State Airport

Homes Have Had Access To Airport For More Than 30 Years

For three decades, homeowners at Independence Airpark adjacent to Independence State Airport in Oregon have had "through the fence" access to the public airport, one of about 40 such places nationwide. 

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Airbus Final Assembly Line China Achieves 2009 Target

Eleven A320 Family Aircraft Delivered From Tianjin On Schedule

The Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line China (FALC) has achieved its 2009 target, as the 11th A320 Family aircraft assembled by the FALC was delivered to Deer Air, an airline part of the HNA Group, on Wednesday in Tianjin.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.19.09)

"This industry doesn't have its hand out and we're not asking for a bailout. If they are going to start tapping TARP funds for jobs, we believe very strongly that aviation infrastructure should be right at the front of the line." Source: AIA CEO Marion Blakey.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.09): Local Airport Advisory (LAA)

A service provided by facilities, which are located on the landing airport, have a discrete ground-to-air communication frequency or the tower frequency when the tower is closed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.09)

Helicopter Wrecking  Ball

You don't very often thing about a helicopter swinging a wrecking ball to induce a rock slide, but that's what they apparently do in Norway to loosen enormous boulders in danger of falling from cliffs into the fjords below.

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