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May 14, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.09

Atlantis suffered heat tile damage.
The Mars Rover Spirit is spinning its wheels.
And a commercial liquid rocket developer celebrates a milestone.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.14.09

Atlantis suffered heat tile damage.
The Mars Rover Spirit is spinning its wheels.
And a commercial liquid rocket developer celebrates a milestone.


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ANN Special Feature: Dee Whittington, VA Regional Festival of Flight - 05.14.09

The name has changed, the location has changed, and this year the weekend has changed, but the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight still looks forward to a successful year. Public Relations Chairm

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STS-125 Ready To Rejuvenate Hubble

Amazing Mission Is Incredibly Complex

Using the shuttle's robotic arm STS-125 Mission Specialist Megan McArthur grappled the Hubble Space Telescope at 12:14 p.m. CDT Wednesday. McArthur then maneuvered the telescope onto a Flight Support System maintenance platform in Atlantis’ payload bay. The stage is set for five spacewalks in as many days to repair and update instruments, extending Hubble's lifespan through 2014.

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A New Role For Civil Air Patrol?

A bill by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15, pictured below)) that requires an assessment of how CAP can support homeland security missions was approved by the House of Representatives Tuesday.

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CASA Issues Airworthiness Bulletin On Zenair CH 601XL

In-flight Break Ups Continue To Draw International Attention

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Thursday, issued an updated AWB on the Zenair CH 601XL, in response to the number of accidents reported over the past few years as well as the increased scrutiny brought to the aircraft by the NTSB.

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AEA Takes On Fight Over Public Perception of BizJets

Excellent Analysis by AEA's Ric Peri

 In this month’s issue of the Aircraft Electronics Association’s monthly magazine, Avionics News, columnist Ric Peri, who is the vice president of government and industry affairs for AEA, weighs in with his thoughts about the use of general aviation aircraft to conduct business.

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Bolen (Re)Educates Senate, 'GA Is Fundamental To America's Future'

NBAA Keeps The Pressure On

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told members of Congress that the GA community remains committed to continued progress toward a NextGen system.

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AIA/Blakey To Senate: Accelerate NextGen

 AIA has just finished weighing in on the current hearings surrounding a next-generatuion Air Trafic Control System. 'The administration's commitment to recapitalize our nation's transportation infrastructure and FAA reauthorization is an opportunity to accelerate the Next Generation Air Transportation System,' AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said Wednesday.

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EBACE 2009: Honeywell Zing Increases Helo Uptime And Safety

Honeywell Has Launched Zing Condition-Based Maintenance For Helos

"The Honeywell Zing portfolio offers comprehensive and 'intelligent' health monitoring, that provides operators with up-to-date information to perform condition-based maintenance rather than interval-based or run-to-failure maintenance," said Mike Cuff, Honeywell Vice President, Helicopter and Surface Systems.

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Time To Spare... Go By -- What?

Travel Ain't What It Used To Be

The upcoming Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in the US marks the start of the official summer vacation travel season. While the economy has the airlines projecting even lower demand for their seats, the American Automobile Association says overall vacation travel for the holiday weekend will be up this year by 1-point-5 percent, and the vast majority of vacationers will choose to go by car.

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AD NUMBER: 2009-10-04

MANUFACTURER: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model DA 40 and DA 40 F Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-10-04

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-10-06

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 747-400 and 747-400D Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-10-06

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AD: Cessna

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MANUFACTURER: Cessna Aircraft Company 150 and 152 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-10-09

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Aero-TV: Meridian Makeover -- The G1000 Upgrade

Piper's PA-46 Meridian Gets The G1000 Treatment

One of the more intriguing upgrades we saw on our last visit to Piper Aircraft was the availability of the G1000 avionics suite for the PA-46-500TP Meridian six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft. Initial deliveries of Meridians equipped with the G1000 are already underway.

NORAD Flight Exercise Planned for Washington, DC

Repeat After me... ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS???

OK, if one remembers a certain Air Force One exercise over NYC, this may not go well... but at the very least, it may provide some interesting moments for those of us in the the media. The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 09-07, on May 15 and 19 between midnight and 6:00 a.m. in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C.

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Red Arrows Selects Its First Female Pilot

Someday (Soon, We Hope) This Kind of Thing Won't Be Newsworthy... Just Normal

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, has joined the 21st century and announced that a female pilot is one of two candidates selected to join the world-famous 'Diamond Nine' for the 2010 display season.

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Aero-TV: Meridian Makeover -- The G1000 Upgrade

Piper's PA-46 Meridian Gets The G1000 Treatment

One of the more intriguing upgrades we saw on our last visit to Piper Aircraft was the availability of the G1000 avionics suite for the PA-46-500TP Meridian six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft. Initial deliveries of Meridians equipped with the G1000 are already underway.

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SecTrans LaHood Wants To Cancel Slot Auctions for NY-Area Airports

Announces Discussions on Reducing Congestion

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is proposing to rescind plans for slot auctions at New York-area airports (and thereby make ATA's day....).

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First Key Facts & Figures Released By European GA Manufacturers Group

Intriguing Numbers Show State  of European GA Biz

The European General Aviation Manufacturers Group (EGAMA) has issued (for the first time) a set of Key Facts & Figures (2004-2008) for the European General Aviation Manufacturers. EGAMA is an active grouping of ASD (AeroSpace & Defence Industries Association of Europe).

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TSA's Secure Flight Enters First Public Phase

TSA Can Now Screw This Process Up Without Airline Assistance

The TSA thinks this is progress... but those of us who know the TSA all too well, REALLY wonder. The TSA's Secure Flight passenger vetting program will begin asking passengers to enter their full name, as of May 15th, as it appears on the government issued identification they will be traveling with -- when making airline reservations.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.14.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.14.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)   ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Dee Whittington, VA Regional Festival of Flight - 05.14.09  (ANN Special Report, with Dee Whittington)

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DARPA Initiates Vulcan Engine Program

DARPA has kicked off the Vulcan program with awards to four contractors. The four contractors participating in the eight-month first phase are: Alliant TechSystems, General Electric, Rolls Royce and United Technologies.

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WiFi On EVERY Flight? AirTran Airways Takes The Big Step

AirTran Airways has partnered up with Aircell to become what they claim will be the first 'major' airline to offer passengers wireless, broadband Internet access on every flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.14.09):

Absolute Instability   When the lapse rate of a column of air is greater than the dry adiabatic lapse rate. The term absolute is used because this applies whether or not the air is dry or saturated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.14.09)

 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory In total, JPL has 18 spacecraft and eight instruments conducting active missions. All of these are part of NASA's program of exploration of Earth and space with plans to send robots and humans to explore the moon, Mars and beyond.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.14.09)

"We're still serious about tackling aviation congestion in the New York region... I'll be talking with airline, airport and consumer stakeholders, as well as elected officials, over the summer about the best ways to move forward."

 

Source: Secretary LaHood, in New York City in remarks to the Association for a Better New York.

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