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September 27, 2010

President Obama Signs 'Small Business Recovery Act'

Bill Includes Bonus Depreciation For Business Assets ... Such As Airplanes

President Barack Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act Monday afternoon, a bill which could help spur the still-slumping sales of business airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.27.10

VFR into IMC appears to have won again.
Don't land an A320 with the parking brake set.
And the Oneworld alliance gains a Russian partner.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.27.10

VFR into IMC appears to have won again.
Don't land an A320 with the parking brake set.
And the Oneworld alliance gains a Russian partner.


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ANN Special Feature: "We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy" - 09.27.10

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves tell ANN's Paul Plack about a couple of examples of what he sees as an improving attitude at the FAA.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 09.27.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.27.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.27.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: "We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy" - 09.27.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Southwest To Acquire AirTran Airways

Deal Is Still Subject To Regulatory Approval

AirTran Holdings, Inc., the parent company of AirTran Airways, announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Southwest Airlines in a transaction currently valued at more than $1.37 billion.

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More Wichita Layoffs, HBC Shedding 350 Salaried Employees

Boisture: "Market Is Not Improving As We Had Hoped"

Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture announced late last week that the company plans to lay off 350 salaried employees, citing continued sluggishness in the economy. "(T)he market for new production aircraft is not improving as we had hoped," Boisture said in a letter to employees.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Information In Montana Fatal Accident

Non-Instrument Pilot Was Killed August 30th Flying In Reported Instrument Conditions

Preliminary information released by the NTSB in an accident which occurred in Montana late last month indicated that the pilot of the Cessna 182 was operating his aircraft in weather conditions for which he was not rated. He was the only person on board the airplane at the time of the accident.

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NASA Awards Contract For JPSS-1 Spacecraft

Satellite Supports Civil Weather And Climate Measurements

On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA has awarded a sole source contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, CO.

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Enterprise Florida Awards Boeing 2010 Business Award

Company Facility In Jacksonville, FL Honored By The State

The Boeing Company received the Governor’s Business Expansion Award from Enterprise Florida at the Governor’s 2010 Business Diversification Awards ceremony in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

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Space Surveillance Satellite Readied For Launch

Testing Complete On SBSS, Ground Systems

The Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite and ground system built by Ball Aerospace and Boeing have completed final testing and are scheduled to be launched September 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA.

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Teamsters Urge Congress To Pass FAA Reauthorization

Union Says Legislature Should "Close The FedEx Loophole"

After Congress last week voted to extend the FAA Reauthorization Bill for another three months, the Teamsters Union issued a call to the Legislature to pass the permanent reauthorization. They say the current law gives special status to workers at FedEx.

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Russia's S7 Airlines To Be Part Of oneworld

Russian Domestic Carrier To Join Alliance On November 15th

Russian domestic carrier S7 Airlines says it will become part of oneworld effective November 15th, offering the alliance's full range of services and benefits and substantially expanding its network throughout Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Mexican MoD Orders Six Additional Eurocopter EC725s

Helicopters Will Be Assigned To Transport And Civil Security Operations

The Mexican Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Eurocopter for the purchase of six EC725 helicopters.

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New State-Of-The-Art Conference Room Opens At KJAX

New Executive Conference Room Fully Equipped, Available To Rent

The Jacksonville, Florida, Aviation Authority (JAA) unveiled its new Executive Conference Room at Jacksonville International Airport (KJAX).  The space will be available for individuals or groups to rent for meetings.

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Aero-TV: Better Weather: Jepp's FliteStar Enhances WX Reporting

Get Your Weather While You Plan Your Flight... Via FliteStar

While ANN was running around/amok at Oshkosh (much like a certain poultry product sans any evidence of cranial capacity), we were hard-pressed to keep up with all the goodies that were presented... but the crowds surrounding the Jepp building convinced us that it was worth spending a few hours there... and we were NOT disappointed. During the annual aerial love-fest at Oshkosh, Jepp took the wraps off a new version of its new FliteStar flight planning program that now includes enhanced global weather data services. Jeppesen FliteStar users will now be able to improve situational awareness through receiving continually updated weather information. Weather data is now presented through multiple customized graphical forma

Aero-TV: Phil Boyer At Oshkosh 2010: Enjoying A Much-Deserved Retirement

So... How Is Retirement Treating Former AOPA Boss, Phil Boyer???

Phil Boyer's retirement announcement was NOT the best news we've ever had to report... but there was no arguing with the fact that Phil deserved a break (and our thanks) after working the front lines of the GA fight for the better part of two decades. To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation. When he decided to retire after nearly two decades of challenging leadership, we all felt poorer for the loss of his participation but could not deny the that the guy deserved to retire and enjoy his life the way that he wanted.

'IS AOPA Losing It?' ANN Readers Seem To Think So...

Recent Responses To ANN Editorial Comments Suggest AOPA Is 'Off-Mission'

A recent ANN editorial offering suggested that the once-mighty AOPA was out of step with the wants and needs of its current membership... and displayed a particular disconnect via the constant bombardment of those persons via commercial pitches and other money grabs. Intended to be be what humorous as well as a complaint about the fund-raising tactics of this organization, the story really set off a number of ANN readers -- who responded -- and responded -- many hundreds in total (and starting to look like the ultimate total may push 2000... with only O

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Aero-TV: Better Weather: Jepp's FliteStar Enhances WX Reporting

Get Your Weather While You Plan Your Flight... Via FliteStar

While ANN was running around/amok at Oshkosh (much like a certain poultry product sans any evidence of cranial capacity), we were hard-pressed to keep up with all the goodies that were presented... but the crowds surrounding the Jepp building convinced us that it was worth spending a few hours there... and we were NOT disappointed.

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Aero-TV: Phil Boyer At Oshkosh 2010 -- Enjoying A Much-Deserved Retirement

So... How Is Retirement Treating Former AOPA Boss, Phil Boyer???

Phil Boyer's retirement announcement was NOT the best news we've ever had to report... but there was no arguing with the fact that Phil deserved a break (and our thanks) after working the front lines of the GA fight for the better part of two decades. To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation.

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Avidyne Updates Entegra Users On DCF100, SynthVis

Plans A "Pilot" Program With Selected Users Before Certification

Avidyne this week offered what it called a "comprehensive" update on the certification and delivery of Release 9.2 and the DFC100 autopilot on a company message board.

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International Partners Discuss Space Station Extension, Use

Some Nations Already Committee To ISS Operations Through 2020

The International Space Station partner agencies met September 21st via videoconference to discuss continuation of space station operations into the next decade and its use as a research laboratory.

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Klyde Morris (09.27.10)

Klyde Has Gone To The Birds....

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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First RAAF Advanced Block II Super Hornet Comes Off The Assembly Line

The Airplane Can Be Converted Into An Electronic Attack Aircraft

Boeing has completed production of the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet that has the capability to be converted into an electronic attack aircraft, the company said Thursday.

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Making The Knee Board Obsolete

iChart App Turns The iPad Into An EFB

The first application from FlightPrep for the Apple iOS platform is iChart for the iPad. The iChart application allows pilots to turn their Apple iPad into an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), giving them access to Sectionals, Terminal Area Charts (TACs), Low Enroutes, and Approach Plates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.27.10): Radar Contact Lost

Radar Contact Lost Used by ATC to inform a pilot that radar data used to determine the aircraft's position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and radar service is no longer being provided. The loss may be attributed to several factors including the aircraft merging with weather or ground clutter, the aircraft operating below radar line of sight coverage, the aircraft entering an area of poor radar return, failure of the aircraft transponder, or failure of the ground radar equipment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.10)

Aero-Linx: Popular Rotorcraft Association Welcome to the homepage of the Popular Rotorcraft Association. Based in Mentone, Indiana, USA at the PRA Mentone Airport, PRA was started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen Gyrocopter. Since then it has grown to include rotorcraft of all sorts with members in over 80 countries...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.27.10)

"I have removed my auto membership renewal, and will let me membership run out; at which point, I will no longer renew my membership with them. Thank you for bringing to light the unacceptable behavior of AOPA. They should be removed from representing GA's best interests." Source: ANN Reader William W's response to our recent editorial on some of the most recent escapades at AOPA. This is one of many hundreds of emails and other responses we received... with ONE received in support of AOPA's fund-raising efforts (and a pretty rude one, at that). More to come on this and other related topics...

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