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May 18, 2011

EASA Certified: Cessna Citation CJ4

Announcement Made At EBACE Wednesday

Cessna announced the Citation CJ4 business jet has gained type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The company revealed the news Wednesday afternoon at EBACE.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.11

Lepore and Paladino get community service.
Eurocopter's X3 makes 232 knots.
And Lidle's widow plays the sympathy card.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.11

Lepore and Paladino get community service.
Eurocopter's X3 makes 232 knots.
And Lidle's widow plays the sympathy card.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II: EAA's Rod Hightower - 05.18.11

ANN Editor Tom Patton speaks with Rod Hightower, President of the Experimental Aircraft Association, on topics including electric airplanes, the impact of NextGen ATC on general aviation, and the r

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AOPA Gets Threatening Over Spam Complaints

Aggressive/Obnoxious AOPA E-Mail Campaign Widely Distributed... Reportedly To Many Addresses That Did Not 'Opt-In'

ANN has been monitoring reports of a number of complaints from aviation-oriented email users who have been getting one of three current email missives, from AOPA, trying to get them to sign up for the organization's so-called e-newsletter. AOPA uses an outside service (reportedly run by friends of Fuller from his political days) that posts links to a number of other stories on the web, with some occasional original AOPA content and lots of ads.... and is putting QUITE the push to get people to sign up for it... with aggressive, insistent (some say desperate) campaigns.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.18.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: EAA's Rod Hightower - 05.18.11 (ANN Special Report, with Rod Hightower, President of the Experimental Aircraft Association)

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This Year's EBAA Awards Presented To Peter Lonergan, Richard Gaona

Association Hails Pair As "Industry Champions"

The EBAA and NBAA announced that former Biggin Hill Airport Director Peter Lonergan and Comlux Aviation Group President Richard Ganoa are the recipients of the 2011 European Business Aviation Awards.

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Cessna Citation CJ4 Nears EASA Certification

Maintenance Training For The Aircraft Gets EASA Nod

A couple of CJ4 developments were announced Monday by Cessna at EBACE, including word that Citation CJ4 business jet is nearing type certification from the EASA.

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Grand Opening Of Austin Executive Airport Grand Opening Set For June 8

Three Years And $33 Million Invested In Construction And Development At Former "Birds Nest"

After more than 3 years of construction and development, pilots across the country will soon have access to  Austin Executive Airport (KEDC), which will officially open Wednesday, June 8.

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IMC Club Launches 'Knowledge Drive'

Goal Is To Develop A Database Of 'Real-Life' Answers To Instrument Flying Questions

IMC Club International announced the launch of "Knowledge Drive" Monday in its Aviation Knowledge Base available on the imcclubs.org website.

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Business, GA Turboprops Continues To Grow For GE

H80 Engine Flight Testing Underway, Services Network Expanding

The Business & General Aviation Turboprops division of GE Aviation reports continued growth, with efforts focused on certifying the H80 engine and expanding its services and support network.

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NASA Selects First Payloads For Upcoming Reduced-Gravity Flights

Sixteen Experiments And Payloads Slated For Flight Opportunities Program

NASA has selected 16 payloads for flights on the commercial Zero-G parabolic aircraft and two suborbital reusable launch vehicles as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program.

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First UH-72A LUH Delivered To South Dakota ANG

Delivery Ceremony Draws Hundreds Of Attendees To The Crazy Horse Memorial

The first of six UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) was delivered to the South Dakota Army National Guard Sunday during a delivery ceremony at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills.

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Boeing, Greenpoint Technologies Team On 747-8 VIP Modifications

Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems To Install Aeroloft On 747-8 Intercontinental Airplanes

The Boeing Company has been selected by Greenpoint Technologies (GTI) to install the company's Aeroloft modification on four new 747-8 Intercontinental VIP airplanes purchased by customers of Boeing Business Jets.

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TrueNorth: HD Voice 'New Standard' In Voice Calling

TrueNorth Introduces HD Capability Using Digital Audio To Improve Both Voice Calls And Faxes

In connection with the EBACE convention this week, TrueNorth Avionics has introduced HD Voice (HDV), an enhancement to its advanced Simphone OpenCabin system.

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Analyst Jean Semiromoth: Uncertainties Remain In Pre-Owned BizJet Market

Natural Disasters, Political Unrest Could Have A Direct Impact On Sales

Until the end of last year, the pre-owned business aircraft industry expected sales to be driven by the Middle East and Asia.

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Aero-TV: Flight Design's Tom Peghiny -- Plotting the Future of CTLS

One of The (Very) Few LSA Success Stories Looks Ahead

I rather look forward to our chats with Flight Design's Tom Peghiny... in that, among all of the LSA community, he can always be counted upon for a bit of good news... and for damned good reason... the Flight Design CT/CTLS series is one of the few unmitigated successes of that confused, embattled industry program.

Aero-TV: Flight Design's Tom Peghiny -- Plotting the Future of CTLS

One of The (Very) Few LSA Success Stories Looks Ahead

I rather look forward to our chats with Flight Design's Tom Peghiny... in that, among all of the LSA community, he can always be counted upon for a bit of good news... and for damned good reason... the Flight Design CT/CTLS series is one of the few unmitigated successes of that confused, embattled industry program.

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Guest Editorial: AOPA Ignoring GA's Problems

Former Member Addresses Open Letter To CEO Craig Fuller

"Dear Mr. Fuller:" That's the way my letter of resignation to the president/CEO of AOPA began. In this letter, I expressed my deep disappointment in the direction that AOPA has been moving over the past several years - and even more so since the departure of Phil Boyer.

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Airbus Says AF 447 Data Shows No Urgent Mechanical Problems With A330s

French BEA Says "No Conclusion Can Be Drawn" At This Stage Of The Investigation

An article appearing in the French press indicates that Airbus has sent a Telex message to airlines indicating that the data recovered from the Flight Data Recorder aboard Air France Flight 447 shows no apparent urgent mechanical problems with the A330 in general.

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Citation Ten To Make First Flight By Year-End

First Deliveries Planned In 2013

The Cessna Citation Ten is scheduled to make its first flight by year-end 2011, with first deliveries planned for the second half of 2013. Cessna officials announced the timeline Monday at EBACE in Geneva.

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In Geneva, Business Aviation Community Rallies Around ABACE2012

With Event Dates Finalized, Exhibitor Applications Now Being Accepted

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said Monday at EBACE that the 2012 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012) is well positioned to take its place as the region's premier annual industry event.

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FAA-Conforming HondaJet Reaches Maximum Operating Altitude Of 43,000 Ft

Production Of The Aircraft Expected To Begin Next Year

Honda Aircraft Company announced Monday at EBACE that it has successfully completed additional milestone flight tests with its FAA-conforming HondaJet, including the achievement of a maximum operating altitude of 43,000 ft.

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Boeing 777 Returns To Seven-Per-Month Production Rate

Build Time Decreases From 52 To 49 Days As Rate Increases

Workers have rolled out the first Boeing 777 jetliner produced at the seven-per-month rate. The airplane, a freighter, will be delivered to FedEx Express in June.

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First DV20 Katana For Croatian Flight School Is Successfully Delivered

Aircraft Ferried To Croatian Aviation Training Center In Zagreb

The first DV20 Katana for/ Croatian Aviation Training Center (CAT) (Hrvatsko Zrakoplovno Nastavno Srediste (HZNS))  in Zagreb, Croatia has been delivered, according to Diamond Aircraft Industries.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.18.11)

"Sensationalist publication of non-validated information, whilst the analysis of the data from the flight recorders has only just started, is a violation of the respect due to the passengers and the crew members that died." Source: News Release from the French Investigative Agency BEA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.18.11): Flare

Transition from nose low to nose up attitude just before landing until touchdown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.18.11)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum opened in October 1993, the brainchild of its founder, entrepreneur Jim Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh placed his growing collection of historic aircraft in the new museum.

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