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December 19, 2008

LaHood Nominated To Be US Secretary Of Transportation

Oberstar Praises LaHood's "Legacy Of Civility;" AOPA, NATA Enthused About Choice

It's official. Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood is President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to replace Mary E. Peters as head of the US Department of Transportation... and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, among others, says he appears to be the right man for the job.

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Score Another Save For Cirrus 'Chute System

CAPS Saves The Day... Again

While the aviation world deals with the fallout from the economic malaise that is gripping the rest of the world, it's nice to know that despite all else, our technology keeps on doing it's thing... and darned well, it appears.

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Cirrus Provides Details On Executive Changes

As Previously Reported, Brent Wouters Named CEO

In stories previously reported by ANN, Alan Klapmeier, Chairman of Cirrus Design Corporation, has named Brent Wouters to the post of Chief Executive Officer effective February 1, 2009.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.19.08

The Passing Of The Baton At AOPA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Passing The Baton At AOPA: 12.19.08 (ANN Special Report, with 18-year AOPA President Phil Boyer and incoming President Craig Fuller.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.08

Cirrus Design announces a new CEO.
GA pilots face tighter security at many airports.
And early reviews are good for our next Transportation Secretary.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.19.08

Cirrus Design announces a new CEO.
GA pilots face tighter security at many airports.
And early reviews are good for our next Transportation Secretary.


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ANN Special Feature: AOPA's Phil Boyer, Craig Fuller - 12.19.08

Today, we'll hear the passing of the baton by 18-year AOPA President Phil Boyer to incoming President Craig Fuller at AOPA Expo, and Phil's official introduction of the AOPA Foundation.

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NTSB Wants Deice Boot Activation Upon Entering Icing Conditions

Notes Even A Small Amount Of Ice Can Be Hazardous

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Alert Thursday titled "Activate Leading-Edge Deice Boots As Soon As Airplanes Enter Icing Conditions." 

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Authorities: Pilot Of Missing Trislander Stole Aircraft

Student Pilot Had Rotorcraft License Stripped In 2006

Details surrounding this week's disappearance of a Britten-Norman Trislander near the Bahamas are starting to gel, after several conflicting and confusing initial reports.

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Happy Holidays! Russia Will Give Lebanon 10 Free MiGs

Western World Not Thrilled With 'Gift'

It's the season for giving... but a gift from Russia to Lebanon isn't making anyone feel too merry.

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'Tis The Season: HBC Donates $50,000 To Wichita Children's Home

Planemaker Has Given Facility Close To $500K Over Last Five Years

Hawker Beechcraft donated $50,000 to the Wichita Children's Home during a special ceremony Wednesday. HBC Chairman and CEO Jim Schuster presented the check to Sarah Robinson, Executive Director of the Wichita Children's Home.

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French Pilot Receives Fine, Suspension For September Incursion

Prime Minister's Plane Took Evasive Action

A French private pilot has been fined and had his license suspended as a result of a September incident, when his Cessna 172 flew too close to a Falcon 900 transporting Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

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'Tis The Season: NORAD Rolls Out New Santa Tracking Options

Santa Cams, Twitter Updates Part Of 2008 Site

It's that time of year again... and in between monitoring US airspace and keeping an eye on wayward Russian Bears, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is again getting ready to track Santa!

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Rolls-Royce Signs F-35 STOVL LifeSystem Contract

$131 Million Contract Covers First Six STOVL Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has signed a $131 million contract with Pratt & Whitney to supply LiftSystems for the first six Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant F-35B Lightning II aircraft. This is the first production contract for Rolls-Royce as part of its involvement in the world's biggest-ever defense procurement program.

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AIA's Blakey Says 'Next Boots On Moon' May Be Chinese

Says "Short-Term" Economic Problems Shouldn't Cloud Priorities

The Aerospace Industries Association, which lobbies for aerospace contractors, is invoking a classic tactic to pressure the incoming Obama administration to maintain spending in its sector. Former FAA Administrator and current AIA President Marion Blakey told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington we might soon have company on the surface of the Moon.

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Pilot Tells Airline Passengers He's 'Not Qualified To Land The Plane'

Incomplete Transition Training Results In Return To Cardiff

If you plan a trip somewhere with a non-instrument-rated private pilot in a general aviation aircraft, you should be prepared for the possibility that unexpected poor visibility will force him to abandon your original destination. That's just good aeronautical decision-making, and it should give you confidence in his judgment.

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Just Like Old Times: Aero-TV Visits The Lee Bottom Fly-In (Part 2)

'The Most Nothing You'll Ever Do'

It just maybe the quintessential "Old-Style" Fly-In... a beautiful airstrip, hundreds of planes, no agendas, no schedules... just lots of airplane lovers enjoying the company of airplane loving people and their planes. It may also be the closest thing to airplane heaven on this side of eternity... or so we've been told. And now that we've been there... seen the sights, caught the vibe, enjoyed the company and just plain goofed off for the whole annual weekend event, we gotta tell you, we can't argue with that description.

Just Like Old Times: Aero-TV Visits The Lee Bottom Fly-In (Part 2)

'The Most Nothing You'll Ever Do'

It just maybe the quintessential "Old-Style" Fly-In... a beautiful airstrip, hundreds of planes, no agendas, no schedules... just lots of airplane lovers enjoying the company of airplane loving people and their planes. It may be the closest thing to airplane heaven on this side of eternity... or so we've been told. And now that we've been there... seen the sights, caught the vibe, enjoyed the company and just plain goofed off for the whole annual weekend event, we gotta tell you, we can't argue with that description.

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Letter Groups Respond To LaHood Nomination For DOT

NBAA Applauds "Solid Grasp Of Transportation Policy"

Three of the largest aviation "letter groups" weighed in Thursday on the expected nomination of Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood as Transportation Secretary. As ANN reported, President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce LaHood's name for the top job at the Department of Transportation Friday.

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Garmin GTX 330, GTX 33 Transponders Receive TSO

Include Extended Squitter Capability For NextGen Ops

Garmin announced Thursday it has received the FAA's TSO-C166a authorization for the GTX 330 and GTX 33 transponders with 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (ES) transmission capabilities. Garmin is the first in the industry to receive TSO-C166a authorization for a general aviation transponder, and the company says this equipment will establish aircraft on the path towards complying with the FAA's proposed requirement for ADS-B equipage.

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JAL Puts New Safety Spin On 'Black Boxes'

Video Informs Passengers About How Data Is Analyzed

Japan Airlines is betting that passengers will feel more comfortable on its planes if they see how carefully the airline analyzes data from flight data recorders. The mere mention of forensic research to passengers in the pre-takeoff environment is considered taboo for most in the industry, so JAL's tactic will be closely watched.

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Report: British Airways, Qantas Merger Talks Fall Apart

Airlines Couldn't Agree On Ownership Split

The specter of British Airways displacing Delta as the world's largest airline has disappeared, at least for now. British Airways has ended talks with Australia's Qantas after the two companies couldn't agree on the ownership split, according to BA spokesman Tony Cane.

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Klyde Morris (12.19.08)

TSA Works To Address More Imaginary Problems...

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Gwynne Shotwell Named President Of SpaceX

Will Focus On Company's Operational Activities

Space Exploration Technologies announced this week the appointment of Gwynne Shotwell as President, effective immediately. In her new position, Shotwell will be part of the Office of the Chairman and CEO and report to Elon Musk, CEO and CTO.

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FAA Issues STC For Clifford Citation 550 Engine Conversions

Unrestricted Approval Also Covers Williams Install On S550

Clifford Development announced Thursday the FAA issued the final STC certificate ST02661CH which covers modification of the 550 and S550 Cessna Citation Series aircraft using Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Clifford notes this is the first STC issued to cover both Cessna Citation aircraft, and it was issued with no operational limitations or restrictions.

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NASA Gauges Interest In Retired Space Vehicles

Psst... Wanna Buy A Shuttle? Got $42 Mil?

NASA has issued a Request for Information, or RFI, seeking ideas from educational institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire and publicly display the space shuttle orbiters and space shuttle main engines after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.

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Arianespace Completes Assembly Of Sixth Booster Of 2008

Final Checkout Of Ariane 5 Now Underway

Officials at Arianespace tell ANN final checkout of the company's sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2008 is now underway, following the completion of payload integration for its two Eutelsat satellite passengers.

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NASA Calls For Comments On Draft Altair RFP

Bidding Will Soon Open For NextGen Lunar Lander

NASA has released a draft request for proposals, or RFP, to seek industry support for the design of its Altair lunar lander vehicle, part of NASA's Constellation Program. Altair is proposed to deliver four astronauts to the moon's surface late in the next decade.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Meteor and Vampire were already flying - jet engined aircraft had arrived on the scene and were in service. It became obvious that the next step was to produce a jet bomber.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.08): ASR

Aero-Terms!

Airport Surveillance Radar. Approach control radar used to detect and display an aircraft's position in the terminal area. ASR provides range and azimuth information but does not provide elevation data. Coverage of the ASR can extend up to 60 miles.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.19.08)

"If LaHood is confirmed as Transportation Secretary, AOPA would look forward to working closely with him to pick the right leader for the FAA and to address the challenges of aviation safety; modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system; establishing a fair, long-term financing system; and responding to energy and environmental issues."

Source: Craig Fuller, president-elect of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, speaking on the expected nomination of Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood as Transportation Secretary.

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