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November 18, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.18.09

The TSA expands into maintenance shops.
Lycoming's big IO-390 is now STC'd for the Mooney M-20.
And was Sully helped or hindered by fly-by-wire?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.18.09

The TSA expands into maintenance shops.
Lycoming's big IO-390 is now STC'd for the Mooney M-20.
And was Sully helped or hindered by fly-by-wire?


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ANN Special Feature: Adrian Norris, New Kestrel Turboprop - 11.18.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Adrian Norris of Farnborough Aircraft about the Kestrel, a new six-seat turboprop on static display at AOPA Summit in Tampa.

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Aerojet's 'Core Burning' Innovation Tested By The Air Force

Significantly Improves Scramjet Mission Capability

Aerojet, under contract to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), recently completed ground testing of an advanced Scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine combustor demonstrating a new thermal management approach.

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Bombardier’s Begins Construction On CSeries Aircraft Wing Manufacturing Facility

Hi-Tech Plant Is Near Belfast In Northern Ireland

Bombardier Aerospace today celebrated another major milestone in the CSeries aircraft program as construction got under way on its new state-of-the-art aircraft wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Carter Signs UAS License Agreement With AAI

Exclusive Contract Spans 40 Years

Carter Aviation Technologies LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, Texas said Monday that they have completed negotiations with AAI Corporation on an exclusive licensing agreement for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) using Carter's revolutionary Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) Aircraft Technology.

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Boeing Taking Orders At Dubai Airshow

Air Algerie, Tassili Airlines Opt For 737's

Boeing announced two orders for its workhorse Next-Generation 737-800 at the Dubai Airshow Tuesday. Tassili Airlines of Algeria placed its first order for Boeing airplanes with a signed deal for four of the aircraft, and Air Algerie will order seven Next-Generation 737-800s.

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APA Strongly Backs Striking Finnair Pilots

Finnair Pilots Went On Strike Monday At Midnight

The Allied Pilots Association (APA)  issued a statement of support Monday for the 800 pilots of Finnair, represented by the Finnish Airline Pilots’ Association (Suomen Liikennelentäjäliitto, SLL). The Finnair pilots went on strike at one minute past midnight Monday morning.

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UAE Selects Pilatus PC-21 Training System

Third Country To Contract With Pilatus for Turbine Training

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd announced Monday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force & Air Defense (AF&AD) has entered into a contract in excess of $500 million to procure a fleet of 25 PC-21 turboprop aircraft, together with an integrated ground based training system comprehensive logistics support .

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GOL Joins International Biofuel Development Group

Latin American Low-Cost Carrier Adopts SAFUG Guidelines

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A., a low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, has joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), which unites airlines and technology providers in a joint drive to accelerate the development of new, sustainable aviation fuels for commercial use.

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Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace Branch Announces Contract

20 Air China A330's Powered By Trent 700's

Rolls-Royce has won an order for Trent 700 engines to power 20 Air China Airbus A330 aircraft. The contract, worth $1.5 billion at list prices, includes long-term TotalCare service support.

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Airbus Doubles Manufacturing Investment In Southern California

Latest Manufacturing Contract With McStarlite Company For A350 XWB Components

Airbus announced Tuesday it has awarded the contract for the manufacturing of high tech inlet lipskins for the A350 XWB to the California-based McStarlite Company, a producer of aircraft engine nacelle lipskins. Lipskins, are the engine nacelle leading edges.

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Hawker Beechcraft Services Enhances Hawker 700 Fleet

U.K. Facility Completes Comprehensive Modification To Extend Aircraft Life

Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) says it has begun a project to enhance a fleet of Hawker 700 aircraft that are actively operated by a government agency. The recent completion of the first aircraft marked what HBS says is one of the most comprehensive Hawker 700 modifications in the company's history.   

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Lycoming Authorized Service Centers Exclusively Offer Newest Mooney STC

Mooney Owners Have Growing Network From Which To Choose

Lycoming Engines has named Lycoming Authorized Service Centers the sole installers for its newest Echelon supplemental type certificate (STC), which covers the Mooney M20E, M20F and M20J. The announcement was made Monday.

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Aero-TV: Bombardier Learjet 60 XR – New Interiors for the Business Traveler

Learjet Debuts Two New Interior Designs Featuring Flexibility and Comfort

On October 19th, Bombardier Aerospace announced the debut of two new cabin configurations available on its Learjet 60 XR aircraft.  The interior upgrades, the Signature Series Red and the Signature Series Black, were available for viewing at the Orlando Executive Airport throughout the 2009 NBAA Convention.  In an effort to bring the large cabin concept to a midsize jet, Learjet developed the interiors with increased functionality and flexible design as priority.

Aero-TV: The Aero Associations Speak - Dealing with Congress Communication

AOPA President Asks Industry Leaders about the Challenges on Capital Hill

On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their annual AOPA Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in Tampa, Florida.  Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring the latest in G.A. technology.

Aero-TV: The Aero Associations Speak – Dealing with Congress

AOPA President Asks Industry Leaders About the Challenges on Capital Hill

On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their annual AOPA Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in Tampa, Florida.  Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring the latest in G.A. technology.

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Aero-TV: Bombardier Learjet 60 XR – New Interiors for the Business Traveler

Learjet Debuts Two New Interior Designs Featuring Flexibility and Comfort

On October 19th, Bombardier Aerospace announced the debut of two new cabin configurations available on its Learjet 60 XR aircraft. The interior upgrades, the Signature Series Red and the Signature Series Black, were available for viewing at the Orlando Executive Airport throughout the 2009 NBAA Convention.

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Fred Strader Tapped As President And CEO Of Textron

Frank Tempesta Will Retire After 46 Years

Textron announced Monday that Fred Strader has been named president and CEO of its Textron Systems segment, effective January 1, 2010. He succeeds Frank Tempesta who is retiring after 46 years of outstanding service to Textron.

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New Airborne Wireless Hopes To Improve Airliner Safety

Wi-SKY Says "Black Box" Searches May Become Obsolete

Real-time wireless monitoring of CDR data is available for the first time, according to Wi-SKY Inflight, which introduced the technology Monday. The company says its 100 megabit-per-second wireless data transfer makes early detection and cockpit coaching for aircraft performance problems possible while still in flight.

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NATA's Byer Addresses House Aviation Subcommittee

Focuses On Economic Outlook Of The Aviation Industry

NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation Tuesday to discuss emergency measures that Congress can take to assist the struggling aviation industry.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.18.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.18.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.18.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Adrian Norris, New Kestrel Turboprop - 11.18.09  (ANN Special Report, with Kestrel's Adrian Norris)

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U.S. Black Hawk Fleet Tops 1 Million Flight Hours In Iraq, Afghanistan

350 Black Hawks Operating In The Two Theaters

Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters flown by the U.S. Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war have accumulated more than 1 million fleet flight hours without a single Class A material failure with the aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. reported Tuesday from the Dubai Air Show.

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Third 'Combat Caravan' Delivered To Iraqi Air Force

Imagine Your Caravan With A Hellfire Missile System

Alliant Techsystems has delivered a third AC-208B "Combat Caravan" aircraft to the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission in Kirkuk, Iraq. To date, ATK has delivered 11 modified C-208 aircraft in support of U.S. Government contracts for rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force.

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Horizon Air And AFA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Flight Attendants Covered Through 2011

Horizon Air and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) have reached a tentative agreement on a proposed two-year contract for the airline's 584 flight attendants. The existing contract became amendable on Nov. 21, 2007.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.18.09)

"With record losses and record layoffs in aviation, some in Congress have advocated re-regulation of the industry based on its staggering losses and cuts in essential air service." Source:  Representative John Mica (R-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.09): Abbreviated IFR Flight Plans

Abbreviated IFR Flight Plans An authorization by ATC requiring pilots to submit only that information needed for the purpose of ATC. It includes only a small portion of the usual IFR flight plan information. In certain instances, this may be only aircraft identification, location, and pilot request.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.09)

What Is A Scramjet?

A story today about Scramjet research sent us off researching scramjets. In a Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, oxygen needed by the engine to combust is taken from the atmosphere passing through the vehicle, instead of from a tank onboard.

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