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November 24, 2009

DOT Issues Fines For Rochester, MN Tarmac Delay

Precedent-Setting Move Against Continental Airlines And ExpressJet   

The U.S. DOT levied a total civil penalty of $100,000 against Continental Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines Tuesday for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight 2816 to remain on the aircraft at Rochester International Airport for an unreasonable period of time on Aug. 8, 2009.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.09

Modeling and simulator enthusiasts prepare to descend on Orlando.
CAE is building two more sims for Shanghai Aircraft.
And Redbird Flight Simulations is expanding despite the recessio

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.24.09

Modeling and simulator enthusiasts prepare to descend on Orlando.
CAE is building two more sims for Shanghai Aircraft.
And Redbird Flight Simulations is expanding despite the recessio

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ANN Special Feature: AMA's Tony Stillman - 11.24.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Tony Stillman, a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics Hall of Fame, about why AOPA thought it was important to have radio controlled models flying at the Summit in

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Navy Flies QinetiQ's Zephyr Solar-Powered UAS

Testing Being Done By US Naval Air Warfare Center Personnel

QinetiQ's Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) program recently resumed flight testing and payload evaluations in Yuma, Arizona, when a joint US/UK Zephyr team undertook the first operation of the system with a US flight crew.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.24.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.24.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AMA's Tony Stillman - 11.24.09 (ANN Special Report, with Tony Stillman of the AMA)

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U.S. Bureau Of Land Management Gets Its First PC-12

Airplane Will Become BLM Multi-Role Utility Aircraft

Pilatus announced Monday that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has taken delivery of its first Pilatus PC-12. The aircraft will be put to multirole use performing cargo, passenger, smokejumper, air tactical, aerial supervision and lead plane fire-fighting missions

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FAA Sued Over Gainesville, Florida Accident

Crash Victim's Kids Claim Controller Did Not Give Adequate Weather Information

The children of a couple who were killed when the Partenavia P68 in which they were passengers went down short of the Gainesville, Florida airport are suing the FAA for damages "in excess" of $75,000. The NTSB reported that the aircraft approached the airport too low, impacted trees, and went down.

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Passenger Demand, Cargo Traffic Continue Downward Trend

Even After 11 Months Of Ticked Price Drops, Decline in Travelers Continues

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, reports that passenger revenue, based on a sample group of carriers, fell 15 percent in October 2009 versus the same month in 2008.

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Nevada Airport Waiting To Re-Open

FAA Survey Is The Last Hurdle

 Carson City, Nevada is ready to open its newly-constructed eastern runway, and is only waiting for the completion of an FAA survey before putting the airport back in use. The airport closed November 9th for the runway construction, which Carson City officials said was the city's biggest stimulus project at $9.6 million.

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GA Media Bashing Continues

Shades of USA Today?

 A Cincinatti TV news reporter is apparently just getting around to reading his November 3rd edition of USA Today. Brendan Keefe of WCPO, Channel 9, followed the GA Bashing parade Friday for reporting what in reality is a repeat attack on general aviation, using many of the same misleading, airline-industry talking points featured in the notorious USA Today article.

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Wrongly-Jailed Pilot To Sue Australian Government

Spent Nearly 1000 Days In Prison For A Crime He Did Not Commit

60-year-old Frederick Martens was tried and convicted by an Australian court for the 2001 sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl in Papua New Guinea. Last week, a court of appeals in Queensland, Australia set aside that conviction, finding there was insufficient evidence to support the charges of child sex tourism.

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How Do You 'See-And-Avoid' When You're A UAV?

New Concepts Demand New Solutions

While the FAA and its advisory organizations struggle to find cost-effective ways to integrate unmanned aircraft into the see-and-avoid paradigm of the National Airspace System, a parallel effort may be going on in a venue where cost-effectiveness is a much lower priority - the US military.

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Aero-TV: HondaJet Update – Progress Continues with G3000 Selection

ANN Speaks with Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujina about Jet’s Progress

During the 2009 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, Honda Aircraft announced a number of significant achievements in their advanced light jet program.  Providing a first-hand glance of the highly anticipated HondaJet, the company displayed its proof-of-concept aircraft for convention attendees.

Aero-TV: WSI’s Pilotbrief – Staying Ahead of the Weather

WSI Illustrates One Of The Ultimate Services for Enhanced Weather Data

 

WSI Pilotbrief Online takes the award-winning WSI Pilotbrief weather service suite and provides pilots immediate access to up-to-date enhanced weather updates anywhere, anytime from any Internet-enabled web browser.  One of the few online weather services with FAA Qualified Internet Communications Provider (QICP) certification, Pilotbrief Online allows clients to file flight plans directly to the FAA, as well as view their preferred routes and briefing preferences at any of the numerous WSI Pilotbrief kiosks located in FBO’s throughout the country.

Aero-TV: WSI’s Pilotbrief – Staying Ahead of the Weather

WSI Illustrates One Of The Ultimate Services for Enhanced Weather Data

WSI Pilotbrief Online takes the award-winning WSI Pilotbrief weather service suite and provides pilots immediate access to up-to-date enhanced weather updates anywhere, anytime from any Internet-enabled web browser. 

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Aero-TV: HondaJet Update – Progress Continues with G3000 Selection

ANN Speaks with Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujina about Jet’s Progress

During the 2009 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, Honda Aircraft announced a number of significant achievements in their advanced light jet program.  Providing a first-hand glance of the highly anticipated HondaJet, the company displayed its proof-of-concept aircraft for convention attendees.

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FAA Makes New Ice Protection Proposal

Agency Would Require Ice Detection Gear On Airliners

The FAA is proposing a rule requiring scheduled airlines to either retrofit their existing fleet with ice-detection equipment or make sure the ice protection system activates at the proper time. For aircraft with an ice-detection system, the FAA proposes that the system alert the crew each time it should be activated.

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KLM And Honeywell Subsidiary UOP Make Biofuel Demonstration Flight

B747 Powered By Second Generation Renewable Feendstock

Des Plaines-based UOP LLC announced Monday that its renewable jet fuel process technology was used to convert second-generation, renewable feedstocks to green jet fuel for a biofuel demonstration flight by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. UOP's process technology was used to convert oil from camelina, an inedible plant.

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AIA Calls For Stable, Robust Space Funding

House Space Subcommittee Heard Testimony Last Week

Our nation's space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership, Aerospace Industries Association's Vice President of Space Systems J.P. Stevens said in testimony before the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Thursday.

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Sikorsky S-92A Failed First Rotor Gearbox Test During Certification

Fell 20 Minutes Short Of Gearbox Failure Requirement

During the certification process for the Sikorsky S-92A, documents show that the aircraft failed a crucial test in which all the oil is drained from the main gearbox to simulate a loss of oil during flight. The test aircraft gearbox failed after about 10 minutes, which is 20 minutes short of the FAA standard.

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DSCA Proposes Aircraft Sales To Italy, Iraq To Congress

Italians Hope To Acquire UAV's, Iraqis Want Helicopters

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress November 18 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Italy of two unarmed MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), one Mobile Ground Control Station and associated parts, equipment and logistical support worth approximately $63 million.

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Lancair Down In Watsonville, CA

58-Year-Old Pilot Killed When Engine Reportedly Siezed

A 58-year-old attorney from Atherton, California, was killed when the Lancair Legacy he was flying apparently suffered an engine failure and went down Saturday afternoon near Watsonville. The pilot, Gary Lampert, was the only person on board.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.24.09)

"To return to the moon or explore asteroids will take several administrations. We can't keep changing course mid-stream every four or eight years." Source: AIA President J.P. Stevens.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.09): Fuel Remaining

A phrase used by either pilots or controllers when relating to the fuel remaining on board until actual fuel exhaustion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.09)

Naval Education and Training Command

A group of astronauts has just completed survival training provided by the Naval Education and Training Command, or NETC. The command's mission is to educate and train those who serve in the U.S. Navy.

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