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November 29, 2009

NTSB Assists China In Aviation Accident Investigation

 The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a team of investigators to assist the government of China in its investigation of Saturday's crash of a Boeing/McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, operated by Avient Air (registration Z-BAV).

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ALPA Welcomes House Committee Call to Regulate Lithium Battery Shipments

ALPA Takes Stand on Battery Dangers

ALPA ended this week with applause for the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee resistance of pressure from airlines and battery interests and for their issuing a strong mandate to fully regulate the shipment of lithium batteries on airliners in its recently passed version of the Hazardous Material Transportation Safety Act of 2009 (H.R.4016).

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Spaceports Council Created By Commercial Spaceflight Federation

10 Potential Spaceports Included In Initial Membership Announcement

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation announced the creation and initial membership of the Spaceports Council Monday. The council is made up of spaceports worldwide who seek to cooperate on issues of common interest.

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F-35 JSF - Australia's Next Generation Air Power

Aussie Government Approves Acquisition Of First 14 CTOL Aircraft

Australia's Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, announced Wednesday that the Australian Government had approved acquisition of the first batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft as was hinted at in the 2009 Defence White Paper.

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NGC's Global Hawk Earns Additional Military Certification

Necessary Step For Flight Within The U.S.

Northrop Grumman Corporation says the U.S. Air Force has granted the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) a military Airworthiness Certification (AWC), a significant milestone in the life of the aircraft system.

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Austria's Niki Picks Up Options On Two E-Jets

Low-Cost Airline Bumps Up Its Firm Orders For The Embraer 190

Embraer and Austria’s second largest airline Niki Luftfahrt GmbH signed a contract for another two Embraer 190 jets, confirming the purchase rights in the original contract which was announced in July 2008. The initial deliveries of this new order should take place during the first half of 2011.

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First AS350B3 Helicopter Delivered To Paradigm Helicopters

Multi-Mission Helo Came With Floats, Fire Fighting Gear, NVG Cockpit

American Eurocopter announced today that Paradigm Helicopters has taken delivery of its first AS350B3 helicopter. Paradigm Helicopters is a commercial helicopter company located in Houston, TX, that provides a variety of services.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.29.09)

“It’s gratifying that Congress has seized this opportunity to better protect airline passengers, crews, and cargo by calling for fully regulating lithium battery shipments on airliners. We commend Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello for their outstanding leadership.” Source:  ALPA’s president Capt. John Prater...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.29.09): TCAS

TCAS Traffic Collison Avoidance System. TCAS-I provides warnings (TAs) of other nearby aircraft; TCAS II provides warnings and resolutions advisories (RAs), and coordinates RAs with other TCAS II equipped aircraft via Mode S transponder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.29.09)

Aero-Linx: Military Helicopter Gunships This site loves helicopter gunships - everything from Apache Longbows to Mil-24 Hinds. What is a helicopter gunship? The site reports that, "As far as we're concerned any chopper with a weapon stuck on it qualifies and will be featured here. New armed helicopters and related photos and videos will be added frequently so please check back often."

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