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November 05, 2009

Panel Of Industry Leaders Opens AOPA Aviation Summit

Message To Washington: "General Aviation Is About Jobs"

The top executives of many of the industries leading trade and advocacy organizations gathered to open the AOPA Aviation Summit Thursday morning, with a message of brining the industries issues to Washington and the general public with one voice.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.05.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.05.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.05.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Max Trescott - VLJ Training - 11.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Max Trescott)

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Third Quarter Airplane Shipments Down Nearly 47 Percent

GAMA Reports Total Industry Billing Down Almost $14 Billion

GAMA released the industry's third quarter shipment and billings figures today. In the first three quarters of 2009, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 46.8 percent, from 2,982 units in 2008 to 1,587 units so far this year. Total industry billings are down 23.5 percent, to $13.8 billion.

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Garmin Offers Year-End Savings

Panel Mounts, Portables Eligible For Rebate Programs

Garmin announced a dramatic savings program, "Soar into Savings," Thursday, where customers can earn up to $7,000 in rebates on a variety of panel mount avionics. Customers selecting any combination of the G600 retrofit flight display  will be able to take advantage of these rebates.

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Garmin Expands eLearning Program For Aviation Products

Interactive, Computer-Based Programs With Multi-Media Content

Garmin announced Thursday that it has expanded its eLearning computer based training program content and will also soon offer training through an online portal. This is the first time Garmin has offered online training.

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Machinists Withdraw Delta Fleet Service Single Carrier Application

IAM Claims Delta And Northwest Are Not Yet A Single Carrier

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on Friday withdrew the single carrier application it filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) on behalf of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines' fleet service employees on August 13, 2009.

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NBAA Welcomes FAA Ruling Against Burbank Airport Curfew

Agency's Decision Cites Points Raised By NBAA, Preserves Access At Airport

The NBAA Wednesday welcomed a recent decision from the FAA denying a proposed ban on nighttime operations at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen applauded the decision from the FAA.

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Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association Ratifies Tentative Agreement

Contract Effective Through 2011

Southwest Airlines says that its pilots, represented by the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), voted to ratify the tentative, five-year contract both parties reached last month. The new contract is active through Aug. 31, 2011.

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Wake Turbulence Blamed In 2008 Mexican Crash

Mexican Interior Secretary, 15 Others Killed

Mexican authorities have determined that wake turbulence caused the crash of a Learjet 45 that went down in a wealthy neighborhood in November 2008, killing Juan camilo, the country's Secretary of the Interior, and 15 other people.

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Fear Of Flying? There's An App For That

Virgin Atlantic Releases Its Anti-Anxiety Course For iPhone

Virgin Atlantic announced Monday that its "Flying Without Fear" course -- with claims a success rate of over 98% -- is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Whether it is the unfamiliar aircraft, the strange noises a plane makes, or the fear of losing control, Virgin Atlantic says this app is designed to help.

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Canadian Student Pilot Sentenced For Stealing Airplane

Will Serve A Two-Year Prison Sentence

The Canadian student pilot who stole an airplane in Canada and flew it into the U.S. will spend two years in prison for his exploit, a judge said Tuesday. 31-Year-Old Adam Dylan Leon stole a Cessna 172 from an Ontario flight school April 6th and flew it across the U.S.-Canada border.

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Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers New VIP S-76C++ To U.K. Royal Household

Sikorsky Has Provided Helos For The Royal Family Since The 1950's

Sikorsky has delivered a new VIP S-76C++ helicopter to the Royal Travel Office for use by the Royal Household of the United Kingdom. The new S76C++ helicopter entered service in September.

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Aero-TV: SolidFX Paperless Solution -- The FX10, Charts For Tomorrow

An Elegant Entry Into The Electronic Charting Market

Paper is dead... paper is passe... paper is so yesterday. So say those working on a number of intriguing but not always proven electronic charting solutions. Its a tough process -- combining the needs of pilots who have to work in some tough visual environments that are not always as friendly to such electronic solutions as one might think. While a number of interesting products have come to the market in recent months, one struck us as being the best we've seen so far... though with the price tag to prove it.

Aero-TV: Hawker Beechcraft At NBAA2009 -- Battling For Business

To the Victor Goes The Spoils... and The Airplane Orders

NBAA 2009 was an interesting study in assessing the attitudes and efforts of an industry under siege... bad economics, bad politics and bad press had robbed this industry of much of the glory it had been enjoying and put it in truly defensive posture.

Aero-TV: SolidFX Paperless Solution -- The FX10, Charts For Tomorrow

An Elegant Entry In The Electronic Charting Market

Paper is dead... paper is passe... paper is so yesterday. So say those working on a number of intriguing but not always proven electronic charting solutions. Its a tough process -- combining the needs of pilots who have to work in some tough visual environments that are not always as friendly to such electronic solutions as one might think.

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Aero-TV: Hawker Beechcraft At NBAA2009 -- Battling For Business

To the Victor Goes The Spoils... and The Airplane Orders

NBAA 2009 was an interesting study in assessing the attitudes and efforts of an industry under siege... bad economics, bad politics and bad press had robbed this industry of much of the glory it had been enjoying and put it in truly defensive posture.

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Avidyne Announces A New Multi-Function Display: The EX600

Many Popular Features With A Pilot-Friendly Interface

Avidyne Corporation announced their new EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) Wednesday, continuing their leadership in the radar-replacement MFD market for general aviation airplanes and helicopters.The EX600 adds an all-new 5.8-inch diagonal, 640x480 pixel (VGA) display and an innovative new Map Panning feature.

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Avidyne Names National Flight Instructor Standards Team

R9 Sales Director Trip Taylor Will Lead "League Of Extraordinary Pilots"

Avidyne announced Wednesday that Trip Taylor will be its Director of Integrated Flight Deck Sales, who's primary responsibility will be managing Avidyne's Release 9 Flight Deck business unit. But Taylor will also oversee Avidyne's newly formed National Flight Instructor Standards Team ... a.k.a. The League of Extraordinary Pilots.

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Forward Vision EVS Certified On Robinson R44 Helicopter

EVS Now Certified For More Than 160 Aircraft

Forward Vision Systems and One Sky Aviation announced the completion and award of an STC for installation of the company's "Enhanced Vision System" EVS 100/600 on the R44 Model Robinson Helicopter.

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GE, Rolls-Royce Will Redesign A 'Small Part' Of F-35 Alternate Engine

Hope To Have F136 Engine 'Up And Running' By Year's End

 The companies designing the F136 alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter say they will redesign a "small part" of that engine after a nut came lose during a static test and damaged a test engine. GE said the redesign involves a diffuser which directs air into the combustion chamber of the engine.

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Diamond Dealer Announces The DA40 XLS Premier Edition

Custom Systems, Performance, Comfort And Aesthetic Refinements

Premier Aircraft Sales announced the launch of the DA40 XLS Premier Edition. Premier is introducing the Premier Edition at Diamond Aircraft's static display Thursday during AOPA Summit's AirportFest at Peter O. Knight Airport.

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Hawker Beechcraft Showing Off Beechcraft Products At AOPA Aviation Summit

King Air, Baron, Bonanza All On Display At Peter O. Knight Airport

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) said Wednesday it plans to showcase its popular GA aircraft at this year's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit Tampa, Florida, as well as the Premier IA light jet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.05.09)

"Access to our national network of community airports is at the cornerstone of the mobility and efficiency that are at the heart of business aviation.  Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.05.09): Fly-By Waypoint

A fly-by waypoint requires the use of turn anticipation to avoid overshoot of the next flight segment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.05.09)

Digital Autopilots

With the announcement of a new digital autopilot from Avidyne at the  AOPA Aviation Summit, we thought we'd offer you a quick primer on how they work, compared to analog autopilots. Today's Aero-Linx is a back-to-basics explaination of how the two systems compare.

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