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December 11, 2009

First Flight For Gulfstream G250

Large-Cabin, Mid-Range Business Jet Performs "Flawlessly" During Three-Hour Flight

Gulfstream's news business jet, the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250, has successfully completed its first flight, Gulfstream announced Friday. Gulfstream designed and built the super mid-size business jet in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Airbus Flies A400M In Seville, Spain

First Flight Successfully Completed Early Friday Morning

The long-delayed Airbus Military A400M Airlifter flew for the first time at about 0600 EST in Seville, Spain Friday morning to the applause of Airbus Military employees, as well as political and military officials gathered for the event.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.11.09

The TSA puts a 93-page internal security manual on the internet by mistake.
The FAA proposes a recurring aircraft registration requirement.
And forget free miles...how about a frequen

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.11.09

The TSA puts a 93-page internal security manual on the internet by mistake.
The FAA proposes a recurring aircraft registration requirement.
And forget free miles...how about a frequen

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ANN Special Feature: AOPA Summit Survey Part II - 12.11.09

Attendees at last month's AOPA Summit in Tampa, Florida tell us how the economic recession is impacting them personally, and how it's affecting their flying.

FMI:

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Astronaut Balancing Act: Training To Help Explorers Re-Adapt To Gravity

Walking A Challenge After A Long Space Mission

Astronauts returning from challenging long-duration missions face one more challenge when they get back to Earth -- standing up and walking. Upon returning to normal gravity, astronauts often suffer from balance problems that lead to dizziness and difficulty standing, walking and turning corners.

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Canadian PA46 Accident Traced To Bad Gyro, Lack Of Training

Canadian Transportation Board Says Plane Was Overloaded, Other Factors Involved

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has released its final report in an accident that occurred in March, 2008 that claimed the lives of the pilot and four passengers on the plane.

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A WISE Move. NASA Delays Sky-Mapping Telescope Launch

Earliest Date For Launch Is Saturday, Weather Is A Question

NASA has delayed the launch of its  Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, better known as WISE, due to a steering engine problem discovered Wednesday. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been re-scheduled for Saturday at the earliest, but there is only about a 20 percent chance of favorable weather.

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Hawker 4000 Certified In China

Flagship HBC Bizjet Now Certified In 11 Countries

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) received Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Type Certification for the Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet on Nov. 30, 2009, the company announced Thursday. Deliveries into China are scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2010.

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OriginOil To Collaborate In Algae To Jet Fuel Project

Research Funded By Japan Science & Technology Agency

OriginOil announced Wednesday that the company has agreed to partner with Research Institute of Tsukuba Bio-Tech (RITB), recently approved for funding to develop algae to jet fuel applications by Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST).

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Infusion Of Capital Reported For Remos

LSA Manufacturer Broadens Its Base Of Shareholders

Remos Aircraft has received a significant additional investment, and has broadened its capital base, the German aircraft manufacturer announced Thursday. With this new capital injection, Remos Aircraft says it will enter 2010 in a strong financial position.

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CAE Wins Military Contracts Worth More Than $95 Million

Simulators, Support For Royal Netherlands Air Force, Tech Enhancements For German Army

CAE has won a series of military contracts with the Netherlands, Germany, and other global defence forces, the company announced Thursday. The contracts, valued at more than $95 million, include a major contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to expand CH-47 Chinook helicopter training.

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DARPA, NASA Look At The Problem Of Space Debris

Research Agency Developing A "Catchers Mitt" Solution For Debris Removal

NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) organized the first ever international conference devoted solely to the subject of orbital debris removal. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network maintains a catalog of nearly fifteen thousand objects in orbit.

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AD: Boeing

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AD: Airbus

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MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 Series Airplanes; Model A340-200 and -300 Series Airplanes; and Model A340-500 and -600 Series  

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Aero-TV: The Farnborough Kestrel – All Carbon-Fibre Business Aircraft

Farnborough Director Adrian Norris Updates ANN on the Kestrel Aircraft



Conceived as a new chapter in business aircraft, the Kestrel represents the application of advanced aerodynamics combined with state-of-the-art carbon-fibre composite construction.  Developed by the British company, Farnborough Aircraft, the Kestrel made its first flight in July of 2006.  Finally, at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, the aircraft made its debut for European aviation enthusiasts.  After Farnborough Aircraft came under new ownership at the beginning of 2009, the company has re-dedicated itself to seeking full certification of the Kestrel.

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.11.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.11.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.11.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AOPA Summit Survey Part II - 12.11.09 (ANN Special Report, with a number of the flyers that gathered in Tampa, FL, last month)

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Aero-TV: The Farnborough Kestrel – All Carbon-Fibre Business Aircraft

Farnborough Director Adrian Norris Updates ANN on the Kestrel Aircraft

Conceived as a new chapter in business aircraft, the Kestrel represents the application of advanced aerodynamics combined with state-of-the-art carbon-fibre composite construction. Developed by the British company, Farnborough Aircraft, the Kestrel made its first flight in July of 2006. 

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Klyde Morris (12.11.09)

Klyde And the Case Of The Public TSA Manual

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Kick The Tires And Light The Fires -- Boeing Runs 747-8 Freighter Engines

Engines Performed Well At Numerous Power Settings

Boeing successfully completed the first engine runs for the 747-8 Freighter on Tuesday. The milestone marks another step in the 747 program's steady progress in preparing for flight test.

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NASA System For Spacecraft Protection Adaptable To Terrestrial Aircraft

Airbag-Like-System Protects Helicopter In Drop Test

A system designed by NASA to cushion spacecraft during hard landings was recently tested on a helicopter airframe to see if it would protect the occupants in the event of a crash. For the test, a "deployable energy absorber", a honeycomb cushion made of kevlar, was attached to an MD-500 fuselage.

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FAA Website Gives Quick Access To Airport Status Information

Delays, Other Airport Information Searchable By Airport, Region

As part of the Obama administration’s new Open Government initiative, the FAA is expanding public access to its frequently-updated information on airport delays through an Airport Status and Delays Web service registered on Data.gov.

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Hudson Mid-Air Lawsuit Names Helicopter Company And Piper Pilot's Estate

Attorneys Say "Many Parties" Are Responsible

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the families of the five Italian tourists killed in a mid-air collision over the Hudson River in August. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Newark.

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Cessna Closes Three More Plants

Some Jobs Heading From Georgia to Mexico

Over 300 jobs will be cut when Cessna closes shop in Columbus, GA, sometime in the next six to twenty four months. The closure was announced to the local workers on Tuesday.

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Captain Sully Auctions Hat For Charity

Proceeds to Benefit Two California Schools

Although it wasn't atop his head during the dramatic ditching in the Hudson, Captain Sullenberger's cap may still draw top dollar. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.11.09)

"I want to emphasize as we consider options on fatigue, reporting to work fit for duty is far more complex than drawing a circle around a hub and stating that the pilot must live within that area." Source: FAA Adminsitrator Randy Babbitt

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.09): Obstruction Light

Obstruction Light A light or one of a group of lights, usually red or white, frequently mounted on a surface structure or natural terrain to warn pilots of the presence of an obstruction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.09)

 

FAA Flight Delay Information

This FAA service is an interactive map that allows pilots and others to check on flight delays all across the country. The map is clickable, or there are pull down menus that allow users to search the database for specific airport information.

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