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December 03, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.09

Northrup Grumman tells DoD "phooey!" on the KC-X.
Another EAA director resigns from the board.
And Soyuz ride-alongs for wealthy space tourists are over.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.03.09

Northrup Grumman tells DoD "phooey!" on the KC-X.
Another EAA director resigns from the board.
And Soyuz ride-alongs for wealthy space tourists are over.


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ANN Special Feature: Brian Foley: Branding Charters - 12.03.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates about his recent analysis piece which suggests the charter jet industry is being held back by the failure of a national brand to em

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.03.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.03.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Brian Foley: Branding Charters - 12.03.09 (ANN Special Report, with Brian Foley)

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Grob Aircraft/ BRS Aerospace Announce Strategic Partnership

BRS Parachutes To Be Installed On Grob Aircraft

Grob Aircraft, headquartered in Mattsies, Germany, and BRS Aerospace of South St. Paul, Minnesota, said Tuesday they have agreed to form a strategic partnership for the design and utilization of BRS’ ballistic parachute aircraft recovery systems for the Grob line of screening, elementary, and basic training aircraft.

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F-35 Gets First Production EOTS

Lockheed Martin Delivers Electro-Optical Targeting System

Lockheed Martin has marked successful entry into low rate initial production on the F-35 Lightning II Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). The first production units have been delivered to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, for integration onto the aircraft.

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All-Female Medevac Crew Makes History

Chance Crew Rotation Brought Them Together

Four National Guard soldiers serving at Contingency Operating Base Adder in Iraq earned a special distinction last week when they became their company's first all-female medical evacuation crew.

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Penner Wins Canadian Flight Instruction Award

Steinbach Flight School Owner Takes Canada's Only Award For Instructors

Harv Penner, the owner of Harv's Air in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, has won that country's David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award.  The honor was bestowed at the Air Transportation Association of Canada's annual convention in Quebec City last week.

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Bizjet Charter Services Seek Their Identity

National Branding May Be Next Evolutionary Step, One Analyst Says

While the chartering of business jets has been around since the 1960's, it took a quarter-century for it to reach its first important evolutionary step through things like fractional ownership and jet cards. Analyst Brian Foley says it's as if the industry had been stumbling  toward its next big idea -- the emergence of branded services.

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Cessna Delivers 300th Citation X

Milestone Airplane Will See Duty In Austria

Cessna has delivered the 300th Citation X to its authorized sales representative, Jetalliance, based in Vienna, Austria. The Citation X will be operated from Vienna by an unnamed retail customer. Jetalliance is Cessna's authorized sales representative for Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Forest Service Considers Night Aerial Firefighting ... Again

West Coast Fires Are The Impetus For Policy Review

The U.S. Forest Service says it is reviewing its policy on night firefighting following this summer's active fire season out west. If approved, the change would allow firefighting helicopters to fly at night. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been pushing for nighttime operations in the wake of those fires.

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'Butterflynauts' Now Resident On ISS

Student Insect Experiment Arrived On Atlantis

As of Monday, four painted lady butterflies are living aboard the International Space Station. These "butterflynauts" are part of an educational experiment that was launched November 16 on space shuttle Atlantis and transferred to the Space Station.

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Aero-TV: Matt Younkin - Upholding the Twin Beech Legacy (Part 1)

Matt Younkin Continues to Share the ‘Impossible’ with Air Show Crowds

Next week, nearly 1,600 air show professionals will gather at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  To celebrate the 2009 ICAS Convention, Aero-TV is profiling some of the most extraordinary air show performers we’ve had the honor to meet over the last year.

Aero-TV: Matt Younkin – Upholding the Twin Beech Legacy (Part 1)

Matt Younkin Continues to Share the ‘Impossible’ with Air Show Crowds

Next week, nearly 1,600 air show professionals will gather at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. To celebrate the 2009 ICAS Convention, Aero-TV is profiling some of the most extraordinary air show performers we’ve had the honor to meet over the last year.

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FAA's Gilligan Testifies On Pilot Fatigue Before Senate Subcommittee

Says New NPRM On Pilot Fatigue Is Being Developed "As Quickly As Possible"

FAA Associate Administrator Peggy Gilligan testified Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, addressing the issue of pilot fatigue.

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Hersman Chides FAA On Runway Safety

Says FAA Is Taking Too Long To Implement Basic Safety Rules

NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman opened the FAA International Runway Summit Tuesday by chiding the agency for leaving six runway safety recommendations open since 2000, the year they were presented by the NTSB.

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Court Denies Injunction Against NAFI Sought By Sandy And Joann Hill

Court Said It Would Have "Changed The Status Quo" Prior To Trial

On November 23, 2009, a Motion for Preliminary Injunction (PI) filed against the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) by the Hills and Rich Stowell was heard in Los Angeles.  The injunction was not granted.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #4: Escape Methods

A Cool Subject... NO?

For those of us who have "hit the boots" (or the equivalent system on your favorite bird) a few times in the last few days due to the ever-present seasonal 'charms' of in-flight icing, we thought a series of short tips from Cirrus Design's Scott Winter (yes, that IS his real name) might help us all to consider some of the realities of this time of year. So... here is the fourth of seven tips for dealing with icing. Y'all be careful out there!

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West Virginia CAP Aircrew Locates Wreckage Of Missing Plane

Find Culminates A Two-Day Search

An aircrew from the Clarksburg Composite Squadron located the wreckage of a twin-engine Piper PA-30 Monday that had been reported missing after it left a Texas airport November 23 for Virginia. The aircrew spotted the Piper about 0940 five miles north of the Rainelle VOR ground station.

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Global Strike Command Assumes Ballistic Missile Mission

Phased Transfer Began In August

Air Force Global Strike Command assumes the U.S. Air Force's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission Tuesday. The transfer of the mission is part of a phased approach which began in August  to unify all Air Force nuclear-capable assets under one command, officials said.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.03.09)

"I must regrettably inform you that, absent a responsive set of changes in the final RFP, Northrop Grumman has determined it cannot submit a bid to the Department for the KC-X program." Source: Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.03.09): Occluded Front

Also known as an occlusion, it is a complex front formed when a cold front overtakes a warm front. It develops when three thermally different air masses conflict. The type of frontal boundary they create depends on the manner in which they meet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.09)

Senate Aviation Subcommittee Testimony

Looking for a little light reading? You won't find it here, but it is often challenging to sum up the gist of a hearing on an issue as important as Pilot Fatigue, so we thought you might find it interesting to read all the prepared testimony from the various witnesses at Tuesday's hearing.

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