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July 22, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.23.09

Just in time for Oshkosh - a Presidential TFR.
Meet Lancair's new CFO.
And proponents of the F-22 lose another round.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.23.09

Just in time for Oshkosh - a Presidential TFR.
Meet Lancair's new CFO.
And proponents of the F-22 lose another round.


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ANN Special Feature: Bud Granley, Airshows Past & Future - 07.23.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with veteran airshow performer Bud Granley about how airshows have changed since he started performing in 1960, and what the future holds.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.22.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.22.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.22.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Larry Wood, Inside the Spruce Goose - 07.22.09 (ANN Special Report, with Evergreen's Larry Wood)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.22.09

Mark Rosenker makes it official.
Bird strikes are still high on the NTSB's agenda.
And the Washington State Patrol has its flying hours cut.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.22.09

Mark Rosenker makes it official.
Bird strikes are still high on the NTSB's agenda.
And the Washington State Patrol has its flying hours cut.


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ANN Special Feature: Larry Wood, Inside the Spruce Goose - 07.22.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Larry Wood, Director of Education for the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, about the history of the Hughes H-4, better known as the Spruce Goose.

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FAA Issues TFR For Presidential Visit To Chicago

Pilots Traveling To Oshkosh Thursday And Friday Could Be Effected

A TFR has been issued for Thursday and Friday around the greater Chicago area corresponding with a visit by President Obama to the region, and pilots wishing to transit the area on their way to Oshkosh will need to plan accordingly.

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AirVenture Has Aero-News All A Twitter

Remember These URLs -- www.twitter.com/aeronews, www.twitter.com/oshcast

Want to know what's going on at AirVenture at all times? Stay connected with Aero-News on Twitter! Some of you may already be familiar with our @AeroNews Twitter account and have been following our newsfeeds from it.

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Ranger Aerospace Buys CAV International

Former ASIG Owner Re-Enters Airfield Services Arena

Ranger Aerospace, a private equity consolidator that specializes in the aviation industry, has re-entered the airfield services industry with the majority buyout of CAV International, Inc. CAV is a government outsourcing contractor specialized in airfield services and logistics.

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EADS North America Delivers UH-72A Lakotas To Puerto Rico

First Of Type To Be Based Outside of Continental United States

The first two EADS North America-built UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters to be based outside of the continental United States have been delivered to the U.S. Army for operations in Puerto Rico. The UH-72A is a derivative of Eurocopter's proven EC145 multi-role helicopter...

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Stratos Aircraft Announces Assurance Deposit Program For 714 VLPJ

Fully-Refundable Deposits Held in Escrow

Is this a ground-floor opportunity, or a reach for the clouds ... or maybe both? Stratos Aircraft is now accepting deposits for the Stratos 714 Very Light Personal Jet. In conjunction with the announcement, Stratos is also launching the Assurance Deposit Program as an incentive to attract early buyers who want to reserve their purchase position.

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Air Transport Association Reports Sharpest Decline In A Decade

Passenger Demand, Cargo Traffic Show Steep Drops From June 2008

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, reports that passenger revenue fell 26 percent in June 2009 versus the same month in 2008 - the eighth consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.

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Bombardier Learjet 85 Aircraft Program Marks Major Developments

Company Looks To Start Deliveries In 2013

Despite the sluggishness of both the economy and business jet sales, Bombardier Aerospace is continuing to move forward with its Learjet 85 program. To date over 30 major suppliers have been engaged and are active in the joint definition phase.

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First A330-200F Freighter Moves Through Assembly Process

First Flight Expected In November

Final assembly of Airbus' first A330-200F is well underway as the new-generation cargo jetliner is readied for its maiden flight in November. This aircraft began an on-time build-up in June, which has included the mating of its fuselage sections, wing and horizontal/vertical tail, as well as installation of the main and nose landing gear.

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Challenger Center For Space Science Education Mourns Cronkite

Former News Anchor Was A Friend To The School

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a non-profit organization founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost in the Challenger 51-L mission, released the following statement after learning of the death of veteran journalist Walter Cronkite.

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Pel-Air Chosen As Preferred Contractor By Ambulance Victoria

Ten-Year Contract Begins In 2011

Regional Express (Rex) says that its subsidiary Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd (Pel-Air) has been selected as conditional preferred provider of Fixed Wing Patient Transport Services by the Victorian State Government.

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AD: Airbus

SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-12  SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.  This new AD reduces the intervals for accomplishing repetitive inspections in a certain area.

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SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-15-07 SUMMARY: In 2005 a lateral runway excursion occurred on an A320 aircraft. Such excursions are classified as hazardous, with a large reduction in safety margins. Investigation has shown that the aircraft landed with the nose wheels rotated nearly 20 degrees from center.

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MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A330-301, -321, -322, -341, and -342 Series Airplanes, and Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 Series Airplanes SUMMARY: During accomplishment of A330-300 Airworthiness Limitation Item (ALI) task 57.11.04-01-02 of a fastener hole between stringer 38 and 39 at FR40 rear fitting web, a crack was found on an adjacent hole at vertical post Y1959 lower attachment on both sides.

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TCM Demo's FADEC Fuel Economy

FADEC Proves Itself In Flight Tests

TCM is spilling the beans on some intriguing test flights that they've undertaken in recent days. Over the course of these tests, TCM achieved a peak fuel economy of 30.7 miles per gallon in a Full Authority Digital Electronic Controlled (FADEC) piston engine aircraft.

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Revisiting Oshkosh '08 With Aero-TV: Day Four -- Avidyne, Garmin, 30K Homebuilts

Let's Look Back At Our Fourth Aero-TV 'Daily' From Oshkosh 2008

Oshkosh 2008 is nearly a year behind us and the 2009 iteration is LESS than a week away... So, while the images are still pretty fresh in our minds (and on our video servers), we're going to take a quick look over the daily episodes we produced at Oshkosh 2008 for the rest of this week...

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New Management Announced For Lancair

New Chief Operating Officer Announced at Lancair International 

Lancair International, Inc is pleased to announce that Thomas A. Bowen has joined their Management team as Chief Operating Officer. Effective July 20, Tom will be reporting to Joseph Bartels, President and CEO of Lancair.

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Senate Blocks Additional F-22's

President Obama Had Said He'd Veto The Defense Appropriations Bill

The full Senate has voted 58-40 to strip $1.75 billion from the Defense Department appropriations bill earmarked for an additional seven F-22 Raptors. The plane had been the subject of a threatened Presidential veto.

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NORAD Flight Exercise Planned For Washington, D.C.

Residents May See Low-Flying Aircraft

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, will conduct a training flight exercise on July 22 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C. 

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Legislators May Split Tanker Contract

Boeing, Airbus May Each Get Some Of The $100 Billion Pie

With the prize possibly the most lucrative Pentagon contract in history, Boeing and a consortium of Northrop and EADS, which manufactures the Airbus, have been battling over which company will replace the aging fleet of KC-135 tankers for the Air Force.

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Aurora Flies Excalibur VTOL UAS

Top Speed Up To 400 Knots

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) says it has successfully completed the first flight of the Excalibur Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The VTOL turbine hybrid electric unmanned air vehicle is the first of a new class of tactical unmanned combat air vehicles.

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New MAF KODIAK Aircraft On Display at Oshkosh AirVenture

Global Organization Helps Highlight Latest Innovations In Missionary Aviation

This year's AirVenture will spotlight the new MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) KODIAK aircraft, a nine-seat, turbine aircraft taking the world of aviation by storm. The airplane went into service earlier this year for the respected international mission agency, which will display it July 27-Aug. 2 on AeroShell Square, the focal point of the air show. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.22.09)

"I'd be surprised if they'd do it (split the contract), but politics has won over economics many times before." Source: Paul Nisbet, aerospace analyst with JSA Research, on the possibility Congress will direct the Air Force to buy some new tankers from Boeing, some from Airbus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.22.09): Terminal Radar Control Facility (TRACON)

A terminal ATC facility that uses radar and nonradar capabilities to provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting airspace controlled by the facility. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.22.09)

Aero-Linx: Forest Service Aviation The story we did a couple of days ago about back county airstrips got us thinking about the role aviation plays in many areas that we might not consider. Take, for instance, the U.S. Forest Service...

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