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June 22, 2010

Progress! GAMA Gives Thumbs-Up To Senate's Bonus Depreciation Bill

Every Little Bit Helps... and GA Needs All The Help It Can Get

GAMA tells ANN that it is 'very pleased' by the bill introduced Monday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that would extend bonus depreciation for businesses that purchase general aviation (GA) aircraft in 2010.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.22.10

The FCC wants to ban the use of 121.5 MHz ELTs.
Seattle's Museum of Flight gets serious about getting a shuttle.
And a mining company's entire board of directors is missing along with

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.22.10

The FCC wants to ban the use of 121.5 MHz ELTs.
Seattle's Museum of Flight gets serious about getting a shuttle.
And a mining company's entire board of directors is missing along with

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ANN Special Feature: Erik Lindbergh and the X-Prize - 06.22.10

Erik Lindbergh explains the history and inspiration for the X-Prize, and its significance in his own life.

FMI: www.eriklindbergh.com ;

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'Greatest Dad' Winner Flies In The Storch

Lee Bakst Drew The Father's Day Honors At Fantasy Of Flight

Lee Bakst and his family traveled from their home in Tampa on Sunday so that Lee could claim his Father's Day gift ... a thirty-minute flight in a WWII Fieseler Fi-156 Storch.

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Congress Chides DoD For Mi-17 Purchase

Helicopters Intended For Use In Afghanistan

Two Congressmen have taken the Department of Defense to task for its decision to purchase 10 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters next year as it helps to create an Afghanistani Air Force. The Pentagon has reportedly already paid $648 million to buy or refurbish 31 of the aircraft.

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Alenia Aeronautica Starts The Sky-Y UAS

Aircraft's First Flight With New Flight Control System

The Sky-Y, Alenia Aeronautica's UAS technological demonstrator, has successfully accomplished its first flight with a Flight Control System wholly developed by Alenia Aeronautica in collaboration with Alenia SIA (Alenia Aeronautica's owned company).

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Scott AFB Agencies Join To Test New Airframe

C-27J Super Spartan Shifted From Army To Air Force

More than 20 Airmen from Scott Air Force Base continued production qualification testing on the C-27J Spartan at Scott AFB in Illinois June 8 and 9. The C-27J was originally an Army development program until April 2009 when Defense Secretary Robert Gates shifted the program to the Air Force.

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Readiness And Sustainment Agreement For Signed Australian F-35

BAE Systems Australia Will Support JSF Down Under

Lockheed Martin has selected BAE Systems Australia as its Australian partner for readiness and sustainment support for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter combat aircraft.

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Aviation Excellence: USPA Awards Highest Honor To Chris Needels

Lifetime Achievement Award Bestowed On Former Executive Director

The U.S. Parachute Association has bestowed its highest honor, the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award, on Chris Needels, former executive director of the association.

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Boulder RC Club Faces Uncertain Future

Club's Permanent Runway Near An Area Where Rare Birds Nest

It has been 74 years since the Boulder Aeromodeling Society began flying model airplanes, and for 39 of those  years, they have been flying from a permanent runway they established on the northwest banks of the Boulder Reservoir.

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B-1 Lancer Tested With New Link 16 Communications

Upgraded Avionics Installed In The Aft Cockpit

Flight tests for a B-1 Lancer bomber upgraded with new digital avionics for the aft cockpit, including a line-of-sight Link 16 data link, are underway according to a Monday news release from Boeing. The B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL) made its first flight test on June 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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Thai Airways Splits Replacement Airliner Order

Some From Boeing, Some From Airbus, As Fleet Ages

Thai Airways has unveiled a plan to replace several of its older airliners, and will split the order between Boeing and Airbus.

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Aero-TV: Rocketman John Hochheimer-NAR Paves Way For The Next Generation (Pt. 2)

NAR's TARC Mentors Are Providing Valuable Guidance

There were many great role models at the recently conducted 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge... and many of them are NAR members, mentoring the hundreds of kids that took part in TARC2010 -- NAR members like John Hochheimer. The National Association of Rocketry is a nonprofit educational organization for consumers that advances the hobby of sport rocketry through organized events, local clubs, technical certification, research and development, and government and corporate partnerships to ensure that rocketry continues to be safe, educational, and fun.

Aero-TV: Rocketman John Hochheimer-NAR Paves Way For The Next Generation (Pt. 2)

NAR's TARC Mentors Are Providing Valuable Guidance

There were many great role models at the recently conducted 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge... and many of them are NAR members, mentoring the hundreds of kids that took part in TARC2010 -- NAR members like John Hochheimer.

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Pelton: 'Cooperation Is Key To The Future Of Aviation'

Cessna CEO Preaches To The Choir ... The Aero Club Of D.C.

Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, said Monday all aviation stakeholders must work together to ensure the health of the industry. Pelton made the remarks at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Aero Club of Washington D.C.

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U.S., EU Officials Agree To Cooperate On Aviation R&D

NextGen And SEASAR Interoperability Is The Goal

The European Commission and the FAA have officially concluded negotiations for the establishment of a Memorandum of Cooperation in civil aviation research and development. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.22.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.22.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.22.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Erik Lindbergh and the X-Prize - 06.22.10 (ANN Special Report, with Erik Lindbergh)

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Former Mercury Astronaut, Senator, Says Keep Shuttle Flying

John Glenn Says U.S. Should Not Rely On The Russians For Transportation To ISS

Former Mercury astronaut John Glenn, who later became a United States Senator from Ohio and participated in a shuttle mission as a lawmaker, says that NASA should not retire the shuttle until a new U.S. space transportation system is ready to fly.

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Bonhomme Triumphs In First Red Bull Air Race New York

British Pilot Sets A Record With 12th Straight Podium Appearance

Paul Bonhomme of Britain won the first-ever Red Bull Air Race in New York on Sunday with a scintillating performance under pressure in front of the most spectacular setting in the eight-year history of the sport.

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Jurn And Greco Among The Participants In The 2010 Air Race Classic

All Female Air Race Born Of The Powder Puff Derby

Kristen Jurn and Mayte Greco are two of the pilots entered in the  34th annual Air Race Classic 2010, an all women race which attracts a wide range of pilots from around the world.

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Fourth G650 Now In Flight Test Program

First Production Aircraft To Begin Testing

A fourth aircraft is now part of the Gulfstream G650 flight-test program, Gulfstream Aerospace announced Monday. The newest test aircraft flew for the first time June 6 and has spent more than five hours in the air.

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Banner Pilot Down Just North Of Toronto

Sole Occupant Of The Aircraft Fatally Injured

A banner-towing pilot was fatally injured Sunday when the aircraft he was flying went down and caught fire while dropping the banner after a two-hour flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.22.10)

"This is a problem for all of us in aviation, and all of us should be part of the solution. Fewer pilots equate to less business for all of us, and it threatens the strong, sustainable aviation system our nation counts on." Source: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.10): Radar Contact

Used by ATC to inform an aircraft that it is identified on the radar display and radar flight following will be provided until radar identification is terminated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.22.10)

Air Race Classic

Women’s air racing all started in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby. The 2010 Women's Air Classic kicks off Tuesday, and the current race route is approximately 2,400 statute miles in length.

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