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July 01, 2010

Pinnacle Airlines Acquires Mesaba Aviation

Combined Organization 'Well Positioned To Be A Major Competitive Player For The Long Term'

While some of the large legacy carriers look for ways to join forces ... Pinnacle Airlines Corporation announced Thursday that it has acquired Mesaba Aviation, Inc. from Delta Air Lines for $62 million.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.10

The WTO rules Europe's subsidies to Airbus were illegal.
The Aerospace Industries Association likes the Obama space program.
And the last radar contact showed the missing Piper at 300

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.01.10

The WTO rules Europe's subsidies to Airbus were illegal.
The Aerospace Industries Association likes the Obama space program.
And the last radar contact showed the missing Piper at 300

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ANN Special Feature: Part II: Jim Campbell on COPA M8 - 07.01.10

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell reflects on comments from Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters on the state of the company to attendees at the Cirrus Owners and Pilot Association's Migration 8.

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Get The Garmin G3X-perience At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Sensors Available For Lycoming, Continental, Rotax, And Jabiru Engines

Garmin has announced that several G3X opportunities are on tap for experimental and homebuilt pilots prior to and during the 2010 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.01.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.01.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: Jim Campbell on COPA M8 - 07.01.10 (ANN Special Report, with ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell)

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Update: Solar Impulse Night Flight Postponed

Critical Test In Around The World Attempt

When you're planning to fly around the world in an airplane powered by nothing more than solar panels, the question that comes immediately to mind is "what happens at night?" The Solar Impulse will try to answer that question, as it attempts a flight that is planned to last 24 hours.

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Major Concern Heard About Attrition Among Flight Instructors

One Company Cuts CFI Renewal Costs 'To The Bone'

We all probably remember our primary flight instructor. Since we spent a lot of hours with him or her shoulder-to-shoulder in an airplane cockpit, that's reasonably understandable. But an increasing number of CFI's are apparently not renewing their instructor certificates.

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New Space Gallery At The Seattle Museum of Flight Breaks Ground

NASA Decision On Retiring Shuttles Imminent, Seattle Campaigning Hard

Seattle’s Museum of Flight broke ground Tuesday on the first phase of its new 15,500-square-foot “Human Space Flight Gallery.” While the Museum says it has long planned to expand its space exhibits, the organization hopes the new facility will become the home of one of the retiring Space Shuttles.

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NationAir Selected As Cessna Insurance Program Broker

Pilot And Service Centers, Sales Reps, Among Those Eligible

Another company has been tapped to join Cessna's newly-reestablished affiliates insurance program. NationAir Aviation Insurance President Jeff Bauer announced Wednesday that the company has been selected by XL Insurance to serve as a broker in the Cessna Affiliates Insurance Program.

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BRS Aerospace Taps Sebastian Valdez As New CFO

Succeeds Retiring Board Member Thomas Adams

Sebastian Valdez has been named as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors by Ballistic Recovery Systems of South St. Paul, Minnesota. He will replace Thomas H. Adams Jr., a member of the BRS board since 1986, who is retiring effective immediately.

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New Zealand's Aviation Authority Told To 'Shape Up'

Government Audit Gives The Agency Three Months To Address Safety Concerns

An audit conducted by the New Zealand government has found that country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lacking when it comes to addressing safety concerns, and it has been given until September to report on steps taken to improve the situation.

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Boeing Will Acquire Argon ST

Move Advances Company Strategy For Growth In Cyber And Intelligence Markets

Not just for Dreamliners any more ... not that it ever really was ... Boeing and Argon ST announced Tuesday that they have entered into an agreement for Boeing's acquisition of Argon ST in an all cash tender offer and merger for $34.50 per share, or approximately $775 million.

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Army National Guard UH-72A Lakotas Support Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response

Aircraft Attached To Army Guard Units From Four Gulf Coastal States

Sixteen U.S. Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters are operating in the Gulf Coast region to support oil spill monitoring and response missions known as Operation Deepwater Horizon.

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Edwards & Associates Delivers Advanced Bell 407 To Zip Aviation

Helicopter's First Assignment Was New York Red Bull Air Race

Edwards & Associates, an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, has delivered the latest Bell Helicopter 407 with an advanced glass cockpit system to New York City charter and air tour operator Zip Aviation.

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Aero-TV At OSH09: P-51 Brotherhood - Journey Home for the Pattillo Aces

The Pattillo Brothers Share Their Extraordinary History and Journey to Oshkosh 2009

Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to Oshkosh 2009.

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NTSB Names Probable Cause In 2008 NC Crash

Pilot Did Not Maintain Control In Instrument Conditions

The NTSB has issued a probable cause report in the February 1st, 2008 crash of a Raytheon C90A King Air in which six people were fatally injured. The board determined that the probable cause(s) of this accident to be the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane in instrument meteorological conditions.

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Drs. Mark R. Rosekind, Earl F. Weener Sworn In As NTSB Members

Both Were Confirmed Unanimously By The Senate

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., and Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., took the oath of office Wednesday as a Members of the NTSB.

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Senators Baucus, Landrieu Unveil Bill To Create Jobs, Grow Small Business

Bill Would Accelerate Depreciation On Capital Purchases ... Such As Business Airplanes

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) released the Small Business Jobs Act on Tuesday, a bill to help small businesses access capital, stimulate investment in small businesses and promote entrepreneurship.

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NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies

Seeking An "Innovative Path" To Human Space Exploration

NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals and industry input on heavy-lift system concepts and propulsion technology. The space agency is seeking an innovative path for human space exploration.

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FAA-Industry Project's Goal Is Lower Fuel Usage

Alaska Aircraft Will Perform Tests To Develop More Efficient Flight Paths

Alaska Airlines is joining three other aviation companies and the FAA to develop computer technologies that reduce fuel burn, emissions and noise. Alaska will perform test flights during the five-year $66 million project, funded by the FAA, in partnership with GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin and AirDat.

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Vandenberg AFB Conducts Minuteman III Flight Test

1,900th Launch From Vandenberg Since 1957

A scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test was launched at 0340 PDT June 30 from Launch Facility-04 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, CA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.01.10)

"This is a landmark decision and sweeping legal victory over the launch aid subsidies that fueled the rise of Airbus and that continue to provide its products a major cost advantage." Source: Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.01.10): Blast Fence

A barrier that is used to divert or dissipate jet or propeller blast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.01.10)

Bookie's Focke-Wulf 190 Page

This page is the result of a number of years of research into the aircraft featured, Kurt Tank's Focke-Wulf 190 / Ta 152. This aircraft performed outstandingly throughout World War II, serving in large numbers with the Luftwaffe, and also in a handful of smaller nation's air forces.

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