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August 02, 2011

Bizarre: Chinese-Owned Cirrus Attempts To Dictate Media Coverage of Cirrus Event

A Message From Their New Chinese Masters???

Just ten days before the annual Cirrus Owner's and Pilot's Association (COPA) 'Migration' in Colorado Springs, ANN as been informed by COPA officials that the internationally read aviation news service will not be allowed to webcast the event live later this month--despite specific plans, documents and understandings to the contrary. After earning extensive kudos for the work done last year at the 2010 event held in Dayton,OH; ANN was told that Cirrus Aircraft had 'discovered' that ANN was listed as a media partner with COPA and would be live-streaming portions of the event... including CEO Brent Wouters' address to the convention.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.02.11

EAA says AirVenture attendance was up.
The airlines urge Congress to continue development support for alternative fuels.
And Virgin Galactic gets its first Chief Financial officer.

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Some Airlines Reportedly Increase Margins While FAA Is Partially Shut Down

Base Fares Raised While Taxes Suspended. Passengers Told To Talk To The IRS

Some U.S. airlines are reportedly padding their bottom lines during the partial shutdown of the FAA by raising base fares to levels that would normally include FAA taxes and fees, while other carriers have kept base fares the same to reflect taxes that are not being collected.

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US Airways Sues Pilots Union Over Flight Delays, Late Baggage Arrivals

Flight Attendants Petition Management To "Negotiate In Good Faith"

The latest development in the long-running labor dispute at US Airways has seen the Tempe, AZ-based airline file suit against the its pilots union, claiming they are actively engaged in a labor action designed to cause flight delays.

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Poland Partially Blames Russia For April, 2010 Accident

President Lech Kaczynski, 95 Others Fatally Injured When TU-154 Went Down

The government of Poland says Russia is at least partially to blame for an accident in April, 2010 that fatally injured everyone on board a TU-154, including President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and several members of his cabinet.

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NTSB Team To Assist In Guyana Accident Investigation

Caribbean Airlines 737 Overran Runway, Broke In Half. No Fatalities Reported

The NTSB has sent a team of investigators  to assist the government of Guyana with its investigation into Saturday's accident at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana, involving a scheduled passenger flight.

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eSky Introduces OZ In The GRT Horizon EFIS

Alternative Method For Displaying Cockpit Information

Emerald Sky Technologies (eSky) has introduced a pilot aid that the company says reduces instrument scan time and increases performance in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). They have done that by using technology dubbed "OZ" in the Grand Rapids Technology Horizon EFIS.

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Purdue University Phenom FTD Installed

Meets FAA Level 6 Training Device Requirement

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, has taken delivery of a Frasca-built Embraer Phenom Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD is designed to meet FAA Level 6 flight training device requirements and is equipped with actual Garmin Prodigy as found in the aircraft.

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Computers For The Next Generation Of Launch Vehicles

Ball Aerospace Develops 'Fault-Tolerant' Architecture For Human-Rated Spacecraft

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed development of prototype launch vehicle flight computers equipped to bring safety and reliability to future human spaceflight systems. These flight computers were financed by Ball Aerospace and are based on deployed units now being used by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in their simulation laboratories to develop software and test systems for future human-rated launch vehicles.

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FBI May Have A Break In D.B. Cooper Case

'Credible Lead' Found In 40-Year-Old Hijacking Case

The FBI says it may have what it describes as a "credible lead" in the nation's oldest hijacking case ... a mystery which has gone unsolved since 1971. It was in that year that a man calling himself "D.B. Cooper" hijacked an airplane demanding $200,000. He received the money, and parachuted out of the airliner as it flew over the Pacific northwest.

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GE Aviation's H80 Engine Completes Certification Testing

Powerplant Designed For The Thrush 510G

GE Aviation has completed all engine certification testing, including design assurance, development, operability and environmental tests, for its new H80 turboprop engines.

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Elements For The First A350 XWB Horizontal Tail Begin To Take Shape

Finished Elements Will Be Shipped To Toulouse, France For Final Assembly

Production on a key component in the A350 XWB’s initial horizontal tail plane has begun, marking a new industrial milestone for Airbus’ new-generation widebody jetliner family. This activity is being performed at Airbus’ centre of excellence in Puerto Real, Spain, and involves build-up of the horizontal tail plane’s lateral box in a combined effort with primary partner company Aernova.

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Enstrom Delivers First Helicopters To The Royal Thai Army

Sixteen 480B Helos To Be Acquired By Thailand

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has delivered the first 3, of a total of 16, 480B turbine training/utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.  The delivery took place at the Royal Thai Army air base in Lop Buri, Thailand, and was followed by an official acceptance ceremony, blessing, and aerial parade for the Royal Thai Army’s top generals.

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Airliner Diverted To Havana Due To An 'Odor' In The Cabin

UAL Jet Made Unscheduled Stop In Cuba

A United Airlines jet enroute to Cancun from Washington D.C. was diverted to Havana on Sunday after the flight crew noticed an unusual odor in the cabin.Flight 831 departed Washington Dulles airport Sunday morning.

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Aero-TV: Clarity Aloft At Oshkosh 2011

Bluetooth Headsets For Pilots!!!

It was already one of my favorite headsets...and with the addition of Bluetooth technology, it's likely to stay that way.

GAMA, AOPA Ask FCC To Block LightSquared

Concerns Raised About GPS-Jamming Broadband Network

GAMA and AOPA are calling on the FCC to recall the conditional waiver granted by the International Bureau on January 26, 2011 to LightSquared Subsidiary Inc. (LightSquared), recall LightSquared’s underlying Ancillary Terrestrial Component and commence a rulemaking to ensure that future proposed service using the Ancillary Terrestrial Component adequately protects GPS.

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LaHood, Babbitt Tell Congress To Pass FAA Bill Before August Recess

Message Delivered At Shut-Down Worksite At LaGuardia Airport

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt joined with local contractors and construction workers at LaGuardia Airport on Monday to demand that Congress pass an FAA bill before getting on airplanes to fly away for vacation.

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Hightower Calls AirVenture 2011 A 'Great Success'

Preliminary Attendance Figures Show A Boost Over 2010 'Sloshkosh'

Rod Hightower described his first AirVenture as EAA president and CEO as “a great success” in his wrap-up press conference early Sunday afternoon. He made special mention of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s first public appearance, the long-awaited return of the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 bomber “FIFI”, salutes to Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover, and the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration as bringing in large crowds.

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Aero-TV: Clarity Aloft At Oshkosh 2011

Bluetooth Headsets For Pilots!!!

It was already one of my favorite headsets...and with the addition of Bluetooth technology, it's likely to stay that way. The first Clarity Aloft Aviation Headset was introduced at EAA AirVenture in 2004... light, quiet and very comfortable, there is little doubt that this little headset would be a hit... and it sure was. Now, Clarity Aloft has raised the bar (again) by partnering with Pilot Communications, whose BLULINK headset adaptor has garnered an exceptional following.

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SAFE Presents 2011 Awards During AirVenture Dinner Meeting

Robert Wright Presented With The Founders Award, Glenna Blackwell Recognized For Service

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) presented its 2011 awards during the organization’s annual dinner meeting held in Oshkosh, WI. More than 120 members and guests applauded the efforts of the recipients.

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.26.11, Day Two

Our Nightly Webcasts Kept You Up To Date On Events At The Show--Day Two!!

On August first, EAA's top executive will have a name other than Poberezny for the first time in 58 years. The timetable for the passing of the baton from Tom Poberezny to Rod Hightower was left vague when Hightower was named President last year, but today Tom and the EAA board set August 1st as the day.

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American Eagle Flight Attendant's Union Leaders Examine Potential Spin-Off

Union Looks For Opportunities After Regional Carrier Becomes Its Own Entity

In preparation for the carrier's potential divestment later this year, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is looking for ways to secure job protections and identify advantages for American Eagle Flight Attendants.

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Boeing Keeps Options Open For New 737 Assembly

Updated Single Aisle Jetliner May Not Be Build In Renton, WA

The re-engined Boeing 737 promised as part of a massive order with American Airlines will not necessarily be built in Renton, WA, according to a statement by Boeing Chief Executive James McNerney last week. In fact, the executive said it might not even be built in the Puget Sound region.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.02.11)

  Aero-News Quote of the Day “Every day this goes on, we fall further behind." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero Linx (08.02.11)

The Air Care Alliance

The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilot members are dedicated to community service.

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