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September 23, 2011

NTSB Releases Prelim On Reno Accident

Few Details Available, Investigation Likely To Take Months

It's very rare that, when looking at an NTSB preliminary report, listed under injuries are numbers like "11 fatal, 66 serious." WHAT happened in Reno on September 16th is well known, but learning WHY it happened will take months or more. Our thoughts remain with Jimmy Leeward's family, as well as the families of all of those who were lost and injured when his plane went down.

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McCauley Delivers First Production 1L100 Fixed-Pitch Composite Propeller

Prop To Become Standard Equipment On The Cessna Skycatcher

McCauley Propeller Systems said Thursday at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford that it has delivered its first production ASTM certified 1L100 fixed-pitch composite propeller. The 1L100 is an all-composite two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller specifically designed for the Cessna 162 Skycatcher's Continental Motors O-200D engine.

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Cessna Celebrates Company And Product Milestones

Displays LSA Through BizJets At AOPA Summit In Hartford

Cessna is celebrating 15 years of production at its Independence, KS, GA facility, which opened in 1996 after the passage of the U.S. General Aviation Revitalization Act in 1994. Cessna had discontinued single-engine piston aircraft production in Wichita in the 1980s due in part to rising liability costs.

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September 'General Aviation And Aerospace Appreciation Month' In PA

Governor Corbett Makes Proclamation At State Aviation And Aerospace Conference

Several national aviation organizations are applauding Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for declaring September 2011 “General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month” during the Pennsylvania Aviation and Aerospace Conference held at State College. Governor Corbett was on hand at the opening of the conference to announce the signing of the proclamation.

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Eclipse VLJ Air-Taxi Operator Introduces Linear Connect

New Program Connects VLJ Owners And Pilots With Commercial Revenue Opportunities

Jet-taxi service Linear Air has rolled out 'Linear Connect', a program designed to connect Eclipse VLJ owners and pilots with revenue from commercial operations through its FAA-approved charter certificate and pilot training programs.

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Analyst: Light Commercial Helicopter Production Forecast To Fall Through 2012

Forecast International Says Recession 'Killed Demand' For Piston Helicopters

In its new study titled “The Market for Light Commercial Rotorcraft 2011-2020,” Forecast International projects that light commercial helicopter manufacturers will ship just under 16,860 rotorcraft worth approximately $58.8 billion during the next 10 years. This forecast covers light commercial helicopters with maximum gross weights under 15,000 pounds.

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NTSB: FAA Documentation Requirements Inadequate

Board Says Not Enough Info To Find Causes Of Airliner Cracks

The US National Transportation Safety Board says the FAA requirement for retention of documents related to the testing and maintenance of the skins of some Boeing airliners is inadequate to allow it to reach conclusions on the causes of recent ruptures of fuselages.

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'Women Fly Weekend' At Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Event Set For The First And Second Of October

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will feature "Women Fly Weekend" on October 1 and 2 to expand awareness among girls and young women about the fun of flying for recreation and the potential for careers in aviation.

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Canadian Air & Space Museum Evicted

Landlord Pulls Plug As Museum Falls $100K Behind On Rent

A down economy, lackluster attendance, rapid management turnover, and a failed fundraising campaign are all being named as issues in the struggles of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto's Downsview Park. Sadly, the museum is $100,000 behind on its rent, and has now been issued an eviction notice. Downsview Park management says the museum will have to clear the space within six months.

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Analyst Sees Tough 2012 For Airlines

Debt Crisis In EU, Rising Jet Fuel Prices Will Hurt Profits

The influential Frost & Sullivan consulting firm finds some contradictions among recent market forecasts issued by Airbus, Boeing, and IATA, the International Air Transport Association. Diogenis Papiomytis, Frost & Sullivan Principal Consultant, says most western airlines are in need of modernization, even though their respective markets will see little growth over the next few years.

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U.S. Army Awards Contract To Replace Military Freefall Parachutes

Airborne Systems Wins $27 Million From RDECOM For Production Of New Systems

The U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) has awarded a $27 million contract to Solon, OH-based Airborne Systems for the production and delivery of an estimated 3,600 Military Free Fall Advanced Ram Air Parachute Systems (MFF ARAPS) utilizing the Airborne System’s Intruder parachute system.

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Southwest Jets Found With Odd Markings

Vandalism On Lower Fuselages Has An "Arabic" Appearance

Federal authorities are working with Southwest Airlines to determine how some of the carrier's 737s were vandalized over the past several months. The planes were marked with a chemical that does not appear until the its APUs are activated, heating the skin of the airplane.

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New Low-Cost AOA Indicator Debuts

RiteAngle BASIC Uses Vane & LEDs

EM Aviation has introduced its new RiteAngle “BASIC” AOA system for aircraft without flaps. This low cost version, like all RiteAngle systems, is designed with green indicating "safe," amber indicating "caution," and red meaning "danger."

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Aero-TV: Motivating Forces - Continental Motors Evolves

Legacy Manufacturer Continues with New Ownership and Development of Alternative Fuels

Rhett Ross is a veteran engine guy with an engineering background who became president of Teledyne Continental Motors in October, 2007. In the years since, he's weathered the shift to new ownership by China's AVIC International aerospace conglomerate, and looks forward to growing the company's sales and presence in Asia, as well as pioneering diesel and other alternative fuel technologies.

Aero-TV: Motivating Forces - Continental Motors Evolves

Legacy Manufacturer Continues with New Ownership and Development of Alternative Fuels

Rhett Ross is a veteran engine guy with an engineering background who became president of Teledyne Continental Motors in October, 2007. In the years since, he's weathered the shift to new ownership by China's AVIC International aerospace conglomerate, and looks forward to growing the company's sales and presence in Asia, as well as pioneering diesel and other alternative fuel technologies. Teledyne Technologies, in selling the engine-maker, became focused on electronics. Addressing what could have been a concern in the wake of the transition, Ross noted that the change in ownership do

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GA Caucus Co-Chair Says Additional Air Show Regulations Not Needed

Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO): "Air Shows Are Among The Safest" Events

By any estimation, it has been a difficult summer in the air show business. But U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), Co-Chair of the House Aviation Caucus, has come out strongly against any new regulations for air shows.

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United Technologies Buys Goodrich For $18.4 Billion

Analysts Say The Acquistion Is 'Not A Surprise'

We hear a lot about mergerers and acquisitions in the aviation industry, but this is comparable to Goliath gobbling up Goliath. United Technologies said late Wednesday it has struck a deal to acquire Goodrich at a 16% premium to the stock's latest close. United Technologies said it is paying $127.50 per share in cash to buy Goodrich. The deal totals $18.4 billion, including $1.9 billion in net debt.

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Industry Calls On Congress To Reject Newly Proposed Taxes And Fees

Twenty Seven Aviation And Labor Organizations Send Appeal To Leaders In Both Chambers

Twenty seven of the nation's leading aviation and labor associations have sent a letter to leadership in the House and Senate, as well as all 12 members of the 'Super Committee', expressing their opposition to proposed tax and fee increases on the aviation industry.

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Taking Risks While We're Able

Could All Events Seen As Risky Be At Risk?

As soon as I complete today's ANN Aero-Cast and turn the mic off, I'm headed off to the El Mirage dry lake in southern California to enjoy the only aviation event I attend each year where I'm not working in some capacity. I'll spend the weekend relaxing with some of the most fun and interesting people I know, and do a little gyroplane and gyroglider flying while I'm there.

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Aspen Avionics’ Evolution Synthetic Vision Now Shipping

Recently TSO’d Software Now Has Final STC Approval

Aspen Avionics announced Thursday that Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) is now shipping for PFDs and MFDs installed on Class I and II aircraft operating within the continental United States. Previously announced as coming later this year, the MFD ESV solution for Class III aircraft is also now available. Owners and operators with a Class III Evolution 1500, 2000, or 2500 flight display installation can enable ESV on their MFD(s).

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New Autopilot Interfaces Available For Garmin G600, G500

Provides Compatibility With S-TEC DFCS Autopilot

New autopilot interfaces for the G600 and G500 flight displays were announced Thursday by Garmin, providing compatibility with the S-TEC DFCS autopilot and gyro emulation for the Century autopilot. Garmin says this new upgrade for the S-TEC DFCS 2100/1500 autopilot allows the G600 and G500 to provide AHRS/ADC inputs, perform heading bug coupling, NAV/GPSS coupling and full approach capability, including ILS and LPV precision approaches.

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Klyde Morris 09.23.11

Idle Threat Meets A Cynical Ant

www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.23.11)

"We all support common sense regulations. However, I urge my colleagues to avoid the typical knee-jerk, federal government stampede to regulate general aviation simply because they are in the news this week.” Source: Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), Co-Chair of the House Aviation Caucus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.23.11): Rate Of Turn

Rate of change of heading, normally measured in degrees per second.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.23.11)

Fun Places To Fly 

Fall is a great time for pilots. The summer storms quiet down, the air clears, there are more and more CAVU days ... but where should you go? This website may have some pretty good suggestions for pilots in all 50 states.

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