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October 26, 2009

NTSB Issues Update On Flight 188 Investigation

Northwest Airliner Overshot Minneapolis Airport By 150 Miles

The NTSB has released preliminary factual information in the incident involving an A320 enroute from San Diego to Minneapolis which traveled about 150 miles beyond its destination airport.

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Pilot In 2008 Fatal Accident Was Warned Not To Drive

NTSB Factual Report Shows Treatments For Macular Degeneration

The 86-year-old pilot of a Cessna 206 which crashed in 2008 killing all 6 occupants was warned not to drive a car due to his failing eyesight, medical records show. An NTSB Factual Report indicates he had not reported the problems on his most recent application for a medical certificate, which was dated May 4th, 2007.

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L-3 Gets Contract For F-16 Pilot Training Advanced Helmet Mounted Displays

New Technology Updates Units Already In The Field

L-3 Link Simulation & Training will be supplying Advanced Helmet Mounted Display (AHMD) units to the U.S. Air Force. The devices simulate "out-the-window" computer generated imagery on currently fielded F-16 Unit Training Devices (UTDs).

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14 Americans Killed In Two Separate Afghanistan Helicopter Incidents

Military Official Call It "One Of The Deadliest Days In The War"

Two separate incidents involving NATO helicopters have killed 14 Americans in Afghanistan in a single day. Few details are available about either of the incidents.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.26.09

SATSair shuts down operations.
Political ripples continue in Oshkosh.
And SAFE's organizers finally get some time out of the cockpit.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.26.09

SATSair shuts down operations.
Political ripples continue in Oshkosh.
And SAFE's organizers finally get some time out of the cockpit.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: The Cold & Dark of Winter - 10.26.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the challenges - and benefits - of flight training during cold, dark winter months.

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FAA's Broad-Based Proposal For SMS Challenged By AEA

Aircraft Electronics Association Submits Comments to FAA in Response to ANPR

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration last week in response to the FAA's safety management systems proposed rulemaking. The AEA does not support the FAA's proposal to mandate an independent safety management system for maintenance organizations.

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Southwest Settles Safety Lawsuit

Agrees To Pay Over $3.5 Million In Fees And Expenses

Southwest Airlines has settled a lawsuit which stemmed from safety issues uncovered last year, and resulted in millions paid in fines to the FAA. Southwest has agreed to pay over $3.5 million in fees and expenses for the plaintiff's lawyers, and in exchange claims against Southwest, its officers and directors will be dropped.

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Fokker Elmo Wins Contract For Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Wiring

Engine Will Power Airbus A350

Stork Aerospace subsidiary Fokker Elmo has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce to provide design support and manufacture for the electrical wiring for the Trent XWB engine. The associated design-support and production work, which will begin later this year, is expected to be worth approximately $70 million.

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Undergrad Proposal Deadline Nears for NASA Reduced Gravity Flights

The deadline is fast-approaching for undergraduate students to submit their team proposals to NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Returns Home

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Marks End Of Five-Month Deployment  

Four ships and more than 5,000 Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 returned to their homeport of San Diego Oct. 21 after a five-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

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Aero-TV: Opening Sessions At NBAA 2009 -- Randy Babbitt

Business Aviation Comes Together In Orlando, Fl

With the end of the 2009 NBAA Convention, the BizAv community has had a chance to take stock of the year that has passed and evaluate their future prospects. While attendance and participation were obviously at lower levels than in year's past, the community showed that it is willing to do what it must to survive, and is seeking new opportunities and business venues as aggressively as the current economic climate allows.

Aero-TV: Opening Sessions At NBAA 2009 -- Randy Babbitt

Business Aviation Comes Together In Orlando, Fl

With the end of the 2009 NBAA Convention, the BizAv community has had a chance to take stock of the year that has passed and evaluate their future prospects.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 10.26.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.26.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.26.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: The Cold & Dark of Winter - 10.26.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Klyde Morris (10.26.09)

ANYTHING BUT Kenosha, Klyde...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Two AW139 Helos Delivered To Korean Coast Guard

Delivery Adds To A Growing Fleet Of AW Choppers In Korea

AgustaWestland has delivered two AW139 helicopters to the Korea Coast Guard. Korean officials accepted the aircraft during an official ceremony held at the Vergiate plant in Italy. The AW139s will be used for maritime patrol, search and rescue and emergency medical service purposes.

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ALPA Wants More Bucks From Profitable AirTran

Pilots Respond to AirTran’s 3rd Quarter Earnings

With the announcement that AirTran Airways realized a $10.4 million profit for the third quarter with projections of continued profitability, AirTran pilots expect management to recognize their contributions to the success of the airline at the bargaining table.

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Six New 737's In The Pipeline For Norwegian Air Shuttle

Lo-Cost Carrier Now Has 48 Next-Generation 737's On Order

Boeing and low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle confirmed an order for an additional six Next-Generation 737-800s Thursday. With this order, Norwegian has a total of 48 Next-Generation 737 airplanes on order from Boeing as well as 22 airplanes from leasing companies.

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Doug Ritter's Seminars May Prove Popular At AOPA Event

Information AND Over $5,000 In Door Prizes Will Be Offered

Doug Ritter, Chairman of the "Equipped To Survive Foundation," plans to give away three 406 MHz ELTs and four 406 MHz PLBs, as well as other valuable survival equipment, worth over $5000 at AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa, Florida. 

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First A330-200F Freighter Preps For Initial Flight

Certification Expected In Spring Of Next Year

Airbus is prepping the first A330-200 freighter for its maiden flight, marking the debut of another aircraft derived from the same platform as EADS/Northrop Grumman's proposed KC-45 Tanker. This mid-size, long-haul cargo aircraft is being readied for ground tests that will lead to a first takeoff in November.

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Barnstorming: Giving Thanks

'Thank You' Barely Covers How I Feel Right Now...

 It's been a shade over two months since my world got turned inverted in the most unpleasant way imaginable and despite what it all felt like in the first few minutes of awareness that Vicki was gone, I have learned to survive and even manage a smile or two in the interim. I'd have not thought it possible at that point, but one of the inescapable truisms of life is that it does indeed go on...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.26.09): Magnetic North

MAGNETIC NORTH The magnetic North pole, located near 71° North latitude and 96° West longitude, that attracts a magnetic compass which is not influenced by local magnetic attraction, as opposed to GEOGRAPHIC NORTH.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.26.09)

Aero-Linx: Office of Commercial Space Transportation "Our mission is to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.26.09)

"When it comes to safety, status quo is not enough." Source: FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, in remarks during the Opening Session of NBAA 2009. 

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