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November 13, 2009

NTSB Recommends Grounding After Another Fatal Zodiac Crash

Another In-Flight Wing Seperation Reinforces Growing Concerns

As previously noted on ANN, another Zodiac CH-601 series (the subject of an NTSB grounding recommendation to the FAA seven months ago, until a flight control problem could be corrected), was involved in another fatal accident last week.

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British Airways Plans Merger With Iberia Airlines

Would Create One Of The World's Largest Airlines

British Airways and Iberia of Spain said Thursday that they have agreed to a $7 billion merger that will create one of the world's largest airlines. Company officials say they hope to compete with Air France-KLM and Lufthansa.

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AD NUMBER: 2009-23-08

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.13.09

Cirrus offers a mixed message about the economy.
NetJets may follow a terrible 2009 with a slightly profitable 2010.
And AOPA Summit was down, but not out.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.13.09

Cirrus offers a mixed message about the economy.
NetJets may follow a terrible 2009 with a slightly profitable 2010.
And AOPA Summit was down, but not out.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.13.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.13.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.13.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: AOPA President Craig Fuller - 11.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with AOPA's Craig Fuller)

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History Has A Future At Kissimmee

New Oral History Program To Collect Stories From "The Greatest Generation"

Kissimmee Air Museum, located at he Kissimmee Gateway Airport, is initiating a new Oral History collection program to record the greatest generation's history.

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Sikorsky And Tata Create Joint Venture

Aerospace Components To Be Manufactured In India

Sikorsky and Tata Advanced Systems Limited announced the signing of an agreement creating a joint venture that will manufacture aerospace components for Sikorsky in India Thursday.  The joint venture agreement builds on a long-term contract signed in June for TASL to assemble Sikorsky S-92 helicopter cabins.

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DOT Forum Thursday Looks To 'Fix' Airline Industry

Meeting Closed To Public And Media

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called a closed-door meeting Thursday that he hopes will be the first step towards "fixing" the airline industry. He invitation to aviation stakeholders says the forum was organized at the request of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department. It was not open to the public, or the press.

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U.S. Senator Questions Tanker Procurement Rules

McCain Helped Derail Previous Boeing Bid

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with a series of questions about the criteria that will be used to determine a replacement for the Air Force's aging fleet of KC-135 tankers.

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Boeing Completes Key Tests of Self-Protection System

Australian Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft Served As Test Platform

Boeing announced Monday that it successfully completed tests of the Counter Measures Dispenser System (CMDS) for Project Wedgetail, Australia's Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system. The tests were conducted in September and October off the Washington coast and over Puget Sound, Washington.

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Inventors To Compete For $400,000 In NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge

So It's Not Exactly The X-Prize, But Important None The Less

NASA will hold the 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge on November 19th at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida, near NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The event is open to the public. The $400,000 prize challenge is a nationwide competition that focuses on developing improved pressure suit gloves.

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Documentary Producer Intends To Intentionally Crash Jet For Program

Pilots Will Parachute From The Aircraft Filled With Cameras And Equipment

Britain's Channel 4 says it will air a documentary in which a jet is intentionally crashed in the desert. The documentary "Plane Crash" is scheduled to air sometime in 2010.

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AD NUMBER: 2009-23-11

MANUFACTURER: Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-500 Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: AOPA '09 Conversations (Part 3) -- Why All The Bad News About GA?

AOPA Attendees Chat With Aero-TV About The Bad Rep GA Is Getting In The News

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 AOPA 'Summit' -- that of surveying a dozen or more people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're shooting... 

Aero-TV: AOPA '09 Conversations (Part 3) -- Why All The Bad News About GA?

AOPA Attendees Chat With Aero-TV About The Bad Rep GA Is Getting In The News

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 AOPA 'Summit' -- that of surveying a dozen or more people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're shooting... 

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Digital NOTAMs On The Way From FAA

One More Step To A Paperless Cockpit?

Saying that digital information management is key to meeting NextGen’s safety and efficiency objectives, the FAA began to transition to digital flight operations information and the modernization of Notices to Airmen Tuesday.

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It's A Successful First Flight For The New AW159

New Helicopter Being Built For U.K. Ministry Of Defense

AgustaWestland says that the first AW159 multi-role military helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at AgustaWestland's Yeovil facility Thursday. The aircraft completed a range of general handling checks during the flight and performed as expected.

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Vote On Appropriations Bill, With Or Without VH-71, Likely To Be Delayed

One Congressman Says Vote May Not Come Until December

A New York Congressman says the vote on the Appropriations Conference Bill could be delayed into December, in part over funding for the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter. The House version of the Defense Appropriations Bill contains $485.2 million to make the first five VH-71's operational, but the Senate version does not.

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Atlanta City Council Committee Approves Delta Lease

FAA Told Members 'Most' Issues Have Been Addressed

The transportation committee of the Atlanta City Council has approved Delta Airline's pending lease at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, after the FAA told the committee that most of the agency's concerns have been addressed.

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First H-72A Delivered To The U.S. Navy

Navy's Newest Training Helicopter Made By EADS North America

EADS North America has delivered the first of five H-72A training helicopters for the U.S. Navy Thursday, marking a new milestone in the company’s production of multi-role helicopters for U.S. military services. The H-72A fleet will be based at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

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US Airways Flight Attendants To Protest Wage Inequality

Informational Picket At Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Friday Morning

Phoenix-based US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), will picket at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport on Friday morning at 0900, to protest what they say is management's refusal to pay equal wages for equal work.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.13.09)

"The House position on the presidential helicopter program is clear. We believe that it is in the best interest of taxpayers to make operational the five aircraft that have already been built." Source: Matthew Mazonkey, spokesman for Congressman John Murtha.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.13.09): Unreliable (GPS/WAAS)

Unreliable (GPS/WAAS)

An advisory to pilots indicating the expected level of service of the GPS and/or WAAS may not be available. Pilots must then determine the adequacy of the signal for desired use.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.13.09)

IMC Club

IMC Club is dedicated to mitigating the issue of lack of instrument proficiency by providing a means to reengage pilots with other pilots and instructors. IMC club is coaching, training, mentoring and helping pilots to fly in actual instrument meteorological conditions with local chapters across the country.

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AD: Piaggio

AD NUMBER: 2009-21-08

MANUFACTURER: PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES S.p.A Model PIAGGIO P-180 Airplanes

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