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November 28, 2009

MD-11 Down In China

At Least Three Fatalities Reported On Freighter

ANN is monitoring reports of the crash of  Boeing MD-11F Freighter in Shanghai, China. Current reports indicate that the aircraft was crewed by seven people and that four have survived the accident with injuries. The accident occurred on takeoff at 0816 local time, while departing from Shanghai Pudong International Airport's Runway 35R, bound for Kyrgyzstan.

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Mary Ellen Jones Named President Of The Engine Alliance

Head Of Sales And Marketing Elevated To Top Spot

Mary Ellen Jones has been named President of the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. Jones will succeed Jim Moravecek who will return to Pratt & Whitney in a new leadership position.

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First Flight For The Wildcat

"A Very Important Milestone" For The AW159-Based Aircraft

The first of 62 Wildcat helicopters which have been ordered for the Royal Navy and Army has successfully undertaken its first test flight at AgustaWestland's Yeovil plant in Somerset. With Chief Test Pilot, Don Maclaine, at the controls, the aircraft undertook a short flight to assess handling characteristics.

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Boeing Sees Long-Term Growth For SE Asia Aviation

Twenty-Year Outlook Strong For Efficient, Environmentally Progressive Airplanes

Boeing forecasts that over the next 20 years, Southeast Asia's airlines will require more that 2,100 new airplanes valued at approximately $330 billion. Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing Randy Tinseth shared the company's market data and forecast Monday at a media conference.

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General Dynamics To Appeal Navy A-12 Decision

GD Says It Will Petition SCOTUS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a request for a rehearing of the Federal Circuit's prior decision sustaining the government's default termination of the A-12 aircraft contract on Tuesday. General Dynamics and Boeing were parties to the contract with the Navy.

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Huge Victory For Airline Passengers Concerned About Being Stuck On Planes, Organization Says is praising Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his decision to levy total civil penalties of $175,000 against Continental Airlines, Express Jet, and Mesaba, a code share partner of Delta Airlines.

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First S-76 Civil Helicopter Airframe Completed In China

Nest Stop, Pennsylvania ... For Customization

Sikorsky and AVIC celebrated completion of the first S-76C++ civil helicopter airframe produced in China on Monday. The airframe is the first to be built under an agreement between Sikorsky and Changhe Aircraft. The airframe will be delivered to the Sikorsky Global Helicopters facility in Coatesville, PA, for customization.

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Multiple Aircraft Refueling Capability Shown By EADS Tanker

Fuel Simultaneously Transferred To Two Fighter Aircraft

The A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) has performed the first simultaneous fuel transfer with its all-digital hose-and-drogue system, fueling two fighter aircraft at the same time. The A330 MRTT conducted 11 simultaneous airborne refueling contacts with two NATO F/A-18 fighters.

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Hellcat To Be Recovered From Lake Michigan

Michigan Historic Preservation Office and MSHDA Announce Recovery Effort

Weather permitting on Monday, November 30, a World War II, F6F-3 Hellcat fighter plane will be raised from the depths of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline. The plane has rested on the lake bottom for more than sixty years after crashing during a training exercise.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.28.09)

"This fine is not only a first, but $175,000.00 is dissuasive enough that U.S. Domestic airlines will really have to think about their behavior before putting passengers in harm's way. No longer can they sit people in hot, sweaty metal tubes without basic life sustaining services indefinitely, without the threat of penalties... The DOT appears to be willing to protect us, for that we are grateful." Source: Kate Hanni, founder and executive director of, following the massive fines levied against airlines Continental Airlines, Express Jet, and Mesaba...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.28.09): Squawk

Squawk A 4-digit (actually 4-octal-digit -> 12-bit) number which is set into a transponder by the pilot to identify the aircraft to air traffic controllers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.28.09)

Aero-Linx: The Helicopter Page The Helicopter Page was designed to be an educational tool for people who are curious as to how things work. Its designer notes that "I have tried not to speak in terminology that is foreign to the person casually acquainted with aviation. I know that many people who may visit this page will have a higher than average understanding of how aerodynamics work. It is not that I do not wish to cater to your needs, but this page is really to explain helicopter aerodynamics to those who do not know much about it." 

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