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December 05, 2009

Gulfstream G650 Logs Some Hours, Passes Initial Flight Tests

Gulfstream: 'Performs Flawlessly' During Nearly Two-Hour Flight

Gulfstream is providing new details about the G650's successful completion of its first series of flight tests. During a 1-hour and 45-minute flight, G650 project pilot Jake Howard and senior experimental test pilot Tom Horne, along with flight engineer Bill Osborne, tested the aircraft’s handling qualities, engine operability and flap operation.

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EASA Certified: Cirrus FIKI

Just In Time For European Winters

 EASA has approved Cirrus Aircraft's Known Ice Protection system for FIKI operations. Earlier this year, FAA approval was granted and new aircraft equipped with the optional system - both normally aspirated and TURBO piston aircraft - have been shipping to customers since January of 2009.

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FAA Shoots Down Spitfire

FAA Proposes $4 Million Civil Penalty for Spitfire Aviation Services

The dear old FAA has set its sights on a charter operation that seems to have been flying a mite outside the regs. The FAA has proposed a $4 million civil penalty for Spitfire Aviation Services, LLC, of Fayetteville, Ark., for numerous violations of the FARs.

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GAMA Recognizes ADS-B Milestone On The Path Towards NextGen

Piece by Piece... NextGen Gets Defined

 In a move that puts in place a fundamental building block of NextGen, the FAA has finalized the industry-wide TSOs for ADS-B. The ADS-B infrastructure is the backbone of NextGen and underpins government and industry efforts to reduce air traffic delays and realize environmental benefits.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #6: Known Icing Conditions

Ice... Ain't Nice!

For those of us who have "hit the boots" (or the equivalent system on your favorite bird) a few times in the last few days due to the ever-present seasonal 'charms' of in-flight icing, we thought a series of short tips from Cirrus Design's Scott Winter (yes, that IS his real name) might help us all to consider some of the realities of this time of year. So... here is the sixth of seven tips for dealing with icing. Y'all be careful out there!

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Deadline Approaching For TCM Cylinder Recall

Warranty Coverage Ends December 31st

Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) tells ANN the Cylinder Recall MSB09-1B will be complete effective December 31, 2009, meaning full warranty coverage on the cylinders under this recall will end on that date. 

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ALPA Backs Wasaya Pilots -- 250K Grant Helps Contract Negotiations

ALPA: Directs Resources 'To Get a Deal Now'

They're not exactly rolling in dough, but they ARE a quarter Mil richer... Wasaya Airlines pilots now have a quarter-million dollar grant, in addition to the world’s largest pilots union, behind them as they pursue a fair contract with their management. Capt. John Prater, ALPA president, announced the grant at a pilot briefing to Wasaya pilots in Thunder Bay.

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Robinson R22 Helicopter Becomes Unintentional UAV

Helo Lands In The Atlantic Ocean After Pilot Falls Off Skid

The pilot of a 2002 Robinson R22 was, oddly, not aboard his aircraft when it went down in about four feet of water off the coast of Indian Key, FL, on Saturday Nov 28.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.05.09)

"As we shift from the planning to implementation stages of NextGen, it is even more critical that we move forward with reauthorization of the FAA and the discussion over the role of federal funding for onboard avionics equipage. We see a crucial role for the federal government in accelerating the deployment of NextGen through equipment funding. Equipment incentives are essential for achieving NextGen capacity, environmental and efficiency benefits at an earlier date." Source: GAMA's President and CEO Pete Bunce, in noting recent progress for ADS-B. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.05.09): Permanent Echo

Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth's surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.05.09)

Save Space

Save Space is a movement to raise the awareness of the nation, the President, and other elected officials: Space needs to be a priority for America.

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