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December 01, 2009

Fokker Will Make A350WXB Outboard Flaps

Initial Production Run Will Be 140 Sets Per Year

Stork Fokker said Monday that it has signed a contract with Airbus for the development and manufacturing of the composite outboard Flaps for the A350 XWB family of aircraft.

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AD NUMBER: 2009-24-14

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

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TMA Charges To Hit GA In Europe

Government Mandated Fees For Every Aircraft At 215 Airports

New terminal charges expected to be introduced at 215 airports across Europe will mean increased costs for general aviation operators who have to use those airfields. An approach charge for small aircraft is being planned by the European Commission under its Single European Sky initiative.

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You KNEW This Was Coming... FlightSafety Sued By Flight 3407 Families

Four Suits Charge Deficiencies In Stall Recovery Training

FlightSafety International has been named in four lawsuits connected with the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407. The suits allege deficiencies in stall recovery training for both the pilot and copilot of the aircraft.

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Hey... Who Is That (Not Quite So) NEW GUY At ANN?

We Figured It Was Time We Introduced you To Tom Patton (Yeah, God Help Him, We're Going To Keep Him)

 For a number of months, ANN readers, listeners and viewers have had the advantage of benefitting from the efforts of ANN's News editor, Tom Patton... a guy who we were fairly sure was going to do really well here -- and now a few months later, we're sure of it (we're kinda careful about such things... we're HARD on the help). Tom brings all the things we really needed here....

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.01.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.01.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.01.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Bob Poole, TSA & Repair Shops - 12.01.09 (ANN Special Report, with Reason's Bob Poole)

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First Flight For A400M Next Week, Weather Permitting

Long-Delayed Airlifter To Won't Enter Service Until 2013

Airbus' long-delayed A400M military transport will make its first test flight during the week beginning December 7, "weather permitting", the European aircraft manufacturer said Friday.

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New Orleans Eyes $755 Million Airport Improvement Plan

But Privatization Is Still Not Out Of The Question

The City of New Orleans plans to launch a $755 million modernization plan for Louis Armstrong International Airport, though the airport board is still considering a private manager for the facility. The board cites a steady increase in visitors post-Katrina and the 2013 Super Bowl among the reasons for proceeding.

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Executive Beechcraft Sues Over New KC Terminal

Alleges City Is Creating Unfair Competition At Wheeler Airport

Executive Beechcraft, which operates the largest terminal a Kansas City's Wheeler Airport on land leased from the city, is now suing the city and James Stowers III who is developing a competing terminal and aviation facility at the airport.

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DOT Ensures BA Offers Reimbursements Following Fare Faux Pas

Airline Mistakenly Advertised $40 Fare Between U.S. And India

British Airways, in an agreement with the U.S. DOT's Aviation Enforcement Office, will compensate consumers for cancellation penalties and other expenses incurred due to the carrier's erroneous offer of $40 fares between the United States and India. 

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News Chopper Pilot May Face Police Interference Charges

Seattle Television Station News Director May Also Be Charged

The pilot of a Seattle television station helicopter and the station's news director may be charged with interfering with a police investigation after four officers were killed Sunday in Lakewood, Washington.

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Cessna 150 Pilot Survives Ditching Off Florida Coast

Law Enforcement Boat Saw Plane Go Down, Rescued Pilot

The pilot of a Cessna 150 that departed from Pompano Beach in South Florida Sunday morning was forced to ditch in the Atlantic Ocean about a mile and a half offshore, but was rescued by a law enforcement vessel that saw the aircraft go down.

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Aero-TV: The SportCopter II - Cabin Class Gyroplane

SportCopter’s Jim Vanek Introduces the Next Step in Two-Place Design

Renown for its leadership in the gyroplane market, Sport Copter, Inc. debuted the latest in two-place design two years ago with the first flight of its SportCopter II.  Since then, the company has continued to push for superior handling performance, including a brand-new tail design that provides better pitch and yaw stability than the previous cruciform tail.

Aero-TV: The Portable AV8OR Ace - Raising the Bar on Capabilities

Honeywell’s AV8OR ACE Enables Increased Paperless Cockpit Capabilities

 

At EAA AirVenture 2009, Honeywell introduced their next evolution in avionics products, the Bendix/King AV8OR ACE, at an introductory price of only $1999.  Offering a seven-inch display, the AV8OR ACE includes a sunlight-readable touchscreen interface for easy viewing and usage; the “Touch and See” capability allows users to simply tap on screen objects, such as airports, VORs, and airspace boundaries, to quickly access further information.  Customers can use aviation navigation in either portrait or landscape modes.

Aero-TV: The SportCopter II - Cabin Class Gyroplane

SportCopter’s Jim Vanek Introduces the Next Step in Two-Place Design

Renown for its leadership in the gyroplane market, Sport Copter, Inc. debuted the latest in two-place design two years ago with the first flight of its SportCopter II. Since then, the company has continued to push for superior handling performance, including a brand-new tail design that provides better pitch and yaw stability than the previous cruciform tail.

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Aero-TV: The Portable AV8OR Ace - Raising the Bar on Capabilities

Honeywell’s AV8OR ACE Enables Increased Paperless Cockpit Capabilities

At EAA AirVenture 2009, Honeywell introduced their next evolution in avionics products, the Bendix/King AV8OR ACE, at an introductory price of only $1999. Offering a seven-inch display, the AV8OR ACE includes a sunlight-readable touchscreen interface for easy viewing and usage; the “Touch and See” capability allows users to simply tap on screen objects, such as airports, VORs, and airspace boundaries, to quickly access further information. Customers can use aviation navigation in either portrait or landscape modes.

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Piper Offers Garmin G1000 On All PA-46 Models

Mirage And Matrix Join Meridian In Offering G1000 Option With SVT

Piper Aircraft announced Monday that it has certified and will offer as optional equipment the all-glass, fully-integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite for the Piper Mirage and Piper Matrix aircraft. The expanded offering now extends deployment of the sophisticated avionics suite to all of Piper's top-line, PA-46 aircraft.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #2: Inadvertent Encounters

Ready For A Chill?

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 form 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 second of seven tips for dealing with icing. Y'all be careful out there!

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FAA Bans Takeoffs with 'Polished Frost'

New Rules Take Effect January 30th

The FAA is increasing the safety of winter flying by prohibiting takeoffs with "polished frost" - frost buffed to make it smooth - on the wings, stabilizers and control surfaces of several classes of aircraft.  The new rules are effective on January 30, 2010.

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Six Killed In B.C. Canada Floatplane Accident

Two People Survived When Plane Went Down Off Saturna Island

A floatplane with eight people, one of them an infant, on board went down Sunday apparently just after takeoff from Saturna Island in British Columbia between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Two people, one of them the pilot, survived the crash.

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FAA Won't Force Quick B777 Engine Rebuilds

NTSB Recommended Rapid Replacement Of Some Engine Parts Subject To Icing

The FAA has declined to prevent some 130 B777 airliners from flying long-distance routes before the replacement of some engine parts that have, in extremely rare cases, iced up during flight and caused engine shutdowns. The NTSB had recommended that at least some of the suspect parts be replaced by the end of this year.

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10 Percent Of 747-400's Not Flying

Freighters Will Likely Slowly Return To Service. Passenger Planes, Not So Much

A report by 7Seas Aviation, a Los Angeles-based aviation consultant, says as many as 10 percent of the world's fleet of 747-400's are in storage, due to the impact of the recession on both the passenger and cargo markets.  That accounts for about 63 airplanes as of November 1st.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.01.09)

"When there was a spare place, the space tourist could fly together with the main crew and return back with them. Now that we have switched to a six-person crew, there is no spare room." Source:  Sergei Krikalyov, the chief of Russia's Cosmonaut Training Center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.01.09): Climb To VFR

ATC authorization for an aircraft to climb to VFR conditions within Class B, C, D, and E surface areas when the only weather limitation is restricted visibility. The aircraft must remain clear of clouds while climbing to VFR. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.01.09)

Jetman Yves Rossy

Yves Rossy's first attempt at an intercontinental flight using his jet-powered wing is just the lastest a long line of accomplishments. Though unsuccessful in his first attempt, there will be others, and it's quite possible he'll succeed at some point. Today's Aero-Linx is a look at this aviator.

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