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July 02, 2009

Airbus May Face Calls To Ground All Long-Range Airliners

AF447 Incident May Prompt The Move

French accident investigators are expected to release a preliminary report in the crash of Air France Flight 447 Thursday, and industry analysts say Airbus may face calls to ground it's entire fleet of long-range airliners as a result.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.02.09

The sole survivor of a Yemeni Air disaster is headed home.
The same controller trainee is implicated in two runway incursions.
And, should NASA hand over Low Earth Orbits to the priva

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.02.09

The sole survivor of a Yemeni Air disaster is headed home.
The same controller trainee is implicated in two runway incursions.
And, should NASA hand over Low Earth Orbits to the priva

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ANN Special Feature: Frank Porter, HKS 700T Engine - 07.02.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Frank Porter, CEO of Air Parts Sales Unlimited, to get details on the upcoming first deliveries of an engine experimenters have been anxiously awaiting -- the 80-horsepo

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Cobra Helicopters To Get New Target Sight System

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Production Unit To The U.S. Marine Corps

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Target Sight System (TSS) production unit at a ceremony held at its Orlando, FL, facility Tuesday. The TSS is the multi-sensor fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps' AH-1Z Cobra helicopter.

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Airbus To Experiment With 'Taxibot' To Reduce Fuel Costs, Emissions

Pilot Would Drive Tractor From The Cockpit

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2009 International Paris Air Show to jointly develop and test an environmentally friendly pilot-controlled towing semi-robotic system.

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FAA Releases Training Video For Fighting In-Flight Fires

Video Available To View Online

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) review of commercial aviation accidents involving in-flight fires during the period 1983 to 2000 prompted the NTSB to issue a number of safety recommendations to the FAA, including the development of an AC to address a number of issues linked to in-flight fires. The FAA  issued AC 120-80, In-Flight Fires,and the FAA Technical Center Fire Safety Branch has developed a training video to complement the AC.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.02.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.02.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.02.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Frank Porter, HKS 700T Engine - 07.02.09 (ANN Special Report, with Frank Porter)

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Boeing Team to Develop Spacecraft Power System for DARPA

Will Push Self-Deployed Spacecraft From Low To High Orbit And Beyond

 Boeing has received a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work on Phase 2 of the Fast Access Spacecraft Testbed (FAST) program. FAST will form the foundation for future self-deployed, high-mobility spacecraft to perform ultra-high-power communications, space radar, satellite transfer and servicing missions.

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Eurocopter Delivers EC120 To Edmonton Police

Missions To Include Border Patrol, Emergency Response, City Surveillance

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has taken delivery of their second Eurocopter EC120 B patrol helicopter, which will allow for greater in-air coverage and policing of the growing city of Edmonton. When combined with other policing resources, the aircraft will increase operational efficiency and reduce response times to emergency calls.

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Air Hauler Amerijet Buys Trucking Firm

The Company Recently Leased Several B767 Cargo Aircraft

Amerijet International has announced its acquisition of a majority interest in Nations Express, a nationwide express trucking company based in Charlotte, NC. Nations Express operates a fleet of approximately 200 trucks in an express charter truck service.

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Eurocopter EC145 In Service For Flight For Life

First Of Two Aircraft For Wisconsin Company

The first of the Flight For Life Transport System's two new EC145s has entered into service. The aircraft was inaugurated on Tuesday, during a ceremony at Flight For Life's Waukesha, Wisconsin headquarters, where the helicopter will be based. The aircraft, as well as the second EC145, was completed by Helicopter Specialties (HSI) in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Publicity Stunt: Man Completes 30-Days Living On AirTran Aircraft

Mark Malkoff Sets Guinness Record 

We have to wonder if he paid for a business class upgrade. Mark Malkoff arrived in Atlanta Tuesday greeted by several hundred curiosity seekers and fans, having just set the Guinness World Record for most flight segments in a 30-day period. Malkoff kept in touch with friends, fans and family via Inflight Internet on the airline's aircraft.

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Bombardier Sells Two Q400 NextGen Airliners To Porter

Toronto Airline Reaches 20 Firm Orders For Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace announced this week that Porter Airlines of Toronto has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction represents the conversion of the last two options of 10 Q400 aircraft which were announced in 2006. 

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Flight Attendants Press DOT for Job Protections In Proposed Airline Merger

Union Redoubles Efforts Following Concerns Outlined By Department of Justice

Flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA) at United Airlines, are pressing the DOT to ensure American jobs are protected when considering the anti-trust immunity filing to join Continental with United Airlines and the Star Alliance. The flight attendants' efforts take on extraordinary meaning this week following an announcement by United Airlines to furlough 2,150 Flight Attendants this fall.

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Aero-TV: XCOR Aerospace -- An Innovative Route To Space (Part 1)

Mark Our Words... The Private Spaceflight Revolution Will Be Won by Companies Like XCOR

I have a number of heroes in the aviation and aerospace business... some of whom I've written about quite a bit and a few that I need to write much more about. Near the top of the list of XCOR Aerospace's Jeff Greason and the oh-so-talented team that supports this uncommon man with a dream AND the chutzpah to make it happen.

Aero-TV: XCOR Aerospace -- An Innovative Route To Space (Part 1)

Mark Our Words... The Private Spaceflight Revolution Will Be Won by Companies Like XCOR

I have a number of heroes in the aviation and aerospace business... some of whom I've written about quite a bit and a few that I need to write much more about. Near the top of the list of XCOR Aerospace's Jeff Greason and the oh-so-talented team that supports this uncommon man with a dream AND the chutzpah to make it happen.

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Tanking Test Confirms Repair Success

Endeavour Clears Hurdle For July 11 Launch

A test fueling of space shuttle Endeavour's external tank revealed no gaseous hydrogen leaks, verifying recent repairs were successful, NASA managers confirmed during a Wednesday afternoon news conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Bell Helicopter Counter-Sues Eurocopter

Dueling Lawsuits Hitting The Skids

Bell Helicopter has filed a counter suit against rival Eurocopter in patent infringement battle over the sleigh-type landing gear on its model 429 aircraft. Eurocopter says Bell is infringing on a 1999 patent for the skids.

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ISS Makes July 4th Weekend Appearance

Space Station Can Be Seen As It Orbits On Independence Day

As America celebrates its 233rd birthday this holiday weekend, there will be an extra light in the sky along with the fireworks. Across the country, Americans will be treated to spectacular views of the International Space Station as it orbits 220 miles above Earth.

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Another New York Bird Strike, But Plane Lands Safely

Large Bird Found In Landing Gear

American Airlines Flight 1256 was on approach to LaGuardia just before 1100 Tuesday when it hit a large bird, the second such high-profile incident reported in the New York area this year. The airplane was able to land safely, but while taxiing, the pilot noticed the nose gear hydraulics were not operating correctly.

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Dreamliner On Hold, Boeing Focuses On 747 Upgrade

Company Says The Program "Won't Be Drained Of Resources Again"

While Boeing contemplates design changes to the composite fuselage that has again delayed the 787 Dreamliner program, the company says it is back ahead of schedule on its 747-8 program, and that further Dreamliner delays won't effect the Intercontinental's development again.

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Former FAA Employee's Relative Convicted In Scheme To Steal Government Goods

Former Employee Awaiting Trial

Bradley A. Garner, 51, a Canadian citizen who resides in Palm Desert, California, was convicted of Wire Fraud and Theft of Honest Services, Mail Fraud, and Unlawful Monetary Transaction today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington. Garner was convicted of public corruption charges involving a scheme to misappropriate expensive federal property such as boats, planes, vehicles and computers.

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Florida Officials Misuse State Aircraft, Investigation Finds

Costs Not Included In Auditor's Report

Florida Gubernatorial candidates Alex Sink (D) and Bill McCollum (R) have both used state planes for travel between Tallahassee, which for you non-Floridians is in the northern panhandle, and their central Florida homes, according to a report in the Miami Herald. Sink is the state's Chief Financial Officer, and McCollum is the State Attorney General.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.02.09)

'When I came into office -- before I even stepped foot on a state plane -- I asked the aircraft service what the rules were and the guidelines for family members' travel and I have followed those guidelines,' Source: Florida CFO Alex Sink defending her use of State-owned aircraft  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.02.09): Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude

Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude This one's pretty important to remember, It's the lowest published altitude in effect between radio fixes on VOR airways, off-airway routes, or route segments which meets obstacle clearance requirements for the entire route segment and which assures acceptable navigational signal coverage only within 25 statute (22 nautical) miles of a VOR.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.02.09)

Aero-Linx: The Klyde Morris Project Lord help us... Klyde has a blog... The brain-child of Klyde Morris Cartoonist and political provocateur, Wes Oleszewski... the recently announced blog is irreverent, politically incorrect, mostly aviation related, highly opinionated and either... (1)Really interesting reading, or (2) Some really unreadable stuff. If you don't mind the opinions, we think you'll find it entertaining. Check it out and make up YOUR mind.

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