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August 13, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.14.09

NASA's funding won't take us to the Moon or Mars.
Christopher Hart is back on the NTSB.
And is the FAA building "airports to nowhere?"

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.14.09

NASA's funding won't take us to the Moon or Mars.
Christopher Hart is back on the NTSB.
And is the FAA building "airports to nowhere?"


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DOT OIG Critical Of FAA Stimulus Money Awards

FAA Responds That Approved Projects All Have Merit

The DOT Office Of Inspector General has issues a report which indicates the FAA has not followed all Federal guidelines when awarding ARRA stimulus grants to airports. Some of the projects that had received grants ranked lower on a priority list than others which had not been funded, the OIG charged.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.13.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.13.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.13.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator III - Randy Babbitt - 08.13.09  (ANN Special Report, with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt)

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Afriqiyah Airways Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A330

Move Brings Airbus Commonality To Its Rapidly Expanding Network

Afriqiyah Airways has taken delivery of their first Airbus A330-200 aircraft, becoming a new operator of this aircraft type. The new A330 will seat 230 passengers in a two-class cabin and will serve long-haul operations on routes from Tripoli to Africa and Europe.

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Air Force Announces Decision On Location Of 24th Air Force

Numbered Air Force Conducts Cyber Operations Integrated With Air And Space Missions

The U.S. Air Force announced today that Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, has been selected as the permanent location of the 24th Air Force headquarters, a numbered air force (NAF) designed to conduct cyber operations activities for the Air Force.  

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US Airways, Delta Announce Slot Transaction

Includes Domestic, International Routes From DCA, LGA

In a transaction announced Tuesday, US Airways will obtain 42 pairs of Delta’s slots at DCA and acquire the rights to expand to Tokyo, Japan and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Simultaneously, US Airways will transfer 125 pairs of its slots to Delta at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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ARIES Biodiesel System Successfully Demonstrated

Automated, Portable Production Unit Makes Renewable Fuel

A collaborative effort by the U.S. Navy, Biodiesel Industries, Inc. and Aerojet has successfully demonstrated methods to produce cleaner and more reliable sources of renewable fuels for military use.

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Robert E. Brown Will Retire As President And CEO Of CAE

EVP Marc Parent Promoted To Head The Company

CAE announced Wednesday that Robert E. Brown, CAE's President and CEO, will retire on September 30, 2009 and Marc Parent, CAE's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will succeed Mr. Brown as President and CEO at that time.

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New SC Boeing Plant Schedules Union De-certification Vote

Dreamliner Production Site Decision Could Hang In The Balance

The International Association of Machinists representing workers at Boeing's newly-acquired assembly facility in Charleston, SC, has agreed to a September 10th vote to de-certify the union.

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Gary M. Bishop To Lead EADS North America's Armed Scout 645 Helicopter Program

Bishop Brings A 34 Year Aviation Career To The Program

Gary M. Bishop has joined EADS North America as vice president of its Armed Scout 645 program. EADS North America is offering the Armed Scout 645 combat helicopter to strengthen U.S. Army capabilities in aerial reconnaissance and security during operations in current and future conflicts.

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Centurion Develops Near East Partnerships

Recruits Near East Aviation As Distribution Partner

Near East Aviation has become the thirtieth distributor in Centurion's worldwide network of dealers. "We are pleased to have enlisted such an influential and experienced partner for distribution of our engines in this important region," commented Centurion chairman of the board Jasper M. Wolffson.

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Embraer Holds First Legacy 600 Operators Conference In Brazil

Agenda Included Discussions About Products, Customer Support And Services

Embraer held its first Legacy 600 Operators Conference in Brazil Wednesday at São Paulo’s Hotel Sofitel, near Congonhas Airport. The company called the meeting an important moment for strengthening relationships with its customers, and a unique opportunity for them to exchange experiences and ideas.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.13.09

Politicians use last weekend's New York mid-air as a publicity op.
NATA says the general media is getting the story wrong.
And it looks as if the Eclipse saga could be over this month

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.13.09

Politicians use last weekend's New York mid-air as a publicity op.
NATA says the general media is getting the story wrong.
And it looks as if the Eclipse saga could be over this month

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Aero-TV: EAA Seaplane Base - Lake Side at AirVenture 2009

Chairman Paul Seehafer Introduces the “Forgotten Paradise” of EAA AirVenture:

Hidden between Reinke and McClarin Creeks, in an inviting cove off the shores of Lake Winnebago, exists EAA AirVenture’s own oasis, the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base.  Established as the center for all water-based aviation attendees in 1973, the base continues to be one of the most popular havens from the bustle of Wittman Field.

Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Kings' FADD Memory Aid

John and Martha King Explain What to Do When Things Go Wrong:

On the last weekend of June, 2009, COPA and Cirrus Aircraft held their seventh annual “Migration,” a yearly invitation to all Cirrus owners and associates to travel to the company headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota.  This year’s featured speakers were the internationally renowned duo, John and Martha King.

Aero-TV: Aero-Tip Of The Week -- Kings' FADD Memory Aid

John and Martha King Explain What to Do When Things Go Wrong

On the last weekend of June, 2009, COPA and Cirrus Aircraft held their seventh annual "Migration," a yearly invitation to all Cirrus owners and associates to travel to the company headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. This year's featured speakers were the internationally renowned duo, John and Martha King.

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Aero-TV: EAA Seaplane Base -- Lake Side at Oshkosh 2009

Chairman Paul Seehafer Introduces the “Forgotten Paradise” of EAA AirVenture

Hidden between Reinke and McClarin Creeks, in an inviting cove off the shores of Lake Winnebago, exists EAA AirVenture’s own oasis, the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base. Established as the center for all water-based aviation attendees in 1973, the base continues to be one of the most popular havens from the bustle of Wittman Field.

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Senators Pryor And Lincoln, Governor Beebe Support GA Jobs In Arkansas

Trio Spoke At GAMA Forum In Little Rock

Continuing to stress the importance of General Aviation on the nation's economy, Senator Mark Pryor, Senator Blanche Lincoln, and Governor Mike Beebe spoke at The General Aviation Jobs for Arkansas Forum Wednesday. The forum was organized by GAMA.

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Air Transport Association Says FAA Crew Training Proposal 'Unworkable'

Recommends Immediate Creation Of Committee To Address Inconsistencies

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) filed comments Tuesday expressing serious and broad concerns about a proposed FAA regulation that would rewrite pilot, flight attendant, flight engineer and dispatcher training requirements.

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Final RV-12 Kit Assembly Now Available

Powerplant The Final Piece Of The RV-12 Assembly

Van's Aircraft, Inc. says the final kit for the RV-12, the powerplant, is available as of Wednesday.  Priced at $24,985.00, the kit includes a brand new Rotax 912ULS engine, a new Sensenich ground-adjustable propeller, and all the necessary components to install them in an RV-12.

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Date For Eclipse Sale Set

A Federal Bankruptcy Judge Sets August 20th For The Sale

A Federal Bankruptcy Judge says the assets of Eclipse Aviation will be auctioned on August 20th, with the sale likely to go to Eclipse Aerospace for $40 million. A Friday deadline has been set for competitive bids to be submitted for the company.

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Christopher A. Hart Sworn In As Newest Member Of NTSB

Licensed Pilot, Former FAA Air Traffic Safety Oversight DD

Christopher A. Hart was sworn in Wednesday as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Member Hart joins the Board after a long career in transportation safety, including a previous term as a Member of the NTSB.

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Wyle Plays Significant Role In Study For NextGen Aircraft And ATC Concepts

Study Due Next Year Looking At Supersonic Aircraft In The System

Wyle is taking a significant role in a NASA study due out early next year that will provide valuable insights into how the U.S. National Airspace System will be transformed by new types of aircraft and new air traffic control operational concepts by the end of the next decade.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.13.09)

"While we appreciate the FAA's desire to quickly adopt new training rules, we believe that the rule as proposed could set the safety clock back by more than a decade," Source: ATA President and CEO James C. May. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.13.09): Proverse Yaw

An ANN reader sent this term after reading Wednesday about Adverse Yaw. Proverse Yaw is yaw in the direction of the turn and occurs when an aircraft uses spoilers for roll control. The spoiler on the down side in the turn causes drag which assists the turn."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.13.09)

UAV Forum

We've been hearing a lot about how UAV's might fit into our national airspace. Currently, FAA regulations prohibit most UAV flight in U.S. Airspace, but there is a lot of research going on about how these unmanned vehicles can be used. The UAV Forum is dedicated to exchange information and ideas about the subject.

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