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August 14, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.14.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.14.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.14.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator IV - Randy Babbitt - 08.14.09 (ANN Special Report, with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt)

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Aurora Develops Optionally Piloted Vehicle Based On The DA42M

OPV DA42 Endurance Increases To 26 Hours In Autonomous Mode

Aurora Flight Sciences Wednesday announced the launch of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) based on the popular Diamond Aircraft DA42M.

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PPG Aerospace To Redesign Windshields For Next-Generation 737's

Boeing Requests Windshield Liner To Keep Glass From Flight Deck In Bird-Strike Event

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies business has been awarded a contract by Spirit AeroSystems to redesign the laminated glass windshields for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The windshields are being redesigned at Boeing’s request to accommodate airframe improvements.

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Rockwell Collins Continues Auto-Landing Technology Development

Video Released At Unmanned Vehicle Conference Wednesday

At a news conference held Wednesday at the AUVSI conference, Rockwell Collins' David Vos  provided insight on a current project to adapt advanced flight control technologies originally developed for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for future use in general aviation airplanes.

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Cessna Citation Fleet In Brazil Moves Past 200

Brazil Is Cessna's Top International Market

Cessna Aircraft Company said Thursday Brazil is its leading market for Citation business jets outside the United States, with an in-country fleet of more than 200 Citations for the first time in history. Cessna is represented in Brazil by TAM Aviacao Executiva based at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo.

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Inaugural AOPA Aviation Summit Set For November 5-7 In Tampa

Organization Hopes To Attract Opinion Leaders, General Public

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will host its inaugural AOPA Aviation Summit this November in Tampa. The Association's annual convention and trade show will take place at the Tampa Convention Center November 5-7.

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Honeywell To Provide New T55 Engines For U.K. Military Chinook Fleet

Engine Delivers More Power, Improves Fuel Efficiency

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense (MOD) will purchase the Honeywell 55-L-714A engine and spares, valued at approximately $185 million, to retrofit their fleet of Chinook helicopters. Honeywell announced the move Wednesday.

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HealthNet Orders New EC135 and First EC145 for Air Medical Operations

Four AS350s Already In Service

HealthNet Aeromedical Services of Charleston, WV is again expanding its fleet of American Eurocopter helicopters, ordering its third EC135 and first EC145. Both aircraft will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Boeing B-1 Upgraded With Fully Integrated Data Link Completes 1st Flight

Contract Award Expected In 2010

Boeing said Thursday that a B-1 bomber upgraded with the Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL)successfully completed the first flight late in July. This upgrade includes new processors, color displays and communications architecture.

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New Embraer Executive Jets Service Center Opens In 2009

19,400-Square-Foot Embraer-Owned Facility Is The Second In Brazil

In order to offer business aviation customers a dedicated maintenance environment in Brazil, Embraer is implementing a new service center in the city of São José dos Campos, 56 miles from São Paulo.

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Lockheed Martin's Savi Gets U.S. Air Force OK For RFID Tracking Tags

Approved For Use Aboard All Aircraft Transporting Supplies For Defense

The U.S. Air Force has approved usage of Savi Technology's RFID asset tracking and security devices aboard all sizes and classifications of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft - government, commercial, passenger or cargo - that transport supplies for the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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FAA Could Spoil Reading Airport Land Sale

Agency Says Land Value Has Fallen Significantly, Wants A New Appraisal

The Reading, PA Regional Airport has been trying to sell 200 acres of non-aviation land for an industrial park, but the FAA says the appraisal of the land may be too high, and wants a new assessment of the property.

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Aero-TV: On Wings of Eagles - Moments with the F-15

Honoring the Courageous Pilots Behind the Planes:

Throughout the last two years, the Aero-TV crew has had the extreme honor of meeting many military service men and women as we’ve covered the latest stories from the aviation world.

Aero-TV: AvConnect - Innovative Aviation Networking

C.E.O. Erik Murrey Introduces the Aviation Connection Network:

The Aviation Connection Network is a revolutionary service that allows operators, owners, service centers, and manufactures to quickly access and communicate all available records pertaining to an aircraft.  Through their online database, owners and operators can track such information as automatic flight data, logbook updates, expense records, as well as any automated service requests and complete maintenance history from FBOs and OEMs.

Aero-TV: On Wings of Eagles - Moments With The F-15

Honoring the Courageous Pilots Behind the Planes

Throughout the last two years, the Aero-TV crew has had the extreme honor of meeting many military service men and women as we've covered the latest stories from the aviation world.

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Aero-TV: AvConnect - Modern Aircraft Management

C.E.O. Erik Murrey Introduces the Aviation Connection Network

The Aviation Connection Network is a revolutionary service that allows operators, owners, service centers, and manufactures to quickly access and communicate all available records pertaining to an aircraft.

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Air Traffic Controller On The Phone At The Time Of Hudson River Accident

Controller And Supervisor Likely To Be Fired

Investigations by NTSB and FAA show that the Teterboro Airport Air Traffic Controller was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time of Saturday's mid-air collision over the Hudson River. Both he and his supervisor, who was unable to be located at the time of the accident, have been suspended.

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Augustine Commission Expected To Present Gloomy Forecast

Manned Spaceflight In Jeopardy Given Current NASA Budget

The Obama Administrations' Human Spaceflight Commission, also known as The Augustine Commission after its chairman Norman Augustine, will tell the administration that NASA's budget constraints make the continuation of human spaceflight almost impossible to sustain.

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Klyde Morris (08.14.09)

Klyde Talks Sense About Recent Tragedies And Political Pandering


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FAA And NATCA Reach Landmark Labor Agreement

Union Has 45 Days To Ratify the Agreement

The FAA and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), have concluded a challenging mediation process that has produced a landmark labor agreement.

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Eden Prairie Minnesota Crash Kills Two

Beech 18 Was Attempting To Return To The Airport Just After Takeoff

A 1958 Beech 18 piloted by its owner, Wayne Monson, went down minutes after departing Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN. Monson was attempting to return to the airport at the time of the crash.

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Pilots Use UK National Record Attempt To Showcase 'Fly2Help'

Pentagon Clearance Had To Be Secured For One Stop Of The Charity Flight

A high-flying duo is entering the UK's prestigious Dawn to Dusk competition and is about to set out on a 1,000-mile endurance flight, visiting 24 airfields around the UK in a single day.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.14.09)

"In conjunction with the FAA's participation with the NTSB's inquiry into the recent Hudson River accident, we learned that the controller handling the Piper flight was involved in apparently inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident. " Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.14.09): Decision Altitude Or Decision Height

A specified altitude in the precision approach at which a missed approach must be initiated if the required visual reference to continue the approach has not been established.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.14.09)

Dawn To Dusk Competition

In a story today, we linked to the blog of Fly2Help, which is following the attempt by a pair of British pilots competing in the "Dawn to Dusk" competition in the UK. "The Objective of Dawn to Dusk is to encourage the most interesting employment of a Flying Machine within the limits of competent airmanship"

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