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September 29, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.29.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.29.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.29.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Adam Thurston on Intellectual Property - 09.29.09 (ANN Special Report, with Atty Adam Thurston)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.29.09

A new LSA from Europe has grown-up range and payload.
Storm Aircraft adds a distributor in Phoenix.
And US Helicopter says its shutdown is temporary.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.29.09

A new LSA from Europe has grown-up range and payload.
Storm Aircraft adds a distributor in Phoenix.
And US Helicopter says its shutdown is temporary.


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ANN Special Feature: Adam Thurston on Intellectual Property - 09.29.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Los Angeles attorney Adam Thurston about how intellectual property law will apply to the lawsuit filed against the National Association of Flight Instructors by Master I

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Capt. Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger To Fly Again For US Airways

Will Join The Airline's Safety Management Team

US Airways announced today that Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who piloted Flight 1549 during its emergency water landing on the Hudson River in January, is returning to work in a new role as a management pilot.

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Airbus Director Says Deeper Production Cuts Could Be Coming

A320 Output Reduced To 36 Aircraft Per Month

Airbus managing director Fabrice Bregier said the aircraft manufacturer could be facing production cuts if airlines continue to falter. Bregier made the statement at a business conference in Toulouse, France Friday.

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Jeppesen Receives FAA Certification For RNP Procedures

Has Proven Expertise In All Facets Of RNP Design And Maintenance

Jeppesen has been granted a certification by the FAA to design, flight validate and maintain public Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Special Aircrew and Aircraft Authorization Required (SAAAR) procedures in the United States.

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Venice, Florida, Looks To Downgrade Airport

Consultant Says FAA Will Not Support The Move

In the first of four workshops designed to craft a new airport plan that is two years overdue, at least one member of the Venice, Florida City Council is pushing to have the local airport downgraded.

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RAF Chinooks To Be Upgraded For Afghanistan

New Engines And Glass Cockpits Included In The Modifications

RAF Chinook helicopters operating in Afghanistan will receive a GBP408m upgrade to deliver more powerful engines and more advanced, digitized cockpits, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, announced late last week.

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Russian Helicopters Will Take Orders For Modernized Mi-8M In 2010

Upgrades Will Feature New Avionics And Glass Cockpits

Russian Helicopters, JSC, the managing body of the consolidated Russian helicopter industry holding, is planning to start taking orders for the extensively modernized Mi-8M helicopter next year. First deliveries of Mi-8M are scheduled for 2013.

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TSA Announces New Check Bag Screening Systems In Wichita, LA

Mid Continent And John Wayne Airports Receive Grants For Advanced Screening Devices

TSA last week announced an award of nearly $6.9 million to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) and approximately $8.8 million for John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California, for the construction of inline baggage screening systems designed to enhance TSA's efforts to strengthen security at airports.

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Hartzell Now Offers Larger-Diameter Top Prop Conversions For Cessna 206

Company Claims A Significant Performance Boost For The Airplane

A new Cessna 206 Top Prop 3-blade propeller kit is now available from Hartzell Propeller Inc.  The STC covers most normally-aspirated floatplanes and landplanes manufactured from 1964 through to 1977, as well as most Turbo 206 floatplanes delivered between 1964 to 1973.

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Navy Leap Frogs Perform At BMX World Cup

More Than 3,000 Riders And Fans Watched The Elite Skydiving Team

 The U.S. Navy's Leap Frogs precision parachute team was among the highlights of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) BMX Supercross World Cup held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Chula Vista, California September 19.

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NASA Seeks Ideas For New Prize Challenges

Looking For Public Input Into Future Contests

The Innovative Partnerships Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington is offering an opportunity for the public to help shape the prize challenges the agency offers to America's future citizen-inventors. For the next six weeks, ideas for new Centennial Challenge prize competitions may be proposed for NASA's consideration.

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Pilot Walks Away From Riverbed Forced Landing

Cessna 140 Went Down Near Santa Paula, California

A woman flying a mid-1940's era Cessna 140 escaped major injuries when the aircraft went down after reportedly losing power shortly after takeoff from Santa Paula airport in California September 16th.

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Aero-TV:  AirVenture Meet the Boss - Randy Babbitt on Light Sport Aviation

FAA Administrator Experiences His First EAA AirVenture Forum

On July 30th, 2009, Randy Babbitt took to the podium for the first time as the FAA Administrator, addressing EAA AirVenture attendees in the Honda Pavilion.  As an EAA member himself, Babbitt has an impressive background in aviation; receiving his certificate at the age of 16, Babbitt continued his flying career piloting such aircraft as the Douglas DC-9, Boeing B-727, and the Airbus A300.  After his years at Eastern Air Lines (EAL), Babbitt served as president of the Air Line Pilots Association before being appointed to the FAA’s Management Advisory Council in 2000 by President Clinton.  On June 1st, the Senate confirmed Babbitt as the FAA’s 16th Administrator, following Mar

Aero-TV:  Safety Tip of the Week - Allen Silver, Bailout Preparation

FAA Master Rigger Allen Silver Shares His Best Parachute Safety Tips

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere parachute experts, Allen Silver has been an FAA Master Rigger since 1974.  Designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA in 1991, he now serves as chairman of the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Rigging Committee.  Silver sat down with Aero-TV to share his most invaluable safety tips for emergency bailout preparation.

Aero-TV: AirVenture Meet the Boss - Randy Babbitt on Light Sport Aviation

FAA Administrator Experiences His First EAA AirVenture Forum

On July 30th, 2009, Randy Babbitt took to the podium for the first time as the FAA Administrator, addressing EAA AirVenture attendees in the Honda Pavilion. 

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Allen Silver, Bailout Preparation

FAA Master Rigger Allen Silver Shares His Best Parachute Safety Tips

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere parachute experts, Allen Silver has been an FAA Master Rigger since 1974.  Designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA in 1991, he now serves as chairman of the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Rigging Committee. 

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NTSB Files Prelim On PPC Accident That Injured Spectators

NOT Good: Powered Parachute Flight Impacted Among Spectators on Ground During "Candy Drop"

One of the first things that is drilled into pilots about operations near ANY assemblage of people is to NOT operate the aircraft in such a way as to potentially hazard anyone on the ground. Unfortunately; one PPC operator did not (apparently) heed that missive and sport aviation got a heck of a black eye when a "candy drop" resulted in the aircraft's going down into a local celebration and hurting a half dozen spectators...

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Cessna Releases FAA Accepted Sport/Private Pilot Training Program

Web-Based System Tracks Training, Makes Materials Available Online

Cessna has taken the wraps off its new Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course, making it available to its Cessna Pilot Center network. The training program meets acceptable training standards for private pilot certification under Part 141 by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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White House Objects To Funding For Additional C-17's

Stops Short Of Veto Threat If They Are Included In Defense Spending Bill

The White House has issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) strongly objecting to the Senate version of the FY2010 Defense Authorization Bill. The objections are based on the inclusion of funding for additional C-17 cargo planes President Obama says are not necessary.

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Utah Lawmaker Says TSA Screeners Retaliated For Unionization Vote

TSA Says Security Procedures Were Followed Properly

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is not a fan of body scan machines used by TSA to screen some passengers before getting on an airliner. Returning to Washington recently from Utah, he says he was directed to a line that included the full body scan, and when he refused, he says he was challenged by TSA employees.

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NBAA Returns To Hong Kong With ABACE In 2011

Asia Seen As Business Aviation Growth Market

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that the Association's Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will be held Tuesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC) on Hong Kong International Airport.

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Challenging Week Ahead for Atlantis Techs and Crew

Atlantis Being Prepped For October 13th Rollout

Beginning a new week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians continue working on space shuttle Atlantis to get it ready for its rollover from Orbiter Processing Facility-1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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TSA Announces Grants For Airport Surveillance At SFO, DFW

Grants Will Pay For Closed Circuit TV Upgrade

TSA recently announced approximately $5 million in funding for the purchase of additional equipment for a closed circuit television (CCTV) system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and approximately $6 million award for the installation of a similar system at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

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Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces Investment In 10 Airports

$6.5 Million In Airport Improvement Grants Distributed Around The State

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced the investment of $6.5 million for safety improvements and facility maintenance at 10 airports on Friday. "Ensuring that our airports operate safely and efficiently is critical to maintaining Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure," Governor Rendell said.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.29.09)

 "I’m basically on a plane every three to four days. Nobody wants those planes to be more secure than me." Source: Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) discussing a disagreement with TSA personnel over use of a full-body scanner.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.29.09): Closed Traffic

Successive operations involving takeoffs and landings or low approaches where the aircraft does not exit the traffic pattern.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.29.09)

Aero-Linx: Dryden Flight Research Center Photo Archive Through the years, much aviation research has been done at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, with the emphasis generally on going higher, faster, and further. But there has also been research on items like the Space Shuttle landing gear, which had to work correctly the first time.

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