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December 14, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.14.10

Air France takes delivery of its 200th Boeing.
EADS delivers another police helicopter in Canada.
And Lufthansa buys eight more Embraer E-Jets.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.14.10

Air France takes delivery of its 200th Boeing.
EADS delivers another police helicopter in Canada.
And Lufthansa buys eight more Embraer E-Jets.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: SpaceX COTS Demo Recap - 12.14.10

Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk, and President Gwynne Shotwell, address reporters in a news conference following last week's astounding Falcon 9 / Dragon demonstration

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Aero-News Alert: Teledyne Continental Motors SOLD To AVIC International

TCM Acquired By Chinese Aerospace Group

ANN RealTime Update, 12.14.10, 0435 ET: Chinese aerospace interests have just scored a major acquisition withthe news that AVIC will be purchasing TCM. Just moments ago, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated and AVIC International Holding Corporation ("AVIC International") announced an agreement to sell Teledyne's general aviation piston engine business to Technify Motor (USA) LTD., a subsidiary of AVIC International, for $186 million in cash. Under the transaction, AVIC International will acquire Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. and Teledyne Mattituck Services, Inc.

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Aero-News Alert: RunwayFinder Shuts Down

Free Flight Planner Website Founder Fears Financial Ruin

 ANN has just learned the FlightPrep v RunwayFinder appears to have come to a bad end. RunwayFinder owner Dave Parsons notified ANN via an email link to his blog update (responding to our request) that he had shut the site down fearing the consequences of an aggressive legal action he was ill-equipped to fight.

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Jetblue Fined For Violating Disability, Code-Share Disclosure Rules

Carrier Assessed $600,000, Nearly Half Must Go To Improving Accessibility For The Disabled

The U.S. DOT assessed a civil penalty against JetBlue Airways on Monday for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights sold by the carrier were being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.14.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.14.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.14.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: SpaceX COTS Demo Recap - 12.14.10 (ANN Special Report, with Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk, and President Gwynne Shotwell)

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Phantom Ray Takes A Piggyback Ride On NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Boeing Says Trip Brings The UAS One Step Closer To Its First Flight

Securely attached to the top of one of NASA's modified B747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), the Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system took off at 1340 CST Monday for a test flight at Lambert International Airport.

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200th Ariane Launcher Takes Shape At French Guiana Spaceport

Preparations Underway For February 2011 Mission With Europe's 2nd ATV

Assembly of the milestone 200th Ariane is now underway at the Spaceport in French Guiana in preparation for its February 2011 mission with Europe's second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which will service the International Space Station.

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'Bob' Moseley Named Technical Support, Training Manager For Superior Air Parts

Has Been In The GA Industry For Over Four Decades

GA industry veteran James Robert “Bob” Moseley has joined Superior Air Parts, Inc., as the company’s manager of Technical Support and Training. Moseley has been in general aviation for over 42 years.

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American Meterological Society Honors Southwest Airlines

In-House Meteorology Team Recognized For Advances In The Aviation Industry

The Council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has named Rick Curtis, Southwest Airline’s Chief Meteorologist, as the recipient of the 2010 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology, along with recognizing the airlines’ entire in-house Meteorology Team.

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USAF Selects Preferred Alternative Base For C-27J Training Aircraft

Air Force Officials Announced That It Has Chosen Key Field Air National Guard Base

Air Force officials announced Dec. 8 that it has chosen Key Field Air National Guard Base, MS, as the preferred alternative base for the C-27J training aircraft.

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U.S. Navy Gets Set To Deploy K-MAX Helicopter UAVs

NAVAIR Awards Evaluation Contract Worth $45.8 Million

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a $45.8 million contract to Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace for a U.S. Marine Corps evaluation of unmanned cargo resupply in an operational forward deployed environment using the K-MAX unmanned aircraft systems.

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Team Begins Building Indian Navy's 1st P-8I Aircraft

P-8I Is A Variant Of The P-8a Poseidon That Boeing Is Developing For The U.S. Navy

Fabrication began Monday in Wichita on the first part for the Indian navy's first long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The P-8I, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.

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Pilot Who Claimed To Be A Doctor Didn't Finish Med School

Aviation Credentials Are Legit, But United Grounded The Airline Captain

If you're going to be a doctor, it's probably helpful if you finish medical school. But William Hamman, a now-grounded United Airlines Captain who was also thought to be a well-respected cardiologist, was revealed to have been passing himself off as a doctor with no credentials.

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Aero-TV: Maintaining The Legacy -- Kurt Robinson Looks To The Future (Part 1)

Talk About A Tough Act To Follow... Kurt Robinson Leads RHC Into The Future

Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement announcement with bittersweet feelings. There is NO DOUBT that a large part of today's helicopter industry would simply not exist without the genius and inspiration of Frank Robinson, but we are pleased to see his legacy passed to such capable and proper hands -- his son Kurt Robinson.

Classic Aero-TV: One By One - The MGL Avionic's 'Singles'

This is a previously unreleased video from the ANN archives.

Matt Liknaitzky, the President of MGL Avionics, provide you with an introduction to the MGL electronic “Singles” instruments. There are times when a full EFIS is not needed but you would still like to have easy to install electronic style instruments.

Aero-TV: Maintaining The Legacy -- Kurt Robinson Looks To The Future (Part 1)

Talk About A Tough Act To Follow... Kurt Robinson Leads RHC Into The Future

Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement announcement with bittersweet feelings.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Cessna Corvalis Aircraft

Structural Failure In A Wing Occurred During A Production Acceptance Flight Test

The FAA has issued an emergency AD (2010-26-53) for Cessna LC41-550FG and LC42-550FG (Corvalis) airplanes.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Some Bell Helicopters

Supersedes Existing AD Dealing With Tail Rotor Tip Weights

The FAA is superseding a previous AD with an Emergency AD for Bell Helicopter Textron Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 210, 212, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters.

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Future Of Aviation Advisory Committee To Hold Final Meeting Dec. 15

LaHood, Babbitt To Hear Committee's Recommendations

The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) will present its recommendations to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at its final meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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GAMA Calls On Congress To Pass Bipartisan Tax Agreement

Association Says Passage Will Boost General Aviation Manufacturing

GAMA has called on Congress to swiftly pass President Obama's recently announced bipartisan tax agreement to help boost general aviation manufacturing and restore lost industry jobs.

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Astronaut Alan Poindexter Leaves NASA

Will Return To Monterey, CA As Navy School Administrator

Veteran NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter has left the agency to return to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

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Industry Forecast Shows 20-Year Demand Could Reach 26,000 New Aircraft

Total Spending Worldwide On Airliners Could Climb To $3.2 Trillion, Airbus Says

Almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.2 trillion will be needed between 2010 and 2029 to satisfy demand. At least, that is the view of Airbus according to its Global Market Forecast (GMF).

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NBAA Welcomes Administration Tax Plan

Proposal Would Expand Tax Benefits For Business Investments, Including Aircraft

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said Monday that the association welcomes a proposal, announced last week, that would give U.S. companies tax benefits to help preserve manufacturing jobs, while allowing companies immediate access to the benefits of business aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.14.10)

"We support this agreement because it contains two key provisions that will create needed growth in general aviation manufacturing." Source: GAMA's President and CEO Pete Bunce.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.14.10): Direct

Straight line flight between two navigational aids, fixes, points, or any combination thereof.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.14.10)

National Agricultural Aviation Association

The agricultural aviation industry is made up of small businesses and pilots that use aircraft to aid farmers in producing a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food.

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