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February 04, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.04.10

NTSB issues its report on Continental Connections 3407.
The battle over NASA is joined.
And Robert Gates shakes up the F-35 program.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.04.10

NTSB issues its report on Continental Connections 3407.
The battle over NASA is joined.
And Robert Gates shakes up the F-35 program.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II - The Through-the-Fence Fight - 02.04.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Brent Blue of ThroughTheFence.org about a move on Capitol Hill to preserve the rights of owners of hangar homes, and what we can do as individuals.

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CAPA: Colgan Air Report Highlights Associations' Concerns

Calls FAA Response Non-Constructive

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) said Wednesday it has reviewed the findings of the NTSB report on the Continental Express Flight 3407 crash in Buffalo last February 2009, and called for "immediate action" to address serious safety concerns.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.04.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.04.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.04.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II - The Through-the-Fence Fight - 02.04.10 (ANN Special Report, with Brent Blue)

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Australian Airline Pilot Academy Adds New Pipers For Training

Eight Warriors And Two Seminoles Add To The Existing Fleet 

In a Tuesday news conference at the Singapore Air Show, Piper announced the sale of eight Piper Warriors and two Piper Seminoles to the Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA). 

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Gates: No New Bomber This Decade

A New Air Force Bomber May Be Operational In The 2020's

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates  says the earliest a new bomber may be operational is late in the 2020's ... more than a decade later than originally planned.

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JPL Releases Photos Of Haiti Fault Lines

Scientists Hope To Be Able To Measure Tectonic Plate Movements

JPL's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) captured a false-color composite image of the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding region on Jan. 27, 2010.

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FAA Grants Chicago An Extension For Privatizing Midway

Initial Deal Fell Through When Economy Faltered

The FAA will give the city of Chicago more time to find a private company to take responsibility for Midway Airport after the initial deal for privatization ground to a halt along with the stagnant economy.

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MSP Jet Center Introduces New Tech Services Team

Key Appointments Made In Minneapolis/St. Paul

Tim Ashenfelter, President of MSP Jet Center, LLC, and MSP's parent company, ASI Jet Center, announced recent key personnel appointments to MSP Jet Center's Technical Services Team based at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on Tuesday.

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Builder In Brazil Completes 1st International Texas Sport Kit Cub

Assembly Took "Experienced Amateur Builder" 10 Months

The first Texas Sport Cub kit delivered to an international buyer has been completely assembled, the American Legend Aircraft Company announced Tuesday.

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Louisiana Reports 'Suspicious' Helicopter Activity

Several Incidents Prompt Notice From LA Law Enforcement

The Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) has distributed a notice to helicopter operators in the state detailing what it describes as "suspicious" activity around airports and leasing facilities. It also notes helicopters engaged in behavior it considers unusual.

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Cessna Establishes Asian Citation Parts Distribution Center

Also Names Metrojet As Authorized Citation Service Facility In Hong Kong

A couple of updates from Cessna from the Singapore Air Show. The company announced Tuesday that it has reached agreement with sister company Bell Helicopter to use Bell’s Asia parts distribution facility in Singapore to further enhance parts distribution to Citation operators in Asia and the Pacific Rim region.

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Florida Aviation Trades Association Hosts Free Biz-Av Event

"Beyond The Runway" Looks At Strategic Partnerships

The Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA) is hosting "Beyond The Runway: Why General Aviation Means Business" in June of this year. The event is intended for local businesses to talk to leaders in the business aviation world and get insight into how strategic partnerships can increase the bottom line.

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No One Seriously Injured When Plane Hits Car

Pilot Admitted He Was Trying To Fly Close To The Vehicle

The two people involved in this incident probably thought it sounded like a really good idea when it was hatched, but like so many such ideas, well ... lets just say it's all good fun until the airplane hits the car.

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Aero-TV: LSA in 2010 – The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Chairman Bob Wood Discusses the Sport Aviation Industry in 2010

On January 21st through January 24th, 2010, sport aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Sebring Regional Airport for the annual Sport Aviation Expo.  Held in Sebring, Florida, the Expo is the place to see, buy, and sell aircraft operating under the LSA rule such as fixed-wings, trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes.  In addition, LSA industry leaders display the latest in sport aviation technology including new aircraft and electronics.  The Expo also provides educational forums, such as training programs and insurance seminars, specifically geared towards aviation’s Sport Pilot.

Aero-TV: LSA in 2010 - The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Chairman Bob Wood Discusses the Sport Aviation Industry in 2010

On January 21st through January 24th, 2010, sport aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Sebring Regional Airport for the annual Sport Aviation Expo.  Held in Sebring, Florida, the Expo is the place to see, buy, and sell aircraft operating under the LSA rule such as fixed-wings, trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes. 

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SpaceX Completes Dragon Spacecraft Cargo Loading Demo

Company A Step Closer To Beginning Cargo Deliveries To ISS

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently conducted a three-day long demonstration of cargo loading and unloading procedures for its Dragon spacecraft, which NASA has contracted to provide delivery services to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2010.

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NAA Announces Collier Trophy Nominees

Selection Panel Also Set For "Greatest Award In Aviation"

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) released the list of nominees for the 2009 Robert J. Collier Trophy on Tuesday, as well as the names of those individuals who will serve on the Collier Trophy Selection Committee.

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ALPA: NTSB Colgan 3407 Investigation Report Takes Step Backward

Single Probable Cause Fails To Acknowledge A Need To Enhance Pilot Screening, Training, and Mentoring

Discussion during Tuesday's NTSB Sunshine Meeting on the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident highlighted many long-standing aviation safety priorities of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), the organization said in a news release following the meeting. 

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NASA Adds United Launch Alliance To CCDev Team

ULA Will Work On An Emergency Detection System

NASA announced the selection of United Launch Alliance to participate in its new Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Program on Tuesday.

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Florida Airport FBO's Sue Over Runway Length

Long-Simmering Dispute Over Runways At Jacksonville's Craig Field

Two FBO's at Craig Field (KCRG) in Jacksonville, FL have filed suit in federal court hoping to force the city to lengthen at least one runway at the airport to 5,600 feet, a move that has been repeatedly blocked by the Jacksonville City Council.

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Analyst: UAV Market Will Total Over $80 Billion This Decade

Teal Group Releases 2010 UAV Market Profile and Forecast

While their rate of growth may decline somewhat, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) continue to be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry, reports Teal analysts in their latest integrated market analysis.

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Cessna’s Citation CJ4 Nears FAA Type Certification

Will Debut New FADEC Engines

Cessna has completed all certification testing and is in the final stages of FAA type certification approvals, the company announced during the Singapore Air Show Tuesday. Deliveries are set to begin later this year.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.04.10)

“We are deeply disappointed that the NTSB’s probable cause statement abandoned the systems approach to accident investigation that the International Civil Aviation Organization and other agencies around the world are adopting.” Source: Capt. John Prater, ALPA president.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.04.10): Precipitation

Precipitation

Any or all forms of water particles (rain, sleet, hail, or snow) that fall from the atmosphere and reach the surface.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.04.10)

New Sport Pilot Certificate Rules

At 22 pages, the new rules for Sport Pilots and Sport Pilot Instructors is a lot to digest, but for anyone wanting to fly or teach in an LSA, it's pretty much required reading. So dust off your coffee cup and dig in ...

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