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February 09, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.10

Boeing's 747-8 freighter makes its first flight.
Endeavour heads to orbit in the shuttle program's last nighttime launch.
And the C-5M Super Galaxy is declared fit for duty.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.09.10

Boeing's 747-8 freighter makes its first flight.
Endeavour heads to orbit in the shuttle program's last nighttime launch.
And the C-5M Super Galaxy is declared fit for duty.


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ANN Special Feature: Max Trescott Discovers Seaplanes and LSAs - 02.09.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with 2008 National CFI of the Year Max Trescott about two new LSAs he flew at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida, and about his brand-new Seaplane certificate.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.09.10

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Max Trescott Discovers Seaplanes and LSAs - 02.09.10 (ANN Special Report, with Max Trescott)

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Vintage Airplane Competition Kicks-Off With Call For Applications

12th Annual Competition For The Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy

The 12th annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational kicked-off Monday with call for applications for vintage aircraft to compete for the acclaimed Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy.

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Aspen's Sardy Field Suffers From Airport Roamers

Asks FAA To Come Observe The Situation, Offer Solutions

Airport officials at Aspen's Sardy Field (KASE) are concerned about what seems to be an increasing number of people wandering onto a taxiway that is used by private jet traffic moving to and from the runway. They've requested that the FAA come take a look at the situation over the President's Day holiday.

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Arianespace Anticipates Another Active Year Of Launch Activity

First Ariane 5 Heavy Lift Rocket Launch For 2010 Planned For March 24

Arianespace is laying the groundwork for another busy year with its workhorse Ariane 5, as the first mission of 2010 moves into its second phase of preparations and the follow-on flight's launch vehicle is delivered to French Guiana.

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Iran Claims To Manufacture 'Advanced' UAVs

Defense Minister Says Aircraft Can Carry Out 'Pinpoint' Attacks

The government of Iran is claiming to be able to manufacture "advanced" UAVs that can carry out precision attacks, as well as surveillance and detection missions. 

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Flap Panel Separates From 747 Freighter In Florida

Airplane Was On Approach, Panel Fell Into Mall Parking Lot

A fairing that was part of the flap assembly on a 747 freighter broke off the aircraft while it was on approach to Miami International Airport Friday. The flap panel fell into a mall parking lot, but there were no injuries and no damage on the ground.

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Pratt & Whitney Offers PW4000 94 Advantage Performance Upgrade Package

Company Says Mods Reduce Fuel Burn And Operating Costs

Pratt & Whitney said at the Singapore Air Show last week it will offer an Advantage Performance Upgrade package for the PW4000 94" family of engines that will deliver 1% fuel burn reduction and improve engine durability.

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Boeing Unveils 787 Interior

Certification Setup Offers Hint Of Future Arrangement

Boeing recently unveiled the first 787 Dreamliner to feature interior components.

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PACE, Airbus Sign 4-Year License And Services Agreement

European Aircraft Manufacturer Confirms Berlin Company As Preferred KBE Software Supplier

The software engineering company PACE announced late last week that it has concluded a four-year license and services agreement with Airbus. Under this agreement, PACE remains a preferred software supplier for Airbus companies worldwide.

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Dallas FBO Introduces New Condominium Hangars

Offices Have Direct Access From The Hangars

Ambassador Jet Center, a full-service FBO at Dallas Executive Airport just completed the first of three state-of-the-art hangars for lease or sale.

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Dulles Opens New AeroTrain Underground Transport

Trains Supplement Iconic Mobile Lounges

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) recently announced the opening of AeroTrain, the new underground airport train system at IAD.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – A Guide to Rotax Engine Maintenance Pt. 1

Rotax Expert Eric Tucker Explains Basic Engine Maintenance

Procedure In order for aircraft owners to get the most out of their engines, it is essential to understand proper operation and maintenance procedures. Many of the most common engine problems are preventable through routine maintenance and can ensure an engine reaches its expected T.B.O. (Time Between Overhaul) benchmark.

Aero-TV: Boeing’s 747-8 First Flight – New Freighter Takes to the Skies

Chief Pilot Feuerstein and Captain Imrich Successfully Complete Flight Plan

On February 8th, 2010, almost two months after the Dreamliner’s historic first flight, Boeing made history once again as the new 747-8 Freighter took to the skies for the first time.  Over 5,000 Boeing employees, customers, suppliers, and community leaders gathered in Everett, Washington, as the 421,200lb aircraft (empty weight) lifted from the Paine Field runway.

Aero-TV: Boeing’s 747-8 First Flight – New Freighter Takes to the Skies

Chief Pilot Feuerstein and Captain Imrich Successfully Complete Flight Plan

On February 8th, 2010, almost two months after the Dreamliner’s historic first flight, Boeing made history once again as the new 747-8 Freighter took to the skies for the first time.  Over 5,000 Boeing employees, customers, suppliers, and community leaders gathered in Everett, Washington, as the 421,200lb aircraft (empty weight) lifted from the Paine Field runway.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - A Guide to Rotax Engine Maintenance Pt. 1

Rotax Engine Expert Eric Tucker Explains Basic Maintenance Procedure

In order for aircraft owners to get the most out of their engines, it is essential to understand proper operation and maintenance procedures.

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Boeing 747-8 Freighter Successfully Completes First Flight

Newest Boeing Freighter Touches Down Safely After 3-Hour, 39-Minute Mission

Just a day shy of the 41st anniversary of the flight of the first B747 ... the latest variant, Boeing's 747-8 Freighter, successfully took to the sky for the first time Monday as more than 5,000 employees, customers, suppliers and community leaders looked on.

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UPS Starts Pilot Furlough Process

Pilot Furloughs Are Only One Cost-Saving Measure Undertaken By The Company

Things are looking down at Brown ... as UPS announced plans Monday to furlough at least 300 of its airline pilots, but at the same time continued its effort to find a solution with the pilots’ union that would avert or mitigate the layoffs before they take effect.

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Team K-MAX Demonstrates Successful Unmanned Helo Cargo Resupply To U.S. Marines

UAS Demonstrated Autonomous And Remote Control

Lockheed Martin Corporation and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Marine Corps the capability of the Unmanned K-MAX helicopter to resupply troops by unmanned helicopter at forward operating bases in Afghanistan.

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Space Station Given Extension In 2011 Budget Proposal

International Partners Excited By Potential Of Extended Mission

NASA and its international partners are looking forward to unprecedented scientific opportunities aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Zero Gravity Builders Studio Settles In To New Digs

Larger Facility Serves Growing List Of Projects

Zero Gravity Builders Studio LLC has completed its move to a newly renovated 14,000 square foot facility with taxiway access on airport property in Richland, Washington. The new facility is more than four times larger than the space previously occupied allowing Zero Gravity.

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Iberia Adds A 22nd New Airbus A-319 To Its Fleet

Acquisition Marks The 77th Airbus A-320 Family Aircraft For The Airline

Iberia took delivery of a new A-319 from the Airbus plant in Toulouse, France late last week. Christened the Vison Europeo ["European Mink"], it is the first aircraft to join the fleet since deliveries were suspended more than a year ago.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.09.10)

"It was a real privilege to be at the controls of this great airplane on its first flight, representing the thousands of folks who made today possible. The airplane performed as expected and handled just like a 747-400." Source: Boeing Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.09.10): Parallel Runways

Two or more runways at the same airport whose centerlines are parallel. In addition to runway number, parallel runways are designated as L (left) and R (right) or, if three parallel runways exist, L (left), C (center), and R (right).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.09.10)

Remotely Staffed Tower Services

Reading through some aviation blogs Monday morning, we came across a link to an FAA document that outlines a plan to consolidate tower services for some medium-use airports over the next 8 to 10 years.

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