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November 03, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.04.09

Piper's new president is out after just five months.
A proposed AD would affect 42-thousand general aviation aircraft.
And NASA reaches out to minorities.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.04.09

Piper's new president is out after just five months.
A proposed AD would affect 42-thousand general aviation aircraft.
And NASA reaches out to minorities.


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ANN Special Feature: Aerial Photographer James Cavanaugh - 11.04.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with aerial photographer James Cavanaugh about his background in both aviation and photography, his profession, and how amateur photographers can get better aerial photos.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.03.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.03.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.03.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Arnold Palmer at NBAA - 11.03.09 (ANN Special Report, with Arnold Palmer)

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Boeing And Bell Will Upgrade CV-22 Trainer

Virtual Reality Enhancements Will Enhance Osprey Training Scenarios

Boeing and its partner Bell Helicopter have received a contract from the U.S. Navy to upgrade the CV-22 Cabin Part Task Trainer (CPTT) with modifications including an Aircrew Flight Simulation (AFS) that deploys a fused reality system that fuses video images with virtual reality.

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Air Guard Readies For C-27J Fleet

First Time A New Aircraft Exclusively For ANG Use

For the first time, Air National Guard aircrews will be the sole operators of a new aircraft straight off the assembly line. The C-27J Spartan, the latest propeller-driven airlifter, is an "extremely rugged" aircraft, designed for austere environments, said Air Force officials.

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Master Instructors Named For October

Six Renewals And Two Initial Designations Announced For Last Month

Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority.

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Miami International Airport Turns On Sensis ASDE-X

Hopes To Seen Improved Runway Safety And Efficiency

Miami International Airport has begun operating with Sensis Corporation's Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X). Miami is the 20th airport to receive ASDE-X through an FAA program that will bring the technology to 35 airports.

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Constant Aviation Launches STC Process For High Speed Internet System

Aircell System STC Sought For 5 Different Business Aircraft

Constant Aviation at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport said Monday that they have begun the STC process to allow them to install the Aircell High Speed Internet System on five aircraft types:  Embraer Legacy, Gulfstream IV, Citation X, Beechjet, and Piaggio Avanti.

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Aerospace Industries Association Says NextGen Acceleration Needed Now

Testimony By AIA Before The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee

The FAA should adopt the recommendations in RTCA's Task Force Report and immediately integrate them into FAA's NextGen Implementation Plan, said Neil Planzer, vice president of Strategy for Air Traffic Management at the Boeing Company.

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Aerosonde Team Participates In Australian EW Demonstrations

Unmanned Aircraft And Flight Team Completes 40 Flights With Electronic Warfare Payload

AAI Corporation said Monday that its Victoria, Australia-based strategic business, Aerosonde has participated in a series of demonstrations by Australia’s Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) aimed at investigating the capabilities of unmanned aircraft when integrated with electronic warfare (EW) systems.

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Co-Pilot Lands Qantas 737 After Captain Becomes 'Incapacitated'

Qantas Says The Pilot Suffers From "Minor Health Problems"

A domestic Australian flight from Adelaide to Perth with 110 people on board declared an emergency Friday morning, after the captain of the Qantas B737 became "incapacitated" and was unable to land the aircraft.

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Wichita Plane Makers Looking Over Their Shoulders ... South

Casting A Wary Eye At Embraer In Brazil

Wichita has had its problems lately, with the economy, bad publicity from Washington, and soaring unemployment in the business aviation market. But some of the plane makers say one of their biggest threats is 7,600 miles away in Brazil: Embraer.

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Mooney Offers Sales Incentives For AOPA Summit

Custom Option Packages Available For Inventory Airplanes

Mooney Airplane Company says it has some special deals to make on inventory aircraft just in time for AOPA Summit. Buyers can choose from limited-time options to create a custom package to suit their preferences and maximize tax benefits.

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Aero-TV: Economic Outlook -- Congressman Mica on Government Efforts (Part 1)

Mica Pontificates On Aero-Issues, Part 1

At an industry gathering covering the future of high-end aviation educational reform and associated issues (at the Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL), ANN had the opportunity to spend some time with Congressman John Mica... an elected official with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with aero-matters.

Aero-TV: NBAA 2009 Reflections -- Perspective On Future Market Recovery

ANN's Jim Campbell Analyses The Mood and Reality of NBAA 2009

NBAA 2009 is now history... and with a sigh of relief, the industry notes that while certainly beaten up a bit, it remains unbowed and raring to go forth and revisit past glories... though it may take a years to get there.

Piper President Resigns

Effective December 1st -- Pursuing 'Other Career Opportunities'

ANN has learned that a highly respected member of the Piper leadership team is heading out to pursue new challenges.

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Aero-TV: NBAA 2009 Reflections -- Perspective On Future Market Recovery

ANN's Jim Campbell Analyses The Mood and Reality of NBAA 2009

NBAA 2009 is now history... and with a sigh of relief, the industry notes that while certainly beaten up a bit, it remains unbowed and raring to go forth and revisit past glories... though it may take a years to get there.

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Aero-TV: Economic Outlook -- Congressman Mica on Government Efforts (Part 1)

Mica Pontificates On Aero-Issues, Part 1

At an industry gathering covering the future of high-end aviation educational reform (at the Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL) and associated issues, ANN had the opportunity to spend some time with Congressman John Mica... an elected official with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with aero-matters.

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Pilot Retirement Age Study Inconclusive

GAO Does Not Know How Many Pilots Over 60 Are Actively Flying For Airlines

In 2007, after years of debate, the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots in the U.S. was raised from 60 to 65, but a GAO study of the effects of that change says there is not enough information to say what the impact of the decision has been.

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FAA Proposes AD Affecting Nearly 42 Thousand Piper Aircraft

PA-28, PA-32, PA-34 and PA-44 All Could Be Included

The FAA has proposed an AD that could affect an estimated 41,928 Piper Cherokee, Cherokee 6, Seneca, and Seminole airplanes for inspection and possible repair of a control wheel shaft which could be incorrectly assembled.

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Embry-Riddle, FAA Will Collaborate On Space Transportation Research

Efforts Will Fall Under Office Of Commercial Space Transportation

The Space Shuttle's fast-approaching retirement is opening up new opportunities for commercial space transportation, and Embry-Riddle is making strides to support the industry's growth under a new collaboration with the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

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PC-7 Passenger Accidentally Ejects, Survives

Civilian On A Demonstration Ride Got More Than He Bargained For

It's part of the pilot's briefing. "Do NOT pull the yellow and black handle unless you hear me say 'Eject, Eject, Eject!'" But a civilian flying on a demonstration ride with a member of South Africa's Silver Falcons display team apparently accidently pulled the handle while steadying himself following an aerobatic maneuver.

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'Mama Bird' Looks Forward To 100

Legendary Aviatrix Celebrating Her 100th Birthday

The day will start with a greeting from NBC weatherman Willard Scott, and it might be appropriate for Evelyn Bryan "Mama Bird" Johnson to get a weather briefing on her 100th birthday. On November 4th, the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame aviatrix, who has logged 57,635.4 flight hours, turns100 years old.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.03.09)

"Perfection is the standard. We will continue to demand exacting focus, attention to detail, discipline and dedication to the highest principles and standards for all activities surrounding the nuclear enterprise."  Source:  Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, commander of 8th Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.03.09): Oleo Strut

A type of hydro-pneumatic (oil-air) shock absorber used on aircraft landing gear. The shock of the landing impact is taken up by oil flowing through a restricting hole. Smaller shocks from taxiing are taken up by a cusion of compressed air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.03.09)

FAA Office Of Commercial Space Transportation

The stated mission of the Office Of Commercial Space Transportation is to  to "ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation."

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