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December 03, 2010

Discovery Launch Pushed Into February

More Tests And Analysis Needed Before STS-133 Mission

NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's launch for no earlier than Feb. 3 at 0134 EST. Shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the launch of the STS-133 mission to the International Space Station.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.10

The SpaceX Dragon faces a major test on Tuesday.
The mysterious X-37B is returning to land at Vandenberg.
And the NTSB will close an accident investigation in public.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.03.10

The SpaceX Dragon faces a major test on Tuesday.
The mysterious X-37B is returning to land at Vandenberg.
And the NTSB will close an accident investigation in public.


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ANN Special Feature: Power Flow Systems - 12.03.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Darren Tillman of Power Flow Systems to learn how a tuned exhaust system on a piston aircraft can improve both performance and fuel economy.

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NTSB Preliminary Report Shows No Mechanical Issues In AT-6F Accident

Warbird Suffered A Loss Of Power During Takeoff, Pilot Fatally Injured

The NTSB has released a preliminary report in an accident involving an AT-6F in which the pilot was fatally injured, but the passenger managed to get out of the airplane after it came to rest upside down in Nashua River in Massachusetts.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.03.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.03.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Power Flow Systems - 12.03.10 (ANN Special Report, with Darren Tillman of Power Flow Systems)

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FAA SAFO Covers Hot Fueling, Loading

Procedure Not Recommended Unless "Absolutely Necessary"

A fire which began while a helicopter was being refueled while the engine was still running has prompted the FAA to issue a SAFO directed at part 91, 133, and 137 operators that conduct fueling or chemical loading with the engines running (hot fueling/loading).

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NASA Seeks Nonprofit To Manage Space Station National Lab Research

Wants To Assure That A Broad Pool Of Organizations Have Access To The Lab

As the International Space Station transitions from its assembly phase to full utilization as a unique scientific outpost, NASA is investing in the station's future use by ensuring a wide pool of organizations outside the agency have access to the orbiting lab.

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U.S. Proposes Sale Of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters To Denmark

NATO Country Looks To Acquire A Dozen Seahawk Helos

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress November 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Denmark of 12 MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated parts, equipment and logistical support for an estimated cost of $2.0 billion.

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Strategic 'Entry Into Service' 787 Position Created By Goodrich

Two Senior Leaders Appointed To Key Roles

Goodrich Corporation is apparently looking beyond Boeing's current setbacks on the Dreamliner, appointing Mike Brand as Vice President, 787/Commercial Airframe Entry Into Service (EIS).

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University Aviation Association Elects 2010-11 Officers And Trustees

Kansas State Aviation Department Head Named As Association's New President

R. Kurt Barnhart of Kansas State University at Salina (K-State), recently assumed the University Aviation Association's (UAA) top elected position as president for 2010-11.

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Aerocet 3400 Amphibious Composite Floats Approved For Cessna 206

Gross Weight Float Loading Increased In STC

The FAA has issued STC approval for the installation of  Aerocet 3400 amphibious aircraft floats on Cessna model 206 aircraft (G and earlier series).

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Survey: Most In The U.S. And Largest European Countries Consider Air Travel Safe

Majorities Also Reportedly Support The Use Of Full Body Scanners

A new Financial Times/Harris Poll in the United States and the five largest European countries looks at air travel safety and security and finds an overall sense of safety prevails.

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Trump Trumped In Airport Lawsuit

Court Dismisses Attempt To Change Flight Paths In Palm Beach, FL

A Circuit Court Judge in Florida has tossed a lawsuit brought by real estate developer Donald Trump, which claimed noise from traffic departing Palm Beach International Airport made his historic property less valuable.

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FAA Awards Federal Data Center Consolidation Support Contract

TechTrend, IBM Partnership Wins Business Worth $6.3 Million

The FAA has awarded a $ 6.3 million contract to TechTrend for contractor support to assist FAA in planning, implementing, and monitoring the Data Center Consolidation Initiative(DCCI).

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Aero-TV: Robinson's Revolutionary R66 -- The Turbine 'Robby' Exceeds Expectations

A Few hours In The Air Prove The R66 Has The Right Stuff

I've been waiting for this one for quite a while and I'm delighted to report that the result was worth the wait. The new R66 Turbine Five seat helicopter is a helluva machine and a joy to fly -- and in a number of flight regimes. Some three years and eight months after Robinson publicly announced plans to develop the beast, the FAA presented Frank Robinson with Type Certificate No. R00015LA, just a few weeks back. The FAA also presented Robinson with an amended Production Certificate that now includes the R66, allowing Robinson to begin deliveries right away.

Aero-TV: Robinson's Revolutionary R66 -- The Turbine 'Robby' Exceeds Expectation

A Few Hours In The Air Prove The R66 Has The Right Stuff

I've been waiting for this one for quite a while and I'm delighted to report that the result was worth the wait. The new R66 Turbine Five seat helicopter is a helluva machine and a joy to fly -- and in a number of flight regimes. Some three years and eight months after Robinson publicly announced plans to develop the beast, the FAA presented Frank Robinson with Type Certificate No. R00015LA, just a few weeks back. The FAA also presented Robinson with an amended Production Certificate that now includes the R66, allowing Robinson to begin deliveries right away.

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What's The Point of 'Next-Gen' If 'Now-Gen' Crashes and Burns? (Part 7)

A Continuing Look At The Obstacles We Face

Aero-Analysis/Commentary by James R. Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief/Rabble-Rouser Welcome to Part 7 of ANN’s longest run Editorial Rant (soon to be a major motion picture)… and our continuing look into the problems and potential solutions aviation faces as it attempts to keep from swirling the drain.

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Klyde Morris (12.03.10)

Klyde Has Quite A Trilobyte Collection Going...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Southwest Airlines Pilot's Union Ratifies Tentative 737-800 Agreement

Company Set To Move Forward With Decision To Add The Larger 737 To Its Fleet

Southwest Airlines pilots union has voted to ratify a tentative agreement to add the Boeing 737-800 to the current collective bargaining agreement. The agreement was reached between the airline and the Southwest Airlines' Pilots' Association (SWAPA) in October.

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CASA Directs Qantas To Conduct Additional Trent 900 Inspections

Procedure To Be Carried Out Within Two Flight Cycles

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a directive to Qantas to conduct a further inspection of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on its A380 aircraft.

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Horizon Air Pilots Ratify New Contract

Will "Help Align Pilot Pay To Market" Over Time

Horizon Air has been notified by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) that its pilots have ratified a new five-year contract. Nearly 77 percent of Horizon's pilots voted, and more than 59 percent of those voted in favor of the agreement.

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NTSB To Open Docket On Montana Pilatus Accident Investigation

March 22 Accident Fatally Injured 14

As part of its continuing investigation into a plane crash in Montana, the National Transportation Safety Board will open the public accident docket on Friday, December 3, 2010.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.03.10)

"Our pilot group has spoken, and wants the addition of this airframe into our fleet." Source: Capt. Carl Kuwitzky, SWAPA President.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.03.10): Encoding Altimeter

An altimeter which gives a digital output to the transponder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.10)

Society of Experimental Test Pilots

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement.

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