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December 09, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.10.10

NASA can't test Discovery repairs until at least next Wednesday.
The new Delta shuts out the IAM.
And cockpit crews at ATI are close on a contract deal.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.10.10

NASA can't test Discovery repairs until at least next Wednesday.
The new Delta shuts out the IAM.
And cockpit crews at ATI are close on a contract deal.


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ANN Special Feature: FIRCs for All CFIs? - 12.10.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks wiith Jason Blair, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors, about a recent industry meeting called by the FAA to discuss how the methods used by

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.09.10

SpaceX makes history with Falcon 9 and the Dragon.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden calls it the dawn of a new era.
And they won't be called "hobbyists" or "amateurs&q

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.09.10

SpaceX makes history with Falcon 9 and the Dragon.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden calls it the dawn of a new era.
And they won't be called "hobbyists" or "amateurs&q

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ANN Special Feature: Breakthrough for SpaceX - 12.09.10

ANN's Jim Campbell, who was at Cape Canaveral to watch the launch of the historic SpaceX Dragon mission on December 8, 2010, ponders its significance with Paul Plack.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.09.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.09.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.09.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Breakthrough for SpaceX - 12.09.10 (ANN Special Report, with ANN's Jim Campbell)

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U.S. Congressman Asks For Radiation Data On TSA X-Ray Machines

Concern For Radiation Exposure Levels For Both The Public And TSA Employees

At least one U.S. Congressman is asking TSA to release inspection reports that show whether or not X-ray machines in airports to screen passengers and bags are emitting levels of radiation low enough to meet requirements.

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NSVRC, TSA Explore Impact Of Security Procedures On Sexual Assault Survivors

Scans And Pat-Down Can Cause Some To Feel Victimized, Survivors Group Says

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has engaged in a series of conversations with TSA to discuss clarifications and improvements to airport screening procedures.

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NASA J-2X Rocket Engine Moves Closer To Testing

Oxidizer Turbopump Assembled On Human-Rated Engine

The oxidizer turbopump for NASA's J-2X rocket engine has been successfully assembled, moving the next-generation, human-rated rocket engine one step closer to testing at Stennis Space Center, MS, in 2011.

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Air Force: X-37B Historic Landing Advances Space Vehicle Technologies

The 11,000-Pound OTV Made An Autonomous Landing At Vandenberg AFB

After 244 days in space since its launch April 22 from Cape Canaveral, FL, the X-37B orbital test vehicle landing marks the Air Force's latest step in experimental test missions to improve the service's space capabilities, officials said here Dec. 6.

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Developer Calls FAA Land Use Rules 'Extortion'

Land Owner Objects To FAA Prohibition Against "Wildlife Attractants"

A real estate developer says that land use restrictions imposed by the FAA around the Acadiana Regional Airport (KARA) amounts to extortion on the part of the agency. He is objecting to the need for FAA approval for development within a 10,000 foot radius of the airport.

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Flight School Covers 100 Percent Of Tuition For Veterans

Utah School Becomes First In The Nation To Do So

A flight school in the Salt Lake City area announced recently that it is able to offer up to 100 percent tuition coverage for eligible vets via the U.S. Veterans' Benefits Office.

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Government Of Yemen Awards Bell Helicopter Awarded $27 Million Contract

Company To Provide Aircraft And Support Package

The Government of Yemen has awarded a contract worth $27 million to Bell Helicopter for a comprehensive mission package to support military requirements.

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AgustaWestland Holds First AW109 LUH/LOH Operators Conference

More Than 40 Operators Got Together To Discuss Helicopter's Operations

Over 40 delegates attended the first AgustaWestland AW109 LUH/LOH Operators Conference recently held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy.

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New Battery For LSA Market Tips The Scale At 13 Pounds

Concorde Ships RG-12LSA Light Sport Aircraft Battery

Concorde says it is now shipping its new Light Sport Aircraft 12 Volt Battery to its distributors. RG-12LSA is a small, lightweight sealed valve regulated lead acid battery for experimental and new Type Certified aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Two For Two -- SpaceX Proves Dragon 'Spaceworthy'

Second Successful Falcon9 Launch Makes History

Its been an amazing day... one that started a little after 0400 as ANN trucked a fair amount of camera gear and ourselves down to the Cape to witness another evolutionary moment in aerospace history. SpaceX is now the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:43 AM EST from Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral. And yes, it LOOKED COOL!

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Aero-TV: GE Innovations -- 'Imagination At Work' At AirVenture

Oshkosh Inspired Tech To Advance Innovation In Aviation Systems

When one of the most innovative companies in the world comes back from Oshkosh -- in awe -- at the innovation they've witnessed, you know that the world of sport and general aviation have more going for it than many might think. These days, GE Aerospace comes to Oshkosh to stay inspired and look for the next big idea... and if there's one thing that GE knows... its BIG IDEAS.

Aero-TV: GE Innovations -- 'Imagination At Work' At AirVenture

Oshkosh Inspired Tech To Advance Innovation In Aviation Systems

When one of the most innovative companies in the world comes back from Oshkosh -- in awe -- at the innovation they've witnessed, you know that the world of sport and general aviation have more going for it than many might think. These days, GE Aerospace comes to Oshkosh to stay inspired and look for the next big idea... and if there's one thing that GE knows... its BIG IDEAS.

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Aero-TV: Two For Two -- SpaceX Proves Dragon 'Spaceworthy'

Second Successful Falcon9 Launch Makes History

Its been an amazing day... one that started a little after 0400 as ANN trucked a fair amount of camera gear and ourselves down to the Cape to witness another evolutionary moment in aerospace history. SpaceX is now the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:43 AM EST from Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral. And yes, it LOOKED COOL!

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Sportys Intro's Impressive In-Flight Video System

Sporty's Cockpit Video System May Be 'The Easiest Way To Record Your Flight-Including Audio And GPS Location'

A well-engineered new technology makes the experience of flight -- and the potential of documenting each and every one of them, about as easy as it could possibly be... and we know this for a fact, because we're doing it ourselves -- as ANN has adopted this technology for a number of ongoing Aero-TV projects -- and you folks know how high our standards are for that kind of thing. The Sporty's Cockpit Video System (based on the NFlightCam) is a compact, all-in-one video system is so easy to use that it can literally become standard gear in your airplane (and should be, in our opinion for EVERY instruction flight).

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Bolden Congratulates SpaceX On Successful COTS Launch

Bolden: SpaceX Is "What Lindbergh Was To Commercial Aviation"

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden praised SpaceX on its successful launch Wednesday of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon demonstration COTS vehicle which is slated to begin carrying cargo to ISS next year.

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Ninth Delta Workgroup Resolves Union Representation

Unions From Pre-Merger Northwest Not Chosen By Any Workgroup

Delta Air Lines has received notification from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that 70 percent of employees voting in the Passenger Service election rejected representation by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

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Discovery Tanking Test Pushed To Mid-December

Test Will Help Verify Repairs To External Fuel Tank Stringers

Space Shuttle Program managers reviewed plans Tuesday for conducting a test of shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank no earlier than Wednesday, Dec. 15 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A .

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Reminder: Aircraft Re-Registration And Renewal

Window For Those Aircraft Registered In March Of Any Year Currently Open

The FAA’s final rule on Aircraft Re-Registration and Renewal of Aircraft Registration, which was published on July 20, 2010, requires re-registration of aircraft every three years.

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Brazilian Approval Granted For Piper Matrix Entegra R9 Installation

Brazil-Registered PA-46 Matrix Aircraft Can Now Take Advantage Of Avidyne's Integrated Flight Deck

Brazil's Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil (ANAC) has granted approval to Avidyne Corporation for installation of the Entegra Release 9 (R9) Integrated Flight Deck suite in Brazilian-registered Piper PA-46 Matrix aircraft. 

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ATI Crewmembers, Management Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Air Transport International Vote To Be Held In 2011

After six years in contract negotiations, cockpit crewmembers at Air Transport International (ATI) say they  welcome the opportunity to vote on a tentative agreement in principle which, if ratified by members, will result in a new contract.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.09.10)

"These new explorers are to spaceflight what Lindbergh was to commercial aviation." Source: Statement by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.09.10): Bomb Burst

Formation of at least three airplanes pulling into the vertical and breaking formation in separate directions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.09.10)

Interactive METAR Map

NOAA has an interactive map online giving pilots up-to-date METAR information. The map can be viewed either as a national map, or zoomed down to the ARTCC or city level.

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