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July 19, 2011

Court: TSA Violated Federal Law With Body Scanner Deployment

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Suit Shows Public's Right To Comment Was Bypassed

As a result of a lawsuit brought by EPIC, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled last Friday that the TSA violated federal law when it installed body scanners in airports for primary screening across the country without first soliciting public comment.

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AerCap Enters Into Purchase-Leaseback Arrangement With American Airlines

Will Finance Up To 35 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation Aircraft

AerCap has entered into a purchase-leaseback arrangement with American Airlines to finance up to 35 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, including 29 firm deliveries, scheduled to be delivered to American.

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Boeing Business Jets Marks Anniversary With Delivery To Deer Jet Airlines

Fifteen Years Of Converting Airliners To Corporate Transportation

Boeing  marked the 15th anniversary of Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) last Friday with the delivery of a BBJ to Deer Jet Airlines of Beijing. This is the third of four BBJs for the airline.

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Sikorsky X2 Technology, Project Firefly To Visit AirVenture

Sergei Sikorsky Also Scheduled To Present On His Father’s Aviation Successes

Sikorsky Innovations says it plans to display its popular X2 Technology and Project Firefly demonstrators in static exhibits at EAA AirVenture 2011, adding to a growing list of innovations and advancements that will be showcased throughout the week.

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Private Pilot Ground School Being Offered At Metropolitan State University

Fall Course Open To The Public At St. Paul, MN, School

The Aviation Management Consortium is offering a Private Pilot Ground School course this fall at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. The course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a pilot, or for those in the aviation industry who want to learn more about flying to broaden their career skills.

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Guest Editorial: The 100th Anniversary Of Naval Aviation

A Unique Opportunity Missed

“Its gonna be a big year at Oshkosh” That’s the slogan for this year’s Airventure. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, “it’s not the size it’s how you use it” and EAA has once again under-performed.

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ANN-NG: Are You Ready For ANN's Next-Generation??

ANN's Latest Generation Gets Another Test Flight

A few weeks ago, we showed you an early look at the Next-Generation update of the Aero-News Network site... it was a very good test... both in terms of what we learned from you as well as identifying some performance issues that we think we've solved in this latest iteration. And while it was a good test, it wasn't quite ready for Prime-Time... we think, we hope, maybe, this version is.

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Aircell Officially Changes Name To 'Gogo'

Company Adopts More Familiar Commercial Brand As Corporate Identity

Airborne Wi-Fi provider Aircell said late last week that it has officially changed its name to Gogo.

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RAF's Largest Aircraft Officially Named 'Voyager'

First Public Appearance At Royal International Air Tattoo At RAF Fairford

The RAF's largest ever aircraft has been officially named "Voyager" after being flown by an RAF pilot Monday at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - its first public appearance.

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Daredevils And Budding Pilots Go Head To Head For Redbull Flugtag 2011

Many Try, Some (Kind Of) Fly, All Splash

The world's craziest festival of flight took place in Leeds on Sunday July 17th, 2011 to find the best in amateur aviation from all corners of the UK. The renowned Red Bull Flugtag finally returned to the UK  shores for the first time since 2008.

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Getting Some Skin In The Game

Ducommun Announces Contract For Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Fuselage Skins

The Ducommun AeroStructures (DAS) unit of Ducommun Inc. said Monday that it has been awarded a contract to manufacture fuselage skins for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft.

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RAF Nimrod R1 Retires From Service

After 37 Years Of Operational Service, Final Two Make Final Flights

Following the retirement of the Nimrod MR2 fleet last year, the final two Nimrods, in service with 51 Squadron, recently bowed out to a 700-strong audience of serving and retired RAF personnel at a ceremony held at RAF Waddington.

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SynthViz Comes To iPad

WingX Pro7 Version 6 Delivers Synthetic Vision, Integrates With AHRS

As of Tuesday, aviation synthetic vision is available on the iPad. Hilton Software LLC announced the addition of Synthetic Vision to its flagship WingX Pro7 for iPad product.

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Classic Aero-TV: Touring The Toy Store -- Aspen Avionics Plant Tour

One Of This Decade's Rare GA Success Stories Shows ANN How It's Done

Talk about a trip to the toy store! In the midst of all the balloonacy of the 2010 ABQ Balloon Fiesta, the hot-air-weary folks of ANN's Aero-TV division made a visit to the home of Aspen Avionics -- a company founded by true aviation enthusiasts back in 2004.

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NASA Begins Commercial Partnership With United Launch Alliance

Atlas V May Be Next NASA Manned Launch Vehicle

Through a new agreement, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will provide technical information to NASA about using the Atlas V rocket to launch astronauts into space.

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Cessna And HBC Mull Production In China

Unlike Other Chinese Deals, No Coyness About Plans To Build There

Financial analysts probably were not surprised when it was learned Cirrus Aircraft was getting new Chinese owners, and new developments involving Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft suggest we'd better get used to collaboration with the world's largest nation.

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NASA Sends Birthday Wishes To Astronaut John Glenn

First American To Orbit The Earth Turned 90 On Monday

NASA on Monday commemorated the 90th birthday of astronaut John Glenn. The pioneering explorer was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and also was the oldest person to fly to space when he launched on the space shuttle in 1998.

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Fabio Gamba To Take Over As CEO Of EBAA

Brian Humphries Remains President

EBAA on Monday announced the appointment of Fabio Gamba as CEO of the Association, effective 1 September. He will take over from Brian Humphries who will remain in the role of EBAA President.

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Gulfstream Subtly But Significantly Renames The G250

Selects G280 As A "More Amenable Number Sequence In Certain Cultures"

Gulfstream announced Monday that it has renamed the super midsized Gulfstream G250 aircraft. The business jet is now called the Gulfstream G280.

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Cessna Offers Citation Flight Planning App For iPad

Tool For 6,000 Citation Owners Offers Weather, Routing, Weight And Balance, More

Operators of Cessna Citation aircraft can now accomplish full flight planning on Apple iPads using iPreFlight available from Aircraft Performance Group.

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Cirrus Chinese Connection Draws Attention

'100% Communist' Ownership Of Manufacturer Called Out By Washington Times

The purchase by Cirrus Aircraft by CAIGA, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd., has not gone unnoticed by the general news media.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.19.11)

“TSA has not justified its failure to initiate notice-­-and-­-comment rulemaking before announcing it would use AIT scanners for primary screening.” Source: Ruling by DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.19.11): Certificate of Authority (COA)

An FAA letter and/or supplement specifying the kinds of designations for which the person concerned is qualified.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.19.11)

NASA History Division

The NASA History Program was first established in 1959 (a year after NASA itself was formed) and has continued to document and preserve the agency's remarkable history through a variety of products.

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