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December 31, 2009

ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09--Heartbreaker #9: Airports in Crisis

Aero-Heartbreakers #9: Airports In Crisis The American airport infrastructure is undergoing a number of fits and crises that defy comprehension -- and in a society that has heretofore prided itself on mobility. In particular, we find the degradation of the General Aviation Airport Network to be inexcusable and inexplicable. ANN spent nearly 500 hours flying across America in 2009, in search of the details, stories, and news that drives our business.

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09--Heartbreaker #8: USA Today, Anti-GA Media

Aero-Heartbreakers #8: USA Today and Anti-GA Media Bias  2009 was a hell of a year in terms of watching GA and BizAv interests get pummeled by ignorance, myopic behavior, and what appears to be directed attacks inspired by ATA and Jim May's seeming guidance to hinder GA at any cost. The attacks upon General Aviation -- lead by articles like that we saw in USA Today and a number of other papers that picked up the story, are poorly researched and often based on faulty or errant information.

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2009: Aero-Hero #9 -- XCOR Aerospace

Aero-Heroes #9: XCOR Aerospace But... let's not ignore the folks that have NOT gotten nearly as much press -- who have as much heart, as much talent, and are destined to rock our world in ways just as profound as Burt and his most talented tribe of acolytes. I speak, in this particular case, of a little company that I've worked with off and on, as part of XPrize, as part of the Rocket Racing League, as a journalist, and as a friend of some those involved directly in the company... I speak of XCOR.

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2009: Aero-Hero #8--FBO's and FlightSchools

Aero-Heroes #8: America's FBO's and Flight Schools While the deteriorating state of our nation's GA airports is more than a heartbreaker to us, we cannot but admire the day-to-day heroism (in our minds) of those who seek to serve the General And Business Aviation community with quality, dedication (and God help us), some sacrifice. I speak of the quality FBOs and Flight Schools that are struggling to stay alive in 'the economy from hell,' that are attempting to produce quality products at a time when sales are in the tank, and the nation has turned its back on them.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-26-04

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, - 800, and -900 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-26-04

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-26-03

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900, and 747-400 Series Airplanes; and Model 757, 767, and 777 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-26-03

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2009 In Review: The Year In Military Aviation

Military aviation runs the gamut from bigger, faster, and more powerful to smaller, stealthy, and in some cases remotely controlled.  While we all know the role military aviation plays in keeping our country safe and free, it, too, had to deal with budget cuts and a faltering economy. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Encouragement In Flight -- The Girls with Wings Organization

Founder Lynda Meeks Introduces “Girls with Wings” To Aero-TV

Lynda Meeks is not one who takes a challenge lightly; after her college Army ROTC instructor informed her that Army Aviation was the toughest branch to get in, she embarked on a seven-year mission with the armed forces.  At the time, only 4% of military pilots were women; yet, Meeks became an accomplished pilot, first as a UH-1 “Huey” Helicopter pilot and than as a C-12 fixed wing pilot. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Doug Ritter's Safety Tips, Survivability of Ditching

Survival Expert Doug Ritter Shares His Best Safety Tips

Respected aviation journalist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on survival and survival equipment, Doug Ritter sat down with Aero-TV to share some invaluable safety tips.

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Bah Humbug! Is North Little Rock Airport (KORK) Getting Greedy?

Wants To Rewrite Lease Agreements to Take Ownership of Private Hangars Built On Leased Grounds

ANN is monitoring media reports of a change of heart (or a lack thereof) on the part of the powers-that-be that control North Little Rick Airport, in Arkansas. Recent decisions by airport management seem determined to take ownership of hangar facilities that have been built on leased grounds... while such arrangements with public (and some private) airports are not uncommon, the property grab is a mite unusual -- unsettling.

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2009 In Review: Gone West

Aero-News pays tribute to the following aviators -- in body and in spirit -- who slipped the surly bonds of Earth in 2009.

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ALPA: Flight 253 Incident Calls for Increased Vigilance

"We Must Continue To Scrutinize All Aspects Of Aviation Security"

 ALPA Presidient, Capt. John Prater, has issued a statement on the December 25 failed terrorist attack aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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Lockheed Expects To Sell Additional F-16's To Egypt

24 Aircraft Included In The Package

Lockheed Martin plans to sell two dozen F-16 fighters to Egypt, according to a spokesman for the company. The proposed sale reportedly agreed to by the U.S. and Egyptian governments is worth approximately $3.2 billion and should be finalized next year.

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NASA Image of Saturn Featured in 'Year in Pictures'

NASA Pix Featured Prominently In 2009

A stunning view of Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made Time Magazine's 2009 "Year in Pictures."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.31.09): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information   Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen’s meteorological information (AIRMET/WA) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.31.09)

Aero-Linx!

Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough, if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this is done on the Internet. Read More

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.31.09)

“While an extraordinary level of safety and security exists in our nation’s air transportation system today, we must continue to scrutinize all aspects of aviation security. Working with government, industry, and airline operators, ALPA will thoroughly evaluate the series of events that led to this in-flight security incident and identify areas where the system can be improved." Source: ALPA Prez, John Prater, in a statement outlining concerns following the failed bombing of a NWA flight On Christmas.

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