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July 23, 2009

Oshkosh Inbound! New Austro-Powered DA42

More Exciting New Birds Coming In From Diamond

Oshkosh 2009 is shaping up nicely... Diamond's newly certified DA42 NG, powered by two proprietary Austro Engine AE300 170 hp turbo-diesel powerplants, has made its way across the Atlantic --- and is now on its way to EAA AirVenture 2009.

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Obama Praises Senate Vote On F-22 Funding

Change Could Avoid A Showdown With Congress

President Barack Obama yesterday praised a Senate vote that struck down $1.75 billion in additional funding in the fiscal 2010 defense budget for more F-22 Raptor fighter jets. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recommended to the president earlier this year to end production of the F-22 at the conclusion of its current funding program in fiscal 2009.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.23.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.23.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.23.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Bud Granley, Airshows Past & Future - 07.23.09 (ANN Special Report, with Master Airshow Pilot, Bud Granley)

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Here's A Vampire You May Want To See

Sadler Aircraft Company Unveils Its New LSA At Oshkosh

Sadler Aircraft Company is planning to announce its next-generation Vampire LSA at EAA Airventure 2009. This marks the culmination of three years of research and development for the Roseburg, Ore based company. 

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Cirrus Aircraft Announces International Expansion In Japan

Move Allows Cirrus To Tap Into The Worlds 2nd Largest Economy

Cirrus Aircraft is reaching into additional international markets with the addition of Lotus Air Corporation (Cirrus Japan), as the newest international Cirrus Sales Center.  Lotus Air will partner with Hirata Gakuen Kobe Air Center, Kobe Airport, Tokyo Japan, to serve as the sales and distribution center for Cirrus Japan.

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FAA Safety Awards Call For Nominees

Looking For People Who Promote Flight Safety And Education

In each of the past 46 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

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Eurocopter Delivers EC225 To Southern Service Flight Company In Vietnam

First Of Its Type For Vietnamese Company

Eurocopter has delivered the first EC225 to Southern Service Flight Company (SSFC) based in Vung Tau City, Vietnam. Founded in 1985, SSFC belongs to the Service Flight Corporation of Vietnam (SFC VN), a long-standing partner of Eurocopter.

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Japan's National Police Agency Selects Sikorsky S-92

Missions Will Include Special Operations, SAR

The National Police Agency (NPA) in Japan has opted for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to conduct search and rescue and special mission operations.  The NPA has employed Sikorsky helicopters since 1996, and today the agency's fleet includes two S-76B helicopters.

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Memorial Held For Crew Of RAIDR 21

B-52 Stratofortress Went Down During Guam Liberation Day Celebration In 2008

A solemn ceremony took place Tuesday morning to honor the crew of a B-52 Stratofortress, call sign RAIDR 21. The bomber went down July 21, 2008 during a celebration of Guam Liberation Day, the day Allied forces re-took the island from Japan during WWII.

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Fokker Companies Celebrate 90th Anniversary

The Company Has Come A Long Way From "The Red Baron's" Triplane

Tuesday marked 90 years to the day since aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker started the ‘Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek’ (Dutch aircraft factory) in Amsterdam, with the main aim of building and selling aircraft. At that time Fokker was one of the first to see the opportunities of commercial aviation, and the revolution that this new form of transportation would bring.

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FAA Touts Small Businesses Contracting Opportunities

Billions Of Dollars To Be Spent On NextGen Implementation, Other Projects

The FAA says there are billions of dollars to be spent on aviation projects, including the implementation of the NextGen navigation system, and that much of that money could be available to small businesses.

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Rolls-Royce Celebrates Role In Apollo 11 Mission To The Moon

Built Components For Command, Service, And Excursion Modules

Rolls-Royce this week observed the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing by commemorating the important role the company (then the Allison Gas Turbine Company) played in the Mission to the Moon.

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Certified: Diamond's DA20 With Aspen Avionics

Diamond Earns Transport Canada OK For DA20-C1/Aspen Combo

The fine folks of Transport Canada have certified Diamond's DA20-C1, equipped with the Aspen Avionics EFD 1000 Primary Flight Display (PFD). The DA20's instrument layout retains the conventional Airspeed, Altitude, Turn & Bank and Vertical Speed Indicators, with the Aspen mounted in the center of the conventional 6-pack.

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Revisiting Oshkosh '08 With Aero-TV: Day Five -- FAA, Blimps, WomenVenture

Let's Look Back At Our Fifth Aero-TV 'Daily' From Oshkosh 2008

Oshkosh 2008 is nearly a year behind us and the 2009 iteration is LESS than a week away... So, while the images are still pretty fresh in our minds (and on our video servers), we're going to take a quick look over the daily episodes we produced at Oshkosh 2008 for the rest of this week, while our video crews get ready to do it all again, and then some...

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Bell, UAW 218, Reach Contract Agreement

Workers To Report On July 27th.

United Auto Workers Union Local 218 has ratified a new four year contract with Bell Helicopter, and all employees are expected to return to work on Monday, July 27th. The margin was more than 2-1 for ratification, 1355 for the pact, and 646 against. 4 ballots were voided.

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Endeavour Crew Completes Third Spacewalk

100th Excursion From An ISS Airlock

Did you think that in all the excitement of getting ready for Oshkosh that we'd forgotten about the Endeavour and ISS crews? Of course we haven't. Spacewalkers Dave Wolf and Chris Cassidy wrapped up a five-hour, 59-minute spacewalk at 4:31 p.m. EDT. The spacewalk ended earlier than planned because of higher than normal carbon dioxide levels in Cassidy's spacesuit.

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NTSB Recommends Lear 60 Thrust Reverser Re-Design

System Cited In 2008 Accident In South Carolina

In a letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, acting NTSB chair Mark Rosenker is recommending that the FAA require a re-design of the thrust reverser system on Learjet 60 models. The recommendation stems from a 2008 accident in South Carolina...

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'Switchblade' Prototype At Oshkosh, Kits Expected Next Year

Company Bills The Vehicle A 'Flying Motorcycle'

It's the kind of a thing that you might have expected to show up in a James Bond or Batman movie, and yet Samson Motor Works says it is developing the Switchblade as an Experimental class kit aircraft that is currently in the prototype phase.

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Continental-United Merger Talks Resurface

New Leadership At Continental May Lead To Possible Merger

With the recently-announced resignation of Continental CEO Larry Kellner, some are speculating that Continental and United may again look at merging when Jeff Smisek takes over the reins of Continental next year.

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Associated Aircraft Group Awarded Industry's Highest Safety Rating

Charter And Fractional Ownership Company Goes Platinum

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has picked up an ARG/US Platinum Rating, the highest level of safety ratings awarded by the Cincinnati-based aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S., Inc.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.23.09)

 "At a time when we are fighting two wars and facing a serious deficit, this would have been an inexcusable waste of money. Every dollar of waste in our defense budget is a dollar we can't spend to support our troops or prepare for future threats or protect the American people. Our budget is a zero-sum game, and if more money goes to F-22s, it is our troops and citizens that loose." Source: President Barak Obama.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.23.09): Safety Alert

Safety Alert A safety alert issued by ATC to aircraft under their control if ATC is aware the aircraft is at an altitude which, in the controller's judgment, places the aircraft in unsafe proximity to terrain, obstructions, or other aircraft...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.23.09)

Aero-Linx: Fokker Triplane It's been called the most famous fighter of WWI, and with Fokker celebrating it's 90th anniversary this week, we just had to go look for more information about this iconic aircraft. We found a site with some good stats, history, and links about  the famous triplane.  

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