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November 23, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.23.10

Those TSA scanners didn't have to be so revealing.
Public outrage turns to humor on TV.
And pilots to be exempted - but not flight attendants?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.23.10

Those TSA scanners didn't have to be so revealing.
Public outrage turns to humor on TV.
And pilots to be exempted - but not flight attendants?


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ANN Special Feature: Failure of the Clear Program- 11.23.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation about the "trusted traveler" program which was supposed to allow all of us to bypass invasive TSA screenings following backg

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DoD Modifies Contract For Fourth Lot Of F-35s

Lockheed Martin Secures $3.5 Billion Contract For Low Rate Initial Production

The Department of Defense has notified Lockheed Martin of a $3.5 billion contract modification for the manufacture of 31 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP).

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.23.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.23.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.23.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Failure of the Clear Program- 11.23.10 (ANN Special Report, with Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation)

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TSA Partners With Flight Attendants On Security

Pistole: Primary Goal Is Better Relationships With "Stakeholders" And The Public

The Association of Flight Attendants – CWA (AFA-CWA) met with TSA Administrator John Pistole late last week to discuss concerns about the enhanced screening processes and to consider establishing alternative screening systems for flight deck and cabin crew.

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Airlines Cast A Cautious Eye To Winter Weather

Tarmac Delay Rules May Cause Carriers To Alter Schedules

Both winter travelers and airlines are no strangers to weather delays. Snow, sleet, and  freezing rain can play havoc with the efficient movements of airplanes during the winter months, and particularly the holiday season.

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Flight Operations Suspended At Florida Flight School Following Fatal Accident

FIT Grounded All Flights To Allow Time For Grieving

All flight operations at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) flight school in Melbourne have been grounded following an accident in which four people were fatally injured. Those killed in the accident included two students, their instructor, and an FIT employee.

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Flyers Rights Sets Its Sights On TSA Screening

Joins with Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader, Aviation Consumer Action Project, To Demand 'Voice' In On-going Security Debate

The airline passenger advocacy group Flyers Rights has joined Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader and Paul Hudson from the Aviation Consumer Action Project (ACAP) to demand meetings to discuss the continuing issues regarding Whole Body Scanners & "Enhanced" Pat Downs by TSA personel.

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Somebody Call A Locksmith. Delta Crew Locked Out Of The Cockpit

Flight Delayed Several Hours Due To Snafu

A Delta airlines flight getting set to depart from LAX on Sunday was delayed several hours because the crew could not get into the cockpit of the airplane.

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Report: Civilian C337 On FL Military Mission Lost Right Wing

Three Fatally Injured Supporting Military Exercise

A civilian airplane which went down last Wednesday while supporting a military exercise in Central Florida apparently lost its right wing prior to impact according to the NTSB.

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First Flight For Last AW159 Lynx Wildcat Test Aircraft

Delivery Of Production Helicopters Expected In Late 2011

The third and final AW159 test aircraft successfully completed its initial flight last Friday at AgustaWestland's Yeovil facility in the UK. In a news release, AgustaWestland said the flight involved a range of general handling checks, and the helicopter performed as expected.

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New Parts Recycler Set To Scrap Its First Airplane

DC10-30 To Be Disassembled In Memphis

The first airplane to be disassembled and sold for parts at the new Qwest Air Parts facility in Crestview, FL, is a former World Airways DC10-30, which landed at Bob Sikes Airport (KCEW) last Sunday.

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FAA Declines Action On Pilot Involved In Toilet Paper Drop

But State Authorities Are Still Deciding On Criminal Charges

The pilot who dropped rolls of toilet paper from his Cessna 172 while "rehearsing" for a colored streamer drop at a local high school football game will not face penalties from the FAA, but the state of New Jersey has not yet decided if it will pursue action against him.

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Prince William Makes Mount Snowdon Rescue

Pilot Who Would Be King Flies To The Aid Of A Hiker

Prince William went to the aid of a hiker on Britain's Mount Snowdon as part of his SAR duties in the RAF just two days after announcing his engagement to Kate Middleton. 

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Aero-TV: Cameron's Andy Baird on Ballooning -- 'A Business With Its Ups And Downs' -- Part 2

A True Ballooning Expert Outlines The Sport For Aero-TV

For the thousands of you that have already seen some of the Aero-TV programming that we produced at the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, its no secret that we had a great time in and amongst the lofty flying machines that floated all over New Mexico in early October. We've heard from a number of you that the sport looked interesting... and more challenging than many realized... which has produced some curiosity about the modern sport of Hot-Air ballooning.

Aero-TV: Cameron's Baird on Ballooning -- 'A Business With Its Ups and Downs' #2

A True Ballooning Expert Outlines The Sport For Aero-TV-Part II

For the thousands of you that have already seen some of the Aero-TV programming that we produced at the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, its no secret that we had a great time in and amongst the lofty flying machines that floated all over New Mexico in early October. We've heard from a number of you that the sport looked interesting... and more challenging than many realized... which has produced some curiosity about the modern sport of Hot-Air ballooning.

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GPS Testing Continuing In Western U.S.

Unavailable Or Unreliable Signals Possible Through December 9

The FAA is continuing its GPS testing in an area that may affect the reliability of GPS signals in several western states from California to Idaho, western Colorado and Wyoming.  The testing is centered at 393316N/1174400W or the BAM VOR 211.7 degree radial at 71.4NM.

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Masten Space Systems, Space Florida Sign Letter Of Intent

Demonstration Launches From Cape Canaveral To Be Discussed

Masten Space Systems and Space Florida have signed a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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NORAD Fighters Respond To Aircraft In National Capitol Region

Cessna 182 Pilot Was Met By Local Law Enforcement

Two F-16 fighters under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a Cessna 182 in the vicinity of the National Capitol Region Monday at approximately 1419 EST.

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Happy Turkey Day! TSA Admin Pistole Issues Holiday Travel Message To The Public

Video Attempts To Put An Agency Spin On Unpopular Screening Techniques

In what appears to be some damage control following several weeks of bad publicity surrounding full body scanners and "enhanced" security pat-downs ... TSA Administrator John S. Pistole has issued a message to the public with "tips for air travel this holiday season."

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Rap Song 'Don't Touch My Junk' Released

Michael Adams, AKA 'The Health Ranger', Takes Aim At TSA

The latest effort from a self-described socially conscious rap artist who released  the song "I Want My Bailout Money" in 2008  takes aim at TSA's new airport security procedures. "Don't Touch My Junk" was released Friday as a free download.

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Phoenix Police Department Receives A Fifth AS350 B3

Air Support Unit Has Been Flying The Model Since 2005

The Phoenix Police Department’s Air Support unit has taken delivery of another Eurocopter AS350 B3. This is the fifth AS350 B3 in the unit’s fleet of helicopters that has grown to meet the needs of its citizens and its expanding coverage area.

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USAF Officials Announce Basing Criteria For MQ-1/9 Ground Control Station

Light Mobility Aircraft Basing Criteria Also Determined

Air Force officials released their criteria for basing of the MQ-1/9 ground control stations for an Air Force Reserve Command unit, as well as criteria to determine basing locations for the light mobility aircraft Nov. 17.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.23.10)

“As our vehicles near completion, we’re searching for the ideal launch location from which to base our flight operations team. Our ultimate goal is to develop enough market demand to justify flying from multiple space ports.” Source:  Michael Mealling, Masten Space Systems's CFO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.23.10): Known Traffic

With respect to ATC clearances, means aircraft whose altitude, position, and intentions are known to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.23.10)

FAA NORAD Intercept Procedures So you've strayed into a TFR area, and there are NORAD jets closing fast. What are you supposed to do? The FAA has recently revised its procedures for dealing with an intercept in a restricted or prohibited area, and they can be found on the administration's FAA Safety website.

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