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December 21, 2009

Consumer Group Lauds New DOT Rule On Tarmac Delays

Airports Council Welcomes The Announcement

Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International-North America, commended the Department of Transportation (DOT) for issuing a new rule providing protections for passengers experiencing extended delays Monday.

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New DOT Consumer Rule Limits Airline Tarmac Delays

Other Passenger Protections, Such As Food And Water, Included

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a new rule that significantly strengthens protections afforded to consumers by, among other things, establishing a hard time limit after which U.S. airlines must allow passengers to deplane from domestic flights.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.09

An Obama vacation will shut down GA on Oahu.
Through-the-fence advocates say the FAA has no data.
And the City of Independence and the State of Oregon stand behind hangar-homeowners.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.09

An Obama vacation will shut down GA on Oahu.
Through-the-fence advocates say the FAA has no data.
And the City of Independence and the State of Oregon stand behind hangar-homeowners.<

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Lessons on Icing - 12.21.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about a fatal acident in Canada which offers several lessons for pilots considering flight into possible icing conditions.

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ANN 2009-2010 Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays!

The hard-working and long-suffering gnomes that publish ANN will finally get to take a short holiday break this week [we gnomes thank you --ed]. ANN's normal DAILY news will be presented through December 23rd, and will then be on a somewhat brief Holiday schedule, December 24th and 25th.

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AAI Demonstrates Seamless Handoff Of Unmanned Aircraft

On-The-Move Command And Control Software Achieves TRL 7

AAI Corporation said Wednesday that it successfully demonstrated its new On-the-Move Command and Control (OMCC) software during an Aerosonde Mark 4.7 unmanned aircraft system flight at Fort Pickett in VA. AAI's OMCC software achieved technology readiness level, or TRL, 7 during this exercise.

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Orion Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor Test-Fired

Entire Launch Abort System To Be Tested Next Spring

NASA and its industry partners celebrated a test-firing of a critical safety component of the Orion crew exploration vehicle, the space agency's next generation of spacecraft designed to take astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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A Joint Connection In The Skies Over Afghanistan

Air Force Tankers Provide In-Flight Refueling To Extend CVW 11 Missions Over Afghanistan

when Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 aircraft assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) leave the flight deck from hundreds of miles away to support troops on the ground in Afghanistan, the Air Force KC-10A Extender is an airborne gas station capable of delivering 350,000 pounds of fuel per mission to U.S. and coalition aircraft.

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New Runway Planned For Port Columbus Airport

FAA Kicking In $90 Million For The Project

Here's one that even USA Today will have a hard time complaining about, since it involves a major airport with significant commercial traffic. The FAA has awarded a grant to Port Columbus Airport in Columbus, Ohio to replace the facility's south runway, parts of which date back to 1928. 

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Coast Guard Ceases Search For Missing Pilot In The Gulf Of Mexico

Two Day Search Gave No Clues

On Saturday morning the Coast Guard suspended its search for Dr. Mark Nichter, 50, who reportedly lost communications after departing St. Petersburg, FL, Tuesday.

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Double Amputee Selected For Inaugural Bombardier-Able Flight Scholarship

Injured Deputy Sherriff To Earn Sport Pilot License

Former Deputy Sheriff Dan Hodess Dan Hodess has fought to live a normal life. Now, with his scholarship, he will take on another challenge, that of fulfilling his long-held ambition of becoming a pilot.

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Yuri's Night Begins Preparations For World Space Party In April

2010 Marks Tenth Year For Global Celebration

The organizers of Yuri's Night, an annual worldwide celebration of humanity's achievements in space, have opened registration for events centered on April 12, 2010. 

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Aero-TV: Preserving Wichita History – The Kansas Aviation Museum

Director Lon Smith Describes Wichita’s Living Aviation History Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum is more than just a showcase for Wichita’s rich aviation history; it is history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum is housed in Wichita’s original municipal airport terminal.  Dedicated on March 31st, 1935, the Wichita Municipal Airport served as a major mid-continent stopover for commercial operations as the last stop before crossing the Rockies to Denver or Los Angeles.  At its peak in 1944, the airport was one of the busiest in the nation with take-offs or landings occurring every 90 seconds.  Wandering the museum, visitors are immediately transported back to the glory days of aviation, surrounde

Aero-News Alert: Hawaiian Pilots 'Held Hostage' By Presidential TFR

Massive TFR "Pretty Much Decimates GA" On Oahu

News and Analysis By ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell ANN is researching reports of a massive TFR that will severely restrict air traffic on the tiny island of Oahu... for nearly two weeks. A Presidential TFR has been published (and was disseminated as of December 19th... barely four days notice) covering most of the island and severely restricts all GA operations on or near the island.

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Aero-TV: Preserving Wichita History – The Kansas Aviation Museum

Director Lon Smith Describes Wichita’s Living Aviation History Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum is more than just a showcase for Wichita’s rich aviation history; it is history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum is housed in Wichita’s original municipal airport terminal.  Dedicated on March 31st, 1935, the Wichita Municipal Airport served as a major mid-continent stopover for commercial operations as the last stop before crossing the Rockies to Denver or Los Angeles. 

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Klyde Morris (12.21.09)

Klyde Pokes Some Fun At Airbus 

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 12.21.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Lessons on Icing - 12.21.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Head Of K-State Aviation Department Named UAA President-Elect

Organization Represents Aviation Education To Government, Industry, And The Public

Kurt Barnhart, professor and head of Kansas State University's Department of Aviation, has been elected president-elect of the University Aviation Association. He will serve a one-year term.

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NASA Astronauts And Managers To Discuss Upcoming Shuttle Flight

First of Five Final Missions Scheduled For 2010

Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver the final module of the U.S. portion of the International Space Station on the STS-130 mission, now targeted to launch February 7th. NASA will preview this mission during a series of news briefings Friday, January 15th, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Citizens Against Government Waste Slam Defense Programs As 'Pork'

Two Aviation Programs Specifically Mentioned As Wasteful

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its preliminary analysis of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act Thursday.

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Flight Attendants To Sue FAA And WSI Over Injuries

Claim Weather-Related Injuries Were Preventable

Donna Dacko and Inga Isakson have filed a legal claim against both the FAA and Weather Service International (WSI) over injuries sustained in 2007. 

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Space Station Crew 22 Launches From Russia

Two Day Ride Ahead For American, Russian, and Japanese 

NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi safely launched aboard a Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft to the International Space Station on Sunday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.21.09)

"This directive basically shuts down all general aviation on the entire island of Oahu and - specifically names sightseeing tours and flight training. We are a very small operation with my wife and I basically doing almost everything seven days a week and we are usually off one day for Thanksgiving and one day for  Christmas. That is two days a year off and we cannot afford to take two weeks off over a potentially busy holiday..."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.09): SIGMET

Significant Meteorological Advisories

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.09)

Operation Migration 

Operation Migration uses aircraft-led migration to reintroduce endangered birds in to the wild and teach them to migrate.

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