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December 18, 2009

Cessna Delivers First Skycatcher

Rose Pelton Takes The Keys To Her New Airplane

Cessna today delivered its first Model 162 Skycatcher Light Sport Aircraft during a ceremony at Yingling Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas Friday. Yingling is one of three U.S. re-assembly facilities for the Skycatcher.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.18.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.18.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.18.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: 2009 GA Insights, Part II - 12.18.09 (ANN Special Report, with Brent Wouters and Tom Poberezny)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.18.09

Bell has sold the type certificate of the world most famous helicopter.
Look who's been watching video downlinks from Predators!
And the race is on to prove UAVs can fly with the rest

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.18.09

Bell has sold the type certificate of the world most famous helicopter.
Look who's been watching video downlinks from Predators!
And the race is on to prove UAVs can fly with the rest

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Eurocopter Flies New EC175 Helicopter

New Aircraft Developed In Cooperation With China

The EC175, the latest member of the Eurocopter range, today performed its official maiden flight in the skies above Marignane, France. At the controls were Alain Di Bianca, Eurocopter Experimental Test Pilot, as well as Michel Oswald and Patrick Bremont, Flight Test Engineers.

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Bird Radar At 4 Wing Cold Lake 'First in Canada'

System Used To Develop Bird Hazard Risk Assessment Process

The busiest fighter wing in Canada, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, will get the first permanently deployed bird radar unit in the country. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has entered into a contract with Accipiter Radar for the purchase and installation of an Accipiter Avian Radar for the Cold Lake base.

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King Air Fleet Delivered To FAA

Aircraft Will Support FAA's Flight Standards And Other Programs

A fleet of four Beechcraft King Air C90GTi turboprops has been delivered to the FAA, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced Tuesday.  Bill Boisture, HBC Chairman and CEO, and John Allen, FAA Director of Flight Standards Service, participated in the delivery ceremony today at HBC headquarters in Wichita.

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Opens Innovations Research Facility

University of Alabama in Huntsville Home To PoWeR Innovations Research

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the opening of the new PoWeR Innovations Research facility on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville  on December 9th. The facility is part of a collaborative effort designed to develop new technologies and business strategies for both the company and the university.

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Purdue University Gets A Phenom 100 Jet For Aviation Program

World’s First Collegiate Turbofan Pilot Training Program Obtains Embraer’s New Jet

Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN has purchased a Phenom 100 as part of the Department of Aviation Technology’s fleet replacement program, Embraer announced Wednesday. The jet will allow the university’s students the ability to graduate with an FAA jet type rating.

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Frontiers of Flight Museum Names New Board Chairman, President

BBA Aviation President McElroy Tapped For Top Spot

As the Frontiers of Flight Museum completes its 20th year of operation, Museum co-founders US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Chairman of the Board, and Jan Collmer, President announced the election of current Board Member Mr. Hugh McElroy  to the position of Chairman on Wednesday.

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Employment Survey Shows Major Job Losses At Van Nuys Airport

Tenants Call For independent Audit, Privatization Study, And Rent Freeze

Tenants at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) have requested relief from increasing rental rates and charges that have contributed to unprecedented job losses at the airport and left many businesses struggling to survive in the midst of the most severe economic downturn in the history of private aviation.

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Bell Helicopter Announces Support Change For The Model 47

Scotts Helicopters Assumes Ownership Of Type Certificate

Bell Helicopter announced Thursday that Scott's Helicopter of Le Sueur, MN has assumed ownership of the Model 47 type certificate.

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Analysts: Global Space Market To Grow Significantly

Frost & Sullivan Thinks Growth Will Come Despite Economic Downturn

Despite the global financial crisis, revenue-generating opportunities across the entire space value chain are expected to increase over the medium to long terms. However, changing dynamics will impel individual industry participants within specific sub-sectors toward a more complex market.

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Aero-TV: Lance Neibauer – The Genesis of Lancair Aircraft

Lance Neibauer Describes the Journey that Revolutionized Aircraft Design

After graduating with a BFA degree in 1971, Lance Neibauer began a career as a graphic designer; his love for aviation, however, was never far from his mind.  Having grown up exposed to aircraft at an early age (his uncle, Ray Betzoldt, produced aircraft for Al Meyers), Neibauer loved flying, but most aircraft designs didn’t appeal to his aesthetic eye.  As composite structures began to emerge in the late 1970s, his aviation interest went from hobby to inspiration; Neibauer believed he could develop a sleekly designed aircraft that optimized both performance and handling.

Aero-TV: Lance Neibauer - The Genesis of Lancair Aircraft

Lance Neibauer Describes the Journey that Revolutionized Aircraft Design

After graduating with a BFA degree in 1971, Lance Neibauer began a career as a graphic designer; his love for aviation, however, was never far from his mind.  Having grown up exposed to aircraft at an early age (his uncle, Ray Betzoldt, produced aircraft for Al Meyers), Neibauer loved flying, but most aircraft designs didn’t appeal to his aesthetic eye...

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Klyde Morris (12.18.09)

Klyde Applauds (And Has Some Fun With) The First Flight Of The 787

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Transport Canada Extends 406 MHz ELT Installation Exemption

Specialized Maintenance Rule Exemption Continued Until March 2011

As a result of the ongoing delay in regulating carriage of 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters on Canadian-registered aircraft, TCCA has issued a new exemption to extend the period of relief for the installation of TSO C126 406 MHz ELTs in an aircraft.

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House Passes Defense Bill Containing Partial VH-71 Funding

$100 Million for Lockheed Martin to Continue Developing Technology For New Presidential Helicopter 

The U. S. House of Representatives passed an FY2010 defense appropriations bill Wednesday which includes $100 million to allow Lockheed Martin to continue developing the technology for a new presidential helicopter fleet.

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Cirrus Looks For Tax Break From St. Louis County, MN

County Commission Gives Preliminary Approval, Full Vote Next Week

Cirrus Design has asked the St. Louis County Minnesota county commission for forgiveness for repayment of a $27,770 tax rebate owed the county on its Duluth manufacturing plant. Meeting as a Committee of the Whole, the commission has given preliminary approval to the plan.

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NAFI Says New Federal Proposal Won't Improve Air Safety

Concerns Raised About Proposed ATP Certification Requirement For All Part 121 Air Carrier Pilots

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has developed a briefing paper addressing concerns with the proposal contained in HR3371 to require an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate for any pilot flying in a Part 121 Air Carrier operation.  

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CAN Taps Joe Lombardo For Board Of Directors

President Of Gulfstream Aerospace Takes Leadership Position With Corporate Angel Network

Joseph T. Lombardo, executive vice president, Aerospace, General Dynamics, and president, Gulfstream Aerospace, has been elected to the board of directors of Corporate Angel Network.

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Senator Charles Schumer Embarrassed By Airplane Comment

Overheard Making A Less-Than-Complimentary Comment About A Flight Crew Member

New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) is a bit red-faced over a comment he made when a flight attendant asked him and another passenger to turn off their cell phones.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.18.09)

"Success four flights Thursday morning started from level with engine power alone…inform press home Christmas." Source: Telegram sent by Orville and Wilbur Wright December 17th, 1903.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.18.09): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning. Briefing items may include weather information, NOTAMS, military activities, flow control information, and other items as requested.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.18.09)

National Simulator Program

The FAA sent notice today that Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) Sponsors are reminded that Simulation Quality Management Systems (SQMS) required under Part 60 (60.5) must be submitted to the NSP by May 30, 2010. 

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