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June 18, 2009

IG Report: GA Security Threats 'Mostly Hypothetical'

Homeland Security Still Says 'Steady Vigilance Must Be Maintained'

A report dated May 27th by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's office concludes what most of us have said for some time. That "general aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to security."

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.18.09

NASA has more gas problems at Launch Pad 39-A.
One hundred college students will be getting NASA scholarships.
And one industry group sees business aviation starting to rebound.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.18.09

NASA has more gas problems at Launch Pad 39-A.
One hundred college students will be getting NASA scholarships.
And one industry group sees business aviation starting to rebound.


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ANN Special Feature: 2009 CFI of the Year ArLynn McMahon - 06.18.09

It was appropriate that our first chance to interview the first woman to be named National Instructor of the Year came at this year's Women in Aviation International Conference in Atlanta.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.18.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.18.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.18.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: 2009 CFI of the Year ArLynn McMahon - 06.18.09 (ANN Special Report, with National CFI Of The Year, Arlynn McMahon)

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Bombardier Announces Sales To Japan

CSeries Picks Up A New Parts Developer

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that IBEX Airlines of Japan will operate four CRJ700 NextGen airliners. These four aircraft are part of an order that was announced on June 23, 2008.

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'KillerBees' Get Ground Control Upgrade

System Allows One Station To Control Multiple UAS's

Raytheon Company has tested a proven, open-software architecture unmanned ground system that enables one ground station to control multiple KillerBee Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

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Mapping The Moon -- Diviner Aboard LRO

Instrument To Look For Signs Of ... Ice

NASA is scheduled to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an unmanned mission to comprehensively map the entire moon, Thursday, and one of the instruments aboard, the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, will make the first global survey of the temperature of the lunar surface.

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Virginia Festival Of Flight 'Most Successful Ever'

Over 320 Aircraft Fly In For Festivities

They came in from as far as New York, Florida and Ohio and many people remarked on the wide mix of rare and unusual aircraft parked along the two closed runways. Powered parachutes, ultralights, prize-winning homebuilts, careful restorations among them a P-51, two SNJs and a YAK were in the mix.

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Pratt & Whitney Endorses Biofuel Testing

Tests Show Blends Compatible With Jet A

Pratt & Whitney signed the executive summary released today by Boeing highlighting the positive results of a pioneering industry flight test and research program that should lead to future certification of sustainable biojet fuels.

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FAA Safety Alert Focuses On Tire Pressure

Basic Item May Have Caused A Fatal Crash

This SAFO emphasizes the necessity for operators of all aircraft, and especially the Learjet Model 60, to maintain the correct tire pressure by checking cold tire pressure at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.

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Helicopter Simulator Cert OK'd For German Heli-Cops

Illinois Company Manufactures The Sims

The German Bundespolizei have received dual certification for their Frasca built EC-135 helicopter simulator.

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Daher-Socata TBM Gets Multi-Mission Capability

New Sensors Increase Surveillance Options

Daher-Socata is unveiling the multi-mission version of its TBM turboprop aircraft this week, presenting a turret-equipped demonstrator in the static display at the 2009 Paris Air Show.

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EADS Shopping US Companies

Hopes To Build Business In U.S. Military Market

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. (EADS) is looking to build business in the worlds largest military market by seeking U.S. companies to buy. “What we look for is value,” Ralph Crosby said in an interview at the Paris Air Show.

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Aero-TV: The Sting S3 -- Third Generation LSA

Next-Generation LSA Hits The Market

The Sting S3 is the latest in a generation of LSAs that have been a part of the Sport Pilot scene for a number of years. The airplane is manufactured in the Czech Republic by TL-Ultralight, sro. A predecessor, the StingSport was the fifth light sport aircraft to be certified in the USA. The S3 is the fourth generation in a line of distinguished aircraft that includes the S3 (2008), the StingSport (2004), the Sting Carbon (2000) and the Star (1996).

CAF 'Hangs' First Superfortress Replacement Engine

Hopes 'Fifi' Will Be Flying Again Next Year

The Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron members worked diligently last weekend to "hang" the first of four new engines for the B-29 Superfortress Fifi.

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Aero-TV: The Sting S3 -- Third Generation LSA

Next-Generation LSA Hits The Market

The Sting S3 is the latest in a generation of LSAs that have been a part of the Sport Pilot scene for a number of years. The airplane is manufactured in the Czech Republic by TL-Ultralight, sro.

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Hartzell Joins The Aerospace Family

New Company Separate From Hartzell Propeller

Tailwind Technologies Inc. of Piqua, OH has formed Hartzell Aerospace, which will serve as the consolidating platform for the aerospace companies Tailwind holds, apart from its general aviation business, Hartzell Propeller Inc.

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FAA Budget Request $15.9 Billion FY 2010

Babbitt Testimony Before House Transportation Subcommittee

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, requesting nearly $16 billion for the agency next fiscal year.

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Sikorsky Adds To S-76D Test Program

Several Milestones Achieved With Prototype

Two more prototypes are poised to join the S-76D helicopter test program as Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. continues envelope expansion on the newest version of the popular S-76 helicopter.

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Two Years Behind, But Dreamliner 'Could Fly Today'

Flight Rediness Review Scheduled For Saturday

After passing its remaining ground tests with flying colors, Boeing executives say the long-delayed 787 Dreamliner could be flying right now, and they fully expect the maiden flight to take place later this month.

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Eurocopter Making News In Paris

Aircraft Sold, Delivered To Turkey, India, And Brazil

Three announcements from European helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter from Paris Wednesday that involve sales or deliveries to Turkey, India, and Brazil. 

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Evektor Announces a Flight School Incentive Program

Special Fleet Pricing Available For LSA Trainers

Evektor Aircraft, Inc., of Melbourne, Florida, has announced a new Flight School Incentive Program designed specifically to help flight schools around the United States replace their training fleets.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.18.09)

"Because aviation safety is my primary duty and I do not take that charge lightly: let me start by saying that this is a budget that enables the FAA to pursue our paramount mission — advancing operational safety throughout the National Airspace System." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt in testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportaion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.18.09): Missed Approach Procedure

A procedure used to redirect a landing aircraft back around to attempt another landing. This may be due to visual contact not established at authorized minimums or instructions from air traffic control, or for other reasons. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.18.09)

Aero-Linx: Abandoned & Little Known Airfields Obvously the authors labor of love, "Abandoned & Little Known Airfields" is s listing by state of airstrips either off the beaten path, or overgrown and forgotten. The sites includes pictures where possible, clips from long-outdated sectional charts, and some of the history of the airfields listed. You might feel some nostalgia, and maybe even a little meloncholy.

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