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November 22, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.22.10

Mooney gets down to skeleton staffing.
AirTran pilots and Southwest flight attendants ratify contracts.
And unions still find Delta employees a tough sell.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.22.10

Mooney gets down to skeleton staffing.
AirTran pilots and Southwest flight attendants ratify contracts.
And unions still find Delta employees a tough sell.


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ANN Special Feature: Pre-Flight That New Aircraft - 11.22.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, who recalls an accident which illustrates why a thorough pre-flight check-out is crucial when an aircraft has just emerged from main

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 11.22.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.22.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.22.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Pre-Flight That New Aircraft - 11.22.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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F-35 Flying Block 1 Software

Basis For All Future JSF Avionics Moves From Avionics Test Bed To Test Airplane

The fundamental building block for all future avionics software on the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has entered flight testing on an F-35 test jet.

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EA-18G Growlers Plying Nevada Skies

Two Recently Began Validation With Naval Strike And Air Warfare Center's Newest Training Department

Two airborne electronic attack aircraft, EA-18G "Growler," recently began validation with Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center's newest training department, the Airborne Electronic Attack Weapons School (AEAWS) in Fallon, NV, November 12.

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Egyptian Air Force's New F-16's To Get Pratt & Whitney Engines

Twenty New Fighters To Be Powered By PW-229 EEP

The Egyptian Air Force has entered into a $46 million contract with Pratt & Whitney to provide F100-PW-229 Enhanced Engine Package (EEP) engines to power the Egyptian Air Force's new fleet of 20 F-16 aircraft.

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Turbomeca, Catic/Avic International Sign For Arriel 2C Engines

Ninety Engines For The Chinese Corporation

Engine manufacturer Turbomeca said Thursday it has signed a contract for 90 Arriel 2C engines with CATIC (China Aviation Technology Import-Export Corporation) and AVIC International (AVIC International Holding Corporation) for their respective export markets.

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Embraer Delivers The 1st Phenom 100 Executive Jet To India

Mumbai-Based Invision Air Receives The Entry Level Jet

The first Phenom 100 entry level jet has been delivered to India's Invision Air Services Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai-based on-demand air charter company.

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Copa Airlines Signs Leases For Ten New 737-800 Aircraft

Carrier Has Firm Orders And Delivery Commitments For 33 B737s

Copa Airlines today has signed lease agreement for ten Boeing 737-800 airplanes, five for delivery in 2011 and five during 2012.  Including these leases, Copa Airlines now has firm orders and delivery commitments for 33 aircraft, all of which are Boeing 737-800s.

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Guangxi Province Police Orders An AW139 Helicopter

Joins An AW109 Already In Service With The Department

The Police of the Province of Guanxi in China has placed an order for an AW139 medium twin helicopter, AgustaWestland announced Tuesday.

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Event Billed As the World's Largest For Modeling, Simulation Opens Nov. 29

Simulations In Healthcare, Military, And National Security Exercises Featured

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference is set to open at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL Nov. 29.

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US, Chinese Companies Announce Joint Venture To Support C919

Hamilton Sustrand, AVIC To Develop Electric Systems For The Chinese Jetliner

Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and AVIC Electromechanical Systems Company Limited have signed a joint venture framework contract to co-develop and manufacture the electric power system for the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China's (COMAC) new C919 jetliner.

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MANUFACTURER:Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A Helicopters

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Aero-TV: Cameron's Andy Baird on Ballooning -- 'A Business With Its Ups And Downs' -- Part 1

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.

Pins and Needles: Avidyne Awaiting Cert on DFC100

Game-Changing Auto-Pilot System Finishes Cert Tests

ANN has been monitoring the progress toward the certification of what may, ultimately, become the most capable autopilot system in all of General Aviation... for now. Well... as of November 19th, the Avidyne DFC100 TIA testing is complete and eventual certification is now in the hands of the FAA. According to Avidyne statements, the flights completed Friday were the final set of flight tests the FAA had to conduct prior to certification. All of the features and performance in the system were accepted without change and there is no more FAA evaluation of the system required.

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Aero-TV: Cameron's Baird on Ballooning -- 'A Business With Its Ups and Downs' #1

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.

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Wipaire Now Quest KODIAK Service Center

Company Says It Knows The Aircraft Well Through Float Certification

Wipaire announced Thursday that they have been selected as the first factory approved service center for the Quest KODIAK. Wipaire has a long tradition of providing quality services to turbo prop powered aircraft and is well equipped to provide the highest quality of service to KODIAK owners and operators.

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Recreational Aviation Foundation Searching For Exec. Director

Grassroots Leader Sought

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, has launched a search for the organization's first Executive Director.

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CubCrafters Announces Two Certified Build Centers

Facilities Provide Workspace, Tools, Assistance

CubCrafters has added two Certified Build Centers: Zero Gravity Builders Studio, of Richland, WA, and The CubWorks, of Lewistown, MT, to their Certified Build Center network.

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Klyde Morris (11.22.10)

Oh Please... You Really Thought Klyde Was Going to Ignore The TSA This Week?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Army Showcases Newest Version Of Lakota

Nearly Half Of 345 Planned UH-72A Lakotas Have Been Delivered

The latest version of the Lakota, the security and support model, was on display at the Pentagon Nov. 18 so senior Army leaders could take a look at the newest member of the Army's air fleet.

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Testing Moving Ahead On Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1524G Engine

Powerplant Developed For Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

Ground testing of Pratt & Whitney's first PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries family of aircraft continues on schedule validating performance expectations. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.22.10): Thunder

Thunder The sound emitted by rapidly expanding gases along the channel of a lightning discharge. Over three-quarters of lightning's electrical discharge is used in heating the gases in the atmosphere in and immediately around the visible channel. Temperatures can rise to over 10,000 °C in microseconds, resulting in a violent pressure wave, composed of compression and rarefaction. The rumble of thunder is created as one's ear catches other parts of the discharge, the part of the lightning flash nearest registering first, then the parts further away.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.22.10)

Aero-Linx: ADS-B Rulemaking On May 27, 2010, the FAA published new rules contained in 14 CFR §92.225 and §91.227 mandating airspace and avionics performance requirements after January 1, 2020. The avionics perform a function that is generally known as “ADS-B Out” which transmits precise location and other information about the aircraft to ground stations and other ADS-B equipped aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.22.10)

"The expense of running this aircraft is significantly lower than our aging aircraft. The older an aircraft gets, the more expensive it is to maintain it..." Source: Col. Neil Thurgood, project manager for Utility Helicopters at Redstone Arsenal, AL, commenting on the introduction of the latest version of the Lakota, the security and support model.

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