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November 17, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.10

The FAA says the Dreamliner test fleet is grounded TFN.
An Emergency AD is issued for certain Bell 212 helicopters.
And a growing protest against full-body scanners is making news.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.17.10

The FAA says the Dreamliner test fleet is grounded TFN.
An Emergency AD is issued for certain Bell 212 helicopters.
And a growing protest against full-body scanners is making news.

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ANN Special Feature: Advancing Flight Training Quality - 11.17.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jo Ann and Sandy Hill of Master Instructors, LLC, who explain what role instructor accreditation might play in a new industry-wide push to improve the quality and safety

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F-22 Raptor Overdue In Alaska

Contact Lost With Aircraft At 1940 Local Time

An F-22 Raptor on a training mission in Alaska lost contact with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson about 1940 local time Tuesday. There has been no further contact with the aircraft or the single pilot on board.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.17.10

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Advancing Flight Training Quality - 11.17.10 (ANN Special Report, with Jo Ann and Sandy Hill of Master Instructors, LLC)

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NTSB Reports Fuel Exhaustion In 2009 Greenville Accident

Ground Crews Had Run Engines 45 Minutes Prior To Takeoff

A flight that was supposed to have been a routine check of some avionics issues ended with the airplane running out of fuel, even though the pilot had visually checked the fuel levels prior to the flight.

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Bombardier Celebrates Aviation Milestones

Deliveries Of 1,000th Dash 8/Q-Series Turboprop And 400th Global Business Jet

Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the 1,000th Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft -- a Q400 NextGen airliner, delivered to Pinnacle Airlines -- and the 400th Global business jet in a commemorative ceremony Friday at the company’s Toronto facility where the aircraft are manufactured.

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Orbital Opens Mission Operations Center For NASA COTS Program

Administrator Charles Bolden On Hand For Opening Ceremony

A formal dedication ceremony was held Monday marking the completion of Orbital Sciences Corporation's new Mission Operations Center (MOC). The  facility will serve as the operations center  for the company’s cargo logistics missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

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NASA's Chandra Finds Youngest Nearby Black Hole

"Observed" Age Is Just 30 Years

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence of the youngest black hole known to exist in our cosmic neighborhood.

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Canadian Aviation Association Honors Tracy Medve

Canadian North's President First Woman To Become Honorary Life Member Of The Air Transport Association Of Canada

Tracy Medve, who has held the position of President of Canadian North for three years, was inducted as an Honorary Life Member with the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC).

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Colombia Becomes 100th U.S. Open-Skies Partner

Agreement Makes Air Service Between The Two Countries Easier

Colombia became the United States' 100th Open-Skies partner last week, as representatives of the two countries reached agreement to liberalize U.S.-Colombia air services for airlines of both countries.

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Russia Ready To Bid On U.S. Afghan Security Helo Contract

RFP Calls For 21 Mi-171 Helicopters

The U.S. Government issued an RFP in July seeing bids for 21 Mi-171 helicopters to support its anti-terrorism campaign in Afghanistan. On Monday at Airshow China, Rosoboronexport, Russia's state-run arms exporter, said it plans to compete for that contract.

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Bombardier Sells Five Challenger 300 Aircraft To Donghai Jet

Shenzhen-Based Operator Also Takes Delivery Of The First China-Based Challenger 605 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed a firm order for five super midsize Challenger 300 jets from Donghai Jet Co., Ltd. based in Southern China. The total value of the order is approximately $121 million US, based on the 2010 list price for typically equipped aircraft.

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The Civil Aviation University Of China To Develop Training With Eurocopter

Memorandum Of Understanding Signed For Cooperation In Training For New Pilots

The Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) will work with Eurocopter for ab-initio pilot training activities under a Memorandum of Understanding announced Tuesday.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2008-26-10 (Corrected)

MANUFACTURER: Cessna Aircraft Company 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 Series Airplanes

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AD: MD Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2010-18-52

MANUFACTURER: MD Helicopters, Inc. Model MD900 Helicopters

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Aero-TV: The Voice Of Fiesta -- Glen Moyer's Love Of Ballooning

Long-Time Enthusiast Has Become One Of The Voices Of An Amazing Aerial Pursuit

The ANN crew has known Glen Moyer for a long time... enjoying his emails and calls with news of the ballooning world, as well as an accompanying passion for all things flight. So... it was no surprise that when we showed up, in force, to cover the extraordinary sights and sounds of the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, that Glen Moyer was the principal voice for this lofty gathering.

Aero-TV: The Voice Of Fiesta -- Glen Moyer's Love Of Ballooning

Long-Time Enthusiast Has Become One Of The Voices Of An Amazing Aerial Pursuit

The ANN crew has known Glen Moyer for a long time... enjoying his emails and calls with news of the ballooning world, as well as an accompanying passion for all things flight. So... it was no surprise that when we showed up, in force, to cover the extraordinary sights and sounds of the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, that Glen Moyer was the principal voice for this lofty gathering.

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Mica Reminds Airports TSA Is Not Required

Original Post-September 11th Bill Allows Airports To Hire Private Security

In the midst of all the controversy over pat-down searches that are regarded as intrusive and privacy concerns stemming from the use of backscatter scanners, Congressman John Mica (R-FL) is reminding airports that there is an alternative to TSA screening.

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ATA: Proposed Flightcrew Duty Time Rule Is Poorly Conceived

Airlines Call for Significant Revisions To Existing Proposal

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) submitted its public comments Monday to the FAA in response to the agency's Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements NPRM, calling for significant revisions to the existing proposal.

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No Decisions Yet About November 30 Shuttle Launch

Mission Managers Will Announce No Earlier Than November 22nd

NASA managers will hold a news conference no earlier than 1800 EST on Monday, Nov. 22, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the next space shuttle mission, STS-133, which was delayed on Nov. 5.

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TSA Plans To Investigate John Tyner

Agency Making Good On Threat To Look At Fines Up To $11,000

John Tyner, who (by now) famously told a TSA screener "if you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested," is reportedly being investigated by the federal agency.

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S-70i Black Hawk Helicopter Takes Historic First Flight In Poland

Two More Of The Helos Are In Final Production In Mielec

An S-70i Black Hawk helicopter has flown in Poland for the first time, a milestone for the helicopter line being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft's company in Poland, PZL Mielec.

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US Airways Pilots Protest Slow Pace Of Contract Talks

Informational Pickets Set Up Tuesday At Reagan National Airport In D.C.

The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, picketed Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at 1200 EDT to bring attention to what it believes to be US Airways' efforts to take advantage of its pilots.

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Boeing Opens New P-8 Production Facility In Seattle

Refurbished Space For Testing, Systems Installation

Boeing cut the ribbon on a new P-8 aircraft production facility near Boeing Field in Seattle late last week. The refurbished factory gives Boeing and its P-8 teammates the space they need to install mission systems and conduct tests on aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.17.10)

"We are very concerned that the proposed rule reflects a lack of understanding by FAA of how airlines operate." Source: ATA CEO James May.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.17.10): Circle To Runway (Runway Number)

Used by ATC to inform the pilot that he/she must circle to land because the runway in use is other than the runway aligned with the instrument approach procedure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.17.10)

Australian Air League

The Australian Air League (AAL) is a national youth organization for boys and girls aged 8 years and older.

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