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December 17, 2010

Full Bonus Depreciation Extended Through 2011

HR4853 Includes New And Used Aircraft Up To $500,000

Congress has passed, and President Obama has signed, a compromise tax bill which includes the extension of 100 percent bonus depreciation of assets worth up to $500,000 acquired after September 8, 2010 through December 31 of next year.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.10

The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee delivers its report.
GA needs ASAP-type immunity for voluntary safety reports.
And NTSB calls for an end to the lap-child era.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.17.10

The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee delivers its report.
GA needs ASAP-type immunity for voluntary safety reports.
And NTSB calls for an end to the lap-child era.


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ANN Special Feature: Part IV: SpaceX COTS Demo Recap - 12.17.10

Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk boldly compares the capabilities of his company's $400 million Dragon spacecraft to the $4.8 billion Orion project being developed in a

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RunwayFinder Still Shuttered... But NOT Silent

Again, FlightPrep Tactics Are Called Into Question

 RunwayFinder's Dave Parsons has popped up again, though the site is still shut down, to address a few issues that seem to have gotten lost in the backscatter of an increasingly convoluted story. We were particularly intrigued at Parson's recall of the initial contact from FlightPrep... which corroborates other reports of similar contacts... whereby FlightPrep attempted to cloak their dealings with a confidentiality clause and keep the proceedings from seeing the light of day.

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Air Transport Association Applauds FAAC Recommendations

Recognizes Need For Industry Global Competitiveness And Viability

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) applauded the recommendations of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) under the leadership of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.17.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.17.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part IV: SpaceX COTS Demo Recap - 12.17.10 (ANN Special Report, with Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk)

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Virgin Galactic To Join NASA Submissions For Orbital Spaceflights

Will Support Sierra Nevada Space Systems, Orbital Sciences In CCDEV2

Virgin Galactic said Thursday that it will be supporting Sierra Nevada Space Systems’ (SNC) and Orbital Sciences Corporation's (OSC) work on commercial space vehicles.

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AIA Reports Solid Results For Aerospace In 2010

Another Year Of Record Sales Despite Sagging Economy

With another solid financial performance in 2010, the AIA says the aerospace industry has again demonstrated its vital importance to the U.S. economy.

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Southwest Airlines Announces 20 Firm Boeing 737-800 Deliveries in 2012

Larger Airplanes Substituted For Same Number Of -700 Models

Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly, spoke at the Wings Club in New York City Wednesday, where he shared additional details on introducing the Boeing 737-800 to the Southwest fleet. 

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Chicago Attorney Appointed To Serve As CAP's Great Lakes Region Commander

Col. Robet M. Karton Promoted To Leadership Post

Col. Robert M. Karton, CAP, has been assigned to serve as the new Great Lakes Region commander.  Presently, Col. Karton is the GLR interim commander having been appointed to fill the position after Brig. Gen. Charles L. Carr was elected vice commander in September.

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100th Anniversary Of Naval Aviation Foundation Board Announced

Celebrating A Century Of Progress And Achievement

The 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation has announced its Board of Directors for the 2011 Centennial events.

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Bell Beefs Up The 412EP

Engine And Glass Cockpit Upgrades For The "Workhorse Of Its Class"

Bell Helicopter said Wednesday it plan to extend the capability and performance of the Bell 412EP helicopter, which will be available in 2012.

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Airbus Military Tanker For RAF Performs First Contacts With Receiver

FSTA Refuels Spanish Air Force F-18 Fighters

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) for the UK's Royal Air Force has successfully completed its first contacts with a receiver aircraft.

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Cancer Survivor Sues TSA Over Pat-Down Search

Traveler Claims Search Was "Aggressive And Painful"

A breast cancer survivor who had recently undergone a radical mastectomy has filed a federal lawsuit against the TSA because of an "enhanced" pat-down search she underwent at Albuquerque's Sunport Airport on Aug. 25.

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NASA Scientific Balloons To Return To Flight

Balloons Had Been Grounded Since An Accident In Australia In April

NASA's scientific balloon program is resuming flights this month after an extensive evaluation of its safety processes following a mishap during an April launch attempt from Australia.

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Aero-TV: Expert Insights -- AirFleet Capital Sees Encouraging Trends

GA's Financial Gurus See Some Signs For Hope...

While there wasn't all that much to see and do at this year's AOPA Expo/Summit/SnoozeFest, A small cadre of ANN and Aero-TV folks did their best to gauge the state of the industry by chatting up a number of the folks that have been slogging away despite the worst economy in many moons. We got particularly lucky in being able to grab a few minutes with the folks of Air Fleet Capital, Inc., who genuinely possess some of GA's most expert insights into the true health of this business's current state.

ForeFlight: App's OK and Working Fine... But RunwayFinder Loss Not Good For GA

'The Aviation Community Has Lost A Helpful Resource'

The hits just keep on coming as the GA and BizAv industry line up in defiance of the FlightPrep patent offensive. Now one of the most highly regarded new software companies in GAS, the folks behind the wildly successful ForeFlight aviation APP, have spoken in defense of the shot-down RunwayFinder site while also assuring customers all over the world that they will not be the next victim.

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Aero-TV: Expert Insights -- AirFleet Capital Sees Encouraging Trends

GA's Financial Gurus See Some Signs For Hope...

While there wasn't all that much to see and do at this year's AOPA Expo/Summit/SnoozeFest, A small cadre of ANN and Aero-TV folks did their best to gauge the state of the industry by chatting up a number of the folks that have been slogging away despite the worst economy in many moons. We got particularly lucky in being able to grab a few minutes with the folks of Air Fleet Capital, Inc., who genuinely possess some of GA's most expert insights into the true health of this business's current state.

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Nuh Uh!! Fltplan Sez FlightPrep Patent Assault Does Not Apply To Them Either

FlightPrep Patent Claim Turned Away -- Again

Here we go again... FlightPrep, which has been riding a mounting wave of very bad juju from the industry, overall, as well as repetitive repudiations from its 'competitors' is having another bad day. Further; it has become pretty obvious that their program claims appear to have gone astray while attempts to seek big bucks from their patent efforts are going down in flames. This, as yet another of the industry's leading online flight planning entities has decided that FlightPrep's patent doesn't apply to their operations.

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AIA Welcomes Aviation Advisory Committee's Recommendations

Blakey: "Recommendations Strongly Echo AIA's Key Priorities"

AIA says it is very encouraged by the recommendations presented to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood by the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris (12.17.10)

Klyde Knows NASA Too Well

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Continental Will Appeal French Court Ruling In SST Accident

Attorney Says Ruling "Protects Only The Interests Of France"

An attorney for Continental Airlines says the airline has appealed the ruling by the French court of Pontoise which found it criminally liable in the 2000 crash of a Concorde SST on departure from Charles de Gaulle airport.

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MT Composite Propeller Successfully Tested On Rare Vintage Warbird

P-82 Twin Mustang Takes Flight With Modern Prop Technology

A P-82 Twin Mustang has been flown with a new, 4-bladed composite prop. On Thursday, MT Propeller distributor Flight Resource, LLC announced the successful flight testing on a newly developed 4-bladed composite propeller to be utilized on the Allison powered P-82 Twin Mustang.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.17.10)

"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air." Source: Orville Wright.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.10): Heritage Flight Program

The U.S. Air Force (USAF)-approved military and civilian pilots flying formations consisting of USAF, former USAF, and U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft to demonstrate the history of USAF aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.10)

All About Powered Paragliders

The #1 powered paragliding and para-motoring information resource for pilots flying powered paragliders and para-motors, providing information about the rapidly growing sport of powered paragliding.

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