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September 22, 2010

FAA Official Tells House Committee TTF Won't Fly At Public Airports

Catherine Lang Says Federal Funds Could Be Withdrawn If New Agreements Signed

The FAA's Assistant Administrator for Airports (acting) Catherine Lang testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee Wednesday, reiterating the agency's stance against Through the Fence agreements at airports receiving federal airport grants.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.23.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.22.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.22.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: Flying the SR-71 - 09.22.10 (ANN Special Report, with US Air Force Colonel Richard Graham--Retired)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.22.10

Cessna announces still more layoffs.
A NATO helo is down in Afghanistan.
And the Eclipse 500 heads back to FL 410.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.22.10

Cessna announces still more layoffs.
A NATO helo is down in Afghanistan.
And the Eclipse 500 heads back to FL 410.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II: Flying the SR-71 - 09.22.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with US Air Force Colonel Richard Graham (Retired) about his experiences with the SR-71 Blackbird, the spy plane which entered service in 1962.

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U.S. Airlines Post Eighth Consecutive Month Of Revenue Growth

Passenger Revenue Up 17 Percent Over Last August

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), reports that passenger revenue, based on a sample group of carriers, rose 17 percent in August 2010 compared to the same month in 2009, marking the eighth consecutive month of revenue growth.

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Steady Commercial Airplane Growth Projected For Africa

Boeing: More than 700 airplanes, Worth $80 Billion, Needed In The Region Over 20 Years

Air carriers in Africa will experience steady growth over the next 20 years as air travel in Africa continues to grow with the economy, according to analysis from Boeing.

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WAI Hosts European Regional Conference

Event To Be Held At "The Home Of British Aviation"

As part of an aggressive international outreach, Women in Aviation, International, in partnership with two of its British chapters, will host a regional conference on November 5-6, 2010.

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CV-67 Looking For A Final Resting Place

Carrier Has Fans, Detractors In Portland, ME, And Newport, RI

The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), which was the last non-nuclear aircraft carrier to see active duty in the U.S. Navy, was decommissioned on August 1st, 2007 after nearly 40 years of service. She has become eligible for donation as a museum and memorial to a qualified entity.

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Qantas Passengers, Crew Sue Over Sudden Loss Of Altitude

Airbus And Northrop Grumman Named In Lawsuit

An Australian lawyer has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Airbus and Northrop Grumman.

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First Embraer Phenom 100 Delivered To Australia

jetAVIVA Sold The Jet To An Undisclosed Client

Somebody had to be first, though it's not known who received the first Phenom 100 to be delivered to Australia. But we do know that jetAVIVA sold and delivered the aircraft to an undisclosed client "Down Under."

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Becker Launches Dedicated Website for its DVCS6100

Professional Grade Digital Audio And Intercom System

Becker Avionics has unveiled its new product portal for their professional series Digital Audio and Intercom System, the DVCS6100.

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Consumer Group Charges That Airlines Don't Disclose Most Fees Online

CTA Says Finding Bag Fees Alone Is A Byzantine Maze

The Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA), a non-profit organization promoting consumer interests on travel policy issues, released an analysis Monday it says shows that major U.S. airlines are not disclosing the vast majority of existing ancillary fees on their websites, despite regular statements to the contrary.

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U.S. State Department Orders 11 More Upgraded S-61's

Helicopters To Be Used In Iraq, Afghanistan

The U.S. State Department has ordered 11 additional upgraded S-61 utility helicopters for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sikorsky announced Monday.

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New Reaper Aircraft Provides Extra Support To Troops In Afghanistan

Additional UAS Allows RAF To Fly Multiple Unmanned Missions Consecutively

The latest addition to the Royal Air Force's Reaper fleet will allow 39 Squadron to fly multiple Reaper aircraft at any one time over Afghanistan.

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Aero-TV: The 2010 PRA Convention -- A Quick Look At Rotorcraft's Premier Event

As The Rotor Turns... Over Mentone!

Every year, the most dedicated fans of sport rotorcraft journey to a sleepy little airport in a small town in Indiana, by the name of Mentone. The town hosts a pretty neat little airport that, among it many claims to fame, is the home of the Popular Rotorcraft Association and a dynamite yearly rotorcraft gathering that gets its buzz on right after Oshkosh.

Aero-TV: The Wi-Flight Concept -- GA's CVR/FDR

A Flight Data And Cockpit Voice Recorder System For GA Airplanes

The idea for Wi-Flight, a flight data and cockpit voice recorder system for GA airplanes, was the result of a double-fatal accident involving a flight school airplane that flew too low and hit some wires. The school approached Canada-based  Aero Teknic Inc., looking for a way to track their flight training airplanes.

Aero-TV: The Wi-Flight Concept -- GA's CVR/FDR

A Flight Data And Cockpit Voice Recorder System For GA Airplanes

The idea for Wi-Flight, a flight data and cockpit voice recorder system for GA airplanes, was the result of a double-fatal accident involving a flight school airplane that flew too low and hit some wires. The school approached Canada-based  Aero Teknic Inc., looking for a way to track their flight training airplanes.

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Aero-TV: The 2010 PRA Convention -- A Quick Look At Rotorcraft's Premier Event

As The Rotor Turns... Over Mentone!

Every year, the most dedicated fans of sport rotorcraft journey to a sleepy little airport in a small town in Indiana, by the name of Mentone. The town hosts a pretty neat little airport that, among it many claims to fame, is the home of the Popular Rotorcraft Association and a dynamite yearly rotorcraft gathering that gets its buzz on right after Oshkosh.

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AOPA v. Global Deforestation

Aero-Analysis/Commentary By ANN E-Media Producer, Paul Plack Is it just me, or is AOPA out to deforest the planet? It seems like the last year and a half, the amount of mail I'm getting from Frederick, Maryland is getting a little silly. Some of it is clearly from AOPA, but some of it has come dressed in anonymous envelopes.

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Orion Spacecraft On The Path To Future Flight

Production Operations Under Way At Kennedy Space Center

Preparations for Orion’s first mission in 2013 are well under way as a Lockheed Martin-led crew begins lean assembly pathfinding operations for the spacecraft. The crew is conducting simulated manufacturing and assembly operations with a full-scale Orion mockup.

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Lunar Landing Backed By British Investor

Entrepreneur Backs Astrobotic Technology, And Welcomes Them To Isle Of Man

British entrepreneur Julian Ranger has given his backing to Astrobotic Technology, one of 22 teams competing to put a robot on the moon and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE.

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GAO: Air Force Did Not Delay U.S. Aerospace Tanker Bid

Air Force Says Company Missed Deadline By Five Minutes

A report from the GAO indicates that it does not have sufficient evidence to rule that the U.S. Air Force intentionally delayed a messenger delivering a tanker bid from U.S. Aerospace, but it was still undecided as to whether that bid was submitted on time.

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Gone West: Capt. Robert C. Truax

Key Figure In Modern Rocket History Was Prominent Advocate Of Manned Spaceflight

ANN has learned through the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) of the death of Capt. Robert C. Truax, past president of the American Rocket Society, organizer of the U.S. Naval Missile Test Center’s propulsion research laboratory at Point Mugu, CA, and AIAA Honorary Fellow.

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Three More Ariane 5 Launches Planned For 2010

Arianespace Board Approves Aggressive Launch Schedule

The Board of Directors of Arianespace met on Monday in Evry, near Paris, and approved the launch manifest for 2010 and 2011. The board also congratulated the company on its record order book, and started operations to strengthen its financial structure.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.22.10)

"(T)he recovery and growth we expected to see throughout the year have not materialized, and the timing of any recovery remains uncertain." Source: Cessna President and CEO Jack Pelton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.22.10): Final

Commonly used to mean that an aircraft is on the final approach course or is aligned with a landing area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.22.10)

Aero Testing Alliance

The Aero Testing Alliance says it was created to provide the framework for joint operation and management of ONERA and DNW commercial wind tunnel facilities, under the umbrella of a European Economic Interest Grouping.

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