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October 14, 2009

FAA Proposes $5.4 Million Civil Penalty For US Airways, $3.8 Million For United

Says Airline Flew Over 1600 Flights With Aircraft Not In Compliance With AD's

The FAA has proposed a $5.4 million civil penalty against US Airways, Inc. for allegedly operating eight aircraft on a total of 1,647 flights from October 2008 to January 2009 while not in compliance with certain Airworthiness Directives (ADs) or the airline's maintenance program.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.14.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.14.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.14.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I - The 51% Rule In Depth with EAA's Joe Norris - 10.14.09 (ANN Special Report, with Joe Norris, of the EAA)

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - The 51% Rule In Depth with EAA's Joe Norris - 10.14.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Joe Norris, Homebuilders Community Manager for the Experimental Aircraft Association, about FAA Advisory Circular 20-27G, which spells out how the "51% Rule" w

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - The 51% Rule In Depth with EAA's Joe Norris - 10.15.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Joe Norris, Homebuilders Community Manager for the Experimental Aircraft Association, about how the new guidelines for interpreting the 51% Rule also clarify how much co

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.14.09

The Irish Air Corps has lost two airmen.
130 more Boeing employees got layoff notices Friday.
And you know you've arrived when your product is on a postage stamp.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.14.09

The Irish Air Corps has lost two airmen.
130 more Boeing employees got layoff notices Friday.
And you know you've arrived when your product is on a postage stamp.


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NBAA, NATA Coordinating Two January Events

Organizations Say Pairing Up Will Deliver More Value

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the NBAA Tuesday announced plans to coordinate NATA's 2010 FBO Leadership Conference, taking place January 25-26, 2010, with NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, on January 26-29, 2010, in San Antonio, TX.

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Helicopter Terrain Awareness And Warning System Helps Prevent Ground Collisions

Production Approval Received From FAA

Honeywell announced Tuesday that its latest Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) for helicopters has received technical design and production approval from the FAA. The FAA recently released certification standards for Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS).

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Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Strikes Moving Target In Test

Shows Ability To Target A Laser From An Aircraft In Flight

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force say that on September 19, they were able to damage a moving ground vehicle from the air using the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft, completing ATL's first air-to-ground, high-power laser engagement of a mobile target.

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AgustaWestland Congratulates 2009 De la Vaulx Medal Recipients

This Year's Honorees Fastest Around The World In A Stock Helicopter

AgustaWestland congratulates pilots Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik, on being named the 2009 recipients of the De la Vaulx Medal, presented by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, during a ceremony in Korea on Thursday, October 8th.

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Arianespace Takes Delivery Of 6th Ariane 5 For Launch In 2009

Commercial Launch Provider On Track For Busiest Heavy-Lift Year Ever

The next Ariane 5 mission has moved into its final preparation phase as the vehicle for this sixth flight of 2009 is delivered to Arianespace. The delivery keeps the company on track for its busiest year of launch activity ever with the commercial heavy-lift workhorse.

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ACI-NA Airport Associates Elect New Board Members

Five New Board Members Announced

During the Airports Council International- North America (ACI-NA) World Business Partners (WBP)/Associates Business Breakfast at the ACI-NA 18th Annual Conference and Exhibition, current Chair Robert Hazel, partner, Oliver Wyman, announced results of the election of 2010 Board of Directors.

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Solar Array Saves Air Force Energy, Money

Savings At Nellis AFB Estimated At $38,000 Per Month

A solar-energy array at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, is saving money for the Air Force and decreasing the service's reliance on fossil fuels. "The military, perhaps better than anyone, is bound and determined to be good stewards of the incredible natural resources we have in this country," said Air Force Col. Dave Belote.

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Scottish Authorities Probing Sikorsky Gearboxes In North Sea Operations

U.S. Engineers Sent To Assist In The Investigation

After 17 oil rig workers were lost in March in an accident involving a Sikorsky S-92 in Canada, a quarter of the fleet of S-92's that ferry workers to and from North Sea oil rigs has been found to have cracks in their gearboxes, sparking an emergency investigation.

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LHTEC Expands Global Reach With API Agreement

API Now Exclusive CTS800 Spare Parts Distributor

The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50-50 joint venture between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, has signed a ten-year agreement with Aerospace Products International, Inc. (API), naming API as the exclusive distributor of CTS800 spare parts globally.  

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Market for Aeronautical Information Worth '$2 Billion Plus'

Airport Sector Alone Worth Over $600 Million

A new study shows expenditure on aeronautical information system (AIS) and aeronautical information management (AIM) equipment and services is forecast to reach $2.2 billion between 2009 and 2018, according to a new study by air traffic management market research company PMI Media Ltd.

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Annual NASA-Sponsored Business Expo Set For October 20th

More Than 175 Business And Government Exhibitors Will Attend

Business leaders interested in learning more about government contracting and what local and national vendors have to offer should attend the "Business Opportunities Expo 2009" on October 20th. The expo will run from 0900 to 1500 in Cruise Terminal 3 at Port Canaveral, FL. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Aero-TV: The Predator B UAS - CBP’s New Approach to Traditional Security

CBP Agent Dave Gasho Offers a Walk-around Tour of the Predator B

On July 28th, EAA AirVenture attendees watched the historic arrival of a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) as it landed at Wittman Regional Airport for the first time.  Kevin Krogh, an Air Interdiction Agent with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, piloted the aircraft’s first landing as it touched down in front of excited onlookers.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week - McDaniel’s Advice for WAAS Educators

McDaniel Explains How to Build a Foundation of WAAS Understanding

Many aircraft owners and pilots have heard of the Wide Area Augmentation System; yet, for most aviators, WAAS remains a complicated operational maze.  Developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), WAAS is used to combat the ionosphere disturbances, clock drift, and satellite orbit errors that prevent basic GPS signals from meeting the FAA requirements necessary for precision flight approach.

Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week - McDaniel’s Advice for WAAS Educators

McDaniel Explains How to Build a Foundation of WAAS Understanding

Many aircraft owners and pilots have heard of the Wide Area Augmentation System; yet, for most aviators, WAAS remains a complicated operational maze. 

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Aero-TV: The Predator B UAS - CBP’s New Approach to Traditional Security

CBP Agent Dave Gasho Offers a Walk-around Tour of the Predator B

On July 28th, EAA AirVenture attendees watched the historic arrival of a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) as it landed at Wittman Regional Airport for the first time.  Kevin Krogh, an Air Interdiction Agent with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, piloted the aircraft’s first landing as it touched down in front of excited onlookers.

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FAA Warns About Ice, Snow, Slush As Winter Approaches

Even Small Amounts Affect Aircraft Performance

It is still two months before winter officially begins, but there has already been snow in the upper midwest, so the time to begin planning for winter flying is now. To that end, the FAA has issued an Information for Operators (INfO) advisory focusing on small accumulations of ice, snow, frost, and slush on aircraft surfaces.

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Qatar A340-600 Makes World's 1st Commercial Flight With Synthetic Fuel

50-50 Blend Of Synthetic, Conventional Jet Fuel

An A340-600 operated by Qatar Airways completed the world's first commercial passenger flight powered by a fuel made from natural gas Monday, paving the way for a viable alternative to oil-based aviation fuel for airlines.

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NTSB: Overloading Likely Cause Of West Virginia Accident

Preliminary Findings Are That Airplane Was Almost 200 Pounds Over Gross

The NTSB has released its preliminary findings in an aborted takeoff in Fairmont, West Virginia that injured four people, two of the seriously. They found that the aircraft was 192 pounds over maximum gross weight at the time of the attempted departure.

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Scheduled Air Service Returns To Four Arkansas Cities

SeaPort Airlines Will Serve The Communities From A Memphis Hub

Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines will serve four Arkansas locations from a private terminal at Memphis International Airport beginning October 26. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded SeaPort Airlines the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to operate flights to Hot Springs, El Dorado, Harrison and Jonesboro.

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ATA Commends ICAO Member States For Progress On Climate Change Agenda

190 Member States Agreed To A "Comprehensive Program Of Action"

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Tuesday commended the 190 Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for confirming a comprehensive Program of Action at last week’s High Level Meeting on Climate Change.

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New Zealand Man Arrested For Attacking Helicopter

Threw A Rock, Shined A Spotlight At Low-Flying Agricultural Helo

A Blenheim, New Zealand man appeared in court in Wellington Monday after he allegedly threw a rock at a helicopter trying to protect a vineyard from frost, and then shining a spotlight into the cockpit of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.14.09)

“The airplane appeared to accelerate fine until I got to about 4 feet above the runway, but it didn't want to fly. (S)o I pulled the power off and landed. I was about three-quarters of the way down the runway when I aborted the takeoff." Source: Pilot testimony from an NTSB accident report. The aircraft was overloaded.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.09):Flight Following

The observation of the progress of radar identified aircraft, whose primary navigation is being provided by the pilot, wherein the controller retains and correlates the aircraft identity with the appropriate target or target symbol displayed on the radar scope.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.09)

Aero-Linx: International Civil Aviation Organization The ICAO has shown up in several stories the last few days, mostly due to their recent meeting in Montreal. The ICAO is a UN Specialized Agency,and a global forum for civil aviation.

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