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December 17, 2009

XCOR's Lynx Program Wins Major Contract

South Korean Space Center Selects XCOR's Lynx For Suborbital Operations

 The Yecheon Astro Space Center has announced that it has selected XCOR Aerospace as its preferred supplier of suborbital space launch services. Operating under a wet lease model, XCOR intends to supply services to the Center using the Lynx Mark II suborbital vehicle, pending United States government approvals to station the vehicle in the Republic of Korea.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.17.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: 2009 GA Insights, Part I - 12.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with GA Industry Leaders Joe Lombardo and Alan Klapmeier)

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Irish Air Corps Takes Delivery Of Mechtronix Full Flight Trainer

Provides Cadets With Basic Multi-Engine Training

Mechtronix Systems announced Tuesday that the Irish Air Corps (IAC) took delivery of a Full Flight Trainer (FFT) at its training facility based in Baldonnel, Co. Dublin Ireland. The Air Corps College, a training division of the IAC, plans to use the FNPT configured as a twin turboprop Beech King Air B200.

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C-27J Training Operations Center Opens In Georgia

The Joint Cargo Aircraft Schoolhouse Will Train C-27J Pilots

Air Force, Army and community officials celebrated the opening of a new cargo plane schoolhouse December 9th, at Georgia's Robbins Air Force Base. The C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft Schoolhouse will be used to train pilots of the C-27J.

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Omniflight Helicopters Teams Up With FlightSafety International

Simulation Training And Education To Be Offered In Tucson

Omniflight Helicopters announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with FlightSafety International. The agreement provides Omniflight the opportunity to train its aviation professionals using FlightSafety’s new AS350 simulator, a Level 7 flight training device that basically serves as a replica of the aircraft.

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Flight Design USA Opens Two New West Coast Demo Centers

Second and Third Centers Operating in Santa Monica, CA and Portland, OR

Flight Design USA announced Tuesday that its newest distributor, Flight Design West has placed aircraft in Santa Monica, California and Portland, Oregon as part of the growth of the sales and service outlets for the CTLS line of aircraft.

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40 Per Cent Increase Planned In UK Military Helicopter Capability

22 New Chinooks Provide A Major Boost To The Military Helo Fleet

The UK Ministry of Defence will give a major boost to the military helicopter fleet with the provision of 22 new Chinook helicopters, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced Tuesday. The first ten new Chinooks will start to roll off the production line in 2012 and be completed in 2013.

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iPhone App Released For ForeFlight Mobile

Features Useful For Pilots From Student To ATP

ForeFlight took the wraps off ForeFlight Mobile 3 for iPhone and iPod on Wednesday, a flight planning tool that ForeFlight says will allow pilots to visualize and plan flights faster than ever before.

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Lyon Air Museum Opens To Public At California's John Wayne Airport

Exhibits Include Some Of The Worlds Rarest Operational Aircraft

Lyon Air Museum (LAM) officially opened the doors to its new 30,000-sq.ft. facility, based at John Wayne Airport (KNSA) in Orange County, CA. Gen. Lyon’s passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind the museum, for which groundbreaking took place in 2007.

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Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers First Two S-434 Helicopters

Choppers For Saudi Ministry Of The Interior First Of Nine Ordered

The first two S-434 helicopters have been delivered to the Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MOI),Sikorsky Global Helicopters announced Wednesday. The two aircraft inaugurate the Saudi MOI light helicopter fleet, which will eventually total nine aircraft.

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AgustaWestland Delivers Two AW139 Helos to Bristow Group

Will Fly Offshore Oil Transport Missions

The Bristow Group has taken delivery of two AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters during an official ceremony held Tuesday at AgustaWestland's Philadelphia facility, the helicopter manufacturer announced Wednesday.

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NASA Gives Students The Ride Of Their Lives

Microgravity University Teams Will Flip, Float, And Fly For Science

NASA has announced their newest batch of student teams participating in the Microgravity U

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Aero-TV: Traveling in Style – The Upgraded Premier 1A Cabin

A Closer Look at the Premier 1A’s Business-Class Comfort Cabin

In September of 1995, Raytheon Aircraft announced their first business jet, the Premier 1, featuring the latest in composite technology and swept aluminum wing design for greater speed.  Finally, in March of 2001, after completing over 700 flight hours, the Premier received its official certification, including a single pilot approval, by the FAA.  The Premier 1 marked the first clean-sheet business jet certified by Raytheon Aircraft, and the first new airplane certified by Raytheon in more than a decade.

Aero-TV: TRACE Engines – Re-Engineered Turbocharged Power

C.E.O. David Czarnecki Profiles the 600 Horsepower TRACE Engine

Until recently, general aviation manufacturers had only one option, the turboprop, for powering market aircraft.  TRACE Engines LP spent years developing and designing an alternative solution to meet the aviation industries need for a modern, cost effective reciprocating engine.  Fully certified and ready for production, the Trace V-8 engine represents an evolution in engine selection.

Aero-TV: Traveling in Style - The Upgraded Premier 1A Cabin

A Closer Look at the Premier 1A’s Business-Class Comfort Cabin

In September of 1995, Raytheon Aircraft announced their first business jet, the Premier 1, featuring the latest in composite technology and swept aluminum wing design for greater speed. Finally, in March of 2001, after completing over 700 flight hours, the Premier received its official certification, including a single pilot approval, by the FAA.  The Premier 1 marked the first clean-sheet business jet certified by Raytheon Aircraft, and the first new airplane certified by Raytheon in more than a decade.

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Aero-TV: Trace Engines - Re-Engineered Turbocharged Power

C.E.O. David Czarnecki Profiles the 600 Horsepower Trace Engine

Until recently, general aviation manufacturers had only one option, the turboprop, for powering market aircraft.  Trace Engines LP spent years developing and designing an alternative solution to meet the aviation industries need for a modern, cost effective reciprocating engine. Fully certified and ready for production, the Trace V-8 engine represents an evolution in engine selection.

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First UAS Trajectory-Based Flight Performed With Commercial FMS

Goal Is Safe UAS Integration Into NAS

GE Aviation and AAI Corporation, in cooperation with the FAA and U.S. Army, performed the first “proof of concept” flight demonstrations of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) controlled with a GE Flight Management System (FMS) certified for use in commercial manned aircraft.

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15 Airlines Take major Step In Alternative Fuel Deployment

Have Signed Comprehensive MOUs To Negotiate Purchase Of Fuel from AltAir, Rentech

A core group of 15 airlines has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with alternative fuel suppliers AltAir Fuels and Rentech for a future supply of alternative aviation fuel, the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA) announced Tuesday.

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Production Begins On Sikorsky S-76D

First Airframe Has Entered The Assembly Line In The Czech Republic

The S-76D helicopter program is entering production, signifying the latest major milestone in the program that is manufacturing the next generation model of the popular S-76 helicopter.

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New Paperwork For Aircraft Flying Internationally Required In January

FAA InFO Outlines ICAO Standardized Certified True Copy Of Air Operator Certificates

The ICAO has amended Annex 6 to require air operators to carry onboard their aircraft a standardized certified true copy of their AOCs when operating internationally. To enable certificate holders to fulfill this ICAO requirement, the FAA has made an ICAO standardized AOC available as template A999 in WebOPSS.

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Armed Black Hawk Demonstrator Completes Test Program

Customer Demo Shows Sikorsky Helicopter's Weapons In Action

Sikorsky Military Systems and Elbit Systems have successfully completed the Armed Black Hawk (ABH) demonstrator program, proof-of concept for the development Battlehawk helicopter.

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NASA Partners With Saudi Arabia On Moon And Asteroid Research

Partnership To Strengthen International Ties

NASA recently announced a partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi that allows for collaboration in lunar and asteroid science research.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.17.09)

"Our intention as an airline industry is to continue to do our part by supporting the use of alternative fuels. We urge the U.S. government and the investment community also to do their part to further support this critical energy opportunity." Source: Glenn Tilton, ATA board chairman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.09): Back Taxi

A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway opposite to the traffic flow. The aircraft may be instructed to back-taxi to the beginning of the runway or at some point before reaching the runway end for the purpose of departure or to exit the runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.09)

Flight 188 Factual Report

For those of you who may want more information about the findings of the NTSB regarding Northwest Flight 188, today's Aero Linx will take you to the approximately 400 pages posted Wednesday by the agency.

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