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December 22, 2009

Second Dreamliner Flight Not As Perfect As The First

Slight Landing Gear Problem Dealt With In Flight

The second Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, completed its first flight Tuesday. The all-new airplane, which features the livery of the Dreamliner's launch customer, ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, took off from Paine Field in Everett, completed a two-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.22.09

A historically significant crew rotation mission docks with the ISS today.
The Port Columbus Airport in Ohio gets 90-million from the FAA.
And...did you really think a new US Presiden

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.22.09

A historically significant crew rotation mission docks with the ISS today.
The Port Columbus Airport in Ohio gets 90-million from the FAA.
And...did you really think a new US Presiden

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ANN Special Feature: Ten Years of ANN, Part I - 12.22.09

ANN's Paul Plack and Jim Campbell revisit the start of Aero News Network's 24/7 aviation news coverage in November of 1997, and one of ANN's first big challenges - the September 11th attacks.


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Biz-Av Veteran Fred Towers To Receive Outstanding Achievement And Leadership Awa

Universal Weather & Aviation Manager To Be Honored at Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

The NBAA announced Monday that the annual Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award will be presented to Fred Towers, services review program manager for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., during NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held January 27-29, of next year.

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Troop Surge In Afghanistan Means More Work For Unmanned Systems

Increased Need For Intelligence Gathering And Surveillance

A top Air Force General says more UAV's are being deployed along with manned systems in the skies over Afghanistan in support of the troop surge called for by President Obama.

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Boeing Delivers 1st Mk3 Chinook to UK RAF

Aircraft Can Be Immediately Deployed As Needed

The first Chinook Mk3 helicopter was delivered November 30th to the RAF, Boeing confirmed Monday. Following the early delivery, the RAF declared Initial Operational Capability for Chinook Mk3, enabling the aircraft to begin supporting operational needs in locations such as Afghanistan.

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First Embraer Super Tucano Delivered To The Dominican Republic

Airplanes Will Conduct Border Patrol Missions, Combat Drug Traffic

Embraer delivered the first two Super Tucano aircraft to the government of the Dominican Republic last week ... the first of 8 aircraft that will eventually enter service there. The airplanes will be operated by the Dominican Air Force on missions involving internal security, border patrol, and combating the drug traffic.

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Embraer Delivers Second 190 Jet To Brazilian Government

First 190 Was Delivered Last September

A second Embraer 190 jet has been delivered to the Brazilian government. Like the first of this model, which was delivered in September of this year, the aircraft is specially configured for missions by the President of the Republic.

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Georgia Reports Some Aviation Companies Struggling, Some OK

Recent Cessna Closing A Symptom Of Broader Economic Problems

With the recent announcement  that Cessna will close its plant in Columbus, GA ... where the Columbus Jet was to have been built ... aviation companies with operations in Georgia say they are wrestling with some of the worst economic conditions in decades.

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Sorenson Award Goes To K-State's Barnhart

Presented For "Substantial Scholarly Contributions" To Aviation

Kurt Barnhart, professor and head of Kansas State University's Department of Aviation, was awarded the Frank E. Sorenson Award for 2009 by the University Aviation Association.

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Ultralight Teaches Whooping Cranes To Migrate

Aircraft Lead The Way From Wisconsin To Florida

Joe Duff takes the love of wildlife to new heights as co-founder of Operation Migration.

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Sniper ATP Continues Successful B-52 Integration Test Program

Currently Operational On A Number Of Fighter Aircraft

The successful completion of phase 2 of the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod B-52 integration program at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, was announced by Lockheed Martin Monday.

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Chavez: 'Angel Falls' No More

Current Name Honors A U.S. Aviator

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he wants to return Angel Falls, the worlds highest waterfall, to its indigenous name of Kerepakupai-Meru. It is  the name used by the indigenous Pemon people of the area.

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Aero-TV: The USAF C-5M Galaxy – Upgrading the Military’s Largest Aircraft

C-5 Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Takes ANN Through the Spirit of Normandy

On July 31st, 2009, The C-5M, the newest upgrade of the United States Air Force cargo airplane fleet, arrived at the Wittman Regional Aircraft to celebrate EAA’s AirVenture 2009.  The crew, composed of members from the 512th Airlift Wing Reservists, led enthusiastic AirVenture attendees through the ‘Spirit of Normandy,’ one of the largest aircraft in the world.

Aero-TV: The USAF C-5M Galaxy – Upgrading the Military’s Largest Aircraft

C-5 Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Semo Takes ANN Through the 'Spirit of Normandy'

On July 31st, 2009, The C-5M, the newest upgrade of the United States Air Force cargo airplane fleet, arrived at the Wittman Regional Aircraft to celebrate EAA’s AirVenture 2009. The crew, composed of members from the 512th Airlift Wing Reservists, led enthusiastic AirVenture attendees through the ‘Spirit of Normandy,’ one of the largest aircraft in the world.

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Senate Transportation Committee Wants More Scrutiny Of Airman Certificates

Letter Says IG Should Study TSA, FAA Vetting Process

Several Senators have sent  a bipartisan letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding recent reports of individuals with connections to terrorism or criminal activities holding valid Airman Certificates.

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Congress Urges President To Consider WTO Report Re: Airbus

125 Members Say Airbus "Should Not Benefit From Illegal Subsidies"

A letter written by Congressmen Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)  and  Norm Dicks (D-WA), and signed by 123 other members of Congress, tells President Barack Obama Congress will "protect American jobs" when the WTO’s final ruling confirms that Airbus products were illegally subsidized.

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NASA Names New Deputy Associate Administrator For Exploration

Lauri Leshin Will Take New Post In January

Laurie Leshin has been named the new deputy associate administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, effective in January.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.22.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.22.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.22.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Ten Years of ANN, Part I - 12.22.09 (ANN Special Report, discussing and celebrating the Tenth year of ANN's REALTIME 24/7/365 Aviation News services)

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FAA Nixes New ILS At Tulip City

Michigan Airport Will Not Get Grant For ILS Replacement

The FAA has denied a grant requested by Tulip City Airport for  money to replace a 15-year-old ILS system airport officials say is in very poor condition. Airport manager Ron Ludema said the cost of replacing the system is about $1 million.

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Rockwell Collins Avionics, Pilot Controls Picked For Newest Russian Aircraft

MC-21 Single Aisle Jetliner Will Enter Service In 2016

Rockwell Collins has been selected to provide avionics and pilot controls for the new MC-21 family of single-aisle aircraft being developed by Russian-based Irkut Corporation, part of United Aircraft Corporation. The first of three aircraft variants is due to enter service in 2016.

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Brazilian Centenarian Skydives For Christmas

Hopes To Have A Place In Guinness Book Of World Records

You're only as old as you feel, the saying goes. Aida dos Santos, a 100-year-old grandmother living in Amazon state of Amapa, Brazil, who said she feels like she's 50 ... proved it Saturday by going skydiving for the first time.  Now, she says, she want's to do it again.

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Hugo Chavez Accuses U.S. Of Spying On Venezuela With UAV's

Says He Will Have Any Further Overflights Shot Down

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the U.S. government of using UAV's to spy on military installations in Venezuela, and said any further overflights would be shot down.  He said the aircraft, which took off from neighboring Columbia, overflew a military base in the western state of Zulia.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.22.09)

“Airline passengers have rights, and these new rules will require airlines to live up to their obligation to treat their customers fairly." Source: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.09): Negative Contact

Used by pilots to inform ATC that  previously issued traffic is not in sight. It may be followed by the pilot's request for the controller to provide assistance in avoiding the traffic. It is also used by pilots to inform controllers they were unable to contact ATC on a particular frequency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.09)

The Jimmie Angel Historical Project

Jimmie Angel popped up in the news today because Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has re-named "Angel Falls". Jimmie Angel, a pilot, was the first non-native person to see the falls, and they have carried his name ever since. But there's more to this aviator than the name of a waterfall ...

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