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November 10, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.10.10

What exactly happened off the California coast Monday?
Last week's watershed election may speed NextGen ATC.
And Rolls Royce tries to reassure customers.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.10.10

What exactly happened off the California coast Monday?
Last week's watershed election may speed NextGen ATC.
And Rolls Royce tries to reassure customers.


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ANN Special Feature: Balloons in Special Shapes - 11.10.10

Jim Campbell talks with Andy Baird of Cameron Balloons about the business of recreating various advertising mascots and other special shapes in the form of real, flying, hot-air balloons.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.10.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.10.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Balloons in Special Shapes - 11.10.10 (ANN Special Report, with Andy Baird of Cameron Balloons)

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586th Flight Test Squadron Modifies 'People Mover' For Missile Test

C-12J Has Pylons, Bomb Racks Added To Its Fuselage

The 586th Flight Test Squadron, part of Air Force Materiel Command's 46th Test Group, recently hit an aviation milestone when members of the unit completed flight testing of an inert missile, the LTGM-65 Laser Maverick, currently under development by Raytheon Missile Systems.

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AAR To Relocate Airlift Group To Melbourne, Florida

Company Plans Transformation Of New Airlift And Modifications Businesses

Melbourne, FL will be the new home for AAR's airlift services and specialized aircraft modifications businesses, the company announced Monday.

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Legacy 650 Jet Meets Long-Range Flight Expectations

Embraer Showcases Its Large Executive Jet In A Worldwide Demo Tour

Embraer's new large Legacy 650 executive jet demonstrator completed a nonstop flight from Dubai (UAE) to London's Farnborough Airport.

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China Eastern Airlines To Purchase Rolls-Royce Engines Worth $1.2 Billion

R-R, China Eastern Agree To Environmental Partnership As Part Of The Package

China Eastern Airlines has placed an order worth $1.2 billion at list prices for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power 16 Airbus A330 aircraft. The order includes a TotalCare long-term service agreement.

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Smithsonian Exhibition 'Suited For Space' Will Tour Next Year

DuPont Is The National Sponsor For The Traveling Exhibit

"Suited for Space," a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, will embark next year on a five-year U.S. tour.

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NASA Selects Companies For Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies

Goal Is To Evaluate Potential New Systems, Concepts, And Technologies

NASA has selected 13 companies for negotiations leading to potential contract awards to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for evaluating heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies, and affordability.

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U.S. Army To Develop Drive System Technologies With Bell

Cooperative Agreement Signed To Explore Future Rotorcraft Drive Systems (FARDS)

The U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate has signed a $30 million Technology Investment Agreement with Bell Helicopter to develop state-of-the-art drive system technology under the Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System (FARDS) program.

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TSA Awards $4 Million Contract To TASC

Company to Support TSA's $350 Million Test And Evaluation (TESS) Program

TSA has awarded TASC, Inc. the first task order under its $350 million Test and Evaluation Support Services (TESS) program. 

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First Paratroopers Drop From Airbus A400M

Airbus Military Calls The Exercise A Successful Demonstration Of One Of The Airplane's Key Roles

Six freefall paratroopers made jumps from test A400M aircraft Grizzly Three in separate passes from 6,000ft at the Fonsorbes drop zone near Toulouse on November 4.

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NAVAIR Awards $39 Million Task Order To Engineering Firm SAIC

Company To Provide Services In Support Of Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said Monday it has awarded a task order for the provision of engineering and technical services to the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office (PMA-262) to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

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Aero-TV: Survival Through Efficiency -- Piaggio Weathers Economic Storms

No Matter How Bad The Market, The Right Product CAN Survive

I've known Piaggio Aero's John Bingham for a quite a few years... going back to a time when he was marketing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s nationally and internationally with great success... long before taking on the mantle of leadership for Piaggio America -- a branch of Piaggio Aero Industries. It had to be a tough realization... to be handed the reins to an organization repping one of the sexiest and most efficient business aircraft in the aviation world... while the world's economic health took a dive of unprecedented proportions... but that Bingham guy doesn't know how to quit... and so Piaggio America survives despite conditions that have already totaled other companies.

GAMA Reports Third Quarter Shipments For GA Airplanes

All Segments Down Compared To 2009

GAMA released the industry's shipment and billings figures for the third quarter on Tuesday, and the news is not particularly good. In the first nine months of 2010, total GA airplane shipments fell 14.5 percent, from 1,588 units in 2009 to 1,357 units this year.

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Aero-TV: Survival Through Efficiency -- Piaggio Weathers Economic Storms

No Matter How Bad The Market, The Right Product CAN Survive

I've known Piaggio Aero's John Bingham for a quite a few years... going back to a time when he was marketing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s nationally and internationally with great success... long before taking on the mantle of leadership for Piaggio America -- a branch of Piaggio Aero Industries. It had to be a tough realization... to be handed the reins to an organization repping one of the sexiest and most efficient business aircraft in the aviation world... shortly before the world's economic health took a dive of unprecedented proportions. But... that Bingham guy doesn't know how to quit... and so Piaggio A

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Napolitano Outlines New Air Cargo Security Measures

Air Cargo From Yemen, Somalia Banned. No 'High-Risk' Cargo On Passenger Flights

The Department of Homeland Security appears to be clamping down on what it considers "high risk" cargo on airplanes following the exposure of a terrorist plot last week to conceal and ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the U.S.

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Airline Pilots Balk At Body Scans

Health, Privacy Top ALPA's Concerns

In a letter to its 11,000 pilots, ALPA is urging its members to refuse the full-body scans and insist on pat-down searches when clearing security at airports.

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Boeing Firms Orders For 31 737-800s A Dozen 777s, And Eight Dreamliners

SpiceJet, Midwest Airlines (Cairo), Saudi Arabian Airlines All In Line New Planes

It would appear that Boeing's decision to ramp up the production line on single aisle airplanes was pretty much on target. The planemaker has seen a pretty steady number of orders coming in for its 737, and recently firmed up 31 more orders for the aircraft.

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CAPA Reiterates Call For Improved Screening Of Cargo Aboard All-Cargo Flights

Provision Sought For The Second Time In Three Years

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is calling for improved screening of cargo carried aboard all-cargo commercial flights for the second time in 3 years.

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F4U-1 Corsair Salvaged From Lake Michigan

"Birdcage" Corsair Had Been In The Water Since 1943

A rare F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair was raised from the bottom of Lake Michigan on Monday. It will eventually be displayed at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL.

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MAF Pilot Drowns In Indonesia Swimming Accident

Was Trying To Rescue Young Swimmers Swept Away From Shore

Benjamin T. Uskert, a pilot and mechanic serving in Sumatra, Indonesia with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), died Sunday, Nov. 7, in a swimming accident.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.10.10)

"Despite another drop in total shipments and billings, we believe that the longer-term outlook for general aviation is positive." Source: Pete Bunce, GAMA's president and CEO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.10.10): Low Clouds

A term used to signify clouds with bases below 6,000 feet and are of a stratiform or a cumuliform variety.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.10.10)

National Association Of Rocketry

The NAR -- National Association of Rocketry, model rockets that is -- has been around since 1957. You can find local rocket groups, attend local and national meetings.

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