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November 17, 2009

Norad Flight Exercise Planned for Washington, D.C.

Scheduled To Begin At Midnight Tuesday

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct a one day flight-training Exercise Falcon Virgo 10-02 beginning Tuesday, November 17 at 0000 and continuing into the early morning hours on Wednesday, November 18 .

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TSA Opens Comment Period On Aircraft Repair NPRM

Would Require All Repair Stations To Adopt TSA Security Program

TSA announced publication in the Federal Register of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to strengthen the Aircraft Repair Station Security program on Monday. The proposed rulemaking would establish security requirements for maintenance and repair work.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.09

The new VFR rules over the Hudson start Thursday.
Atlantis makes a clean getaway from Earth's gravity.
And it may be time to look at your hydraulic lifters.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.17.09

The new VFR rules over the Hudson start Thursday.
Atlantis makes a clean getaway from Earth's gravity.
And it may be time to look at your hydraulic lifters.


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ANN Special Feature: SAFE Chairman Doug Stewart - 11.17.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Doug Stewart, Chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, about the growing array of resources for flight instructors available on the association's we

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Diamond Successfully Completes First DA42NG Upgrade

Re-Powered Aircraft Will Fly For Spanish Flight School

Sounding a little bit like proud parents ... Diamond Aircraft has announced the successful completion of the first Upgrade DA42 New Generation for the Spanish Flight School Academy CESDA. During the program the two TAE diesel engines were swapped for two new diesel Austro Engines (AE300).

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Falcon Aviation Services Is Sikorsky Launch Customer for the S-76D

Middle East Operator Plans To Buy 4 Of The Composite Helos

In an announcement Monday from the Dubai Airshow, Sikorsky Aircraft revealed that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has contracted to purchase two Sikorsky S-76D  helicopters, with options to purchase two more, becoming the worldwide launch customer for the new aircraft.

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Airbus Adds 'Sharklet' Large Wingtip Devices For A320 Family

Air New Zealand Will Purchase First Aircraft With New Winglets

Airbus has launched its new "Sharklet" large wingtip devices, which it says are designed to enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 family. Sharklets will offered as a forward-fit option.

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Across The Pond Non-Stop In A Beechcraft King Air

350ER Successfully Completes First Un-Refueled Transatlantic Flight

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) Monday announced the recent completion of the first non-stop transatlantic flight of its Beechcraft King Air. This significant milestone was achieved by the first of four modified King Air 350ER twin-engine turboprop aircraft traveling to the UK for delivery to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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Cessna Says It Is Well-Positioned For Growth Of Middle East Markets

Remarks At Dubai Airshow Express Optimism

Trevor Esling, Cessna vice president for International Sales, said Monday at the Dubai Airshow that the company’s range of Citation business aircraft is well-positioned to meet the needs of the Middle East over the coming years.

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Still No Decision On Control Tower For Destin, Florida

FAA Says Airport Does Not Have Enough Traffic To Warrant A Tower

Since 2000, Okaloosa county in the Florida panhandle has been trying to get a federal grant for a control tower at Destin Airport, but the FAA has told county officials that there is not enough traffic at the airport to warrant the facility.

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HBC Idles More Workers In Little Rock

Undisclosed Number Of Employees To Be Laid Off

Hawker Beechcraft has confirmed another round of layoffs from its Little Rock, Arkansas finishing facility. It was not immediately known how many employees would be losing their jobs.

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One Helicopter Escapee Recaptured In Greece

Second Fugitive Remains At Large

Greek authorities say they have recaptured 41-year-old Alket Rijai, who made a dramatic escape from a Greek prison in February using a helicopter. It was the second time the Albanian prisoner had been plucked from prison by a helo. The first was in 2006.

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FLYFokker Services Introduced In Dubai

Program Supports All Phases Of Aircraft Life Cycle

Fokker Services introduces its new life cycle support program for the Fokker fleet Monday at the Dubai Airshow. The program, called FLYFokker, consists of cost-effective aircraft and service solutions for start up, mature and phase-out operators.

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PGA Tour Professional Sergio Garcia Praises His Hawker 4000

Golf Champion Appears On Behalf Of HBC at Dubai

In Dubai to participate in the upcoming Race to Dubai Golf Classic, Sergio Garcia appeared today at the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) Chalet at the Dubai Airshow. Garcia plays on the U.S. Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and PGA European tours.

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Aero-TV: Cessna's Next-Gen CJ - The Citation CJ4 (Part 2)

A Much Upgraded CJ Makes Ready To Enter The Market

If it ain't broke, don't fix it... how many times have you heard that? Well, as good as that advice might be for most folks, its but an unfair limitation on the folks at Cessna who have a habit of taking perfectly great little airplanes and tweaking them enough to make them remarkably and demonstrably better... as appears to be th case with Cessna's upcoming CJ4.

FAA Certifies Lycoming IO-390-A3A6 Engine

Powerplant Now Available To Mooney M20E, M20F, M20J Owners

Lycoming Engines recently received FAA type and production certification for its IO-390-A3A6 engine, quickly followed by an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC), the second STC earned as part of Lycoming’s Echelon STC program.

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Aero-TV: Cessna's Next-Gen CJ - The Citation CJ4 (Part 2)

A Much Upgraded CJ Makes Ready To Enter The Market

If it ain't broke, don't fix it... how many times have you heard that? Well, as good as that advice might be for most folks, its but an unfair limitation on the folks at Cessna who have a habit of taking perfectly great little airplanes and tweaking them enough to make them remarkably and demonstrably better... as appears to be the case with Cessna's upcoming CJ4.

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NTSB Issues Recommendations On Medical Helo Operations

Wants Stricter Guidelines For Government Helo Operators, Legislation From FAA

The NTSB Monday issued a set of recommendations for the FAA and Public Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Operators, following a 2008 fatal accident in Prince Georges County, Maryland in which three people were killed and another sustained serious injuries.

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F-35B VSTOL Flies To Maryland Test Site

4th CTOL F35 Made First Flight Saturday The first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter arrived Sunday at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, where it will conduct its first hovers and vertical landings. The ferry flight initiates a sequence of F-35 arrivals at Patuxent River this year and next.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.17.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: SAFE Chairman Doug Stewart - 11.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with SAFE's Doug Stewart)

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Sullenberger Disputes Automation Role In Hudson Ditching

New Book Praises A320 Engineers For Aircraft Design

In his new book "Fly by Wire", author William Langewiesche says the Airbus A320 has a level of automation that "will intervene to keep people alive," But Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot in command of flight 1549, said its impact on the outcome of the incident was "minor".

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Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates New ATC Voice Switch

FAA Gets A Look At VoIP Technology For NextGen Voice Switch Competition

Northrop Grumman Corporation said Monday it has successfully demonstrated of the company's Next Generation Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Voice Switch to officials of the FAA in preparation for the upcoming National Airspace System (NAS) Voice Switch (NVS) program competition.

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Royal Air Force Receives Tenth King Air B200

Platform For Military Multi-Engine Pilot Training Program

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced the delivery of the tenth Beechcraft King Air B200-series aircraft to Serco as a multi-engine trainer. The new King Air B200GT supplements the existing fleet of seven King Air B200s and two King Air B200GTs .

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Accident Mutes Aviation Day In Fort Myers, Florida

Three Persons Aboard A Travel Air 4000 When It Was Damaged

Three people were slightly injured when a 1927 Travel Air sustained substantial damage during the Fort Myers, Florida Aviation Day celebration Saturday. All three were treated and released.

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DJ AM Plane Crash Co-Pilot Wrongful Death Case Settled

But Celebrity's Estate Still Plans Legal Action

One lawsuit over a plane crash which killed the co-pilot and caused multiple burn injuries to Adam Goldstein, who was better known as "DJ AM" has been settled in South Carolina. The family of the co-pilot James Bland will receive a half-million dollars.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.17.09): Vertical Navigation

Vertical Navigation (VNAV) A function of area navigation (RNAV) equipment which calculates, displays, and provides vertical guidance to a profile or path.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.17.09)

"These changes will define separate corridors for aircraft operating locally and those flying along the Hudson River area." Source:  FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.17.09)

Diesel Aircraft Engines It hasn't been that long ago that a diesel engine in an airplane was considered an impossibility. Diamond Aircraft is in the news again today with an upgrade to new aviation diesels in a DA42, so we went looking for information on the development of the original diesel aircraft engines.

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