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November 26, 2009

Gone West: Ed Stimpson

NBAA Marks Passing of Aviation Industry Icon Ed Stimpson

 The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is mourning the loss of aviation industry legend Ed Stimpson, who passed away in his home Wednesday in Boise, ID. Although never a smoker, Stimpson was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in June.

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Classic Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part One)

Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun

Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ (pictured below, left, working on a Helicycle) had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew Set To Land In Florida Friday

Spectacular Mission Heads Home For The Holidays

Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven-member crew are expected to return to Earth on Friday, Nov. 27, after an 11-day mission. The two landing opportunities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are at 9:44 a.m. and 11:19 a.m. EST and are currently forecast to use Runway 33.

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ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving

Will Be On A Reduced Schedule For Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens... in Real Time.

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US Airways Delays Delivery Of 54 Airbus Aircraft

Airline Posted A 2nd Quarter Loss Of $80 Million

US Airways said Tuesday it had delayed the delivery of 54 Airbus aircraft as part of spending cuts over the next three years aimed at returning the struggling airline to profitability. US Airways said the delivery of the planes, previously scheduled for between 2010 and 2012, would occur in "2013 and beyond."

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Civil Air Patrol Celebrating 68th Anniversary

Organization Was Founded A Week Before Pearl Harbor Was Attacked

The 58,000 citizen volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol will mark CAP's 68th anniversary on December 1st. The celebration commemorates the rich history of vigilant service provided by the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force over the past seven decades.

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Seven FSS Facilities Closing In February

Only Six Individual FSS Offices Will Remain

Lockheed Martin, which won a 10-year, $1.7 billion contract in 2005 to operate flight service system for the FAA, says it will close seven of the remaining 13 FSS facilities in February of next year. There were 58 such facilities when Lockheed won the contract 4 years ago.

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Lockheed Martin Super Hercules Deliveries Strengthen USAF, USMC Fleets

Simultaneous Deliveries To Japan And Germany

Lockheed Martin simultaneously delivered two C-130Js last week to two different customers last week - a C-130J to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and a KC-130J to the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.26.09)

"This occasion provides citizens across America the opportunity to honor Civil Air Patrol and its members. Be sure to say 'thanks' to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide such vigilant service, often without fanfare." Source: CAP national commander Maj. Gen. Amy Courter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.09): Navigational Aid

Any visual or electronic device airborne or on the surface which provides point-to-point guidance information or position data to aircraft in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.09)


We've learned that Lockheed Martin intends to shut down another seven of its stand-alone Flight Service Stations, replacing them with the Automated Flight Service System (AFSS) that is becoming ubiquitous around the country. Lockheed makes a lot of information about AFSS available, but you have to drill down just a bit for it.

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