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June 23, 2009

Another Dreamliner Setback -- First Flight Delayed

First Flight Of B787 Postponed, No New Date Set

Boeing announced Tuesday that first flight of the 787 Dreamliner will be postponed due to a need to reinforce an area within the side-of-body section of the aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.23.09

Cessna makes it a mighty quiet summer in Wichita.
NASA will try again to test the Max Launch Abort System.
And Lynx Air may be evicted from Fort Lauderdale.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.23.09

Cessna makes it a mighty quiet summer in Wichita.
NASA will try again to test the Max Launch Abort System.
And Lynx Air may be evicted from Fort Lauderdale.
 


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ANN Special Feature: Darren Emery, ICG, Inc. - 06.23.09

ANN's Jim Campbell gets an update on the NxtMail Server for business jets from International Communications Group's Manager of Customer Service and Support, Darren Emery.

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FAA Declares 'Blue Skies' For New York Airspace Redesign

A much contested New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Airspace Redesign, intended to significantly reduce delays, cleared a key legal barrier after a court struck down a group of legal challenges.

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Once Again -- Citations To The Rescue!

Cessna Placing First Medevac Sovereigns with Egypt's Smart Aviation

Egypt's Smart Aviation will take delivery this year of the first two Citation Sovereigns certified for medical evacuation (medevac) with a dual-patient system from LifePort. The two medevac Sovereigns are part of a six-aircraft order from Smart.

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AF Academy Cadets Rescue 3 From Likely Drowning In Panama

Four U.S. Air Force Academy cadets saved three Panamanians from drowning earlier this month while on a foreign immersion trip to Central America.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.23.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.23.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.23.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Darren Emery, ICG, Inc. - 06.23.09 (ANN Special Report, with Darren Emery, of ICG)

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Air University Leader Presents Honorary Degree To Apollo 8's Frank Borman

Moon-Orbiting Astronaut Receives Honors

The commander of the first mission to orbit the moon received an honorary doctor of science degree by Air University officials for his contributions to aviation and space exploration at the Air Force Test Pilot School June 13th.

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First Chinese-Built Airbus Delivery This Week

A320 Will Be Flown By Sichuan Airlines

The first A320 assembled in China will be delivered to its new home on Tuesday. The customer is Dragon Aviation Leasing, which will manage the plane  for Sichuan Airlines.

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Australian University Students Win Airbus 'Fly Your Ideas' Challenge

University Of Queensland Team Working On Renewable Composites

A team of students from the University of Queensland (Australia) won the inaugural Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" challenge at the Paris-Le Bourget Air Show. The "COz" team used of the castor plant to develop the first ever single plant-based high performance composite materials for aircraft cabin components.

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TSO Granted For FreeFlight Systems Radar Altimeter

Standard And Night Vision Versions Available

The FreeFlight RAD-40 is a 1/2 3 ATI, panel-mounted digital display which provides the pilot with an accurate readout of aircraft altitude AGL, The RAD-40 has a selectable Decision Height (DH) and includes five additional trip points.

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Northrop Grumman Proposes New GPS Contract

"Phase B" Should Enhance Performance For All Users

The Northrop Grumman Corporation Global Positioning System (GPS) Advanced Control Segment (OCX) team on June 20 submitted its proposal to the U.S. Air Force for the OCX Phase B contract. The Northrop Grumman proposal draws upon the team's decades of navigation experience.

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NASA Awards Support Contract For ISS

Three-Year Deal Runs Through At Least 2012

NASA has signed a $144 million follow-on contract with ARES Corp. of Burlingame, CA, for International Space Station Program integration and control services. The three-year contract is effective Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2012, and includes two one-year options that could extend the contract through Sept. 30, 2014.

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Fractional Jet Ownership Program Targets Corporate Flyers

Economy Makes Program More Attractive, Company Says

Flight Options unveiled more details today about their new Phenom 300 Fractional Jet Ownership program, which will target corporations caught in the aftermath of bailouts and belt-tightening.

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Aero-TV: Southeast Aerospace Intro's TRIG TT21 and TT31 Transponders

Versatile New Transponders Arrive On Scene

One of the cool new offerings spied a few weeks ago at the AEA 2009 Convention were a pair of new Transponders being repped by Southeast Aerospace. Southeast Aerospace is a factory authorized sales & service center for a great number of manufacturers. and is also approved and certified by many other aircraft OEMs and maintenance organizations. Southeast Aerospace is located at Melbourne International Airport (KMLB) on Florida's Space Coast.

Aero-TV: Southeast Aerospace Intro's TRIG TT21 and TT31 Transponders

Versatile New Transponders Arrive On Scene

One of the cool new offerings spied a few weeks ago at the AEA 2009 Convention were a pair of new Transponders being repped by Southeast Aerospace.

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Whew! 83-Year-Old Pilot Lands Safely On South Florida Expressway

Mechanical Problems Forced Emergency Landing

Ralph Squeglia has been flying since 1944, so when his single-place homebuilt Hummelbird experienced engine problems on a Sunday morning flight, he knew he had to find a place to land quickly, and safely.

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ATA Reports Decline in Passenger Demand, Cargo Traffic

H1N1 Reportedly Exacerbates Recessionary Toll on Air Travel Demand

ATA is reporting that passenger revenue fell 26 percent in May 2009 versus the same month in 2008 – the seventh consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.

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Watch Out! NTSB Updates Report On Runway Incursion At Logan

Construction Crew Crossed Active Runway

The NTSB has released a preliminary report for a runway incursion incident, in which a construction vehicle crossed an active runway at Boston's Logan International Airport as a USAirways Airbus A320 was on its takeoff roll.

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Oshkosh 2009 Could be 'Electric' -- Chinese Company Bringing Electric Plane

Hopes To Show E430 To The U.S. At Oshkosh

It might not be time for Lycoming or Continental to start looking over their shoulders, but with the first flights of the Yuneec E430 electric-powered aircraft in China last week, there may soon be an alternative powerplant in the LSA market.

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Endeavour Tank Leak Isolated By NASA Engineers

The Next Launch Attempt Is Still 3 Weeks Away

Engineers believe they now understand why a hydrogen gas vent line has been leaking, causing shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to be postponed twice. According to Space Shuttle Program Manager John Shannon, a plate that attaches the vent line to Endeavour's external fuel tank is slightly misaligned.

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Married In Microgravity Aboard G-Force One

Couple Becomes First For No-Gravity Nuptials

Some people describe their wedding day as being on Cloud 9, but for New York City couple Erin Finnegan and Noah Fulmor, Cloud 9 would have been a little weighty.

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Customs Steps Up U.S.-Mexico Border Ramp Check

Customs 'Needs Some Work' On GA Procedures

Following a Long Beach, CA, incident in which a pilot and his passengers were ramp checked at gun point by local law enforcement officers and Customs and Border Protection officials, AOPA has reached out to customs to prevent a repeat.

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Croc Causes 'Copter Crash Down Under

Passenger In The Helicopter Seriously Injured

Rule number one ... fly the aircraft. An Australian helicopter pilot had that lesson dramatically driven home when he made a sudden turn to get a better look at a crocodile, and crashed in a remote area of Northern Australia near Darwin.

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AerCap Makes A Deal With Virgin Atlantic For Leasebacks

Plan Covers At Least 10 Jets

AerCap Holdings announced Monday that it has signed letters of intent with Virgin Atlantic Airways for the purchase and leaseback of six Airbus A330-300s that Virgin Atlantic has on order with Airbus. In addition, AerCap will lease four Airbus A330-300 aircraft to Virgin Atlantic from its own A330 order.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.23.09)

Aero-News Quote of the Day

 "It was a perfect landing." Source: 83-Year-Old Ralph Squeglia after making an emergency landing on the Sawgrass Parkway in South Florida.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.23.09)

The Aviation Online History Museum There's a lot to see at The Aviation Online History Museum, from some of the most famous aircraft ever flown to a listing of the engines that powered them and the people who flew them. There are links to famous and interesting videos, and even some of the basics of how an airplane flies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.23.09): Singularity

Singularity A black hole’s center, where the matter is thought to be infinitely dense, the volume is infinitely small, and the force of gravity is infinitely large.

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