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June 12, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.12.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.12.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.12.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Chris Kurz, Gyro Adventurer, Part II - 06.12.09 (ANN Special Report, with Gyro Flyer, Chris Kurz, Part II)

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Spectrum Produces First Freedom S.40 Fuselage

Test Article To Be Used For Production Process Validation

Progress! As part of the ongoing development program of the S.40 Freedom mid-size jet, Spectrum Aeronautical is chatting up the first of a series of Fuselage Manufacturing Demonstrator (FMD) test articles that has recently been completed.

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NASA Reschedules Test of Max Launch Abort System

Because of weather concerns and launch site preparation needs, NASA has rescheduled the test launch of the Max Launch Abort System, or MLAS, to no earlier than June 20 at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The launch window June 20 extends from approximately 0545 to 0815 EDT. The launch had been scheduled previously for June 15.

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Battle Creek Battle Over Aviation Jobs

Duncan Aviation May Get Legislative Assistance

A Michigan State Legislature finance committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill designed to attract aircraft customization work to Battle Creek. That legislation would eliminate a tax that new airplane owners have to pay on the entire value of the aircraft, even though the sale happened somewhere else.

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United Pilots Union Wants Star Alliance Anti-Trust Delay

Asking President Obama To Intervene

The pilots of United Airlines are asking President Obama to step in and persuade the Department of Transportation to delay approving United Airlines' and Continental Airlines' application for Star Alliance antitrust immunity until protections for American workers are inserted into the filing.

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Afghan Warlord May Have Survived

Initially Reported Killed In An Air Strike Tuesday

An Afghan warlord and Taliban commander recently believed to have been killed in a June 9 air strike may have survived the attack, military officials reported Thursday.

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Greenwich AeroGroup Closes On Banner Aerospace

Acquisition Expands Company's Reach

Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Banner Aerospace Holding Company, Inc. and its aviation subsidiaries from its parent, The Fairchild Corporation.

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Fear Of Aero-Threats Feeding Legal Pitch?

What You Don't Know May Be About To Hurt You

If you've been turned off by the crasser, more high-pressure tone of recent AOPA mailings insisting you need the organization's prepaid legal services, you may have wondered who would respond positively to such a pitch.

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Minot Air Force Base Increases Nuclear Role

Mission Will Reinforce MAFB's Central Role in Nation's Nuclear Program

Senators Byron Dorgan (D) and Kent Conrad (D) along with Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D) announced today that the Air Force will establish a unit at Minot AFB to oversee the maintenance and sustainment of nuclear weapons at all of the nation’s Minuteman ICBM bases. This will bring a new nuclear mission to Minot.

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Sportys Annual Tease... This Year, Win A SkyCatcher!

Sporty's Pilot Shop Offers A Chance To Win Cessna's Latest Airplane

 Sporty's Pilot Shop, whose airport signs have encouraged potential pilots to "Learn to Fly Here" for years, has again teamed up with Cessna Aircraft Company and Garmin to give away a brand new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher equipped with Garmin G300 avionics for its 2010 Sweepstakes.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-11-04

 MANUFACTURER: Rolls-Royce Corporation AE 2100D2, AE 2100D2A, AE 2100D3, and AE 2100J Turboprop Engines SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-11-04

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-12-05

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-12-05

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-12-03

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 757-200, -200CB, and -300 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-12-03

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.12.09

The histories of airline pilot applicants may soon be open books.
NBAA applauds Hersman at NTSB.
And Rosenker tells Congress the regionals aren't the only airlines with problems.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.12.09

The histories of airline pilot applicants may soon be open books.
NBAA applauds Hersman at NTSB.
And Rosenker tells Congress the regionals aren't the only airlines with problems.


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Aero-TV: Re-Inventing A Classic -- CubCrafters Super SportCub

The Oldies Can Be Newbies...

There's something about a Cub... a something that has remained alluring over the course of the better part of a century. But then again, there are Cubs and there are SUPER Cubs... hence our fascination with the CubCrafters Super SportCub.

Aero-TV: Re-Inventing A Classic -- CubCrafters Super SportCub

The Oldies Can Be Newbies...

There's something about a Cub... a something that has remained alluring over the course of the better part of a century. But then again, there are Cubs and there are SUPER Cubs... hence our fascination with the CubCrafters Super SportCub.

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Klyde Morris (06.12.09)

Klyde Gets A Lesson In Washingtonian Double-Talk

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Boeing Forecasts Strong 20-Year Demand For Fuel Efficient Airplanes

Despite Current Economy, Growth Will Return, Company Says

Boeing is looking down the road 20 years, and sees a $3.2 trillion market for new commercial airplanes. That prediction takes into account the industry's near-term realities, including a global economic recession, declining passenger and cargo traffic, and unpredictable fuel prices.

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Skydivers May Return To Oregon's Hobby Field

FAA Reverses Decision On Previous Ban

Talk about your Catch 22 ... three years ago, skydiving companies lost the right to land customers at Hobby Field near Eugene, Oregon because the City of Creswell would not sign safety agreements with skydiving companies.

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A Gift Almost Any Dad Would Love

Flying Into History For Fathers Day

For all of you ANN readers who are dads, find a way to leave this page up where your wife and kids can see it, particularly if you live in the Galveston area (hint, hint). The Lone Star Flight Museum is currently taking reservations for flight positions in some of its classic WWII aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, T-6 Texan and the T-41 Mescalero on Saturday for June 20th.

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SkyWest Drops Midwest Airlines Service Agreement

The Two Companies Have Reached A "Mutual Agreement"

Saying that financial problems at Midwest Airlines are dragging down the bottom line, SkyWest announced Wednesday it will no longer operate regional service for Midwest Airlines.

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Continental Pilots Picket Stockholders' Meeting

Informational Picket Stresses Overdue Contract

The Continental Airlines pilots conducted informational picketing Thursday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Houston, site of the Continental Airlines annual stockholders meeting. Capt. Jay Pierce, chairman of the ALPA chapter for the Continental pilots, led the 260 pilots in attendance into the stockholder meeting, where he addressed management, Continental’s Board of Directors and stockholders.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.12.09): Obscuration

Obscuration Any phenomena in the atmosphere, excluding precipitation, that reduces horizontal visibility. According to the National Weather Service, some of the obstructions to visibility include blowing and widespread dust, fog (including freezing fog and patchy fog), haze, mist, sand and blowing sand, smoke, blowing spray, and volcanic ash. It is reported as "X" in an observation and on the METAR.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.12.09)

Aero-Linx: Fun Places To Fly All gassed up and no place to go? "Fun Places To Fly" has an ever growing list of Aviation Events and Fun Places to Fly, provided by pilots like you who love aviation. The listings are sorted by state, and the database is searchable. Whether you're looking for a one-tank trip, a weekend getaway, or a long cross country, you might find someplace that you wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.12.09)

"New technology, particularly simulators, allows high-fidelity training for events that we never could have trained to in the past using an aircraft, e.g., stall recovery. We now have qualitative measures to measure actual transfer of knowledge... " Source: Incoming FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, in recent Congressional testimony over regional airline pilot training and competency. 

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AD: Grob

AD NUMBER: 2009-12-15

MANUFACTURER: GROB-Werke Model G120A Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-12-15

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AD: ATR

AD NUMBER: 2009-12-09

MANUFACTURER: ATR Model ATR42-200, ATR42-300, ATR42- 320, ATR42-500, ATR72-101, ATR72-201, ATR72-102, ATR72-202, ATR72-211, ATR72-212, and ATR72-212A Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-12-09

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