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September 25, 2009

NTSB Says Evidence Missing In Helicopter Crash Investigation

"Iron 44" Aircraft Parts Not Shipped To NTSB

The NTSB says possibly crucial engine parts were not included in a shipment of evidence from Columbia Helicopters, the company which maintained the Sikorsky S61N helicopter transporting firefighters in California involved in an accident in which 9 people were killed.

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Flight Design CT2K Still Going Strong As A Trainer

Log Book Documents 13,268 Landings For A Single LSA

Some say a Light-Sport Aircraft may fly great as a training aircraft, but can't possibly hold up to years of use by students learning the art of flying. Flight Design recently received documents they say proves the skeptics are wrong.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.25.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.25.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.25.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Scott Philiben on Preventing Bird Strikes - 09.25.09 (ANN Special Report, with Scott Philiben)

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Zenair Brings Light Aircraft Float Production Home

R&D, Also Returning To North America

More than ten years after moving its float production abroad, Zenair is now bringing back research and development (R&D) as well as all production of its popular all-metal light aircraft float kits and assemblies to North America. The company will begin deliveries of the first straight and amphibious models this October.

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First Customer Built RV-12 Flies

Van's Entry Into LSA Market

Brad Stiefvater of Salem, SD became the first customer to complete and fly a Van's Aircraft RV-12 kit. On September 19, Brad trailered his new white and blue airplane to the big runway at Madison, SD (the RV-12 is designed for trailering, with easy-to-remove wings), and after a satisfactory taxi test, he flew.

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CAPA Takes Its Turn On Capitol Hill

Testifies Before The House Aviation Subcommittee On Aviation Safety And Pilot Training

The Coalition of Airlines Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents more than 28,000 commercial pilots nation-wide, testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee yesterday, providing statements on pilot fatigue, airline transport pilot's (ATP) license and other issues highlighted by recent aviation accidents.

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SpaceX Eyes Initial 'Dragon' Test Flight

Initial Launch Vehicle Could Be On A Launch Pad In "Months"

SpaceX reports that only a few months remain before the first Falcon 9 Launch vehicle is assembled on a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, and that the initial flight of the Dragon spacecraft qualification unit could come from one to three months after that.

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Qantas Takes Delivery Of Its 75th Boeing 737

The New Next-Generation 737-800 Serves Route Between New Zealand And Australia

Boeing and Qantas celebrated earlier this week as the Australian airline's 75th 737 arrived in Auckland, New Zealand. Qantas named the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 in honor of Jean Batten, a spirited New Zealand aviator who broke numerous flying records in the 1930s.

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K-State At Salina's Student Life Center Preps To Open

Home To The Cessna Lounge For Aviation Students

Kansas State University at Salina's Student Life Center will open to aviation students, faculty, and staff in mid-October.  It will be home to Cessna Lounge, a student lounge area complete with big screen tvs, video game consoles, pool tables and ping pong tables. A computer station is located in the SLC lobby.

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Ares I Test Has Roots In NASA's Past

Using A Method Developed Nearly 50 Years Ago, NASA Aims Toward The Future.

Waiting, fully assembled on its Mobile Launch Platform, the Ares I-X flight development vehicle carries forward a form of flight testing that was used in the early days of launch vehicle evolution.

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West Midlands Police Orders New EC135

Eurocopter Claims 75% Of UK And Irish Police Helos

At this year’s Helitech, Eurocopter UK announced the order of a new EC135 for West Midlands Police Air Support Unit. Eurocopter will provide, at short notice, a fully equipped EC135 police helicopter  to take over the duties of the West Midlands EC135 destroyed by fire in a recent arson attack.

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Aero-TV: P-51 Brotherhood - Journey Home for the Pattillo Aces

The Pattillo Brothers Share Their Extraordinary History and Journey to AirVenture

Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.

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Aero-TV: P-51 Brotherhood - Journey Home for the Pattillo Aces

The Pattillo Brothers Share Their Extraordinary History and Journey to Oshkosh

Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to Oshkosh 2009.

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New Study Shows Biz Av Helps Companies Be More Productive

Companies Using Business Aircraft Consistently Outperform Those That Do Not

NBAA and GAMA Thursday welcomed a new study showing that, by a host of measurements, companies using business aviation outperform those without aircraft.

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Klyde Morris (09.25.09)

Why Klyde Keeps Piling it on The Airlines... Because Thet Deserve It!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NATCA Members Vote To Ratify A New Contract

Babbitt, LaHood Offer Praise And Thanks

A three-year-long effort to negotiate a new contract for Air Traffic Controllers represented by NATCA neared conclusion on Wednesday, when controllers nationwide voted to ratify a new three-year contract.

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FAA Hosts Stakeholders' Meeting Held To Discuss New York Congestion

AOPA Reiterates, GA is Ready To Do Its Part

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday hosted a meeting near New York's LaGuardia Airport to discuss proposed changes aimed at reducing ripple-effect delays caused by congestion in the Northeast, especially into and out of the New York Class B airspace.

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O'Hare Cited For Numerous Safety Violations

FAA Found Problems During A Routine Inspection

The FAA has cited O'Hare International Airport for a list of safety violations it says jeopardizes safety at the airport. In a "Letter of Correction", the FAA told airport officials that the airport is out of compliance with federal aviation safety laws.

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Dreamliner Fuselage 'Mod' Underway On Test Aircraft

787 Side Body Reinforcements Being Installed In Everett

Reinforcing modifications are underway on the Dreamliner #1 fuselage, as well as the static test airframe, according to a blog written by Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle.

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Emivest Aerospace Delivers First Emivest Branded SJ30

Entertainment Executive Will Use The Airplane For Business

Emivest Aerospace Corporation (EAC) tells ANN that SJ30, serial number 008, was delivered to a new  owner on Wednesday in ceremonies in San Antonio.  It is the first SJ30 to be delivered under the Emivest Aerospace brand and becomes the third SJ30 in the fleet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.25.09)

" Our analysis unequivocally confirms the presence of these molecules on the moon's surface and reveals that the entire surface appears to be hydrated during at least some portion of the lunar day." Source:  Jessica Sunshine of the University of Maryland.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.25.09): Semi-Permanent Pressure Systems

A relatively stable, stationary pressure-and-wind system where the pressure is predominately high or low with the changing season. They are not of a transitory nature, like migratory lows that develop from temperature and density differences.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.25.09)

Aero-Linx: C133 Cargomaster Project It seems as if there's a website out there for almost any type of airplane that's flown. this one is dedicated to the Douglas C133 Cargomaster. The site's owners say it is a recognition of the development and operation of a magnificent airplane that did its job well and passed into undeserved obscurity.

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