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December 15, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.10

Teledyne Continental is sold to AVIC. Who's next?
RunwayFinder.com shuts down.
And the FAA issues emergency ADs.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.15.10

Teledyne Continental is sold to AVIC. Who's next?
RunwayFinder.com shuts down.
And the FAA issues emergency ADs.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II: SpaceX COTS Demo Recap - 12.15.10

Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk explains how last week's successful COTS demo mission should quiet commercial space detractors, and how it could even shorten the timel

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.15.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: SpaceX COTS Demo Recap - 12.15.10 (ANN Special Report, with Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk)

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NASA Awards Space Station Cargo Mission Services Contract

Lockheed Martin To Provide Cargo Services Through 2014

NASA has awarded a contract with a potential value of $171 million for support of International Space Station cargo mission services to Lockheed Martin.

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Ninety-Nines Receive $10,000 Grant

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Honors 81-Year-Old Organization

The womens pilots' association The Ninety-Nines has received a grant of $10,000 from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation.

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NASA: First Steps Towards New Human-Rated Launch Vehicle

NASA Awards Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies Contract

NASA has awarded a contract worth approximately $622,000 to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne directing the company to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies and affordability.

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U.S. Air Force Awards KC-135 Aircrew Training System Contract

Expected Program Value, Including Options, Of More Than $250 Million Over Ten Years To CAE.

The USAF has awarded a comprehensive KC-135 aircrew training services to CAE USA, the company said in a news release Monday.

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Three F-15K Slam Eagles Delivered To RoKAF

The Remaining 15 Aircraft Will Be Delivered Through March 2012

Three F-15K Slam Eagles were delivered last month to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) at Daegu Air Base.

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NASA Names New Chief Scientist

Waleed Abdalati Returning To NASA From University Of Colorado

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Waleed Abdalati the agency's chief scientist, effective Jan.  3.  Abdalati will serve as the principal adviser to the NASA administrator on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related investments.

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FAA Level D Qualification For Flight Safety King Air 350 Sim

New Sim Already In Use Training Pilots From The U.S. To Australia

The FAA has qualified a new Beechcraft King Air 350 full flight simulator to Level D. The simulator is located at FlightSafety’s Hawker Beechcraft Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas.

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Lufthansa Selects CFM56-5B Engine Ao Power New A320 / A321 Order

Order Totalling $300 Million Takes Lufthansa's CFM56-Powered Fleet To More Than 200 Aircraft

Deutsche Lufthansa has selected the CFM56-5B to power 21 Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321 aircraft in a firm engine order valued at approximately $300 million U.S. at list prices. The companies announced the agreement jointly on Tuesday.

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Embraer Creates Corporate Unit Dedicated To Defense, Security Market

Focus Will Be Brazil's Role In Global Geopolitics

Brazilian planemaker Embraer has created 'Embraer Defense and Security', which the company says is an important step in consolidating the its central position in the process of strengthening Brazil's defense and security industry.

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Certified: Becker Avionics DVCS 6100

Production To Begin In Florida Immediately

The FAA has granted a production certification to Becker Avionics to manufacture the Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS) 6100 at its U.S. subsidiary, in Miramar, Florida.

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Shell Aviation Expands Operations To 12 Airports In India

Network Expands As Shell’s Joint Venture in India Signs New Agreements

Shell Aviation (SAV) has announced that it is expanding its operations into 12 airports across India to provide airlines fuel at airports located in the cities of Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Calicut, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore, and Mangalore.

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Aero-TV: Maintaining The Legacy -- Kurt Robinson Looks To The Future (Part 2)

Talk About A Tough Act To Follow... Kurt Robinson Leads RHC Into The Future

Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement announcement with bittersweet feelings. There is NO DOUBT that a large part of today's helicopter industry would simply not exist without the genius and inspiration of Frank Robinson, but we are pleased to see his legacy passed to such capable and proper hands -- his son Kurt Robinson.

Aero-TV: Maintaining The Legacy -- Kurt Robinson Looks To The Future (Part 2)

Talk About A Tough Act To Follow... Kurt Robinson Leads Robinson Into The Future

Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement announcement with bittersweet feelings.

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Florida Pilot Recounts Thanksgiving Angel Flight

Sometimes It's How We Use Our Airplanes That Really Counts

A story sent to ANN by Florida pilot Francisco Murillo, published in its entirety from the author's blog with his permission.

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NASA Gets Boeing Proposal For Commercial Crew Development Program

Spacecraft Resembles Apollo Configuration With Crew And Service Modules

Boeing has pulled the trigger on its proposal for the second round of NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program.

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MiG 29 Fulcrum Flies Private

First Time For The Soviet-Era Military Jet

A private military aircraft importer has successfully completed the world's first flights of a MiG-29 Fulcrum in private hands. Air USA claims it made aviation history December 10th with the flights.

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Discovery To Go Back To The Garage

Will Be "Rolled Back" To VAB For Further Fuel Tank Inspections

Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A in Florida are moving ahead with plans for a tanking test for space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, which now will be no earlier than Friday, Dec. 17, weather permitting.

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First Spar Component for Airbus A350 XWB Shipped To Scotland

Composite Wing Leading Edge Component One Of Six

The first production leading edge spar component – an outer spar – for the Airbus A350 XWB program has been shipped from Kinston, NC to Prestwick, Scotland. 

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Machinists Union, Alaska Airlines Reach Tentative Agreement

Pact Covers Clerical, Office, And Passenger Service Personnel

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), District 143, today announced a tentative agreement with Alaska Airlines that covers the carrier’s 2,600 Clerical, Office and Passenger Service (COPS) employees.

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B/E Aerospace Announces Management Changes

Werner Lieberherr Is Promoted To President And COO

B/E Aerospace started the week with an announcement that Mr. Michael B. Baughan will resign as President and Chief Operating Officer to actively pursue other opportunities.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.15.10)

"This grant will allow us to implement some of our long range plans to enhance our programs and reach more women pilots. " Source: Susan Larson, Ninety-Nines president.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.15.10): Control Point

In air shows, a specific location where the event organizer, a designated representative, or an air boss manages the aviation event.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.15.10)

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

NASA created the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project to explore and document the feasibility, benefits and technical risk of vehicle concepts and enabling technologies that will reduce the impact of aviation on the environment. 

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