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September 29, 2011

Aerosud Touts New Multi-Role Aircraft

'Ahrlac' To Feature Interchangeable, Mission-Specific Belly Pods

South African aeronautical company Aerosud on Tuesday formally unveiled its first complete, manned aircraft design, called Ahrlac, for Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft. The company claims significant interest, and says it expects to fly the prototype next year.

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Recession Could Save Reno Air Races

Insurers May Continue To Offer Coverage In Weak Market

In the aftermath of Jimmy Leeward's crash at the Reno Air Races on September 16, much of the speculation has focused on whether lawmakers or regulators will put an end to the event. But they may not have to. The tragedy's impact on the insurability of air races in general, and Reno in particular, may be a faster-acting force.

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Piper Holding Recruiting Event In Wichita

Career Fair Set For October 7 For Jobs In Vero Beach, FL

It looks like there is some new activity around the Piper Altaire jet project, as Piper Aircraft will be holding a career fair at Century II in Wichita, KS for a number of positions open at the company's Vero Beach, FL manufacturing campus. The event is planned for 0800-1800 on Friday, October 7.

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FAA Works To 'Optimize Airspace' Around 21 Major Airports

CSSI Wins Support Contract For Airspace Redesign

The FAA plans to optimizing the airspace around up to 21 of the nation’s busiest airports – including Washington, D.C., Dallas, Charlotte, Northern and Southern California, Houston, and Atlanta – through the FAA’s Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) program. Once completed, OAPM will help address major issues faced in today’s busy metro areas, including flow congestion, inefficient routing and altitudes, airports in closing proximity and other factors like environmental constraints.

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Cirrus Is Again Behind On Its Rent In Grand Forks

Growth Fund Committee Debating What Action To Take

The good news is, Cirrus paid its back rent on its plant in the Grand Forks Industrial Park following its sale to CAIGA last summer. The bad news is, the company has again fallen behind in its lease payments. The Grand Forks, ND, Growth Fund Committee met recently to discuss options for Cirrus, which is reportedly  some $221,000 in lease and loan payments.

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Barnstorming: ANN Has An Invitation For AOPA’s Craig Fuller...

Hey Craig… How About A "Wine Summit?"

There is no shortage of strong personalities in the world of aviation -- as a matter of fact, I think it's nearly a mandatory character trait for anybody who eventually goes through all the rigmarole to become a pilot. And of course, it's not uncommon among the rest of world of aviation, either. As a community filled with people with such strong personalities, occasionally some of those strong personalities tend to conflict… And THAT can occasionally result in some real fireworks. Big surprise, eh?

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Aviation Jobs Coming To Chanute, KS

Spirit AeroSystems Announces Site Selection For Manufacturing Facility

A new manufacturing facility is planned for Chanute, KS that will support sub-assembly work on underwing aircraft components as part of a multi-phased project by Spirit Aerosystems. An existing facility in Chanute was chosen in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Commerce, the City of Chanute and other community partners based on a number of priorities.

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Connecticut NIMBYs Fight Personal Helicopter Use

Burlington Residents Want New Neighbor's R44 Banned

A resident of Burlington, Connecticut is proving that old saying that forgiveness is easier to get than permission. Businessman Paul Blanchette wants to fly his Robinson R44 from a helipad at his new home on Ventres Way, just as he did from his previous home on Daniel Trace, but his neighbors are rallying against him.

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