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November 12, 2009

Georgia Pilot Threatens County Official's Car With His DC-3

But Didn't Have Enough Fuel To Fly Away

Code Enforcement Officers were called to Griffin-Spalding airport in Griffin, Georgia Wednesday to respond to a complaint about someone driving his vehicle across the runway and taxiway. They finally identified Daniel Wayne Gryder  and attempted to serve him with a half-dozen citations.

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ANN Special Feature: Part I: AOPA President Craig Fuller - 11.12.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell gets a "state of the organization" assessment from Craig Fuller, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II: AOPA President Craig Fuller - 11.13.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell asks Craig Fuller, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, if he believes progress is ahead regarding due process for pilots before the FAA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.12.09

There's good news on Matt Younkin's scary crash on Tuesday.
Airports will be less crowded this Thanksgiving.
And former astronaut Lisa Nowak pleads guilty to a felony.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.12.09

There's good news on Matt Younkin's scary crash on Tuesday.
Airports will be less crowded this Thanksgiving.
And former astronaut Lisa Nowak pleads guilty to a felony.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.12.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.12.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.12.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: AOPA President Craig Fuller - 11.12.09  (ANN Special Report, with AOPA's Craig Fuller)

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TSA Changes Rules On Airport Searches ... Very Quietly

Searches Must Be Related To Airline Safety

TSA has changed two rules about airport searches after an aide to Congressman Ron Paul recorded an incident on his iPhone. The rules changes have prompted the ACLU to drop legal action against TSA on behalf of Steve Bierfeldt.

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NASA Makes Final Launch Preparations

Atlantis Scheduled For Liftoff November 16th

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians at Launch Pad 39A are working to get space shuttle Atlantis' propulsion systems ready for flight to the International Space Station.

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KUKA Systems North America Lands F-35 Assembly Line Contract

Company Will Install Complete Integrated Assembly System For Northrop Grumman

A contract from Northrop Grumman Corp worth over $100 million for installation of an integrated assembly line for the F-35 Lightning II jet fighter program is the largest ever received by the aerospace division of Sterling Heights, Michigan-based KUKA System North America.

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NetJets Looks At A Profit In 2010

Recession May Have Helped The Company

After losing more than half a billion dollars in the first 9 months of 2009, NetJets, a company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, says it may see a "modest" profit in 2010.

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Rockwell Collins B737 Full Flight Sim Gets Level D Certification

In Service In The U.K.

Rockwell Collins said Tuesday that it has achieved JAR-FSTD A Level D, Zero Flight Time certification from the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority for its new Boeing 737 NG full flight simulator.

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US Court of Appeals Rules Against CAF In P-82 Ownership

Rare Twin Mustang Belongs To The Air Force Museum, Court Says

In a judgment filed November 2, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the National Museum of the United States Air Force (USAFM) in the ownership dispute of the P-82 Twin Mustang. Commemorative Air Force (CAF) officials are disappointed by the outcome.

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Boeing Delivers First 777 To Guggenheim

The Aircraft Will Be Leased To Korean Air

Boeing and Guggenheim Aviation Partners recently celebrated the delivery of the leasing company's first 777, a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane that Guggenheim customer Korean Air will operate under lease. The 777-300ER is Guggenheim's first leasing arrangement with Korean.

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JSC Euro-Asia Air Takes Delivery Of Two AW139 Helicopters

Aircraft Will Service Offshore Oil Interests Off Kazakhstan

AgustaWestland said Monday that JSC Euro-Asia Air of Kazakhstan has taken delivery of two AW139 medium twin helicopters during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant in Italy. These offshore configured AW139s will be used to perform transport operations in Kazakhstan's section of the Caspian Sea.

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Boeing, Falck Schmidt Explore Fuel Cell, Composite Applications

Companies Sign A Memorandum Of Understanding For Cooperation

Boeing and Odense-based Falck Schmidt Defence Systems A/S announced Tuesday that Boeing Research & Technology will assess Falck Schmidt fuel cell products for potential use in Boeing renewable-energy power systems for military platforms.

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United Pilot Arrested By Scotland Yard

Officials Say He Failed Breath Test Prior To Flight

A pilot about to fly a United Airlines Flight from London's Heathrow to Chicago was pulled off the flight and arrested by Scotland Yard after failing a breath test which determined he had too much alcohol in his system.

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Aero-TV: AOPA '09 Conversations (Part 2) -- Is The Economy Keeping You Grounded?

AOPA Attendees Chat With Aero-TV About The Effect Of the Economy On Aviation

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 AOPA 'Summit' -- that of surveying a dozen or more people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're shooting... 

Aero-TV: AOPA '09 Conversations (Part 2) -- Is The Economy Keeping You Grounded

AOPA Attendees Chat With Aero-TV About The Effect Of the Economy On Aviation

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 AOPA 'Summit' -- that of surveying a dozen or more people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're shooting... 

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Thousands Come To Tampa To Address GA Issues

AOPA Aviation Summit Spotlights Aviation Powerhouses

Thousands of pilots, lawmakers, regulators, and aviation enthusiasts converged on Tampa, Florida, last week to attend the AOPA Aviation Summit and to address the issues that confront general aviation today .

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Two Lawmakers Cool On Super Tucano

Urge SecDef Gates To Consider U.S. Aircraft

Two members of Congress have written a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking him to confirm or deny discussions with Embraer about the purchase of 100 Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer.

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NATA Sponsors Aviation Business Roundtable

Discussions Included The Economy, Taxes, Safety, And More

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) wrapped up its 2009 NATA Aviation Business Roundtable Monday after two days of high-level meetings with some of Washington D.C.'s influential policy makers.

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Senators Push To Pass FAA Funding Bill This Year

AOPA Praises Lawmakers For Stand On The Issue

Members of the Senate have joined together to emphasize the importance of passing a long-term FAA funding bill (S.1451) before the end of the year.

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Cirrus Leadership Optimistic Heading Into 2010

Wouters Notes Significant Progress Over The Past Year, But Clouds Remain

In a memo released to all Cirrus employees Monday, CEO Brent Wouters said he is optimistic heading into 2010, and that the company is "planning conservatively for a modest recovery toward greater delivery volume and even greater market share." But, he cautioned that the recovery would still be slow.

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What Happens When You Drop An Airplane?

Vought To Conduct Full-Scale Drop Tests On F-35C Lightning II JSF

Vought Aircraft Industries has taken possession of an F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter test article from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. and will perform full-scale drop testing on the aircraft in early 2010.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Carbureted Engines

Float-Type Carburetors Indicated In Engine Fires

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Bulletin for  potential hazards associated with normally-aspirated carbureted engines. However, they say that for the time being, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant an AD.

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NTSB Releases Initial Findings In West Virginia Apparent Hypoxia Incident

Aircraft Was Enroute To Indianapolis When Pilot Became Incapacitated

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on an accident that occurred when the pilot of a Cirrus SR22 became incapacitated on a flight from York, Nebraska to Indianapolis, Indiana. The plane eventually exhausted its fuel, and went down in a wooded area near Ravenswood, West Virginia.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.12.09)

"(T)the United States Government has made a substantial investment in the development of a U.S.-produced LAAR platform, the Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6B." Source: Letter to Defense Secretary Bill Gates from Senator Sam Brownback and Congressman Todd Tiahrt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.12.09): Blind Spot

Blind Spot An area from which radio transmissions and/or radar echoes cannot be received. The term is also used to describe portions of the airport not visible from the control tower.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.12.09)

Flight 1549 3D Animation

Using information from the Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders aboard US Airways Flight 1549, animators a ExoSphere 3D have constructed a 3D animation of that six minute flight that Captain "Sully" Sullenberger ditched successfully in the Hudson River with no loss of life.

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