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November 16, 2009

Mission Managers Praise STS-129 Launch Teams

Atlantis Launch Called "Flawless"

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off for a mission to ISS at 1428 Monday afternoon, in what NASA called a "Flawless" launch. "What a great way to start this mission," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations. "I can't say enough about the teams that got this vehicle ready to fly."

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FAA Finalizes Changes For Hudson River Airspace

Modifications Designed To Enhance Safety

The FAA has finalized a federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, that will enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace. 

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Ohio DOT Downsizing Aviation Fleet

4 Airplanes And Two Helicopters For Sale

The State of Ohio plans to sell six of the 11 aircraft in its fleet as a cost savings measure, but even though two of the aircraft have not flown for over a year, the state still hopes it can bring in as much as $875,000 for the aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.16.09

There's no green cheese on the Moon, but there is water.
Air Taxi service returns to Greenville Downtown Airport.
And Flying Cloud Airport welcomes business jets.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.16.09

There's no green cheese on the Moon, but there is water.
Air Taxi service returns to Greenville Downtown Airport.
And Flying Cloud Airport welcomes business jets.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Pilots Nodding Off - 11.16.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about Northwest Flight 188, the crew's overflight of Minneapolis, and whether similar problems could crop up in modern, automated, ge

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E-Green Technologies, Inc. Acquires 21st Century Airships

Company Will Offer High-Performance, Long-Endurance Manned and Unmanned LTA Airships

E-Green Technologies tells ANN that it has acquired Newmarket, Ontario based 21st Century Airships. 21st Century is reportedly the world's leading airship research and development company, with a strong IP portfolio of 18 patents, issued and pending, which protects the Company's airship technology.

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Closer Yet... Boeing Completes Fuselage Mods On Two More 787s

Still Shooting For A First Flight In '09

Boeing is confirming that they have completed installing reinforcements within the 'side-of-body section' of two more 787 Dreamliners. Over the weekend, employees at Boeing's facility in Everett, Wash., finished reinforcing the full-scale static test airframe and the second Dreamliner designated for flight test. Installations were completed Nov. 11 on the first flight-test airplane.

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Emergency AD: Teledyne Continental Motors

AD NUMBER: 2009-24-51

MANUFACTURER: Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) 240, 360, 470, and 520 series reciprocating engines.  

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Wings Air Bumps ATR 72-500 Order To 15 Aircraft

Builds On Original Order For 10 Aircraft Last Year

Indonesia's carrier Wings Air, which is a subsidiary of Indonesian largest private carrier Lion Air, and ATR announced the signature of a contract for the purchase of 15 ATR 72-500s on Monday, with options for 15 ATR 72-600s series aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Cessna's Next-Gen CJ - The Citation CJ4 (Part 1)

A Much Upgraded CJ Makes Ready To Enter The Market

If it ain't broke, don't fix it... how many times have you heard that? Well, as good as that advice might be for most folks, its but an unfair limitation on the folks at Cessna who have a habit of taking perfectly great little airplanes and tweaking them enough to make them remarkably and demonstrably better... as appears to be th case with Cessna's upcoming CJ4.

Barnstorming: Enacting A Pilot's Bill Of Rights

Some years ago, mostly as a result of dealing with the monumental dishonors and unfairness imposed on one of this nation's finest aviators, Robert A. 'Bob' Hoover, I opined that Pilots really needed better protections on their side when they had to face off against the FAA or other governmental threats...

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Aero-TV: Cessna's Next-Gen CJ -- The Citation CJ4 (Part 1)

A Much Upgraded CJ Makes Ready To Enter The Market

If it ain't broke, don't fix it... how many times have you heard that? Well, as good as that advice might be for most folks, its but an unfair limitation on the folks at Cessna who have a habit of taking perfectly great little airplanes and tweaking them enough to make them remarkably and demonstrably better... as appears to be th case with Cessna's upcoming CJ4.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 11.16.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.16.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.16.09(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Pilots Nodding Off - 11.16.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Pilot Safety Symposium And Job Fair Set

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), will present the next in its series of pilot safety symposiums and job fairs, on Saturday, November 21, at the New York-LaGuardia Airport Marriott.

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Initial MANTIS Flight Trials Complete

It's The UK’s Largest Fully-Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft

BAE Systems has successfully flown the largest fully-autonomous unmanned aircraft ever to be built in the UK. The next generation autonomous system, MANTIS, completed its maiden flight in Woomera, South Australia.

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Jacksonville, Florida Spaceport 'Imminent', Officials Say

Hopes Cecil Field Will Become The First Operational Commercial Spaceport

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) thinks that Cecil Field, a former Navy master jet base in Florida's Duval County, can become the nation's first truly commercial spaceport. JAA Officials said this week that a spaceport license for Cecil Field is "officially imminent."

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Students Send Microbe Experiment On Space Shuttle Atlantis

Will Study How Bacteria Change In Microgravity

An experiment by a group of college students that will study how microbes grow in microgravity will head to orbit aboard space shuttle Atlantis when it launches from the Kennedy Space Center next week.

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Klyde Morris (11.16.09)

Klyde Has THE Flu...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Efforts Underway To Make NextGen And SESAR Compatible

U.S. And Europe Share Air Traffic Management Research

Researchers in the United States and Europe are working out standard approaches to communications, navigation and surveillance so that aircraft crossing the Atlantic will only need one set of avionics to interact with both networks.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.16.09): Overcast

Overcast The amount of sky cover for a cloud layer that is 8/8ths, based on the summation layer amount for that layer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.16.09)

Aero-Linx: Virtual Skies -- Aviation Communication Tutorial Part of the NASA VIRTUAL SKIES site, this section will introduce you to the International Phonetic Alphabet and "pilot-speak." You will be able to find weather information from ATIS and EFAS broadcasts while developing your flight plan. You will understand what information from a flight plan is used on the flight tracking strips that precede are aircraft's entrance into another sector or airspace...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.16.09)

"Mind you, we're not curing cancer here... but we are doing what free Americans are supposed to do, question authority -- and upon finding that said authority is not playing by the rules, we need to defy them and insist that our rights be respected." Source: ANN's editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, getting back to his roots as an aviation rabble-rouser and one of the FAA's biggest pains in the ass... by again insisting that the FAA play fair with aviation professionals and respect the enactment of an Airman's Bill of Rights.

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