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November 04, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.05.09

Avidyne introduces a new digital autopilot for the rest of us.
If you want a deal on a Continental engine, this might be the week.
And Armadillo and Masten pick up their big checks to

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.05.09

Avidyne introduces a new digital autopilot for the rest of us.
If you want a deal on a Continental engine, this might be the week.
And Armadillo and Masten pick up their big checks to

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Max Trescott - VLJ Training - 11.05.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with 2008 National CFI of the Year Max Trescott about what training will be required for pilots of very light jets by the FAA, and by common sense.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.04.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.04.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.04.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Aerial Photographer James Cavanaugh - 11.04.09 (ANN Special Report, with Photographer James Cavanaugh)

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No Curfew At Burbank's Bob Hope

FAA Refuses To Ban Night Flights At Southern California Airport

The FAA has rejected a proposed ban on night operations at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, saying the ban would harm the nation's air transportation system.

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100,000 Missions Recorded For AAI's ShadowTactical Unmanned Aircraft System

Ongoing System Enhancements Boost Performance, Reliability

AAI Corporation said Tuesday that its Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS) have completed 100,000 missions. With 113 systems ordered and 87 delivered, Shadow systems are deployed with the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Army Special Forces and Marine Corps.

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FAA Approves Arkansas Children's Hospital HFDM Program

First Dedicated HEMS Operator To Implement FAA Approved Program

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) has received FAA approval for their HFDM/FOQA program, the first dedicated HEMS provider to reach that goal. The ACH HFDM program will serve ACH's fleet of two S76 C+ Single Pilot Instrument equipped helicopters and will provide increased visibility into the ACH flight operations.

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SpaceX Hopes For February 2 Launch For Falcon 9

But Launch Date Has A Conflict At KSC

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has requested a February 2nd launch date for the first flight of the Falcon 9 heavy lift launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center, but the Air Force 45th Space Wing says there is already a launch scheduled for that day.

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22 Space Research & Education Programs Receive Aerospace Grants

NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium And Space Florida Award $453,000

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), and Space Florida have announced the selection and award of 22 space research and education grants for 2009. The Florida Space Research Program (FSRP) will provide a total of $453,191 in funding to selected recipients.

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Continental Motors Announces Limited Time Engine Sale

Discounts Will Coincide With AOPA Aviation Summit

Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) announced today a limited time special offer on engines purchased during the week of the 2009 AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa, Florida.  Anyone in the market for a factory-new or factory-rebuilt TCM engine can take advantage of the special offer regardless of his or her attendance

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Supermodel Gisele B√ľndchen Working A Different Runway

Has Passed Written Exam For Private Pilot's License

While only a  month away from having her fist baby, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has passed her private pilot written exam and continues flying helicopters several times a week.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-22-14

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 747-200C and 747-200F Series Airplanes  

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2009-23-01

MANUFACTURER: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model 1900, 1900C, and 1900D Airplanes  

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AD: ATR

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-19 R1

MANUFACTURER: ATR Model ATR42 and ATR72 Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: Economic Outlook -- Congressman Mica on Market Sustainability (Part 2)

Mica Pontificates On Aero-Issues, Part 2

At an industry gathering covering the future of high-end aviation educational reform and associated issues (at the Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL), ANN had the opportunity to spend some time with Congressman John Mica... an elected official with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with aero-matters.

Aero-TV: ANN Flight Test -- We Fly The Skycatcher

An Aero-TV FIRST -- ANN's Jim Campbell Flight Tests Cessna's New LSA 

Finally... ANN is proud to present the first published flight test data on Cessna's long-awaited LSA... the C-162 Skycatcher. Worth the wait, the Cessna 162 may be one of Cessna's very best efforts yet... thoroughly maximizing what it is to be an LSA... while being true to the outstanding stability and control profiles that have been a part and parcel of Cessna's entry-level aircraft products for many decades.

Aero-TV: ANN Flight Test -- We Fly The Skycatcher

An Aero-TV FIRST -- ANN's Jim Campbell Flight Tests Cessna's New LSA 

Finally... ANN is proud to present the first published flight test data on Cessna's long-awaited LSA... the C-162 Skycatcher. Worth the wait, the Cessna 162 may be one of Cessna's very best efforts yet... thoroughly maximizing what it is to be an LSA... while being true to the outstanding stability and control profiles that have been a part and parcel of Cessna's entry-level aircraft products for many decades.

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Aero-TV: Economic Outlook -- Congressman Mica on Market Sustainability (Part 2)

Mica Pontificates On Aero-Issues, Part 2

At an industry gathering covering the future of high-end aviation educational reform (at the Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL) and associated issues, ANN had the opportunity to spend some time with Congressman John Mica... an elected official with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with aero-matters.

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Avidyne Rolls Out New DFC90 For Entegra-Equipped Cirrus Aircraft

Attitude-Based Digital Autopilot For Aircraft With Release 8

Avidyne will be bringing some new toys to the AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa this week. Today, they took the wraps off the DFC90, Avidyne's new attitude-based Digital Flight Control System and Entegra Release 8.0 as an upgrade specifically for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft with Avidyne's Entegra Flight Deck Systems.

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Returning To Their Roots... PS Engineering 'Retools' The PMA6000B

An Oldie But A Goodie Gets Updated

In production since 1995, the PMA6000 came to represent the entry-level for audio panels, and not satisfied with the status quo, PS Engineering has announced an updated version, the PMA6000B.

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NBAA President Bolen Responds To Latest USA Today Attack

Paper Continues To Question Value Of Grants For GA Airports

USA Today on Monday printed another "analysis" article representing FAA grants to airports that primarily serve GA as "earmarks for small airports."  NBAA president Ed Bolen responded with a Letter to the Editor.

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Senator Proposes A Bill To Ban 'Gadgets' In The Cockpit

Dorgan Bill A Response To Northwest Flight 188

The chair of the Senate Transportation Aviation Subcommittee says he is working on a bill that would ban all personal electronic devices in airliner cockpits. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) says the bill is intended to prevent another incident like the one that occurred on Northwest Flight 188.

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NASA and X Prize Announce Winners Of Lunar Lander Challenge

Masten Space Systems And Armadillo Aerospace Take The Prizes

NASA will award $1.65 million in prize money Thursday to a pair of innovative aerospace companies that successfully simulated landing a spacecraft on the moon and lifting off again: a $1 million first prize to Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California, and a $500,000 second prize to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas.

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GAMA Announces 2010 Leadership Team

Robert Wilson Tapped As GAMA Chairman

The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has elected Robert Wilson, president of Honeywell Business and General Aviation, as GAMA's chairman for 2010. Wilson previously served as GAMA's vice chairman and chairman of GAMA's Technical Policy Committee.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.04.09)

"We now understand from this flight at least that this can happen and there ought to be a more clear understanding by everyone in the cockpit that there is a national standard that would prohibit this and that they need to take it seriously." Source: U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.04.09): High Lift Device

Mechanisms intended to add lift during certain portions of flight. They include common devices such as flaps and slats, as well as less common devices such as leading edge extensions and blown flaps. Generally they are divided into two classes, powered and unpowered.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.04.09)

Lunar Landers

With the announcement today of the award of the NASA Centennial Callenge Program prizes this week, there is renewed excitement about going back to the moon. But people have been designing vehicles to land on the moon practically since before there were rockets to get them there.

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