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July 01, 2009

Certified: Bell 429

Pivotal Development Program Gets Its Papers

Bell Helicopter has confirmed Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certification of its newest light twin engine helicopter, the Bell 429. Bell has also completed the requisite FAA certification requirements. First deliveries are scheduled to begin this month.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.09

The search for survivors of a Yemenia Airlines crash continues.
NTSB believes the experimenter was impatient.
And Senator Schumer accuses airlines of "bait and switch."


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.01.09

The search for survivors of a Yemenia Airlines crash continues.
NTSB believes the experimenter was impatient.
And Senator Schumer accuses airlines of "bait and switch."


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ANN Special Feature: Alan Klapmeier, Brent Wouters - 07.01.09

Today's Special Feature features the actual announcement by Cirrus Design founder and former CEO Alan Klapmeier of his bid to buy out the Cirrus Vision SF-50 jet program, and the full audio recordi

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Mi-35 Returns To Service In Afghanistan

Afghan and Czech Pilots Bring The Aircraft Back After Almost 10 Years

After an absence of nearly a decade, the Afghan Mi-35 is again flying the skies of Afghanistan, thanks to pilots from the Afghan National Army Air Corps and the Czech Republic, military officials here said.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.01.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.01.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Alan Klapmeier, Brent Wouters - 07.01.09 (ANN Special Report, with Alan Klapmeier and Brent Wouters)

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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Offers Policy Input on Human Spaceflight

White Paper On Low Earth Orbit Policy Delivered To White House

Enabling the development of commercial crew and cargo transportation to the International Space Station is the central recommendation of a policy paper submitted by members of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, also known as the Augustine Committee.

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30,000th Naval Helicopter Pilot Pinned By Marines

Celebrates 65 Years Of Training Rotary Wing Pilots

Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 5 celebrated a milestone in naval aviation when the 30,000th rotary wing student pilot walked across the stage to receive his coveted "wings of gold," June 19. First Lt. Michael Brown, USMC, walked off the stage as the Marine Corps' newest helicopter pilot. He joined 37 other students in achieving the designation.

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Boeing Connects 1st F-15E Simulators to US Air Force's Worldwide Training Networ

Training Can Be Conducted Remotely Over Networks

Boeing has connected the F-15E Mission Training Center (MTC) at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Mission Operations Network (DEMON), enabling F-15E pilots at the base to train virtually with pilots located around the world for the first time. Mountain Home is the first of three F-15E training centers Boeing will link to the network this year.

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New PR Director For Kissimmee Air Museum And Warbird Adventures

KT Budde-Jones Returns To Florida After Stint In Hawaii

KT Budde-Jones has returned to Kissimmee after four years in Hawaii, helping to open and establish the new Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor.

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NASA, Japan Release Most Complete Topographic Map of Earth

Created From Nearly 1.3 Million Individual Photos

NASA and Japan released a new digital topographic map of Earth Monday that covers more of our planet than ever before. The map was produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft. The new global digital elevation model of Earth was created from nearly 1.3 million individual stereo-pair images.

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Pilots Bring Pets To New Homes

GA Pilots Again Show They Care

More often than we realize, private pilots across the country fill their planes with unlikely passengers, transporting them to safe new homes. And during the week of September 12-20, a group of these good Samaritans have committed to helping save 5000 of these special passengers ...our animal friends who need homes and are being flown to safe havens.

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Goodrich To Provide Lear 85 Air Data Systems

System Provides All Critical Air Data Information To The Pilot

Goodrich Corporation has been selected by Bombardier to provide its next generation SmartProbe air data system for the Learjet 85 midsize business jet.

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Master Instructors Named For June

Designation Recognized By The FAA  

Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators.  Recently, they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority.

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UltraCell To Build Fuel Cell Systems For Unmanned Air Vehicles

Collaboration Designed To Further Develop Unmanned Aerial Technology

UltraCell Corporation, announced Monday it plans to build fuel cell systems for the Center for Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) Exploitation (CUE) in its Dayton, Ohio, manufacturing plant. UltraCell will initially build 10 units based on the company's XX25 reformed methanol fuel cell (RMFC) technology, with potential to expand production in the future.

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MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-13-08

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AD: Microturbo

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MANUFACTURER: Microturbo SA Saphir 2 Model 016 Auxiliary Power Units SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-13-09 

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Aero-TV: Lopresti Intuition -- Common Technology Meets Innovation

Aero-Toys! An Aero-Geek's Dream...

When the Lopresti clan announced that the long-awaited Lopresti Fury was alive and well and actually headed for serial production, they also let us in on the news that they had some interesting additions in store for that program... namely a fully-integrated Apple iPod digital audio recorder.

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Aero-TV: Lopresti Intuition -- Common Technology Meets Innovation

Aero-Toys! An Aero-Geek's Dream...

When the Lopresti clan announced that the long-awaited Lopresti Fury was alive and well and actually headed for serial production, they also let us in on the news that they had some interesting additions in store for that program... namely a fully-integrated Apple iPod digital audio recorder.

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Yemenia Update: Conflicting Reports On Yemen Airline Disaster Survivor

Now Saying The Only Surviving Passenger Is A 14-Year-Old Girl

Multiple news soruces are now reporting that the sole survivor from the Yemenia A310 that went down in the Indian Ocean Tuesday is a 14-year-old girl, not a five-year-old as originally reported.

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FAA Issues Reminder About Carb Ice

Summer Means Higher Humidity, And A Chance For Ice

The FAA has issues a  Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin designed to inform pilots of the potential hazards associated with carburetor icing. For now, this airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant an AD, but is still a timely reminder for summer flying.

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FAA Issues Special Info For Hot Weather Helo Pilots

Fuel Vapor A Potential Issue For Robinson Helicopters

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts owners and operators of the potential for fuel vapor in high ambient temperatures and altitude on Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) Model R44 II helicopters.

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Solar Airplane Unveiled In Switzerland

Designed To Fly Around The World On Solar Power Alone

Late last week, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg unveiled the Solar Impulse HB-SIA at Dübendorf airfield close to Zurich.  It is the first aircraft designed to fly both day and night without fossil fuel or emissions.

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NTSB Investigating Runway Incursion In Cleveland

Alert Pilot Said He Would Not Cross Active Runway

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating two runway incursions that occurred at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Cleveland, Ohio.

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British Airways Continues Labor Negotiations

Airline Looks To Shed 3000 "Redundancies"

Unions representing the cabin crews and administration staff are continuing talks with British Airways, with a June 30th deadline for an agreement set by the airline.

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Belite Prototype Unveiled In Time For Oshkosh

Composite Airplane Straddles The Line Between LSA and Ultralight

Wichita, Kansas-based Belite Aircraft unveiled its prototype airplane Tuesday in a unique venue-Wichita's Old Town Warren Plaza-with Kansas' Fourth District Congressman Todd Tiahrt among the attendees for the airplane's debut. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.01.09)

"Through no great effort of your own and by no selection means other than being near the top of the alphabet during your winging class, you are hereby selected as the 30,000th rotary wing aviator." Source: Plaque given to First Lt. Michael Brown, USMC 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.01.09): Carburetor Ice

The FAA released an advisory Tuesday on avoiding and dealing with carburetor ice, which gives us a perfect opportunity to offer this definition. "Ice formed in the carburetor due to the effects of lowered temperature by decreased air pressure and fuel vaporization in the presence of significant water vapor (high humidity)."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.01.09)

Aero-Linx: FAA The FAA has rolled out a couple of improvements in their recently-redesigned website, and we thought we'd bring them to your attention. "Split "Airports & Air Traffic" into separate navigation tabs, and remove "Safety" tab.

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