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August 11, 2009

Cirrus Aircraft Names Pat Waddick Chief Operating Officer

Waddick Joined Cirrus In 1988

Cirrus Aircraft has named Patrick Waddick the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Waddick served as Executive Vice President of Operations at Cirrus. The announcement was made last Thursday.

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User Fee Panel Set For Ocala, FL

Funding ATC System To Be Discussed

"General Aviation At The Crossroads" will feature a panel of four aviation experts in Ocala, FL Wednesday night for a discussion and question and answer session on possible user fees and funding for the federal ATC system.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.11.09

Workload may have caused a pilot to miss seeing powerlines.
An extreme tarmac stranding case raises new questions.
And the Senate wants even more new private jets than the House.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.11.09

Workload may have caused a pilot to miss seeing powerlines.
An extreme tarmac stranding case raises new questions.
And the Senate wants even more new private jets than the House.


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ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator I - Randy Babbitt - 08.11.09

ANN presents edited excerpts from an EAA AirVenture forum featuring new FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Today: Improving General Aviation safety statistics, and concerns about ground operat

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ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator II - Randy Babbitt - 08.12.09

ANN presents edited excerpts from an EAA AirVenture forum featuring new FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Today: The state of Light Sport Aircraft, and when we'll really see NextGen Air Traff

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ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator III - Randy Babbitt - 08.13.09

ANN presents edited excerpts from an EAA AirVenture forum featuring new FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Today: Questions and answers about his aviation background, through-the-fence agreeme

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ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator IV - Randy Babbitt - 08.14.09

ANN concludes edited excerpts from an EAA AirVenture forum featuring new FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Today: Airline pilot work rules, user fees, and wether private pilots should be requ

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GE Aviation Signs Research Agreement With FAA For Unmanned Aircraft

Goal Is UAS Integration In National Airspace System

GE Aviation announced Monday it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA. The collaboration will provide a variety of operational and technical assessments to support integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace Systems.

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New Website Enhancements Announced for FAA.gov

Comprehensive Home Page Re-Design And More Launched

As part of the August 2009 Web Improvements to the FAA.gov website, you’ll notice a completely new look, along with redesigned “Air Traffic” and “NextGen” pages, and an improved Airworthiness Directives search. These updates represent the most comprehensive round of enhancements to FAA.gov this year.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 08.11.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.11.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.11.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Meet the Administrator I - Randy Babbitt - 08.11.09 (ANN Special Report, with FAA Boss Randy Babbitt)

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$8 Million FAA Grant Awarded To Paine Field

Money To Be Spent On Runway Improvements

The FAA has awarded an $8 million grant to Snohomish County, WA for runway rehabilitation at Paine Field, where Boeing manufactures its 747, 767, 777 and 787 lines. Paine Field is considered a regional airport primarily serving business aviation.

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Boeing To Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Aircraft For US Marine Corps

Could Be Used Instead Of Trucks To Deliver Supplies In Theater

The Boeing Company received a $500,000 contract from the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory on Aug. 5 to demonstrate the company's A160T (YMQ-18A) Hummingbird for the Marines' Immediate Cargo Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration Program.

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FAA Statistics Show 278 Planes Stranded On Tarmac For 3+ Hours In June

Consumer Group Says High Number Of Strandings Shows  Airlines' Not Improved

Data compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, indicates that passengers on 278 aircraft suffered through tarmac delays of 3 hours or more in June.

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Dassault’s Falcon 7X Approved For Steep Approach Landings By FAA

Pilots May Fly Approach Angles Up To Six Degrees

Dassault Falcon has received approval from the FAA to perform steep approaches with slopes up to 6° for the Falcon 7X. This approval allows U.S.-based Falcon 7X operators to fly directly into London City Airport (LCY), Lugano, Switzerland (LUG) and other airports requiring steep approach landings.

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U.S. Government Finds Twitter A Useful Tool For Tracking Public Opinion

Social Media Scanned To Monitor High Profile Events

When Air Force One flew unannounced over the Statue of Liberty for publicity photos, government sources used social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube to gauge public reaction to the event.

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North Dakota Town Backs Speculative Air Cargo Trailer Company

Some Would Like To See A Working Model First

The city of Minot, ND is planning to give a half million dollar incentive package to Heliplane of Minneapolis, a company which hopes to manufacture air cargo trailers.

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Aero-TV: Jack Roush - BizAv Day at Oshkosh 2009 (Part 6)

Aero-TV Talks to Legendary Jack Roush about Business Aviation (Part 6)

On July 31st, GAMA, in cooperation with EAA AirVenture, gathered some of the most well-known, respected business aircraft professionals in AeroShell Square.  EAA President Tom Poberezny, GAMA President Pete Bunce, FAA Administrator Randy Babbit, and other business professionals shared their perspectives on business aviation with attendees at the world’s largest sport aviation show.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Doug Ritter, Surviving After a Crash

Survival Expert Doug Ritter Shares His Best Safety Tips:

Respected aviation journalist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on survival and survival equipment, Doug Ritter sat down with Aero-TV to share some invaluable safety tips.

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Doug Ritter, Survival After A Crash

Survival Expert Doug Ritter Shares His Best Safety Tips

Respected aviation journalist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on survival and survival equipment, Doug Ritter sat down with Aero-TV to share some invaluable safety tips.

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Aero-TV: Jack Roush - BizAv Day at Oshkosh 2009 (Part 6)

Aero-TV Talks To The Legendary Jack Roush about Business Aviation (Part 6)

On July 31st, GAMA, in cooperation with EAA AirVenture, gathered some of the most well-known, respected business aircraft professionals in AeroShell Square. EAA President Tom Poberezny, GAMA President Pete Bunce, FAA Administrator Randy Babbit, and other business professionals shared their perspectives on business aviation with attendees at the world’s largest sport aviation show.

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Embraer Restores First Prototype EMB121 Xingu Airplane

First Pressurized Airplane Produced By The company Was Certified 30 Years Ago

As part of the Embraer’s 40th anniversary commemorations, the company performed a careful restoration of the EMB 121 Xingu prototype, tail number PP-ZXI, which was the first pressurized airplane built by Embraer.

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New, Comprehensive iPhone Guides, Checklists For Popular GPS Units

Max Trescott GPS Guides For iPhone Now Available

GPS technology is an essential part of many General Aviation cockpits, yet half of GPS users surveyed said they have difficulty getting a GPS to do what they want. Now new Max Trescott GPS Guides for the iPhone are available to help pilots operate their GPSs.

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College Park Airport Celebrates 100 Years Of Flight

AirFair 2009 Set For August 29th

Prince Georges County, Maryland celebrates 100 years of aviation at College Park Airport later this month, with the annual AirFare slated for August 29th.

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Airbus Unveils Second A350 XWB Composite Fuselage Demonstrator

Test Section For Fatigue And Damage Tolerance Evaluation

The A350 XWB program reached another key milestone with the completion of a second large test fuselage section, which incorporates many of the manufacturing advances planned for the production of this next-generation Airbus jetliner.

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Go Northwest Young Man

David V Goliath Battle Over Private Website

After running his website "GoNorthwest.com" for a decade from Spokane, WA, the sites' owner, Jack High, was surprised when Northwest Airlines sent him a legal notice demanding the site be shut down.

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$30,000 Fine Levied For False Crash Report

Colorado Man Learns You Should Not Drink And Dial ... 911

50 search and rescue personnel in La Plata County, Colorado, were scrambled after a man called 911 and reported that his arm had been severed in a plane crash, and that up to 12 people had been killed.The Durango Herald reports that the caller, 59-year-old Edward Pretzer, was visibly intoxicated when he was arrested

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.11.09)

"The key here is not whether or not planes will be bought, it's when planes will be bought." Source: Ellis Brachman, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.11.09): Undercast

An opaque cloud layer viewed from an observation point above the layer. From the ground, it would be considered an overcast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.11.09)

FAA.gov

The FAA has made numerous improvements to its website this month. They include a new homepage design, an in-depth NextGen page, better air traffic information, and improved search functionality for ADs.

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