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September 18, 2009

CERTIFIED: Aspen Avionics' Multi-Function Displays and Weather Receiver

Aspen Scores Another Pivotal FAA Certification

Aspen Avionics just put a call into ANN HQ to do some well-deserved bragging. It seems that on September 18, 2009 the FAA granted Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for the EFD500 Multi-Function Display (MFD); the EFD1000 MFD; and the EWR50 Evolution Weather Receiver. With certification and production authority in hand, Aspen will begin shipping its newest products to dealers immediately.

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Aero-TV:  Behind the Journey – Bob Baker’s P-51 Restorations

P-51 Mustang Owner Bob Baker Describes His Journey to the Pattillo Brothers


Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.09

Someone tell USA Today and the airlines to "get a room."
NTSB's Debra Hersman says a controller made a mistake in Teeterboro.
And changes like those over the Hudson could be

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.18.09

Someone tell USA Today and the airlines to "get a room."
NTSB's Debra Hersman says a controller made a mistake in Teeterboro.
And changes like those over the Hudson could be

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ANN Special Feature: EAA's Tom Poberezny Rebuts USA Today - 09.18.09

USA Today Thursday (9/17/09) turned airline industry talking points into a "news story" about how federally-funded capitalprojects at general aviation airports, used only by a few wealthy

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Aero-TV: Behind the Journey – Bob Baker’s P-51 Restorations

P-51 Mustang Owner Bob Baker Describes His Journey to the Pattillo Brothers

Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.

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FAA Announces New Efforts To Respond To Safety Concerns

Airlines No Longer "Customers"

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has announced a 'new' focus on improving the agency’s response to public safety complaints and whistleblower contributions, as well as renewing efforts to ensure consistent interpretation of agency regulations and policies. He also outlined ongoing actions to ensure that air carriers comply with safety directives while minimizing disruptions to passengers.

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You Can Fly The Martin Jetpack, If You Bid High

Company Auctions History Making Jetpack Flight On eBay

The country that brought the world jet boating and bungee jumping has done it again, by now becoming the first place in the world where you can fly a jetpack. Yes, you have to go to New Zealand.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.18.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.18.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: EAA's Tom Poberezny Rebuts USA Today - 09.18.09 (ANN Special Report, with EAA's Tom Poberezny)

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NASA Brings The Ares I-X Flight Test Rocket To Life

Fist Test With All Systems Installed

The Ares I-X team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has reached a significant milestone with the first electrical power-up of the test rocket on Sept. 11. Ares I-X and its simulated crew module and launch abort system are assembled on a mobile launcher platform at Kennedy in preparation for its targeted Oct. 31 flight test.

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Machinists Union Head Wants President Obama To Visit Wichita

Invitation Planned For A Meeting Held Tuesday

Machinists union president Tom Buffenbarger said he planned to invite President Barack Obama to come to Wichita and see first hand what business aviation contributes to the U.S. economy when they met on Tuesday. Obama's appeared at the annual AFL-CIO meeting this week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Helicopter Copilot Begged His Aircraft To Fly

Aircraft Was Ferrying Firefighters In Northern California

The cockpit voice recorder transcript from a helicopter that crashed while ferrying firefighters in Northern California has been released, and the device clearly caught the copilot asking his aircraft to fly.

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Unmanned Cessna Crashes Into Airport Building

Pilot Lost Control Of The Airplane After Hand-Starting The Engine

It must have been like a scene from a "B" movie, but it was the real thing. Don Poppino told authorities he had started his Cessna 152 with a hand crank about 0830 Tuesday morning, and the airplane took on a life of its own.

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Defense Secretary Lauds Airmen’s Contributions, Service

Pilots, Medics, Ground Crews Receive Praise From Gates

Airmen around the world are making a life-and-death difference for U.S. military ground forces, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday. The secretary praised airmen’s efforts and their sacrifices while addressing an audience at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Convention.

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NTSB Probable Cause Report Released In 2008 California Accident

Student Pilot Killed When He Walked Into A Spinning Prop

The NTSB has concluded that 26-year-old Wei Jin did not see a spinning propeller into which he walked, killing him on November 15th 2008. Jin was a student pilot at the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, and had ridden with his roommate, Jia Li , also a student at SAA, on a cross-country flight.

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New Training Device Arrives At Miami Training Facility

Flat Panel System Can Replace Some Simulator Functions

Aerosim Technologies, a provider of low cost, hi-fidelity simulation software training products within the aviation industry, announced Thursday the placement of a B757-200 Enhanced Virtual Procedure Trainer at a leading commercial pilot type training center in Miami, Florida. 

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Asteroid Juno Set For A Closeup In September

Should Be Visible With Binoculars In A Clear Sky

Toward the end of September, the sun will turn a spotlight on the asteroid Juno, giving that bulky lump of rock a rare featured cameo in the night sky. Those who get out to a dark, unpolluted sky will be able to spot the asteroid's silvery glint near the planet Uranus with a pair of binoculars.

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Qantas A380 Selected For Sightseeing Flights To Antarctica

Passengers Will Spend 4 Hours Over The Antarctic Ice

A Qantas Airbus A380 super jumbo will undertake a unique sightseeing flight to Antarctica - the first commercial flight by an A380 over the south polar region, and the only aircraft permitted to do so on New Year's Eve.

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When Airlines Attack: Industry Outraged By USA Today 'Hit-Piece' On GA Airports

ATA-Oriented/One-Sided Story Contains Numerous Inaccuracies

A Thursday morning USA Today/MSNBC story on funding for GA airports has ignited a firestorm of reactive indignation from GA persons, GA business industry leaders, and GA associations. Factually inaccurate/incomplete, at best, the poorly documented story seems deliberately aligned with ATA Uber-Boss James May's continuing attacks on the General Aviation industry...

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GAMA Response: GA Outrage Against USA Today/ATA Attack Continues

GAMA Counters Misleading Article On The Role Of GA Airports

 GAMA has countered a USA Today feature article on federal support for general aviation (GA) airports. In a letter to the paper's editor, GAMA expressed their disappointment regarding the mischaracterization of the role GA airports play in the nation's transportation system.

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NBAA Responds To Biased, Distorted News Coverage Of General Aviation

Ed Bolen Tells USA Today Their Story Presents A "Gross Misperception" Of GA

As big news outlets and the big airlines took a gratuitous and uninformed slap at general aviation today, The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) issued a statement underscoring the value of all general aviation - including business aviation - to the nation's citizens, companies and communities.  

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EAA Response: GA Outrage Against USA Today/ATA Attack Continues

EAA Refutes 'Inaccurate Claims That Small Airports Receive Disproportionate Amount Of Federal Money'

General aviation again came under attack in the media today, as USA Today and NBC ran stories that claim the nation's smaller airports are receiving a disproportionate amount of federal funding to upgrade those facilities.

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Secretary Of Defense Announces Return Of KC-X Program

Draft RFP Is "Close To Release", Air Force Officials Say

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the return of the KC-X program to the Air Force during the 2009 Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris (09.18.09)

Klyde Suggests That $3 Billion Is A Small Price To Pay... We Agree!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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First Production Cessna Skycatcher Flies At Shenyang Factory

Over 1000 Ordered Since Its Introduction At AirVenture 2007

The first production Skycatcher is off the ground. Cessna announced Thursday that the first Model 162 Skycatcher fabricated and assembled on production tooling flew Thursday at the factory in Shenyang in northeast China. The aircraft performed a number of handling quality tests during the flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.18.09)

"Your recent, one-sided story about small community airports lacks any sense of balance, and presents a gross misperception of the value of general aviation, public-use airports, federal funding of the air transportation system, and the needs of millions of Americans in communities nationwide." Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.18.09): Unpublished Route

A route for which no minimum altitude is published or charted for pilot use.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.09)

Aero-Linx: Martin Jetpack Yes, it looks like too much fun and yes, we've been waiting since the 1960's for a jetpack So have a look, and see if it fulfills the promise of those long-ago Disney movies and magazine articles. Regardless, we know very few pilots who wouldn't relish an opportunity to strap one on and go flying. 

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