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January 15, 2010

FAA Issues Emergency AD for AgustaWestland A109K2 Helicopters

AD Focuses On Main Rotor Fixing Bolts

The FAA has released an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) (2010-02-51) prompted by a mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) AD issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community.

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USS Carl Vinson Arrives In Haiti

U.S. Military Is Maintaining Airport Operations

U.S. Air Force special force operators in Haiti have rescued seven survivors of the massive Jan. 12 earthquake that continues to wreak havoc on the country in its wake, according to Air Force officials.

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NASA Investigating Illegal Substance Found In Shuttle Hangar

Small Amount Of Cocaine Discovered In A Secure Area

NASA has launched an extensive investigation after a small amount of cocaine was found in a restricted area of the processing hangar for shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center, FL. There are no indications the incident has impacted Discovery's readiness for its planned launch in March.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.15.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.15.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Ten Years of ANN, Part V - 01.15.10 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell)

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Flight Training Acquisitions Picks Up Delta Connection Academy, Aerosim

Company Maneuvering To Bolster Its Aviation Training And Products Position

Delta Connection Academy, Inc. and Aerosim Technologies, Inc. have both been acquired by Flight Training Acquisitions(FTA), the company announced Wednesday.

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Pakistan Takes Delivery Of Second P-3C Aircraft

Four More Are In the Pipeline

Two of a planned seven upgraded P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft have been delivered to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan under the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program, Lockheed Martin announced Thursday.

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Alternative Aviation Fuels Efforts Lauded

FAA's CAAFI Wins Joseph S. Murphy Award

The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI), an FAA sponsored effort to develop environmentally-sound, sustainable-alternative jet fuels, has received “one of the most coveted and valued honors” by a leading aviation-industry publication.

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HDTS Contract Awarded To Elbit Systems of America

$8.2M To Provide Helmet Display And Tracker System For USMC Helos

The United States Marine Corps has awarded an $8.3 million contract to Elbit Systems of America for Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) for the USMC AH-1W Attack Helicopter.

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UH-72A Lakota Helicopters Delivered To Alabama Army National Guard

EADS-North America Unveils First Two Armed Aerial Scouts

The Alabama Army National Guard’s ability to perform homeland security operations and carry out support missions within the state will be  significantly enhanced with the introduction of four UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters delivered by EADS North America.

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Mechanical Problem Grounds Emirates A380

Latest In A Series Of Technical Glitches Reported For Airbus' Flagship

An Emirates A380 preparing to depart from Incheon, South Korea on Sunday was delayed about 19 hours when mechanics discovered a "technical defect" in the aircraft's fuel system. Ground crews were not immediately able to correct the problem, which caused the overnight delay.

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Need More Power? Trace Tests 750 Horsepower Aircraft Engine

Add 150 SHP To Their Certified OE600 Powerplant

A production engine with an experimental camshaft to over 750 horsepower has been tested by Trace Engines, the company announced Thursday.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2010-01-01

MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model 747-200F, 747- 200C, 747-400, 747-400D, and 747-400F Series Airplanes  

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2010-02-02

MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation Model Falcon 7X Airplanes

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Aero-TV: ICAS’ Year in Review – John Cudahy Reflects on 2009

ICAS President John Cudahy Discusses the Upcoming Air Show Season

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention.  Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives.

Aero-TV: ICAS Year In Review--John Cudahy Reflects on 2009

ICAS President John Cudahy Discusses the Upcoming Air Show Season

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives.

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Aero-Hero #2 -- Jack Pelton

Aero-Hero #2: Jack Pelton Somehow I think I always knew he had it in him... my personal conversations, in bits and pieces, over the years have convinced me that there was a reason why Jack Pelton continued to lead one of the most powerful companies in Business and General Aviation.

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Klyde Morris (01.15.10)

Klyde Pokes Some Fun At Skydiving...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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FAA Halts, Then Resumes, Civilian Flights To Haiti

11 Flights Circling When Ground Stop Imposed

Civilian flights into Haiti were halted late Thursday morning at the request of the Haitian government due to overcrowded conditions at Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport. The government said there was no room for arriving aircraft on the ramp, and no fuel available for departing aircraft.

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Special Ops C-130s, Ohio Air Guard Among Those Providing Disaster Relief

Military Flights Taking Supplies To Earthquake Victims

Airmen and C-130s from the Air Force Special Operations Command and the Ohio National Guard are continuing to provide disaster relief to the people of Haiti. 

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Heartbreaker #2 -- James May and ATA

Aero-Heartbreaker #2: James May and ATA  I have a hard time confining the plethora of feelings and opinions I have encountered in covering ATA and its professional leadership, especially one James May. Part of me has such horrible feelings about the way that May has managed ATA's airline interests and its relationship with the rest of aviation, that it's hard to objectively admit the undeniable fact that May has been incredibly effective at his job.

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NBAA Sets Up Online Site For Biz-Av Haitian Relief Efforts

Organization Will Coordinate Resources, Match Assets With Missions

Following this week's earthquake in Haiti, NBAA President Ed Bolen said the organization has heard from many Members wanting to volunteer aircraft, supplies and personnel to support earthquake relief efforts.

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Preps Continue Toward a Targeted February 7 Launch

Recent Cold Weather In Florida Has Made For Special Precautions

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers at Launch Pad 39A began loading fuel into space shuttle Endeavour's orbital maneuvering system and auxiliary power units. The process was expected to be completed Thursday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.15.10)

"Within hours of our arrival last evening, we established airfield control and have maintained that control conducting 24-hour operations at Port-Au-Prince airport." Source: Air Force Lt. Col. Brett J. Nelson, on military emergency relief efforts in Haiti.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.15.10): Back-Taxi

A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway opposite to the traffic flow.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.15.10)

 Flight Planning

Planning is maybe the most important aspect of flying. A good plan will familiarize you with landmarks and obstacles along your route of flight, assure there's enough fuel on board, keep you from wandering into a restricted area or TFR, and so many other things that can turn into major issues if not addressed.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2010-02-01

MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca S.A. Model Arriel 1B, 1D, and 1D1 Turboshaft Engines  

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