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January 26, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.26.10

The US sends Lebanon help in the aftermath of the Flight 409 crash.
Iran's Taban Air has shut down operations following Sunday's crash.
And a mission organization sends its Quest Kodi

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.26.10

The US sends Lebanon help in the aftermath of the Flight 409 crash.
Iran's Taban Air has shut down operations following Sunday's crash.
And a mission organization sends its Quest Kodi

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ANN Special Feature: X-Prize Chairman Peter Diamandis - 01.26.10

X-Prize Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis talks about the history of technological competitions, and how they'll shape our future.

FMI: www.xprize.org


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FAA Threatens To Retract Saipan Runway Funds

Agency Says Ports Authority Must Begin Moving Forward On Completing The Project

The FAA has notified the Commonwealth Ports Authority of Saipan that it may recall funding for a runway rehabilitation project if there is not significant progress at the airport soon.

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B-17 Will Celebrate 75th Birthday At Airventure 2010

Exact 75th First Flight Anniversary Date Is During Oshkosh

The Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress," perhaps the most readily recognized bomber of the World War II era, will have the spotlight for its 75th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Belite Aircraft Debuts At US Sport Aviation Expo In Sebring

First Showing Of The Tailwheel And Trike Models

This year, Belite Aircraft made its debut at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, last week.

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NIAR, NCAT To Host Online FAA-Sponsored Composites Course

Content Will Cover Maintenance And Repair Of Composite Materials

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) ... through the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT)... will host an on-line Composites Maintenance Technology course beginning March 1.  

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Legacy 450 And 500 Programs Proceeding On Schedule

Man-Machine Interface (MMI) Advisory Board Weighs In On Development Program

Embraer says its midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jet development programs are continuing pretty much as planned.

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Daher-Socata's TBM 850 Sales Strong Despite Economy

36 TBM 850 Deliveries Made In 2009

Daher-Socata released data Monday showing that 36 TBM 850s were delivered in 2009, bringing to 184 the total number of the very fast turboprop aircraft provided to customers since its introduction less than four years ago.

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AirStar UAVs To Play A Role In Forensic Animation

Parent Company Mundus Group Signs LOI With Litigation Animation Inc.

One of the recognized roles for non-military UAVs is as a camera platform that can go places a conventional aircraft can't. Mundus Group has signed a Letter of Intent with Litigaion Animation Inc. to provide that company with forensic images for animation used in litigation.

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Simulators On Site Receives FAA Certification

Portable, Fully-Immersive Sim Contained In A 20-Foot Cargo Trailer

Simulators On Site (S.O.S) received full FAA certification AATD and BATD for generic helicopter simulator system in November, according to company owner and president Steve Nelson.

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Kathryn Fraser New Ops Manager At GAMA

Will Support Work In Safety, Security, And Operations

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomes Kathryn Fraser as the Association's manager of operations. Fraser will be supporting GAMA's work in safety, security and operations.

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ICAO Initiative Will Use Detailed 3D Map Data

Stringent Terrain And Obstacle Requirements Mandated by eTOD Initiative

An advanced terrain and obstacle map for the U.S., Europe, and other regions around the world is being compiled by Intermap Technologies using its high-resolution NEXTMap digital elevation data.

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Aero-TV: Skycatcher Update – Production Ramps Up for 2010

Bob Stangarone Details Cessna’s Newest Contender in the LSA Market

At the 2009 AOPA Summit, attendees experienced an up-close encounter with Cessna’s newest aircraft to enter the LSA market.  Since the announcement of the 162 Skycatcher program in 2007, Cessna has received over 1,000 orders. 

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Randy Babbitt, Future of Runway Safety

Babbitt Details FAA’s Continued Initiatives to Reduce Runway Incursions

On July 30th, 2009, Randy Babbitt took to the podium for the first time as the FAA Administrator, addressing EAA AirVenture attendees in the Honda Pavilion.  With nearly 70,000 operations every day, and over 753 million people transported each year, Babbitt explained that the overall system is unquestionably the safest, most efficient system in the world.  

NTSB To Assist Lebanese Government In Accident Investigation

Senior Investigator Dennis Jones To Represent The Agency

The NTSB will dispatch an aviation investigator to assist the government of Lebanon in its investigation of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines B-737-800 (ET-ANB) off the coast of Lebanon.

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Aero-TV: Skycatcher Update - Production Ramps Up for 2010

Bob Stangarone Details Cessna's Newest Contender in the LSA Market

At the 2009 AOPA Summit, attendees experienced an up-close encounter with Cessna's newest aircraft to enter the LSA market.  Since the announcement of the 162 Skycatcher program in 2007, Cessna has received over 1,000 orders. 

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Randy Babbitt, Future of Runway Safety

Babbitt Details FAA's Continued Initiatives to Reduce Runway Incursions

On July 30th, 2009, Randy Babbitt took to the podium for the first time as the FAA Administrator, addressing EAA AirVenture attendees in the Honda Pavilion. With nearly 70,000 operations every day, and over 753 million people transported each year, Babbitt explained that the overall system is unquestionably the safest, most efficient system in the world. 

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Two On 'No-Fly' List Prevented From Boarding At Heathrow

Incidents Spur Britain To Raise Its Terror Threat To "Severe"

Two men, one an Egyptian and one a Saudi Arabian who's names appeared on a "No Fly' list, were prevented from boarding U.S. bound flights last Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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TSA Worker Fired For Inappropriate Prank

Planted A Bag Of White Powder In A Passengers Luggage

From our "What could they possibly have been thinking" department, a TSA inspector must have thought it was going to be a harmless prank, but wound up unemployed after planting a bag of white powder in the suitcase of a college student.

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Plans Announced For Record-Breaking Space Dive

Team Plans To Share Scientific Data On High-Altitude Skydive

Pilot and skydiver Felix Baumgartner announced on Friday his intention to become the first person ever to break the speed of sound with his own body.

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Stellar Students Selected As NASA Ambassadors

Online Tools Will Help Network Future Leaders

NASA has selected 105 of its best and brightest interns and fellows for the NASA Student Ambassador Program.

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AW-139 Helo Wreckage Found Off Spanish Coast

Maritime Rescue Service Chopper Went Down Near Almeria

The bodies of three crew members were found at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, still inside the AW-139 that went down last Thursday evening.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.26.10)

"The KC-X air tanker contract will be one of the largest single military contracts ever to be awarded by the United States Department of Defense, and you can make it one of the department's largest jobs projects as well." Source: Mobile, Alabama Mayor Sam Jones.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.26.10): Air Traffic

Aircraft operating in the air or on an airport surface, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.26.10)

Airborne Laser Video

Honest to goodness, this looks like Star Trek. The Missile Defense Agency released a video today showing a missile being "engaged" by an airborne laser aboard a modified B-747. MDA emphasises that the test was not meant to destroy the target, but the video is impressive none the less.

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