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January 05, 2010

Breaking News: Freighter Down In Suburban Chicago

At Least Two People On Board At The Time Of The Crash

A business jet operating as a freighter has gone down in the Des Plaines River in suburban Chicago after being cleared to land at Chicago Executive Airport.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.05.10

Random screening is stepped up for international passengers.
The TSA's next boss is trying to shake some old skeletons.
And thousands of fliers are delayed by a security blunder at Ne

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.05.10

Random screening is stepped up for international passengers.
The TSA's next boss is trying to shake some old skeletons.
And thousands of fliers are delayed by a security blunder at Ne

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ANN Special Feature: Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters Part I - 01.05.10

Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters tells ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell the company's aggressive cost containment and better alignment of supply with demand have positioned it for a profitable 201

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ANN Special Feature: Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters Part II - 01.06.10

Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters updates ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell on the Cirrus Vision SF-50 jet, and explains how 2009's economic slowdown has affected its timetable.

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ANN Special Feature: Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters Part III - 01.07.10

Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters elaborates on his recent comments about the impact of product liability costs on the operation of a general aviation manufacturer to ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbe

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Best Of The Breed '09: Final -- GA Turbine M/E -- Piaggio Avanti II

Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II You can NOT look at a Piaggio Aero Avanti II and NOT respond to the ultra-exotic looks that are (possibly) the most striking aspect of this speedy, accomplished turboprop -- a design that is actually swifter (and certainly more efficient) than many light jets.

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Best Of The Breed '09: Final -- GA Turbine (Jet) Cessna Mustang

Cessna Citation Mustang To the victor goes the spoils... and that may never be more descriptive of the prominence of Cessna's mighty mite bizjet, the Cessna Mustang. Once put forth to counter the VLJ offerings of companies like Eclipse and Safire, the Mustang is more than the only survivor, it is the epitome of what one's first jet could be and should be... cost-effective (surprisingly so, we understand, in consult with operators), obedient, easy to fly and boasting the leading edge of the many technologies we expect from today's GA revolution... especially when you're buying from Cessna.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.05.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.05.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.05.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters Part I - 01.05.10 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus Aircraft's Brent Wouters)

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Mass DC-3, C-47 Arrival Scheduled For Airventure 2010

Registration Will Be Capped At 40 Airplanes

The folks organizing a mass arrival and reunion for the venerable DC-3/C-47  at Airventure 2010 tell ANN that they have reached critical mass, and that they are proceeding as planned for as many as 40 airplanes to descend on Wittman Field.

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NTSB Prelim: Skyhawk Lost 2400 Feet in 12 seconds

Special VFR Departure BY Non-IFR Pilot Results In Less Than 15 Minutes

If in doubt, sit it out... A Skyhawk pilot with a full load of four on board took off at night into a low broken cloud layer and wound up in tragic circumstances less than 15 minutes after departure from Florida's Kissimmee Airport. The 150 hour pilot did not have an instrument rating and like many others before him, apparently flew into the visually deceptive trap that can occur at night, with lower ceilings... Yet again, what a shame.

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John Grunsfeld Tapped To Oversee Space Telescope Science Operations

NASA Astronaut Was Instrumental To Hubble Telescope Repair

NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld, who participated in three spaceflights to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is leaving the agency to become the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

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Continental Motors Maintains Engine Prices in 2010

Ross: "Pricing Near 2007 Levels"

Perhaps in recognition that the market would have a difficult time bearing a price increase, Teledyne Continental Motors announced Monday that 2010 prices for factory new and factory rebuilt engines will not be going up.

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Eisenhower Assists In Offshore Rescue

Aircraft Carrier Was Headed For The Mid-East, Helps Out Coast Guard

Only hours after departing for its 2010 deployment, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) diverted from flight operations to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in a rescue at sea the night of January 2, saving the life of a stranded mariner.

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Master Instructors Announces December Awardees

Eight Awarded Prestigious Designation

Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of some 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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Aero-TV: Effortless Towing – TRACE’s Remote Control TowBot

C.E.O. David Czarnecki Profiles Alternative for Aircraft Re-Positioning

With the ability to rotate an aircraft inside of its own wingspan, the TRACE TowBot provides owners an easy solution for aircraft re-positioning, especially within close quarters.  Eliminating electrical cords, fueling, or hard starting, the TowBot is guided by a handheld, remote control device.  With the increased flexibility, owners can observe the towing process from a better vantage point often eliminating the need for wing-walkers.

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Randy Babbit, GA Safety Update

FAA Administrator Addresses Changing Safety Trends in GA

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. 
 

Aviall Takes On Piper Parts Sales Effort

Aviall Services To Distribute Parts Worldwide

Piper Aircraft has confirmed to ANN that they have selected Aviall Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, to be its global parts distributor, providing supply chain support for the company’s global dealer network and individual customers.

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Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week – Randy Babbit, GA Safety Update

FAA Administrator Addresses Changing Safety Trends in GA

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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Aero-TV: Effortless Towing – TRACE’s Remote Control TowBot

C.E.O. David Czarnecki Profiles Alternative for Aircraft Re-Positioning

With the ability to rotate an aircraft inside of its own wingspan, the TRACE TowBot provides owners an easy solution for aircraft re-positioning, especially within close quarters. Eliminating electrical cords, fueling, or hard starting, the TowBot is guided by a handheld, remote control device. With the increased flexibility, owners can observe the towing process from a better vantage point often eliminating the need for wing-walkers.

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Avidyne Announces TSO Approval Of New EX600 MFD

TSO Approval Allows Avidyne To Begin Deliveries Of Newest Radar-Replacement MFD

Avidyne Corporation announced Monday they have received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for their recently-introduced EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD).

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Analyst: GA Recovery Organizing Slowly, Quietly

Industry "More Pessimistic Than Is Warranted"

Aviation industry analyst Brian Foley says GA is entering a recovery phase as 2010 begins. Foley, who was predicting "measurable signs of recovery by mid-2010" at this time last year, says his outlook has not changed.

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Britain To Move To Full-Body Scanners

Prime Minister Gordon Brown Says Government Will Act "Quickly"

The Prime Minister of Great Britain said his government will move "quickly" to put full-body scanning technology in place following the Christmas Day attempted downing of an airliner bound for Detroit.

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NTSB Prelim: Missed IFR Approach Results In Damage To TBM-700

Seeing PART Of The Runway Can Be Deceptive

The transition from IFR to VFR can be difficult... especially when the IFR conditions don't want to give up. Cancellation of an IFR appraoch by a TBM pilot went astray when the runway environment turned out to have a lot less visibility than the pilot had estimated. The NTSB Prelim tells the story of how one pilot got into trouble under these circumstances...

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DeLand Skydiving Businesses Opposed To Control Tower

Some Have Put Business Expansion Plans On Hold

Several skydiving businesses that operate from DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED) northeast of Orlando, Florida, say that a city plan to construct a control tower at the airport will hurt their businesses.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.05.10)

"We will do everything in our power to tighten up on the security that is essential. We have recognized that there are new forms of weapon that are being used by Al-Qaeda so we've got to respond accordingly." Source: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.05.10): Abeam

An aircraft is "abeam" a fix, point, or object when that fix, point, or object is approximately 90 degrees to the right or left of the aircraft track. Abeam indicates a general position rather than a precise point.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.05.10)

Aero-Linx: IATA Alternative Fuels Fact Sheet The International Air Transport Association has published an online fact sheet on the topic containing some of the milestones achieved and projections for the future.  

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