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November 09, 2010

Engineers Still Discussing Discovery Repairs

GUPC, Crack In Foam Insulation Delaying Launch

Engineers met in a series of meetings Monday to discuss inspection and repair options for space shuttle Discovery's ground umbilical carrier plate (GUCP) and a crack in the external fuel tank foam insulation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.09.10

Qantas still has its A380s grounded.
Boeing has lit up the first 747-8 Intercontinental.
And the growth of aviation in China faces hurdles.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.09.10

Qantas still has its A380s grounded.
Boeing has lit up the first 747-8 Intercontinental.
And the growth of aviation in China faces hurdles.


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ANN Special Feature: Competing in...Balloons? - 11.09.10

It's not quite Reno or Red Bull, but balloon competitions also have passionate participants. ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Pat Harwell of Shreveport, Louisiana, who with his wife, Susan, competed a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.09.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.09.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Competing in...Balloons? - 11.09.10 (ANN Special Report, with Pat Harwell of Shreveport, Louisiana, who with his wife, Susan, competed at this year's Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta)

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Cessna, Bye Energy To Provide Update On Electric Cessna 172

Briefing Schedule AT AOPA Aviation Summit In Long Beach

Bye Energy and Cessna plan to release details of their effort to develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 Skyhawk during the AOPA  Aviation Summit this week in Long Beach, CA.

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E-Jet Number 700 Delivered To British Airways

Aircraft Will Be Operated By BA CityFlyer

Embraer says it reached a significant milestone Monday with the delivery of its 700th E-Jet - an Embraer 190. The handover ceremony to British Airways was held Monday evening at the Company's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.

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US Airways To Add 500 Crew Members In 2011

Pilots, Flight Attendants 'Will Be Flying By July'

US Airways said Monday that it will need 500 crew members next year primarily in anticipation of planned retirements and attrition, which will be filled by recalling employees currently on furlough, as well as through hiring new crew members.

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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo On Track To Equal Past Performance

Exhibitors On A Waiting List For Inside Spaces

The Chairman of the US Sport Aviation Expo, which is set for January 20-23 at Sebring Regional Airport in central Florida, said Monday that exhibitor response seems as good as or better than in years past.

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First Production C-5M Arrives At Dover

Newest Variant Of Workhorse Airlifter

The first production C-5M Super Galaxy arrived for duty at Dover AFB early Monday, marking an historic day for the U.S. Air Force and strategic airlift.

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Squadron Tests Newest F-22s, Live-Firing Of Missiles

Pilots, Maintainers Work Together To Validate Combat Capability Of The Newest F-22s

F-22s Raptor crews from the 90th Fighter Squadron at Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 30, to participate in exercise Combat Archer, the air-to-air evaluation portion of the Air Force's Weapons Systems Evaluation Program.

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Al-Qaida Claims Credit For September UPS 747 Downing

U.S. Says No Evidence The Group Was Involved

Yemen-based al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for bringing down a UPS 747 in Saudi Arabia in September, though there is no direct evidence linking the terrorist organization to the accident.

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First Falcon 2000 Receives Universal Avionics WAAS LPV

Engineering Assisted Field Approval Completed By Universal Avionics

The first Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Flight Management System (FMS) installation in a Dassault Falcon 2000 aircraft has been completed by Universal Avionics authorized dealer Jet Aviation St. Louis.

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Thomas Cook Airlines Awards A320 & A330 Full Component Support Contract

A J Walter Aviation And Its Partners Win 5-Year Deal

Thomas Cook Airlines has awarded A J Walter Aviation a multi-million dollar contract to provide component power-by-the-hour and leasing support for its A320 and A330 family aircraft based in the UK and Scandinavia.

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FAA Grants King Air Gross Weight Increase STC To CenTex Aerospace

Certificate Covers Supper King Air 200, B200 Models

Centex Aerospace of Waco, Texas is progressing steadily towards certification of the Halo 250 gross weight increase for the Beechcraft 200 and B200 series Super King Air.

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Embraer Signs StandardAero To Long-Term APU Support Contract

Agreement Covers E-Series Jets

Tempe, AZ-based StandardAero said on Monday that it has signed a long-term agreement to support Embraer's global Pool programs for the Hamilton Sundstrand APS 2300 Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).

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Aero-TV: All Shapes And Sizes -- The Many 'Faces' of the ABQ Balloon Fiesta

Balloons Are Crafted Using ALL Kinds Of Images Now... and Here's How They Do It!

The sight of a stereotypical balloon is immediately recognizable... and somewhat iconic... but what's happened to this sport over the last few decades would have shocked the folks who pioneered this industry... with balloons now crafted to take on all manner of topics, figures, faces and images. It's hard to imagine what it takes to make something as immediately recognizable as the Energizer Bunny or Darth Vader actually FLY... but Cameron Balloons' Andy Baird and his team have probably been behind more aerial double-takes than anyone in the history of lighter-than-air flight. Repeat after me, folks... WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT that just flew past???

Aero-TV: All Shapes And Sizes -- The Many 'Faces' of the ABQ Balloon Fiesta

Balloons Are Crafted Using ALL Kinds Of Images Now... and Here's How They Do It!

The sight of a stereotypical balloon is immediately recognizable... and somewhat iconic... but what's happened to this sport over the last few decades would have shocked the folks who pioneered this industry... with balloons now crafted to take on all manner of topics, figures, faces and images. It's hard to imagine what it takes to make something as immediately recognizable as the Energizer Bunny or Darth Vader actually FLY... but Cameron Balloons' Andy Baird and his team have probably been behind more aerial double-takes than anyone in the history of lighter-than-air flight. Re

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Mica Says Aviation Bill A Top Priority

Likely New Chair Of House Transportation Committee Will Strip Union Measure From FAA Bill

Representative John Mica (R-FL), who is likely to take over the gavel of the House Transportation Committee in January, said in an interview that his top priority will be an FAA reauthorization bill that does not include changes in union organization rules for FedEx Express.

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DOT Substantiates Whistleblower Concerns Regarding American Airlines

OSC Determines The Findings "Appear Reasonable"

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) late last week sent reports to the President and Congress detailing the DOT's response to a whistleblower’s allegations that the FAA failed to provide effective oversight of American Airlines.

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Rolls-Royce: 'Progress' Made In Understanding Trent 900 Failure

Incident Is Specific To That Model Engine

Rolls-Royce said in a statement Monday it has made progress in understanding the cause of the engine failure on the Trent 900 powered A380 Qantas flight QF32 on  November 4. The company says it is now clear this incident is specific to the Trent 900 engine.

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Gulfstream International Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization

Florida Regional Airline Continues Normal Flight Operations

Gulfstream International Airlines, a regional carrier which operates flights from Fort Lauderdale, FL to destinations in Florida and the Bahamas, as well as flights from Cleveland, OH, has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules.

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Three Primary Causes Listed For Delays, Cancellations In NY Region

DOT Inspector General Says A Third Of New York Flights Delayed Or Cancelled

The Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General has found that as many as one third of flights to and from the New York region's three primary airports were cancelled or delayed in 2009.

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Gone West: Joseph G Gavin Jr.

Led The LEM Design Team For The Apollo Program

The man who led the team which designed the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) for the Apollo moon missions passed away Saturday in Amherst, MA. Joseph G. Gavin Jr. was 90.

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ULA Launches 350th Delta Rocket In Program's 50-Year History

United Launch Alliance Booster Carried COSMO-SkyMed 4 Satellite To Orbit

For the 350th time in its 50-year program history, a Delta rocket launched on Saturday.

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MA Flight School Allegedly Trains Illegal Immigrants

Owner Also Accused Of Being In The Country Illegally

A flight school in Stow, Massachusetts, has reportedly been training illegal immigrants to fly, and its owner is also facing charges of being in the U.S. illegally.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.09.10)

"Mr. Oberstar's gone and that issue is gone." Source: Representative John Mica (R-FL), likely incoming chair of the House Transportation Committee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.09.10): Flight Management Systems

A computer system that uses a large data base to allow routes to be preprogrammed and fed into the system by means of a data loader.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.09.10)

Flight Decks

We know you're curious. What do the flight deck controls of an F-16 look like? Or a 777, 767, 747, A340 or A320? Well this is a site that takes you there. 

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