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December 23, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.24.10

Congress again continues funding the F136 engine program.
American Airlines parts company with Orbitz.
And Airbus firms up 50 orders in Latin America.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.24.10

Congress again continues funding the F136 engine program.
American Airlines parts company with Orbitz.
And Airbus firms up 50 orders in Latin America.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II: Robinson, the Next Generation - 12.24.10

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell asks Kurt Robinson, President of Robinson Helicopter Company, whether the R66's low introductory price can be held long-term, and what it's been like to suc

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F135 Engine Exceeds 20,000 Test Hours

All Initial Service Release Development Testing Completed

The F135 engine developed by Pratt & Whithey has surpassed 20,000 test hours as it completes the ground development and demonstration phase of the program.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.10

Airbus has more speed sensor advice for A330 operators.
Poland's Prime Minister is not satisfied with a Russian investigation.
And the FAA has emergency ADs for Piaggio and Schweitzer

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.23.10

Airbus has more speed sensor advice for A330 operators.
Poland's Prime Minister is not satisfied with a Russian investigation.
And the FAA has emergency ADs for Piaggio and Schweitzer

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ANN Special Feature: Part I: Robinson, the Next Generation - 12.23.10

In California to demo the new R66 turbine helicopter, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Kurt Robinson, who recently took over from his famous father, Frank, as president of Robins

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.23.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.23.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: Robinson, the Next Generation - 12.23.10 (ANN Special Report, with Kurt Robinson, President of Robinson Helicopter Company)

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Survey: American Traveling Public Says 'There Has to Be a Better Way'

Flyers Frustrated With Air Travel Security Screening

As passengers begin to pour into airports during one of the busiest air travel periods of the year, a new survey reveals three in four air travelers believe "there has to be a better way" to conduct air travel security screening.

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Gulfstream Names L.D. Buerger Director Of G650 Initial Phase Operations

Has Broad Authority Over Production Of The New BizJet

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has promoted L.D. Buerger (pictured) to the position of director, G650 Initial Phase Operations. In his new role, Buerger is accountable for initial phase manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and planning, industrial engineering and tool design for the G650.

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HAI Urges Broad Participation In Air Ambulance NPRM

Association Says All Commercial Rotorcraft Operators Will Be Effected

Although a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was billed as a regulatory initiative aimed at helicopter air medical operations, it goes well beyond that. It would affect other Part 135 operations and all commercial helicopter operations, according to Helicopter Association International.

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NASA Seeks To Foster Commercial Suborbital Industry

Solicits Proposals For Technology Flight Demonstrations And Information About Suborbital Flight Services

NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights.

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LAN Firms Up Commitment To Order 50 A320 Family Aircraft

Single Largest Airbus Order In Latin America

LAN Airlines, one of Latin America's leading passenger and cargo airlines, signed a firm order for 50 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft, making it the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America.

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EASA Approves Garmin G1000 For King Air 200/200B

Deliveries Begin In Europe

The EASA has validated the U.S. STC for the installation of the G1000 avionics suite in the King Air 200 and B200. Garmin said Tuesday that deliveries have already gotten underway in Europe.

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Cessna Adds Mobile Service Units In U.S., Europe

Colorado, Indiana, And Lyon, France Get Mobile Maintenance Cessna says it is adding three new maintenance trucks to its international ground-based Mobile Service Unit (MSU) fleet serving Citations across North America and Europe.

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Consolidates Kiowa Aircraft Support

Agreements Merged For The Australian Defence Force Helicopter Fleet

Brisbane, Australia-based Sikorsky Helitech has merged several support agreements that will provide deeper component and accessories maintenance for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Kiowa aircraft fleet.

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Classic Aero-TV: 'It's My Real Airplane' -- Mike Slingluff's 65HP Taylorcraft

The 'T-Craft' Is One Of The True GA Icons That Built This Business

There is no such thing as a generic 'perfect' airplane... until you find one for yourself. And mind you, different airplanes can be perfect at different times... and for Mike Slingluff, riding herd on one of the best FBO's on the SouthEast, his 65HP Taylorcraft is often THE perfect airplane.

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Certified: Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen Airliner

FAA Certifies The Canadian Regional Jet

The FAA awarded aircraft type certification approval to the Bombardier 100-seat CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet on December 17, 2010, the company announced Wednesday. U.S. approval follows type certification in November by Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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Continuing Resolution Continues Funding For JSF F136 Alternate Engine

Senators Still Split On Support For The Project

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) received confirmation from U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew that the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress Tuesday will continue funding for the Joint Strike Fighter F136 alternative engine.

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NASA Publishes Spinoff 2010

Annual Document Outlines Impact Of Space Technology In Our Daily Lives

Curious how a device designed to produce fuel and oxygen on Mars transformed into a source of clean energy right here on Earth? The 2010 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication is now available online, highlighting new innovations and notable examples of NASA technology improving everyday life.

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Pilot Parachutes From A Plane He Said Had Mechanical Problems

Claimed To Have Lost Elevator, Aileron Control, Eventually Exhausted His Fuel

This is one of those instances in which the NTSB preliminary report creates more questions than it answers. The pilot of a Rockwell 112-TC which went down in a field near Waynesboro, GA, in October had gone to a parachute school just days before, claiming to need emergency parachute training.

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EASA Certified: DFC90 Autopilot

Approval Makes The Avadyne Autopilot Available For Retrofit Into European-Registered Cirrus Aircraft

EASA has granted STC approval to Avidyne Corporation for retrofit installation of the DFC90 attitude-based digital autopilot in European-registered Cirrus aircraft.

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Orbitz, American Part Company

Judge Rules Against Temporary Restraining Order To Prevent The Move

American Airlines has pulled its fares off the Orbitz website, effective immediately. The move comes following a dispute over how the airline sells fares and other services through the site. A Cook County, IL judge ruled that American could sever its relationship with Orbitz Tuesday.

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Spitfire Comes To Texas

Scale Manufacturer Moving From Australia

The website of the Texas Aviation Association indicated that the manufacturer of a two-place scale replica of the Supermarine Spitfire is moving its operation from Brisbane, Australia to Cisco Municipal Airport (3F2) just west of Ft. Worth. A hangar to accommodate the manufacturer is being built this winter.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.23.10)

"Americans are clamoring for a better way, and it should be a wake-up call for our leaders in Washington." Source: Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.10): Show Line

A readily visible reference line that provides the required distance from the spectators for Category I airplanes that enhances pilot orientation during the performance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.10)

Blue Angels Alumni

No, not the pilots, the airlanes. Old Blue Angel Aircraft are now found all over the country.

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