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January 06, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.11

FAA is behind schedule and headed for overruns on NextGen ATC.
Flight attendants want to rebuild the profession.
And Maine may repeal an unfriendly tax.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.06.11

FAA is behind schedule and headed for overruns on NextGen ATC.
Flight attendants want to rebuild the profession.
And Maine may repeal an unfriendly tax.


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ANN Special Feature: FAA Makes Training Tough - 01.06.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Earl Lawrence, former EAA VP of Industry and Regulatory Affairs, about the FAA's seeming indifference to the impact on training availability of its policies on instructi

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.06.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.06.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FAA Makes Training Tough - 01.06.11 (ANN Special Report, with  Earl Lawrence, former EAA VP of Industry and Regulatory Affairs)

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Aircraft Lease Company CIT Group Orders 38 B-737 Airplanes

Next Generation Aircraft Delivery Schedule Extends Into 2017

Leasing company CIT Group has placed an order for 38 Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplanes and purchase rights for seven additional 737s, the two companies announced Tuesday.

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European Low-Cost Carrier easyJet Expands Airbus Fleet

Thirty Five New A320s Will Be Added To Accommodate Growth

European based easyJet has signed a contract to buy a further 15 A320 aircraft and to convert an existing order for 20 Airbus A319s into the larger A320 model.

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Canadian-Registered Gulfstream Aircraft Approved To Operate At Maximum Altitudes

Transport Canada Greenlights G450 And G350 To Fly Up To 45,000 Feet

Transport Canada has recently granted approval to allow Gulfstream G450 and G350 aircraft to operate at their maximum cruise altitude of 45,000 feet.

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Florida Company Claims Industry First WLAN STC Approval

Banyan Avionics Approved For Wireless LAN Installation In Cessna BizJets

The FAA issued STC ST03901AT to the Banyan Avionics team based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in mid-December for the Thrane and Thrane AVIATOR 200 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) system for the Cessna 500, 550, S550, 552, 560, and 560XL  aircraft.

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Astronaut Marsha Ivins Leaves NASA

Flew Five Missions Between 1990 and 2001

NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, a veteran of five spaceflights, has retired from the agency.

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New Helmet Enables Typhoon Pilots To Look, Lock-On, Fire

Highly Sophisticated Helmet And Support System That Lets The Pilot 'See' Through The Body Of The Aircraft

Its manufacturer says it  looks and performs like something out of "Star Wars". And for the fast-jet fighter pilots of the future - it could just make the difference between life and death.

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FAA Grants Cockpit Upgrade STC for CASA 212

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Gets Second Fixed-Wing STC

Aviation Specialties Unlimited,(ASU) has received an STC for the CASA 212 from the FAA.  The C212 is used for transportation and surveillance.

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Boeing, Qatar Airways, AmeriCares Partner For Relief Flight

New Qatar Airways 777-300ER Carries Medical Supplies To Pakistan

A second consignment of relief supplies has been delivered to areas of  Pakistan that are still recovering from massive flooding which occurred in August.  Boeing again partnered with Qatar Airways and the non-profit global health and disaster relief organization AmeriCares in the effort.

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Brazilian Army Aviation As350 Ecureuil Helicopters Set For Moderniazation

Eurocopter’s Helibras Subsidiary To Upgrade 36 Aircraft

The Helicópteros do Brasil (Helibras) subsidiary of Eurocopter signed a contract for a major upgrade program on the Brazilian Army’s fleet of 36 AS350 Ecureuils. This modernization includes the rebuilding of three of these aircraft.

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Air Force Breakfast Series Begins New Year With Secretary Of The Air Force

Top AF Civilian Leader To Address Public And The Media

The Honorable Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, will be kicking off the 2011 AFA Air Force Breakfast Program Series as the guest speaker for the January session.

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Aero-TV: AvGas Alternatives: The Swift Fuel Proposition (Part 2)

The Future Of 'Motion Lotion' Remains An Important Concern (Part 2)

There are few more contentious issues facing GA right now as the question about what will eventually replace 100LL. There are few folks working hard to address the issue, but they all report that they're facing serious hurdles in not only perfecting their product but wading through the bureaucratic processes necessary to make their fuel a reality. ANN had the chance to spend some quality time with a number of the folks behind the Swift Fuel program, one of he more prominent players in the race to replace 100LL -- and the conversations were intriguing -- and educational.

The Best Of Gadget Patrol 2010: Part 1

This Year's Aero-Gadget Crop Was Impressive -- Especially In Terms Of Enhancing Our Cockpits

Final Compilations by ANN Editor-In-Chief/Gadget Hound, Jim Campbell When it comes to the people, planes and products of the aviation business, ANN firmly believes there is no such thing as an embarrassment of riches. 2010, as usual, saw a spate of new products, programs and 'gadgets' designed to separate a pilot from his flying dollar... fortunately, the vast majority of them are quite worthy of foregoing a few (or more) $500 hamburgers.

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Aero-TV: AvGas Alternatives: The Swift Fuel Proposition (Part 2)

The Future Of 'Motion Lotion' Remains An Important Concern (Part 2)

There are few more contentious issues facing GA right now as the question about what will eventually replace 100LL. There are few folks working hard to address the issue, but they all report that they're facing serious hurdles in not only perfecting their product but wading through the bureaucratic processes necessary to make their fuel a reality. ANN had the chance to spend some quality time with a number of the folks behind the Swift Fuel program, one of he more prominent players in the race to replace 100LL -- and the conversations were intriguing -- and educational.

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NTSB Issues Recommendations Dealing With ELTs In GA Aircraft

Accident Involving Senator Ted Stevens Prompts The Move

The NTSB today issued two safety recommendations to the FAA requiring a detailed inspection of all emergency locator transmitters (ELT) installed on GA aircraft to ensure that their mountings maintain their retention capabilities during an accident sequence.

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Continental, Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement

Wage Increase And Retirement Contributions Part Of The Package

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Continental Airlines said Tuesday they have reached a 20-month tentative interim agreement for a new contract covering the carrier’s 9,500 flight attendants.

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Is It July Yet? AirVenture Calendar Coming Together

Top Air Show Performers Make Early Commitments For 2011

Many of the world's top air show performers have already given early confirmations to participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport.

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US Airways Reports Record December Load Factor

Showed Strong Results Despite Weather Challenges Late In The Month

December was apparently a very good month for US Airways. The carrier released December, fourth quarter, and full-year 2010 traffic results on Wednesday.

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NATA Releases 2011 Revision Of Refueling And Quality Control Guide

Provides Guidelines For Fuel Storage, Handling, Dispensing

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has released the 2011 revision of its popular guidebook Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations.

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Coffee Spill Over Canada Causes Cockpit Chaos

Pilot Spilled A Beverage, Nav Gear Responds Badly

The pilot of a UAL flight from Chicago to Frankfort, Germany may consider a lid for his (or her) coffee cup next time, after the flight was diverted to Pearson Airport in Toronto late Monday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.06.11)

"(T)his vital life-saving technology won't do anyone any good if it doesn't stay connected to the antenna." Source: NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.11): Flying Display Area

Airspace where an aircraft participating in an air show may perform not including ingress and egress routes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.11)

US Air Force Memorial

The Air Force Memorial  in Washington DC honors the service of the men and women of the Air Force.

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