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September 02, 2011

Back To Business: D-Jet Resumes Flight Testing

The Diamond D-JET Takes Major Step Toward Finishing Certification

Good grief, we hope this is a sign of better things to come, but a missive from Diamond Aircraft, possibly the only remaining GA manufacturer engaged in serious product development, tells us that the D-Jet program is back in the air. Diamond says that their  single-engine jet development program resumed flight testing of their D-JET prototypes, following their temporary grounding after a funding shortfall and significant employee furloughs in March, 2011.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.02.11

More than half the world's Boeing 717s will be for sale.
JCM Farming drops its lawsuits against California balloonists.
And the city of Cerritos marks 25 years since Flight 498.


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Flight Attendant Union Honors 9-11 Heroes

Reminds Public Of Their Roles As First Responders

As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, the world's largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), reminds the public that the story of 9/11 cannot be told without recognizing the Flight Attendant heroes and the role they played as first responders. At the same time, AFA is focused on providing members with support, resources and a forum for remembering their flying partners who perished in the line of duty and for relating their own experiences

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Southwest To Shed Boeing 717s

Acquisition of AirTran Included 80+ Of The Planes

If you're looking for a deal on a well-maintained Boeing 717, you may be in luck. More than half the 717s in the world are looking for new homes. Southwest Airlines, which is known for its all-737 fleet, inherited more than 80 of the smaller 717's in its acquisition of AirTran, and now says they'll be phased out.

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Colorado And FAA Investigate Crop-Dusting Incident

Neighbors Near Field Report Homes 'Buzzed,' Symptoms

The FAA and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are both investigating a crop-dusting flight which may have contaminated a residential area with the agricultural fungicide Inspire XT. The spray is specified by its manufacturer, Syngenta Crop Protection, for use in controlling the damaging sugar beet diseases Cercospora leaf spot and powdery mildew.

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US Team Prepares For Summer In Antarctica

Cargo Flights From Christchurch, New Zealand Are Underway

In the Southern Hemisphere, spring officially begins September 23. That includes Antarctica, and for members of the US Air Force assigned to Operation Deep Freeze, late winter flights, known as WINFLY, for Operation Deep Freeze 2011-2012 began August 20. Deep Freeze is a joint service, interagency activity that supports the National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages the US Antarctic Program.

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Russians Uncover Wreckage Of 35-Year-Old Helo Accident

Searchers Were Looking For The Lost "Progress" Spacecraft

Russian crews hoping to locate the wreckage of the "Progress 44" spacecraft which failed to achieve orbit last moth have come across an accident of a different kind. They have located the wreckage of an Mi-2 helicopter which went down 25 years ago on a firefighting mission.

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MH Oxygen Builds Its 3000th Pulse-Demand Oxygen Unit

Serves Oxygen As Needed, Not At Constant Rate

Building on its leadership in general aviation oxygen systems, Alice Baty and Linda Joppien of Mountain High’s aviation oxygen technology for general aviation and rotorcraft have built number 3000 (3000) of the two-person MH EDS O2D2 Pulse-Demand FADOC (Full Authority Digital Oxygen Control) Oxygen Delivery Unit.

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UTair Confirms Planned Order Of 20 AW139 Helicopters

Aircraft Will Be Assembled In Russia

A memorandum of understanding for the purchase of 20 AW139 helicopters to be assembled in Russia has been signed by Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland. The two entities also recently announced the establishment of  HeliVert, a joint venture company which will assemble and deliver to UTair a batch of AW139 helicopters from its Tomilino plant in the Moscow region. 

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AeroMetric Adds Navajo Chieftain To Fleet

Ninth Fixed-Wing Aircraft To Be Utilized By The Company

Geospatial solution firm AeroMetric has taken delivery of a Piper Navajo Chieftain as part of its continued technology renewal and expansion strategy to support projects nationwide. This airplane joins AeroMetric’s existing fleet of eight fixed-wing aircraft that can be fitted with any of their three digital mapping cameras, two airborne LiDAR sensors and six film cameras.

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RAF Destroys Gaddafi Scud Missile Launchers

Early Tuesday Sortie Also Takes Out Command And Control Site

RAF aircraft put several military targets out of the reach of pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya Tuesday, including Scud missile launchers and a military command and control site. In an early morning sortie on August 30th, RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft used Paveway bombs to destroy a military command and control site which NATO surveillance had successfully identified near Bani Walid.

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American Adds Perks For First Class Passengers

"Turndown Service" Includes Such Items As Quilts, Slippers, And PJs

If you've been pining away for the "golden age" of air travel, American Airlines has introduced a new "Turndown Service" for first class passengers on some of its international routes.The airline says the product additions are designed with the customer's comfort and convenience in mind and will roll out on select international flights in First and Business Class cabins beginning Sept. 1.

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Pilot Sues Continental Express For What He Says Is Wrongful Grounding

Attorney Says He Was "Relieved of Duty for Refusing to Endanger Lives in Severe Weather"

An Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilot has filed a lawsuit against codeshare partner Continental Express claiming retaliation against him and ruin of his professional reputation. The suit claims the pilot was targeted because he took precautionary action during severe weather conditions, costing the company money. In the filing the pilot alleges the airline used his pursuit of treatment for depression during a divorce years before as reasoning for grounding him.

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AD Number: 2011-18-19

MANUFACTURER: Austro Engine GmbH Model E4 Diesel Piston Engines

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Aero-TV: Stronger Together -- GA Associations Attempt a United Effort (Part 2)

The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????

It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems... our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of the need for understanding from the outside world.

Barnstorming: Ten Questions For The Flying Community

A Few Things To Ponder As We Put Together The ATC 2012 Project...

The formulation of the Aviation Transformation Conference is proving to be the most formidable undertaking I’ve ever encountered... and it is requiring an extraordinary amount of time -- most that in consult with persons from all walks of the aviation life to put together a cohesive picture of what needs to change if aviation is to survive. I am learning a LOT from these conversations and consultations. I have found, though, that I learn more from the inevitable questions... on both sides of the coin... than I do from any other aspect of these conversations and in order to prime the

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Aero-TV: Stronger Together -- GA Associations Attempt a United Effort (Part 2)

The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????

It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems... our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of the need for understanding from the outside world. Leaders from seven aviation industry organizations sat together at the EAA Welcome Center on midway through Oshkosh 2011 to discuss critical concerns on the Federal and State legislative fronts that were consistently referred to as some of the greatest threats the aviation industry has ever faced.

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FAA Releases Final Updated Rules On Flight Training

Ten-Hour Training Rule For Complex Airplanes Remains Unchanged

In an NPRM published on August 31, 2009, the FAA put out for public comment 16 proposed changes to the FAA's existing pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification regulations. The final rule, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, amends the FAA's regulations concerning pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification.

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President Obama Calls For Passage Of Long-Term FAA Bill

AEA Echoes President Obama’s Message to Congress

President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Congress to pass a bill extending the FAAs spending authority prior to the agency’s current authority expires on Sept. 16. The FAA was partially shut down for two weeks earlier this summer because lawmakers did not agree to another short-term funding extension until Aug. 5.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Bryan Jensen Accident

Indicates Jensen Recovered From An Inverted Spin Before Impacting The Ground

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in the accident at a Kansas City, MO airshow which fatally injured pilot Bryan Jensen. The preliminary investigation is centering around a video of the accident captured as he performed at the airshow at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC).

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Aspen Avionics Announces TSO Approval For Evolution Synthetic Vision

Order Book Is Open For Aspen’s Newest Product Upgrade

The TSO approval of Aspen Avionics' Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) for Evolution Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs) has been awarded by the FAA. Evolution Synthetic Vision is enabled by Software Version 2.4.x, which will be available upon Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval. FAA STC approval of ESV is imminent and shipment availability is expected to be mid-September 2011.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Visits Zenith Aircraft Company

State's Chief Executive Promoting His Plan To Boost Missouri Exports

Job creation is closely tied to export growth, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Wednesday during a visit to kit plane manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company, which has more than 30 percent of its sales in exports, and Zenith is one example of how Missouri's exports continue to grow, the Governor said.

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Cerritos Remembers Horrific Mid-Air

1986 Collision brought Mode-C Veil, TCAS Requirement

A low-key ceremony was held Wednesday in Cerritos, CA on the 25th anniversary of a mid-air collision which played a role in changing the way we fly in controlled airspace.

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California Dems Decry Lack Of FAA Re-Authorization

Senator Boxer, Mayor Villaraigosa Note Impact On LAX Upgrades

With so many politicians criticizing the partial shutdown of the FAA in July, it's a wonder they can't all take a long-term FAA authorization bill seriously. The FAA's latest short-term lease on life will expire in less than three weeks, and California Democrats Senator Barbara Boxer and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday joined the call to avoid another interruption in FAA funding and the projects and jobs it supports.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.02.11)

"Zenith Aircraft is a great example of what a business can accomplish when our policies are focused on their success."  Source: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.02.11): Glideslope Intercept Altitude

The minimum altitude to intercept the glideslope/path on a precision approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.02.11)

Airliner Gallery

Airliner Gallery offers information about the world's most popular jet airliners and a growing number of photographs of these aircraft, mostly from the private collection of the website owner.

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