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July 10, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.10.09

Good news, and disappointing news, from Icon Aircraft.
A Cirrus G3 with Avidyne Release 9 will be on display in Tampa.
And an LSA manufacturer moves production from the Czeck Republic

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.10.09

Good news, and disappointing news, from Icon Aircraft.
A Cirrus G3 with Avidyne Release 9 will be on display in Tampa.
And an LSA manufacturer moves production from the Czeck Republic

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ANN Special Feature: Mac Little, Continental O200 Lightweight - 07.10.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Mac Little of Teledyne Continental Motors about the new O200 Lightweight aircraft engine. The company just announced that its new 199-pound, 100-horsepower LSA engine is

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Fuel-Cell Airplane Flies In Germany

"Flying Laboratory" To Help Develop Fuel Cell Technology For Aerospace Applications

The Antares DLR-H2, which is the world's first piloted aircraft capable of taking off using only power from fuel cells, did just that at Hamburg Airport Tuesday. The Antares flies with zero CO2 emissions and has a much lower noise footprint than other, comparable, motor gliders.

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DOT Fines United, Delta

United's Penalty Is $80,000, Delta's $375,000

The Department of Transportation Thursday assessed a civil penalties against Delta Air Lines for violating federal rules regarding passengers denied boarding ("bumped") on oversold flights, and United Airlines for failing to disclose to consumers when flights sold by the carrier were being operated under a code-sharing arrangement. 

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New 'Master Aviation Educator' Designation Now Available

New Program Serves Aviation Educators

Master Instructors LLC, creators of the nationally recognized Master Instructor Accreditation Program  and the FAA-approved Master Instructor Continuing Education Program, has launched a new Master designation to better serve the needs of the nation's aviation educators with diverse backgrounds. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 07.10.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.10.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.10.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Mac Little, Continental O200 Lightweight - 07.10.09  (ANN Special Report, with TCM's Mac Little)

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Potentially Unqualified Mechanics Brought To U.S.

Companies Trying To Save Money Hiring Foreign Workers

A Dallas/Fort Worth television station investigation revealed this week that potentially hundreds of aircraft mechanics brought to the U.S. may not be qualified to do the work.  

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AFPC Officials Accepting Applications For Test Pilot School

All Aircraft Types And Backgrounds Considered

Officers interested in applying for the next annual Air Force Test Pilot School Selection Board should submit their applications to the Air Force Personnel Center by Aug. 14. The selection board will convene Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 at AFPC for classes beginning in July 2010 and July 2011.

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M7 Aerospace Teams With Essential Turbines Inc. For Light Helicopter Support

Essential Turbines Specializes In Rolls Royce/Allison 250-Series Engine

M7 has contracted with Essential Turbines, Inc., of Dorval (Quebec), Canada to market Essential Turbines' overhaul services for Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-series engines to customers in the United States, as well as Central and South America.

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Boeing Unveils Super Hornets For RAAF

F/A-18F Block II Aircraft Headed Down Under

Boeing Thursday unveiled the first of 24 F/A-18F Block II Super Hornets for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during a ceremony at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' production facilities in St. Louis. The aircraft will be delivered later this month, three months ahead of schedule.

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Thrane & Thrane Receives PMA Cert For New SwiftBroadband WiFi System

Company Says Aero-SB Lite Is The Lightest, Smallest To Be Certified

Thrane & Thrane received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) Tuesday for its latest SwiftBroadband solution, Aero-SB Lite. The Aero-SB Lite is the lightest, most compact SwiftBroadband solution on the market to be awarded PMA certification by the FAA.

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AD NUMBER: 2009-14-09

Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Model Falcon 2000EX Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-14-09 An internal review of design data has shown that the web of the left hand side (LH) stringer 13 near frame 8 might have been improperly trimmed on a few aircraft.

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AD: Boeing

Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 777 Airplanes

SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Boeing Model 777 airplanes. This AD results from a report of extensive corrosion of a ballscrew in the drive mechanism of the horizontal stabilizer on a Boeing Model 757 airplane, which is similar in design to the ballscrew on Model 777 airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Migration 2009 -- Cirrus Pilots Persevere

Hundreds of Birds Return To Duluth

As we have noted each year, one of our favorite annual events is the yearly "Migration" hosted by owners and flyers of the Cirrus Design flock. Gathering in the shadow of the CD factory in Duluth, Minnesota, it is an event chock full of fun, fellowship, education and more than a few surprises.

Aero-TV: Migration 2009 -- Cirrus Pilots Persevere

Hundreds of Birds Return To Duluth

As we have noted each year, one of our favorite annual events is the yearly "Migration" hosted by owners and flyers of the Cirrus Design flock. Gathering in the shadow of the CD factory in Duluth, Minnesota, it is an event chock full of fun, fellowship, education and more than a few surprises.

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ICON Aircraft Secures Equity Funding, But A5 Production Delayed

A5 Buyer Forwards ICON E-Mail To ANN

ICON Aircraft announced that it successfully closed another round of equity financing in June. The new round of investment capital is intended to take ICON through the completion of its ongoing engineering and flight test program as well as the manufacturability phase for the ICON A5 amphibious sport plane. ICON announced that it is pushing out its production start date by nine months.

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Leading Edge-Tampa Hosts Release 9-Centric Open House July 18th

G3 With New Release 9 Glass Panel Upgrade Can Be Seen At Tampa Executive Airport

The folks at Leading Edge Aviation in Tampa are getting set to show off a Cirrus G3 airplane with brand new Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Avionics -- ready to fly. Leading Edge is partnering with Sarasota Avionics to install the latest glass panel upgrade from Avidyne. "We will have a demo plane," David Modberg, President of Cirrus Aircraft Sales at Leading Edge, tells ANN.

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Klyde Morris (07.10.09)

TSA Is The Root Of All Evil.... Right, Klyde?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Supersonic Technology Named NASA Commercial Invention Of 2008

It's A High Temperature Resin For Advanced Composites

The 2008 NASA Commercial Invention of the Year is a high temperature resin designed to create composites through low-cost manufacturing processes -- ideal for advanced aerospace vehicles.

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Stacking Of New Space Vehicle Begins At Kennedy Space Center

USA And ATK Support NASA In Major Milestone

For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a new space vehicle will begin stacking on a mobile launch platform (MLP) at Kennedy Space Center, thanks to the hard work and dedication of an experienced team of employees from NASA and contractors United Space Alliance (USA) and Alliant Techsystems.

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Leading Bizjet Market Analyst Predicts 10 Years Of Slower Deliveries

Peak Year Of 2008 Was A "Perfect Storm" For The Industry

In its proprietary forecast of worldwide deliveries of new business jets, market analysts Brian Foley Associates do not anticipate the industry topping 2008 levels within their 10 year forecast horizon.  "A confluence of factors came together to create last year's record breaking 1313 aircraft deliveries," said President Brian Foley.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.10.09): Terminal Doppler Weather Radar

Terminal Doppler Weather Radar Short and sweet, and yet one that we all rely on probably more than we know. It's Doppler radar installed at major airports throughout the United States to detect microbursts.

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Allegro Light Sport Aircraft Now Made In USA

Formerly Czech-Built, Now Made In Oregon

Allegro USA LLC announced Wednesday the Allegro Light Sport Aircraft will now be built completely in the United States.  The Allegro, formerly built by Fantasy Air in the Czech Republic, has a new home in Roseburg, Oregon.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.10.09)

"Since aircraft deliveries lag sales by a year or two, the perfect sales environment would have to materialize again within the next 8 years to be captured in our multi-engine delivery forecast through 2018.  That seems unlikely in this environment following a worldwide recession." Source: Industry Analyst Brian Foley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.10.09)

Aero-Linx: SAFE If you spend the day like we do sifting through aviation news around the world, and a lot of it has to do with accidents, you begin to really understand how important safety is to our industry. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) seeks to create a safer aviation environment through enhanced education.

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