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October 01, 2010

Gordon Bennett Officials Release 'Pessimistic Information' About US Crew's Fate

Final Descent Rate Of 50 MPH Calculated

The staff of the Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race has updated the status of the search for American Pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis... and we regret to say that the news is NOT good. The latest data released from the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Control Centre at 1800UTC, states that, "The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) has continued to search throughout the day with support from other civil and military assets, including US and Croatian Military...

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.01.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.01.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: ThroughTheFence Goes to Washington - 10.01.10 (ANN Special Report, with Brent Blue)

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United And Continental Close Merger

Company Names Board Members, Begins Trading on NYSE as UAL Friday

United Continental Holdings, Inc., formerly UAL Corporation, announced Friday that a wholly owned subsidiary has merged with Continental Airlines, Inc., and that Continental Airlines and United Air Lines, Inc. are now wholly owned subsidiaries of United Continental Holdings, Inc.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.10

NASA gets funded by Congress in the 11th hour...
After announcing research it funded has found a potentially habitable planet.
And Boeing concedes the 747-8 won't get delivered till m

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.01.10

NASA gets funded by Congress in the 11th hour...
After announcing research it funded has found a potentially habitable planet.
And Boeing concedes the 747-8 won't get delivered till m

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ANN Special Feature: ThroughTheFence Goes to Washington - 10.01.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Brent Blue, who testified in Congress last week on behalf of hangar-home owners with through-the-fence access agreements at federally-funded airports.

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Air Force Awards B-52 Modernization, A-10 Maintenance Contracts To Boeing

B-52 Contract Worth Nearly $12 Billion Over Eight Years

The U.S. Air Force has awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for B-52 Stratofortress weapon system modernization to Boeing. The award is reportedly worth nearly $12 billion.

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NASA Awards Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract Modification

External Tank Production Ends At NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

NASA has signed a $60.3 million contract modification to space shuttle main engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. of Canoga Park, CA, to provide continued space shuttle main engine prelaunch, launch and landing support from October 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.

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Tampa, FL Airport Board Of Directors Selects Joseph W. Lopano As New CEO

DFW EVP And Airline Veteran Selected To Lead Tampa Airports

The Tampa International Airport five-member board of directors has selected Dallas executive vice president Joseph W. Lopano as Tampa’s new chief executive officer. The members held a special meeting this week to discuss the final two candidates and select a finalist.

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Hartzell Propeller Parent Company Moves Closer To The Firewall

New Subsidiary To Be Named Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC

Tailwind Technologies, which is the parent company of Hartzell Propeller, has purchased assets from Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, LLC, of Montgomery, Alabama. The new Tailwind-owned company will be named Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC.

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Mid-Continent Instruments Receives AML STC For Emergency Power Supply

First STC For Lithium Nanophosphate Batteries Granted For 30 Aircraft

Mid-Continent Instruments announced this week that the FAA has awarded the Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to the company's MD835 Lithium Emergency Power Supply.  

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First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Found By NASA And NSF-Funded Research

Observations Show Planet In Its Host Star's 'Habitable Zone'

A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone."

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PiperSport Ad Receives American Graphic Design Award

Ads Created For PiperSport International Product Launch

DHI Advertising and Design was recently honored with six prestigious 2010 American Graphic Design Awards, including an ad highlighting the new PiperSport for Piper Aircraft that ran in aviation publications prior to an international new product launch.

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Naval Test Bed Helicopter Completes First Project

TCAS Evaluated On UH-1N Helo

Naval aviation’s sole helicopter technology test bed recently completed its first technology project, according to information from Naval Air Systems Command. A traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) system was evaluated in an effort to reduce the risk of mid-air collisions.

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Sixth V-22 Osprey Trainer Delivered To USMC

Stationary Device Designed For Basic Aircraft Familiarization

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Boeing and Bell Helicopter, has delivered the sixth and final MV-22 Osprey Containerized Flight Training Device (CFTD) to the U.S. Marines.

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Eight U.S. ANG Facilities To Receive IT Upgrades

Contract With Harris Corporation Reportedly Worth $10 Million

The U.S. National Guard Bureau has awarded a $10 million contract to IT company Harris Corporation to upgrade communications for eight Air National Guard (ANG) facilities.  The agreement is in addition to two other Harris programs already supporting 14 Guard bases.

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U.S. Navy Joins Search For Missing Balloonists

America's Challenge Race Will Start As Scheduled Next Week

The U.S. government has authorized Navy assets to be used in the ongoing search for balloonists Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis, who went missing during the Gordon Bennett gas balloon race this week.

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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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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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Senators Carper, Brown Introduce Aviation Security Reform Bill

Bill Calls For Enhanced Training Of TSA Officers, Information Sharing

In the waning days before Congress adjourns so that members can campaign for re-election, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Scott Brown (R-MA) introduced legislation Wednesday they say will improve the safety of American airports.

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747-8 Freighter Deliveries Pushed To 2011

Fifth Aircraft Added To Flight Test Fleet

In an announcement that has, frankly, been telegraphed for the past several months, Boeing said Thursday it was changing the schedule for the 747-8 Freighter with first delivery now expected mid-year 2011.

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Klyde Morris (10.01.10)

Well, Klyde... That Depends...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Wreckage From Alaska Floatplane Found After Five Weeks

No Signs Of Survivors, Much Of The Plane Is Still Missing

Debris from the plane carrying three National Park Service employees in Katmai National Park was located on the park's rugged northern coast on Tuesday.

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Midwest Cutback May Be An Opportunity For ERAU

Two Universities In The Midwest May Cut Aviation Programs

While two Midwestern universities look at ending aviation programs as cost-cutting measures, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is reportedly eyeing an expansion into the region.

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Bombardier Set To Launch Its New Global Aircraft Family

Details Are Being Kept Under Wraps Until NBAA Convention In Atlanta

Bombardier Aerospace announced Thursday that its Board of Directors has given the official go-ahead to launch the expanded Global aircraft family. Aircraft details of the new Global aircraft family will be revealed at the NBAA convention and exhibition.

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Fired FAA Attorney Says He Refused To 'Break The Law'

David Pardo Says He Documented Problems On His Blog

A former attorney for the FAA says he was fired for refusing to "break the law," and for keeping track of his attempts to alert safety officials about what he says are serious violations on his blog "FAA Whistle Blower."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.01.10)

"We understand the issues encountered in flight test and are working through the solutions." Source: Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager, Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.10): One-Minute Weather

The most recent one minute updated weather broadcast received by a pilot from an uncontrolled airport ASOS/AWSS/AWOS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.10)

Army Air Corps Museum

The Army Air Corps Library and Museum is dedicated to the men and women of the Army Air Forces - Army Air Corps of 1907-1947 and The U.S. Air Force of 1947 to Present.

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