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January 19, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.11

Dreamliner testing is back on.
Russia says the investigation is over, and Poland is not happy.
And GE may do the latest joint venture with AVIC.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.20.11

Dreamliner testing is back on.
Russia says the investigation is over, and Poland is not happy.
And GE may do the latest joint venture with AVIC.


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ANN Special Feature: Carter PAV Flight Test Update - 01.20.11

ANN's Paul Plack gets an update from Jay Carter of Carter Aviation Technologies on progress with the company's Personal Air Vehicle, which made its first jump takeoff on January 18th.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.11

Boeing has a new delivery date for the Dreamliner.
The Carter PAV is flying in Texas.
And Airbus reports record deliveries in 2010.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.19.11

Boeing has a new delivery date for the Dreamliner.
The Carter PAV is flying in Texas.
And Airbus reports record deliveries in 2010.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Inside the Groen Brothers Deal - 01.19.11

David Groen, Chairman, President, CEO and CFO of Groen Brothers Aviation, tells ANN's Paul Plack what's ahead for his company, which has kept the dreams of its founders alive through more than 20 y

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.19.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.19.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II - Inside the Groen Brothers Deal - 01.19.11 (ANN Special Report, with David Groen, Chairman, President, CEO and CFO of Groen Brothers Aviation)

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Small but Important--TSO Granted For New 2-Inch Airspeed Indicator And Altimeter

Mid-Continent Instruments MD15, MD25 Ready To Fly

The FAA has granted TSO certification to Mid-Continent Instruments for their MD15 two-inch altimeter and the MD25 two-inch airspeed indicator. The company said that they are available immediately.

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Aztec Owners Have A New Prop Option

Hartzell Propeller Introduces New 2-Bladed Scimitar Top Props for Piper Aztec Aircraft

Hartzell Propeller has developed a new 2-bladed Top Prop propeller conversion kit for Piper PA-23-250 Aztec twin-engine aircraft. The cost-efficient conversion provides Aztec owners with improved reliability, performance and noise levels.

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Another New Hire At Piper

Michael Hinderberger Appointed As Vice President, Engineering

Piper Aircraft on Tuesday named Michael C. Hinderberger as vice president of Engineering. He will be responsible for all Piper engineering and new product development activities.

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What Will Airplanes Look Like In The Next Decade?

Advanced Aircraft Concept Designs Revealed By NASA

In late 2010, NASA awarded contracts to three teams — Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company — to study advanced concept designs for aircraft that could take to the skies in the year 2025.

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FAA proposes $359,000 in Civil Penalties Against SkyWest Airlines

Airline Cited For Improper Weight And Balance Data On Five Flights

The FAA has proposed $359,000 in civil penalties against SkyWest Airlines, Inc., of St. George, UT, for alleged violations of FARs.

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Embraer Closes Out 2010 With 246 Jets Delivered

Value Of Firm Order Backlog Climbs, Reaches $15.6 Billion

Embraer's final delivery statistics and order book shows that the Brazilian planemaker delivered 92 jets during the fourth quarter of 2010, 30 to the commercial aviation market, 61 to executive aviation, and one to the defense segment.

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GE Eyes Joint Venture Deal With China's AVIC

Avionics Technology For The Dreamliner May Wind Up In C919

GE is reportedly planning to sign a joint venture with China's Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) which would clear the way for the avionics technology which will be installed in Boeing's Dreamliner to be adapted for China's Comac C919.

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F-16s' Arrival Brings 'Battle Rhythm' To JSF Wing

Officials Elected To Bring The F-16 To The Wing Because Of Its Similarity To The Follow-On F-35

After 17 months of silence, the 33rd Fighter Wing flightline finally roared back to life on January 13. The 33rd Fighter Wing received four F-16s from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, AZ.

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Randy Rowles Is First Helicopter Master Instructor

Night Flight Concepts Executive Earns The Initial Designation

Randy Rowles, Vice President Business Development and NVG Training Programs was the first individual to receive the new Master CFI-Helicopter (MCFI-H) accreditation introduced by Master Instructors LLC of Longmont, Colorado.

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Van Bortel Aircraft Named A Cessna Caravan Authorized Sales Representative

Arlington, TX Company Has Sold Cessnas Since 1985

Cessna has expanded its affiliation with Van Bortel Aircraft, a long-time Cessna sales and service representative, to include sales of its Caravan line of turboprop aircraft.

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Night Vision Training Program In Place On Alaska's North Slope

North Slope Borough Search And Rescue Aviation Unit Initiates FAA Approved Training

North Slope Borough's Search and Rescue Aviation Unit has selected NVIO Systems Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Computer-Based Training (CBT) to kick-start the rollout of a comprehensive night vision program.

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Classic Aero-TV: LSA in 2010 - The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Chairman Bob Wood Discusses the Sport Aviation Industry in 2010

ANN Note: On the cusp of the 2011 US Sport Aviation Expo, ANN has to admit that we have great concerns about the direction and viability of the LSA market. While events like the US SAE have done a spectacular job (no kidding... we are truly impressed) of helping to provide a focal point for all things LSA, the poor direction provided to LSA by the FAA and a number of the alphabet associations leaves us wondering whether or not the the tremendous potential offered by the LSA market will ever get the chance to become a reality. 

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Dreamliner Test-Flying Again

Flight Testing Resumed Monday Following November Electrical Fire

The first Dreamliner flight since an electrical panel on ZA002 caught fire in November occurred Monday. ZA004 took off from Yuma, AZ on a flight to show that the aircraft could safely jettison fuel, which would be required before an emergency landing.

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Russian Government Considers Polish Tu-154 Case Closed

Places Blame On Decision-Making By The Pilot

The Russian government says that the investigation into the accident last April which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 others is complete. They lay the blame for the accident on the pilot, who did not divert to an airport with better weather.

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Victims Of Their Own Success? The Price Of Airbus Just Went Up

Aircraft List Prices Increases As Of January

Airbus said Tuesday it has increased the average list price of its aircraft by 4.4 per cent. The increment applies for all new aircraft from the beginning of January 2011, apart from the A380, for which the increase is 8.4 per cent.

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Work Resumes On Discovery's External Tank

NASA Still Targeting February 24th Launch Date

Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida resumed strengthening modifications on Discovery's external fuel tank stringers following the Martin Luther King Jr holiday. NASA is still targeting Feb. 24 as the launch date for Discovery and its six astronauts.

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Attention LSA Industry... This Is Your LAST CHANCE To Get YOUR News To ANN!

ANN Plans Extensive Coverage of the FIRST Big Aero-Event of 2011!

The 2011 US Sport Aviation Expo is nearly upon us, and, if history is any indicator, it's likely those of you in the GA biz may (or should) have some news/announcements to make. The Aero-News Network, the aviation world's most comprehensive DAILY/REAL-TIME news and information service, is going to be reporting live from the grounds of the 2011 USSAE with the industry's most aggressive roster of LIVE Online News, as well as Audio and Video programming, in the business. FMI: (Click Here) -- We Have USSAE2011 News For ANN!

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Seahawks Team Plane Targeted By Laser On Landing

Aircraft Was On Final Approach To Sea-Tac Airport

The chartered airplane bringing a disappointed Seattle Seahawks team back from their playoff loss in Chicago Sunday was hit by a laser beam while on a two-mile final approach to Sea-Tac airport just after 2100 PST.

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Bulgarian Border Police Take Delivery Of Three New Helicopters

Two AW109 Powers, One AW139, Join The Force

The Bulgarian Border Police have taken delivery of two additional AgustaWestland AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters and one AW139 medium twin-engine helicopter.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.19.11)

"This revised timeline for first delivery accommodates the work we believe remains to be done to complete testing and certification of the 787. We've also restored some margin in the schedule." Source: Scott Fancher, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 787 program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.19.11): Radar Approach Control Facility

A terminal ATC facility that uses radar and nonradar capabilities to provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting airspace controlled by the facility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.19.11)

The CVR Database

This site, currently hosting 147 transcripts, contains various Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) transcripts of aviation accidents and incidents.

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