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January 20, 2011

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.20.11

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.20.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Carter PAV Flight Test Update - 01.20.11 (ANN Special Report, with Jay Carter of Carter Aviation Technologies)

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Air Transport Association Reports 12th Consecutive Month Of Revenue Growth

2010 First Year Since 2006 Where Spending Rose Every Month

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) said Tuesday that passenger revenue, based on a sample group of carriers, rose 9 percent in December 2010 compared to the same month in 2009, marking the 12th consecutive month of revenue growth.

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Manufacturers & Distributors Team Up To Showcase LSA's Across Florida

Traveling Show Will Tour From Naples To Tallahassee

Five Light Sport Aircraft manufacturers and distributors have come together to stage a flying "roadshow" throughout Florida.

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American Airlines Puts Two More B777s On The Order Books

First U.S. Airline To Order The -300ER

Boeing and American Airlines said Wednesday that the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier has exercised options for two 777-300ERs (extended range).

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State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality Center Unveiled For CH-53K Helicopter

Digital 3-D Modeling May Lead To More Rapid Aircraft Development

A state-of-the-art virtual reality center for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program, an innovative tool to help identify gaps in a three-dimensional digital environment prior to experimental assembly, was unveiled Monday by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

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SC National Guard To Get New Helicopter Facility

Two Hangars To Be Constructed At A Cost Of $26 Million

The South Carolina National Guard is set to begin construction on a $26 million, 111,000-square-foot aviation support facility for its helicopters.

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Can't Be Off The Grid? Duncan Aviation Completes More Aircell Wi-Fi STCs

In-Flight Connectivity For Additional Hawker, Falcon Aircraft

The FAA has granted additional STCs to Duncan Aviation for the installation of Aircell's Cabin Telecommunication Router, which provides Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Gogo Biz Inflight Internet service.

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NASA Challenges Students To 'Train Like An Astronaut'

Urges Kids To Be More Active, Eat Well, Study Hard

NASA and 14 international space agencies are challenging students to complete a nutrition and fitness program known as "Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut." Approximately 3,700 students from more than 25 different cities worldwide are participating in this six-week pilot project.

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Keep It Clean -- P&W Purchases Patented Technology For EcoPower Engine Wash

Engine Manufacturer Will Own Intellectual Property For The System

Pratt & Whitney has closed on an agreement with Gas Turbine Efficiency to purchase the assets of the company's aviation business, which provides patented technology for Pratt & Whitney's EcoPower engine wash service.

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Major Fatigue Testing Of Airbus Military A400M Underway In Dresden

Aircraft Will Be Stressed To Imitate 160 Flights Per Day

Major fatigue testing of the Airbus Military A400M has begun on schedule in Dresden in January. The test airframe, known as MSN5001, will be subjected to a punishing regime of loads, 24 hours per day, for an initial four weeks, eventually simulating 160 flights per day.

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Portland, ME City Council Considers 'Big John' Aircraft Carrier Project

Non-Profit Group Hopes To Have Decommissioned Carrier As A Museum In Maine

The USS JFK Museum presented a detailed business plan to the Portland City Council Wednesday night in hopes of gaining their support in the effort to bring the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) to Casco Bay.

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AAI Corporation Separates Into Three Businesses Within Textron Systems

Steven Reid, Bob Peters and Diane Giuliani to Lead Businesses; Ellen Lord To Lead Textron Defense Systems

AAI, an operating unit of the company, will become three separate operating units – AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, AAI Test & Training and AAI Logistics & Technical Services.

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Cessna Hits Stride With Skycatcher Light Sport Aircraft Deliveries

Company Projects It Will Deliver 150 LSAs In 2011

Cessna said Thursday at the annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, that it has received more than 60 Skycatcher light sport aircraft from Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. In conjunction with its reassembly site at Yingling Aviation in Wichita, KS, Cessna has delivered more than 30 Skycatchers.

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Classic Aero-TV: SportAv Perspectives – What Do You Want in an LSA?

2010 Sport Aviation Expo Attendees Reflect on the LSA Market

ANN Note: As we cover 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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GPS In The Southeast May Be Inaccurate Or Unavailable During Testing

Evaluation Of System Centered Off The Georgia Coast

The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable.

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FAA: Pointing Lasers At Aircraft Poses A Serious Safety Issue

Incidents Have Nearly Doubled Over The Past Year

The FAA released statistics Wednesday that in 2010, nationwide reports of lasers pointed at airplanes almost doubled from the previous year to more than 2,800. This is the highest number of laser events recorded since the FAA began keeping track in 2005.

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Chinese Government Confirms Orders For 200 Boeing Airliners

Agreement Worth $19 Billion

The Chinese Government has given final approval to the purchase of 200 Boeing aircraft worth some $19 billion.

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Astronaut Steve Bowen Named To STS-133 Space Shuttle Crew

Will Replace Tim Kopra, Who Was Injured Over The Weekend

NASA selected astronaut Steve Bowen as a mission specialist on STS-133, the next space shuttle mission planned for launch on Feb. 24. Bowen replaces astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a bicycle accident over the weekend.

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TSA Approves Flights Direct To DCA From First Aviation Services - Teterboro

Authority Falls Under DCA Access Standard Security Program

TSA has granted approval for direct flights from Teterboro to Washington Reagan National Airport (KDCA) departing from a secure ramp maintained by First Aviation Services - Teterboro under TSA's DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP).

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Jeppesen, Air Atlanta Icelandic Reach Five Year Contract

Renewal Of Existing Agreement For Digital Charting Services

Jeppesen recently agreed to a five-year charting and flight planning service renewal contract with Air Atlanta Icelandic. Jeppesen solutions provided in the agreement include tailored digital charting services for use with the carrier's flight planning system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.11)

Taylorcraft Foundation

The Taylorcraft Foundation is preserving the history and technical information of the Taylorcraft airplanes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.20.11)

"Our U.S. reassembly facility is receiving Skycatchers from Shenyang Aircraft Corporation at an increased cadence, but most importantly the quality of the aircraft continues to be excellent. It's encouraging to see the Skycatcher enter service in such a positive way." Source: Jack J. Pelton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.11): Magnetic Poles

Either of the two points on the earth's surface where the magnetic meridians converge. They are not aligned with the geographical poles, but shift and do not lie exactly opposite of the other.

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