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November 27, 2009

Mission Accomplished: STS-129 Lands In Florida

Virtually Trouble-Free 11 Day Mission Completes On Schedule

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts ended an 11-day journey with a 9:44 a.m. EST landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Atlantis flew 171 orbits around Earth and traveled 4,490,138 miles since its Nov. 16 launch.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.27.09

Gulfstream celebrates the first flight of the big new G650.
US Airways will put off taking delivery of 54 Airbus aircraft.
And GAMA pioneer and GA tort reformer Ed Stimpson has gone w

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Classic Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part Two)

Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun (Part Two)

See Part One Of This Program Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.

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T'is (Still) The Season For Layoffs... This Time, From Bombardier

Bombardier 'Adjusts' Its CRJ Aircraft Production Rate, 715 Jobs Lost

 It's, literally, a sign of the times. Bombardier has confirmed that the current economic and airline industry environments 'continue to make it difficult to gain new aircraft orders, particularly for the CRJ aircraft family.' Consequently, it will reduce its CRJ aircraft production rate.

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Klyde Morris (11.27.09)

Klyde Has A Little More Fun With The Powers-That-Be At TSA...


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Trees May Stand In The Way Of FAA Grants At Hilton Head

FAA Says The They Create A Hazard In Bad Weather

The Hilton Head Town Council last week backed away from a proposed zoning change that would allow Beaufort County to clear cut trees that are encroaching on a runway at Hilton Head Island Airport. Both FAA and county officials say the trees may jeopardize federal airport grants.

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Airbus A400M Taxis For First Time

Braking, Steering Systems Tested On Airbus Airlifter

The Airbus Military A400M airlifter has moved under its own power for the first time as the aircraft began its program of taxi tests. Aircraft msn 01 completed further engine runs on November 23rd, and was then taxied on the maneuvering area at Airbus Military's Seville, Spain plant.

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Navy Trains NASA Astronaut Candidates

Civilians Get Military-Style Survival Training

Seven members of the 2009 class of NASA astronaut candidates recently completed water survival, aviation physiology and aviation indoctrination flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.

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Centurion Beefs Up Dealer Network

Diesel Aviation Engines Now Available From 33 Distributors Worldwide

Centurion announced Monday it has further strengthened its worldwide network of dealers with three new distributors, including one of Europe's leading Diamond airplane dealers. Centurion now has a total of thirty-three distributors worldwide.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.27.09)

“There are not enough projected CRJ aircraft sales to maintain the current production plans.” Source: Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace, with and all too believeable explanation for the latest round of layoffs... this time due to slow sales for CRJs. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.09): NBAA IFR Fuel Reserves

NBAA IFR Fuel Reserves Fuel for go-around at destination airport + climb to 500 ft. and hold for 5 minutes + fly to and land at alternate airport 200 NMi. away + fuel to hold at 5000 ft. for 30 minutes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.09)


Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough, if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this is done on the Internet. Read More


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