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May 13, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.13.09

Continental Flight 3407's cockpit was anything but sterile the night of February 12th.
Colgan says the FAA does not require sim training on stall-prevention systems.
And you can lead

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.13.09

Continental Flight 3407's cockpit was anything but sterile the night of February 12th.
Colgan says the FAA does not require sim training on stall-prevention systems.
And you can lead

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Masten Space’s XA-0.1B-750 Vehicle Completes First Flight

Masten Space Systems tells ANN that they have completed their first vertical take-off, vertical-landing (VTVL) rocket flight demonstration. The demonstration proved out the design and controls of the 730lb rocket-powered vehicle, known as XA-0.1B-750 or “Xombie”, its internal nickname.

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GWBAA Third Annual Safety Stand-Down A Success

The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) held its Third Annual Safety Stand-Down on May 7 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA.

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EBACE 2009: L-3 GH-3100 ESIS Selected for Dornier 228 NG

RUAG Aerospace has selected the GH-3100 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) and PS-835 Emergency Power Supply as standard equipment on the Dornier 228 New Generation (NG) aircraft...

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EBACE 2009: Hawker Beechcraft Delivers 1st G58 and G36 to European Buyers

First EASA-Certified Pistons To Enter Service In Poland And United Kingdom

Lest you think that EBACE is all jet fuel and turbines, we might note that Hawker Beechcraft is delivering some piston equipment during this year's event -- in thise case, the delivery of three new Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft to a customer in the United Kingdom and one Beechcraft Baron G58 to a customer in Poland.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.13.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.13.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)   ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.13.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Mayors vs. Obama on GA, Part II - 05.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with Mayors Carl Brewer, of Wichita, Kansas; Steve Van Oort, of Ankeny, Iowa;  Rick Fernau of Show Low, Arizona; and Fred Bott of Devils Lake, North Dako

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EBACE 2009: Honeywell Prepping Challenger And Global Express For Next-Gen

Enhancements Include New Displays And Next-Gen FMS That Delivers RNP, FANS And WAAS-LPV

Honeywell is developing new avionics capabilities that will include NextGen features like, Future Air Navigation System (FANS 1/A), Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (WAAS-LPV) Required Navigation Procedures (RNP) and new Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) for certain Challenger 601 and Global Express aircraft.

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New AeroLEDS Lighting System Requires No Power Supply

Experimental LEDs Serve As Nav/Strobe/Position Lights

 Necessity may be the Mother of Invention... and aviation can use all of that it can get. Hence, a unique idea from AeroLEDs -- the Pulsar ExP, an all LED Nav/Strobe/Position that does NOT require an external power supply.

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Promoted: Longtime CAF Member, James Woodford

Takes Over As CAF's New  Director of Maintenance

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced that 27-year CAF member James C. "Woody" Woodford will be joining its Headquarters as Director of Maintenance, reporting to Bob Stenevik, VP of Operations and Maintenance.

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EBACE 2009: ARINC Direct Adds Local Dialing Options

Now Available Around The Globe

ARINC Direct has added a convenient new local dialing option to its ground-to-air telephone service for operators of business aircraft based outside the United States.

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NTSB Has No Love For Errant Helo Pilot -- Upholds 'Unsafe Sex' Revocation

Bizarre Story May Finally Have Come To End... We Hope

The last few days have been busy for NTSB personnel... and while far more serious issues were being addressed in public hearings over the CO 3407 crash, another part of the NTSB was putting the last nail in a pilot's career that certainly tarnished the image of aviation and aviators everywhere.

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EBACE 2009: Take A (New) Seat In Embraer's Phenom 100

New Seat Will Be Available In The Fourth Quarter Of 2009

Take a seat... literally. Embraer will offer its Phenom 100 jet customers a new seat with enhanced comfort in form and function, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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EBACE 2009: Cessna To Open New Citation Service Center In Spain

The Plane In Spain...

Cessna will build its new European Citation Service Center at Valencia Airport in Spain.

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Aero-TV: Composite Construction -- The Cirrus Factory Approach (Part 2)

This Is How They Build 'Em

We've had a ball showing you various aspects of how and why the Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s became some of the most popular aircraft in recent GA history. But the build process is nearly as fascinating as the airplanes themselves... especially in light of the changes the G3 version of the SR series has undergone in the last two years.

Sad, Brutal, Curious: NTSB Hearings On CO3407 Reveal Cockpit Chatter

Crew Had VERY Little Warning Of Accident

 The hearings conducted by the NTSB, Tuesday, are proving to be as nearly as painful as the accident itself -- to those left behind. The transcript of the cockpit voice recorder aboard Continental Connection Flight 3407, leaves little question that the pilots of the Bombardier Q400 violated anyone's definition of "sterile cockpit" while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport the night of February 12th.

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Atlantis Gets 'Dinged' On Launch

21 Inch 'Ding' Reportedly Took Place 104 Seconds Into Lift-Off

So far, so good... unless you count the fact that Atlantis took a bit of a hit less than two minutes into Monday's launch, while starting its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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EBACE 2009: Pelton Sez 'Glass is Half Full'

Cessna's increasingly outspoken (and rightfully so) Chairman/President/CEO, Jack Pelton continues to make great sense in talking about and dealing with aviation's global malaise. Pelton advises that, 'today the current meltdown in business aviation activity, while the most profound in many years, is best kept in perspective when discussing the global role of business aviation and of Cessna.'

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Aero-TV: Composite Construction -- The Cirrus Factory Approach (Part 2)

This Is How They Build 'Em

We've had a ball showing you various aspects of how and why the Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s became some of the most popular aircraft in recent GA history. But the build process is nearly as fascinating as the airplanes themselves... especially in light of the changes the G3 version of the SR series has undergone in the last two years.

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EBACE 2009: Avidyne Datalink Interface Adds WSI Inflight-Compatible EFBs

Avidyne has extended their partnership with WSI of Andover, MA to deliver worldwide datalink graphical weather using Avidyne's MLX770/MLX780 Iridium-based datalink transceivers and WSI's Inflight Weather Service via a wide variety of industry-standard Electronic Flight Bags.

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On Track: Citation CJ4 Readying FAA Certification

Cessna is telling the aero-world that it is 'on track to receive FAA type certification on the Citation CJ4 by the end of the year.'

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Stoots Aviation Readying Lycoming IO-390 STC For C-175s

Alaskan Firm Already Holds IO-360 Installation STC for Cessna C-175

This oughta kick-start that lovely ol' Cessna 175 in a few hangars... Stoots Aviation of Fairbanks, Alaska, an STC OEM for Lycoming, is in the process of gaining its second Lycoming-related STC -- for the aforementioned classic Cessna.

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NASA JPL: Soft Ground Puts Spirit in Danger Despite Gain in Daily Energy

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status Report

Slow going... that's what's been happening as the five wheels that still rotate on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit have been slipping severely in soft soil during recent attempts to drive. The result is the sinking of the wheels -- about halfway into the ground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.13.09):

Aphelion The point on the earth's orbit that is farthest from the sun. Although the position is part of a 21,000 year cycle, currently it occurs around July, when the earth is about 3 million miles farther from the sun than at perihelion. This term can be applied to any other celestial body in orbit around the sun. It is the opposite of perihelion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.13.09)

Aero-Linx: The 2009 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) The National Space Society (NSS) is hosting the 28th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The conference provides a unique opportunity for students, space enthusiasts, and the general public to engage aerospace entrepreneurs and executives, NASA officials, academics and key decision and policy makers in an open and positive discussion about space exploration, research, and development.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.13.09)

“We will spend about the same percentage of revenue in 2009 on new product and new feature development, and we will spend it on satisfying customer requirements for existing products in existing markets. We will continue to improve our global customer service network – already second to none in the industry – and make it even more responsive to the customer.” Source: Cessna CEO Pelton in yet another poignant and on-target "Jack Attack" addressing the issues that seem so ponderous right now as the BizAv and GA industries make their way through the world-wide economic morass -- and how Cessna is dealing with it, themselves.

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