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June 17, 2009

Business Aircraft Activity Up In May

But ARG/US Still Reports Fewer Operations Than Last Year

In a direct May 2008 to May 2009 comparison, Aviation Research Group/US reports that business aircraft activity, measuring all IFR flights in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) grew in May of this year.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.17.09

The American Bonanza Society just proved its worth.
A UK mid-air has claimed two lives.
And an early crosswind turn becomes a link in an accident chain.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.17.09

The American Bonanza Society just proved its worth.
A UK mid-air has claimed two lives.
And an early crosswind turn becomes a link in an accident chain.


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ANN Special Feature: Aviation Writer Ann Cooper - 06.17.09

It is a testament to the advances made by women in all facets of aviation that one of the richest sources of interesting interviews for Aero TV so far in 2009 has been the annual Women in Aviation

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Bad Case Of Gas -- STS-127 Scrubbed Again

Will Third Time Be The Charm? 

Boy... this has to be tough on the crew of STS-127... for the second time, they've been all set and ready to launch... only to have to make plans for another day. At 1:55 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, launch managers called a scrub, cancelling the day's planned launch of space shuttle Endeavour on its STS-127 mission.

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Becker Avionics To Establish US Manufacturing Presence For DVCS 6100

Coming Soon: Made In The USA!

Becker Avionics will establish manufacturing capabilities for their Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS 6100 at its North American Subsidiary, Becker Avionics, Inc. in Miramar, Florida.

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Cessna Books Major Caravan Order

Indonesia's Susi Air Buys 30 Grand Caravans

Cessna has signed  an agreement with Indonesia's Susi Air for the purchase of 30 Grand Caravan single engine turboprops. Cessna will deliver eight new Caravans in 2009 and the remainder of the order by the end of 2011.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.17.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Aviation Writer Ann Cooper - 06.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with Aviation Author Ann Cooper)

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Spaceflight Federation Shifts Focus To Commerce

Expanding Scope To Include All Potential Markets

 The industry association of companies seeking to make commercial human spaceflight a reality has rolled out a new website and a new name.

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PAMA Goes Solo, Drops SAE Affiliation

Will Concentrate Exclusively On Aircraft

PAMA, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, has announced it is ending its affiliation with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and will focus exclusively on programs and support for aviation.

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Bell Talks V22 Osprey, Other Programs, At Paris

Comapany Makes News At Paris Air Show

A lot of news is coming from Bell Helicopter during the Paris Air Show, beginning with the announcement that it has been awarded Phase 1.5 of a two-phase Joint Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to support the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps (MV-22), and Air Force Special Operations Command (CV-22).

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Dream Flight: The Spirit Of St. Louis

Lindbergh Foundation Auctioned Rides Into History

 The Lindbergh Foundation announced today that eight individuals from around the country enjoyed a rare opportunity to experience what few others have known -- a flight and some stick time in the EAA's Spirit of St. Louis reproduction.  The rides were part of the Lindbergh Foundation's on-line auction and took place May 15-17.

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New Bonanza Climate System Receives STC

Integrated Heat And Air Makes Cabins Comfy

Seamech International, Inc. and A/C Systems, LLC have introduced a new, more modern air conditioning and heating system which has been certified through STC for many Bonanza models. 

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FAA InFO Notice Takes on Sailplane Transponders

Installation and Approval of Transponder Systems in Gliders/Sailplanes

The FAA has published an InFO notice, "To provide guidance for glider/sailplane owners and operators about the installation of transponder systems in gliders/sailplanes."

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Aero-TV: Highway In The Sky -- VirtualHUD

Making The Back of Your Prop Part Of Your Instrument System

What a concept! The VirtualHUD Head Up Display is an intriguing product that allows a pilot to have situational awareness without taking their eyes off where they are flying. It uses a novel technology to project the flight instruments onto a virtual surface created by the back of a spinning propeller.

Aero-TV: Highway In The Sky -- VirtualHUD

Making The Back of Your Prop Part Of Your Instrument System

What a concept! The VirtualHUD Head Up Display is an intriguing product that allows a pilot to have situational awareness without taking their eyes off where they are flying.

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100 Undergrads Receive NASA Scholarships

Students Eligible For Paid NASA Internships

NASA has selected 100 full-time undergraduate students to receive a one-year college scholarship. NASA's Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology, or MUST, project awards scholarships and internships to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.

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T-6 Milestone: One Million Flight Hours

500 Trainers Now In Use Worldwide

 Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) and its predecessor companies have a proud heritage of trainer aircraft history, delivering military training aircraft to governments around the world since the 1930s. HBC recently achieved milestones when the T-6 reached one million flight hours and in the delivery of the 500th T-6 airplane...

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New Florida Pilot Is 74 Years Old

Began Flight Training More Than 50 Years Ago In The Air Force

What started as a dream at age 19 finally came to pass at age 74 for Dr. Glenn Clark of Marianna, Florida. He received a private pilots licence at the controls of his own Cessna 152.

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FAA Design Competition Winners Announced

Contest Addresses Airport Issues And Needs

 The FAA recently selected winners for its 3rd annual Design Competition for Universities. Binghamton University - State University of New York, The Ohio State University, and the University of Southern California captured first place awards; nine other submissions also received awards.

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Black Hawks Approach 1 Million Flight Hours In Theater

Helicopters In Iraq, Afghanistan Since 2003

Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters flown by the U.S. Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war have accumulated more than 900,000 flight hours without a single material failure with the aircraft and are expected to break the 1 million fleet flight hour mark this fall, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. reported from the Paris Air Show.

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Call For Nominees For Air Show Hall Of Fame

Submission Deadline August 1st

The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation is looking for nominations for the Air Show Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to recognize those who made significant contributions to the air show industry, and represents the pilots, stuntpeople, announcers, producers, aircraft designers, builders and other innovators who have changed the face of air shows forever.    

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New Phones For Flying Government VIP's

Installation Expected In 40+ U.S. Government Aircraft

TrueNorth Avionics  has been selected to supply its Simphone¯ (pronounced 'Symphony') airborne telephone for the U.S. government VIP transport fleet, as defined by the U.S. Air Force's TARS (terrestrial aeronautical radiotelephone system) program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.17.09): Air-Mass Thunderstorm

Aero-Terms!

Air-Mass Thunderstorm Generally, a thunderstorm not associated with a front or other type of synoptic-scale forcing mechanism. Air mass thunderstorms typically are associated with warm, humid air in the summer months; they develop during the afternoon in response to insolation, and dissipate rather quickly after sunset.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.17.09)

Aero-Linx: Expert Craft

Building or restoring your own airplane, or even considering a homebuilt project? This site allows you to keep a complete online log of your project, complete with notes, pictures, hours spent, and expenses.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.17.09)

"We must inspire confidence in every traveler, every time he or she steps onto an airplane. We are acting now and acting together because safety is our highest priority." Source: Transportation  Secretary Ray LaHood at a meeting of airline officials, pilots, and the FAA.

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