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January 06, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.10

A Lear freighter is down near Chicago.
Piper hands off parts distribution to a Boeing subsidiary.
And one analyst says the recovery has begun.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.06.10

A Lear freighter is down near Chicago.
Piper hands off parts distribution to a Boeing subsidiary.
And one analyst says the recovery has begun.


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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Aero-Hero #5 -- ICAS/Airshow Professionals

Aero-Heroes #5: ICAS and Airshow Professionals  Jog my mind as much as I dare (for fear of doing lasting damage -- grin) and I have to admit that I have a hard time coming up with a more positive and professional image by which I would want the world to judge aviation by, then what we see within the professional airshow community.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.06.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.06.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters Part II - 01.06.10 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus Aircraft's Brent Wouters)

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09: Heartbreaker #5 -- The (Not So) Kinder FAA

Aero-Heartbreaker #5: The Not So Kinder/Gentler FAA  You may have seen this one on a few T-Shirts or bumper stickers... "We're The FAA -- We're Not Happy Until You're Not Happy." What was a bit of gallows humor is rapidly becoming the law of the land. Over the years, the FAA has wavered between playing a sleeping giant that didn't mess with us all that much, to walking, talking nightmare.

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New Evidence Points To Software In 1994 RAF Chinook Crash

British MoD Placed Blame On Pilots

Computer software may have been a factor in the crash of an RAF Chinook in 1994 that killed all 29 people on board the aircraft. The official report indicates that the aircraft was airworthy, and "gross negligence" on the part of the pilots caused the crash.

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Former Autolite Sparkplug Line Acquired By Aero Accessories

Sparkplug Manufacturing To Move To North Carolina

Aero Accessories, which make the Tempest brand aviation products, has acquired Unison Industries aviation sparkplug product line.  Unison previously marketed this sparkplug line under the Autolite brand.

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P7200 Engine Hits 100,000 In-Service Flight Hours

Engine Alliance Says There Have Been No In-Flight Shutdowns Since Entering Service

The Engine Alliance said Monday that its GP7200 engine has reached 100,000 revenue flight hours at the end of December, without experiencing a single in-flight shutdown since entering service.

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go! Mokulele Left Out In The ... Warm

Low-Cost Regional Carrier Not Part Of Mesa Restructuring

Hawaii's go! Mokulele, Hawaii’s said Tuesday it is not included in the Mesa Air Group (“Mesa”) Chapter 11 proceedings. Mesa provides regional jet services to go! Mokulele under a flight services agreement.

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NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets

Orbiting Telescope Designed To Find Earth-Like Planets

NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.

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Rockwell Collins Completes Acquisition Of Air Routing International

Acquisition Plan Announced In November, 2009

Rockwell Collins has completed the acquisition of AR Group and its affiliated companies, including Air Routing International, a provider of trip support services for business aircraft flight operations.

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Field Aviation Delivers Final Dash 8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Delivery Fulfills Contract For U.S. Customs and Border Control

Field Aviation Company Inc. said in a news release Tuesday it has delivered the last of seven Dash 8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

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Plane Veers Off Runway On Departure In Germany

Pilots Aborted Takeoff, No One Is Injured

The pilots of an Air Berlin 737-800 aborted their takeoff from Dortmund Airport in western Germany enroute to the Canary Islands and veered off the runway. The pilots reported a "technical irregularity", and runway conditions were described as "wintery."

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Aero-TV: The Best Part of the Job – Craig Fuller Logs Airtime

AOPA President and C.E.O., Craig Fuller, Talks about His Own GA Travel

January 1st, 2010, marked Craig Fuller’s first year in office as the President and C.E.O. of AOPA.  Only the fourth person to hold the position since AOPA’s beginning in 1939, Fuller continues to lead the largest aviation organization in the world.  With over 414,000 members, representing more than two thirds of all certified pilots in the United States, the AOPA provides a variety of services to its worldwide membership including legal representation, medical resources, safety courses and seminars, aircraft insurance, and more.

Aero-TV: Avionics Tips of the Week – The Bendix/King AV8OR Ace

Product Manager Clark Badie Profiles the AV8OR’s Quick Data Accessibility

At EAA AirVenture 2009, Honeywell introduced their next evolution in avionics products, the Bendix/King AV8OR ACE, at an introductory price of only $1999.  Offering a seven-inch display, the AV8OR ACE includes a sunlight-readable touchscreen interface for easy viewing and usage; the “Touch and See” capability allows users to simply tap on screen objects, such as airports, VORs, and airspace boundaries, to quickly access further information.  Customers can use aviation navigation in either portrait or landscape modes.

Aero-TV: Avionics Tips of the Week – The Bendix/King AV8OR Ace

Product Manager Clark Badie Profiles the AV8OR’s Quick Data Accessibility

At EAA AirVenture 2009, Honeywell introduced their next evolution in avionics products, the Bendix/King AV8OR ACE, at an introductory price of only $1999. Offering a seven-inch display, the AV8OR ACE includes a sunlight-readable touchscreen interface for easy viewing and usage; the “Touch and See” capability allows users to simply tap on screen objects, such as airports, VORs, and airspace boundaries, to quickly access further information. Customers can use aviation navigation in either portrait or landscape modes.

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Aero-TV: The Best Part of the Job – Craig Fuller Logs Airtime

AOPA President and C.E.O., Craig Fuller, Talks about His Own GA Travel

January 1st, 2010, marked Craig Fuller’s first year in office as the President and C.E.O. of AOPA. Only the fourth person to hold the position since AOPA’s beginning in 1939, Fuller continues to lead the largest aviation organization in the world. 

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Airbus Contemplating Scrapping The A400M?

Airlifter, Year Behind Schedule, First Flew Last Month

A report in the German press suggests that Airbus may be on the verge of ditching the A400M airlifter project, which is several years behind schedule and billions over budget.

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Bankruptcy Restructuring Is Underway At Mesa Air Group

Files Voluntary Chapter 11 Petitions, And Says Business Will Continue Unaffected

Mesa Air Group said Tuesday that it has commenced a financial restructuring through the voluntary filing of petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. During the restructuring, the Company says it will continue to operate as normal .

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CAIR: New TSA Screening Rules Amount To Profiling

Objects To Mandate For Additional Screening For Persons Flying To The U.S. From Certain Countries

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today said new security measures announced by TSA amount to profiling of Muslims.

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Moon Rock Gains Traveling Companion For Historic Return To Space

Carried By Former Astronaut To The Summit Of Mount Everest

A moon rock collected during the historic Apollo 11 mission more than 40 years ago will be heading back to space and a new home aboard the International Space Station, sharing quarters with a piece of Mt. Everest.

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Enforcement Of TSA Screening Rules 'Spotty'

Some Airports Admit They Have Not Tightened Security

Enforcement of a TSA mandate for more scrutiny of people traveling to the U.S. from 14 countries it says are security risks has been spotty at best, and that some say there has been little, if any, security increase.

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Tetra Tech Awarded $200 Million NextGen Contract

Will Provide Technical Assistance In NextGen Transition

Engineering consulting firm Tetra Tech announced Tuesday that it has been awarded the $200 million Navigation Technical Assistance Contract (NAVTAC) with the FAA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.06.10)

"It would of course be complete nonsense, now that the maiden flight was a success, to back out." Source: German Aviation Analyst Klaus Heiner Roehl of the German Economy Institute.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.10): Center Tracon Automation System (CTAS)

A computerized set of programs designed to aid Air Route Traffic Control Centers and TRACONs in the management and control of air traffic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.10)

Aero-Linx: Wooden Propellers They're pretty rare on airplanes these days, but wooden display propellers have rapidly become the most collectible item of aviation memorabilia. 

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