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February 10, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.10.10

UPS says it faces the need to lay off more than 10 percent of its pilots.
Iran claims its ready to manufacture advanced UAVs.
And a piece of a 747 flap lands in a Miami parking lot.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.10.10

UPS says it faces the need to lay off more than 10 percent of its pilots.
Iran claims its ready to manufacture advanced UAVs.
And a piece of a 747 flap lands in a Miami parking lot.

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ANN Special Feature: Brian Binnie Recalls SpaceShipOne - 02.10.10

Brian Binnie, the pilot of SpaceShipOne during its 2004 capture of the Ansari X-Prize, reflects on that flight five years ago, what it means for mankind, and what it meant to him personally.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.10.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.10.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.10.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Brian Binnie Recalls SpaceShipOne - 02.10.10 (ANN Special Report, with XPrize Astronaut Brian Binnie)

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FAA Issues Special Airworthiness Bulletin For Liberty XL-2 Aircraft

Doors Have Come Open In Flight

The FAA has issued an SAIB for Liberty Aerospace, Inc. Model XL-2 airplanes, for an issue concerning the passenger/crew doors.

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JAL Sticks With oneworld Alliance

Troubled Japanese Carrier Had Been Courted By Delta, SkyTeam

Japan Air Line announced Monday will continue its partnership with oneworld Alliance, following a long courtship of the troubled Japanese airline by both American, which is a oneworld member, and Delta, which is partnered with SkyTeam. JAL joined oneworld in 2007.

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Safety Data Falsified By Japanese Plane Seat Maker

Seats On 1,000 Boeing, Airbus Aircraft Affected

The Japanese company Koito Industries admitted Monday that it has falsified safety data on as many as 150,000 airliner seats used by 32 different carriers. But the Japanese Transport Ministry says there is no reason for the planes to be grounded.

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First Flight Test Of Persistent Surveillance System Completed

Airborne System Designed To Protect U.S. Army Ground Troops

The initial flight test of a new, real-time persistent surveillance capability allowing U.S. combat forces to detect, locate, track and monitor events on battlefields and in urban areas has been completed, BAE Systems announced Monday.

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Hong Kong Airlines Selects Pratt & Whitney PW4000 Advantage70 Engines

Deal To Power A330s Reportedly Worth $470 Million

Hong Kong Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney's PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power six new Airbus A330 aircraft. The memorandum of understanding, valued at approximately $470 million at list prices, includes two spare engines and a fleet management program.

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Embry-Riddle To Offer MBAA Program In Singapore

Memorandum Of Understanding Signed With Singapore Civil Aviation Authority

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, has made a landmark agreement to begin offering aviation programs in Asia.

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Daher-Socata To Upgrade French Military TBM 700 Transports

In All, 26 Airplanes To Be Updated

The French Ministry of Defense has picked Daher-Socata for an avionics renovation and associated upgrade services on a majority of the TBM 700s in service in the French Armed Forces, the company announced Monday.

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DOT Tentatively Grants Delta/US Airways Slot Waiver

30 Day Public Comment Period Open Now

The DOT announced Tuesday that it has tentatively decided to grant the waiver requested by Delta Air Lines and US Airways to allow the carriers to proceed with their proposed slot swap transaction at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA). 

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Sierra Industries Awarded STC For Citation ELT Installation

406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters Approved For Cessna Citation Fleet

Sierra Industries has received an STC (ST09718AC) from the FAA for the installation of the Artex C406 (406 MHz) Emergency Locator Transmitter on Cessna Citation Models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560.

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Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week – Understanding an Avionics System Annual

Bill Thompson Explains the Avionics Information Owners Need to Know

For owners, the aircraft’s annual maintenance check is a time of year that most dread; yet, it is as fundamental to aviation safety as the procedures that every pilot goes through before each flight.  Required by the FAA to meet basic airworthiness standards, an aircraft’s registered owner or operator must complete a specific number of inspections and maintenance procedures to be safe (and legal) to fly each year.

Aero-TV: The LSA Market – ANN’s Jim Campbell Provides a Perspective

The following is a transcript of the presented video for your convenience:

“We’re about mid-way in the 2010 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and we’re starting to see a process of maturation, both positive and negative that this industry was heading for and frankly desperately needs.  Let’s talk a little bit about the realities of the LSA industry right now, especially coming out of the economy we had in 2009.  There’s a hundred and some-odd designs available right now, some built in significant volume and some built one or two at a time and may have three or four a year maximum to show for themselves.  We can’t support it; we never could.  We’re not likely to now in particular, and as time goes on, i

USUA Calls On The FAA To Correct An Unsafe Situation

Ultralight Instructors Falling By The Wayside As Equipment Prices Rise

The United States Ultralight Association (USUA) is concerned that industry safety is at risk because the FAA is not allowing a way for their own CFI's to train in experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA's).

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Aero-TV: The LSA Market – ANN’s Jim Campbell Provides a Perspective

The following is a transcript of the presented video for your convenience:

“We’re about mid-way in the 2010 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and we’re starting to see a process of maturation, both positive and negative that this industry was heading for and frankly desperately needs.  Let’s talk a little bit about the realities of the LSA industry right now, especially coming out of the economy we had in 2009. 

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Aero-TV: Avionics Tip of the Week – Understanding an Avionics System Annual

Bill Thompson Explains the Avionics Information Owners Need to Know

For owners, the aircraft’s annual maintenance check is a time of year that most dread; yet, it is as fundamental to aviation safety as the procedures that every pilot goes through before each flight. 

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Aero-Marketing 101: 'ITBOA BNITBOB' Revisited

By David Juwel  A number of years ago, Aero-News published an article that I wrote titled, "Does Your Aviation Business Suffer From ITBOA BNITBOB Disease?" ITBOA BNITBOB is an acronym for "In The Business Of Aviation...But Not In The Business Of Business."

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Online Course Helps Michigan Teen Pass Private Pilot Written

EAA Young Eagles And Sporty's Pilot Shop Offer Free Training

Sixteen-year-old Tyler Whitney of Fenwick, MI probably never looked at himself as an aviation pioneer. He became one, though, as the first EAA Young Eagle to pass his FAA Private Pilot written test through the Sporty's Online Pilot Training Course now offered free to all Young Eagles.

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F22 Advocate Congressman John Murtha Dies At 77

Pennsylvania Representative Strong Backer Of The Raptor Program

Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha (D) died Monday from complications following gall bladder surgery at a hospital in Maryland just outside Washington, DC. The congressman was 77 years old.

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Southwest Facing Another Safety Probe

Third FAA Investigation Of The Airline In Two Years

The FAA has launched an investigation into possible violations of safety directives by Southwest Airlines, the third time the agency had looked into the carrier's safety practices in two years.

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No Surprise: Hawker Beechcraft Reports A Down Year In 2009

2009 Financial Results Track Much Of The Rest Of The Industry

Hawker Beechcraft Acquisition Company, LLC released its 2009 financial results Tuesday.  The company reported sales of $3.2 billion and an operating loss of $712.0 million for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2009.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.10.10)

"After my Young Eagles flight I knew I had to fly. It's what I want to do." Source: Tyler Whitney, 16.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.10.10): ADI - Attitude Deviation Indicator

An advanced type of artificial horizon, part of a flight director system providing pitch and roll information and commands.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.10.10)

Mogas  (Autogas)

100LL is becoming a rarer, and more expensive, commodity, particularly outside the U.S. That has  prompted some engine manufacturers to build engines designed to burn automotive gas, or mogas.

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