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October 15, 2009

HOAX: 'Runaway Balloon Down In Colorado' 6 Year Old Boy Found

Aircraft Flew Uncontrolled Over Colorado

A 6-year-old boy is missing after he climbed into the enclosed basket of his family's experimental helium balloon, which somehow managed slip it's tether and fly for several hours over Colorado. The balloon came down near Keenesburg, Colorado early Thursday afternoon local time.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.15.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.15.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.15.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II - The 51% Rule In Depth with EAA's Joe Norris - 10.15.09 (ANN Special Report, with EAA's Joe Norris)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.15.09

The FAA wants to fine US Airways 5-point-4-million dollars.
It's already time to get the annual lesson on airfoils and frost.
And even Bonanzas have a max gross takeoff weight for a r

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.15.09

The FAA wants to fine US Airways 5-point-4-million dollars.
It's already time to get the annual lesson on airfoils and frost.
And even Bonanzas have a max gross takeoff weight for a r

More AERO-Casts

Japan Joins Green Asia And Pacific Aviation Partnership

ASPIRE Seeks To Lessen Aviation's Environmental Footprint

Japan became the latest partner in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), which is designed to make aircraft operations in the region more efficient in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

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Washington State Business Leaders Urge Boeing Build Dreamliner In Everett

Letter To Boeing Management Released To The Media

The Washington Roundtable, a wide group of CEOs and corporate leaders from the Pacific Northwest, recently sent a letter to Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO James Albaugh, urging the company to site its second 787 line in Washington state.

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Eclipse Aerospace Hopes For Free Rent

Hopes To Swap An Unused Building At Double Eagle Airport

Eclipse Aerospace, which recently re-opened the Eclipse Aviation facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is asking the city to allow it to operate rent-free for five years, and forgive an additional $2.5 million in back rent owed by the former company.

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Baldwin Aviation, TrainingPort.net, Sign Mutual Agreement

Pact Will Enhance SMS Training And Availability, Companies Say

Baldwin Aviation, and TrainingPort.net have announced that they have signed an agreement to enhance the content and delivery of IS-BAO compliant Safety Management training to their customers. The joint program will be launched at the NBAA convention in Orlando, Florida next week. 

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Lockheed Martin Unveils First New F-16 For Pakistan

Ceremony Attended By Air Force Chiefs

Lockheed Martin took the wraps off the first of 18 new F-16s being produced for Pakistan in ceremonies Tuesday at its Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Officials including the Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. and Pakistan Air Forces were on hand to witness the event.

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Night Flight Concepts Announces Night Vision Goggle Course Approval

FAA Part 141 Approval For Initial, Recurrent, And Instructor NVG Courses

Night Flight Concepts (NFC), says it has received FAA FAR Part 141 approval for NVG Initial, Recurrent, and Instructor Pilot courses. The approved courses offered by Night Flight Concepts are part of a strategic alignment effort between NFC and Palm Beach Helicopters.

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Boeing Contracts With Parvus To Supply Display Systems For P-8A Poseidon

Parvus DuraVIS 4300 and 3006 Chosen For Next-Generation U.S. Navy Aircraft

Parvus Corporation said Tuesday it has been awarded a contract with Boeing to supply the Flight Test Display (FTD) and the Instrumentation Crew station Control Panel (ICCP) for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A will begin flight test this Fall and initial operational capability is slated for 2013.

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Monterey County, California Says 'No' To New Helicopter ... For Now

Sheriff's Office Had Pitched To Re-Start Aviation Program

The Monterey County, California Board of Supervisors did not approve funding for a Robinson R44 helicopter for the Sheriff's department at it's meeting Tuesday, but left the door open for funding in the future.

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Gone West: Richard Whitcomb

Langley Engineer Developed Supercritical Wing And The Winglet

NASA's Langley Research Center said Tuesday that former aviation engineer Richard Whitcomb passed away Tuesday at a nursing home in Newport News, Virginia. He was 89.

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Fake Airplane Crash Sets 20th Century Fox Back Nearly $4 Million

Cinematographer Injured By Fiberglass Model Used For Special Effects

Ciaran Barry claimed he was injured when he was hit by an 800 pound fiberglass airplane model during a remake of the movie "Flight of the Phoenix" in 2004 in Namibia, and Tuesday, an LA jury agreed, awarding Barry $3.95 million in damages.

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Aero-TV: AAA of Colorado - Keeping Aviation Alive for the Next Generation

Member Describes Mentoring Next Generation’s Passion for Aviation

Founded in August of 1953 by Robert L. Taylor, the Antique Aircraft Association is the world’s oldest organization specifically devoted to antique and classic aircraft.  Yet as airfield accessibility continues to diminish and the general aviation community continues to grey, there is growing concern among antique aircraft enthusiasts:  how can we appeal to youth in order to grow and support the next generation of pilots?

Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Tom Turner, Addressing Fuel Mishaps Pt. 2

Turner Explains the Statistics, Preventative Efforts Regarding Fuel Incidents

Fuel exhaustion and fuel starvation are two of the most preventable causal factors leading to incidents in the general aviation community.  Tom Turner, Manager of Technical Services for the American Bonanza Society and leading instructor for FlightSafety, Bonanza’s international pilot training program, has dedicated a significant effort to understanding what factors lead to this seemingly simple, but dangerous piloting mistake.

Aero-TV: AAA of Colorado - Keeping Aviation Alive for the Next Generation

Member Describes Mentoring Next Generation’s Passion for Aviation

Founded in August of 1953 by Robert L. Taylor, the Antique Aircraft Association is the world’s oldest organization specifically devoted to antique and classic aircraft. Yet as airfield accessibility continues to diminish and the general aviation community continues to grey, there is growing concern among antique aircraft enthusiasts:  how can we appeal to youth in order to grow and support the next generation of pilots?

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Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Tom Turner, Addressing Fuel Mishaps (Pt. 2)

Turner Explains the Statistics, Preventative Efforts Regarding Fuel Incidents

Fuel exhaustion and fuel starvation are two of the most preventable causal factors leading to incidents in the general aviation community. Tom Turner, Manager of Technical Services for the American Bonanza Society and leading instructor for FlightSafety, Bonanza’s international pilot training program, has dedicated a significant effort to understanding what factors lead to this seemingly simple, but dangerous piloting mistake.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In 2007 Milwaukee Citation Accident

Pilot Mismanagement And Improper Actions Found As Probable Cause

The NTSB determined Wednesday that the probable cause of an aircraft that lost control and impacted water was the pilots' mismanagement of an abnormal flight control situation through improper actions, including lack of crew coordination, and failing to control airspeed and to prioritize control of the airplane.

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Congress Finishes Work On Defense Authorization Bill

F-22 Raptors Capped At 187, Includes F136 Engine

In a move that may produce a showdown with the White House, House and Senate conferees have reached agreement on a $680.2 billion National Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal 2010 that includes funding for the F136 alternate engine. President Obana has threatened to veto the bill if that program is not scrapped.

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U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Airline Safety And Pilot Training Bill

CAPA Applauds The Bill's Passage, Waits Senate Action

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed H.R. 3371, the "Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009."  The bipartisan bill has been strongly supported by the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA).  

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TRACE Engines LP Receives FAA Production Certificate

600 HP Liquid-Cooled Recip Turboprop Alternative

TRACE Engines, LP of Midland-Odessa, Texas received its Production Certificate from FAA officials Tuesday to manufacturer and support the FAA Certified TRACE 600-hp reciprocating aircraft engine for world-wide GA use.

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Flyers' Rights Advocate Alleges Delta Used Hacked E-Mails And Invaded Privacy

Executive Director Says Personal E-Mails, Organization Information, Were Redirected To Delta

The executive director of The Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that Delta Air Lines obtained hacked e-mails and sabotaged her organization's efforts to support pro-consumer legislation in Congress, according to The Gibson Law Firm.

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APA Leads Informational Pickets In Washington, DC

Opposes Anti-Trust Immunity For American Airlines

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) planned a two-hour informational picket in Washington, DC Wednesday to protest proposed anti-trust immunity in a possible deal between American Airlines and British Airways.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.15.09)

"Today’s proposed penalty dates back to challenges we experienced during the integration of maintenance systems and processes on flights that occurred in 2008 and January 2009. Our team worked cooperatively with the FAA to investigate and correct any discrepancies." Source: Statement from US Airways.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.15.09): Downburst

A strong downdraft which induces an outburst of damaging winds on or near the ground. Damaging winds, either straight or curved, are highly divergent. The sizes of downbursts vary from 1/2 mile or less to more than 10 miles. Damaging winds, lasting 5 to 30 minutes, could reach speeds as high as 120 knots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.15.09)

 

NEXRAD Radar

Updated, accurate weather information is among the most critical data we need for safe flight, particularly on long cross-countries. The NOWrad systems now available in the cockpit are a compilation of NEXRAD data delivered via satellite to your airplane.

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