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December 23, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.09

The maiden flight of the second Dreamliner is not without drama.
The first Chinook Mark-3 has been delivered to Britain's RAF.
And cold warriors might be shocked at this collaboration

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.23.09

The maiden flight of the second Dreamliner is not without drama.
The first Chinook Mark-3 has been delivered to Britain's RAF.
And cold warriors might be shocked at this collaboration

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ANN Special Feature: Ten Years of ANN, Part II - 12.23.09

ANN's Jim Campbell describes what it was like in 2003 to report on the Columbia disaster, and the destruction of Meigs Field.

FMI: www.aero-news.net

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AAL 737 Involved In Runway Overrun In Jamaica, 40 Injured

Tuesday Evening Accident Occurs in Jamaica

An American Airlines 737 has been involved in a late Tuesday evening accident, injuring some 40 people, but thus far is reporting no fatalities.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.23.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.23.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Ten Years of ANN, Part II - 12.23.09 (ANN Special Report, with ANN's Paul Plack and Jim Campbell)

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BTC: DOT Tarmac Delay Rule May Force Airlines To Restructure Peak Schedules

Coalition Applauds New 3-Hour Extended Tarmac Delay Rule

The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) praised Secretary Ray LaHood and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Monday for its rulemaking process that resulted in landmark passenger protections.

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U.S. Navy Secretary Visits Lockheed Martin F-35 Facility

Toured Production Line Where Carrier Variants Are Being Built

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (pictured) toured Lockheed Martin's F-35 facility last week for a preview of the Department of the Navy's first-ever stealth strike fighter.

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ICAO Reports Worst-Ever Air Transport Performance In 2009

Passenger Traffic, Freight Both Show Marked Declines

Scheduled passenger traffic on airlines of Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) declined some 3.1 percent overall in 2009 compared to 2008, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the Organization.

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Airline Mechanics Picket Continental At Major Hubs

Informational Picketing Conducted By Teamsters

Mechanics for Continental Airlines engaged in informational picketing at the airline's major hubs in Newark, Cleveland, Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle Tuesday. The mechanics are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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Swiss Air Force Receives 20th Eurocopter EC635 Helicopter

Completes Contract Signed In 2006

The Swiss federal procurement, technology and real estate competence center has handed over the last of 20 EC635 helicopters to the Swiss Air Force.

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They Have To Be Able To Hit A Moving Target

QinetiQ Brings Combined Aerial Target Service For Mirach Online For UK

QinetiQ has officially brought into service the Mirach advanced sub-sonic aerial target, as part of the Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) contract for the UK's armed forces, having completed a series of complex verification and operational evaluation trials.

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Classic Aero-TV: Nostalgia of Flight–Flying Free with the American Barnstormers

Clay Adams and the American Barnstormers Re-Capture the Golden Age

Between World War I and World War II, civil aviation experienced an extraordinary surge in both technological advancements and daring accomplishments.  From Lindbergh’s heroic flight across the North Atlantic to Jimmy Doolittle’s development of instrument flight, this “Golden Age of Aviation” ignited the public’s curiosity and introduced the world to the “unimaginable.” There was, however, no greater introduction than the barnstormers.

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Classic Aero-TV: Randy Babbitt At AOPA 2009 -- A Q&A With The FAA Administrator

Babbitt Answers Questions At Tampa Aviation Event

ANN had the chance to put a number of questions to the FAA's unusually responsive Administrator, Randy Babbitt. The questions ran the gamut of what might be done to further the cause of aviation to one of our pet projects from a number of years ago... namely, the institution of a Pilot's Bill of Rights. Babbitt took on all questions, ducked nothing and seemed to relish the opportunity to talk real-live aviation with real-live aviators.

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Boeing Acquires Alenia North America's Interest In Global Aeronautica

Operations Will Be Consolidated In North Charleston, SC

In a move intended to consolidate and exercise more control over the Dreamliner manufacturing process, Boeing said Tuesday it has acquired Alenia North America's half of Global Aeronautica, LLC, a South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

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Rolls-Royce Calls JSF Engine Program Vote A 'Victory for Competition’

Defence Appropriations Bill Continues Funding For F136 Engine Development

Rolls-Royce welcomed continued Congressional support for competition as the US House and Senate approved funding for the F136 engine program, and President Barack Obama signed it into law.

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Hurricane Hunting: It's Not Just For Summer Any More

53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Will Fly First Winter Storm

Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler AFB in Mississippi have been tasked by National Weather Service officials to fly their first winter storm of the season on the East Coast starting Christmas day.

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Delta Finalizes Contract With Atlanta

Seven Year Lease At The World's Busiest Airport

Delta Airlines and the city of Atlanta have come to terms on a seven year lease for the legacy carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The two parties signed the pact Monday.

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Horizon Air FAs Approve New Contract

3 Percent Pay Boost And Incentive Program Included In The Deal

Horizon Air and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA have jointly announced ratification of a new two-year contract for the airline's 584 flight attendants. The ratification vote concluded early Monday.

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Florida County Mosquito Plane Sits (Mostly) Idle For Six Years

Officials Say Mission Of The Aircraft Not Clear

Six years ago, Hillsboro County, Florida, which includes much of the Tampa area, bought a Beech King Air for about $700,000 primarily as a mosquito sprayer. What they didn't appear to know at the time was that a spray system for the aircraft didn't exist.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.23.09)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "There are some 5,000 salt trucks in New York City alone.  If you collect the right information at the right place -- over the Pacific Ocean -- you can make a big impact to the forecast four to five days later." Source:  Lt. Col. Jon Talbot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.09): Visual Climb Over Airport (VOCA)

A departure option for an IFR aircraft, operating in visual meteorological conditions equal to or greater than the specified visibility and ceiling, to visually conduct climbing turns over the airport to the published "climb-to" altitude from which to proceed with the instrument portion of the departure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.09)

Winter Flying Tips

Reading today about the Hurricane Hunters helping predict winter storms, and the news coverage of last weekend's record snowfalls, got us thinking again about winter flying, and some of the unique challenges it can bring.

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