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December 30, 2009

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.31.09

AirTran is bringing 100 new jobs to Milwaukee in 2010.
NASA narrows proposals for our next extraterrestrial landing to three finalists.
And the FAA has used up the last of its Recover

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Best Of The Breed '09: Final -- RANS S-6/7 Named E-LSAs Of The Year

(E-LSA) -- RANS S-6/7 series The spirit behind LSA seems to be to give the buyer all the benefits of a 'certified' LSA design but allow them the savings and or personal satisfaction that can be accrued by building it themselves. As such, economics is often a major part of the buying decision when it comes to selecting an E-LSA... that being the case, few aircraft are as cost-effective, buildable or offer as much "real aircraft" performance as the RANS S6 and S7 series.

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NASA Chooses Three Finalists for Future Space Science

Missions To Venus, An Asteroid Or The Moon Possible  

NASA has selected three proposals as candidates for the agency's next space venture to another celestial body in our solar system. The final project selected in mid-2011 may provide a better understanding of Earth's formation or perhaps the origin of life on our planet.

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Best Of The Breed '09: Final -- CTLS, SkyCatcher Named S-LSAs Of The Year

(Tie Vote) Cessna C-162 SkyCatcher, Flight Design CTLS Destined to be fierce competitors, these two aircraft represent the very best of the current crop of ready-built LSAs -- for a number of reasons...  For many years, when evaluating the cream of the crop in terms of airframe and manufacturer, the name Flight Design was always a major player, but the recent entry of Cessna, now with an actual delivery under their belt (which is necessary to qualify for this award), means that the top ranks of the LSA market are going to be shook up... again.

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The Best Of Gadget Patrol 2009: PS Engineering's PMA8000B

PS Engineering's PMA8000B Up against the Garmin juggernaut, it is impressive to note that a little company can still specialize in one thing, do it better than anyone, and keep mighty Goliath/Garmin at bay. Such a company is PS Engineering... the PMA 8000B recently installed in our SR22-G3's panel is not only the best/most easy-to-use audio panel we've ever owned, it has a bag of tricks that just won't quit... and the RECENT addition of MP3 capability means taking your tunes wherever you go. These folks are simply the best in the biz...

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2009: Aero-Hero #10 -- The B787 Design Team

Aero-Heroes #10 -- The Boeing 787 Design Team Yeah, I know, they're behind schedule, there were problems, it's costing them an arm and a leg... yada, yada... well, screw that. Nothing truly revolutionary comes easily and if find yourself involved in an "easy" project, it just means that you weren't shooting high enough to begin with. The 787 program is a MASSIVE undertaking both in terms of what it means to Boeing, the airline industry and the way that we've been doing business for decades.

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And Then, There Were Two -- Second F-35B Arrives at Pax River

2009 is ending nicely if you happen to be involved in the Naval Flight Test Program. The second Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter has arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

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ANN's 'Heroes 'n Heartbreakers' '09--Heartbreaker #10 -- Rick Schrameck

Aero-Heartbreaker #10: Rick Schrameck and Epic Aircraft The Epic Aircraft mess was one of the low points of 2009... but for those of us who did the slightest bit of research, it was obvious (early on) that something was amiss and was unlikely to improve. Grandiose plans, exorbitant promises and wild claims were the order of the day while a number of expected milestones came and went... especially the promise of megabucks in corporate financing to set the company on a powerful path to certification.

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FAA Coughs Up $2.3M in Economic Recovery Act Funds for DFW

Think THIS Grant Will Make USA Today?

 The FAA tells ANN that Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) will receive a $2.3 million grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to rehabilitate a runway critical to the airport's capacity. With this grant, all of FAA's Recovery Act dollars have been committed to 360 projects, many of which will remain under construction well into 2010.

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New TV Sat Means You Won't Miss 'American Idol'

New Boeing DIRECTV 12 Satellite Delivers 1st Signals From Space

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from DIRECTV 12 nine hours after launch, indicating that the satellite is healthy and operating normally. DIRECTV 12 is a Boeing 702 commercial satellite that will provide consumer television programming to millions of US households (and that's a good thing... right?).

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AD: PILATUS Aircraft

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MANUFACTURER: PILATUS Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-7 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-26-05

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AD: AeroSpace Technologies of Australia

AD NUMBER: 2009-26-08

MANUFACTURER: AeroSpace Technologies of Australia Pty Ltd Models N22B, N22S, and N24A Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-26-08

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ANN 2009 In Review: The Year In Business Aviation

ANN's Annual Review Of The Year That Was: Business Aviation In 2009  

To perhaps as great an extent as the airlines, business aviation felt the pinch of the faltering economy in 2009. After getting a bad rap from members of the Congress, the President, and much of the mainstream media, sales of business aircraft plummeted...

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Classic Aero-TV: Dream of the Boeing 40C - Addison Pemberton’s 26-Year Quest

Addison Pemberton Revives an 80-Year Old Aviation Legacy

Addison Pemberton is no stranger to rare aviation restorations.  Having learned to fly at the age of 15, Pemberton spent most of his adolescent years surrounded by exceptional antique aircraft including Howards, Travel Airs, Wacos, and Stearmans. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Behind the Journey – Bob Baker’s P-51 Restorations

P-51 Mustang Owner Bob Baker Describes His Journey to the Pattillo Brothers

Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.

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AirTran: Happy Holidays MKE -- And Here's 100 Jobs

Airline To Open Flight Crew Base at Midwestern Hub

 AirTran Airways has announced that the airline will open both a pilot and flight attendant base in Milwaukee to support its increased operations. The flight bases will open in April 2010 and will consist initially of 50 pilots to support Boeing 737 flying and a minimum of 50 flight attendants to support both Boeing 717 and Boeing 737 operations. The payroll for these Milwaukee-based positions is expected to exceed $6.5 million per year.

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FlyersRights Urges Caution For New TSA Procedures

...Asks TSA Too Be Careful (Yeah, Um, Good Luck With That)

FlyersRights.org is applauding the TSA's efforts to improve airport security in the wake of this week's incident aboard a Northwest flight bound for Detroit. However, the group warned that a large number of its members have expressed concerns that the new TSA procedures, including the 'one-hour rule', may place an undue burden on passengers.

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Business Travel Association: Pay More Attention To Airport Security

Calls On Governments Worldwide To Improve Security Measures In Light Of Christmas Day Incident

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) on Monday called on governments across the globe to focus attention and resources on commercial aviation security measures to protect travelers around the world.

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U.S Considering Japanese Participation In F-35 Program

Move Would Allow Japan To Acquire JSF On An Accelerated Basis

The U.S. government may allow Japan to assist in the development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, even though there is no assurance that the Japanese government will procure the advanced aircraft.

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A Little More Holiday Cheer-- Fueled By KC-135

Santa's 'Sleigh' Receives Fuel From Mildenhall Tanker

Anyone who tells you that the military is all action and no heart missed an interesting moment this week as the holiday spirit overtook a few flyers over the skies of the UK, near Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. Herewith, a little holiday prose...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.30.09): Height Above Touchdown

Height Above Touchdown The height of the Decision Height or Minimum Descent Altitude above the highest runway elevation in the touchdown zone (first 3,000 feet of the runway). HAT is published on instrument approach charts in conjunction with all straight-in minimums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.30.09)

Aero-Linx: The Wonder Of Flight A Boeing designed site for children, 'The Wonder Of Flight' offers a number of interesting things for younger folks to learn about aviation, with such categories as "How Do Things Fly?" and "A Century Of Discovery." 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.30.09)

"As we continue to grow our Milwaukee operation, we have reached a point where we need to add flight crew bases in Milwaukee to make our airline more efficient and to support the flying out of Milwaukee." Source: Kevin Healy, AirTran's senior vice president of marketing and planning, commenting on the announcment that airline will open both a pilot and flight attendant base in Milwaukee to support its increased operations.

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