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December 16, 2009

ANN Special Feature: 2009 GA Insights, Part I - 12.17.09

Today, we hear comments on issues facing GA, and possible solutions, from Gulfstream President Joe Lombardo, and Cirrus Design Co-Founder Alan Klapmeier.

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ANN Special Feature: 2009 GA Insights, Part II - 12.18.09

Today, we hear comments on issues facing GA, and possible solutions, from Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters, and Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman and President Tom Poberezny

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.09

The test pilots have nothing but praise for the Dreamliner's first flight.
NetJets cancels 90 percent of its orders with Hawker Beechcraft.
And lasers may replace radio signals for in

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.17.09

The test pilots have nothing but praise for the Dreamliner's first flight.
NetJets cancels 90 percent of its orders with Hawker Beechcraft.
And lasers may replace radio signals for in

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Wichita Aviation Executives See Stable Employment, No Growth

Issues Discussed At Wichita Aero Club Round Table

The leaders of Wichita's major aircraft manufacturers say they expect the worst of the job cuts are behind them, but they are not optimistic about growth in 2010. Five executives participated in a round table discussion at the Wichita Aero Club luncheon Wednesday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.16.09

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.16.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.16.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AEA's Ric Peri on TSA's NPRM, Part II - 12.16.09 (ANN Special Report, with AEA's indefatigable Ric Peri)

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NTSB Releases Factual Information In Flight 188 Overshoot Incident

Pilots Apparently Tuned To An Incorrect Frequency

The NTSB has released about 400 pages of documents representing the investigation into Northwest Flight 188, which overshot its destination of Minneapolis by about 150 miles. The pilot told the NTSB they were out of communication with ATC because they had tuned to the wrong frequency.

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Night Landings Restricted At Fredericksburg, Texas

No Night IFR Approaches Allowed At Gillespie County Airport

The FAA has banned night IFR approaches to Gillespie County Airport in Fredericksburg, Texas following protracted negotiations over trees at Lady Byrd Johnson Golf Course, which is adjacent to the airport.  The FAA says the ban is "temporary, but indefinite."

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FAA Gives Nod To Rockwell Collins HGS For CAT I Landings

Additional Landing Capability From Existing Technology

Rockwell Collins announced Monday that its Head-Up Guidance System (HGS) technology will be capable of conducting reduced Category I (CAT I) landing minima as authorized by the FAA Flight Technology and Procedures Division.

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EERC And Accelergy Join Forces For Renewable Jet Fuel Production

U.S. Military Has Mandate For Jet And Other Fuels From Renewable Feedstocks

Accelergy Corporation announced a strategic partnership with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Tuesday at the University of North Dakota. Under the terms of the agreement, Accelergy will license EERC’s proprietary technology as part of its Coal Biomass to Liquids (CBTL) process.

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Aerosim Virtual Flight Deck Accepted By Leading International Carrier

Full Sim Of The Aircraft-Specific Flight Deck On A Personal Computer

Aerosim Technologies, the recognized leader in low cost, hi-fidelity simulation software training products within the aviation industry, announced Sunday that one of the world's leading international airlines has completed in-plant acceptance of the Airbus A330 Virtual Flight Deck (VFD).  

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Air Force Flight Tests Laser Communication System

Live Uncompressed HD Video Feeds Beamed From Airplane Cameras Over 60 Miles Away

The U.S. Air Force has successfully tested a system that allows air-to-ground HD video transmission from aircraft more than 60 miles away. The flight tests were conducted as part of the Enhanced Air-to-Ground Lasercom System (EAGLS) Program.

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Search For AF 447 Flight Recorders Will Resume Next Year

Investigators Still Hope To Find What Caused The A330 To Go Down In The Atlantic

The French accident investigation authority BEA says it will resume the search for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from Air France flight 447 in February. The flight went down in heavy weather on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris June 1st, killing all 228 people on board.

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HAI Announces Recipients Of 2010 'Salute To Excellence' Awards

49th Year Of Recognizing Companies And Individuals In The Rotary Wing Community

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is proud to announce its "Salute to Excellence" award winners for 2010. The "Salute to Excellence" Awards program, now in its 49th year, recognizes outstanding achievement performed by individuals or companies in the international helicopter community.

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Company Plans Jet Fuel From Chicken Fat

Waste Product Seen As A Renewable Fuel Stock

The Department of Energy is partially funding a project that will allow an Iowa company to start producing jet fuel from poultry fat.  Elevance Renewable Sciences plans build a $15 million addition to its existing biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, that will use it along with other feedstocks to produce biofuels.

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Apache Block III Aircraft Tests New Technology

Testing Will Show If Pilots Can Control UAV's From Their Cockpits

Developmental prototypes of the U.S. Army's next-generation Block III Apache Attack helicopter tested emerging technologies which allow pilots to control UAVs and their sensor payloads from the cockpit of the aircraft during a so-called Limited User Test (LUT) in November at Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.

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Aero-TV: The Boeing Dreamliner -- Historic First Flight Coverage

Three Hour Flight Was 'Flawless' -- At Least, Until Mother Nature Intervened

For anyone who loves the aviation business, this was a VERY good day. After a number of delays and mis-steps that often accompany those programs that are truly trying to raise the bar and accomplish revolutionary progress, Boeing's B787 Dreamliner took to the skies over a very soggy Northwest Washington state.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes First Flight

All-New Boeing Airplane Touches Down Safely After 3-Hour Mission

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the sky for the first time Tuesday, ushering a new era in air travel as it departed before an estimated crowd of more than 12,000 employees and guests from Paine Field in Everett, WA.

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NetJets Cancels 90 Percent Of HBC Order

Deliveries Were Not Scheduled Until 2011

The fractional jet company NetJets has cancelled 90 percent of its outstanding order with Hawker Beechcraft, HBC announced Tuesday. The move will have the effect of lowering HBC's backlog of orders for aircraft to about $3.5 billion.

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Paper Airman Certificates No Longer Valid After March 31st

New Plastic Certificate Will Take Its Place

A little less than two years ago, the FAA announced that it would be replacing all paper airman certificates with plastic certificate that will be much more difficult to counterfeit. The deadline for replacing that certificate is approaching fast.

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NTSB Will Open Public Docket On Northwest Flight 188 Wednesday

Some 400 Pages Will Be Available On NTSB Website

The National Transportation Safety Board will open the public docket Wednesday on its investigation into the overflight event involving Northwest Airlines flight 188 in October. The approximately 400 pages of the public docket will be available on the Safety Board's website Wednesday morning, December 16.

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USAF To Drop More Than 20 Tons Of Supplies To Pacific Islanders

"Operation Christmas Drop" Began In 1952

U.S. Air Force aircraft will parachute more than 20 tons of donated items to Pacific Islanders throughout Micronesia during the 58th annual “Operation Christmas Drop” December 16-19. Operation Christmas Drop is the longest running organized air drop in the world and one of the largest charity efforts in the Pacific.

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FAA Investigates American Airlines MD-80 Landing Incident In Charlotte

Plane Scraped Wingtip, One Set Of Wheels Left Pavement

The FAA is looking into why an American Airlines MD-80 landed erratically in Charlotte, North Carolina Sunday night, scraping a wingtip and partially leaving the pavement during a landing at night in poor visibility.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.16.09)

"Was it great fun? Yes. Would I like to go and get another 80,000 pounds of gas and good weather and go again, you bet I would." Source: 787 Chief Pilot Mike Carrike.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.16.09): Occulting Light

Occulting Light Today's Aero Term was sent to us by a reader. An occulting light is one that is on more than it is off. A flashing light is one that is off more than it is on.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.16.09)

Dreamliner First Flight

From our "in case you missed it" department, today's Aero Linx is to Boeing's video of the Dreamliner's first flight Tuesday.

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