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February 08, 2010

Final Night Shuttle Launch Comes Just Under 24 Hours Late

Weather Scrubbed First Attempt Early Sunday

Space shuttle Endeavour lit up the predawn sky above Florida's Space Coast on Monday with a 0414 EST launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle's last scheduled night launch began a 13-day flight to the International Space Station and the final year of shuttle operations.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.08.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.08.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.08.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: FAA's "Call to Action" - 02.08.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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C-5M Super Galaxy Completes Operational Test And Evaluation

Aircraft Released For Operations Worldwide

The C-5M Super Galaxy completed operational test and evaluation in January, releasing the aircraft for use in worldwide operations. The tests, which lasted nearly 4 months, measured key performance parameters to demonstrate the capabilities and reliability of the C-5M.

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NBAA Announces Recipients Of 2010 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarships

Individuals Will Be Recognized At The Leadership Conference Later This Month

The NBAA today announced that two individuals have been selected by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2010 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship.

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Insitu Integrator Flies Heavy Fuel Engine With EFI

Test Showed A 40 Percent Endurance Improvement

Insitu said Tuesday it has successfully flight-tested an electronic fuel injection (EFI) heavy fuel engine (HFE) on its Integrator unmanned aircraft. This technology is being incorporated into Insitu's entire family of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

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Report: Biofuels As An Economic And Environmental 'Salve' For Euro Airlines

Finds "Strong Financial Incentives" For Use Of Alternative Fuel

EQ2 released a report Thursday examining the development of sustainable, carbon-neutral biofuels for aircraft, and a critical study of the economic and climate impacts of the aviation industry as it moves towards the large-scale adoption of biofuels.

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Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment To Buy EC135

Helo Chosen For Exploration And Surveillance Missions

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment (MNRE) has inked a deal with Eurocopter Southeast Asia (ESEA) for an EC135 aircraft. The sale follows the establishment of Eurocopter’s first branch office in Thailand in December last year.

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Embry-Riddle Mixes Fixed-Wing and Helo Training At AZ Campus

New Program Will Have Students Fly Robinson And Sikorsky Helos

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) recently announced its selection of Universal Helicopters (UHI) as the exclusive provider of the Helicopter Flight Training Program to students at the university’s Prescott, AZ, campus.

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Stowaway Found Dead After TransOceanic Flight

Maintenance Discovered Body

A body was discovered aboard a Delta flight 59 after a flight from JFK to Japan's Tokyo Nartia (NRT). 

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UK Firm Pleads Guilty To Illegal 747 Export

Sale To Iran Intentionally Violated Trade Sanctions

The UK-based Balli Aviation Ltd. pleaded guilty today to a two counts of criminal information in connection with its illegal export of a 747 from the United States to Iran.

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AD: Piaggio

AD NUMBER: 2010-03-04

MANUFACTURER: PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES S.p.A. Model P- 180 Airplanes  

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AD: Bell Helicopter

AD NUMBER: 2010-03-03

MANUFACTURER: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Model 205B and 212 Helicopters  

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AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2009-23-51

MANUFACTURER: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Model S- 92A Helicopters

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CASA Issues Airworthiness Bulletin On Cessna Caravan

Cessna 208 Caravan PWC PT6A 114 Series Engines Oil Transfer Fitting (elbow) Failures

Date : 8 February 2010 Effectivity: All Cessna 208 Caravans powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A 114 Series engines.  

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2010-03-05

MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model 747-200C and - 200F Series Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: Flight of a Lifetime – Brian Binnie Recounts X PRIZE Win

X PRIZE Foundation Celebrates Five Years Since the Ansari X PRIZE Win

On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne.   Inspired by the Orteig Prize, won by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for the successful completion of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Peter Diamandis formally announced the X PRIZE competition in 1996. The competition offered the largest incentive prize in history, a stunning $10 million dollar award, to the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface twice within two weeks.

Update: 747-8 First Flight Completed Successfully

New Cargo Variant Completed Taxi Tests, Ready To Fly

The first flight test of the Boeing 787-8 is slated for Monday, February 8, 2010.  The first flight window will open 10:00am PDT.

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Aero-TV: Flight of a Lifetime - Brian Binnie Recounts X PRIZE Win

X PRIZE Foundation Celebrates Five Years Since the Ansari X PRIZE Win

On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne. Inspired by the Orteig Prize, won by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for the successful completion of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Peter Diamandis formally announced the X PRIZE competition in 1996.

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NASA's Redirection: Beware Of Politicians Offering Vague Goals Without Deadlines

Guest Editorial By Wes Oleszewski

The headlines read "Bolden Denies Abandoning Human Spaceflight," but the budget for NASA says otherwise. Beware of politicians who rip apart national icons while offering undefined goals without deadlines. It is much the same as saying "we're going to bulldoze the Washington Monument, but don't worry, we're going to replace it with something really terrific sometime later." That is the same message that the new NASA Administrator and his immediate underlings are pandering to the spaceflight community when it comes to President Obama's new budget and NASA's place in it.

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Klyde Morris (02.08.10)

Something About Randy....

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Clay Lacy Aviation Is Embraer's First Phenom Service Center In CA

Van Nuys FBO Will Service As Well AS Fly Phenoms

Embraer has named Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA), located at Van Nuys Airport, as the company’s authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in Southern California.

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12 EC135s To Be Assembled In Albacete, Spain

Contract Signed By Eurocopter And Spanish Ministry Of The Interior

The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has contracted with Eurocopter for the purchase of twelve EC135 P2i helicopters, the two announced Thursday.

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AOPA Gives Super Surprise On Super Bowl Sunday

2009 Let’s Go Flying Sweepstakes Grand Prize Awarded

AOPA surprised FedEx captain Michael Graves on Sunday, naming him the winner of a 2005 Cirrus SR22, the 2009 Let’s Go Flying sweepstakes grand prize. 

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HBC Names Richard Emery President Of The Americas For Jet Sales

Emery Brings 20 Years Experience To The Position

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) said Thursday it has appointed Richard W. Emery II as president, The Americas Jet Sales. In this role, Emery will oversee all commercial jet aircraft sales activities in North, Central and South America.

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TFR Over Middletown, CT, After Plant Explosion

Restricts Flights Until Monday Night

A TFR has been issued over the site of the Middletown plant explosion because of the instability of the heavily damaged building.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.08.10)

"The generosity and commitment from individuals like Lloyd Huck, and the enthusiasm of the people who have flown in the airplane and seen it at air shows, has been nothing short of astounding.  It's been a privilege to see their eyes light up when they see general aviation's potential, and their desire for flying to be an integral part of their lives." Source: AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman describing the use of the association's Let’s Go Flying SR22 during 2009.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.08.10): Hold For Release

Hold For Release Used by ATC to delay an aircraft for traffic management reasons; i.e., weather, traffic volume, etc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.08.10)

AOPA 2010 Fun To Fly Sweepstakes AOPA members are automatically entered in the Fun to Fly Sweepstakes.

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