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June 03, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.03.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.03.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.03.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Ric Peri, AEA, Part II - 06.03.09 (ANN Special Report, with AEA's Ric Peri)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.03.09

Seachers looking for Air France Flight 447 find the debris.
NIMBYs on Florida's Space Coast try again to curtail flight training.
And Bob Hope Airport in California could have a jet c

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.03.09

Seachers looking for Air France Flight 447 find the debris.
NIMBYs on Florida's Space Coast try again to curtail flight training.
And Bob Hope Airport in California could have a jet c

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Appeals Court Affirms Government's Default Termination of Navy Contract

A-12 Stealth Attack Aircraft Contract Killed in 1988 

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a judgment upholding the Navy's termination for default of a contract with McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics for the A-12 stealth attack aircraft, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

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Boeing Submits Proposal for USMC Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Demonstration

Boeing has submitted a proposal offering its A160T Hummingbird for the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Immediate Cargo Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Demonstration Program.

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NK Missiles Stand Chance of Intercept

Continuing Concerns Voiced Over North Korean Nuke/Missile Capabilities

The world-wide pseudo-panic over recent developments in North Korea, as troublesome as these developments may seem, may not be all that threatening -- as far as the US is concerned.

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ERAU Creates Global Wildlife Strike Info Center to Improve Air Safety

Center Will Expand Research, Accuracy, and Availability of Data

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is launching the International Center for Aviation and Wildlife Risk Mitigation to help manage this growing hazard. The new Center, based at Embry-Riddle's Prescott, Ariz., campus, will bring together top aviation wildlife experts to share and develop new research and management solutions to reduce the dangers and serve as a resource to airports around the world.

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Smugglers Turn To Ultralights

Border Patrol Says Use On The Rise

Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents say the latest twist in bringing illegal drugs from Mexico to the U.S. is ultralight aircraft, after one didn't make it last Saturday. As smugglers find it increasingly difficult to drive across the border, they're becoming increasingly desparate, says one Border Patrol agent, and they're looking for creative ways to make the trip.

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Belite Aircraft Acquires Rights To KitfoxLite

New Firm Will Market Kits, Fully Assembled Versions

Wichita, Kansas-based aviation enthusiast and entrepreneur James Wiebe and his wife, Kathy, have acquired the production rights to the Kitfox Lite, and have formed Belite Aircraft to bring it to market. The couple says the airplane will incorporate stronger, lighter carbon fiber components that will allow it to easily meet Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103 weight requirements.

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USS Ronald Reagan Deploys

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego May 28 on a deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. The carrier joins the other ships of its strike group which departed the day prior...

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AD: Learjet

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-13

MANUFACTURER: Learjet Model 45 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-13

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AD: McDonnel Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-11

MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-11

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Aero-TV: Focus On The Future -- Epic Announces New Aircraft

Despite The Hype, There's No Denying That They Keep Offering New Airframes

Epic Aircraft is one of those companies that is, at times, awfully hard to figure. Despite a lot of hype, more than a few disappointments and some claims that got them in hot water, Epic remains a player (albeit controversial) on the high-performance aircraft scene and (now) in the LSA scene.

NTSB Investigates Runway Incursion At CLT

PC-12 v CRJ-200 Altercation Was Almost A Disaster

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runway incursion that occurred on Friday morning at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) involving a general aviation aircraft and a regional jet airliner bound for New Bern, NC (EWN).

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Aero-TV: Focus On The Future -- Epic Announces New Aircraft

Despite The Hype, There's No Denying That They Keep Offering New Airframes

Epic Aircraft is one of those companies that is, at times, awfully hard to figure. Despite a lot of hype, more than a few disappointments and some claims that got them in hot water, Epic remains a player (albeit controversial) on the high-performance aircraft scene and (now) in the LSA scene.

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Hartzell Intro's 3-blade Scimitar Top Prop With De-Icing

Improves Performance of Cessna T210L

For those of you who get around in one of Cessna's T210L Centurions, you now have a new pop alternative that offers a significant upgrade to what you've had before. Hartzell Propeller's newest three-blade Scimitar Top Props are equipped with a propeller de-ice system.

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Valkaria Flight Instruction Ban A Step Closer

Situation Becomes Even More Bizzare

 The Grant-Valkaria, Florida Planning and Zoning Board rejected the ordinance 5-1, but the full council passed it, unanimously, on first reading anyway. These are the lastest twists and turns in this increasingly strange story about an apparent attempt to ban flight instruction at Valkaria Airport.

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Atlantis Hits The Beach, Endeavour Crew Rehearses

Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a modified 747 jet known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, on Tuesday.

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WWII Bomber Returns To The Skies

Flight The Culmination Of A 28 Year Restoration

A North American B-25J "Mitchell" World War II bomber returned to the skies today after a 28 year restoration performed by volunteers of the Commemorative Air Force aviation museum in Mesa, AZ. Named "Maid in the Shade" in reference to its long stay inside the museum's hangar, the aircraft lifted off the Falcon Field runway at 0915 last Friday in front of a small crowd of pilots, mechanics and enthusiasts.    

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Hawker Beechcraft Services Earns FAA Maintenance Award

Nearly 500 Technicians Also Honored With Individual Awards

Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has announced that its factory-owned service centers received the FAA's coveted Diamond Award. HBS maintenance centers in Little Rock, Tampa, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Wichita, Houston, and San Antonio, met the requirements for the FAA's highest distinction for excellence in aircraft maintenance training

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Logitech Offers Force-Feedback FlightSim Interfaces

Logitech Says It Makes Sims More Real

This might have come in really handy duing the spate of bad Florida weather that kept ANN's ... and lots of other airplanes ... on the ground last month. Logitech today unveiled the its Flight System G940, which the company says will provide flight simulation enthusiasts with a realistic experience.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.03.09): Speed Brakes

Speed Brakes Also known as air brakes, they are surfaces that are normally flush with the wing or fuselage in which they are mounted, but which can be extended into the airflow to create more drag and slow the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.03.09)

Aero-Linx: Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA uses two modified Boeing 747 jetliners, originally manufactured for commercial use, as Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). One is a 747-100 model, while the other is designated a 747-100SR (short range). The two aircraft are identical in appearance and in their performance as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.03.09)

"Folks, this is a watershed event... it can not be allowed to continue unchallenged... it is simply a case of one narrow-minded, selfish, group trying to exert their will over another... about as anti-American a concept as I know. The Grant-Valkaria insanity needs to be fought aggressively, publicly and with an eye towards not only defeating the madness but making the idiocy of Grant-Valkaria's rule-making an example for all others to avoid. The aviation community needs to band together and show these narrow-minded, elitist, fools the error of their ways..."  Source: Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief, reacting to the continual attempts by the City Government of Grant-Valkaria, FL, to control a county-operated airpor

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