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June 15, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.15.11

The D-Jet program has found the money to go forward.
A new study confirms the risk to GPS of LightSquared's wireless network.
And Boeing thumbs its nose again at the IAM.

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Twenty-Nine U.S. States Have Passed Proclamations Recognizing Aviation

Alliance For Aviation Across America Highlights Significant Milestones At Its Four Year Anniversary

The Alliance for Aviation Across America held a conference call Tuesday to highlight the significant progress that has been made over the past four years to educate the public about general aviation.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.15.11

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.15.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)

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Cirrus Lease Arrears In Grand Forks, ND Reported To Top $1.7 Million

Amazon.com Will Sublease From Cirrus, City

As Cirrus Design continues to appear to struggle, and with the company's sale to Chinese firm CAIGA still pending, the city of Grand Forks, ND, says the GA manufacturer owes them more than $1.7 million in back rent.

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NBAA Welcomes News Of IS-BAO Restructuring

New Management Team Of Business Aviation Council Put In Place As Well

The NBAA said Monday it welcomes an announcement from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) regarding the evolution of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the new management team named to support the program.

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Former Jacksonville, FL Master Jet Base Wins State Approval As 'Space Territory'

Designation At Cecil Airport Means Opportunities For Space Tourism, Other Activities

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced Monday that it received support from the State of Florida in its efforts to transform Cecil Airport into a 21st century commercial spaceport when Space Florida officially designated Cecil as a "Space Territory" on June 9.

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NTSB Issues Prelim On AZ Runway Overrun

Pilot Overshot The Runway, Ran Down A 40 Degree Embankment

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report on an accident in which an air charter flight went off the end of a runway in Sedona, AZ, on landing and careened down an embankment. Fortunately, everyone survived the accident, but two people were seriously injured.

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Aluminum Manufacturer Claims Breakthrough That Will Compete With Composites

Alcoa Says They Can Lower Cost, Weight And Production Risk Of New Airplanes

A "completely new set of aluminum-based solutions" for the aerospace market is being touted by an aluminum manufacturer that it says will allow airframers to build dramatically lighter and lower-cost short-range airplanes at significantly lower production risk than composite-intensive planes.

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Angels (Temporarily) Trade Sticks For Hammers

Navy Jet Team Helps Build Futures With Pensacola, FL, Habitat For Humanity

Members of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, joined forces with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity members to install headers, doors and windows on houses in a Habitat subdivision at Camshire Meadows, Pensacola, FL, June 10.

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New Upper Stage Engine Ready For Testing

J-2X Rocket Engine Will Be Subjected To 10 Test Firings At NASA's Stennis Space Center

NASA's new J-2X rocket engine, which could power the upper stage of the nation's future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first round of testing.

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'Barefoot Bandit' Pleads Not Guilty

Had Hoped For A Plea Deal That Would Allow Him To Sell His Story

After an alleged two-year crime spree across the continental U.S. and into the Bahamas, Colton Harris-Moore ... aka the "Barefoot Bandit" ... has pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Seattle.

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Thieves Steal Jet Engines From Israeli AFB

Eight Engines Removed From Tel Nof Near Tel Aviv

The Israeli military is investigating the theft of eight F-15 and F-16 engines from the Tel Nof air base near Tel Aviv, though the military will admit through a spokeswoman only that "parts" were taken.

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Tammy Duckworth Leaving Dept. Of Veteran's Affairs

Former Black Hawk Pilot Shot Down In Iraq In 2004

Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq veteran who was injured when the Black Hawk helicopter she was flying was shot down during a 2004 mission in Iraq, is stepping down as an assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to return to her home in Illinois.

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Aero-TV: Rod Machado At WAI 2011 -- Having Confidence and Tenacity

More Wit, and Wisdom, And Then More Wit From Rod Machado

In the second of two pieces we've prepared from Rod Machado's marvelous speeches at 2011 Women in Aviation Conference, Rod talks about (in addition to many other things) two issues of uncommon value to those of us in aviation... Confidence and Tenacity.

In Your Dreams! 787 To Visit AirVenture 2011

Dreamliner Will Be Open To The Public For One Day Only

EAA and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny confirmed Wednesday that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make a landmark appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29.

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Solar Impulse Completes Paris Trip

Lands Safely At Le Bourget For the Paris Air Show

For Solar Impulse, the second time was a charm as pilot Andre Borschberg landed the solar-powered airplane at Le Borget airport at 2130 local time Tuesday. The touchdown completed a flight of just over 16 hours from Brussels to Paris on solar power alone.

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It's Time To Choose: If You Stand For Nothing, You'll Fall For Anything…

Analysis and Opinion By ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell We've been doing a lot of hinting… even offering a few clues (some of them about as subtle as a Sherman Tank) here and there, about an effort that has taken the better part of two years to come to fruition. It's far from complete, but it's about ready to see the light of day, and after consultation with hundreds of industry experts and advocates (literally), I'm modestly confident that now is time to start speaking about it all -- and in just a few days… God help me, I will.

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Diamond Confirms Investment and Resumption of D-JET Program

Back To The Jet Biz!

Having more than its share of trials and tribulations, ANN was pleased to confirm that the Diamond D-Jet is getting back on track... Following layoffs and other reluctant steps taken to maximize cash flow while searching for enough funding to complete the program, it now appears that the D-Jet program can throttle up once again.

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Aero-TV: Rod Machado At WAI 2011 -- Having Confidence and Tenacity

More Wit, and Wisdom, And Then More Wit From Rod Machado

In the second of two pieces we've prepared from Rod Machado's marvelous speeches at 2011 Women in Aviation Conference, Rod talks about (in addition to many other things) two issues of uncommon value to those of us in aviation... Confidence and Tenacity.

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Republic Looks To Restructure Frontier Airlines

Deal Would Give Ownership Share To The Carrier's Pilots

In a recent filing with the SEC, Republic Airways Holdings announced a program to restructure the its subsidiary Frontier Airlines, Inc. by making changes to its network, fleet allocation and operating costs to improve overall business results by $100 million annually.

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Lockheed Martin Space Systems To Pink-Slip 1,200 Employees

Middle Management To Be Reduced By 25 Percent

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which is a major business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, announced employment reductions Tuesday that are designed to "address affordability and improve its competitive posture."

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Air Canada To Continue Flying During Strike By Airport, Call Center Agents

Strike Deadline Passed At 0001 EDT Tuesday

Air Canada said Tuesday it will continue to operate its full schedule despite a strike by call center and airport check-in and gate agents in Canada represented by the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW).

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BTS: Airlines Collected Almost $5.7 Billion From Fees In 2010

Other Hidden Fees Point To More Airline Revenue

U.S. airlines collected almost $5.7 billion from baggage fees and reservation change fees in 2010, according to the airline financial data released today by the U.S. DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

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Gone West: ICAS Hall Of Famer Bill 'Big B' Beardsley

Narrator, Ground Crew Member For "Bud Light Air Force"

The man best known around the air show circuit as "Big B" ... Bill Beardsley ... passed away June 11th after a reportedly long battle with cancer.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.15.11)

"(I)t's pretty neat to work side-by-side with the Blue Angels." Source: Pensacola Habitat for Humanity volunteer services manager Rachel Cox.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.15.11): GDP Ground Delay Program

Implemented to control air traffic volume to airports where the projected traffic demand is expected to exceed the airport's acceptance rate for a lengthy period of time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.15.11)

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Read about aces like Pappy Boyington, Butch O'Hare,  Chuck Yeager, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), Eddie Rickenbacker, & Erich Hartmann, or about pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.

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