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November 21, 2009

Lawsuits Reinstated Against TCM, Cirrus, Despite Clear Evidence of Pilot Error

The Increasingly Problematic Legal Lottery Makes Aviation Industry The Loser... Again

A state well-known for being a "lawyer's stronghold" has set the scene for a renewed battle over an accident that place in 2002... in New Mexico. The Alabama Supreme Court has just put forth a ruling that allows for the resumption of legal hostilities against two major GA manufacturers... years after the 'negligence' cases were previously thrown out. The Friday judgement ruled that the previous dismissals were in error and ordered the matter reinstated.

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Boeing Breaks Ground On South Carolina Assembly Plant

Facility Expands Production Capability, Increases Footprint In South Carolina

After a protracted process that ended in Boeing opting for an east-coast manufacturing facility for the Dreamliner, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to mark the start of construction for the second final assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner program at its Boeing Charleston facility.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Teledyne Continental Motors

Hydraulic Lifters Have Failed In As Little As 5 Hours

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) 240, 360, 470, 520, and 550 series reciprocating engines, and Rolls-Royce Motors, Ltd. (R-RM) 240 and 360 series reciprocating engines hydraulic lifter failures.

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Moving Warbirds... Courtesy Aircraft Celebrates AT-6/P-51 Milestone

Still, It Must Be Hard To Part With Each One Of Them...

 Over the past 50 years, Courtesy Aircraft Sales tells ANN that it believes it has earned its rep as one of the World Leaders in Warbird Sales. Recently two major milestones have been surpassed with Courtesy Aircraft Sales now having sold 100 North American AT-6s (also known as SNJs or Harvards) and 30 North American P-51 Mustangs in the past decade.

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'Flight Of The Red Tail' Released To DVD

Hemlock Films Doc Continues The Story Of The Red Tail Project

Filmmaker Adam White has released "Flight of the Red Tail," a companion piece that follows three years after release of "Red Tail Reborn." The 12-minute film chronicles the events of the Red Tail Project, including the fatal crash of pilot and project leader Don Hinz in 2004.

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Cessna's Pelton Addresses Aero-Environmental Issues In Paris Speech

Calls for Public-Private Partnerships on Environmental Issues

 The natural growth of the world's general aviation industry 'may be stifled if industry and government fail to collaborate on environmental innovation, or arrive at parochial solutions that ignore the global interoperability of the world's transportation systems,' according to Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton.

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Flight Attendants Celebrate 20 Years Of Smoke Free Flights

Legislation Paved The Way For Smoke-Free Workplaces

Hard to believe that it has been 20 years since smoking was banned on all U.S. airline flights. In recognition of that anniversary, The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President Patricia Friend issued a statement marking the date.

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Embry-Riddle Flight Teams Dominate Regional Contests

Coast to Coast Wins In Florida And California

Last Saturday, November 14th, the Golden Eagles and Eagles flight teams representing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were 2,200 miles apart in San Diego, California, and Jacksonville, Florida,  dominating their respective regional competitions. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.21.09)

"We look forward to expanding our capability in South Carolina through our existing site, while maintaining our commitment to the Puget Sound region where Boeing Commercial Airplanes remains headquartered. " Source: Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.21.09): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning. Briefing items may include weather information, NOTAMS, military activities, flow control information, and other items as requested.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.09)

Red Tail Project

The Red Tail Project is dedicated to telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the World War II fighter group composed of African-American pilots and support personnel who fought discrimination and prejudice in order to serve their country.

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