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February 16, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.16.09

SJ-50 Vision Update, With Cirrus President Brent Wouters

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.16.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- SJ-50 Vision Update, Part One: 02.16.09/ Part Two Read More

Upgraded! Bruce Landsberg Named President Of Air Safety Foundation

Has Been With ASF For 17 Years

In recognition of 17 years' effort, AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg was named President of the foundation on Friday, Craig L. Fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, announced.

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Astronaut Takes Contrary Position On Global Warming

Says Mankind Isn't Responsible For Rising Seas

Former Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt has taken a position on global warming contrary to that of many of his peers... but he's hardly alone.

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Obama Faces Decision On VH-71 Marine One

Helicopter Procurement Program Grossly Over Budget

We'll soon see whether President Barack Obama will himself adhere to the standards his administration has insisted on holding corporate executives to. He'll soon need to decide whether to proceed on a costly, delay-plagued program to replace the fleet of Marine One presidential helicopters.

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Georgia Aviation Hall Of Fame Inducts Five New Members

All Are Georgia Natives Who Have Made Their State Proud

An induction ceremony held Saturday at the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, located near Warner-Robins at Robins Air Force Base, paid honor to five individuals who each made significant contributions to aviation as Georgians and/or in the state of Georgia.

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Teamsters Union Local 1150 Ratifies New 5-Year Contract With Sikorsky

Long-Term Stability To Benefit Connecticut And Florida Employees

Sikorsky Aircraft announced Sunday that Local 1150 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing 5,100 hourly employees at the company's Stratford, Bridgeport and Shelton, CT and West Palm Beach, FL facilities, has ratified a new, five-year labor contract. 

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AAR Corporation: FAA's Emergency Order Of Suspension Terminated

Appeal Results In Consent Order, Restoration Of Repair Station Certificate In Sight

AAR Corporation announced Sunday the company and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have entered into a Consent Order that terminates the FAA's Emergency Order of Suspension.

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Four Jets Struck By Windswept Debris At PIT Last Week

Fierce Storm Closed Airport For 73 Minutes February 12

To paraphrase comedian Ron White... "it's not THAT the wind is blowin,' it's WHAT the wind is blowin.'" Cockpit crews onboard four small jets experienced that lesson firsthand last week at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

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Northwest Passengers Decry Introduction Of In-Flight Peanuts

Cite Health Risks, Salmonella Outbreak As Reasons They Prefer Pretzels

Concerns over allergies and a federal investigation into safety conditions at a Georgia-based processing plant resulted in a minor uprising at Northwest Airlines this month, when the carrier started serving peanuts onboard its planes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.09

The FAA's pace at battling airframe icing frustrates the NTSB.
FAA responds by releasing an icing fact sheet.
And everyone walks away from a hard landing by a commuter jet in London.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.16.09

The FAA's pace at battling airframe icing frustrates the NTSB.
FAA responds by releasing an icing fact sheet.
And everyone walks away from a hard landing by a commuter jet in London.<

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ANN Special Feature: Brent Wouters, Cirrus Aircraft - 02.16.09

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Cirrus Aircraft President Brent Wouters about the company's transition from R&D to production of the Cirrus Vision SJ-50 jet.

FMI:

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ANN Special Feature: Brent Wouters, Cirrus Aircraft (cont'd) - 02.17.09

ANN's Jim Campbell continues his discussion with Cirrus Aircraft President Brent Wouters, including questions about the company's future, and the depth of support from Arcapita.

FMI:

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Restored Two-Seat Spitfire Can Be Yours For Only £1.5 Million

UK Auction House Offers Historic Aircraft Completely Restored And Airworthy

Bonhams will offer for sale from a private source an airworthy two-seater Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire aircraft, estimated value £1.5 million (over $2.13 million USD), on April 20 at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London.

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Prince Harry Fails Written Pilot Exam

Extra Tutoring Scheduled To Get Royal Up To Speed

Prince Harry's first weeks at flying school hit a snag recently, when the 24-year-old Royal flunked a written theory-based exam at an RAF base in Lincolnshire.

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Rocker Tommy Lee Explains 'Erratic Flying' Helo Charge

Says Pilot Wasn't Drinking While Flying

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee spoke out recently against allegations David Martz, his friend and frequently his helicopter pilot, flew erratically and under the influence of alcohol in an incident two weeks ago.

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Aero-TV: More Than a Musician -- Aaron Tippin Talks Aviation

This Singing Eagle SOARS

Along with being one of the gathering points for Naval Aviation; Pensacola, Florida is also the birthplace of a popular country music artist who has made aviation a big part of his life.

NTSB: Flight 3407 Was On Autopilot Before Accident

Practice Violated Company Policy For Icing Conditions

A National Transportation Safety Board official confirmed Sunday that downed Continental Express flight 3407 was being flown on autopilot in apparent icing conditions up to the final moments preceding the crash.

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Aero-TV: More Than a Musician -- Aaron Tippin Talks Aviation

This Singing Eagle SOARS

Along with being one of the gathering points for Naval Aviation; Pensacola, Florida is also the birthplace of a popular country music artist who has made aviation a big part of his life.Born Aaron Dupree Tippin, his path to aviation actually seemed more certain than his path to country music stardom.

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Blue Grass Airport Closes Shorter Runway

Construction Of Longer, Re-Aligned Runway Set To Begin Immediately

Airport officials from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport (LEX) announced Friday's closing of Runway 8/26, and the immediate start of construction to build a new, longer, realigned runway.

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Klyde Morris (02.16.09)

Politics Interfere With Safety? Surely THAT Never Happens...

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Texans See Fireball Falling From The Sky

Likely Debris From A Spent Satellite

Numerous sightings of a fireball careening toward earth were reported Sunday morning across the state of Texas.

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Regional Jets, Turboprops Find Their Niche In A Weakened Economy

But Public Opinion Still Holds That 'Bigger Is Better'

Despite a tendency for air travelers to prefer larger jet airliners, the use of regional jets and turboprops has grown in response to reduced numbers of passengers and increased fuel costs in an unsteady economy.

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SWA Flight Returns To McCarran After Engine Fire Erupts

With 118 Passengers Aboard, Plane Lands Safely

A Southwest Airlines 737-700 enroute from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS) to New York's Long Island Islip MacArthur Airport (ISP) last Thursday returned to its point of departure after developing engine trouble on climbout.

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Air Force Hands Boeing $2.95B Contract To Build 15 More C-17s

5,000 Long Beach Workers Heave A Collective Sigh

Boeing Company officials recently announced the receipt of a nearly $3 billion contract from the US Air Force, awarded to build 15 more C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.09)

Aero-Linx!

NEHA is the former National Broadcast Pilots Association (NBPA), which was renamed as the National E-N-G Helicopter Association (NEHA) in November 2008.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.09): Hypersonic

Aero-Terms!

Flight at speeds well above the local velocity of sound. By convention, hypersonic flight starts at about Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) and extends upward in speed indefinitely.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.16.09)

"You may be able in a manual mode to sense something sooner than the autopilot can sense it."

Source: NTSB spokesman Steve Chealander, who confirmed Sunday that downed Continental Express flight 3407 was being flown on autopilot at the time of the crash, contrary to normal procedures.

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