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March 17, 2009

TCM Expands Cylinder Recall Back To August 2006

Additional 300 Cylinders Added To MSB Revision

Teledyne Continental Motors has issued its first revision to a Mandatory Service Bulletin issued last month, calling for replacement of certain cylinders. The updated MSB adds 300 additional cylinders, manufactured since August 2006... 15 months longer than the original timeline.

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GAO Says TSA Cargo Check Plan May Fall Short

Lack Of Equipment, Inspectors May Prevent Full Screening By Deadline

An ambitious plan by the Transportation Security Administration to screen all 7.6 billion pounds of cargo transported annually on passenger airliners may come up short, according to a Government Accountability Office study.

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BTS: Airline Employment Continued Falling In January

Down 6.9 Percent Over '08 Levels

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.9 percent fewer workers in January 2009 than in January 2008, reports the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). That was the seventh consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year and the largest year-to-year decrease since December 2003.

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Berlin Airlift Exhibit Opens At Museum Of Aviation

Commemorates 60th Anniversary Of Herculean Effort

The Museum of Aviation will host a traveling exhibit March 31 through May 6 commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift and paying tribute to US-German friendship.

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US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Secretary Of The Army, Former Team Members Gather At Fort Bragg

The Golden Knights, the US Army's official parachute demonstration team, kicked off their 50th anniversary this wek during a special ceremony that celebrated the team's half century of serving the country as Army ambassadors while also representing more than one million American Soldiers.

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Airlines Still Sorting Out How Much To Charge Who For What

Some Fees Disappear... But Most Are Rising

The group at Airfarewatchdog.com warns the traveling public of recent changes to fee structures that indicate the economy continues to impact major airline operations. Despite recent headlines about the disappearance of some unpopular fees, airlines continue to charge fees for booking flights, checking bags, using frequent flier miles, and flying with pets and minors.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.17.09

FAAST, AASF... And The New Aero-NewsBug!

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- FAAST, AASF And The New Aero-NewsBug: 03.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with ANN's Jim Campbell, FAASTeam Manager Kevin Clover, and Paul Burger, Executive Direc

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Former USAF Thunderbirds Pilot Inspires Young Girls

"Of Course It's Hard" To Be A Pilot... But "It All Becomes Worth It!"

Perched on a balcony overseeing an assortment of aircraft static displays, a young girl asked Maj. Nicole Malachowski, "Is it hard to be a pilot?"

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AAL, British Airways Respond To ROI On Trans-Atlantic Alliance

Five Carriers Share Antitrust Info With DOT On Request

They have nothing to hide... and they want the US Department of Transportation to know it. On Friday, five "oneworld" alliance airlines seeking global antitrust immunity responded to a request for additional information from the DOT, regarding their plans to form a massive trans-Atlantic alliance.

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Unions Stall Labor Integration At Delta

Votes Coming On Representation For Combined Workforce

Delta's hope to realize $2 billion in annual savings by smoothly and quickly merging operations with those of Northwest Airlines has hit a snag, and a not-so-unpredictable one.

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NASA's Spitzer Telescope Observes Impending 'Cosmic Train Wreck'

Insert Hollywood Starlet Joke *Here*

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a rare view of an imminent collision between the cores of two merging galaxies, each powered by a black hole with millions of times the mass of the sun.

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AgustaWestland Earns Brazilian Nod For AW109 Power Level D Sim

Full Flight Simulator Located In Italy

AgustaWestland announced this week its AW109 Power Level D Full Flight Simulator, located at the Alessandro Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, has received Brazilian Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) approval.

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Aero-TV: Air Mission Trainer -- SAIC's Versatile R/W Sim

Another Fascinating Technology Seen At I/ITSEC 2008!

It is one thing to simulate an aircraft, it is another to be able to not only simulate the vehicle but allow a full simulation of the mission that vehicle may be asked to undertake.

Aero-TV: Air Mission Trainer -- SAIC's Versatile R/W Sim

Another Fascinating Technology Seen At I/ITSEC 2008!

It is one thing to simulate an aircraft, it is another to be able to not only simulate the vehicle but allow a full simulation of the mission that vehicle may be asked to undertake.

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US Officials Confirm Shootdown Of Iranian Drone

Believed To Have Been Ababil-3 UAV

Coalition jet fighters shot down an Iranian drone that was hovering over Iraq late last month, Multinational Force Iraq officials confirmed Monday. The incident occurred February 25, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, officials said.

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Cessna Cuts Back On Citation Production

Also Slows Engineering Work On Columbus

We're not out of this recession yet... and Cessna recently announced it will further cut back production of its highest-dollar aircraft, as the US economy continues through a "difficult and tenuous time."

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NASA Downplays Threat Of More Debris Heading Towards ISS

Discovery Scheduled To Dock At Station Tuesday

After being caught off guard last week, officials at NASA kept close track Monday of yet another chunk of space trash that threatened to come uncomfortably close to the International Space Station, as the shuttle Discovery maneuvered to a Tuesday rendezvous with the orbital outpost.

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Bird Strike On Takeoff Returns Delta 757 To Nest

All Safe After Landing At MSY

Before the Hudson River ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, the following news item probably wouldn't have made many headlines. A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta made a precautionary landing back at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans Monday morning, after striking a bird on climbout from MSY.

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FAA Capitulates On Longer Crew Rest Guidelines

Carriers Say Change Is Needed... But Process Must Be Followed

In the face of considerable resistance and a threatened lawsuit from the airlines, the FAA has backed down on imposing new crew rest requirements for long-haul flights until a formal rulemaking process can be conducted.

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Top CAP Members To Attend Dynamic Leadership Conference

2009 Wing Commanders Course To Be Held At End Of Month

Top Civil Air Patrol members will increase their sophistication as leaders of the future, thanks to the 2009 Wing Commanders Course to be held March 29-April 4 at CAP National Headquarters, at Maxwell AFB in Alabama.

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Xerion's AuRACLE CRM Engine Management System Earns More FAA OKs

EMS Now Approved For Socatas, Mooneys, Grummans, And Extras

The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted approval to New York-based Xerion Avionix LLC for installation of the AuRACLE CRM series Engine Management Systems into all 4 & 6-cylinder Mooney, Grumman, Rockwell Commander, Socata, and Extra Aircraft.

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Airlines Benefit From Drop In Jet-A Refining Costs

"We'll Enjoy It While We Have It"

The recession has been almost uniformly bad news for airlines, but the industry has found one silver lining -- Jet-A fuel is piling up at refineries, causing its price to plummet.

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Final Pieces Of Ares I-X Flight Test Rocket Head To Launch Site

Now Making 2,900-Mile Cross-Country Journey From UT To KSC

The final pieces of the Ares I-X flight test rocket left the Alliant Tech Systems manufacturing facility in Promontory, UT Thursday and began a 2,917-mile journey to its launch site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.17.09)

Aero-Linx!

This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs. They worked together on those programs as well as the DC-10, F15, F18 and AV8 programs. They get together once a month for lunch maintaining a camaraderie that they shared for years as Teammates at MAC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.17.09): Specific Impulse

Aero-Terms!

The specific impulse of a propulsion system is the impulse (change in momentum) per unit of propellant.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.17.09)

"As you are well aware, the global economy remains unstable and the international community faces tremendous challenges. While these steps have been painful for us all, they were necessary."

Source: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, in a memo Friday to workers stating the planemaker will scale back production of its Citation CJ, Sovereign and Citation X bizjets at its main Wichita production facility. In the coming weeks, Cessna also plans to announce furloughs for some workers on those production lines... on top of the 4,600 layoffs previously announced by the company.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-07 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-14 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Model F.27 Mark 050 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A321-131 airplanes.

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AD: Viking Air Limited

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-03 MANUFACTURER: Viking Air Limited SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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