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March 20, 2009

New ISS Solar Array Deploys Smoothly

They're Celebrating In Houston... AND In Orbit

You might say Friday's successful deployment of the final set of solar array 'wings' onboard the International Space Station recharged NASA's batteries -- sending new energy throughout the combined Expedition 18 and STS-119 crews, as well as mission controllers in Houston. And, of course, the orbital complex.

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DOT Proposes Two Airlines For New US-Brazil Air Services

Says US Airways, Continental Would Inject New Competition

The US Department of Transportation Friday proposed to award Continental Airlines and US Airways new rights to fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If the decision is finalized, Continental could operate a new daily nonstop roundtrip flight from Houston as early as June 1 and US Airways could begin a new daily nonstop roundtrip flight from Charlotte, NC on October 1.

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New Condo/Hangar Development Taking Shape at DVT

FBO Chain Partners On Deer Valley's First Privately-Owned Hangars

Already one of the most active General Aviation airports in the United States, Phoenix's Deer Valley Airport (DVT) now offers owners of high-performance turboprop and turbine aircraft the opportunity to own their own hangar as part of a new executive condo/hangar development on the airport.

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Lessons Of Flight 1549: Flight Attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Walsh, and Donna Dent

The US House Aviation Subcommittee hears the story of the Miracle on the Hudson as related by flight attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Welsh, and Donna Dent, and some parting comments on birds and piloting from First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and Captain Chesley Sullenberger.

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AOPA Airport Support Network Reaches 2,000 Volunteer Milestone

Organization's Eyes And Ears At Local Airports

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Airport Support Network (ASN) recently surpassed the 2,000 volunteer mark. The volunteers are AOPA’s eyes and ears at America's community airports, helping the Frederick, MD-based national pilot advocacy organization stay informed about local airport issues.

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Third C-130 AMP Aircraft Flies Ahead Of Schedule

Modification Program Adds Glass Capabilities To Stalwart Transports

Boeing disclosed this week it successfully completed the first test flight of the US Air Force's third C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft on January 17, three weeks ahead of schedule. The flight marked another milestone for the most comprehensive C-130 avionics modification ever conducted.

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First US Marine Flies F-35 Lightning II

Becomes Fifth Person To Fly JSF

This week, Major Joseph T. "O.D." Bachmann became the first US Marine Corps pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, logging the flight-test program's 90th mission. He is the fifth pilot to fly the stealthy, multi-role fighter.

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African Airline Takes Delivery Of Its First ATR 72-500

Air Botswana To Receive Two Planes

National-flag carrier Air Botswana took delivery this week of its first new ATR 72-500, in accordance with a deal for two ATR 72-500s inked last year and valued at roughly US $37 million. The carrier will add its new ATR 72-500s to its current fleet of three ATR 42-500s, operating the new turboprops on routes previously operated by regional jets that become unprofitable.

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Billionaire 'Tourinaut' Prepares For Second ISS Visit

Simonyi Will Be First Repeat Private Space Explorer

In preparation for his March 26 launch to the International Space Station, Charles Simonyi has outlined the mission objectives he hopes to achieve during his second visit to the International Space Station.

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Final Ares I-X Test Hardware Arrives In Florida

Launch Scheduled For This Summer

After a seven-day, 2,917-mile journey, a train carrying the four motor segments for the Ares I-X rocket arrived Thursday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The motor is the final hardware needed for the rocket's upcoming test flight this summer.

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Online Poll For NASA's Mars Rover Naming Contest Opens March 23

And No... "Colbert" Is Not An Option!

NASA will post online nine names that are finalists for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory mission and invite the public to vote for its favorite. The non-binding poll to help NASA select a name opens online Monday, March 23, and will accept votes through March 29.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.20.09

Searchers find Sparky Imeson's plane.
Cessna loses a second SkyCatcher prototype to a flight-test crash.
And Dassault Aviation has an upbeat message for analysts.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.20.09

Searchers find Sparky Imeson's plane.
Cessna loses a second SkyCatcher prototype to a flight-test crash.
And Dassault Aviation has an upbeat message for analysts.


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ANN Special Feature: Lessons from Flight 1549, Part IV: The Cabin Crew - 03.20.09

The US House Aviation Subcommittee hears the story of the Miracle on the Hudson as related by flight attendants Shelia Dail, Doreen Welsh, and Donna Dent, and some parting comments on birds and pil

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Aero-TV Profiles Cecil Field 2009: An Airshow For Alan Henley

Record Number of Performers Scheduled -- This Is THE Place To Be This April!

As previously noted, the airshow industry, and the community that supports it, is said to be a close-knit and supportive one... and if there was ever any doubt about that, it has to disappear with the upcoming Cecil Field Airshow... a celebration of aviation that has been brought about, in large part, to help and support Alan Henley (pictured right), a much beloved member of the AeroShell Aerobatic team who suffered a paralyzing injury last year while engaged in the simple act of playing with his kids.

Aero-TV Profiles Cecil Field 2009: An Airshow For Alan Henley

Record Number of Performers Scheduled -- This Is THE Place To Be April 18-19!

As previously noted, the airshow industry, and the community that supports it, is said to be a close-knit and supportive one... and if there was ever any doubt about that, it has to disappear with the upcoming Cecil Field Airshow... a celebration of aviation that has been brought about, in large part, to help and support Alan Henley...

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First STS-119 Spacewalk In The Books

S6 Truss Installation Complete; Solar Panels Deployment Friday

The first of three planned spacewalks during Discovery's stay at the International Space Station is in the books. On Thursday, astronauts installed the station's final truss segment, Starboard 6, containing the fourth pair of solar arrays.

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STL Police Bust Delta Baggage Handler Crime Ring

Over 900 Items Stolen, And Recovered

If you're still not convinced you shouldn't put valuables in your checked bags, this one's for you.

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Six Reported Lost In Quito Plane Downing

Small Plane Impacted Buildings In Heavy Fog

An Ecuadorian military aircraft impacted two buildings in the capital city of Quito Thursday afternoon, claiming the three people onboard the plane and at least three people on the ground.

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IATA: Global Airline Losses May Surpass $2.5 Billion This Year

Bisignani Says Original Forecast Proved "Very Optimistic"

The International Air Transport Association tracks the airline business all over the world. Its latest forecast is that 2009 will be uglier than first predicted.

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Klyde Morris (03.20.09)

NASA Deals With Fallout From Animal Rights Groups...

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MAF Takes Delivery Of Its First Kodiak 100

Eleventh Airframe To Be Used For Missionary Work

Mission Aviation Fellowship took delivery this week of its first Kodiak 100, the first of the next-generation bush planes to be produced under an arrangement between the ministry and the manufacturer, Quest Aircraft Co. of Sandpoint, ID.

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Last Flight Test Dreamliner Enters Final Assembly

Boeing Has 878 Orders For Delayed Airliner

While we're still months away from the first flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the planemaker announced Thursday the sixth and final 787 Dreamliner designated for flight test is now undergoing final assembly in Everett, WA. The airplane, designated ZA006, will be powered with General Electric GEnx engines.

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Lockheed Martin, Greece Celebrate 'Peace Xenia IV' Inauguration

First Block 52 Advanced F-16 Delivered To Hellenic Air Force

Ceremonies were held Thursday at Lockheed Martin's headquarters in Fort Worth, TX to commemorate the F-16 Peace Xenia IV program for Greece, and delivery of the first Block 52 Advanced F-16s under the agreement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WWI aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country's airplanes in time of war.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.09): Almucantar

Aero-Terms!

An almucantar (also called a "parallel of altitude") is a circle on the celestial sphere that is parallel to the horizon. It consists of all points at a given altitude - if two points are on the same almucantar, they have the same altitude.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.20.09)

"Our last industry forecast made in December was for a $2.5 billion loss in 2009. This is now looking very optimistic..."

Source: International Air Transport Association CEO Giovanni Bisignani, speaking during a briefing in Kuala Lumpur this week. IATA will issue a revised forecast next week, reflecting worse-than-expected drops in international passenger and cargo traffic in the first months of 2009.

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