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May 27, 2009

Air Canada: Its All About Cash

Every Penny Counts...

Air Canada, which sits on the brink of a possible second bankruptcy in six years, has received some good news. The Toronto Star reports Canada's largest airline has reached a preliminary agreement with a credit-card processor that will reduce the amount of cash Air Canada is required to keep on hand.

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Turboprops Making A 'Comeback'

No Arguing With The Economics

Not so many years ago, the general public's image of propeller aircraft appeared to be pushing turboprops out at the regionals. Now, volatile fuel prices and slimmer operating margins have regional airlines not only committing to their existing turboprop fleets, but considering stretched versions with up to 100 seats.

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Committee Recommends Building New James City, VA Airport

But The New Facility Is A Long Way From Reality

After a year-long feasibility study, the James City Board of Supervisors' Community Airport Committee has recommended that the county build a new airport, rather than buy and operate Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (pictured below).

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New York Sales Tax Could Ground GA

Exemption Set To Expire At The End Of The Year

A state sales tax exemption on general aviation repairs, maintenance, and parts enacted five years ago by former New York Governor George Pataki is set to expire at the end of 2009, and some fear the move could severely damage GA in the state.

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NTSB Updates Investigation Into 'Ecoflyer' Accident

Wreckage Path Over 1/4 Mile Long

The tragic and somewhat mysterious fate of the Canadian Ecoflyer demonstrator, returning home from a Florida aviation event, appears to (still) leave a number of questions as to what happened to the aircraft to bring it down.

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Virgin Atlantic's Ridgway: No Major Airline Will Make Money This Year

But Virgin Atlantic's Profits Are UP So Far

More airline industry news from across the pond today. Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgeway said today that no major airline should expect to make a profit this year, in the face of the global economic downturn.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.27.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.27.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.27.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Airlines, Obesity and Psychological Issues - 05.27.09 (ANN Special Report, with Dr. Rebecca Puhl)

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NBAA Convention Named Fifth-Largest Trade Show in US

Finally... A Little Respect For The BizAv Folks

Tradeshow Week recently announced that the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention rose to the fifth position in its rankings of largest trade shows in the United States for 2008, which serves as a testament to the 1.2 million jobs and the $150 billion that the business aviation industry contributes...

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Fantasy of Flight Acquires TBM Avenger

Same Type Flown by President Bush Sr. Joins Aircraft Collection

Those lucky enough to be looking to the skies recently, between Miami and Polk City, FL, may have spotted an amazing sight - a TBM "Avenger" World War II Torpedo Bomber - working its way home to join part of the world's largest private rare and vintage aircraft collection at Fantasy of Flight.

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Embraer Delivers 100th Super Tucano

Brazilian Air Force Receives Advanced Training And Light Attack Airplane

Embraer has delivered their 100th Super Tucano aircraft, Tuesday, at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) established the technical-operational requisites for this advanced turboprop, designated as the A-29 by the FAB, which has ordered 99 aircraft.

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New Airport Hangar Scheduled For John Bell Williams Airport (M16)

A new hangar to accommodate growing storage demand by large twin-engine aircraft and business jet owners has completed the design stage and will begin construction this month with available occupancy for a tenant this fall, thanks to a multi-modal grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

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Jetpool Puts Carolina's First Phenom 100 To Work

Ryan Stone, CEO of air taxi operator Jetpool, LLC, reports that they have taken delivery of their first Embraer Phenom 100 jet. The company is therefore launching a 'Jetpool Shares' fractional ownership program. "The Phenom 100's ultra-efficient design hits the sweet spot of the average domestic business trip, 2-3 people traveling about 500 miles, yet costs roughly 30% less to own and operate than comparably sized jets," said Stone.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.27.09

If you're flying near Camp David on a holiday weekend, get a briefing!
Was a mid-air break-up actually a hit-and-run?
And propellers still refuse to go quietly.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.27.09

If you're flying near Camp David on a holiday weekend, get a briefing!
Was a mid-air break-up actually a hit-and-run?
And propellers still refuse to go quietly.


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ANN Special Feature: Airlines, Obesity and Psychological Issues - 05.27.09

With renewed talk of airline fares based on passenger weight, are there non-economic implications for overweight passengers?

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Dr. Rebecca Puhl, Director of Resear

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Aero-TV: Feeling The G's -- S.A.F.E Takes Off!

Doug Stewart Tells Aero-TV About Aero-Education's Newest Advocate

Regular readers of ANN are all too familiar with the recent turmoil that surrounded the National Association of Flight Instructors and the ultimate upheaval that produced a new organization... the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators. Former NAFI luminary Doug Stewart has accepted part of the leadership mantle as SAFE gets underway and it is that early, tenuous process that Doug agreed to discuss for this episode of Aero-TV. .

Spectacular Record: ANG's 129 Rescue Wing Tallies 600th Save

That Others May Live... 600 So Far!

 It is truly a most spectacular record... Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing based rescued two Afghan National Army soldiers in the Oruzgan Province of Afghanistan May 15th, raising the number of lives saved by the unit from 599 to 601.

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GA REALLY Cares -- Free Flights For American Heroes

Wounded Iraq War Vets Ride For Free To Wounded Warrior Event

Angel Flight West will fly 15 wounded warriors, and their significant others, to a five-day reunion in Pagosa Springs Colorado beginning June 1. The event, hosted by the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, brings together soldiers severely injured in Iraq for activities such as horse-back riding, fishing, spa days, fine dining and more.

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Aero-TV: Feeling The G's -- S.A.F.E Takes Off!

Doug Stewart Tells Aero-TV About Aero-Education's Newest Advocate

Regular readers of ANN are all too familiar with the recent turmoil that surrounded the National Association of Flight Instructors and the ultimate upheaval that produced a new organization... the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators. Former NAFI luminary Doug Stewart has accepted part of the leadership mantle as SAFE gets underway and it is that early, tenuous process that Doug agreed to discuss for this episode of Aero-TV.

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New Software/Capabilities For Dynon Avionics

Company Says The Upgrade Is Available Now

Dynon Avionics has announced the release of a new software version 5.1 for their EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) and EMS (Engine Monitoring System) products. This software upgrade is available free for customers with compatible instruments.

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GA To TSA: Enough! End Burdensome Regs On GA!

TSA's Draconian Actions Are Creating Intense Dissatisfaction With Agency

It's no secret that TSA seems to have developed a 'regulate first and evaluate effects later' approach to dealing with GA. And the industry is about fed up with it all.. Six GA advocacy groups are using the occasion of reauthorization for the Transportation Security Administration to call for an end to the agency's habit of imposing costly burdens on general aviation with no input from stakeholders.

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National Space Society Approves of NASA Nominees

Former Executive Director Tapped For One Of The Top Spots

The National Space Society (NSS) has offered its congrats to retired Marine Major General and four-time Space Shuttle Astronaut Charles Bolden on his nomination to the office of NASA Administrator, and Lori Garver on her nomination to the office of Deputy Administrator. President Barack Obama announced both nominations on Saturday.

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Planes Come Home, But Finding The Pilots Is More Difficult

Skyrocketing Interest In Warbirds Leave Some Flyers' Remains In Limbo

The US Military spends hundreds of millions of dollars to locate the remains of missing aviators from World War II, but they often find themselves in a race against collectors and salvagers hoping to restore vintage airplanes.

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KC-767J Tankers Go On Active Duty... in Japan

What's This? A Modern Tanker Program That's Going 'Active'?

Three KC-767J aerial refueling tankers recently achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) and have been placed in an active air wing in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). After all the turmoil associated with other tanker development programs, this qualifies as a truly pivotal event in the aerial-refueling game.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.27.09):

Dzus Fastener Pronounced 'Zoose', a Dzus Fastener is a pretty unique component for aircraft use -- it being a patented slotted screw that binds to a wire for fast release and securing of cowlings and inspection plates, requiring no special tool other than a quarter coin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.27.09)

Aero-Linx: USAF Fact Sheet -- GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM The Global Positioning System is a constellation of orbiting satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian users all over the world. The system is operated and controlled by the 50th Space Wing, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.27.09)

"On behalf of the citizens of California, I commend the men and women of the 129th Rescue Wing on their 600th and 601st saves, which demonstrates their continued dedication to saving lives... From fires and hurricanes to combat operations, no challenge is too great for these guardsmen." Source: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, congratulating the Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing on their 600th life saved. 

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