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January 08, 2009

Southwest Places Suspected Intoxicated Pilot On Leave

Runs To Bathroom After Passengers Accuse Him Of Drinking

No one knows for certain whether the Southwest Airlines pilot accused of being drunk by passengers at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) this week was actually too intoxicated to fly, except for the pilot himself... but it sure doesn't look good, and the airline has put the man in question on paid leave while the FAA looks into the matter.

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Boeing Releases Sales, Deliveries Figures For 2008

Not A Record... But All Told, Not Terrible

Boeing said early on that 2008 would be an off year for aircraft sales -- and sure enough, it was right. The American planemaker announced Thursday it took net orders for 662 new planes for the year, bringing its backlog of unfilled commercial orders to more than 3,700 airplanes.

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Law Firm Says F-14 Seizure In Chino Resolved

Yanks Air Museum Rescinds Ownership Of Planes

ANN has learned the Yanks Air Museum of Chino, CA and the United States Government have resolved their differences related to two F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft that Yanks had previously purchased.

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Continental Says Biofuel Flight 'Went According To Plan'

On A Wing, A Prayer... And Pond Scum

On Wednesday, Continental Airlines demonstrated the use of sustainable biofuel to power a commercial aircraft for the first time ever in North America. The demonstration flight -- conducted in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell's UOP -- also marked the first sustainable biofuel demonstration flight by a commercial carrier using a two-engine aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B engines.

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'Sky Steward' Makes Appeal For Polite Flight

Says Travel Manners Are 'A True Indicator Of Class'

Jetiquette Academy first came to ANN's attention last summer, when the group implored passengers to consider the feelings of airline workers before sounding off about what are usually relatively minor inconveniences of air travel. The organization also offered a seminar for those workers, to help them be both more understanding of customer issues, and more resilient to the occasional bad egg.

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Guitarist Helps Subdue Bomb Scare Passenger On Delta Flight

If You're Gonna Do Something Stupid, Avoid Flights With Rappers Onboard

Nevermind FAMS. Maybe what airlines really need to insure safety onboard commercial planes are rappers.

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Several Airlines At Odds With FAA Over Rest Limit Rules

Carriers Want Formal Public Review Ahead Of Implementation

A cooperative effort between pilots and the FAA to extend guidelines for rest periods following long haul commercial airline flights has drawn the ire of several US carriers.

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Lake Aircraft Assets For Sale... Again

2005 AirVenture Auction Ended In Failure

Just in time for the global economic recession, the assets of defunct planemaker Lake Aircraft are once again being offered for sale to, well... pretty much anybody with a healthy checkbook balance and a dream.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.08.09

Aviation Humorist Rod Machado At AOPA Expo 2008, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.08.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.08.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Rod Machado: 01.08.09 (ANN Special Report, with the second half of veteran flight instructor and aviation humorist Rod Machado's talk

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ANN Exclusive: Cirrus Gets 'Lean' For '09

Company-Wide Staff Meeting Sets Agenda For Year

 [ANN Real-Time Update, 1100 EST, On Location in Duluth, MN]: A company-wide staff meeting has just concluded, in which incoming Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters outlined what Cirrus Design will be doing to keep the company healthy in a wholly unhealthy economic climate.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.08.09

Sturgell will be gone four days before President Bush.
Airline load factors are up...slightly.
And Embraer's Lineage 1000 earns FAA certification.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.08.09

Sturgell will be gone four days before President Bush.
Airline load factors are up...slightly.
And Embraer's Lineage 1000 earns FAA certification.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Rod Machado, In-Flight Emergencies, Part II - 01.08.09

Today, we'll conclude aviation humorist Rod Machado's talk to the crowd at AOPA's 2008 Fly-In about in-flight emergencies.

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TSA Changes Policy On Union Literature In Response To AFGE Action

Union Urges Immediate Compliance With Ruling

The American Federation of Government Employees' influence at the Transportation Security Administration is once again evident as TSA recently changed a policy AFGE claimed violated the constitutional rights to association and free speech.

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Aero-TV: More Speed, More Power -- Bob Carlton's Super Salto

A Glider That Goes... WHOOSH???

The 2008 ICAS Convention brought together a lot of diverse talent from all aspects of the airshow industry... but a few of those attending raised some eyebrows... like Bob Carlton.

Aero-TV Gets A Look At A Jet-Powered Glider: Bob Carlton's Super Salto

A Glider That Goes... WHOOSH???

The 2008 ICAS Convention brought together a lot of diverse talent from all aspects of the airshow industry... but a few of those attending this year raised some eyebrows... like Bob Carlton.

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Airlines Report Record Load Factors In December

But Hopes Of High Ticket Prices Haven't Come True... Yet

When the US domestic airlines announced last summer that they were planning capacity cuts, some industry observers worried the cuts would be too deep. Most of those carriers have now posted their stats for December, and it looks as if they planned about right.

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Opinions Differ On Role Of Crosswind In Continental Accident

Updated NTSB Report Offers Little Resolution

Early speculation about an accident at Denver International Airport last month, in which a Continental 737 veered off a runway December 20 during its takeoff run and was destroyed, has centered on the role crosswinds might have played.

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Spacecraft Shows Active Galaxies Are Different Near And Far

NASA Swift Reveals Range Of Distinctive Traits

An ongoing X-ray survey undertaken by NASA's Swift spacecraft is revealing differences between nearby active galaxies and those located about halfway across the universe. Understanding these differences will help clarify the relationship between a galaxy and its central black hole.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #4: Escape Methods

Aero-Tip #4: Escape Method Examples

EXAMPLE 1: When flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), you are level at 6,000 feet MSL. The minimum enroute altitude is below you at 3,000 feet. After being level in cruise for 30 minutes, you notice that the temperature aloft is lower than forecasted and is below freezing...

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NBAA Hires Chris Strong As VP, Membership Marketing

Comes To Group From Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has hired association marketing veteran Chris Strong as its new vice president, membership marketing. He officially joined the Association on January 5, and reports to NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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Former Head Of FAA Aircraft Maintenance Division Joins AAR

Dave Cann Retired From Agency Last January

AAR Corp. announced this week Dave Cann, former head of the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Standards Service, Aircraft Maintenance Division has joined AAR as Vice President, Regulatory Compliance responsible for quality and safety at the company's repair station businesses.

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Astrotech Wins Two ULA Contracts

Spacehab Subsidiary Will Fly New Missions In 2009

Spacehab announced Wednesday its Astrotech subsidiary located in Titusville, FL was awarded two contracts totaling $3.2 million from United Launch Alliance (ULA) in support of the ground processing of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, GOES O&P. Both satellites are scheduled for launch in 2009.

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ExcelAire Adds GIV-SP To Gulfstream Fleet

Offers Nonstop Service, Coast To Coast

Further expanding its Gulfstream fleet, ExcelAire announced this week the addition of a 16-seat GIV-SP to its fleet.  The aircraft is ideally suited for small and large parties and is capable of flying non-stop from the US to Europe or coast to coast.

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Phillips 66 Aviation Adds To Its FBO Network

Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois Airports Now Served

Phillips 66 Aviation rang in 2009 with a number of Midwestern fixed base operators now offering its branded services.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.08.09)

Aero-Linx!

The CATP Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and serves as a unique memorial to those airmen who trained and served, and especially those who died, while serving their country in the air war of 1939-1945.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.08.09): Bleed Air

Aero-Terms!

Hot high-pressure air extracted from gas turbine engine compressor or combustor and taken through valves and pipes to perform useful work such as pressurization, driving machinery or anti-icing by heating surfaces.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.08.09)

"Whether it's causal or not, I don't think you have enough information to go there yet."

Source: John Cox, a former pilot and aviation consultant, on the possible role a stiff crosswind played in the December 20 takeoff crash of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 at Denver International Airport.

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