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June 10, 2009

Obama Taps Hersman To Lead NTSB

Labor-Friendly Choices Continue

The Obama Administration is picking Deborah Hersman to lead the National Transportation Safety Board... a move (like the choice of Babbitt for the FAA Admin) that is expected to gain great favor with organized labor, especially with the additional announcement renominating former airline union executive Harry Hoglander to a new term on the National Mediation Board.

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Mission Accomplished... Piper CEO Steps Aside

New Leadership Comes From Piper Ranks

 ANN is getting details of a significant changing of the guard at long-time GA manufacturer, Piper Aircraft. President/CEO James Bass (pictured below), who successfully engineered the reorganization and eventual sale of Piper Aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.10.09

Airlines scramble to replace Airbus pitot tubes.
Eclipse owners get a new option for type and recurrent training.
And big companies bail on the Paris Air Show, but small ones rush in.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.10.09

Airlines scramble to replace Airbus pitot tubes.
Eclipse owners get a new option for type and recurrent training.
And big companies bail on the Paris Air Show, but small ones rush in.

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ANN Special Feature: Ed Downs - The ASTM Process - 06.10.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with ASTM Compliance Consultant Ed Downs about the history and nature of the ASTM process for creating standards governing Light Sport Aircraft in the US, and the possibility

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Golden Knights To Jump Again With Former President Bush

Bush Keeps On Skydiving!

The US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will have the honor and privilege to perform a tandem jump with the 41st President, George H. W. Bush, as he celebrates his 85th birthday. The event will take place in Kennebunkport, Maine, as family and friends gather to observe the former president's jump.

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Regional Airline Pilot Training Under The Microscope

Colgan Air Crash Is The Catalyst

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured below) and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Tuesday that they have ordered FAA inspectors to immediately focus inspection on training programs to ensure that regional airlines are complying with federal regulations.

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Mars Orbiter Back In Business

Unexpected Re-Boot Still A Mystery

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining Mars again with its scientific instruments after successfully transitioning out of a precautionary standby mode triggered by an unexpected June 3 rebooting of its computer.

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Gates Expresses Confidence in US Missile Defenses

Amid speculation that North Korea could be preparing for another missile test, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress today he's confident the United States has the missile defenses in place to defend itself, if necessary.

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See The USA In Your LSA ... In A Day

Historic Flight from Florida to California

Pilots Matt Hansen and Jessica Scharle successfully completed a transcontinental flight in a Light Sport Airplane (LSA) from Jacksonville, FL to El Cajon, CA within a single day. The pair departed Cecil Field Monday morning at 0601 EDT, made five stops along the way, and touched down at Gillespie Field near San Diego at 2222 PDT for an elapsed time of 19 hours and 21 minutes, including time for fuel stops.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.10.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.10.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.10.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Ed Downs - The ASTM Process - 06.10.09 (ANN Special Report, with ASTM Consultant, Ed Downs)

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NASA, ESA Consider Mars Collaboration

Neither Can Afford To Go It Alone

Budget constraints are pushing NASA to consider a joint Mars exploration venture with Europe, and by 2016, the US may join forces with the European Space Agency for future Mars trips. The move would signal a significant shift in NASA policy.

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NATA Releases Updated Standards Guide

Group Hopes To Encourage Airport Standards Development

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has released its 2009 revision of the Airport Sponsors Guide to Minimum Standards and Airport Rules & Regulations.

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New Digital TXCVR Debuts

MGL Avionics Launches V10 VHF Aviation Transceiver

MGL's just-released non-TSO'd aviation VHF transceiver is the first commercial product of its kind to utilize digital receiver and transmitter technology, according to the company.

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Avidyne Announces MIT Graduate Fellowship Recipients

Avidyne has announced the 2009 recipients of the Avidyne Graduate Fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (MIT AeroAstro) in Cambridge, MA. The Avidyne Graduate Fellowships were established in 2008 by MIT alumnus and Avidyne President Dan Schwinn.

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Aero-TV: An AHRS In Your Pocket -- Crossbow's New AHC525 (Part 2)

Teeny-Tiny AHRS... Huge Capabilities

As we noted yesterday, you rarely see the tiny little boxes that provide the physical guidance for today's ingenious generation of glass panel cockpits. Solid-state by design and bereft of the hundreds of moving parts once associated with gyros and their support systems, the modern AHRS is a dependable, and superior replacement for the vacuum pumps and gyros of old.

Aero-TV: An AHRS In Your Pocket -- Crossbow's New AHC525 (Part 2)

Teeny-Tiny AHRS... Huge Capabilities

As we noted yesterday, you rarely see the tiny little boxes that provide the physical guidance for today's ingenious generation of glass panel cockpits. Solid-state by design and bereft of the hundreds of moving parts once associated with gyros and their support systems, the modern AHRS is a dependable, and superior replacement for the vacuum pumps and gyros of old.

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ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2009 Stringers!!!

Oshkosh 2009 Stringer Selection NOW Underway

You've seen, for several years, what a great job our stringers, news-spies, and helpers have done at a number of high-profile aviation events. GREAT writers, photographers and videographers have helped us gather information and wave the flag for us at these shows! FMI: Stringers Wanted For 2009!

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Flight 447 Vertical Stabilizer Found

Find Helps Narrow Search For Voice And Data Recorders

Search crews have recovered a section of the vertical stabilizer from Air France flight 447, which broke up over the Atlantic Ocean last week after apparently penetrating a violent thunderstorm. Authorities say the find could provide clues as to why the airliner broke up in flight, and narrow the search for the Airbus A330's cockpit voice and data recorders.

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NTSB Official Apologizes To 1549 Flight Attendant

Captain Praised As A Hero

The first day of testimony in the NTSB hearing on US Airways Flight 1549, which ditched in the Hudson River in January, brought praise for the crew of the aircraft, as well as harrowing stories from the passengers.

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Bird Radar A Special Focus NTSB 1549 Hearing

Companies Disagree On Technology

There's an old saying in aviation that "a bird in the prop will cause the airplane to stop."  Bird strikes have always been a cause for concern in the aviation industry, and one of the topics scheduled to be reviewed at this week's NTSB hearing on US Airways Flight 1549 is developments in technologies such as radar for bird tracking at airports.

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NextGen 'Green' Navigation Undergoes Real-World Test

Trans-Atlantic Flight Aims To Prove Concept

When American Airlines Flight 63 departs Paris for Miami at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, June 11, it will embark upon a journey to prove that trans-Atlantic flights can be operated a bit greener and leaner.

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Pay Cuts Proposed For British Airways Pilots

Airline Looking To Cut Costs

Saying the company is in a "fight for survival", British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh has said he will seek across-the-board pay cuts from employees, including pilots. Management planned meetings this week with BALPA, the union which represents BA's pilots.

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ILFC Plans To Boost Orders

Cites Increased Demand From Airlines

International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), Airbus and Boeing's biggest customer, said it will increase aircraft orders between 20 percent and 30 percent within the next 12 months to 18 months, Chief Executive Officer Steven Udvar-Hazy said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. The boost is due to increasing demand from airlines to replace older models.

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GE Expects Engine Orders To Fall By Half

Company Still Has Plenty Of Orders To Fill

The world's largest maker of jet engines says the air travel slump and fewer orders for new aircraft will cut its orders by 50 percent in the coming year. Jack Lutze, vice-president of sales for Europe and Africa, told Reuters on Tuesday some deferrals were likely for next year's deliveries but only a few cancellations, a sign that more airlines are likely to postpone plane buying in the downturn.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.10.09):

Flap Deflection Angle The flap deflection angle is the angle between the deflected flap and the chord line. The angle is positive for a downwards deflection of the flap. Deflect the flap downwards to increase the airfoil's lift.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.10.09)

Aero-Linx: Air Racing History Probably since the day there were two airplanes, the people who flew them wanted to know whose was faster. Competition seems to be in our nature, and those of us who fly are no different. "Air Racing History" offers a look at the glory days of air racing, with colorful descriptions, historic photographs , and other memorabilia. A fun place to stop for a few minutes of nostalgia.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.10.09)

“I don’t think it was one thing, it was many things. We had a highly experienced, well-trained crew. The first officer, Jeffrey Skiles, and I worked together well as a team and we solved each problem as it presented itself to us.” Source:  USAir 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger, responding to a question at an NTSB Hearing, about why this incident turned out so much better than others of its type.

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