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January 09, 2010

EASA Issues Preliminary Safety Data For 2009

One Fatal Accident Overshadows Good Safety Record

2009 was the year with the lowest number of fatal accidents on record for the 31 Member States of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), according to preliminary data.

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Klyde Morris (01.08.10)

Yeah, The TSA Is Making This WAY Too Easy...


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NTSB Releases CVR Transcript In January '09 Helo Crash

Sikorsky S-76C++ Went Down In Louisiana, Killing 8

The NTSB has released a transcript of the CVR from a Sikorsky S-76C++ which went down in January 2009 minutes after takeoff. No probable cause has yet been determined for the accident.

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FAA Says Manufacturers Dragging Their Feet On CV And FD Recorder Regs

New Compliance Date Pushed As Far As April 2012

Saying it is "seriously disappointed" in major airline manufacturers, the FAA has re-opened comments on an NPRM that would require manufacturers to upgrade the digital cockpit voice and flight data recorders used in commercial aircraft.

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Boeing Reaches 2009 Commercial Airplane Delivery Target

Says The Order Book Totals 3,375 Airplanes

Despite a very difficult economy, Boeing says it reached its target for airplane deliveries for 2009, with 481 new aircraft delivered to its customers. And the Commercial Airplanes backlog remains strong at 3,375 airplanes.

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New United Airlines Pilots Union Head Softens Tactics

But Capt. Wendy Morse Says Higher Wages Still The Main Goal

Captain Wendy Morse, who was elected the head of the United Airlines Pilots Union in October of last year, says she will abandon some of the harsher tactics used by her predecessor in contract negotiations.

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Dart, Flight Management Systems, Partner To Provide Digital Maps

System Based On GIS Technology

Dart Helicopter Services (DHS) has announced a new distribution agreement with the Flight Management Systems (FMS). The relationship will allow DHS customers access to another useful helicopter accessory: digital moving maps.

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Snoozing Business Class Passengers Have Pockets Picked

Air France Passengers Lost Over $5,700

Five business-class passengers sleeping through a long Air France flight from Tokyo to Paris woke up to find they had been relieved of their money, and there was nothing the airline could do about it.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.09.10)

"The FAA is seriously disappointed with the manufacturers and other facets of the industry. The identicality and scope of the various petitions appears as a decision by industry not to comply with the April 2010 date, a decision that was made some time ago." Source: Excerpt from the Federal Register.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.09.10): Same Direction Aircraft

Aircraft are operating in the same direction when they are following the same track in the same direction, their tracks are parallel and the aircraft are flying in the same direction, or their tracks intersect at an angle of less than 45 degrees.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.09.10)

Wing Walkers A story about an 89-year-old wing walker sent us looking for inforation about this barnstorming stunt which has been around almost as long as there have been airplanes. The best we found was from The Centennial Of Flight Commission, which has a history of some of the worlds best-known wing-walkers.

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