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January 16, 2009

Discovery Of Methane Reveals Mars Is Not A Dead Planet

Hints At Microscopic Organisms, Possible Liquid Water

A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically active.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.16.09

Obama And LASP: NBAA President Ed Bolen

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.16.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Obama and LASP: 01.16.09 (ANN Special Report, with NBAA President Ed Bolen.)

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Delta Aircraft Technicians Seniority Agreement Approved

Over 25 Percent Of Merged Workforce Now Integrated

Delta Air Lines was notified by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) this week that pre-merger Northwest technicians voted to approve an agreement on seniority integration.

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Hearing Underway On Sale Of Eclipse Assets To ETIRC

Depositors Say They Have Legal Stake On Unfinished Planes

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.16.08 1430 EST: Twenty-four depositors whose Eclipse 500 jets were left unfinished on the production line when the Albuquerque, NM-based company filed for bankruptcy last year are now in federal bankruptcy court, pleading that the eventual owners of the assets of Eclipse Aviation -- presumably, European shareholder ETIRC Aviation, the only qualified bidder -- should be required to finish their planes, finish them completely, and at the originally contracted price.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.09

There are no serious injuries as an A320 ditches in New York's Hudson River.
The FAA shuts down an Ohio air freight company.
And Teledyne Continental pushes back against the recession

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.16.09

There are no serious injuries as an A320 ditches in New York's Hudson River.
The FAA shuts down an Ohio air freight company.
And Teledyne Continental pushes back against the recession

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ANN Special Feature: Ed Bolen, NBAA - 01.16.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ed Bolen, President & CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, about Barack Obama's incoming administration and the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program.<

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AOPA's Fuller To Speak At Wichita Aero Club Luncheon

First Public Comments As President Of Pilot Group

Craig Fuller, who took over the reins of the country's largest pilots organization at the beginning of the year, will make his first public comments since assuming his new role at the Wichita Aero Club's monthly luncheon at noon on January 28, 2009 at the Wichita Airport Hilton.

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Socata Delivers 60 TBM 850s In 2008

Turboprops Are Still Alive And Well, Thank You

With new ownership comes a new record for the company now known as Daher-Socata. The European planemaker announced this week it delivered 60 TBM 850 single-engine turboprop business aircraft in 2008, bringing total deliveries for the type to 148 planes.

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NASA Debuts Global Hawk For Earth Science Research

Will Provide High-Altitude Look At Planet

NASA and Northrop Grumman Corporation have unveiled the first Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to be used for environmental science research, heralding a new application for the world's first fully autonomous high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft. The debut took place Thursday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA.

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Airborne Systems Completes Test Drop With GigaFly 'Chute

Modular Ram-Air Parachute Lowers Heavy Payload Under Autonomous Control

Parachute manufacturer Airborne Systems announced this week it successfully completed a test drop deploying an 18,000 lb payload from 17,500 MSL under a modified modular ram-air parachute. This testing was conducted as part of a US Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center development program to investigate the use of a modular design for precision guided airdrop of heavy payload systems.

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What's In A Name? Cessna Provides Curious Answer

Would A Corvalis By Any Other Name Fly Just As Sweet?

Some news is good, and some news is bad. And some news makes you raise an eyebrow and say, "Um, okay...?"

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Angel Flight West Implements Cost Saving Plan For Volunteer Pilots

Fuel Discount Program Supports Pilots Transporting Those In Need

Responding to the high price of aviation fuel, Angel Flight West -- the country's largest volunteer pilot organization arranging and providing, through its volunteer pilot members, free air transportation for non-emergency health care issues, is implementing a fuel discount program to help pilots on AFW missions pay for fuel.

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Flexjet 25 Jet Card Intros New Payment, Aircraft Selection Options

Includes Option To Split Time Between Types

The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, operated by Jet Solutions LLC under FAR Part 135, has introduced two new features to provide prospective jet card owners new payment and aircraft selection options.

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Upgraded! Chris Morris Named Director Of Safety At Executive AirShare

Hired As King Air Pilot In November 2007

Executive AirShare, a Kansas City, MO-based fractional aircraft ownership company, announced Wednesday that Chris Morris has been promoted to the position of director of safety. Morris is responsible for overseeing the company's safety management systems and emergency response plan, and will report to Executive AirShare Director of Operations Adam Letts.

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Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part Two)

Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun

Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.

Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part Two)

Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun

Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ (pictured below, left, working on a Helicycle) had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.

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TCM Confirms Reduced Engine Pricing

Company Touts Replacement Option, Instead Of Overhaul

Confirming statements made to ANN earlier this week, late Thursday evening Teledyne Continental Motors announced it has reduced its list pricing on all aftermarket new and factory-rebuilt engines by as much as 10 percent.

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BTS: Airlines Posted Record Systemwide, Domestic Load Factors In October '08

But Overall Traffic Numbers Continue Steep Decline

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on US airlines during October 2008 declined by 7.1 percent from October 2007, dropping by 4.6 million to 59.6 million, in the 8th consecutive monthly decline from the same month of the previous year, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday.

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FAA Awards Ground Surveillance Contract To Thales ATM

System May Replace Higher-Cost ASDE-X Installations

The first contract to install and test a low-cost ground surveillance system intended to improve runway safety at small to medium-sized airports was recently awarded to Thales ATM by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Ouch! Rare Spitfire Damaged In Wheels-Up Landing

New Zealand Air Show Will Continue, Minus Main Attraction

A fully restored World War II fighter scheduled to make its debut at a New Zealand air show this weekend will instead spend that time in the hangar, after the plane's landing gear malfunctioned during a test flight Wednesday.

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Avidyne Earns STC Approval For TWX670 Lightning Detection In Cessna 350s

System Compatible To Varying Degrees With Entegra, Garmin Avionics

Avionics maker Avidyne announced Thursday it has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the installation of the TWX670 Tactical Lightning Detection System in the Cessna (nee Columbia) 350. Avidyne has also submitted paperwork to the FAA and is expecting STC approval of the TWX670 for the Cessna 400 (Columbia 400) in the coming weeks.

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Klyde Morris (01.16.09)

The TSA's So Funny, We Forgot To Laugh...

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NTSB Cites Weather, Low Light In Three Medevac Helo Accidents

Board Releases New Information On Nine Accidents

As part of the National Transportation Safety Board's ongoing review of the safety of medical helicopter operations, on Thursday the Board released updated information on nine medevac accidents in 2007 and 2008, including the Probable Cause assessments in four of those mishaps.

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New GE Turboshaft Engine Completes Design Review

Will Power Next-Generation CH-53K For US Marine Corps

GE Aviation has completed on schedule the Critical Design Review (CDR) of its new GE38 turboshaft engine, clearing the way for full-engine testing in 2009.

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AvJet Hires Diane Saldo To Oversee East Coast Operation

Looks To Expand Charter Sales, Management Capabilities

Private aviation charter company Avjet Corporation has hired Diane Saldo to oversee the company's East Coast aircraft charter and management sales. Saldo will be serving Avjet's clients from the company's expanded Washington, DC-area offices.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.09)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the official web site of Aerovision Quebec. Created in 1991, the Foundation Aerovision Quebec was created to generate an awareness of the exceptional contribution of the Province of Quebec has made to the conquest of the air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.09): Antipodal Point

Aero-Terms!

The point that is directly on the opposite side of the planet; e.g., the Earth's north pole is antipodal to its south pole.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.16.09)

"My plane got shot down once and I was badly wounded and I had to land the thing on its underbelly. Jolly difficult things they are to land when the wheels are up... So I don't get to fly in it. It doesn't matter. I am still going down to the show."

Source: New Zealander John Patterson, 91, who piloted a Supermarine Spitfire in World War II. Patterson was to ride along Thursday during a mock "attack" over downtown Wellington in a restored Spitfire TR.9. Alas, the rare vintage aircraft was damaged Wednesday in a wheels-up landing... meaning it will not headline this weekend's Wings Over Wairarapa air show, though the exhibition will go on nevertheless.

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