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January 21, 2009

NATA Congratulates New DHS Secretary

Janet Napolitano Confirmed Tuesday

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne congratulated incoming Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on her confirmation Tuesday by the US Senate. Napolitano is the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Piper CEO Talks Economic Realities

And If Things Don't Improve Soon, More Cuts Are Possible

Piper Aircraft CEO Jim Bass had some bad news for officials in Indian River County on Tuesday -- that the planemaker has laid off 150 workers, and may need to thin its ranks further.

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Lycoming Engines To Star On 'How It's Made'

Lean Manufacturing Process To Be Spotlighted

Lycoming Engines announced Wednesday it will be featured on the popular show "How It's Made" for an upcoming segment on piston aircraft engines. Nearly 55 million households will get an up-close look at Lycoming when The Science Channel airs the segment Friday, January 23 at 9 pm EST.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.21.09

Eclipse Assets Sale, With Rob Finfrock

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.21.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.21.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Eclipse Assets Sale: 01.21.09 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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US Airways Sends Checks To Flight 1549 Passengers

Each Receives $5,000 For Personal Property Losses

US Airways launched what could be considered a preemptive strike this week... on both the public relations and, perhaps, legal fronts. The airline -- which, it would be fair to say, is basking in the good publicity brought about by last week's successful ditching of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River -- announced Tuesday it will send $5,000 to each of the 150 passengers who were onboard the stricken airliner.

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Flight 1549 Investigation Sheds Light On CFM56 Airworthiness Directive

Compressor Stall Problem Reported With A320 Engines

The National Transportation Safety Board's ongoing investigation into last week's downing of US Airways Flight 1549 has centered on the aircraft's two CFM International turbofans, which appear to have been knocked out simultaneously after an encounter with a large flock of birds.

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Airlines May Defer More '09 Deliveries Than Originally Thought

Carriers Hesitant To Accept Planes They Don't Need

Things may soon go from bad to worse for manufacturers of commercial airliners. A recent study by an analyst with investment firm UBS shows more major carriers are likely to defer their scheduled deliveries this year, than was originally thought just three months ago.

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GeoEye-1 Captures Inaugural Celebration From Space

Earth Imaging Satellite Spots Crowds From 423 Miles Above

At 11:19 am EST Tuesday, GeoEye-1, the world's highest resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite, collected an image over the United States Capitol and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image, taken from 423 miles in space, is the world's highest resolution, color satellite image of the Inaugural celebration.

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NTSB: Baron Accident Pilot Held Only Single-Engine Rating

Airplane Yawed Off Runway On Takeoff

Dennis Charles Dangberg had a little mishap on January 12. Investigators say Dangberg told them he was taking off in his twin-engine Beechcraft 95-A55 Baron from Corona Municipal Airport in California for a flight to Phoenix when, at about 20 feet above the runway, the plane banked right, which he assumed was due to a loss of power in that engine.

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Embraer Selects First Authorized Service Center In India

Indamer Named To Worldwide Support Network

Embraer has named India's Indamer Company Pvt. Ltd. as an authorized executive jet service center. This is the first Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company to serve Embraer's Phenom and Legacy 600 jet customers in India.

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Soaring Pilot Lost During Record Attempt

Family Believes Dan Bigelow Blacked Out Before Glider Broke Apart

An attempt at a new altitude record ended in tragedy last week. David Bigelow, who attempted to reach 40,000 feet in his DG-400 sailplane Friday, was killed when his glider broke apart in midair.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.21.09

The sale of Eclipse assets to ETIRC has court approval.
NAFI moves forward with changes on its board.
And Northrup gets sued over a 58-year-old plane.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.21.09

The sale of Eclipse assets to ETIRC has court approval.
NAFI moves forward with changes on its board.
And Northrup gets sued over a 58-year-old plane.


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ANN Special Feature: ANN's Rob Finfrock, Eclipse Asset Sale - 01.21.09

ANN Managing Editor and Albuquerque resident Rob Finfrock comments on the sale, approved by a Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday, of the assets of Eclipse Aviation to a division of ETIRC.

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Aero-TV: ICAS Conversations (Part One) -- Economic Impact On The Airshow Business

It's Airshow Week (Again!) At Aero-TV! (Part One)

The First in a Three Part 'ICAS Conversation' for 2009, starts off a series of interwoven interviews in which we asked about a dozen airshow professionals the same three questions... each of which will become the topic of its own program over the next three days. In this installment we asked a number of airshow luminaries the following question... with the constant bad news we have to deal with each and every day in terms of the ailing economy, do you see this affecting your airshow business?

Aero-TV: ICAS Conversations (Part One)--Economic Impact On The Airshow Business

It's Airshow Week--Again!--At Aero-TV! (Part One)

The First in a Three Part 'ICAS Conversation' for 2009, starts off a series of interwoven interviews in which we asked about a dozen airshow professionals the same three questions... each of which will become the topic of its own program over the next three days. In this installment we asked a number of airshow luminaries the following question... with the constant bad news we have to deal with each and every day in terms of the ailing economy, do you see this affecting your airshow business?

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Troops Bid Bush Farewell At Andrews Air Force Base

Former President Flies Home To Texas Aboard VC-25

The US military bid farewell Tuesday to the outgoing commander in chief during an emotional departure ceremony, in which he called leading men and women in uniform the highlight of his presidency.

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Marcus Schrenker... Who Was He Again?

Feds Charge Pilot With Making False Mayday Call, Crashing Plane

With the aviation world seemingly dominated by the news of A320s landing in New York rivers, the odd case of Marcus Schrenker seems like it happened a lifetime ago... but it's only been 10 days since the 38-year-old embattled businessman parachuted from his aircraft over Alabama, in an apparent (and, ultimately, rather futile) attempt to fake his own death.

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Northrop Grumman Sued In 2005 Chalks Ocean Airways Accident

Defunct Airline Blames Inadequate Design Of 58-Year-Old Airframe

The General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, which limited tort claims against manufacturers of aircraft older than 18 years, allowed a renaissance among general aviation manufacturers. But there are still attorneys trying to find ways around it.

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Three Safe Following DA42 Takeoff Accident

Plane Failed To Leave Ground

An adult and two teenagers are safe after their Diamond DA42 Twin Star crashed on takeoff Tuesday in West Cornwall, England. According to the BBC, the aircraft was departing Land's End Airport bound for Essex when it ran off the runway, impacted a hedge and flipped over.

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Thunderbird #8 To Fly Over Ocean City For Planning Mission

F-16 Will Make Early Appearance Next Week

Just six weeks after the announcement the US Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the OC Air Show, the first Thunderbird jet will appear over the skies of Ocean City, MD.

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GECAS Engine Leasing Marks 10th Anniversary With 120 Leases

Offers Finance Options For Various Manufacturers' Engines

GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) announced this week its engine leasing unit signed 120 new engine lease agreements in 2008, which works out to about 10 placements per month.

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FuelerLinx Unveils Fuel Price Analysis Software

Breaks Down Pricing Data Into Easily-Compared Segments

Given the volatile state of the futures market for oil, it strikes ANN that any tool operators may use to lower their fuel costs is welcome, and timely. FuelerLinx recently unveiled a proprietary software system that helps jet owners streamline their flight departments, and save money on every fuel purchase.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.09)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the unofficial Baden Remembered web site. Geared toward those Canadian military and civilian types that were, at one time or another, posted to CFB Baden Soellingen or RCAF 4FW Baden-Soellingen Germany.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.09): Aurora

Aero-Terms!

A glow in a planet's ionosphere caused by the interaction between the planet's magnetic field and charged particles from the Sun.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.21.09)

"It's like saying goodbye to an old friend."

Source: US Air Force Col. Steven Shepro, commander of the 316th Wing at Andrews AFB, in reference to the departure Tuesday of former President George W. Bush.

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