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May 05, 2009

Airline Offers $1 Military Fares

In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, JetBlue is offering active duty military personnel $1 fares for domestic, nonstop flights, for a limited time, departing from the two JetBlue cities nearest to the nation's capital: Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., and Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Va.

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Take It When You Can Get It: ARINC Gets 'Pat On Back' From FAA

Commends Performance In Support of Oceanic Flight Communications

ARINC has received recognition from the FAA for "ongoing outstanding performance" in providing air-grou

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Raytheon KillerBee UAS Tries It's Sea-Legs

Meets Requirement For Small Tactical UAS-Tier II Competition

Raytheon's KillerBee UAS has reportedly demonstrated that it can be recovered from a net on a moving platform, simulating an at-sea recovery. The KillerBee UAS features a blended-wing aircraft body design. It also has systems for land or sea launch, recovery and ground control.

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US Court of Appeals Denies Challenge to PFN Airport Relocation

Ruling From The 2nd Circuit Ends Pending Legal Challenges To Panama City Relocation Effort

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, denied a pending petition, May 1st, for review of the FAA's Record of Decision approving the relocation of the Panama City – Bay County International Airport to a new site in West Bay, Florida.

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As Bad As We Feared: GA Airplane Shipments Down In First Quarter

2009's Mantra May Be "Crash and Burn"

GAMA has compiled the anxiously awaited First Quarter stats for 2009 and we're afraid to tell you that it is what we feared... bad news.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.05.09

A Russian-built helicopter is down in Venezuela.
Boeing moves closer to the Dreamliner's first flight.
And a group of small-town mayors has a message for President Obama -- and the pr

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.05.09

A Russian-built helicopter is down in Venezuela.
Boeing moves closer to the Dreamliner's first flight.
And a group of small-town mayors has a message for President Obama -- and the pr

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ANN Special Feature: Economic Prerspectives from AEA 2009 - 05.05.09

Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks encourages attendees at AEA 2009 with an upbeat welcome address, and ANN interviews nine attendees at the show to see if they concur.

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Oshkosh 2009 NOTAM Now Available Online

Less Than 90 Days??? Panic!

A few hours ago, EAA's Dick Knapinski and I were commiserating about the fact that Oshkosh was less than 90 days away and that we really weren't ready to deal with it all... again. But then again, we can't wait. It's a unique brand of Aero-Schizophrenia... but we repeat it every year...  and this year is no different.

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NTSB Files Prelim On Neptune CFIT Crash

Accident Took Lives Of Three Firefighters

The NTSB has filed a preliminary report on the April 25th accident that took the lives of three crew aboard a P-2V Neptune fire fighting aircraft.

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NASA Selects Future Projects To Study Mars And Mercury

Planetary Programs Valued At $38M

NASA has selected two science investigations that will aid in the interior examination of Mars and probe the tenuous atmosphere of Mercury. The projects, valued at approximately $38 million, also establish new alliances with the European Space Agency, or ESA.

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Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. Donates Nearly $15K To Cancer Fund

Donation Goes To Susan G. Komen for the Cure

We love stories where aviation business looks like the good neighbor it is... and this is one of them. Omniflight Helicopters is donating nearly $15,000 to the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, raised from its Flight for the Cure program.

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Air Force, Navy Combine For Air Combat Skills Training

Pilots from the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, recently honed their air-to-air combat training skills along side their naval counterparts from the Strike Fighter Squadron 2 (VFA-2), Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., during a two-week training mission.

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Urgent AD (CASA): Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: AD/MAKILA/14

MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca Turbine Engines - Makila SeriesSUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD/MAKILA/14 Applicability: Makila 1A and 1A1 turboshaft engines, all serial numbers, having Engine Control Units (ECU) equipped with TU250 Comparator / Selector (CS) boards with serial numbers (S/N) in the range 241 EL to 1192 EL.

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Aero-TV: AEA's Paula Derks -- Setting a Positive Tone

Trying To Inspire During Tough Times... And Succeeding

We've known Paula Derks for quite a number of years and a number of adjectives come readily to mind when we consider the leader of the Aircraft Electronics Association... competent, decisive, expert, cheerful and insightful... and now we feel compelled to add one more -- inspiring.

Was 'Dreams On Wings' Turned Into A Nightmare by FAA Ramp Checks?

Pilots Charge FAA With "Harassment," "Harming Children"

ANN has received a number of strongly worded reports about FAA conduct at a charitable aviation event, Saturday, in Birmingham, AL.

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Aero-TV: AEA's Paula Derks -- Setting a Positive Tone

AEA 2009: Trying To Inspire During Tough Times... And Succeeding

We've known Paula Derks for quite a number of years and a number of adjectives come readily to mind when we consider the leader of the Aircraft Electronics Association... competent, decisive, expert, cheerful and insightful... and now we feel compelled to add one more -- inspiring.

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NASA to Launch IMAX 3-D Camera to Film Hubble Servicing Mission

NASA is sending a monster camera to take pictures... of one of the largest and most capable cameras in the Solar System.

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Emivest Types Pilot For Next SJ30 Delivery

Emivest, working its way painfully back to production with the SJ30 bizjet, tells ANN that they have just had the first Single-Pilot Type Rating issued since they took over... to Debra Draheim.

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Ya Gotta See This... Rockwell Collins Autonomous Damage Control System

Rockwell Collins Earns New Damage Tolerance Contract From DARPA

Rockwell Collins has just picked up the third phase of a damage tolerance contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.05.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.05.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.05.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Economic Perspectives from AEA 2009 - 05.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with AEA's Paula Derks)

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From The CATBird Seats: Proving F-35 Avionics Systems

Lockheed Martin F-35 CATBird Shows Key Avionics Capability/Reliability Over Edwards 

The skies over Edwards AFB are no stranger to the unusual, but a converted Lockheed Martin B737 testbed takes some getting used to after the first glance.

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EADS-NA and Lockheed Martin Partner On Armed Scout Helo

Introducing The Armed Scout 645 

A major topic of discussion at this year's 'Quad A' was the news that EADS North America will be partnering with Lockheed Martin and American Eurocopter to offer a new armed scout helicopter solution to the Army, called the Armed Scout 645.

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Emergency AD (NZ): Bell 407 Series Helicopters

AD NUMBER: DCA/BELL407/47

MANUFACTURER: Bell 407 Series Helicopters SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive DCA/BELL407/47

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.05.09)

  "Fifteen years ago, we made a film about space exploration that included Hubble, when it started sending back the first images. Today, we have Hubble's entire phenomenal legacy of data to explore. With IMAX 3-D, we can transport people to galaxies that are 13 billion light years away -- back to the edge of time. Real star travel is here at last." Source: Producer and Director Toni Myers, commenting on the IMAX 3-D cameras that are going along, again, to film the work done on the final servicing mission tot he Hubble Space Telescope. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.05.09)

Aero-Linx: A Pilot's Guide to Ground Icing What do you say to a FREE online course that teaches some of the rudiments of ground icing? NASA has just that, for you. Every pilot who could encounter ground icing - whether their aircraft needs to be cleaned or protected from frozen contamination needs to spend some time with this site. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.05.09):

Aleutian Low A semi-permanent, subpolar area of low pressure located in the Gulf of Alaska near the Aleutian Islands. It is a generating area for storms and migratory lows often reach maximum intensity in this area. It is most active during the late fall to late spring. During the summer, it is weaker, retreating towards the North Pole and becoming almost nonexistent. During this time, the North Pacific High pressure system dominates.

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