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January 19, 2009

School District Accidentally Releases Sullenberger's Records

Academics Were Photocopied Along With Picture

As it turns out, schools apparently DO keep a "permanent" record. Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the 57-year-old pilot who made the texbook waterlanding of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River Thursday, obviously isn't a publicity enthusiast. He was reportedly hunkered down at home Friday, waiting for the hoopla over "The Miracle on the Hudson" to pass.

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Texas A&M Black Hawk Accident Claims Second Victim

Army National Guard Soldier Served In Iraq

Last week's downing of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on takeoff from the Texas A&M campus has claimed a second life.

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Pilots Union, AFA: No Flight 1549 Interviews, Please

Cite Ongoing Investigation As Cause To Hold Off On Public Statements

Now that the National Transportation Safety Board has essentially confirmed a flock of birds took down US Airways Flight 1549 over New York last week, news outlets around the world (including this one) are VERY eager to interview the two pilots who so ably guided the stricken airliner to a perfect ditching in the Hudson River, and the three flight attendants who then managed to quickly and safely evacuate all passengers off the waterlogged Airbus A320, without a single fatality.

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SW Florida Airports Scare Off Birds To Reduce Number Of Strikes

Methods To Deter Wildlife Range From Dogs To Decoys

US Airways Flight 1549 has put the media spotlight on a long-recognized problem among the pilot community. Bird strikes can happen anywhere, and at nearly any altitude... though they're especially prevalent while flying near coastal or wooded locales.

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ASAP Lives At American... For Flight Attendants

Pilots Booted Program Last Year Over Contract Talks

What didn't work for pilots may still work for flight attendants at American Airlines; at least, that's the hope.

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India's Chandrayaan-1 Provides First Look Inside Shadowed Lunar Craters

NASA Radar Helps Shine Light On Polar Craters

Using a NASA radar flying aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists are getting their first look inside the moon's coldest, darkest craters.

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Aviall Receives Lifetime CF34-3 Parts Supply Contract

Exclusive Deal To Handle Spare Parts Worldwide

Boeing subsidiary Aviall Services announced last week it has entered into an exclusive worldwide aftermarket distribution agreement with General Electric for unique spare parts of the popular GE CF34-3 aircraft engines for the remaining life of the engine.

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Airline Miles 'Swapping' Program Takes Off

Will Work For Free Tickets?

Despite its somewhat lascivious name and presentation, the concept behind the Web site MileHighSwap.com is actually rather G-rated... that's "G," as in 'good sense.'

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First ULA Delta IV Heavy NRO Mission Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral

Spy Satellite Rides Into Orbit Atop High-Lift Booster

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at CCAFS at 9:47 pm EST Saturday, transporting a US Air Force reconnaissance satellite into orbit.

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Pilot May Have Been Texting Prior To New Zealand Helo Downing

Robinson R22 Went Down In Lake Wanaka Last November

The fatal crash of a helicopter pilot as he flew over New Zealand's Lake Wanaka has been linked to the possibility that he may have been texting with a cell phone, providing a distraction that led to the crash.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.19.09

Does Glass Make Us Better Pilots? With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.19.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Do Glass Cockpits Make Us Better Pilots? 01.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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Opponents Lament Continuation Of O'Hare Expansion

Say Now's Not The Time To Push Tax Increases To Pay For It

Even as Chicago city workers fear job cuts and suffer furloughs, the O'Hare Modernization Project is still moving forward.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.09

Details emerge on what happened aboard Flight 1549.
The Brits approve a third runway for Heathrow.
And airline employment follows passenger volume - down.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.19.09

Details emerge on what happened aboard Flight 1549.
The Brits approve a third runway for Heathrow.
And airline employment follows passenger volume - down.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Glass Panels & Safety - 01.19.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about glass cockpits. Just about every new aircraft now offers a glass panel, but will the technology make us better pilots?


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Aero-TV Profiles All Things Piper: The NBAA Update (Part One)

One Of GA's Legacy Manufacturers Wasn't Bashful About Looking To The Future

We thought that the presser that Piper conducted at NBAA 2008 might hold a few clues as to their future and that, combined with other interview material might make for an interesting overview as a revitalized Piper heads into 2009. Jim Bass, President of Piper Aircraft announced during the 2008 NBAA Convention that, against declining industry-wide sales of piston aircraft, Piper's piston sales were up through the 3rd quarter of '08. At a time when General Aviation’s overall piston-aircraft deliveries are down, Piper Aircraft underscored its comparative string of successes by noting that its piston aircraft deliveries were up 24 percent for the 3rd Quarter of 2008. The company also that announced ov

Aero-TV Profiles All Things Piper: The NBAA Update (Part One)

One Of GA's Legacy Manufacturers Wasn't Bashful About Looking To The Future At NBAA 2008

We thought that the presser that Piper conducted at NBAA 2008 might hold a few clues as to their future and that, combined with other interview material, might make for an interesting overview as a revitalized Piper heads into 2009.

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NTSB Interviews Reveal Details Of US Airways 1549 Ditching

Flight Recorders Recovered, Sent To DC For Evaluation

Workers successfully raised the wrecked hulk of US airways Flight 1549 from the Hudson River Saturday night, placing it on a barge for transport to a suitable location for further examination.

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Florida FBO Owner And Hedge Fund Manager Disappears

Investors May Be Out $350 Million

The unexplained disappearance of Sarasota investment manager, philanthropist, and FBO owner Arthur G. Nadel has left authorities puzzled and his investors wondering if they've lost a total of $350 million.

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General Electric Aviation Division Announces 1,000 Jobs To Be Cut

Lower Demand Spurs Workforce Reduction

In response to slowing orders for new engines, General Electric, the world's largest manufacturer of jet engines, has announced plans to trim its workforce by 1,000 jobs, about 2.6 percent of the company's worldwide employees.

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Michael Griffin Steps Down As NASA Administrator

Farewell Message Broadcast Live To Employees

Administrator Michael Griffin, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since 2005, said goodbye to fellow employees Friday in a live broadcast from NASA headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Opposition To Third Runway At Heathrow Escalates

Demonstrators 'Flash Mob' Terminal Five On Saturday

A demonstration of support for those against the planned expansion of London's Heathrow Airport was staged Saturday at high noon in the airport's Terminal Five.

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Klyde Morris (01.19.09)

Alas, Media Coverage Of Flight 1549 Was Entirely Predictable...

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PlanetSpace Files Protest With GAO Over NASA Contracts

Says Its Proposal Represented Better Value Than Other Contractors

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been compelled to suspend last month's contract awards to two companies for cargo missions to the International Space Station, after a third filed a complaint with the US Government Accountability Office.

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New NASA Lunar Rover To Be In Inaugural Parade

LER Selected To Bring Up The Rear As Parade's Finale

In the months since it was unveiled, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's latest moon rover concept has covered a lot of ground: up simulated Martian hills, down simulated lunar craters, through real dust storms and across lava flows.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.19.09)

Aero-Linx!

During WW II, the Spitfire's elliptical wings were recognized as a symbol of victory. Many pilots today dream of flying a Spitfire as the ultimate aviation thrill. The aim of this project is to return one of these celebrated World War II aircraft to flying condition in the exact colors depicting 442 Squadron's famous Spitfire with the identifiers "Y2K".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.19.09): Ash

Aero-Terms!

The fine-grained material produced by a pyroclastic eruption. An ash particle is defined to have a diameter of less than 2 millimeters.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.19.09)

"If you can't support the agenda, then the proper thing to do is to leave. There are many different things you could do with a $17.5-billion NASA civil space program. But what we can't do is squabble and fight."

Source: Michael Griffin, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since 2005, in a live goodbye message broadcast to NASA employees Friday.

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