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March 04, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.05.09

Tom Poberezny adds Chairman stripes at EAA.
A faulty altimeter may have helped bring down an airliner.
And the FAA shuffles some key personnel.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.05.09

Tom Poberezny adds Chairman stripes at EAA.
A faulty altimeter may have helped bring down an airliner.
And the FAA shuffles some key personnel.


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Cessna: Business Aircraft Upgrades May Qualify For Bonus Depreciation

Tax Write-Off Isn't ONLY For New Aircraft

Recent changes to US tax code regarding bonus depreciation -- part of the massive federal stimulus bill passed last month -- don't just apply to pilots looking to purchase brand-new aircraft. Officials in Cessna Aircraft Company's Customer Service organization note enhancements made to existing business aircraft in 2009 may qualify for the new bonus depreciation tax treatment, as well.

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Pilot Lost In UT Zodiac Accident

Wreckage Found On Antelope Island

A Utah pilot was killed Tuesday when his homebuilt CH601XL Zodiac went down on Antelope Island, for as-yet undetermined reasons.

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Chicken Little Update: Asteroid Barely Misses Earth

2009 DD45 Comes Within 48,000 Miles Of Planet

The cosmic equivalent of a very close call occurred Monday morning over Earth, while almost everyone below was blissfully unaware.

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Delta Telegraphing Its Punches On Northwest 787 Order?

Says Talks Are Still Underway... But Leaves Order Off SEC Filing

Few -- if any -- airline industry analysts and pundits expect Delta Air Lines to hold onto the 18-plane deal Northwest Airlines signed in 2005 for Boeing's upcoming 787, four years before that airline was acquired by Delta. Publicly, Delta has said only talks remain underway about the future of the order... but behind the scenes, it appears a cancellation is looming.

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Paul Poberezny Steps Down From EAA, Tom Assumes Chairman Role

Search Begins For New President

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.04.09 1500 EST: The Experimental Aircraft Association has just announced the appointment of Tom Poberezny as chairman of the board. EAA founder and previous chairman of the board, Paul Poberezny, 87, officially stepped down as chairman earlier this month.

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Investigators Cite Faulty Altimeter As Factor In Amsterdam Accident

Instrument Showed Plane Near Ground, Was Actually About 2,000 Feet Above

Dutch investigators believe an erroneous altimeter indication played a role in last week's downing of a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

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ATK Awarded $14.4 Million Contract To Modify Colombian Medevac Aircraft

Contract Expands ATK's Special Mission Aircraft International Portfolio

Alliant Techsystems announced this week it has been awarded a $14.4 million contract by the Colombian Air Force to modify and deliver three Medevac-capable aircraft to Colombia's Health and Social Services Ministry.

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Wichita FBO Introduces Self-Serve Fuel Pump

New Pump At MCI Will Offer Avgas 24/7... At Reduced Rates!

Yingling Aviation, a mainstay for pilots in southern Kansas since the company established is original location in 1946 at the old Wichita Municipal Airport, recently added a self-service refueling station for users of 100 low lead gasoline at its headquarters at Wichita Intercontinental Airport (ICT)

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NASA Announces Change For Return Of Station Crew Members

Shuffles Seats Due To Continued Shuttle Delays

At this writing, NASA still hopes to launch the shuttle Discovery next week on its latest flight to the International Space Station... but the space agency is also preparing contingencies just in case the STS-119 mission, and future shuttle launches, suffer from still more delays.

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FAA Announces Changes At Aviation Safety Organization

Gilligan Named New Associate Administrator Of ASO

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Lynne A. Osmus announced Wednesday several key personnel changes in the agency’s aviation safety organization.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.04.09

Vern Raburn Speaks, Continued

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.04.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.04.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Vern Raburn Speaks: 03.04.09 (ANN Special Report, with Eclipse Aviation founder and former CEO Vern Raburn.) Part One Part Read More

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.04.09

The Marines discipline 13 in connection with December's fighter crash in a San Diego neighborhood.
The Coast Guard keeps looking for three men missing in the gulf.
And Obama hints he

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.04.09

The Marines discipline 13 in connection with December's fighter crash in a San Diego neighborhood.
The Coast Guard keeps looking for three men missing in the gulf.
And Obama hints he

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Aero-TV Gets Charged Up Over the ElectraFlyer-C: The Future Of Green Flying

Whirrrrrr?

Randall Fishman, the 2007 AirVenture Grand Champion 'Lindy' and Ultralight Innovation award winner, has a plan to prove a number of concepts about electric-powered flight via the development and testing of his ElectraFlyer-C, an electric-powered, single-seat airplane.

Report: Miramar Accident Pilot Rejected Closer Airport

ATC Suggested NAS Coronado As Alternate Landing Site

Recordings of radio exchanges reveal that the pilot of a military jet that crashed onto a San Diego home December 8, resulting in four deaths on the ground, passed up at least two chances to land at a facility with an approach over open water.

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Aero-TV Gets Charged Up Over the ElectraFlyer-C: The Future Of Green Flying

Whirrrrrr?

Randall Fishman, the 2007 AirVenture Grand Champion 'Lindy' and Ultralight Innovation award winner, has a plan to prove a number of concepts about electric-powered flight via the development and testing of his ElectraFlyer-C, an electric-powered, single-seat airplane.

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Gates Reaffirms US Commitment To European Missile Defense

Attempts To Downplay Mixed Signals From Obama Administration

If Iranian missile programs would cease production, the United States would not need more missile defense capabilities in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a press conference in Washington on Tuesday.

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'No Plane No Gain' Hits The Airwaves To Educate About Value Of BizAv

Weekend TV Ads Mark Start of Campaign Advertising

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced Tuesday the start of the television and newspaper advertising initiatives for the two associations' "No Plane No Gain" initiative.

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Yuma Airport Authority Looks To Reroute GA Traffic South

Rolle Field Lies 10 Miles SW Of NYL

Recreational flying around Yuma, AZ may be moving south.

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AOPA Air Safety Foundation Commends Pilots' Partners On The Ground

Six Controllers Recognized During Archie League Awards Ceremony

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation on Tuesday night honored six air traffic controllers for their roles in helping general aviation pilots in trouble land safely. The commendations were presented during the Archie League Awards banquet at the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s Communicating for Safety conference.

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Airports Court Airlines At Annual 'Speed Dating' Conference

Network USA 2009 Offers Matchmaking Services Of A Different Sort

The business of luring, or even retaining airline service to individual airports is starting to look as competitive as the game played by economic developers to attract industry. Especially in a recession, money is talking.

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Lockheed Martin Hosts P-3 Orion Suppliers Conference

Keeping Old Birds In The Air Talk Of The Show

Lockheed Martin hosted the 2009 P-3 Orion Suppliers Conference February 25-26 in Marietta, GA. Representatives from the broad P-3 supplier base attended the two-day event, focusing on P-3 Orion long-term sustainment as well as challenges posed by global economic conditions.

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Passenger Flees American MD-82 On Ramp At DFW

Escapes Down Evacuation Slide, Detained For Questioning

The flight from Charlotte, NC to Dallas isn't very long, just a hair over two hours... but for one passenger onboard American Airlines Flight 1343 Tuesday, it apparently couldn't be over soon enough.

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Blended Wing Body Model Soars Into NASM

Used By NASA For Wind Tunnel Testing

A flying model NASA built to research futuristic aircraft designs will spend its future in the United States' premier air and space museum.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.04.09)

Aero-Linx!

The HGFA is a non profit sporting body that administers Paragliding, Weightshift Microlights and Hang Gliding under the regulations laid down by the Civil Air Safety Authority.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.04.09): Runway Visual Range

Aero-Terms!

A term used in aviation meteorology to define the distance over which a pilot of an aircraft on the centerline of the runway can see the runway surface markings delineating the runway or identifying its centre line. RVR is normally expressed in feet or meters.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.04.09)

"I'm actually going to try to take it to Miramar if possible."

Source: Fateful words spoken by the pilot of a Marine Corps F/A-18D that crashed into a residential neighborhood near MCAS Miramar on December 8, 2008. Audio tapes of exchanges between the pilot and ATC, released Tuesday, show the unnamed airman passed up at least two chances to land at a facility with an approach over open water, after reporting engine failure. Four people were killed when the plane crashed two miles short of the runway.

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