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December 13, 2008

State Court Decision On Liability May Affect Young Eagles

Florida Ruling States Parents Cannot Sign Waivers For Children

A decision this week by the Florida Supreme Court could pose trouble for programs that introduce young people to their first airplane flight. The Associated Press reports the state court ruled 4-1 that parents cannot waive liability for their children who participate in motor sports or other activities that carry a higher degree of risk.

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VNC Advocates Reach Out To Community

Open House, Parade Float Generate Enthusiasm

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association told ANN recently about one airport's efforts to reach out to its community, and generate interest and enthusiasm in what some local residents perceive as a liability.

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Airline Pilot Hiring Hits All-Time Low

Worst Jobs Numbers Since November 2001

Reflecting the slumping economy, airline pilot hiring hit an all-time low in November, adding only 133 new pilot jobs for the month according to AIR, Inc. The airline industry hasn't seen pilot hiring numbers this low since November 2001, two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Crownair Aviation Adds Important Ratings At CRQ Facility

In Rare Company Offering Class III Engine, Class IV Airframe Rating

Crownair Aviation-CRQ, located at Palomar-McClellan Airport in Carlsbad, CA, announced this week it has received Federal Aviation Administration Certified Repair Station Class III and IV ratings for its Part 145 Maintenance and Avionics Repair Station (#QQ9R189B).

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Vietnam Airlines Purchases Six More ATR 72-500s

Carrier Accelerates Fleet Renewal Program

Vietnam Airlines and ATR inked a contract this week for the purchase of six new ATR 72-500 turboprop airliners, valued at over $112 million. The order will increase the Vietnamese flag carrier's fleet of ATR 72-500s to 14 aircraft by 2010.

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HAI Announces 2009 Helicopter Maintenance Award Recipient

Rich Higgins Oversees New York Cable Company's Helo Fleet

HAI announced this week its 2009 Helicopter Maintenance Award recipient, Rich Higgins; Helicopter Crew Chief, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Farmingdale, NY.

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Southwest Airlines Goes On Baby Watch In Amarillo

It's Not As Creepy As It Sounds

Southwest Airlines chose an... interesting... way to celebrate its 30th year of operation in Amarillo, TX: with a first-born baby contest.

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XOJET Unveils Cost Comparison Tool

Report Determines If Buyers Are Overpaying

Private jet fliers wondering if they’ve been overpaying for jet travel have a new tool at their disposal. Private aviation company XOJET announced this week the debut of its proprietary Flight Program Analyzer.

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Looks Back On Successes

Company Has Flown Over 1,600 Successful Booster Missions

With a track record stretching back to the Eisenhower administration, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne carried the first US astronauts into space and to the moon, deployed satellites on planetary orbits, and lifted deep-space telescopes that found galaxies near the dawn of time. In August, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne hit the 1,600 mark with the successful launch of the GeoEye-1 commercial satellite -- the highest number of launches ever achieved by a US company.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.13.08)


This page is dedicated to all the men of the 55th Fighter Group, who gave their lives whilst serving their country and preserving our way of life and freedom. We owe them all a huge debt of gratitude. One of the better unit specific sites we've seen, you'll find a unit history, pilot, crew and staff bios, pilot reports and tons of period pictures.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.13.08): True Anomaly


The angular distance of a point in an orbit past the point of periapsis, measured in degrees.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.13.08)

"Both events were grand slam home runs, and the outreach will continue."

Source: Nick Carlucci, president of the Venice Aviation Society Inc. (VASI). Pilots flying from Venice Municipal Airport (VNC) in Florida used a local holiday parade and airport birthday celebration to reach out to the nonflying public, a move they believe helped engender good will for their airport despite long-running battles over noise and safety issues.

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