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March 23, 2009

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AD NUMBER: 2009-07-01 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Alaskan Flying Hindered By Volcano Eruptions

Mt. Redoubt Blows Its Top For First Time In 20 Years

After months of tremors and venting steam, Alaska's Mount Redoubt unleashed its fury in the wee hours of Monday morning, spewing ash as high as 60,000 feet into the air in the course of five separate eruptions.

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Aero-News Alert: USAF Denies Media Reports Of TX C-17 Downing

One of the USAF's rugged C-17 Globemaster III transports is reported down in a wooded area South of Wichita Falls, TX, near Olney.

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B-2 Aircrew Participates In Pacific Air Strength Exercise

Inclement Weather Prevented Raptors, F-16s From Joining In

Airmen aboard a B-2 Spirit tested their endurance in a 24-hour, 8,000-mile mission to Alaska and back to Guam March 12, in an exercise showcasing US commitment to peace and stability throughout the Pacific region.

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V Australia Signs Interline Agreement With Delta

Carriers Aim To Unseat Qantas On LAX-Sydney Run

Two airlines with big plans to go after Qantas on the lucrative LAX-Sydney route will join forces. Virgin Blue international subsidiary V Australia and Delta Air Lines have signed an Australia-US interline agreement, allowing travelers to purchase a single ticket from their travel agent, V Australia or Delta for travel between the US and Australia on either carrier.

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Prelim Notes Pilot In Georgia Fatal Not IFR-Rated

C182 Flying To NASCAR Race Impacted Lake March 8

Low visibility conditions and a pilot's lack of an instrument rating may have been factors in the downing earlier this month of a Cessna 182 in Carroll County, GA that claimed the lives of all three people onboard the aircraft.

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Split Contract Proposed To Settle Air Force Tanker Dispute

Idea Draws Strong Opposition From Pentagon, Splits Lawmakers

As a solution to the ongoing controversy about replacing the US' aerial tanker fleet, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), the chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, has proposed including a provision in a defense bill that would split production of new tankers between top bidders Boeing and Northrop Grumman-EADS, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.23.09

Sport Pilot Training, And 'Stimulating GA'... With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.23.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sport Pilot Training: 03.23.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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NTSB: Witness Saw PC-12 Plunge Nose-Down In BTM Accident

Fourteen Reported Killed, At Least Half Were Children

At a Monday morning press conference, Acting NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker told reporters the pilot of a Pilatus PC-12 that crashed Sunday adjacent to Bert Mooney Airport (BTM) gave "no indication of any trouble" prior to the crash.

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Hawker Beechcraft Names Former Gulfstream President As New Chairman And CEO

Bill Boisture, Jr. Also Ran NetJets

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced Monday its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer -- W.W. (Bill) Boisture Jr. 

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Daher-Socata Launches TBM 850 Co-Ownership Program

Aims To Match Buyers To Airplanes 'F.A.S.T!'

A new program that opens up co-ownership opportunities for the TBM 850 very fast turboprop aircraft was launched Monday by Daher-Socata, using the manufacturer's international distributor and support network for worldwide coverage. Advantages of the F.A.S.T. (Fly and Share Your TBM) program for operators include low cost of ownership, better utilization of capital assets and professional management.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.09

A PC-12 is down in Butte, Montana.
One of the Eclipse bidders has partnered with Roel Pieper.
And airlines may have to speed up their capacity cuts.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.23.09

A PC-12 is down in Butte, Montana.
One of the Eclipse bidders has partnered with Roel Pieper.
And airlines may have to speed up their capacity cuts.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Sport Pilot Training - 03.23.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about Bob's decision to offer Sport Pilot training at his flight school. Also, Bob explains his "general Aviation Economic Stimu

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Emirates Reports Passenger Found Threatening Note On Flight

Man Arrested For Perpetrating A Bomb Hoax

An emailed statement sent by Emirates revealed a passenger on Flight EK011 from the airlines' base in Dubai to London's Gatwick Airport Sunday morning discovered a note "implying a security threat."

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Woman Gives Birth On Plane, Leaves Baby In Lav Waste Bin

Mother Reunited With Child, But May Face Abandonment Charges

A woman aboard a Pacific Blue flight from Samoa to New Zealand last week reportedly gave birth in the plane's bathroom - and proceeded to deplane upon arrival, abandoning the baby in the bathroom's waste bin.

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Sully Made It Look Easy - And Now You Can Try It, Too

X-Plane Adds Flight 1549 Program To iPhone Flight Simulator App

Much has been said in praise of US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's piloting skills since his picture-perfect ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River last January 15. And for those who would like to take a crack at the same scenario -- but perhaps without the element of danger -- a new app available for your iPhone or iPod touch gives you that opportunity.

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Aero-TV Visits Heli-Expo 2009 -- Hovering Over Economic Woes

The Heli Industry Seems Better Equipped Than Most To Ride Out The Economy

No one has to tell you that the aviation world is getting clobbered... by the economy, awful press and some truly poor lawmaking. In a world where it seems we have no end of hazards to be wary of, the last thing we needed was a few more. but, then again, we simply persevere.

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Aero-TV Visits Heli-Expo 2009 -- Hovering Over Economic Woes

The Heli Industry Seems Better Equipped Than Most To Ride Out The Economy

No one has to tell you that the aviation world is getting clobbered... by the economy, awful press and some truly poor lawmaking. In a world where it seems we have no end of hazards to be wary of, the last thing we needed was a few more. but, then again, we simply persevere.

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More Troubles For ISS Water Purification System

Station Moved To Avoid Yet Another Chunk Of Space Debris

Problems with a vital water purification system onboard the International Space Station may be more than skin deep, after the system stubbornly refused to work during testing Sunday.

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Helo Downing Prompts Canadian Call To Ground S-92s

Emergency AD Expected To Be Announced By FAA

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation of the downing of a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter earlier this month has prompted the Canadian agency to call for the grounding of all S-92s worldwide until an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) has been complied with.

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Friends Say Imeson Was Headed To Site Of Previous Accident

Online Data Shows Unusual Flight Two Days Before Mountain Pilot Disappeared

Friends of expert mountain flying pilot Sparky Imeson on Friday said the intended destination of his final flight was to the site where he and another pilot crashed two years ago, to take photos for instructional presentations.

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India Set To Launch Remote Sensing Satellite Next Month

Country's First Student-Made Satellite Will Piggyback Into Orbit

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced Friday the planned launch of RISAT-2 next month, a new remote-sensing satellite to be placed in sun-synchronous orbit. Accompanying RISAT-2 will be Anusat, India's first student-made satellite.

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Klyde Morris (03.23.09)

Klyde Tweaks The Language Of His Letter To TSA...

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HTS Receives $700,000 FAA Grant Through AIP

Funds Earmarked For Purchase Of Rescue And Firefighting Vehicle

The Huntington WV, Tri-State Airport (HTS) has been granted $700,000 in federal funding by the Federal Aviation Administration through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Airport officials have decided to spend the money on a new airport rescue and firefighting vehicle.

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Doctor Speculates MedEvac Helo Could Have Saved Actress

Did Lack Of Medical Helicopters Play Role In Richardson's Death?

Although actress Natasha Richardson initially refused treatment after receiving a head injury, some speculate that once help was summoned, the time that could have been saved by transporting her by air to a qualified trauma center could have made all the difference.

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Top Officers Of Pilots Union Censured By APA Board

Infighting Hardly Makes Union Look Unified

The Allied Pilots Association board passed a resolution Thursday censuring union president Lloyd Hill and vice president Tom Westbrook, accusing the duo of "frequently failing to adhere to the policies, directives, and resolutions of the board of directors."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.09)

Aero-Linx!

The F-8 Crusader was the last U.S. fighter designed with guns as its primary weapon. U. S. fighter aircraft are once again being fitted with guns, largely due to the Vietnam air war experience.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.09): Wormhole

Aero-Terms!

A wormhole in space (also known as a Einstein-Rosen Bridge, named for Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen) is a mathematical solution to Einstein's theory of General Relativity.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.23.09)

"We know he was up there, he was going to take pictures. He had no trouble up on top in the high country, but he had trouble below."

Source: Gary McDonald, friend of accomplished mountain aviator Sparky Imeson, who perished March 17 in an accident in the Elkhorn Mountains of Montana. McDonald said Imeson planned to fly to the site where he and another pilot had crashed two years ago, to take photos for instructional presentations.

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