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March 02, 2009

FAA Settles With Southwest Airlines, Assesses $7.5M Penalty

Airline Must Also Comply With Strict Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it has reached a settlement agreement with Southwest Airlines to resolve outstanding enforcement actions... taking the low-cost carrier to the woodshed on a number of safety-related matters, but for the moment sparing the airline from a still-larger penalty.

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Snow Blankets Eastern US, And Snags Flights

Over A Foot Of Snow Expected In New York

March came in like a lion for airline travelers throughout the eastern US this weekend, as a winter storm dumped snow from Georgia up into New York and Pennsylvania.

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Third KC-767J Transferred To Japanese Partner Company

Scheduled For Formal Delivery This Month

Last week, Boeing transferred the third KC-767J tanker to the company's Japanese partner, Itochu Corp., for delivery to the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). When Itochu officially delivers the aircraft in March, it will join two KC-767J tankers that Japan received in 2008

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Data On Marine One Found On Iranian Computer Network

File-Sharing Program On Defense Contractor's Computer Allowed Access To Sensitive Info

During a recent computer traffic analysis, Pittsburgh-area-based internet security firm Tiversa discovered a security breach that had resulted in sensitive information about Presidential helicopter Marine One to fall into the hands of a computer network based in Tehran, Iran.

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ERAU-Worldwide Opens Two Military Locations in Iraq

Will Open This Month At Camp Victory And Balad

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide announced recently the opening of two new locations in Iraq. The teaching locations will open in early March at Camp Victory and at Balad Airbase.

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Third C-5M Super Galaxy Delivered To US Air Force

Lockheed Expects To Begin Production This Summer

Lockheed Martin delivered Friday the third fully modernized C-5M Super Galaxy to the US Air Force. Following a small send-off at the company's Marietta facility, the C-5M flew to Dover AFB, DE.

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Gov't Says It Will Shore Up Sale Of ILFC

Announcement Comes As AIG Receives Yet Another Round Of TARP Funds

The latest multi-billion dollar bailout of insurance giant AIG puts new impetus on the company's plan to sell off its International Lease Finance Corp. operation... and it appears the US government is willing to help speed that process.

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Southwest Reaches Tentative Agreement With Ramp Workers, Freight Ops

Transport Workers Union Will Vote On New Contract

Southwest Airlines announced last week the Dallas-based low-cost carrier reached a tentative agreement with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 555, representing Ramp, Operations, Provisioning, and Freight Agents.

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Elbit Systems Wins Two Airport Defense Contracts

Include 'Perimeter Intrusion Detection' Systems

And now, a look into the current state-of-the-art in airport security. Elbit Systems announced Monday its subsidiary, Elbit Security Systems ELSEC, was recently awarded two airport defense contracts.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.02.09

AIRMETS And SIGMETS... And A Solo Gone Awry, With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.02.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.02.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AIRMETS And SIGMETS: 03.02.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.02.09

NBAA and AOPA file comments with the TSA.
Obama proposes increased funding for NASA.
And the Google Lunar X-Prize announces its 17th contestant.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.02.09

NBAA and AOPA file comments with the TSA.
Obama proposes increased funding for NASA.
And the Google Lunar X-Prize announces its 17th contestant.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, AIRMETs and SIGMETs - 03.02.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFO Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the continuing importance of AIRMETs and SIGMETs, and about a student solo gone bad at Bob's flight school.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The 'SAMM' Solution -- Aircraft Maintenance Management (Part 1)

Aero-Maintenance Expert Provides New Management Services For Busy A/C Owners

Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his brainstorm. Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. (SAMM) is basically this -- an "in-house" maintenance expert that will be available on an annual basis for private aircraft owners... to oversee all maintenance related matters and offer their expertise, on-call, to make sure that an aircraft owner's dollars are being used only for what they are intended -- to keep their aircraft flying safely and predictably.

One Lost, One Injured In Torrance Trike Accident

Aircraft May Have Become Airborne With Flight Controls Secured

The crash of an experimental weight-shift aircraft at the Torrance, CA airport (TOA) last week critically injured the pilot, and took the life of his passenger.

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Aero-TV Looks At The 'SAMM' Solution -- Aircraft Maintenance Management (Part 1)

Aero-Maintenance Expert Provides New Management Services For Busy A/C Owners

Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his brainstorm.

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WAI2009: AWAM Offers Support For Women In Aviation Maintenance Fields

At The 2009 Women In Aviation Conference, Not All Are Pilots

By Gina Doughty Pilots aren't getting all the press these days.  The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) had a non-stop stream of visitors to their booth, and according to exhibitor Lynette Ashland, that shows no sign of slowing down.  "In this depressed economy, networking is critical.  When people are having a hard time finding jobs, they look for people to network with; they look for sponsors." 

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Three Lost In C-182 Downing In Louisiana

Aircraft Impacted Wooded Area Late Friday Night

A Cessna 182 enroute from Slidell to Marksville, MS went down in a heavily wooded area just before midnight Friday, fatally injuring all three persons aboard.

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Court Convenes On 2005 Helios Accident

Case Adjourned Until April Amid Emotional Courtroom Scene

Three executives of the former Helios Airways made a brief appearance in a Cyprus court last week to face charges of manslaughter and negligent death in connection with the August 2005 crash of a Helios Boeing 737-300 that claimed the lives of all 121 persons on board.

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Investigators Say Turkish Airliner 'Fell Straight Down'

Survivors Says Engines Powered Up Immediately Before Impact

A spokesperson for the Dutch safety authority announced last week that a preliminary report on the crash of Turkish Airlines Flight TK1951 will probably be released by this Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris (03.02.09)

It's Deja Vu All Over Again With The Administration Of "Change"...

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Another Round Of Layoffs At Cirrus Aircraft

52 Laid Off From Support Positions

The slumping economy continues to hit general aviation sales, and jobs... with the news Cirrus Aircraft released another 52 workers last week. The Duluth News Tribune reports most of the people laid off February 26 came from the company's main manufacturing plant in Duluth, MN.

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Boeing Pulls Out Of Florida C-27J Production Facility

Alenia North America To Build Jacksonville Plant Without Boeing

At an Air Force Association symposium held last week, the Boeing Company announced it is pulling out of a multi-billion-dollar international project to produce the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft for the US Army and Air Force with Italy's Finmeccanica.

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FAA Names Chuck McGill As Western Region CFI Of The Year

Re-enacted Lindbergh's Atlantic Crossing In 1987... In A Cessna T-210

Aero-News has learned a San Diego, CA-area Master CFI, Chuck McGill, was recently named by the FAA as the Western Pacific Region 2009 CFI of the Year.

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Cessna Cancels Upcoming Events Due To Economic Crisis

Employees Receive Latest Round Of Layoff Notices

A spokesman from the Cessna Aircraft Company announced last week the cancellation of two upcoming company events, blaming the cutbacks on the economic recession.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.02.09)

Aero-Linx!

Hyner View, located in scenic central Pennsylvania, has been home to foot-launched flying for both hang gliders and paragliders since 1975.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.02.09): Settling With Power

Aero-Terms!

A hazardous condition of helicopter flight where the helicopter settles (descends) in spite of being in a high power setting. Three conditions are required for it to occur: (1) a descent rate of at least 300 ft/min (feet per minute), 2) an airspeed slower than Effective Translational Lift, and 3) 20% or greater power applied.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.02.09)

"For us, it wasn't about the airplane. It wasn't about the team. It's purely about the economic climate."

Source: Boeing spokesman William Barksdale. At an Air Force Association symposium held last week, the Boeing Company announced it is pulling out of a multi-billion-dollar international project to produce the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft for the US Army and Air Force with Italy's Finmeccanica.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-04 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-215-6B11 (CL-215T variant) and CL-215-6B11 (CL-415 variant) airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-06 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-06 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 the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes. This AD requires among other actions, installing new ground fault interrupter (GFI) relays for the main fuel tanks and the auxiliary fuel tank pumps.

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