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January 17, 2009

NTSB: Right Engine Remains Attached To Hudson River A320 Wing

Investigators Say Airliner's Engines Detached From Wings

How do you lift a mostly-intact narrowbody airliner out of the Hudson River? That's a question salvage operators may have gone their entire lives without pondering, until Thursday's downing of US Airways Flight 1549.

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ERAU Orders 10 Diamond DA42 L360s

Finally... Some GOOD News!

Over the past several weeks, we've run too many stories about layoffs throughout the general aviation biz, in the face of dwindling order numbers... so news of a big fleet order is good news, indeed.

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Airline Employment Continues To Fall

Worker Ranks Down 6.5 Percent From November 2007

On Thursday, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported passenger airline traffic continued to drop through 2008.. so it's not surprising to hear airline employment numbers are falling, too.

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Colgan Air Orders 15 Q400s To Bolster Turboprop Fleet

NextGen Aircraft Include New Interior Treatment

Bombardier Aerospace announced this week Pinnacle Airlines subsidiary Colgan Air, Inc. recently signed a firm order to acquire 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction involves the conversion to firm orders of 10 conditional orders and the exercise of five options placed by Pinnacle in 2007. Colgan Air's operations are based in Manassas, Virginia.

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NASA Extends Shuttle, Space Station Spacesuit Contract

Covers All Remaining Shuttle Missions

NASA has exercised an $86 million, one-year contract option with Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Windsor Locks, CT for work on spacesuits used on the space shuttles and the International Space Station.

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New Administration Brings New Outlook On JSF Program

Davis Confident F-35 Development Will Continue

Decisions about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor aircraft programs are expected early in President-elect Barack Obama's administration. The F-35 program manager said Thursday he sees strong support for the F-35 from the services, allied partners and, so far, on Capitol Hill.

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Helicopter Flight Training Services Inaugurates NH90 Simulator

Consortium Was Founded In 2004

Helicopter Flight Training Services (HFTS), a consortium owned equally by CAE, Eurocopter, Thales and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, officially inaugurated this week the world's first NH90 full-mission simulator in its newly built facility in Bückeburg, Northern Germany, adjacent to the German Army Aviation School.

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NASA Tests Engine Technology For Manned Lunar Landings

Modifications Eliminate "Chugging" Oscillations

A technology development engine that may help NASA safely return astronauts to the lunar surface has successfully completed its third round of testing. The goal of these tests is to reduce risk and advance technology for a reliable and robust rocket engine that could enable America's next moon landing.

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NBAA Announces Recipients Of 2009 Training Scholarships

Will Help New Schedulers, Dispatchers Learn The Trade

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee announced this week the seven recipients of the Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.09)


The Billy Bishop Home and Museum in Owen Sound Ontario Canada is the birthplace of William Avery "Billy" Bishop, V.C., Canada's most famous WWI flying ace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.09): Aphelion


The point in its orbit where a planet is farthest from the Sun.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.17.09)

"A little weird."

Source: Lorrie Sullenberger, describing what her husband -- Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III -- thinks of the attention lavished upon him after he piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to a safe water landing Thursday on New York's Hudson River. All 150 passengers and five crewmembers were able to safely evacuate the plane, and Sullenberger -- along with copilot Jeffrey Skiles, and flight attendants Donna Dent, Doreen Welsh, and Sheila Dail -- are being hailed as heroes for their efforts.

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