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April 20, 2009

Cirrus Notifying SRS Deposit Holders Of Temporary Program Suspension

Stand in Line... SRS Program Becomes Another Victim of Economy

ANN has learned that Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters is notifying SRS LSA deposit holders of an announcement that will be made at a Press Conference on Tuesday in which the SRS LSA program will be suspended temporarily.

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Cheaper by The Dozen? Flybe Takes Delivery of Its 50th Bombardier Q400

Aircraft Equipped With Active Noise Control System

UK airline Flybe has taken delivery of its 50th Q400 airliner. The aircraft is equipped with the 1,000th installation of Ultra Electronics’ Active Noise Control (ANC) system which is called the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system on Q400 and other Bombardier Q-Series aircraft.

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Professor Hawking Hospitalized, Said To Be 'Very Ill'

Famed Physicist Taken To Hospital By Ambulance

ANN has regrettably learned that famed physicist, author, and Zero-G flyer, Stephen Hawking has been rushed to the hospital after his medical condition worsened.

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You Can Go Back... Sully Visits The Air Force Academy

Hero Of The Hudson Visits Alma Mater

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who saved U.S. Airways Flight 1549 with a heroic water landing in January, returned to the roots of his aviation career here Wednesday to accept a coveted flight award from the Air Force Academy. Captain Sullenberger, a 1973 graduate, received the 2009 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship during a ceremony on the Academy's Terrazzo that included a pass and review of 4,400 cadets.

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Falcon 1 Razaksat Launch Postponed

Due to a potential compatibility issue between the RazakSAT spacecraft and Falcon 1 launch vehicle, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB) have agreed to postpone the launch of ATSB's RazakSAT satellite.

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Harrison Ford Drafted To Aid GA PR Program

Actor/Pilot Harrison Ford Will Speak To The Masses About Importance Of GA

General aviation is an economic engine that pumps $150 billion into the United States economy each year. In local communities, it brings outside business in, and lets local businesses extend their reach. It provides more than a million jobs nationwide. It also provides services to all Americans through law enforcement, medevac, and other emergency services operations, as well as aiding relief efforts in times of disaster.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.21.09

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.20.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Instrument Proficiency - 04.20.09  (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.09

A piston twin hits a building in Florida, but the pilot is the only fatality.
The airlines admit March was another tough month.
And a proposed Florida spaceport gets closer to constru

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.20.09

A piston twin hits a building in Florida, but the pilot is the only fatality.
The airlines admit March was another tough month.
And a proposed Florida spaceport gets closer to constru

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Instrument Proficiency - 04.20.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the difference between "instrument rated" and "instrument proficient."

FMI:

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Pet Airways Set To Take Off This Summer

'Pets Only' Air Service Caters To Four-Legged Friends

Beginning in July, newcomer Pet Airways is slated to begin service to five major cities, with plans to expand service to other cities before the year is out – but for pets only.

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Aero-TV: Staying On Course -- Piper's 2009 Strategies (Part 1)

CEO Jim Bass Is Keeping Piper On Track

While a number of new and revolutionary companies get a fair share of the media spotlight, industry veteran, Piper Aircraft, one of the oldest GA manufacturers in the world, keeps on an evolutionary path that has kept them alive... and making progress while a number of their competitors have disappeared.

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HS Students Practice Crash Site Investigation At ERAU

Unique Hands-On Crash Lab Is One Of A Kind

Students from Col. Denny Peeples' class in the Aerospace Science Leadership Academy at Arizona's Prescott High School were given a hands-on opportunity to learn about on-site accident investigation last week at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's nearby Prescott campus.

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Aero-TV: Staying On Course -- Piper's 2009 Strategies (Part 1)

CEO Jim Bass Is Keeping Piper On Track

While a number of new and revolutionary companies get a fair share of the media spotlight, industry veteran, Piper Aircraft, one of the oldest GA manufacturers in the world, keeps on an evolutionary path that has kept them alive... and making progress while a number of their competitors have disappeared.

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One Lost In Sacramento Sportsman Downing

Plane Crashes Into Residential Area, Narrowly Misses Homes

The sole occupant of a single-engine aircraft suffered fatal injuries when he crashed Friday afternoon in the Sacramento, CA suburb of El Dorado Hills, about 10 miles northeast of Sacramento Mather Airport (MHR).

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Southwest CEO Kelly Volunteers For Pay Cut

Disclosure Filed With SEC A Day After Posting Q1 Loss

A Proxy Statement drafted for Southwest Airlines' Annual Meeting of Shareholders and submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission provided details of compensation given its executive officers, including a voluntary cut in salary by CEO Gary Kelly.

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Schrenker Writes To Newspaper, Wants To Tell His Story

Claims Media Got The Story '95 Percent Wrong'

Jailed pilot Marcus Schrenker, facing a competency hearing in a Pensacola federal court on April 24, is anxious to tell his side of the story of what happened on January 11 when he bailed out of his plane in what the media have termed an attempt to fake his own death.

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Klyde Morris (04.20.09)

Now Is The Springtime Of Klyde's Discontent...

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Slithering Serpents Suspend Slated Sydney Service

Four Baby Pythons Escape Container In Cargo Hold During Flight

Qantas Airways cancelled a Melbourne to Sydney flight last week when four small baby pythons that had escaped from their shipping container in the cargo hold could not be found.

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Machinists Approve New Contract With Lockheed Martin

Union Calls Agreement 'Fair And Equitable'

In a vote held Sunday afternoon in Fort Worth, TX, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 776, ratified a new labor agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

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Indonesian Pilatus Porter Downing Claims 11

Three Election Officials And National Elections Ballots On Board

Timika Air Base commander Easter Haryanto has confirmed that all of the eleven persons aboard a single-engine plane that crashed on Mount Gergaji in the Papua province of remote eastern Indonesia last Friday have perished.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.09)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the website that honors the men of the ground crews who kept the B-17s of the 385th Heavy Bomb Group at Great Ashfield flying and fighting. These un-sung heroes worked day and night repairing flak damage received over France and Germany. They loaded bombs and 50 cal. ammunition so the airmen would have a chance to sally forth on many combat missions. Always looking for "their" bomber to return successfully from a mission.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.09): Xenon-Ion Propulsion System

Aero-Terms!

A commercial electron bombardment thruster (also known as an electrostatic ion thruster) - a form ion propulsion - that is a product of Hughes Space and Communications Company, which, in 2000, became part of Boeing Satellite Systems. XIPS (pronounced "zips") employs the heavy inert gas xenon as a propellant.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.20.09)

"The first thing we want them to do is look at the four corners of the accident; we want them to take the time to really look at the accident. At this point we want them to determine how the plane crashed, not necessarily why it crashed."

Source: Eric Skoor, master's student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. Students from Prescott High School were given a hands-on opportunity to learn about on-site accident investigation last week at the ERAU campus.

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