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April 05, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.06.09

Bombardier cuts 3,000 more jobs worldwide.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines had its planes back in the air Thursday.
And NASA's embattled inspector general quits.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.06.09

Bombardier cuts 3,000 more jobs worldwide.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines had its planes back in the air Thursday.
And NASA's embattled inspector general quits.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Aviation's Tipping Point - 04.06.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about Bob's warning that aviation is reaching a tipping point, and how we might still act in time.

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Bombardier Latest Aircraft Manufacturer To Make More Cuts

3,000 Jobs To Be Eliminated Worldwide By End Of 2009

A reduction in the number of expected deliveries in 2009 plus an excess of used aircraft on the market have combined to make tough times for Bombardier, spurring last week's announcement of the planned elimination of 3,000 more jobs by the end of this year, in addition to 1,360 positions cut in February.

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ASA Resumes CRJ Flights After Groundings

Engine Inspections, Documentation Completed On 60 Aircraft

Normal flight operations were resumed Thursday afternoon by Delta Connection regional carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a mere day-and-a-half after grounding 60 aircraft to check its compliance with mandatory engine inspections.

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Airline Says Thefts From Checked Luggage Are 'Extremely Rare'

But Employee Claims 'It Happens Every Day'

The Transportation Safety Administration processes thousands of claims filed each year by airline passengers whose personal items have come up missing from their checked baggage. Despite the overwhelming statistics, at least one airline denies the scope of the problem.

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WomenVenture To Return To Oshkosh For 2009

More Events And Programs To Draw Women To Aviation

The success of last year's inaugural WomenVenture gathering has inspired EAA and Women in Aviation International to unveil plans for more programs and activities this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The 57th annual EAA fly-in convention, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," will be held July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

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Expedition 18 Return Delayed By Soggy Steppes In Kazakhstan

Targeted Landing Date Now April 8

The Expedition 18 and 19 crews wrapped up a busy week of joint operations aboard the International Space Station Friday.

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TSA Workers Want Right To Collective Bargaining

Union Hopeful New TSA Administrator Will Agree

The American Federation of Government Employees - a labor union that representing Transportation Security Administration workers - is hopeful that President Obama will make good on his campaign promise to appoint a new TSA Administrator who favors granting them collective bargaining rights.

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NAFI Announces February, March 2009 Master Instructors

Latest Acceditations Come As Organization Faces Crossroads

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced last week eight new accredited Master Instructors.

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SATSAir Plane Makes Forced Landing On FL Street

Pilot And Two Passengers Okay After Interrupted Charter Flight

The pilot of an air-taxi flight, enroute from Page Field (FMY) in Ft. Myers, FL to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), made a successful forced landing Friday night, touching down safely on a street in North Port, FL.

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Navy Orders More Bell H-1 Helos

Lot 6 Upgrade Program Approved

Bell Helicopter announced that the US Navy has awarded a new production contract to Bell for the purchase of Lot 6 of the H-1 Upgrade Program, an award worth $288 million.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.09)

Aero-Linx!

The primary purpose of The F-14 Tomcat Association is to maintain contact among the members of the Tomcat community, keep members informed of developments in Naval Aviation, provide support to museums where F-14s are on display, and sponsor annual reunions of the F-14 family. Membership is open to anyone who has flown, worked on, or just plain love the F-14 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.09): Gas Giant

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A large planet composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, together with some methane, ammonia, and other light substances, but with a substantial metal-rock core around which the lighter materials that form the bulk of the object have accreted. Most of the extrasolar planets discovered so far appear to be gas giants, though this is a selection effect stemming from the fact that current detection methods are heavily biased toward finding massive planets.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.05.09)

"These decisions were very difficult to take but they were necessary to (put) the company in a viable position in the present environment and align production to the reduced market demand."

Source: Guy Hachey, president and CEO of Bombardier Aerospace. A reduction in the number of expected deliveries in 2009 plus an excess of used aircraft on the market have combined to make tough times for the planemaker, spurring last week's announcement of the planned elimination of 3,000 more jobs by the end of this year, in addition to 1,360 positions cut in February.

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