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April 08, 2009

NTSB To Hold Flight 1549 Hearing In Early June

Will Review Ditching Safety, Bird Ingestion Standards

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on June 9-10, 2009, as part of its ongoing investigation into the ditching of a US Airways Airbus A320 into the Hudson River in New York City in January. The hearing will be held at the NTSB's Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

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AD NUMBER: 2009-08-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas airplanes identified above.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.08.09

Space Adventures, With Company CEO Eric Anderson

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.08.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.08.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Space Adventures: 04.08.09 (ANN Special Report, with Eric Anderson, co-founder, president and CEO of Space Adventures.)

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Wisconsin CAP 'Low-And-Slow' Intercept Training Pays Off

ANG F-16s Intercepted Alleged Canadian Suicide Pilot

Since 9/11, Civil Air Patrol's Wisconsin Wing pilots and crews have served as "low-and-slow" intercept targets for Wisconsin Air National Guard (ANG) fighter pilots. These training missions allow air controllers and ANG pilots to practice locating and intercepting low-and-slow flying aircraft that could be a terrorist threat.

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Reports: Canadian Pilot Wanted F-16s To Shoot Him Down

But Seemed Glad To Be Alive When Police Arrived

It appears increasingly likely the pilot of a small plane who led US authorities on a slow-speed chase over five states Monday did not intend to use his plane to attack anyone... but rather he was hoping US fighters would shoot him down.

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Delta Connection Academy Reaches Out To Students Affected By CAPT Closure

Offered "Basic Essentials" Until Placed In DCA Program

For a group of more than 150 International flight school students enrolled at CAPT, eviction and hunger were not included as part of their flight training agreement. However, many of the students were left wondering what to do when eviction notices started showing up and weekly food stipends began to diminish this past January.

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OpenSkies Completes Merger With L'Avion

Deal Bolsters Fledgling Business-Only Airline

British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies announced this week it has completed its merger with L'Avion, the first all-business class French airline. The combined airline, now referred to as OpenSkies, offers customers a single Business Class brand for trans-Atlantic travel.

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Expedition 18 Crew Lands Safely In Kazakhstan

Site Moved Due To Continued Poor Conditions At Primary Location

The Expedition 18 crew members undocked their Soyuz from the station at 10:55 pm EDT April 7. The deorbit burn to slow the Soyuz and begin its descent toward Earth began at 1:24 am April 8. The landing was moved to a more southerly landing site because of poor landing conditions at the original site.

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NASA Goes With Apollo-Era Material For Orion Heat Shield

Avcoat Ablation Selected Over PICA Tiles

NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon. After extensive study, NASA has selected the Avcoat ablator system for the Orion crew module.

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Machinists, United Airlines Open Contract Negotiations

Ramp Workers, Security Guards Want Job Security, To Win Back Previous Concessions

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 141 exchanged opening contract proposals in Chicago, IL, Wednesday with United Airlines for the carrier's 16,000 Ramp & Stores, Public Contact, Food Service, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor and Security Guard employees. The current IAM agreements become amendable on December 31, 2009.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.08.09

Hawker Beechcraft to adopt Eclipse orphans.
That stolen 172 had been left with the keys in it.
And the new Obama defense paradigm could be bad news for Seattle.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.08.09

Hawker Beechcraft to adopt Eclipse orphans.
That stolen 172 had been left with the keys in it.
And the new Obama defense paradigm could be bad news for Seattle.


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ANN Special Feature: Eric Anderson, Space Adventures 04.08.09

Eric Anderson, co-founder, president and CEO of Space Adventures, welcomes home space tourist Charles Simonyi, and discusses his company's plans for the future.

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Aero-TV: Building A Legacy -- The Lopresti Family Mission (Part 1)

A General Aviation Dynasty Continues To Grow

There are few families so uniquely identified with the world of general aviation as is the Lopresti clan. For those not familiar with the LoPresti legacy, the patriarch of the brood, Roy Lopresti, was the prolific and innovative aircraft designer was the creative force behind the Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Cougar and the Mooney 201, 232, 252 and 301. Oh, and also NASA's Lunar Lander. What you might (NOT) call an underachiever...

Boeing Blitzed By Pentagon Budget Recommendations

Stands To Lose Billions In Defense Work

If it's bad news for Boeing, it's bad news for Seattle... and the Seattle Times has broken down the potential impact on the region of the defense realignment announced Monday by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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USA Today: Study Shows Bird Strikes Have Increased Since 1990s

Cites Data From FAA Database Showing 62 Percent Increase

Aero-News reported last months on findings by the Associated Press, that the FAA applied on March 24 for permission to lock down its database of bird strike reports. The agency expressed the concern release of the data would cast a negative light on the images of certain airports, and the airline industry in general.

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Aero-TV: Building A Legacy -- The Lopresti Family Mission (Part 1)

A General Aviation Dynasty Continues To Grow

There are few families so uniquely identified with the world of general aviation as is the Lopresti clan. For those not familiar with the LoPresti legacy, the patriarch of the brood, Roy Lopresti, was the prolific and innovative aircraft designer was the creative force behind the Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Cougar and the Mooney 201, 232, 252 and 301.

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TSA Moves To Replace Metal Detectors With Body Scanners

Privacy, Health Issues Top Critics' List Of Concerns

When the US Transportation Security Administration announced the debut of full-body scanners at American airports, all the concern seemed to be over whether passengers would revolt at the idea of strangers looking at their bodies with X-ray vision. TSA assured us the screeners seeing the images wouldn't know who we were, that the images would not be retained, and that only volunteers who preferred X-rays to being frisked would be scanned.

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Eclipse Jet Announces Formation Of US Service Network

Brigadoon Aircraft Maintenance First 'Platinum' Center

The battle to service the orphaned fleet of Eclipse 500 very light jets ramped up significantly Tuesday. On the same day Hawker Beechcraft announced a letter-of-intent to discuss a servicing partnership with Eclipse owners, a bidder for the defunct planemaker's assets also announced plans for a nationwide -- and, possibly, worldwide -- network of service centers to support the inaugural VLJ.

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V Australia Launches Second Trans-Pacific Route

LAX-Brisbane Service Begins Wednesday

It's amazing what a couple new planes can do when it comes to launching a new airline. Less than six weeks after starting its inaugural Los Angeles-Sydney service, V Australia will launch its second route, to Brisbane, on Wednesday.

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ERAU Summer Academy Offers Variety Of Programs For Teens

Programs Range From $1,600 To $18.5K

Teens who'd enjoy hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics may want to sign up for the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach, FL campus.

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Dassault Falcon Opens Reno Service Center

Offers "B" Level Maintenance Checks

On Tuesday, Dassault Falcon announced the opening of its much-anticipated new Dassault Aircraft Services facility at the Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The new facility is a full-service Falcon Maintenance Repair and Overhaul location and offers comprehensive avionics, engine and aircraft support services, including an AOG 'Go Team.'

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GOCE Spacecraft Fires Up QinetiQ Ion Engines

Require Much Less Propellant Than Conventional Thrusters

Electric engines that were designed, built and tested at QinetiQ's space centre in Farnborough, UK are ready to play a crucial role in the European Space Agency's (ESA) gravity mission, following their successful commissioning onboard the GOCE spacecraft this week.

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ALPA, Island Air Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

TA Contains Wage, Work Rules And Other Improvements

Island Air pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), announced this week they had reached a Tentative Agreement with management after 16 months of contract negotiations. This agreement, if ratified by the pilot group, will provide wage increases, work rule improvements and furlough protection.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.08.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as the successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin. Design work began in 1966, and the first prototype made its initial flight on 4 November 1968.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.08.09): Omnidirectional Antenna

Aero-Terms!

A radio antenna capable of transmitting and/or receiving radio signals from all directions of the sky which are visible from its location, simultaneously.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.08.09)

"Boeing seems to have been hit harder than any of the other major contractors."

Source: Lexington Institute defense analyst Loren Thompson. If it's bad news for Boeing, it's bad news for Seattle... and the Seattle Times has broken down the potential impact on the region of the defense realignment announced Monday by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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