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January 29, 2009

One Victim Identified In SMO Marchetti Accident

Plane Crashed Shortly After Takeoff

Two persons onboard a SIAI Marchetti SF-260C were killed Wednesday evening when their aircraft crashed after takeoff from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).

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GAMA's Bunce Says LASP Has Severe Shortcomings

Maintains Program Won't Measurably Improve Security

Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) told Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at Wednesday's public meeting in Houston, TX, that the burdensome requirements proposed in the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) will not provide commensurate security benefits and would severely limit the utility of general aviation aircraft, causing irreparable harm to the industry.

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Aero-TV: Cirrus Close-Up -- The Known Ice Protection System

More "Up Close" Info On GA's Latest FIKI Certified Bird

Just a few weeks ago, ANN broke the exciting details on Cirrus new "Known Ice Protection" option for Cirrus SR22 and Turbo models. Aircraft are available for sale now, with FAA certification for operations in known icing conditions expected in Q2 of 2009.

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NTSB Holds NASCAR Flight Department, Pilot Responsible For C310 Accident

Plane Was Released & Operated Despite Knowledge Of Electrical Problem

The National Transportation Safety Board determined Wednesday that a July 2007 aircraft accident in Sanford, FL was caused by a series of poor decisions, both by corporate flight department management and by the pilots that flew the accident aircraft. 

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Fuller Says GA Must 'Build For Tomorrow' In First Public Speech

Tells Wichita Aero Club "We Cannot Afford To Focus Only On The Problems Of Today"

The future for general aviation is bright, but it will require collective action by individual pilots and industry leaders to realize GA's potential, AOPA President Craig Fuller told the Wichita Aero Club on Wednesday.

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Tax Group Says Stimulus Bill Includes Some Good News For GA

H.R. 598 Includes Bonus Depreciation, Increase To Section 179 Expensing Return

Want some good economic news for a change? Aviation Tax Consultants, which helps aircraft owners navigate the taxation travails inherent to such a large purchase, tells ANN that House Resolution 598 -- the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009," better known as the stimulus bill -- contains a number of provisions that will impact general aviation in a positive manner.

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