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January 12, 2009

Economic Slump Hits Diamond Aircraft Facility

About 25 Percent Of Workforce Laid Off

The latest casualty of the worldwide economic crisis is Diamond Aircraft, which announced Monday it will furlough roughly 25 percent of its current production workforce, effective immediately.

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Boeing Completes Apache Longbow Training Upgrade Contract

Six-Year Program Upgraded Sim Equipment

Boeing announced Monday its Integrated Defense Systems Training Systems and Services organization has completed a six-year US Army contract to retrofit and upgrade 22 Apache Longbow Crew Trainers, 22 Maintenance Training Devices and a Longbow Collective Training System.

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EADS Adds Three Years To A400M Timetable

'New Approach' Means More Of Same Delays

Airbus Military and EADS announced Monday a "new approach" for the oft-delayed A400M military program... telling its partner nations they must join together to "find a way forward" with the trouble-plagued aircraft.

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First Production VH-71 To Start Final Production Phase

Integration Of Helo's Systems Begins At Owego Facility

The first Lockheed Martin pilot production VH-71 presidential helicopter to begin the integration and final production process arrived at the company's Owego, NY, facility Friday. Six of nine helicopters that make up the first phase of the VH-71 presidential helicopter program are now in the US, including four test-configured aircraft and two production aircraft.

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Illinois Appeals Court Puts Halt To O'Hare Expansion Plans

Decision Puts $20 Billion OMP In Doubt

In a major setback for plans to expand Chicago O'Hare Airport, the Illinois appeals court on Thursday prevented the razing of the northeast part of the nearby Village of Bensenville.

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Union Urges Officials To Support Third Runway At Heathrow

Unite Says Decision Would Safeguard Over 200,000 Jobs

The UK's leading labor union is urging the British government to give the green light to the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport.

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Report: Cessna To Slash 2,000 More Jobs

Scope Of Layoffs Not Yet Known

...And the hits just keep coming. Cessna told its employees Monday it will cut 2,000 additional jobs throughout its facilities, putting a number to its announcement last week of a second round of layoffs.

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Cirrus Shuffles Model Lineup On FIKI Announcement

Includes New Ultra-Lux "X" Option, CMX Maintenance Package

On the heels of its long-anticipated announcement of the availability of a known-icing option, Cirrus Aircraft also revealed new features, upgrades, and option packages to its SR20, SR22, and Turbo model aircraft lineup for 2009.

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PA46 Pilot Missing Following Florida Downing

Officials Say Pilot May Have Bailed Out

It appears increasingly likely the pilot of a Piper Meridian that crashed Sunday night didn't perish in the accident... but rather that Marcus Schrenker apparently pulled a D.B. Cooper, and parachuted out of the plane somewhere over Alabama.

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AOPA Ramps Up Advocacy Efforts Ahead Of New Administration

Hires New Head Of Legislative Affairs

With a new administration getting ready to take office, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is seizing a key opportunity to help new White House staff and cabinet members, as well as members of Congress and their staff, understand the value of general aviation. So, the association is creating a powerhouse in its Washington, DC lobbying office.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.12.09

When Slow Is Not Safe

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.12.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.12.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- When Slow Is Not Safe: 01.12.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller.)

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Cirrus Aircraft Announces Known Ice Protection For SR22, Turbo Models

Cirrus Aircraft has oficially announced that Cirrus SR22 and TURBO models are now available with equipment for “Known Ice Protection.”

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Aero-TV Exclusive: Something New At Cirrus -- Known Ice Protection

Another Cirrus Upgrade Coming To The Market

For over a week, ANN and Aero-TV personnel have been in Duluth, MN, helping to document the major announcement that you are seeing and hearing now. Cirrus Aircraft is introducing its new "X" series of aircraft, a feature rich series of upgrades to the decade long revolution started by Alan and Dale Klapmeier.

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Aero-TV Exclusive: Something New At Cirrus -- Known Ice Protection

Another Cirrus Upgrade Coming To The Market

For over a week, ANN and Aero-TV personnel have been in Duluth, MN, helping to document the major announcement that you are seeing and hearing now. Cirrus Aircraft is introducing its new "X" series of aircraft, a feature rich series of upgrades to the decade long revolution started by Alan and Dale Klapmeier.

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.12.09

The slumping economy will bring another round of layoffs at Hawker Beechcraft.
Cessna now says its layoffs will reach a thousand or more.
And Boeing Commercial Airplanes will trim 45-

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.12.09

The slumping economy will bring another round of layoffs at Hawker Beechcraft.
Cessna now says its layoffs will reach a thousand or more.
And Boeing Commercial Airplanes will trim 45-

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, When Slow Is Not Safe - 01.12.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about times when our life-long indoctrniation about the dangers of speed is off-base.

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Statistics Show Airline Air Safety Is On The Rise

US Air Carriers Post Record Second Consecutive Year Without Fatalities

For the first time in 50 years, US airlines have flown for two years in a row -- 2007 and 2008 -- without any passenger deaths. Single years without fatalities have been rare, with only four occurring since 1958... making the two-year stretch even more impressive.

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LASP Opposition Strong At Westchester TSA Forum

TSA Roadshow Continues To Draw Criticism From Every Side

Another in a series of meetings held by the Transportation Security Administration to listen to public response on the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program was held last week at the Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY.

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Congressional Auditors Blast NASA's Inspector General

GAO Report Says He's Just Not Getting The Job Done

A recent 77-page report issued by the Government Accountability Office reveals that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Inspector General ranked next to last compared to inspectors in 27 other federal agencies in managing costs and looking for ways to save taxpayers money.

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Connecticut Town Closer To Buying Historic Robertson Airport

Federal And State Funds To Cover Most Of Purchase Price

With a favorable report from a private study, significant community support, and federal and state funds available for the purchase, all indicators point toward finalization of a deal for the purchase of Robertson Airport (4B8) by the city of Plainville, CT in 2009.

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Navy Review Board Agrees With Family Of Missing Airman

Board Says Evidence Doesn't Warrant Changing Airman's Status

At a hearing held last week to evaluate the status of a missing US pilot, a Navy review board agreed with family members, concluding that the government needs to do more to find out what actually happened, before changing the airman's status again.

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Klyde Morris (01.12.09)

And We Doubt That's Gonna 'Change' Anytime Soon...

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Horizon Air Making Plans To Begin PAE Service In April

Opposing Snohomish County Councilmen Concede They're Powerless To Stop It

Alaska Air affiliate Horizon Air has announced plans to provide air service to Snohomish County's Paine Field (PAE), starting as early as April 1.

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Launch Of Pay-As-You-Fly South African Airline Delayed

No Planes + No Air Operator Certificate = No Flights

A new South African airline sporting a new pay-as-you-fly twist on airfares has run into problems getting off the ground.

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Drunk Russian Fined For Delta Incident

Inebriated Escapade Will Cost Him C$30,000

A passenger who got a bit out of control on an international flight last week had his day in court Friday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.12.09)

Aero-Linx!

The RAF Association (RAFA) is a membership organization serving current and former members of the Royal Air Force, their families and dependants and all those supporting the aims of the Association. It is the largest single-service membership organization in the United Kingdom and has roughly 76,000 members and 500 Branches in the UK, Europe and further afield. The Association provides help, advice, assistance, comradeship and, where required, welfare and care for the whole RAF family.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.12.09): Inertial Navigation

Aero-Terms!

Measuring all accelerations imparted to a vehicle and, by integrating these with respect to time, calculating speed at every instant (in all three planes) and, by integrating a second time, calculating total change of position in relation to starting point.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.12.09)

"It's a new record. While it doesn't mean risk is now non-existent, it certainly means they have done a fantastic job at keeping all these threats at bay."

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and risk statistician Arnold Barnett. For the first time in 50 years, US airlines have flown for two years in a row -- 2007 and 2008 -- without any passenger deaths. Single years without fatalities have been rare, with only four occurring since 1958... making the two-year stretch even more impressive.

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