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January 15, 2009

US Airways 1549's Captain -- Who Is That Guy?

Reports Confirm The Captain Is SRM Founder Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III

Here's a guy who may never have to pick up a bar tab ever again. His nickname is "Sully" and he is reportedly the Captain of the US Airways A320 that went down Thursday in near-freezing waters just off LaGuardia International Airport, shortly after departure.

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Any Landing You Can Climb Down From...

Pilot OK After Landing Stits In Tree

They say any landing you walk away from is a good one. There's a lesser-known corollary to that saying, about any landing you can climb down from.

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FAA Grounds Convair Operator Air Tahoma

Emergency Order Of Revocation Comes Following September Accident

Aero-News has confirmed with an FAA representative that the agency has issued an emergency order of revocation against Air Tahoma, ordering the Columbus, OH-based air cargo transport operator to surrender its operating certificate.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.15.09

Keeping General Aviation, And TCM, Flying... With Rhett Ross

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.15.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Keeping GA (And TCM) Flying: 01.15.09 (ANN Special Report, with Rhett Ross, President of Teledyne Continental Motors.)

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Airbus Handily Beats Boeing In 2008 Sales, Deliveries

Company Breaks Ground On A350 XWB Production Line

The numbers are in... and in 2008, European planemaker Airbus delivered a new record number of 483 aircraft, 30 more than in 2007. This number is made up of 386 A320 Family aircraft, 85 A330/A340 and 12 A380s.

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Discovery Arrives At Launch Pad For STS-119

Practice Liftoff Set For January 19-21

After reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-119 mission. A launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from January 19 to 21.

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United Latest Carrier To Gogo

Joins Delta, Four Others Offering North American Service

United Airlines will begin offering in-flight internet service to customers onboard 13 Boeing 757s on transcontinental routes in the second half of this year, the Chicago-based carrier announced Wednesday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.09

Airlines face a deadline to cap flights at LaGuardia.
An easyJet 737 takes its crew on an uncommanded wild ride.
And Eclipse passes to a new owner without an auction.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.15.09

Airlines face a deadline to cap flights at LaGuardia.
An easyJet 737 takes its crew on an uncommanded wild ride.
And Eclipse passes to a new owner without an auction.


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ANN Special Feature: Rhett Ross, Teledyne Continental Motors - 01.15.09

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Rhett Ross, President of Teledyne Continental Motors, about the unique economic challenges facing general aviation in 2009, and TCM's strategy for keeping GA pilots -

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TSA To Aid Secret Service During 56th Presidential Inauguration

VIPR Teams To Be Deployed At Airports, Other Transportation Hubs

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday plans to support US Secret Service efforts to secure transportation systems and events surrounding the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

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Lawsuit Filed In April 2008 Cessna 310 Accident

Plane Impacted Home In Compton, CA

The law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC announced Wednesday three clients have filed a personal injury lawsuit against pilot Charles Reece and Eureka International, Inc., the owner of the Cessna that crashed into their home in Compton, CA on April 12, 2008.

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USAF Begins Airlift Of Peacekeeping Equipment To Darfur

C-17s Will Fly Over 150 Tons Of Cargo And Supplies

The Air Force has begun airlifting Rwandan peacekeeping equipment and supplies from Rwanda to Sudan's Darfur region as part of a United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission.

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BA Ground Workers Charged In A321 Hit-And-Run

Two Workers Free On Bail, But Suspended

Two now-suspended British Airways ground workers are free on bail after being arrested for hitting a parked jet with a baggage truck at London Heathrow Airport, then leaving without reporting the incident.

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2008 Epps Aviation Scholarship Awarded

UND Student Recipient Of $2,500

Careers in Aviation announced this week the 2008 Epps Aviation Scholarship has been awarded to Jonathan Ward, a student at the University of North Dakota.

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Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part One)

Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun

Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.

Economic Incentives: TCM Readying Major Price Cuts On New/Rebuilt Engines?

TCM Seems Ready To Compete With Tough Economy

In and amongst all the bad news, there are glimmers (here and there), of some good news. The best news of all is not all that specific but the hopeful fact that we are seeing a number of companies refusing to sit back and hide until the economic sun comes out. Some, it appears, are ready to make their own sunshine... and the latest of those appears to be an increasingly aggressive Teledyne Continental Motors.

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Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part One)

Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun

Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ (pictured below, left, working on a Helicycle) had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.

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BTS Says November Airline Performance Continued To Improve

On-Time Figures Higher Than In November 2007, But Lower Than Preceding Month

The nation's largest airlines had a higher rate of on-time flights this past November than in the same month last year, although the rate of delays was higher than in October 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). 

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Retired USAF General Reportedly Tapped To Lead NASA

Choice Of Jonathan Scott Gration Draws Criticism From Florida Senator

Recent reports of comments attributed to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin have made it clear he doesn't expect to hold the post after Inauguration Day. The former rocket scientist has been criticized by some, called a genius by others... but has certainly been unafraid to ruffle feathers and has, at times, eloquently skewered his critics in public statements.

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Peters Announces Final Plan For 'Voluntary' Flight Caps At LaGuardia

Carriers Have Less Than Three Weeks To Submit Plans 

Airlines operating at New York’s LaGuardia Airport will have until February 2 to tell the US Department of Transportation which flights they will voluntarily give up in order to reduce congestion at the airport, outgoing US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Wednesday.

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NBAA Mourns Loss Of Former President

John H. Winant Passed Away Tuesday

The National Business Aviation Association is deeply saddened by the passing of John H. Winant, former president of the Association and a critical player in the evolution of business aviation. Winant died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Williamstown, MA. He was 85 years-old.

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General Says USAF Is 'All In' On UAS

Also Updates Status Of Warthog Repairs

The Air Force is "all in" with regard to unmanned aerial systems, and the service's leaders understand Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' direction to field the systems in the combat theater as fully and quickly as possible, the commander of 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern said January 12.

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Grace Flight America Joins Forces With Veterans Airlift Command

Organizations Fly Those In Need, For Free

Aero-News has learned Grace Flight of America (GFA) and the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) recently joined forces, resulting in the establishment of the premier national charitable flying organization.

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Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony To Honor Ford, Branson And Other Aviation Legends

'Living Legends of Aviation' Will Be Held January 22

The 6th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards will take flight on January 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Harrison Ford will receive with the Legends Aviation Legacy Award for his countless hours of service introducing thousands of young people to flight.

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Southwest Completes 737 Leaseback Transaction

LCC Raises $350 Million In Short-Term Profit

Southwest Airlines confirmed Wednesday it has completed the second half of a leaseback transaction designed to raise $350 million in cash, by selling off 10 of its Boeing 737s.

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Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Complete AATE Design Review

Engine Seen As Potential Replacement For Apache, Black Hawk Helicopter Turbine

The Advanced Turbine Engine Company, LLC (ATEC), a Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney joint venture, has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review by the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) and other government customers for the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.15.09)

Aero-Linx!

May 10 1940, the invasion of The Netherlands. German bombers took off to cripple the Dutch airfields. At the airport Waalhaven of Rotterdam, the N.V. Koolhoven Aeroplanes was their first target.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.15.09): LAPES

Aero-Terms!

The Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System is not currently in use by the US Air Force (USAF) or the US Army. LAPES is one of the three methods used for Aerial Delivery.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.15.09)

"We need to take steps now to help flyers avoid gridlock at LaGuardia this summer. These voluntary reductions will provide immediate relief while efforts continue on long-term solutions to aviation congestion in New York."

Source: US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters. Airlines operating at New York’s LaGuardia Airport will have until February 2 to tell the US Department of Transportation which flights they will voluntarily give up in order to reduce congestion at the airport.

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