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February 19, 2009

McNerney Says Boeing Won't Lower Pay To Save Jobs

Such A Move Would Put Planemaker At A "Competitive Disadvantage"

In this time of corporate belt tightening and massive layoffs, one might think existing workers and management would be willing to shun their own bonuses and pay raises this year, in order to preserve jobs and to show solidarity with the nervous masses.

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Embraer Announces Workforce Reduction, Lowers Delivery Forecasts

Roughly 20 Percent Of Global Jobs Will Be Cut

Brazilian planemaker Embraer is the latest aircraft manufacturer to announce massive layoffs, blaming a likely reduction in orders and production during what looks to be a very difficult year.

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Manas Air Base 'Not Irreplaceable,' Official Says

Pentagon Will "Find Other Means" If Base Closed

Under pressure from Russian interests, on Thursday Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted to close Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub for the US military, but a senior Pentagon official said the base closure would not affect operations in Afghanistan.

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Boeing Submits Proposals For Ares V Design Support

Includes Bids For Payload Shroud, Departure Stage, And Avionics

Boeing announced this week its Space Exploration division recently submitted a slew of proposals to NASA for the Ares V Phase 1 Design Support Contracts.

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GA Faces Even More 'Belt-Tightening' With Additional Cuts At Cirrus

The Ailing Economy Continues To Plague The Aviation Industry

 At this week's GAMA Annual Industry Review & Market Outlook Briefing, it was obvious to everyone in the briefing room that the positive spirit and outlook enjoyed in year's past would not be seen, again, for some time. The economic downturn/collapse/recession/mess is having a harsh affect on the aviation community... from the small-town FBO up through the largest aircraft manufacturers.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.19.09

SAFE Update, With Former NAFI Director Robert Wright

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.19.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- SAFE Update: 02.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with former NAFI director, and former FAA senior executive for general aviation, Robert Wright.)

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Analyst Says Air Canada May Need Bankruptcy Protection

Predicts Credit Crunch, Lack Of Investment Could Force Issue

Canadian flag carrier Air Canada may be soon forced to file for bankruptcy protection, according to UBS analyst Fadi Chamoun.

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First Air France A380 Makes Inaugural Flight

GP7200-Powered Airliner First Of 12 Slated For Carrier

The first Air France A380, powered with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, successfully completed a 4-hour inaugural test route flight from Toulouse on February 12, 2009. The aircraft flew to Airbus Hamburg on February 16, where it will be painted in Air France livery, and its interior will be customized for the airline. The A380 is scheduled for delivery to Air France in October.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.09

Eclipse Aviation shuts down operations.
Delta Connection Academy loses a student and an instructor in Florida.
And Sirius XM's white knight arrives in the nick of time.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.19.09

Eclipse Aviation shuts down operations.
Delta Connection Academy loses a student and an instructor in Florida.
And Sirius XM's white knight arrives in the nick of time.


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ANN Special Feature: Robert Wright, SAFE - 02.19.09

ANN's Paul Plack gets background on next week's first meeting of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, with former NAFI director, and former FAA senior executive for general aviation, Rober

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Company Develops Airfoil Performance Monitor

Marinvent Device Intended To Prevent Icing Accidents

No aircraft in service today is equipped with a system to monitor the performance and safety margin of its airfoils under icing conditions... and that's a situation Canadian aerospace firm Marinvent hopes to change.

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Two Unhurt When Plane Lands On Frozen Lake Near Chicago

Plane Will Be Hauled Away On Flatbed

When you need to land in an emergency, you NEED to land... and you can only pray the iced-over lake beneath you is solid.

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NASA's LCROSS Satellite Heads To Florida For Launch

Mission Wil Seek Water Ice on Moon

NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is enroute from Northrop Grumman's facility in Redondo Beach, Calif., to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a spring launch.

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Boeing Plants Attain Environmental Certification

Company Earns ISO 14001 Recognition For Work In Recycling

Boeing announced this week all of its major manufacturing facilities received the internationally recognized ISO 14001 environmental certification by the end of 2008, marking achievement of one of the company's most significant environmental goals.

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AD: Learjet

AD NUMBER: 2009-03-01 MANUFACTURER: Learjet SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-03-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet Model 55, 55B, and 55C airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-07 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-04 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 401, 401A, 401B, 402, 402A, and 402B airplanes.

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Aero-TV Gets More Data On Garmin's NEW LSA Panel Solution -- The GDU 370/375

Garmin Intro's MFD Line For LSA, Experimentals

This year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo was a great chance to recharge our sport aviation "batteries" as well as get a chance to look over some great new planes and products. Foremost among those, this year, was Garmin's release of the forthcoming GDU 370/375 -- a NEW series of full function multi-function displays (MFDs) developed for the LSA retrofit and experimental aircraft markets.

GAMA Joins Industry Group On Climate Change Principles

Pledges Development Of Efficient Aircraft, But Wants Regulations Kept In Check

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced Wednesday it has joined with other aviation industry groups to issue a paper outlining a set of principles to address aviation and climate change. The signatories of the document represent every facet of the aviation industry, including general aviation, commercial passenger and cargo carriers, airports, aerospace manufacturers, pilots and air traffic controllers.

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Sirius Survives, Thanks To Cash Infusion

XM WX Inflight Weather Safe For Now

Sirius XM -- which provides satellite radio subscription service to about 19 million subscribers, and weather services to a growing number of pilots -- has been saved from bankruptcy, at least for now.

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Aero-TV Gets More Data On Garmin's NEW LSA Panel Solution -- The GDU 370/375

Garmin Intro's MFD Line For LSA, Experimentals

This year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo was a great chance to recharge our sport aviation "batteries" as well as get a chance to look over some great new planes and products. Foremost among those, this year, was Garmin's release of the forthcoming GDU 370/375...

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New Security Rules Coming To GA Side At EWN

Airport Also Set To Receive First Round Of AIP Funding

A change is coming for workers at, and pilots who fly out of, the general aviation side of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) in North Carolina. After April 1, anyone wanting ramp access will either have to pass a TSA security check, or walk out with an escort.

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USAF Appears Willing To Deal On F-22

May Trim Original Request From 200 Planes, To 60

Faced with a new administration and an economic recession, it appears the US Air Force will quit fighting Pentagon planners, and back off its insistence it needs another 200 F-22 Raptor fighters from Lockheed Martin.

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BTS: December Airline Employment Down 6.7 Percent

Sixth Consecutive Drop In Full-Time Levels

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.7 percent fewer workers in December 2008 than in December 2007, the sixth consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year and the largest year-to-year decrease since December 2003.

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Group Says Bizjet Market Will Continue Falling Over Next Two Years

G2 Solutions Expects Rebound To Occur Around 2012

A new research note now available from G2 Solutions, entitled "Personal and Business Jets: Market Analysis and Outlook," presents business jets and avionics market analysis, including a detailed avionics market and systems forecast from 2008 to 2020.

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'Pipe Bomb' Sticker Causes Panic At MEM

Terminal Cleared After Security Finds Suspect Bicycle. You Read That Right...

Security officers cleared passengers out of Concourse C at Memphis International Airport (MEM) Tuesday, after airport police came across a bicycle chained outside the terminal with a sticker on it, proclaiming "This Bike is a Pipe Bomb."

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Lockheed Martin Completes Italian C-130J Industrial Benefits Requirement

Associated With Country's Purchase Of 22 Aircraft 

The Italian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that Lockheed Martin has met the industrial benefit requirement associated with Italy's acquisition of 22 C-130J aircraft five years ahead of schedule. As a result of Lockheed Martin's completion of this commitment, more than 70 partnerships within Italy's industrial community were implemented. These projects are projected to provide in excess of $2 billion in long-term economic impact to the Italian economy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) is first and foremost a social club for people that share a passion for flight; for active pilots, former pilots, and non-pilots alike who love to learn about flying, love to talk about flying, and love to promote flying. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.09): Leading Edge Slot

Aero-Terms!

An aerodynamic feature of the wing of some airplanes to reduce the stall speed and promote good low-speed handling qualities.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.09)

"We anticipate being able to call them back soon, but we made no promises. We're planning for the worst but hoping for the best."

Source: Eclipse Aviation President and General Manager Michael McConnell. On Wednesday, Eclipse's Board of Directors opted to furlough approximately 800 workers. Workers were told they will receive their paychecks for the last two weeks of work... but until the sale of the company to EclipseJet Aviation International is finalized they will be out of a job at Eclipse. McConnell asserts Eclipse remains "very close" to finalizing the sale of the company to EclipseJet, but concedes the sale process is "taking much longer than first thought."

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