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February 26, 2009

WAI2009: Embry-Riddle Launches Mentoring Program For Female Engineering Students

Program Helps Ease Transition Into College Life, Retain Women Majoring in the Field

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced Thursday -- during the 20th annual Women in Aviation Conference in Atlanta, GA -- it has launched an innovative peer mentoring program to help young women aspiring to become engineers successfully transition from high school through the critical first year of college.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.26.09

BizAv Fights Back, With Cessna Marketing VP Tom Aniello

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.26.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.26.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- BizAv Fights Back: 02.26.09 Part One, Part Read More

Second STOVL F-35 Lightning II Flies

Joins Two Other Aircraft In Flight Test Program

The second short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II accomplished its first flight on Wednesday, February 25. The aircraft, known as BF-2, joins a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A and another STOVL F-35B that already have logged a combined total of 84 flights.

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Wings For RAF's First A330-200 Tanker Leave Factory

Royal Air Force's New Tankers Take Shape

A major milestone was reached Wednesday, as the first set of wings for the RAF's advanced new fleet of tanker aircraft left Airbus UK's Broughton plant in North Wales. The wings were loaded onto a giant Beluga aircraft to transport them to the Toulouse-based production facility where the new tanker aircraft will be assembled.

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Dassault's Falcon 7X Approved For LCY Operations

Trijet Cleared For Steep Approaches

Dassault Falcon announced this week its Falcon 7X recently received approval for arrivals and departures at London City Airport (LCY) in London, England.

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NTSB Issues Prelim On Remos GX Fatal At SEF

Trailing Pilot Saw Ailerons Drooping; Investigators Find Linkage Disconnected

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the January 25 takeoff crash of a Remos GX at Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), released this week, sheds new insight into the accident that seriously injured the pilot, Mike Kostelac, and claimed the life of British aviation photographer Steven E. Fletcher.

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Reports: Pilots Among Victims Of Turkish Airlines Accident

Plane Impacted At Extreme Nose-Up Attitude, Little Forward Motion

Turkish news reports state five airline employees, including three pilots, were among the nine fatalities from Wednesday's downing of a Turkish Airlines 737-800 while on approach to the runway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

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Boeing Delivers Two Qatar Airways 777-200LRs In February

Middle East Carrier Has 17 Triple-7s On Order

Earlier this week, Boeing delivered the second of eight long-range 777-200LR jetliners that have been ordered by Qatar Airways. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett in the early afternoon on a shuttle flight of more than 14 hours to its new operational base at Doha International Airport.

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ANN Special Feature: Cessna VP Marketing Tom Aniello, cont'd - 02.27.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Cessna VP of Marketing Tom Aniello about the reception to date for Cessna's push-back against biz-jet bashers.

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ANN Special Feature: Cessna VP Marketing Tom Aniello - 02.26.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Cessna VP of Marketing Tom Aniello about Cessna's recent ad promoting the productivity benefits of using business aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.26.09

An NTSB team heads for the Netherlands.
New FAA leadership takes credit for airline safety.
And business aviation gets another surprise ally in the fight against Washington hypocrites

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.26.09

An NTSB team heads for the Netherlands.
New FAA leadership takes credit for airline safety.
And scientists weigh the loss of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.


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Space Shuttle Program Completes New Plan For Next Launch

Discovery Could Fly As Soon As March 12

Following weeks of seeming indecision about when NASA planned to launch its next shuttle mission to the International Space Station, NASA announced Wednesday a plan that could support launch of Discovery, now tentatively targeted for March 12.

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Failure Of Climate Lab Rocket Blow To Science Community

Scientists Say Efforts To Study Greenhouse Gases Waning

The failure of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory to reach orbit is more than an isolated disappointment to the agency and climate researchers. The Washington Post reports it's a real setback for what is hoped will one day be a network for monitoring earth's atmosphere.

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Hawker Beechcraft Leads Formation Of Wichita Sustainability Coalition

Company Advances Environmental Friendliness Of Its Planes

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced Wednesday its ongoing efforts to create a Wichita sustainability coalition. In partnership with Wichita State University (WSU), HBC is forming a coalition of local manufacturers that will focus on increasing industrial recycling.

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Aero-TV Profiles A Show Stopper! Art Nalls' Civilian Harrier (Part 1 of 2)

For The Guy Who Must Have EVERYTHING...

You must have heard the rumors... a VSTOL Harrier "JumpJet" in civilian hands!! Well, rumor no more, ANN and Aero-TV is proud to introduce you to Art Nalls, former USMC Fighter jock and the owner/operator of the only civilian Harrier in the world... much less on the airshow circuit.

Cessna's 400 Corvalis TT Gains EASA Type Certification

Says High Performance Aircraft Is "Perfectly Suited For Europe"

In a move that opens up a brand new market for the most modern single-engine piston certified aircraft in Cessna's product line, the planemaker announced Wednesday it has gained full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the 400 Corvalis TT high performance plane.

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Aero-TV Profiles A Show Stopper! Art Nalls' Civilian Harrier (Part 1 of 2)

For The Guy Who Must Have EVERYTHING...

You must have heard the rumors... a VSTOL Harrier "JumpJet" in civilian hands!! Well, rumor no more, ANN and Aero-TV is proud to introduce you to Art Nalls, former USMC Fighter jock and the owner/operator of the only civilian Harrier in the world... much less on the airshow circuit.

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Linear Air Forms Cooperative To Pursue Eclipse Aviation Assets

Eclipse Services And Support LLC Aims To Keep Orphaned Jets Flying

Eclipse 500 air-taxi operator Linear Air announced Wednesday the formation of Eclipse Services and Support LLC, a cooperative entity intended to allow owners of the 250+ Eclipse 500 very light jets in operation to acquire from the now-bankrupt planemaker the intellectual property and other assets relevant to the ongoing technical, maintenance, parts and other support required to upgrade their aircraft to final configuration and keep them flying into the future.

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Ares I-X: Doing Unexpectedly More With Unexpectedly Less

First In A Series Of Updates On NASA's Next Manned Space Program

Pre-stacking of the Ares I-X vehicle has started in the VAB at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Key parts that will make up the test launch vehicle have been arriving there since late 2008 and now the upper sections of the vehicle that will be the first test of project Constellation hardware are beginning to take shape.

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HAI Says Heli-Expo 2009 Was Another Record-Breaker

Segment Shows Resiliency Against Slumping Economy

Heli-Expo 2009 came to a close in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, and the numbers indicate it was a record-breaking show.

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Stimulus Funds Coming For Wichita Falls Airport

FAA Money Approved For Runway Improvements

When Washington scrambled to fund public works and construction in the name of economic stimulus, among the special interests which lined up at the trough was airports. The argument was compelling -- many airports have expansion plans in place, ready to go as soon as funding is available.

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US Airways Reinstates Complimentary Beverages

Free Soda, Water Returns To Domestic Flights In March

One of the more egregious 'revenue-enhancing' measures attempted by US Airways last year will soon end. The Tempe-based carrier announced this week complimentary beverage service in coach will return to US Airways and US Airways Express Flights beginning March 1.

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UAE Selects Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft

Will Replace C-130H Models In Airlifter Fleet

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the United Arab Emirates to provide 12 C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft to modernize the country's tactical airlift fleet. The announcement was made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the IDEX Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

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Norwegian Navy To Look For Roald Amundsen's Missing Plane

South Pole Explorer Disappeared In 1928

Norway's navy announced this week it will help search for the missing plane of a famous 20th century explorer and national hero, more than 80 years after his disappearance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.26.09)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to Scholarship Flight Training. High school teens from across the country train to be pilots and learn about careers in aviation. The sky is the limit! Find out how you can be part of this program as a student or a mentor, sponsor, supporter, or owner of fractional shares in an aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.26.09): Unit Load Device

Aero-Terms!

A pallet or container used to load luggage, freight, and mail on wide-body aircraft and specific narrow-body aircraft. It allows a large quantity of cargo to be bundled into a single unit. Since this leads to fewer units to load, it saves ground crews time and effort and helps prevent delayed flights. Each ULD has its own packing list (or manifest) so that its contents can be tracked.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.26.09)

"Despite the struggles of Eclipse Aviation Corporation, culminating in this Chapter 7 liquidation, it's clear from our work at Linear Air that the Eclipse 500 VLJ is well-worth supporting and we believe the owners of the several hundred Eclipse 500s in the fleet will agree."

Source: Bill Herp, CEO of Linear Air. The air-taxi operator announced Wednesday the formation of Eclipse Services and Support LLC, a cooperative entity intended to allow owners of the 250+ Eclipse 500 very light jets in operation to acquire from the now-bankrupt planemaker the intellectual property and other assets relevant to the ongoing technical, maintenance, parts and other support required to upgrade their aircraft to final configuration and keep them flying into the

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