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February 28, 2009

NBAA Submits Comments On TSA's LASP Proposal

The Battle May Just Be Beginning

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted comments Friday that clearly articulate the serious concerns raised by the Transportation Security Administration's highly controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). NBAA's comments were submitted to the federal government's public docket on the final day for public comment on the LASP.

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AOPA Says LASP Infringes On Citizens' Rights

Submits 48 Pages Of Comments Against Proposed GA Security Rules

The Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) is a threat to American citizens' rights of privacy and freedom of travel, said the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Friday.

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Unions Strike Back Against Embraer Layoffs

Dismissals Suspended Until March 5 Hearing

One week after Brazilian planemaker Embraer announced plans to cut some 4,200 jobs worldwide, several unions representing Embraer workers filed a lawsuit claiming the company failed to give them proper notice of their intentions.

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Delta Mechanics Decline Union Representation

AMFA Granted Request To Terminate Certification

An effort by mechanics at Northwest Airlines to expand their union representation with the recent acquisition by Delta Air Lines has failed. This week, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association asked the National Mediation Board to end its designation as the representative body for mechanics at the carrier.

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NASA Readies To Launch Kepler Telescope

Liftoff Scheduled For March 6 At Earliest

Launch of NASA's Kepler telescope is targeted for no earlier than Friday, March 6, from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There are two launch windows, from 10:49-10:52 pm and 11:13-11:16 pm EST.

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Ryanair CEO Suggests Onboard Pay Toilets

Is He Joking? Hard To Tell...

On Friday, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary -- no stranger to controversy, or the art of self-promotion -- suggested his airline may soon charge passengers to use the lav (er, loo) while inflight.

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ERAU To Host 2009 National Training Aircraft Symposium

Topics: Safety Management Systems And NextGen Performance-Based Operations

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will convene the 2009 National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS 2009) March 16-19 on its Daytona Beach campus. The theme of the annual event is "Preparing Students for the Future: Safety Management Systems and NextGen Performance-based Operations."

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Jeppesen Announces First Flight With Moving Map Class 2 EFB

Continental Plans To Deploy Units Throughout B757, B767 Aircraft

Jeppesen announced this week Continental Airlines recently completed the world's first flight using Jeppesen Airport Moving Map on a Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Also on board were Jeppesen digital charts.

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Lockheed Martin Receives $324 Million For C-5M Super Galaxy

Two Contracts Support Re-Engining, Test And Evaluation Programs

Lockheed Martin recently received two contracts totaling $324 million for the C-5M Super Galaxy program. The first contract is for the Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program (RERP). The second contract, Interim Contractor Support (ICS), supports the Super Galaxy during familiarization and Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.28.09)

Aero-Linx!

The MHGA is Chapter #44 of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHGPA).  They are dedicated to promoting the sport of hang gliding, site preservation and supporting the local flying community. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.28.09): Transonic

Aero-Terms!

Referring to a range of velocities just below and above the speed of sound (about mach 0.8-1.2). It is defined as the range of speeds between the critical mach number, when some parts of the airflow over an aircraft become supersonic, and a higher speed, typically near Mach 1.2, when all of the airflow is supersonic. Between these speeds some of the airflow is supersonic, and some is not.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.28.09)

"Your only choice with Ryanair, really, is not to fly Ryanair. Your dignity goes out the window. If you have a complaint, they're not programmed to care. If you are given a choice between wetting your knickers or not wetting your knickers, you will pay whatever fee they make you pay, and Mr. O'Leary knows this well."

Source: 30-year-old Dublin resident and frequent Ryanair flier Samantha Jones. On Friday, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary -- no stranger to controversy, or the art of self-promotion -- suggested his airline may soon charge passengers to use the lav (er, loo) while inflight.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-16 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 767 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Boeing Model 747 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-15 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-100, -200,-200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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