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March 16, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.17.09

EASA awards Diamond a type certificate for the Austro-powered DA42.
Garmin now has a G1000 for the King Air 200.
And the CDC says someone with tuberculosis flew on a Northwest flight.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.17.09

EASA awards Diamond a type certificate for the Austro-powered DA42.
Garmin now has a G1000 for the King Air 200.
And the CDC says someone with tuberculosis flew on a Northwest flight.

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ANN Special Feature: FAASTeam & Aero NewsBug - 03.17.09

ANN's Jim Campbell discusses the mission of the FAA Safety Team, and how the new Aero NewsBug will play a role, with FAASTeam Manager Kevin Clover, and Paul Burger, Executive Director, Advocate for

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-09 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-09 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Bell) model helicopters.

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-01 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC155B and EC155B1 helicopters.

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AD: FreeFlight Systems/Trimble

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-08 MANUFACTURER: Nav Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-08 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Trimble or FreeFlight Systems 2101 I/O Approach Plus global positioning system (GPS) navigation system (2101 I/O Approach Plus system) that requires a software upgrade for this system.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B,747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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Garmin Awarded STC For G1000 Retrofit On King Air 200, B200

SVT Optional... Approx. 100 Lbs Weight Savings Standard

Garmin has scored yet another big "get" for its increasingly ubiquitous G1000 avionics suite. The avionics manufacturer announced Monday the Federal Aviation Administration granted supplemental type certification (STC) for the G1000 in the King Air 200 and B200.

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Diamond's Austro-Powered DA42 NG Earns EASA Nod

European Deliveries Of Newly-Engined Diesel Planes May Commence

Diamond Aircraft tells ANN it received the "much anticipated" European Aviation Safety type certificate for its DA42 NG, powered by the 170-hp Austro Engine AE-300 turbodiesel, on Friday.

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Discovery Flies With ATK's 100th Flight Set Of SRB Motors

Motors Redesigned Following Challenger Disaster

Alliant Techsystems' Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) passed a major milestone this weekend, as they successfully powered NASA's space shuttle Discovery and its crew during Sunday's launch. The motors launched were the 100th flight set since the redesigned RSRMs were first flown more than 20 years ago.

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Report: Northwest Passenger Had Tuberculosis

CDC Contacting Others Aboard March 10 FRA-DTW Flight

The Centers for Disease Control is working to contact 17 passengers onboard a Northwest Airlines flight earlier this month, after one of their seatmates was found to have tuberculosis.

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WWII Vet Presented With Pieces Of His Wrecked Plane

Meets Witness Of His B-17s Downing Over Bavaria

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Stanton Rickey, 88 was presented with pieces of his downed B-17 last week by two German men who not only located the crash site on their farm in Bavaria... but also traveled to the US to meet the plane's former pilot.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.16.09

Flight Into Icing Conditions, With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.16.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.16.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Flight Into Icing: 03.16.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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Flying Club Dakota Impacts SoCal Hillside

Plane Was Among Five Making Lunch Run

Two victims of a fatal CFIT accident this weekend have been tentatively identified as members of a Southern California flying club, though authorities have declined to release names at this time.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.16.09

Discovery finally gets launched.
The Eclipse bankruptcy attracts a third bidder.
And a Florida airshow will benefit the Alan Henley Foundation.

Sponsored By...

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.16.09

Discovery finally gets launched.
The Eclipse bankruptcy attracts a third bidder.
And a Florida airshow will benefit the Alan Henley Foundation.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Icing Conditions - 03.16.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about issues involved in flight into icing conditions, and Bob's take on the last few moments of Continental Connections Flight 3407.

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Report: Emirates Plagued By A380 Problems

German Mag Says Defects Have Led To Groundings

While touring the European Aeronautic Defense and Space manufacturing plant in Toulouse, France last month, a delegation from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines reportedly gave Airbus officials a laundry list of defects found throughout the carrier's fledgling fleet of A380 superjumbos.

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Aircraft Repo Man Expects Record Business In 2009

‘Grim Reaper' Expects To Net 100 Planes This Year

Economic hard times are having a profound effect on aircraft owners, particularly among those only marginally able to afford them in the first place.

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Wanted Man Abducts Daughter, Commandeers Plane In Suicide Flight

Police Say He Tried To Crash The Plane Into A Shopping Center

A Brazilian man sought by officials on rape charges last week forced his wife out of a moving car after a heated argument, and drove off with his five-year-old daughter. Heading to a local airport, the man commandeered a sight-seeing flight at gunpoint, and proceeded to fly the plane for about an hour before fatally crashing near a busy shopping center.

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Noted CFI Rich Stowell Resigns From NAFI

Throws Full Support Behind SAFE

Not all the stories that hit the ANN inbox are terribly surprising. On Sunday, Aero-News received word that Rich Stowell, 2006 National Flight Instructor of the Year, has resigned as a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI).

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Aero-TV: Women in Aviation 2009 -- Uplift, Outreach, Aviation

Aviation's Most Positive Gathering Takes Atlanta by Storm 
 
The theme for the 20th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference, concluded late last month, was "A New Approach for Your Tomorrow," but the Conference's underlying thrust was unquestionably jobs and the economy. Despite furloughs, fears and dwindling retirement funds, Conference-goers were full of determined optimism about their futures. Those WAI members who have spent their careers in the aviation industry were quick to assure younger attendees that the aviation industry operates in cycles and this one, too, shall pass. 

Aero-TV: Women in Aviation 2009 -- Uplift, Outreach, Aviation

Aviation's Most Positive Gathering Takes Atlanta by Storm 

The theme for the 20th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference, concluded late last month, was "A New Approach for Your Tomorrow," but the Conference's underlying thrust was unquestionably jobs and the economy.

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Former Eclipse Customers Jump Into Bidding Fray

Eclipse Jet LLC Led By Members Of Ad Hoc Customer Committee

First, there was Eclipse Aviation Corporation; then, when that company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, a foreign-backed entity named EclipseJet Aviation International purported to rescue the diminutive planemaker from the ashes. That promise proved to be a spectacular failure... and Eclipse entered Chapter 7 liquidation last month.

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The Envelope Please: 2009 General Aviation Awards Winners Named

Will Be Honored At EAA AirVenture 2009

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

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Tensions Heightening In OMP Controversy

Bensonville Village President Geils Rails Against Challenger Soto, Mayor Daley

A letter from the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council recently sent to voters in DuPage County has called on union members to support the candidacy of Frank Soto for Village President of Bensenville. In something of an odd campaign strategy, the letter criticized current Village President John Geils for opposing the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP)... which critics say has taken a heavy toll on the Chicago suburb.

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AAL Flight 309 Engine Failure May Have Been Caused By Runway Debris

Engine Inspection Reveals Damage Consistent With Similar Incidents

Runway debris sucked into the engine of an American Airlines MD-83 during takeoff may have been the cause of the subsequent failure of one of the plane’s engines, the airline said.

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Klyde Morris (03.16.09)

We're Afraid To Answer That Question, Klyde...

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Reports: US Aircraft Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq

Military Refuses To Confirm Report Of Downing... Or Deny It

A report that first surfaced on on Wired.com's "Danger Room" last week alleges an Iranian drone flying over Iraq was shot down by an American fighter jet in February.

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NASA's Next Climate-Research Satellite One Step Closer To Orbit

Aerosol Sensor Delivered To Orbital For Installation On Glory Spacecraft

The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS), an advanced scientific instrument that will be launched on the Glory satellite, has successfully completed environmental testing and was officially turned over to NASA on March 11 by the Raytheon Company, Waltham, MA which built the instrument. APS was delivered on March 9 to the Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, VA for integration with the Glory spacecraft.

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Lockheed Martin Awarded Multi-Year C-130J Support Contract

Signed $292 Million Contract At Australian Airshow

Lockheed Martin and Australian Aerospace signed a multi-year contract last week at the Avalon Air Show to provide Through Life Support (TLS) for the C-130J Super Hercules fleet operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. The contract was awarded by the Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) at a signing ceremony at the air show.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.09)

Aero-Linx!

The RF-4B Phantom was a Marine Corps Tactical Photo Reconnaissance aircraft flown by both squadrons VMCJ-1,2,3 (1965 - 1975) and VMFP-3 (1975 - 1990). The first RF-4B flew on March 12, 1965, and deliveries of 46 examples took place between May 1965 and December 1970.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.09): Sesquiplane

Aero-Terms!

An airplane with two wings (or pairs of wings), where one (often the lower) is significantly smaller than the other in span and/or chord.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.16.09)

"If people want to criticize me for standing up to the Chicago Daley machine and fighting for the people of Bensenville, so be it, but I know I would never accept support from any group that wasn't protecting Bensenville. Bensenville is my home: I was born here; I was raised here; and I will die here. I will fight to protect this town with every inch of my fiber. Soto and his supporters clearly don't feel the same."

Source: John Geils, President of the Village of Bensenville, IL. A letter from the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council recently sent to voters in DuPage County has called on union members to support the candidacy of Frank Soto for Village President of the Chicago suburb. In something of an odd campaign

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