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March 29, 2009

Expedition 19 Crew Docks At International Space Station

Barratt, Padalka Begin Six-Month Stay In Low Earth Orbit

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station at 9:05 am EDT Saturday morning, with hatches between the two spacecraft opening three-and-a-half hours later.

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ALPA Applauds Babbitt Nomination As FAA Administrator

Served As Pilot, Union President, Aviation Consultant, Advisory Committee Member

The president of the world's largest pilots union Friday heralded the Obama administration's nomination of Capt. J. Randolph Babbitt as the next FAA Administrator, calling him "a powerful leader who promises to direct the FAA with staunch determination and a deep understanding of the aviation industry."

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Federal Reserve Approves AIG Aircraft Unit Financing

ILFC To Receive A $900 Million Cash Injection In April

American International Group, Inc., was given permission by the Federal Reserve last week to give another monetary shot in the arm to its aircraft leasing unit, International Lease Finance Corp.

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LAST WARNING: April 1st Is Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN staff looks forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act weirder than normal... and in this group, that's really saying something. (At least we get group rates on appropriate professional care... which comes in handy more than we care to admit -- Ed.)

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American Airlines, APA Agree To Reinstate ASAP

Improved Program To Be Submitted To FAA For Approval

Initiated in 1994, the Aviation Safety Action Partnership, or ASAP, was a joint-effort between American Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Allied Pilots Association. Giving first priority to travel safety, ASAP provided AAL pilots a way to report safety-related incidents, without fear of disciplinary action or retribution from management or the FAA... even if those pilots were at fault.

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Pilot Gets Wet Feet In Georgia DA40 Ditching

But 'Not A Single Scratch On Him'

A pilot successfully ditched a single-engine plane in a Georgia lake earlier this month, uninjured but with the inconvenience of wet feet in the incident.

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WAAS Up? Advanced IFR Refresher Seminar Will Tell You

Houston Next Stop For Traveling Seminar

The next in the continuing series of WAAS Seminars hosted by Progressive Aviation Services, LLC is coming up next weekend. The Houston WAAS & Advanced IFR Refresher Seminar will be held on April 4 at the West Houston Airport (IWS) in the main terminal building conference room.

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Southwest And Unions Make Progress In Labor Contract Negotiations

Carrier Reaches Agreements With FAs And Ramp, Operations, Provisioning, and Freight Agents

Southwest Airlines reached a tentative agreement last week with the Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents more than 9,800 Southwest Flight Attendants. The tentative agreement is for a new four-year contract through May 31, 2012. Southwest and TWU 556 began contract negotiations in May 2008.

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Savage Cub Wins 'Best Factory Built Recreational Aircraft' At AIA

Plane Making A Dent In The Sport Plane Market Down Under

Numerous aircraft designers have paid homage to the classic Piper Cub, a design whose popularity never seems to wane. A shining example is the Savage Cub.. which is making a respectable name for itself, on its own merits.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.09)

Aero-Linx!

The DVHAA is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and display of the aviation history of the Delaware Valley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.09): Scintillation

Aero-Terms!

Scintillation is the twinkling of stars (fluctuation of intensity) seen through a planet's atmosphere. Scintillation in caused when the star's light is distorted by the Earth's atmosphere. Scintillation is greater for bright stars that are low on the horizon. It is also known as astronomical scintillation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.29.09)

"We are pleased that, together, we were able to bring back a critical safety program that has served our pilots, our airline and our industry so well for so many years. Not only that, but in the process, we improved upon and created a program that once again sets the standard for our industry."

Source: A joint message issued Thursday by both American Airlines management and the Allied Pilots Association, regarding a newly-revised Aviation Safety Action Partnership (ASAP) to replace the former agreement that lapsed last year.

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