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April 15, 2009

Blue Sky Network Chosen By Belgian Helo Operator

Will Provide NHV Round-The-Clock Location Monitoring, Communications

Blue Sky Network announced this week Belgian Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) recently selected Blue Sky Network’s satellite tracking and communication solution for use aboard its work and transport helicopters, which include Dauphin, Explorer and Calibri models.

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AmSafe Awarded A350XWB Cargo Equipment Contract

Will Provide Cargo Hold Nets On Upcoming Widebody

AmSafe, Inc. told ANN Wednesday its AmSafe Bridport business unit has been awarded the contract to provide cargo hold nets for the new Airbus A350XWB airliner. This contract will continue for the entire life of the program, and will remain valid as long as the A350XWB is in operation. AmSafe Bridport will provide a full package of design, manufacture and aftermarket services for the new aircraft family due to enter service in 2013.

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AD: Daher (EADS) Socata

AD NUMBER: 2009-08-09 MANUFACTURER: EADS Socata SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2009-08-10 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above that will supersede an existing AD.

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New Hawker Beech CEO Says More Layoffs On Horizon

Falling Production Rates Will Further Impact Jobs

More layoffs are on the way for workers at Hawker Beechcraft, new company CEO William Boisture Jr. said Tuesday.

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Report: Gates Pleased With Congressional Response To Budget... So Far

Lawmakers Return Next Week, And That's When The Fireworks Will Really Begin

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he's been "pleasantly surprised" so far by the relatively muted response from lawmakers after his announcement of plans to cut spending on several high-dollar projects, including the F-22 Raptor fighter and VH-71 presidential helicopter.

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Embraer To Modernize Brazilian Skyhawks

Program Will Upgrade 12 Navy AF-1, AF-1A Jets

Embraer signed a contract this week to modernize 12 Brazilian Navy jets -- nine AF-1s (single-seat) and three AF-1As (two-seat). The ceremony took place during the seventh edition of the Latin America Aero and Defence (LAAD) trade fair, held at Riocentro.

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SAIC Awarded $12 Million Contract From USAF Weather Agency

Company To Provide Life-Cycle Program, Lead Command Management Support

Science Applications International Corporation announced Wednesday it has been awarded a delivery order under the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Systems and Mission Support II (USAMS II) prime contract managed by the 55th Contracting Squadron (55 CONS). This delivery order is to provide advisory and assistance services to the US Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) for life-cycle program management support.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.15.09

"We're Down, Buddy. Thank You" -- ATC Audio From Sunday's Emergency Landing Of N559DW

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.15.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.15.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- "We're Down Buddy. Thank You": 04.15.09 (ANN Special Report, with ATC audio from Sunday's emergency landing of

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Big Deal! World's Largest Airliner Coming To AirVenture 2009

The A380 Will Kick Off July 28 Air Show, Stay Through Friday

If you thought last year's arrival of the Boeing 747-derived "Dreamlifter" was huge... just wait. The Experimental Aircraft Association announced Wednesday the Airbus A380 Superjumbo will  arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick off the Tuesday, July 28 air show at AirVenture 2009.

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Market Responds Favorably To Lower-Than-Expected AAL Q1 Loss

Or, When Hemorrhaging $375 Million Is Cause To Celebrate

When is a $375 million quarterly loss seen as good news? The answer is, when most everyone expected that loss to surpass $400 million.

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No Surprise: American Pilots Slam Management Over Bonuses

"Pilot Givebacks Total Billions" -- Yet Execs Get Millions?

On the same day American Airlines parent company AMR Corp. announced a better-than-expected first quarter loss of "only" $375 million, the pilots union at the world's second largest airline questioned the "appropriateness" of rewarding executives with over $6 million in bonuses for this year.

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Survey Says: Alaska Airlines Customers Like Their (Free) Inflight Wi-Fi

But Now Comes The Real Test -- Will They Pay For It?

Alaska Airlines announced this week initial results of its inflight Wi-Fi service trial, launched on February 26. More than 2,100 passengers logged on and used the inflight Wi-Fi service... and of those passengers who tried the service and completed a survey during or after their flight, more than 96 percent intend to use it again.

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German Consortium To Pitch Passenger, Cargo Services To US Investors

'Road Show' Will Spotlight New Brandenburg Airport, Leipzig/Halle

The construction of the Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) airport and the growth of freight traffic at Leipzig/Halle provides a unique investment opportunity for American businesses in both regions. Germany Trade & Invest will conduct a "road show" in the US from April 21-23, consisting of stops in Chicago, New York, and Boston to promote the region's expansive growth potential as a new European passenger and cargo hub to potential investors.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.15.09

The NTSB wants all Zodiac 601XLs grounded immediately.
The FAA names names in last week's emergency King Air landing.
And...is Boeing in denial about 737 production cuts?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.15.09

The NTSB wants all Zodiac 601XLs grounded immediately.
The FAA names names in last week's emergency King Air landing.
And...is Boeing in denial about 737 production cuts?


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ANN Special Feature: ATC Audio, N559DW Emergency Landing - 04.15.09

Doug White was returning home from his brother's funeral. He, his wife and two teenaged daughters were passengers in a Beechcraft King Air 200 departing marco Island, Florida. As the plane climbed

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Aero-TV: Having It All -- WAI's Amy Laboda (Part 1)

Being A Woman In Aviation Proves That The Sky Is NO Limit!

I'll admit that this is a feature story that I've been looking forward to... years ago, I was privileged to give Amy Laboda her first assignments as an aviation writer and have been pleased to see what she has made of the opportunities.

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Aero-TV: Having It All -- WAI's Amy Laboda (Part 1)

Being A Woman In Aviation Proves That The Sky Is NO Limit!

I'll admit that this is a feature story that I've been looking forward to... years ago, I was privileged to give Amy Laboda her first assignments as an aviation writer and have been pleased to see what she has made of the opportunities.

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About That Textron Takeover...

Stock Dips As Market Responds To Lack Of Hard Information

The price of Textron stock, inflated dramatically last week by rumors of an impending buyout by middle eastern investors, has lost some air this week as analysts reevaluated the stock.

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New ISS Node Will NOT Be Called 'Colbert'

But Most Popular Agency Suggestion Doesn't Get Nod, Either

Say what you will about NASA... they ain't predictable. On Tuesday, the space agency announced the name for its latest module destined for the International Space Station... and no, it's not "Colbert." But it also isn't the name many were expecting, either.

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NASA Moves Towards Shutdown Of Shuttle Program

But Holds Out Hope For Funding One More Mission

It's time to start shutting down NASA's historic space shuttle program. The idea that the US will spend five years dependent on Russia for service missions to the International Space Station has brought furrowed brows and blustery rhetoric from Washington politicians... but so far, no additional money to extend the shuttle program.

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Labor Unrest Casts Cloud Over American Airlines' Future

Despite Economic Recession, Unions Want Theirs

American Airlines is scheduled to report its first-quarter financials Wednesday, and analysts expect a $400 million loss for the first three months of 2009. But some have deeper concerns that even if American has enough liquidity to get past the recession, it may not survive its next round of union contracts.

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Southwest Airlines Announces Routes Out Of BOS

Will Fly 10 Routes Daily To MDW, BWI Starting August 16

It's official... Southwest Airlines will soon touch down in Beantown. The Dallas, TX-based low-cost carrier announced Tuesday its upcoming flight schedule from Boston Logan International (BOS) beginning on August 16, 2009.

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TrueNorth Begins Shipping Simphone Prelude

Upgradeable Two-Channel Satcom For Light Jets, Turboprops

TrueNorth Avionics announced this month production shipments of the industry's first fully upgradeable compact Satcom for light jets and turboprops, the revolutionary two-channel Simphone Prelude airborne telephone system.

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Haynes To Speak At GWBAA Safety Standdown

UAL 232 Captain Will Keynote May 7 Event

The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association announced Tuesday the group will host a well-known and much-lauded pilot during its Safety Standdown next month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.09)

Aero-Linx!

Men of the 412th Fighter Squadron of the United States Army Air Corps are much today as they were in the 1940's, ordinary American citizens. These regular people were called upon to do the extraordinary, liberate Europe and free the world of tyranny. That they did, unconditionally.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.09): Zone Of Avoidance

Aero-Terms!

A band around the sky in which very few extragalactic objects can be seen at visible wavelengths because of the heavy absorption of light by dust in the plane of the Milky Way.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.09)

"With the nearly 5,000 Entegra-equipped aircraft currently in service, Avidyne has a proven track record of developing product upgrades that allow these owners to optimize utility and enhance performance over the entire useful life of their aircraft. Release 9 adds a whole new level of functionality and with the attitude-based DFC100, owners of R9-equipped Cirrus aircraft who want to replace their existing rate-based autopilot will be able to fly with the digital precision provided by dual solid-state ADAHRS inputs."

Source: Patrick Herguth, Avidyne's Chief Operating Officer. The avionics manufacturer announced Tuesday its new attitude-based DFC100 Digital Flight Control System, which is targeted specifically for installation in Cirrus SR20 an

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