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May 19, 2009

Will They Talk Nice? FAA and NATCA Start Mediation Talks

Mediation aimed at ending an ongoing contract dispute between the FAA and NATCA began Monday... and despite that, the Earth is still rotating on its proper axis  --  even though such a step was once considered as possible forewarning of a coming apocalypse.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.19.09

Search crews look for survivors after a mid-air off the California coast.
A Pitts lands atop a Skyhawk...but everybody's OK.
And a deer loses a confrontation with a landing aircraft i

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.19.09

Search crews look for survivors after a mid-air off the California coast.
A Pitts lands atop a Skyhawk...but everybody's OK.
And a deer loses a confrontation with a landing aircraft i

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Space Florida BoD Selects DiBello as Interim President

Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Chair of the Space Florida Board of Directors, conducted a Special Board of Directors Meeting via teleconference to nominate and vote on an interim president to serve at Space Florida. With a quorum present, the Board unanimously approved Frank DiBello to serve in this capacity while a permanent president is identified.

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NTSB Confirms Buzz Jobs Preceded Fatal Baron Crash

Aw Hell, There's Just No Excuse For This Kind of Thing...

The NTSB has confirmed media reports in which a Baron A55 was involved in an accident killing five people, after allegedly 'Buzzing' a party.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.19.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.19.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.19.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Flight 3407 Part II - Fixing a Broken Training Industry - 05.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Flyer's Rights Organization Feeling Unappreciated In Reauthorization Hearings

Bill Would Let Airlines Decide How Long To Keep Passengers On Tarmac

 Flyer's Right activist Kate Hanni is not a happy flyer. 'Legislation scheduled to come before the House of Representatives this week would let commercial airlines themselves decide how long to force passengers to remain in their aircraft on the tarmac,' according to Kate Hanni, Executive Director of FlyersRights.org.

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MORE POWER! F135 STOVL Exceeds/Completes Vertical Thrust Specs

The F135 short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant propulsion system, which includes the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem, has exceeded thrust performance expectations in recently completed tests, providing more vertical power than required by the F-35 Lightning II STOVL aircraft.

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SWA FA's Show LUV For Management, Ratify Agreement

TWU 556 Ratifies Tentative Agreement With SWA' Flight Attendants 

Southwest Airlines tells ANN that its Flight Attendants, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, voted to ratify the tentative, four-year contract both parties reached in March 2009. The new contract is active through May 31, 2012.

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Ronson Sells Its Aviation Business

Ronson Divests Itself of Aviation Division, Sells To Hawthorne

Ronson Corporation has agreed to sell (substantially) all of the assets of Ronson Aviation, Inc. -- a fixed-base operator at Trenton-Mercer Airport, providing aircraft fueling and servicing, avionics sales, aircraft repair and maintenance, hangar and office leasing and related services. The purchaser is Hawthorne TTN Holdings, Inc.

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NATCA Lauds Congressman

Says Thank You To Congressman Hastings With "Sentinel Of Safety" Award

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-FL, was presented with NATCA's "Sentinel of Safety" award, this week, during his appearance before the organization's annual legislative conference. The "Sentinel of Safety" Award was created as a way to honor a member of the aviation and legislative communities who has displayed outstanding achievement in the advancement of aviation safety.

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Aero-News Alert: Mid-Air Over Pacific Downs Two Aircraft

Eyewitness Report Comes From A Third Aircraft

ANN has few details at this writing, but a search is underway over the Pacific Ocean for possible survivors of a midair collision involving two aircraft, both suspected to have impacted at sea, some five miles South of Long Beach harbor.

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Aero-TV: AEA's Ric Peri -- Eye On Washington (Part 2)

Unpuzzling The Regs Put Forth by The Washington Puzzle Palaces

Ric Peri, AEA's man in Washington, chatted with Aero-TV a few weeks ago on a number of topics, and in Part Two of the interview, Peri talks some more about Repair Stations, Repair Manuals, standardization, and the ever-changing role of the DER.

Wasting NO Time... Avidyne Delivers 1st Entegra Release 9/SR22 Installation

Announced Only A Month Ago... And Already In The Field

 Ya gotta give them credit, when they get a burr under their saddle, there's just no stopping them. Avidyne, over the course of less than a month has gone from announcement to delivery of their next-generation integrated flight deck -- in a Cirrus SR22.

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Aero-TV: AEA's Ric Peri -- Eye On Washington (Part 2)

Unpuzzling The Regs Put Forth by The Washington Puzzle Palaces

Ric Peri, AEA's man in Washington, chatted with Aero-TV a few wks on a number of topics, and in Part Two of the interview, Peri talks some more about Repair Stations, Repair Manuals, standardization, and the ever-changing role of the DER.

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EASA STC'd: Aspen's EFD1000 PFD

STC Authorizes Installation Into Cessna 206 Series Aircraft

Aspen Avionics has received their the first European STC for Aspen products. This new STC authorizes installation of the EFD1000 Primary Flight Display (PFD) into Cessna 206 series aircraft.

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EXTRAORDINARY! Astronauts Complete Fifth/Final Hubble Repair Spacewalk

Truly Amazing Effort Ends With Triumph

NASA is rebuilding its can-do image this week with the apparently successful completion of the extremely aggressive Hubble repair mission.

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ANN FAQ: Get The New Aero-NewsBug, Thanks To FAASTeam And AASF!

The Latest In Aviation News... AND Safety Information... On YOUR Desktop!

For nearly 10 years now, Aero-News has offered a free, downloadable ANN "NewsBug" application for all our readers... allowing anyone to receive the most up-to-date aviation news headlines on their Windows-compatible desktop. It's one of ANN's most widely-used resources -- but that doesn't mean it couldn't be made better, and even more informative.

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Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier Lands/Launches First Aircraft

VX 23 F/A-18F Super Hornet Enjoys A 'First'

The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) made history Tuesday, May 19th, after safely landing the first fixed-wing aircraft, an F/A-18F Super Hornet.

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First Flight: Chinese Assembled A320

Four-Hour Maiden Flight Goes Well

The first A320 aircraft assembled outside Europe in the Airbus Final Assembly Line China (FALC) successfully completed its first flight today. The aircraft took off from Tianjin International Airport at 10:42 am and landed at 14:56. The four hour and fourteen minute test flight was jointly captained by Harry Nelson, Vice President Production Flight Tests and by Experimental Test Pilot Philippe Pellerin.

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NASA JPL: Trying To Get Spirit Rolling Again

NASA's rover project team is using the Spirit rover and other spacecraft at Mars to begin developing the best maneuvers for extracting Spirit from the soft Martian ground where it has become embedded.

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TADS Gains FAA Approval For IL-78 Mid-Air Refueling Supertanker

Once again, here's a company that's gonna win most bragging contests... as they have recently gotten FAA Approval to operate a massive Ilyushin aerial refueling tanker/firefighter.

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Dallas Airmotive Opens Brazilian Regional Sales/Service HQ

Dallas Airmotive has opened a new sales and service regional headquarters in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.19.09):

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) A network of four communication satellites used to relay data and commands to and from U.S. spacecraft, including the Hubble Space Telescope. The Goddard Space Flight Center provides the day-to-day management and operations of TDRSS, the first space-based global tracking system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.19.09)

Aero-Linx: Navigating The DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) An online course presented by the FAA Safety Teams... Security-related procedures and requirements are a fact of life for today’s pilots, especially those who operate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area Special Flight Rules Area (DC SFRA) and the DC Flight Restricted Zone (DC FRZ).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.19.09)

"This is a really tremendous adventure that we’ve been on, a very challenging mission. Hubble isn’t just a satellite- it’s about humanity’s quest for knowledge." Source: STS-125 mission specialists John Grunsfeld, after he and and Drew Feustel completed the fifth and final spacewalk on the Hubble Space Telescope Monday at 3:22 p.m. EDT.

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