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August 15, 2009

NTSB Updates Hudson River Mid-Air Investigation

Role Of ATC Will Be Examined When Determining Cause

In its continuing investigation of the midair collision of an air tour helicopter and a small plane over the Hudson River on Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board has developed factual information.

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FAA Is Considering New Flight Restrictions In Hudson Corridor

An Evaluation Task Force Has Already Been Formed

Following last week's mid-air collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a private airplane over the Hudson River, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the agency would look into new rules governing low-altitude flight in the congested corridor.

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Cirrus Aircraft Makes Significant Gains In Both Unit Deliveries And Market Share

But Total General Aviation Market Remains Contracted In The Second Quarter

On August 4th, GAMA released the industry's second quarter shipment and billings figures. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 434 units while turboprop shipments were at 191 units. Both figures represent significant declines from the same period last year.

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Frontier Announces Republic Airways Holdings As Winner Of Auction

Southwest Bid Sidetracked By Labor Issues

Frontier Airlines Holdings announced Thursday that Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. has been declared the winning bidder in the auction to acquire Frontier. The auction was conducted under procedures established in Frontier’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

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Government Alleges Defective Work On KC-10 Tankers

Boeing Company to Pay $25 Million For Botched Blanket Kit Installations 

The Boeing Company will pay the United States $25 million to resolve allegations that the company performed defective work on the entire KC-10 Extender fleet, the Justice Department announced today. The KC-10 Extender is a mainstay of the Air Force's aerial refueling fleet in the Iraq and Afghanistan war theaters.

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Continental CEO Apologizes For Rochester, MN Tarmac Delay

Incident Has Prompted New Calls For Federal Regulations

In a reply to an editorial in USA Today, Continental President and CEO Larry Kellner said "Our processes broke down." "Continental takes responsibility for the care of our customers," he wrote, "whether they are on our regional partners' flights or our own."

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NASA Completes Assembly Of Ares I-X Test Rocket

First Test Flight Set for October 31

For the first time in more than a quarter-century a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA's Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. The Ares I-X rocket, its simulated crew module and launch abort system are assembled on a mobile launch platform at Kennedy in preparation for launch this fall.

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High School Aerospace Scholars Ceremony Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Texas High School Students Spend A Week Immersed In Space Technology

The High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston closes this week with a special ceremony that will highlight this summer's group of students and celebrate the achievements of the last 10 years.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.15.09)

“We appreciate the participation of both Republic and Southwest Airlines in our auction process." Source: Frontier President and Chief Executive Officer Sean Menke.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.15.09): OAT - Outside Air Temperature

It's not something the pilot feels when he's had a good night's sleep. OAT is the temperature of the air outside an aircraft measured by a probe with a cockpit gauge readout.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.15.09)


Girls With Wings

According to the website, Girls With Wings is a public awareness and e-commerce merchandising project that focuses its efforts on introducing young girls to their role models in aviation-related careers and hobbies.  

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