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September 20, 2009

End Of An Era: NASA Assigns Crew For Final Scheduled Space Shuttle Mission

NASA has assigned the crew for the last scheduled space shuttle mission, targeted to launch in September 2010. The flight to the International Space Station will carry a pressurized logistics module to the station.

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HAI President Testifies Before Congress

HAI President Matt Zuccaro testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Aviation Subcommittee on Wednesday, September 16, concerning the Hudson River airspace, and management of uncontrolled airspace corridors.

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More Trouble For American Eagle: Pilots Protest Outsourcing of Jobs in Chicago

More Aero-Labor Unrest

American Eagle pilots, represented by ALPA, have demanded that AMR Corporation halt any plans to outsource Chicago-based flying currently performed by its subsidiary, American Eagle. AMR’s announcement to shift certain Chicago flights to American Connection is “unacceptable” and violates the Eagle pilots’ current collective bargaining agreement.

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UAL Corporation Names Jane F. Garvey To Board Of Directors

Former FAA Administrator Takes United Post

UAL Corporation, the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, announced Thursday that Jane F. Garvey, former administrator of the FAA, is joining the UAL Board of Directors effective September 23.

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Next Station Commander Shares Training, Flight On Twitter, Blog

Jeff Williams Will Spend Half A Year Aboard ISS

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, who will command the next International Space Station mission, is using Twitter, a blog and short video clips to provide a unique, behind the scenes insight into his training in Russia. Once in orbit, Williams will become the first space station commander to share his experiences using Twitter.

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Airbus Predicts Industry Will Need 25,000 New Aircraft Over 20 Years

Expects Air Traffic To Double In Same Period

Growing passenger volume will require more efficient, higher-capacity aircraft in all size categories over the coming 20 years, according to Airbus' latest Global Market Forecast - which expects airline traffic worldwide to more than double between 2009 and 2028.

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LOBO Holds Lancair Condition Inspection Workshop

Lancair Maintenance And Safety Were The Themes

LOBO, the Lancair Owners and Builders Organization, held a Condition Inspection Workshop at Creve Coeur Airport in Saint Louis, Missouri earlier this month. The weekend event focused on the annual condition inspection requirements of Lancair composite aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.20.09): Baade's Window

Baade's Window A small clearing in the dust clouds of Sagittarius, near the globular cluster NGC 6522, through which astronomers can view stars in the galactic bulge. The window lies 3.9° south of the galactic center, corresponding to a line of sight that passes within 1,800 light-years of the Milky Way's heart...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.20.09)

Aero-Linx: Spitsbergen Airship Museum Spitsbergen Airship Museum opened November 15th, 2008. The purpose of the museum is to impart the history and importance 3 airships have had in the Arctic....

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.20.09)

“Improper maintenance is high on the list of mishap causes involving experimental aircraft... LOBO Condition Inspection Workshops, where experts help us educate our members about proper airframe and power plant inspection and maintenance, are one of the primary tools we are using to promote the safe enjoyment of Lancair aircraft.” Source: LOBO President Jeff Edwards. 

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AD: Agusta Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2009-19-51

MANUFACTURER: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 

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