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March 13, 2009

NASA Continues With Discovery Repairs, Sunday Launch Still Possible

Weather Forecast Is Good For Twilight Liftoff At 7:43 pm EDT

NASA says repairs are under way on the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) interface, where gaseous hydrogen leaked during Wednesday's launch attempt of the space shuttle Discovery.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.13.09

SAFE Moves Forward, With Group Spokesman Doug Smith

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.13.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.13.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- SAFE Moves Forward: 03.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with Society of Aviation and Flight Educators from spokesman Doug Smith.)

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NBAA Welcomes News TSA Has Taken Another Look At 'Playbook'

Move To Optional Participation Follows Concerns Voiced By Association

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomes a recent decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to significantly change "Operation Playbook," a controversial security program for general aviation facilities at airports introduced through a pilot program last year.

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FreeFlight Systems Intros RAD-40 Radar Altimeter Display

A Critical Instrument for Pilots Flying in Task-Saturated Situations

Avionics supplier FreeFlight Systems announced Friday the introduction of a new radar altimeter display, the RAD-40. A panel-mount digital display, the RAD-40 provides the pilot with a precise readout of the aircraft's height above ground level on a bright LED readout.

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Airline Industry Seen As Bright Spot In Troubled Economy

Stocks Holding Their Own As Blue Chips Fall

Stock analysts who for years have been turning up their noses at the airline industry are now forced to acknowledge that, in a time when blue chips are tanking, airlines don't look so bad as an investment. 

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US Border Officials Note Rise In Ultralight Smuggling Attempts

Three Small Aircraft Have Crashed Recently, All Loaded With Marijuana

As the United States has tightened security in recent years along its southern border with Mexico, drug traffickers have become more creative in their attempts to smuggle their wares into the country... and they're increasingly turning to ultralight aircraft to do it.

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FBO Monopoly Means High Costs For Rochester Pilots

But Were Costs Artificially Low To Start?

An FBO price war that lasted for years at New York's Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) has ended... and with it, low rents and service costs which made the airport wildly popular among general aviation interests.

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Raytheon-Led Team Wins NextGen Contract

System Will Address Capacity At Nation's Busiest Airports

Raytheon was recently awarded a contract to develop the NextGen Terminal Data Distribution System, which will make more efficient use of the crowded airspace in the US. The contract was awarded by the US Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The Volpe Center provides key support to the Federal Aviation Administration on NextGen.

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NationAir Appoints Three New Sales Executives

Chicago-Based Av-Insurance Firm Has Offices Around Country

NationAir Aviation Insurance announced this week it has appointed three sales executives. Alison Hunter is sales executive for the Great Lakes region, Brian Lauer is sales executive for the Southeast and Jamie Zigler is sales executive for Missouri and surrounding states.

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PZL Mielec Rolls Out First Black Hawk Cabin Produced Outside US

Will Be Used For First S-70i Helicopter

PZL Mielec, an affiliate of Sikorsky Aircraft based in Poland, celebrated Thursday the rollout of the first Black Hawk helicopter cabin produced at the facility. The event took place on the second anniversary of the acquisition of PZL Mielec.

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Aero-TV: Almost A Mustang -- Titan's T-51 (Part 2)

EVERYONE Loves A Mustang... Here's One That Can Be Owned/Flown -- Affordably!

With real-live P-51s pretty much ruining a million dollar bill these days, there are few of us that can aspire to ownership of such a treasure.

'For One Of The Family': MASSIVE Cecil Airshow To Benefit Alan Henley

Record Number of Performers Scheduled -- This Is THE Place To Be This April!

 The airshow industry, and the community that supports it, is said to be a close-knit and supportive one... and if there was ever any doubt about that, it has to disappear with the upcoming Cecil Field Airshow... a celebration of aviation that has been brought about, in large part, to help and support Alan Henley ...

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Aero-TV: Almost A Mustang -- Titan's T-51 (Part 2)

EVERYONE Loves A Mustang... Here's One That Can Be Owned/Flown -- Affordably!

With real-live P-51s pretty much ruining a million dollar bill these days, there are few of us that can aspire to ownership of such a treasure.

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BTS: December Airline Traffic Continued Downward Spiral

System Traffic Down 5.7 Percent From 2007, Down 3.7 Percent In 2008

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on US airlines in December 2008 declined by 5.7 percent from December 2007, dropping by 3.4 million to 57.4 million, according to statistic released Thursday by the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December was the 10th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from 2007.

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FAA Objects To Maine Wind Turbine Farm

Proponents Expect Project To Still Move Forward

One of two plans to build a massive wind turbine farm near Rumford, ME has come up against strong turbulence from the FAA, though backers of the project say the objection should prove to be little more than moderate chop.

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Obama Says NASA Suffering 'A Sense Of Drift'

Agency Needs An "Appropriate" Mission... And An Administrator

During an interview this week with the Los Angeles Times, President Barack Obama gave his opinion on NASA's current vision... or rather, the lack of same.

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American To Lay Off 323 Flight Attendants Next Month

Not Enough Have Taken Early Retirement, Carrier Says

American Airlines will make good on earlier threats of more layoffs. The flight attendants union for the Fort Worth, TX-based airline confirmed this week 323 FAs will be handed their walking papers after April 1, after fewer workers than expected opted to voluntarily leave their jobs.

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Klyde Morris (03.13.09)

Participation In "Playbook" May Be Voluntary... But Resistence Is Futile

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Notorious Helo Pilot Has License Revoked

David Keith Martz Will Now Have To Meet Strippers In Car

The odd, perverse saga of a California helicopter pilot has entered its latest chapter, with the news the FAA issued an emergency revocation of David Keith Martz's license this week.

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Man Sues US Airways For Swiped XBox 360

Wants $1 Million For $200 Video Game Console

A 21-year-old Yale University student has sued US Airways for up to $1 million, after claiming his XBox 360 video game console was stolen from his checked bag on a flight from New Haven, CT to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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Cassini Probe Successfully Swaps Thrusters

Now Running On Backup System

Early Thursday morning, the Cassini spacecraft relayed information that it had successfully swapped to a backup set of propulsion thrusters late Wednesday.

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Hawker Beechcraft Names Edward Petkus VP Of Engineering

Former 787 Development Director Joined HBC In May 2007

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced this week the appointment of Edward Petkus to the position of vice president, Product Development and Engineering. Petkus has served the role in an acting capacity since December.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.09)

Aero-Linx!

During the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1975, helicopter crews were able to locate their fellow Marines on the ground by asking them to "pop a smoke" in the landing zone.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.09): Contrails

Aero-Terms!

Contrails (short for "condensation trails") or vapor trails are visible trails of condensed water vapor made by the exhaust of aircraft engines.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.13.09)

"Shaping a mission for NASA that is appropriate for the 21st century is going to be one of the biggest tasks of my new NASA director. What I don't what NASA to do is just limp along. And I don't think that's good for the economy in the region either."

Source: President Barack Obama. During an interview this week with the Los Angeles Times, President Obama gave his opinion on NASA's current vision... or rather, the lack of same.

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