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May 29, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.29.09

Air Shows continue bucking the recession.
The Blue Angels cut practices to save money.
And Los Angeles County declares "Airship Day."

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.29.09

Air Shows continue bucking the recession.
The Blue Angels cut practices to save money.
And Los Angeles County declares "Airship Day."


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ANN Special Feature: SAFE Chairman Doug Stewart - 05.29.09

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Doug Stewart, recently-elected chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, about SAFE's direction and priorities, and what needs to change in the way we

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Florida City Ordinance Would End Flight Instruction At Valkaria

Grant-Valkaria Town Council May Vote June 11

For the second time this year, the Grant-Valkaria Town Council is attempting to restrict aviation activities at Grant-Valkaria airport, including the end of all flight instruction. The move comes despite the fact that they apparently have no jurisdiction to make such a move.

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Win A Classic Luscombe

Luscombe Endowment Raffle Nearly Sold Out

There are less than 250 tickets remaining for the restored Luscombe T8F WIN ME airplane. The T8F Luscombe is a rare airplane with fewer than 100 originally built, and rarely more than a dozen licensed and flying at any given time. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.29.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.29.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.29.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: SAFE Chairman Doug Stewart - 05.29.09 (ANN Special Report, with Doug Stewart, recently-elected chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators)

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New Carrier Offers $9 Seats

"Skybus" Founder to Try It Again

If you want to travel between cities like South Bend, Indiana or Toledo, Ohio, and places like New York and Central Florida, JetAmerica may have your answer. John Weikle, whose "Skybus" super-low-fare airline folded in May of last year, is trying again with JetAmerica even as the airline industry struggles for solvency worldwide.

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Columbia Helicopters Founder Honored

Oregon’s Aurora State Airport now Wes Lematta Field

Both the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives supported Senate Joint Resolution 8, voting to honor Wes Lamatta's pioneering contributions to helicopter operations, aviation in general, and his philanthropic work throughout Oregon and Washington.  As of May 26th, the airport was officially designated "Wes Lamatta Field at Aurora State Airport".

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First Class Seats Not As Attractive As They Used to Be

Some Airlines Forgoing Them Altogether

With premium airline seats going unsold in the recession, the world's airlines appear split on the value of first-class upgrades as marketing tools. The New York Times reports British Airways will take delivery of four new long-haul Boeing 777s without First Class seats, and will review each new plane order case-by-case.

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Bristow Moves Into Brazil

Company Acquires Large Stake in Linder

 Bristow Group Inc. has acquired 42.5% of Lider Aviacao Holding S.A. 'Lider', Brazil's largest provider of helicopter and executive aviation services.

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AD: British Aerospace

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-07

MANUFACTURER: British Aerospace Model HS 748 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-07

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-09

MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A310 Airplanes and Airbus Model A300-600 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-09

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-10

MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Model EC135 Helicopters SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-10

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Aero-TV: Positive Images -- Red Eagle Airshows

Eagles In Aerobatic Flight... Updated, Aggressive, Exciting!

While many might assume that the sight of two Eagles in aerobatic flight was something that had been seen/done been before, two guys are out to prove you wrong. Red Eagles delivers a spectacular airshow... and their uniquely modified airplanes deliver the goods  --which is why when these guys flew over Cecil, ALL eyes were turned skyward.   

Virgin Galactic Tests SpaceShipTwo Engine

Flight Tests Scheduled For Late '09

In the desert of southern California, Virgin Galactic’s key supplier, Scaled Composites, and its subcontractor SNC (Sierra Nevada Corporation) have successfully completed the first tests of the innovative rocket motor that will propel space tourists, scientists and payloads into space.

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Aero-TV: Positive Images -- Red Eagle Airshows

Red Eagles In Aerobatic Flight... Updated, Aggressive, Exciting!

While many might assume that the sight of two Eagles in aerobatic flight was something that had been seen/done been before, two guys are out to prove you wrong. Red Eagles delivers a spectacular airshow... and their uniquely modified Eagles deliver the goods -- which is why when these guys flew over Cecil Field, ALL eyes were turned skyward.  

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Blue Angels Cut Practice Schedule

One Less Day of Flying to 'Save Money'

The Navy tells ANN that the elite "Blue Angels" demonstration team will cut its Tuesday practice in an effort to save money. The 6 F/A-18 Hornets will continue their Wednesday-Sunday flight schedule, and none of the teams' remaining performances for 2009 have been cut.

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Klyde Morris (05.29.09)

You Know It Happens That Way, Klyde...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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ICON Reports On Successful Flight Tests For LSA Amphib

High Performance Water Testing Procceds For the ICON A5

For those of us who love airplanes AND boats, you can file this one under "I might want one of those". ICON Aircraft, an early stage Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) manufacturer, has completed a series of rigorous hydrostatic and hydrodynamic tests on the ICON A5 Amphibious Sport Plane. These tests verified the basic hull performance for typical seaplane operations, as well as expanding the envelope into higher winds, rougher sea states, and advanced maneuvering.

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NTSB To Put ALL Accident Investigation Information Online

FULL Disclosure -- Site To Be Active June 1st

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced that it will begin placing all investigation public dockets to the NTSB public website beginning June 1, 2009, in accordance with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Plan.

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Aviation Emissions Standards 'Inevitable'

Just What We Needed... Experts Say It's "A Matter of Time"

At the Eco-Aviation conference Thursday in Washington, D.C., Natural Resources Defense Council International Climate Policy Director Jake Schmidt told attendees "Within the U.S., aviation will be covered in some form or another. Inevitably it's coming."

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StandardAero Cleared to Maintain Hamilton Sundstrand APS 2300 APU

 StandardAero is now cleared for MRO services on Hamilton Sundstrand's APS 2300 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). Late last year, StandardAero entered into an agreement with Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems (HSPS) when it was appointed as the first "Authorized Repair Facility" for the APS 2300 APU.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.09): Touch And Go

Touch And Go A landing practice wherein an aircraft does not make a full stop after a landing, but proceeds immediately to another take-off. This is a frequent practice when learning takeoffs and landings, provided the runway length is long enough to do so safely.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.09)

Aero-Linx: NCAR Research Applications Laboratory As the principal laboratory responsible for aviation weather projects for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), The Research Applications Laboratory (RAL), composed of the former Research Applications Program and the Developmental TestBed Center, has been the recognized leader in aviation weather research and technology since 1980.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.29.09)

“As Virgin Galactic gets ever closer to the start of commercial operations, we are reaching and passing many important and historic milestones. The Virgin MotherShip (VMS) Eve, the first of our amazing, all carbon composite, high altitude WhiteKnightTwo launch vehicles, is flying superbly. SpaceShipTwo, which will air launch from Eve, is largely constructed and awaiting the start of its own test flight program later this year.” Source: Sir Richard Branson, following the successful rocket engine firings for the propulsion system for SpaceShipTwo.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-01

MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model MBB-BK 117 A-1, A-3, A-4, B-1, B-2, and C-1 Helicopters SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-01

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AD: M7 Aerospace

AD NUMBER: 2009-11-06

MANUFACTURER: M7 Aerospace LP Models SA226-AT, SA226- T, SA226-TC, SA227-AC (C-26A), SA227-AT, SA227-BC (C-26A), SA227-CC, and SA227-DC (C-26B) Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-11-06

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