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March 18, 2009

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AD NUMBER: 2009-07-51 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-51 SUMMARY: This Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) is prompted by a Transport Canada AD report of a bearing incorrectly installed in the copilot cyclic control lever assembly.

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Aero-News Alert: Search Underway For Sparky Imeson's Plane

C-180 Dropped Off Radar Near Bozeman Tuesday

Aero-News has received word a Cessna 180 piloted by experienced mountain flier Sparky Imeson disappeared off radar Tuesday afternoon in the vicinity of Bozeman, MT, and that a search operation has been launched to located him.

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'Educator Astronauts' Continue McAuliffe's Legacy

Two Teachers Part Of STS-119 Crew

"I touch the future; I teach" are the inspiring words often quoted by the woman who was to be the United States' first Teacher-in-Space, Christa McAuliffe. Challenger Center for Space Science Education is thrilled to see Christa's dreams fulfilled by former science and math teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, who are now officially "Educator Astronauts" in orbit around the Earth onboard to the International Space Station.

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Will Eclipse -- Like Nixon -- Go To China?

CACC Rumored To Be Interested In Bidding For Assets

A government-sponsored Chinese aircraft manufacturing concern may soon mount a bid for the assets of now-defunct Eclipse Aviation.

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USAF Accepts First Raytheon Miniature Air Launched Decoy

MALD Mimics Characteristics Of Allied Aircraft

The US Air Force accepted delivery recently of Raytheon's first Miniature Air Launched Decoy low rate initial production unit.

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NY Ferry Operator Considers Lawsuit Against US Airways

Says Flight 1549 Rescue Further Strapped Already Shaky Company

The first lawsuit may soon be filed related to the January 15 ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River... and it might not come from an 'emotionally distressed' passenger.

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Georgia Lawmaker Suggests ATL Takeover

Subcommittee Questions Smith's True Motives

It's a questionable premise, at best... but that hasn't stopped one Georgia lawmaker from proposing the state take over Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), ostensibly to combat long lines and delays at the nation's busiest commercial airfield.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.18.09

Lessons Of Flight 1549: FO Jeffrey Skiles

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.18.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.18.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Lessons Of Flight 1549: 03.18.09 (ANN Special Report, with congressional testimony from First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.)

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Terrafugia's 'Flying Car' Proves Itself... In The Air!

Roadable Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight

Despite the predictions of a whole number of nay-sayers, Terrafugia is taking the wraps off details of the first flight of its 'Transition' Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept. The Transition is a two-seat aircraft designed to take off and land at local airports and drive on any road. According to Terrafugia, transforming from plane to car takes the pilot less than 30 seconds.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.18.09

An FAA insider worries about all the trainees at Denver.
TSA screening of all cargo on airliners won't happen on time.
And TCM expands its cylinder recall.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.18.09

An FAA insider worries about all the trainees at Denver.
TSA screening of all cargo on airliners won't happen on time.
And TCM expands its cylinder recall.


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ANN Special Feature: Lessons from Flight 1549, Part II: FO Jeffrey Skiles - 03.18.09

ANN offers the second in a series of Special Features highlighting the congressional testimony of those involved in the "Miracle on the Hudson." Today, First Officer Jeffrey Skiles offers

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Boeing Unveils New International F-15 Configuration

Enter The "Silent Eagle" -- Less Expensive Stealth

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems unveiled Tuesday the F-15 Silent Eagle (F-15SE), a new F-15 configuration designed to meet the future needs of international customers... while also perhaps steering a few potential orders away from rival Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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Machinists Call For 'Terminations' At AIG

They Mean Firings, Not Suicides... Unlike Senator?

The rhetoric surrounding the financial travails of American International Group -- better known to, and reviled by, the public as AIG -- has reached a fever pitch. In addition to one US lawmaker's suggestion that certain AIG executives commit hari-kari, on Tuesday the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) called for the "immediate termination of every executive... who accepts a bonus payment" from the embattled company.

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Technical Employees Say FAA Attempting To Eliminate Certification

House Lawmakers Echo Concerns to Inspector General

The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS) said Tuesday the union is "extremely concerned over the FAA's attempts to make radical changes to its certification policy in order to advance its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and modernization efforts."

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Teamsters Seek Release To Strike Amerijet

Claim Company "Refuses To Bargain In Good Faith"

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) Tuesday to release it from mediation with Amerijet International, Inc., and to push for binding arbitration in an effort to reach a collective bargaining agreement.

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Aero-TV: Airshow Pilot Rob Holland -- Seeking The 'Ultimate' Performance

MX2 Pilot Thrills Audiences Nationwide

Airshow pilot Rob Holland's bio boasts that he has "never known a time where he was not completely obsessed with Aviation and Aerobatics. At a young age his Dad brought him to an airshow where he saw an airplane flying upside down, and knew that was what he HAD to do."

FAA Memo Raises Questions About Denver ATC Safety

Official Admits Report Is "Alarming," But Says Things Aren't So Bad

An internal FAA memo obtained by the local CBS affiliate paints an "alarming" picture of air traffic control in the skies over Denver, CO. That's not our take, or even the opinion of the controllers union... but rather the words of one FAA official.

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Aero-TV: Airshow Pilot Rob Holland -- Seeking The 'Ultimate' Performance

MX2 Pilot Thrills Audiences Nationwide

Airshow pilot Rob Holland's bio boasts that he has "never known a time where he was not completely obsessed with Aviation and Aerobatics. At a young age his Dad brought him to an airshow where he saw an airplane flying upside down, and knew that was what he HAD to do."

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Discovery Docks At International Space Station

Three Spacewalks Planned Over Next Eight Days

The space shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station Tuesday afternoon, a little bit late but still on-schedule for the start of a very busy 10-day stay at the orbital complex.

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Cessna VP Says Upturn Could Be Around The Corner

"People Are Continuing To Buy Airplanes"

Ready for some optimistic news about the economy, for a change? A top Cessna exec predicts the downturn in demand for business jets is nearing its bottom.

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Corporate Angel Network Achieves New Milestone

Flies 31,000th & 31,001st Patient Flights

Winston Churchill, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, and Susan Polan, another cancer patient, recently flew home to Florida from treatment at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX on Corporate Angel Network’s 31,000th and 31,001st patient flights. 

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US Airways' Kirby Says Market May Be Stabilizing

"Moderately Encouraged" By Future Bookings

There was more measured optimism expressed Monday on a JP Morgan Chase & Co. analyst conference call, by US Airways President Scott Kirby. He said while the airline cut international capacity 2 percent for the coming summer travel season in the face of a rapid decline in demand for first- and business-class seats, the market is stabilizing.

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'Major Join' Ceremony Held For First Shared-Use C-17

12-Nation Consortium Will Share Three Globemaster IIIs

Boeing recently marked a key milestone at its C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach -- the "major join" ceremony for the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) consortium's first C-17 Globemaster III.

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Tankers Top Shopping List, Says Transportation Commander

McNabb Adds KC-X Will Be "Game-Changer"... When It Finally Arrives

Acquiring a new fleet of Air Force tankers, known as KC-X until an airframe is chosen, is imperative, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "My top priority remains the recapitalization of our aging tanker fleet," Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb told the senators. "The KC-X will be a game-changer."

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NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For Four Missions

United Launch Alliance Will Fly Payloads On Atlas Vs

NASA has selected United Launch Alliance of Littleton, CO for the launch of two Science Mission Directorate and two Space Operations Mission Directorate payloads under the NASA Launch Services contract.

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US Army Recognizes Viking's Product Support

Company Intros ATLAS Support Division

The US Army recognized Viking's product support service at a recent informal presentation at Viking's Calgary Alberta facility. A certificate of appreciation was presented by Fixed Wing Product Manager, LTC Keith Brown to Viking's product support manager, George Gee.

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Onboard Systems Earns STC For Bell 407 Cargo Hook Improvement

Fixed Beam Suspension Eliminates Trolley Problems

Helicopter cargo equipment provider Onboard Systems International announced recently its new fixed beam suspension system for the Bell 407 has been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.18.09)

Aero-Linx!

A well done site featuring all things Thunderchief. Great combat stories, photos, audio and video clips.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.18.09): Afterglow

Aero-Terms!

An afterglow is a wide arc of glowing light that can sometimes be seen high in the western sky at twilight; it is caused by fine particles of dust scattering light in the upper atmosphere. 2. An afterglow (also called postluminescence) is lingering radiation that remains after an event like the big bang (whose afterglow is the cosmic microwave background radiation) or a gamma ray burst (which has an x-ray afterglow).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.18.09)

"As the letter is written, I would agree with you it sounds alarming. And I understand the letter makes it look like we had a situation we had to get under control. I would disagree with that."

Source: Kathryn Vernon, FAA Director of Western Terminal Operations. An internal FAA memo obtained by the local CBS affiliate paints an "alarming" picture of air traffic control in the skies over Denver, CO. The two-page memo -- sent out last month by Kevin Stark, Acting Air Traffic Manager at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDV) -- states officials have expressed concern about the loss of a large number of experienced controllers at ZDV, as well as the relative inexperience of many of their current controllers.

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