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April 17, 2009

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On P-40 Downing

Witnesses Describe Entry Into Spin

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report into the August 5, 2009 downing of a World War II-vintage Curtiss-Wright P-40 fighter off the coast of upstate New York. As ANN reported, the crash claimed the life of the only person onboard, veteran airshow pilot and vintage aircraft enthusiast Robert Baranaskas.

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NASA's Kepler Captures First Views Of Planet-Hunting Territory

Mission Will Search For Earth-like Worlds

NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth. The new "first light" images show the mission's target patch of sky, a vast starry field in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy. One image shows millions of stars in Kepler's full field of view, while two others zoom in on portions of the larger region.

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SpaceX Signs Argentina's Space Agency For Two Falcon 9 Launches

Pair Of SAOCOM Earth Observation Satellites To Fly 2012-2013

Space Exploration Technologies tells ANN the company has signed an agreement with CONAE, Argentina's National Commission on Space Activity, for two launches aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 medium-to-heavy lift vehicle.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 04.17.09

A New Perspective On Airframe Icing, With King Schools Co-Chairman John King

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A New Perspective On Airframe Icing: 04.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with King Schools Co-Chairman John King.)

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ATA Reports Continued Decline In Passenger Demand, Cargo Traffic

Recession Continues To Hit Marketplace, Earnings

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), lobbying organization for the leading US airlines, reported this week that passenger revenue fell 23 percent in March 2009 versus the same month in 2008 -- the fifth consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.

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Boeing Marks Delivery Of 6,000th 737

Norwegian Air Shuttle Will Operate Plane Leased From ILFC

Boeing celebrated a special program milestone Thursday, with the delivery of its 6,000th 737. The aircraft was delivered to International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC) which will lease the 737 to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.

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ECi Intros New Titan EXP Angle Valve Cylinder Assemblies

Made For 360, 480 And 540 Series Experimental Market Engines

ECi has introduced a new cylinder head to the market, the Titan EXP Angle Valve cylinder for 360, 480 and 540 series engines with downdraft exhaust systems.

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C421 Down In Neighborhood Near FXE

Pilot Reported Lost In Accident

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 04.17.09 1730 EDT: The Miami Herald reports the pilot of a Cessna 421B that crashed near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) Friday morning was killed when the plane impacted an Oakland Park home.

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Virgin Charter Adds New Client

JG Black Book Of Travel Names Company As First Jet Charter Provider

Online charter flight booking tool Virgin Charter announced Friday it has become the first private jet provider for JG Black Book of Travel, the premier collection of unique travel products and experiences from around the world.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.09

Southwest reports its third straight loss.
Hawker Beechcraft aircraft deliveries plummet.
And the feds are funding high-speed rail.

FMI:

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.17.09

Southwest reports its third straight loss.
Hawker Beechcraft aircraft deliveries plummet.
And the feds are funding high-speed rail.


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ANN Special Feature: John King, Icing Operations - 04.17.09

Airframe icing has been mentioned as a possible factor in recent investigations. King Schools has updated its online course on Icing Operations to reflect new information on the threat posed by ice

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Erickson Air-Crane: Fighting Fire From Above

A Unique View On A Unique Job....

Talk about a job that DOES ivolve some heavy lifting -- ask Kenny Chapman about what he does to fight the scourge of fire via one of the most incredible flying machines ever built... the Sikorski/Erickson Air-Crane.

Utah Lawmaker Takes On TSA Over Body Scans

"I Want Planes To Be Safe As Possible, But This Is Going Too Far"

Utah freshman Congressman Jason Chaffetz says his first-ever bill will be to block the Transportation Security Administration from replacing old-school airport metal detectors with full-body imaging scanners.

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Erickson Air-Crane: Fighting Fire From Above

A Unique View On A Unique Job....

Talk about a job that DOES ivolve some heavy lifting -- ask Kenny Chapman about what he does to fight the scourge of fire via one of the most incredible flying machines ever built... the Sikorski/Erickson Air-Crane.

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Navy To Stick With Development Of Electromagnetic Launch System

Would Replace Steam Catapults On Aircraft Carriers

Thanks for the recommendation... but we're going to do it anyway. That's the message the US Navy had for the Government Accountability Office this week, in proceeding with development of a new launching system for carrier-based aircraft.

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Aero-NewsBug, New Support Boosts FAA Wings Program And FAASTeam Safety Seminars

A big boost for pilot participation in the FAA WINGS safety program is the goal of a four-way coalition involving the Aero-News Network (ANN), the Advocates For Air Safety Foundation (AFASF), Master Instructors LLC, and the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam).

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Documents Reveal Inner Workings Of 'Air America'

Former Pilots Say Misunderstandings Still Linger

The University of Texas at Dallas is hosting a symposium this weekend to mark receipt of 10,000 formerly-classified Central Intelligence Agency documents dealing with Air America. The airline, operated as a civilian service in Asia following World War II, was also a front for covert CIA operations in the region.

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Alaska Airlines, ALPA Reach Tentative Contract Deal

Four-Year Agreement Will Go To Membership For Vote

Alaska Airlines announced this week it has reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on a new, four-year contract for the carrier's 1,455 pilots. The proposed contract will now be presented to Alaska's pilots for review and a ratification vote, which is expected to be completed by the third week in May.

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Klyde Morris (04.17.09)

Klyde's Concerned With Single-Pilot Safety...

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Man Jumps From King Air Over Nunavut

Distressed Passenger Forced Open Cabin Door

Canadian investigators are faced with trying to determine how a reportedly distressed passenger forced open the door of a chartered Beechcraft King Air 200 at 23,000 feet over a remote area of the Northwest Territories, and leapt to his death.

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SkyTeam Signs Preliminary Membership Agreement With Vietnam Airlines

Asian Carrier Aims To Join Delta-Led Alliance In 2010

SkyTeam and Vietnam Airlines signed a preliminary agreement this week, confirming the airline's first step towards full membership into the SkyTeam alliance.

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StandardAero Names Jack Lawless President Of Associated Air Center

Will Also Continue To Serve As Chief Operating Officer

StandardAero has appointed Jack Lawless, President of Associated Air Center in Dallas, TX. Lawless will manage his new duties as Associated Air Center's President concurrent with his existing duties as StandardAero's Chief Operating Officer.

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Exclusive X-Air LS Dealer Named

SportPlanes.Com To Offer Plane

Light sport aircraft manufacturer X-Air LLC, maker of the X-Air LS, announced this week a "strategic distribution agreement" with SportsPlanes.Com. The company's 15 affiliated regional dealers will now be the exclusive sales agents for the X-Air LS in the United States.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.09)

Aero-Linx!

VPNAVY is dedicated to the men and women of the United States Navy flying "ASW" (VP/VPB) Patrol Aircraft. VPNAVY has attempted to collect every available piece of information via the Internet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.17.09): Baade's Window

Aero-Terms!

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.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.17.09)

"I want the planes to be as safe as possible, but this is just going too far. The name of safety is overtaking personal privacy and I think that's wrong."

Source: Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The freshman lawmaker's first-ever bill will be to block the Transportation Security Administration from replacing old-school airport metal detectors with full-body imaging scanners.

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