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June 24, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.09

It's official...the Dreamliner is delayed again.
A federal court tells the FAA to go ahead with its new airspace plan.
And the recession and the swine flu have ganged up on the airlin

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.24.09

It's official...the Dreamliner is delayed again.
A federal court tells the FAA to go ahead with its new airspace plan.
And the recession and the swine flu have ganged up on the airlin

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ANN Special Feature: Gordon Campbell, Campbell Field Airport - 06.24.09

A few years ago, Gordon Campbell left the New York rat-race behind, and bought a farm in rural Virginia. On the property, there was an old grass strip that just happens to be a public-use airport d

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US Air Hudson Ditching Aftermath NOT Kind To Wildlife

It's Tough Being A Bird Near LGA...

US President Barack Obama took some flak last week from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, when he swatted a fly during a TV interview. But the attention of animal rights activists is being diverted this week by happenings in New York.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.24.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.24.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Gordon Campbell, Campbell Field Airport - 06.24.09 (ANN Special Report, with Gordon Campbell)

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Machinists Union Ratifies New Southwest Airlines Agreement

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 142 has confirmed membership ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines. The four-year agreement covers the carrier's 5,300 customer service and reservation agents and was approved by 54 percent of the members voting.

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Frontier Airlines Agrees To Be Bought By Republic Airways

Creditor To Help Struggling Airline Out Of Chapter 11

Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. announced Monday it has entered into an investment agreement with Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., by which Republic will serve as equity sponsor for Frontier's plan of reorganization and purchase 100% of the equity in the reorganized company for $108.75 million.

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Odyssey Will Observe Mars In Mid-Afternoon Sun

Change In Orbit Should Reveal New Data About The Red Planet

NASA's long-lived Mars Odyssey spacecraft has completed an eight-month adjustment of its orbit, positioning itself to look down at the day side of the planet in mid-afternoon instead of late afternoon.

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Air And Space Activities Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

A Month Of Special Activities Planned

Millions of people across the globe watched as two men set foot on another world for the first time July 20, 1969. The National Air and Space Museum is commemorating this defining moment in space exploration with several 40th anniversary-related programs including astronaut appearances, book signings, the opening of an art exhibit and gallery talks by the museum’s Space History curators.

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Staying In Space Harder Than It Sounds

New Propulsion System Will Keep 'Space Habitat' Aloft Using Common Gasses

Orion Propulsion, Inc. Tuesday announced completion of a qualification test program for the Forward Propulsion System (FPS) of Bigelow Aerospace’s Sundancer Project, the world’s first commercial space habitat. The Orion Propulsion thruster system uses hydrogen and oxygen that are produced from Bigelow’s proprietary Environmental Control Life Support System.

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National Guard Leaders Want More C-27J's

Pentagon Has Cut Three From This Year's Production

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called for a production run of only eight C-27J Spartan Joint Cargo Aircraft in the coming fiscal year, down from an original plan for 11 of the planes. The announcement has caused National Guard Units across the country to call for more of the planes to be built.

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Endeavour Hydrogen Leak Repairs Continue

"Tanking Test" Set For Next Week

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, teams are working to evaluate and repair a plate that attaches a gaseous hydrogen vent line to space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank. Hydrogen leaks in the area of the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, postponed Endeavour's launch attempts June 13 and 17.

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New Incursion Radar Installed At Toronto City Center Airport

Automatically Warns Controllers Of Possible Incursions

Accipiter Radar announced Monday another first for its Accipiter line of software-definable radars at Toronto City Center Airport. Accipiter completed the installation and approval of a custom-developed application that provides automated alerts to controllers.

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More Disappointing News: Passenger And Cargo Demand Declines Again

7th Consecutive Month Of Passenger Decline

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reported that passenger revenue fell 26 percent in May 2009 versus the same month in 2008 - the seventh consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.

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Government Employees Union Says TSA Testing Is 'Flawed'

Failure Rates As High As 80 Percent At Some Airports

TSA wants private pilots to be "badged" in order to have access to their personal planes at many airports, and different badge for each airport to boot, and yet when it comes to testing their own employees ... well you'll just have to read on. The American Federation of Government Employees Tuesday called on TSA to take immediate action after hearing from myriad members at the Transportation Security Administration about unusually high failure rates on Practical Skills Evaluations.

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Aero-TV: The 36 Month Wonder -- Embraer's Phenom 100

Embraer's Phenom 100 Gets To Brag About EASA Certification And A Healthy Order Book...

While drooling over the recently EASA Certified Phenom 100, ANN's irrepressible Paul Plack managed to get an interview and update on the latest and greatest of one of the few airframes to survive the rough and rowdy VLJ wars. The news of the hour at the time of the interview was the recent EASA Certification that followed the FAA Certification some months before.

Gone West: Dr. Sam B. Williams

Businessman and Small Jet Engine Pioneer

Dr. Sam B. Williams, founder and Chairman of turbine engine maker Williams International, passed away June 22nd, 2009 at the age of 88. Dr. Williams is best known for his patented invention of the small fanjet engine that enabled the creation of small efficient business jets.

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Aero-TV: The 36 Month Wonder -- Embraer's Phenom 100

Embraer's Phenom 100 Gets To Brag About EASA Certification And A Healthy Order Book...

While drooling over the recently EASA Certified Phenom 100, ANN's irrepressible Paul Plack managed to get an interview and update on the latest and greatest on one of the few airframes to survive the rough and rowdy VLJ wars. The news of the hour at the time of the interview was the recent EASA Certification that followed the FAA Certification some months before.

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Pilot Missing In F-16 Training Crash

Plane Went Down Late Monday Night

An F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range around 2225 Monday, and Hill Air Force Base emergency responders are conducting a search for the pilot.

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New Standby Instruments For Pro Line Fusion

Pact Continues Agreement Between Rockwell Collins and L-3

L-3 Avionics Systems announced that its GH-3900 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) has been selected by Rockwell Collins for the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. The contract is for 10 years with production units slated for 2012.

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NASA's LRO Achieves Lunar Orbit

Mapping The Moon In Advance Of Man's Return

After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully entered orbit around the moon. Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at 0627 EDT Tuesday.

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Customs Seizes Cocaine At Newark, No Arrests So Far

45 Pounds Stuffed In A Duffel

Last Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, from Newark Liberty International Airport discovered more than 45 pounds of cocaine in a duffel bag while conducting baggage inspections on a flight arriving from the Dominican Republic.

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Father's Day In Handcuffs Not So Much Fun

Photographer Detained Shooting Pictures Of B-24

A photographer for The Dallas Observer was detained at Dallas's Addison airport, a reliever airport north of the city and Love Field, when TSA officials challenged his right to be on the tarmac taking pictures of a B-24 Liberator which was giving rides for Father's Day.

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North Little Rock Police Department UAV Crashes During Training

It's Another Setback For A Beleagured Program

The UAV purchased by the North Little Rock Police Department last year suffered a software failure and crashed during a training flight Saturday. The remotely-piloted helicopter was pretty badly damaged, and had to go back to the factory in South Carolina for repairs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.09)

The DC-3 Aviation Museum Who doesn't love the venerable DC-3? We recall hearing someone say once of this classic "If you sat any further forward your toes would be out in the slipstream." The DC-3 Aviation Museum online features much of the history and photos of the DC-3 in many of its incarnations, from airliner to military transport. Another online walk down memory lane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.09): Noise Contour Map

Noise Contour Map A map representing average annual noise levels summarized by lines connecting points of equal noise exposure.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.24.09)

"Consideration was given to a temporary solution that would allow us to fly as scheduled, but we ultimately concluded that the right thing was to develop, design, test and incorporate a permanent modification to the localized area requiring reinforcement.." Source: Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, on the latest delay in the planned first flight of the Dreamliner.

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