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January 04, 2009

A Good Sign: Cirrus Employees Returning To Assembly Line

Production To Resume After Month-Long Layoff

Cirrus Design's announcement of the restart of its assembly lines, recalling most of its employees that were laid off a month ago back to work Monday, is likely a good sign for the light aircraft manufacturing industry as a whole.

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NTSB Report Provokes Speculation In Denver Crash

Gusty Conditions Provided Strong Crosswind Component

Information released in the National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report on the December 20 crash of Continental Flight 1404 at Denver International Airport has given rise to speculation about the part gusty prevailing winds may have played in the incident.

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'Suspicious' Remarks Get Muslims Booted Off AirTran Flight

AirTran Later Apologized For The Incident, Offered To Pay Expenses

What started out as a trip from Washington, DC to a religious retreat in Florida turned out to be nightmarish experience for a Muslim family, as they were interrogated by federal air marshals and an airline refused them passage.

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FAA And Whistle-Blowing Air Traffic Controller Reach Settlement

FAA Didn't Adequately Respond To Complaints About Air Safety

A settlement between the Federal Aviation Administration and a former Memphis air traffic controller has been reached, thanks to the intervention of the Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that investigates whistle-blower complaints.

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Virgin Galactic Signs Deal To Build Spaceport In New Mexico

$198M Facility To Be Completed In 2010

British billionaire Richard Branson signed a 20-year lease with the state of New Mexico last week to build the first US spaceport, and Virgin Galactic expects to break ground on the facility by April, with completion slated for sometime in 2010.

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Aircraft Carrier Relocation Draws Bi-Partisan Opposition

Plan Called A Waste Of Money By Duplicating Capability

Although recommended by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a plan to relocate a US Navy Aircraft Carrier from Norfolk NAS in Virginia to Mayport NAS near Jacksonville, FL has drawn criticism from Virginia legislators, calling the idea a waste of money because it duplicates capability already in Norfolk.

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Two Lost In Texas Nanchang CJ-6 Crash

Plane Went Down While Turning Short Final

A pilot and his passenger were lost Saturday afternoon when their single-engine plane went down on approach to a Denton County, TX airfield. The accident occurred at Propwash Airport (16X), located about three miles west of Justin.

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New Jersey Man Lost In Florida Skydiving Mishap

Victim's Second Jump Of The Day Proves Fatal

A 22-year-old parachutist was lost at the Sebastian Municipal Airport Friday afternoon, succumbing to impact after becoming detached from his parachute during an altercation with powerlines during his second jump of the day.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.04.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association Dive Recovery Team was created to fill four important functions: Research, Locate, Survey and Recover heritage aircraft that crashed in the waters around Ontario. This 100% volunteer team has had tremendous success in creating partnerships that have resulted in a world-class search team, equipped with leading edge technologies and using search methodologies that are among the best.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.04.09)

"I want to thank Virgin Galactic for partnering with us to create a whole new industry that is going to transform the economy of Southern New Mexico - creating thousands of jobs, generating money for education, boosting tourism and attracting other companies and economic opportunities to the area." Source: Governor Bill Richardson, following the signing of a 20-year lease with the state of New Mexico by British billionaire Richard Branson. The agreement paves the way for construction of the first US spaceport. Virgin Galactic expects to break ground on the facility by April, with completion slated for sometime in 2010. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.04.09): Waypoint

Aero-Terms!

A predetermined geographical position used for route/instrument approach definition, progress reports, published VFR routes, visual reporting points or points for transitioning and/or circumnavigating controlled and/or special use airspace, that is defined relative to a VORTAC station or in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates.

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