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March 22, 2009

Pilots Lost In FedEx MD-11 Landing Accident At NRT

Plane's Wing Hit Ground On Landing

A FedEx cargo freighter inbound from Guangzhou, China crashed on landing Monday morning at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, claiming the lives of the two-man flight crew onboard.

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NTSB Sends Investigators To PC-12 Downing Near BTM

Plane Diverted From Bozeman, Says FAA's Fergus

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.22.09 1900 EDT: There are conflicting reports of up to 17 casualties following a Sunday afternoon downing of an aircraft near Butte, MT.

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Say What? Former Eclipse CEO Roel Pieper Joins Team To Buy Assets

Eclipse Jet LLC Announces New Structure And Strategy

 Reviewing the past four years' timeline of events concerning the rise and fall of Eclipse Aviation and the Eclipse 500, it seems much like a fairy tale turned nightmare. However, the biggest twist to the tale yet comes with the announcement that Roel Pieper, the man at Eclipse's helm as it went under, may get another chance to bring ever-elusive success to Eclipse.

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Astronauts Complete Second STS-119 Spacewalk

Wrong-Way Pin Leads To Complications

Astronauts Steve Swanson and Joseph Acaba ended the second spacewalk of the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station at 7:21 pm EDT Saturday. They prepared a worksite so the STS-127 spacewalkers can more easily change out the Port 6 truss batteries later this year.

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Three FAs Win Defamation Suit Brought By FO After Icing Incident

But Now They're Stuck With Legal Bills As Airline Refuses To Help

Three former America West (now US Airways) flight attendants have prevailed against a defamation suit brought against them by First Officer Ed Gannon, sparked by the FAs report of the FOs failure to follow proper deicing procedures.

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First E-Flight-Expo To Fly At AERO Friedrichshafen

Will Include Flight By Fuel Cell-Powered Aircraft

Among the most notable highlights coming to this year's AERO Friedrichshafen expo in Germany is the inaugural "e-flight-expo" -- an event highlighting environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional gas-and-kerosene-fueled aircraft engines. At that event, an ultralight aircraft by French company Helite will take to the air exclusively propelled by hydrogen energy... without supplementary energy supplied by batteries.

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Virgin Galactic Ramps Up To Begin American, European Space Flights

Suborbital Jaunts From New Mexico To Start In 2011, One Year Later From Sweden

Last week Virgin Galactic announced the names of the five travel companies who will train to become "Accredited Space Agents" - ASAs - the first agents in Scandinavia allowed to reserve seats aboard suborbital space flights from Spaceport Sweden, slated to begin in 2012.

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US Naval Ships In Sea Of Japan Buzzed By Russian Planes

Ships Were Conducting Drills With South Koreans In International Waters

US military officials last week said Russian planes overflew two US Naval ships participating in military exercises with South Korea. The ships were in international waters in the Sea of Japan.

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Two Lost In PA28 Cherokee Downing Near Corona, CA

Witnesses Say Engine Quit After Takeoff In Heavy Fog

Authorities say a single-engine Piper aircraft crashed Friday shortly after departing from the Corona Municipal Airport (AJO) in dense fog, claiming the lives of both persons aboard.

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Piper Aviation Museum Braces For Loss Of Tenant

Telemarketing Firm Vacating 11,000 Square-Foot Office Space

The Piper Aviation Museum of Lock Haven, PA announced last week that a long-term tenant has decided to relocate by the end of the month, representing a significant loss of revenue enjoyed by the non-profit organization for the last several years.

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'Going Loopy'... In Support Of Aviation Charity

Nonpilot Will Ride Along On Dozens Of Aerobatic Maneuvers

United Kingdom resident Jason Phelan usually prefers his feet securely on the ground and firmly under his desk at Civil Aviation Authority HQ in Gatwick. However, in aid of aviation charity 'fly2help' he plans to see the world from a very new and unusual perspective... while working his way through as many aerobatic sequences as possible over three consecutive days. 

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Boeing Completes P-8A Poseidon Loads Calibration Testing

Trials Performed Ahead of Schedule

Boeing last week completed loads calibration testing of the first P-8A Poseidon test aircraft, two weeks ahead of schedule. Loads calibration is one of the prerequisites for the US Navy flight clearance process.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.09)

Aero-Linx!

The OV-10 Bronco Association, Inc. was founded in 1998 to take responsibility for preserving the history of the people and events associated with the OV-10 Bronco, as well as the history of the aircraft itself. The OBA strives to educate the public of this history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.09): Aberration Of Light

Aero-Terms!

The aberration of light is a phenomenon in which light appears to be slanted (the angle at which the light appears to be coming is different than the angle at which it's actually coming) if the observer is in motion. (An analogous situation is watching rain fall from a moving train - although a raindrop is falling straight to the ground, it will appear to fall at a slant, and the slant increases as the train's speed increases.)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.22.09)

"Mike, Raul, and I have come to know Roel Pieper through our discussions with him during the course of the Eclipse bankruptcy. Roel reluctantly took over as CEO of Eclipse in July of 2008, and due to the worldwide economic crisis at the end of 2008, he was unable to fund his plan to turn around the company. When we set out to determine how to maximize the value of Eclipse's assets and ensure our ability to deliver value to customers, Roel proved very helpful."

Source: Mason Holland, one of five partners in an endeavor to purchase the assets of defunct planemaker Eclipse Aviation. On Friday, the group announced Eclipse investor Roel Pieper -- who headed up the company at the time of its demise, which came about after funds promised to bail the

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