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August 19, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.19.09

NATCA's public outburst gets it kicked off the Hudson mid-air investigation.
The airlines release their forecast for Labor Day weekend.
And an inventor dies on his creation's first fl

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.19.09

NATCA's public outburst gets it kicked off the Hudson mid-air investigation.
The airlines release their forecast for Labor Day weekend.
And an inventor dies on his creation's first fl

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Comments from COPA - 08.19.09

Pilots interviewed at this summer's Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association convention answer the question: How is the recession affecting you, and what are you doing to survive it?

FMI:

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Suspected Domestic Terrorist Still Licensed To Fly

Seattle Man, Considered A Fugitive, May Be In Syria

The FBI says 31-year-old Joseph Mahmoud Dibee is a domestic terrorist. He was indicted more than three years ago, along with 10 other people, on numerous charges such as arson, destroying an electrical tower, and other acts of domestic terrorism. 

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BTS Releases June Passenger Airline Employment Data

June 2009 Employment Down 6.3 Percent From A Year Ago

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.3 percent fewer workers in June 2009 than in June 2008, the 12th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.19.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.19.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.19.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I - Comments from COPA - 08.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with the Cirrus Owner's and Pilot's Association)

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Embraer's Phenom 300 Jet Continues On Target For Certification

Aircraft With Completed Interior Exhibited At LABACE 2009 In Brazil

Embraer's light jet program achieved an important milestone toward certification on August 8 with the first flight of the fifth Phenom 300 aircraft, tail number PP-XVM. This aircraft, the first with a completed interior, was exhibited at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).

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Skytech Appoints New Director Of Service

Michael Myers Brings 30-years Experience To The  Baltimore Area Maintenance Facility

Skytech announced Tuesday the appointment of Michael Myers as Director of Service for the company's Baltimore area maintenance location. The company said the move represents a continued effort to provide the best possible service for aircraft owners and operators.

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Bell Helicopter, Engineers, Sign Three-Year Contract Deal

Three Of Four Bell Unions Now Under Contract

The Bell Production Engineering Association, which represents nearly 175 engineers at Bell Helicopter, has reached a three-year contract with the helicopter manufacturer by a three-to-one margin.

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Mooney Acclaim Wins Ultimate Challenge Air Race

Inaugural 300 NM Race Focused On Pure Speed

A Mooney Acclaim M20TN took first prize in Category C of the South African Power Flying Association's Ultimate Challenge Air Race held August 15, 2009 in South Africa. Mooney ZS-ACC, piloted by Patrick Hanly of SA Mooney, and owned and navigated by Frikkie Greefe, flew the 297.32 nautical mile course in 1:30:44.

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John W. Brown Named Chief Financial Officer Of Bye Aerospace

Company Also Deals In Alternative Energy Technology

Bye Aerospace, Inc., an aircraft design and engineering outsourcing company, has named John W. Brown Chief Financial Officer. In addition to his duties as CFO, Brown continues to serve as President of Bye Energy, Inc.

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Ariane 5 Is Ready For Heavy-Lift Launch With JCSAT-12 And Optus D3

U.S.-Manufactured Payloads For Asia-Pacific Customers

Arianespace has completed the payload integration on its fourth Ariane 5 to be launched in 2009, clearing the way for this vehicle's liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Friday. The heavy-lift Ariane 5 has been fitted with its dual payload "stack" of  telecommunications satellites.

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Moog's Aerospace Division To Support Ambitious Korean Helicopter Program

Project Includes System Development, Configuration, And Comprehensive Training

Moog's Industrial Group, a division of Moog Inc. has delivered an aerospace test rig to the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) that will perform a wide range of structural and fatigue tests for helicopters.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2009-17-04

MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 Series Airplanes One case of elevator servo-control disconnection has been experienced on an aircraft of the A320 family. Failure occurred at the servo-control rod eye-end.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-16-07

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, - 800, and -900 Series Airplanes  The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes. This new AD requires an additional operational test of the P5-14 panel.

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Aero-TV: Keeping History Alive - Capturing the Stories of Georgia Aviation

Writer Marty Steiner Shares Georgia’s Rich Aviation History

Two years ago, Georgia commemorated the centennial anniversary of the state’s first beginnings in aviation.  In 1907, Ben T. Epps successfully piloted his hand-built aircraft 100 yards across a cow pasture near Athens, Georgia.

Aero-TV: Avionics Tip Of The Week - Avidyne Rel9, Vectors Mode

Mike Glover Offers Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Usability Tips

Mike Glover, Director of OEM and Strategic Alliances at Avidyne, chatted with Aero-TV about his most helpful avionics tips relating to the all-new Entegra FMS900w Flight Management System. 

Aero-TV: Avionics Tip Of The Week -- Avidyne Rel9, Vectors Mode

Mike Glover Offers Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Usability Tips

Mike Glover, Director of OEM and Strategic Alliances at Avidyne, chatted with Aero-TV about his most helpful avionics tips relating to the all-new Entegra FMS900w Flight Management System. 

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Aero-TV: Keeping History Alive - Capturing the Stories of Georgia Aviation

Writer Marty Steiner Shares Georgia’s Rich Aviation History

Two years ago, Georgia commemorated the centennial anniversary of the state’s first beginnings in aviation.  In 1907, Ben T. Epps successfully piloted his hand-built aircraft 100 yards across a cow pasture near Athens, Georgia.

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Speak Up! ANN Wants YOUR Feedback On AirVenture 2009!

What Was Best... And Worst... In Your Book?

Here we go, just two weeks after AirVenture 2009... and the ANN staff has ALMOST recovered from our annual week(s) at Wittman Field. As is our custom, we're taking a few days/weeks to consider things carefully, and have assembled a few articles and awards lists that quantify and qualify the very best and worst of the Oshkosh 2009 experience. BUT... we're getting ready to let fly with this year's rendition.

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Eclipse Aerospace The Winning (Only) Bidder For Eclipse Aviation

Sale Should Close August 20th

Eclipse Aerospace has agreed to pay $40 million for the assets of Eclipse Aviation, the makers of Very Light Jets based in Albuquerque, NM which closed down earlier this year and went into Chapter 7 liquidation. The bidding closed August 4th, and no other company came forward with an offer.

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AEA Wants Input On FAA's Proposed Safety Management Systems

Comments Due To FAA October 21st

The FAA is soliciting public comments regarding a potential rulemaking requiring the development and implementation of safety management systems (SMS). In a news release, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) says using an SMS is not a substitute for compliance with FAA regulations or FAA oversight activities.

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Lockheed Martin Aerospace Division To Cut 800 Jobs

Separate From Job Losses Due To Phase-Out Of Shuttle Program

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a division of US global security firm Lockheed Martin Corporation, said Monday it would cut about 800 jobs by year-end to improve its competitiveness. The company said the payroll deductions represent about 4.5 percent of the overall workforce.

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Belite Aircraft Conducts Stress Tests On Carbon Fiber Wings

Test demonstrates wing can withstand 4G load

 Belite Aircraft has completed a series of tests which statically demonstrated the structural integrity and durability of the aircraft's carbon fiber wing under loads of up to 4Gs.  Conducted at the firm's Wichita, Kansas facilities, the tests subjected a carbon fiber wing to progressively increasing G loads.

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Global Airline Capacity Shows Tiny Uptick After A Year Of Decline

OAG Reports Capacity Grew 0.2% Over August Of 2008

Global airline capacity is showing marginal growth for August 2009, the first month of positive growth for a year, reports OAG, an aviation data business. The world's airlines have 314.2 million seats on offer this month, a rise of 0.2% (472,839 more seats) over August 2008 levels.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.19.09)

"Although we appreciate the technical expertise our parties provide during the course of an investigation, it is counterproductive when an organization breaches the party agreement and publicly interprets or comments on factual information generated by that investigation." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.19.09): Pilot Report (PIREP)

A report of in-flight weather by an aircraft pilot or crew member. Often referred to as a PIREP.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.19.09)

University Aviation Association

 Did you know that there is an association dedicated to university aviation programs? The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation education to its members, the industry, government and the general public.  

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