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February 10, 2009

Lockheed Martin Delivers Second Test C-5M Super Galaxy To Dover

Three Modified Galaxy Transports To Be Used In Evaluation

Lockheed Martin recently delivered the second of three modernized developmental test C-5M aircraft to the US Air Force. Following a brief ceremony at the company's Marietta facility, Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, Commander, Air Mobility Command, flew the C-5M to Dover AFB, DE where Air Force flight crews and maintainers will become familiar with the aircraft's new systems and capabilities.

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FAA Confirms Employee Personal Information Hacked

Names, SSNs, Medical Records Compromised For 45,000

As if there wasn't enough to worry about right now, comes word hackers broke into the FAA's computer systems and accessed personal information of tens of thousands of employees and retirees.

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Some GOOD News: HAI Says Heli-Expo 'Shaping Up Nicely'

Numbers Are Close To Last Year's Record-Breaking Totals

Helicopter Association International tells ANN preparations for Heli-Expo 2009 in Anaheim, CA are well underway, and the show is shaping up nicely... with some encouraging signs that seem to hover in the face of the current economic gloom.

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ATR 72-500 Approved For Operations At LCY

Steep Approaches OK, Noise Remains Within Limits

ATR has received approval from London City Airport (LCY) officials to operate its ATR 72-500 turboprops from the downtown airport, after the aircraft successfully completed steep-approach trials and noise tests.

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Piper: 'Necessary To Take Further Actions' In Slumping Economy

Company Lays Off Approx. 300 More Employees, Plans Week-Long Shutdowns

Aero-News has learned Vero Beach, FL-based Piper Aircraft will take further actions in the wake of a massive slump in sales, releasing approximately 300 employees effective immediately.

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OPF Tenants Ask President To Remove Airport From Miami-Dade

Want Separate Authority For Opa-locka Executive

Tenants have taken their fight to remove Opa-locka Executive Airport (OPF) from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department straight to the top -- petitioning President Barack Obama to place the airport under an independent authority.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.10.09

A New Flight Instructors Group, With SAFE Spokesman Doug Stewart

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.10.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.10.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A New Flight Instructors Group: 02.10.09 (ANN Special Report, with Doug Stewart, spokesman for the Interim Working Group at the newl

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Flight Resource Names Knots2U Sales Rep For MT Propellers

STCs Available For Cessna, Beech, Pipers

Flight Resource, the world's largest distributor of MT Propellers, announced Monday that Knots2U of Burlington, WI was recently named an authorized sales representative for the company's composite MT Propeller STCs.

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VNY Aviators Launch Collection Drive For The Homeless

Public Encouraged To Show Some Heart This Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, flight crews and employees at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) are launching a four-week campaign to collect travel-size gifts from the heart for the homeless. The second annual "Caring Counts" campaign, sponsored by Clay Lacy Aviation, asks airport employees and community members to donate mini soaps, shampoos, lotions and other personal hygiene items for distribution to local poverty agencies.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.10.09

The FAA cuts the Dreamliner a break.
Terror suspects want the right to sue Jeppesen.
And airlines win a court battle with the TSA.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.10.09

The FAA cuts the Dreamliner a break.
Terror suspects want the right to sue Jeppesen.
And airlines win a court battle with the TSA.


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ANN Special Feature: Doug Stewart, SAFE - 02.10.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Doug Stewart, who is now the spokesman for the Interim Working Group at the newly-forming Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.

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Boeing Loses 16 Dreamliner Orders

YTD Order Count Stands At -13

A second customer for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner cancelled the majority of its orders last week, leaving the American planemaker with a deficit of 13 orders so far in 2008.

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Blago Fallout Afflicts O'Hare Expansion

Stop-OMP Says 'Corruption, Scandal' Plague Project

The federal indictment of a fundraiser for deposed Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is tainting OMP, the O'Hare Modernization Program in Chicago, and a group opposing the project is wasting no time in making sure everyone sees the connection.

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Aero-TV: Engineering Innovation -- The Cirrus Known Icing Protection System (Part 1)

The "Cool" Details Behind GA's Latest FIKI Program

As previously detailed, ANN had exclusive and unprecedented access to the Cirrus Aircraft team that created GA's latest FIKI certified airframe. It was a fascinating process... to look into and through ALL aspects of the design, manufacture, testing and certification of the 'Known Ice" version of the SR-22. We learned a lot and came away impressed, educated, and enthused by the prospects of these capabilities for all such airframes that make the grade of earning FIKI certification... a process that the FAA does not undertake lightly.

Terror Suspects Go Before Appeals Court In Jeppesen Suit

US Attorney Says Proceedings Could Threaten National Security

An unusual federal lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan by five terrorism suspects who want compensation for the company's role in their alleged torture was dismissed during the Bush administration, but was appealed in a hearing Monday before a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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TBO-NAFI Formally Launches New Flight Instructor Organization

Society Of Aviation & Flight Educators To Be "What We Had Hoped NAFI Could Have Become"

Moving forward from this weekend's announcement of plans to launch a new group for flight instructors dissatisfied with recent developments at National Association of Flight Instructors, on Monday Take Back Our NAFI (TBO-NAFI) formally announced the formation of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.

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School Closure Leaves Florida FBO Without Fuel Access

Regional Airline Academy Shut Down DED Operation Friday

When it comes to retaining flight schools on site, DeLand Municipal Airport (DED) in central Florida can't seem to catch a break. The full-service GA field, located northwest of Orlando, has seen five schools close their doors in the last five years... and the latest closure spells trouble for the airport's fixed-base operation.

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Aero-TV: Engineering Innovation -- Cirrus Known Icing Protection System (Part 1)

The "Cool" Details Behind GA's Latest FIKI Program

As previously detailed, ANN had exclusive and unprecedented access to the Cirrus Aircraft team that created GA's latest FIKI certified airframe. It was a fascinating process... to look into and through ALL aspects of the design, manufacture, testing and certification of the 'Known Ice" version of the SR-22.

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Udvar-Hazy, Branson Predict Rough Times For Planemakers

Both Chide Boeing For Strike-Related Delays

Two of commercial aviation's biggest names had sobering comments about Boeing Commercial Aircraft last week, marring what should have been the cheerful occasion of the delivery of a new Boeing 777 to V Australia.

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Sikorsky Flies Upgraded S-76D Helicopter

Prototype Completes 30 Minute First Flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced Monday it recently completed the first flight of its S-76D helicopter, the latest version of the S-76 line. Company test pilots maneuvered the prototype aircraft through taxi, hover, hover turns, and forward flight to 40 knots in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.

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Court Orders TSA To Recalculate Airline Fees

Both Sides Declare Victory In Ongoing Battle

A group of 22 US airlines have been in a fight with the Transportation Ssecurity Administration, arguing that about a quarter of the security fees they've paid since 9/11 to conduct airport screenings were unjustified.

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Icon A5 Completes 'Phase I' Flight Testing

Amphib LSA On Track For Deliveries In Late 2010, Company Says

Icon Aircraft announced Monday the company has officially completed Phase I Flight Testing of its upcoming amphibious sport plane, the Icon A5.

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FAA Recognizes Florida For Work In Commercial Space Development

Example Of "How Unified Collaboration Can Expedite The Process"

Swift efforts by state leadership and the aerospace industry resulted in the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation acknowledgment of the State of Florida as a nation's leader in developing robust legislative and space transportation incentives that foster commercial space industry growth.

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Ship It AOG Names New Chief Operating Officer

Raymond Goyco To Manage Day-To-Day Operations

International aviation parts distributor Ship it AOG announced Monday the promotion of Raymond Goyco to the position of chief operating officer (COO).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.10.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Alaska Airmen's Association is the largest state general aviation group in Alaska. It is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose sole purpose is to promote and preserve aviation in Alaska.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.10.09): Equivalent Airspeed

Aero-Terms!

Equivalent airspeed (EAS) is the airspeed at sea level which represents the same dynamic pressure as that flying at the true airspeed (TAS) at altitude. It is useful for predicting aircraft handling, aerodynamic loads, stalling etc.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.10.09)

"We are forming this society on the tenets of professionalism, fairness, transparency and accountability. Our goal is to help our industry create safer, more knowledgeable and more confident pilots by providing instructors with resources, products and services in concert with industry partners and the FAA."

Source: Doug Stewart, spokesman for the newly-formed Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, an off-shoot of Take Back Our NAFI.

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