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February 05, 2009

Twice Unlucky: NASA Delays NOAA-N Prime Launch

Agency May Try Again Friday

NASA hopes the third time will be the charm for the launch of its NOAA-N Prime polar-orbiting weather satellite.

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NBAA, GA Associations Send Letter Seeking Rulemaking Committee for LASP

Follows Request Made At January 6 TSA Hearing

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) joined other general aviation associations Thursday in requesting that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) establish a rule-making committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).

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Two Escape Serious Injury In DC-3 Accident At MHV

Vintage Transport Veered Off Runway On Takeoff

Two pilots suffered minor injuries when their turboprop-powered C-47 Turbo Dakota went off the runway during takeoff Wednesday morning from the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) in California.

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Cessna Formally Opens New Citation Service Center

Mesa-Gateway Facility Employs 77 Workers

Cessna CEO Jack Pelton joined Scott Smith, mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, AZ, on Thursday to officially mark the opening of a new Citation Service Center at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA).

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Bank Of America Sells Off Portion Of Bizjet Fleet

Three Jets, One Helicopter Now On Market

Faced with mounting pressure from lawmakers, and growing disdain from the (arguably misinformed) general public, on Wednesday Bank of America announced it would sell off three of its corporate jets, as well as a helicopter operated by recently-acquired Merrill Lynch.

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Boeing Submits A-10 Sustainment/Integration Contract Bid

US Air Force Program Will Add New Life To Old Warthogs

Boeing submitted a proposal to the US Air Force this week to participate as an associate prime contractor in the projected $1.6 billion A-10 Thunderbolt Life-Cycle Program Support (TLPS) contract to support the sustainment of the A-10 Thunderbolt II weapon system and integration of current and future requirements.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.05.09

LSA Is Here To Stay, With EAA's Ron Wagner

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.05.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- LSA Is Here To Stay: 02.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with Ron Wagner, Manager of Field Relations for the Experimental Aircraft Association.)

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Flight 1549 Recordings Released By FAA

"We're Gonna Be In The Hudson"

One day after the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report confirming multiple bird strikes led to the January 15 downing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, the FAA released audio recordings and transcripts of communications between Captain Chesley Sullenberger, and controllers at LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and the New York TRACON.

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New Lawsuit Filed In Continental 1404 Accident

Attorney Claims Airline's 'Standard Of Care Was Lacking'

A Dallas, TX-based law firm filed a lawsuit against Continental Airlines Wednesday,  charging that the airline's negligence played a role in a December 2008 plane crash at Denver International Airport that injured 38 passengers.

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Pratt & Whitney Completes Geared Turbofan Demonstrator Testing

First PurePower PW1000G Wraps Up Ground And Flight Trials

Pratt & Whitney has completed ground and flight testing of the PurePower PW1000G demonstrator engine. The final phase of testing was completed jointly with Airbus on an A340-600 flight test aircraft and included 27 flights and more than 75 hours of flight testing.

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JetBlue Pilots Union Vote Falls Short

Carrier Remains Free Of Organized Labor Groups

An effort to unionize pilots flying for low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways fell short of the required majority of votes, according to numbers released Tuesday by the National Mediation Board.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.09

Executives of an Florida charter service face federal charges.
Hawker Beechcraft confirms layoff rumors.
And NASA delays the launch of Discovery by a week.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.05.09

Executives of an Florida charter service face federal charges.
Hawker Beechcraft confirms layoff rumors.
And NASA delays the launch of Discovery by a week.


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ANN Special Feature: EAA's Ron Wagner, LSA Health - 02.05.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ron Wagner, Manager of Field Relations for the Experimental Aircraft Association, about the surprisingly robust health of the Light Sport Aircraft segment, as evidenced

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Lindbergh Foundation Names 2009 Award Recipients

Miles O'Brien To Be Master Of Ceremonies At EAA AirVenture Museum Gala

Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, and founder of the Worldwatch Institute, along with Terry and Mary Kohler, of Windway Capital Corp., will be the recipients of the 2009 Lindbergh Award in recognition of their dedication to the environment.

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Aero-TV: Antilles Seaplanes -- Rebirth Of The Goose

Antilles Seaplanes Is Building NEW 'Super Goose' Amphibs

The ANN crew (thanks to ANN refugee, Kevin O'Brien) has a slightly rude name for those intensely visual images and stories that come our way involving certain 'special' aircraft that are unusually exciting, interesting and abnormally attention-getting... we call such images "Plane Porn."

Charter Company Indicted In 2005 TEB Overrun

Four Execs Already In Custody

Six executives of a Florida-based air charter service face federal criminal charges in connection with the crash of an overloaded jet which couldn't get off the runway at Teterboro, New Jersey in 2005.

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NTSB Confirms Bird Remains On Flight 1549 Engines

Earlier Surge Unrelated To Incident

A third update from the National Transportation Safety Board on its investigation of US Airways Flight 1549 confirmed Wednesday the remains of birds were found in both engines of the Airbus A320, which became famous in "The Miracle on the Hudson."

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Aero-TV: Antilles Seaplanes -- Rebirth Of The Goose

Antilles Seaplanes Is Building NEW 'Super Goose' Amphibs

The ANN crew (thanks to ANN refugee, Kevin O'Brien) has a slightly rude name for those intensely visual images and stories that come our way involving certain 'special' aircraft that are unusually exciting, interesting and abnormally attention-getting... we call such images "Plane Porn."

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Korean Air Orders Two More A380s

Program Reaches 200-Order Mark

The Airbus superjumbo program received a welcome boost this week, as Korean Air placed exercised options for two more A380s. This latest purchase agreement brings the total number of A380s ordered by Korean Air to 10 aircraft.

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Wisconsin Aviation HoF To Mark State's Centennial Of Flight

Projects Include Building Model Of Curtiss "Warner" Flyer

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) plans a series of events to celebrate Wisconsin’s Centennial of Flight, including the construction of a quarter-scale model Curtiss "Warner" Flyer similar to the one that first flew in Wisconsin in 1909.

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Burbank Airport Officials Push For Curfew

Flights Would Be Sent To Other Area Airports

It's not often we hear of NIMBYs and airport management as allies... but the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which operates Bob Hope Airport (BUR), is asking the FAA to impose a 10 pm-to-7 am curfew on all but the absolute quietest, Stage-IV jets. If enacted, the curfew would force those operators to use other airports in the region at night.

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FACTS Training Expands Presence In Northeast

Places Simulator At BDL

FACTS Training, an operating company within AirCare Solutions Group, announced Tuesday a market expansion into the Northeastern Region of the United States in response to the growing demand for emergency procedures and safety instruction.

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Rolls-Royce Earns Osprey Engine Support Contract

Liberty Engine Deal Worth Over $221 Million

Rolls-Royce announced a contract modification Tuesday of $221.7 million with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide AE 1107C-Liberty engines and services for the US Marine Corps' MV-22 and the US Air Force's CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

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F136 Team Begins Ground Tests On Second F-35 Powerplant

Beats Contract Schedule By A Month

The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team recently began testing its first production-configuration F136 engine for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft a month ahead of contract schedule, a major milestone in the development program.

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Sierra Industries Welcomes David Welch To Sales Staff

Cites Experience With Aircraft Sales Startup

Sierra Industries welcomed this week 21-year aviation sales veteran David M. Welch to its growing sales and marketing staff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.09)

Aero-Linx!

Shortfield.com is an online community for backcountry aviation and airplane camping enthusiasts working together to create a comprehensive database to document and share information about backcountry airstrips.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.09): TACCO

Aero-Terms!

TACCO is the military abbreviation for "TACtical COordinator" (pronounced 'TACK-oh') and is the aircrew member responsible for coordinating the activities of the part of the crew responsible for the tactical operation of the aircraft and its systems.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.05.09)

"The fuel loading was the primary contributing factor in the crash. It is astounding -- and criminal -- that owners and operators of jet aircraft would repeatedly engage in such a dangerous game with passengers and airplanes loaded to the brim with jet fuel."

Source: Acting US Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. Six executives of a Florida-based air charter service face federal criminal charges in connection with the crash of an overloaded jet which couldn't get off the runway at Teterboro, NJ in 2005. Marra asserts Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale claimed to be a luxury charter service, but didn't hold the required certificate; falsified flight records; and routinely overloaded planes with fuel at airports where the price was cheaper, a pr

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