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February 02, 2009

NAFI Meltdown? Professional Standards Committee Resigns

114 NAFI Members Sign Petition Calling For Ouster Of Current BoD

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 02.02.09 1500 EST: One hundred fourteen... and counting. That's the number of people who have signed a petition calling for the immediate resignation of the current Board of Directors for the National Association of Flight Instructors.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.02.09

"Currency," Versus Safety -- With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.02.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.02.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- "Currency," Versus Safety: 02.02.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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ATK Conducts NASA Ares I-X Separation Test

Simulated Release Of Main Parachute

Alliant Techsystems successfully conducted a full-scale separation of NASA's Ares I-X Forward Skirt Extension at its Promontory facility last week, in preparation for this summer's flight test of Ares I-X.

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Navy Retires Last S-3B Viking From Fleet Service

Carrier-Based Multi-Mission Aircraft Completes 35-Year Career

The US Navy retired the last Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking from fleet service in ceremonies at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Friday morning, closing out the aircraft's distinguished 35-year Naval career.

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Nebraska Pilot And Family Refile Suit Against Cessna In C208B Crash

Suit Claims Cessna Knew Plane Was Poorly Designed For Icy Conditions

A lawsuit filed last year in the February 2007 crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was refiled in US District Court by the Nebraska pilot and his family last week to include more defendants in the case.

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Three Lost In Wisconsin SR20 Downing

Plane Was On Nighttime IFR Flight 

Authorities have identified the victims of a fatal aircraft accident in Northwestern Wisconsin last week.

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Sikorsky Conducts First X2 Pusher Prop Ground Runs

Test "Went According To Plan"

Sikorsky Aircraft achieved a major milestone in its X2 Technology demonstrator program by successfully ground testing the aircraft with the pusher propeller installed and spinning for the first time.

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O'Hare Expansion Opponents Decry Possible Loss Of Cemetery

Court Case Seeks To Stop Destruction Of 160-Year-Old Cemetery

More than 150 family members of people buried in St. Johannes Cemetery, located next to Chicago O'Hare Airport, have filed a petition to stop the City of Chicago from removing those graves to make way for new runways and terminals at O'Hare.

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Southwest Reaches Deals With Labor Groups

AMFA Ratifies TA, Pilots Agree In Principle To Deal

Southwest Airlines announced Friday major steps forward in contract talks with two of the low-cost carrier's labor groups.

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Airbus Signs Joint Venture For Chinese Components Plant

Harbin Facility Will Manufacture Composite Parts For A350 XWB, A320

European planemaker Airbus and a group of Chinese industrial partners signed a contract Monday to establish a Joint Venture Manufacturing Center in Harbin, China to manufacture composite material parts and components for the Airbus A350 XWB program and Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.02.09

Cessna confirms more job cuts.
A T-6 collides mid-air with a helicopter.
And Dreamliner production is finally back underway.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.02.09

Cessna confirms more job cuts.
A T-6 collides mid-air with a helicopter.
And Dreamliner production is finally back underway.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Over The Airwaves - 02.02.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the FAA's definition of "current," versus what's really required to be safe.

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Wagstaff Court Documents Opened To Public

Arrest Reports Don't Paint A Flattering Picture

Just when you thought the dust had cleared surrounding aerobatic ace Patty Wagstaff's unfortunate brush with the law at last year's AirVenture, a whole slew of new details has emerged.

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Plattsburgh Int'l Airport Eyes Terminal Expansion

Commercial Field Opened 18 Months Ago

Just eighteen months after opening its doors, Plattsburgh International Airport is initiating plans for a major expansion of its passenger terminal.

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USCG Selects Becker Avionics' SAR MAN-PACK For Ground Ops

System Receives New 406 MHz ELT Transmissions

COSPAS-SARSAT turns off satellite detection of the 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz emergency radio beacons Sunday. In order to track the new 406 MHz generation of emergency radio beacons, the US Coast Guard selected Becker Avionics' SAR MAN-PACK for ground operations.

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Aero-TV: FAA Parachute Safety -- A Master Rigger Explains Updates

FAA Extends Mandatory Repack Interval To 180-Days

At the ever-intriguing 2008 ICAS Convention, ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, caught up with Master Rigger, Allen Silver, to get caught up on parachute regs, technology and associated issues. Allen is a "Rigger's Rigger" and one of the most knowledgable guys in the craft.

Aero-TV: FAA Parachute Safety -- A Master Rigger Explains Updates

FAA Extends Mandatory Repack Interval To 180-Days

At the ever-intriguing 2008 ICAS Convention, ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, caught up with Master Rigger, Allen Silver, to get caught up on parachute regs, technology and associated issues. Allen is a "Rigger's Rigger" and one of the most knowledgable guys in the craft.

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TBO-NAFI Alleges More Wrong-Doing By EAA/NAFI

'Crisis Of Conscience' Seems At An Impasse

 ANN has reported on the ongoing issues between the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and a growing segment of its membership since last fall. The issue arose last October when the NAFI Board and a group of its members (organized under the name of "TBO-NAFI") found themselves in conflict over a number of issues.

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AAI Acquisition Launches Search For 'Strategic Partner'

Says Initial Efforts To Market Composites Expertise Have Been Successful

AAI Acquisition, Inc. (AAIA) announced Sunday it is seeking a strategic partner to breathe new life into the fledgling company.

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Three FAs Sued By First Officer For Pointing Out Wing Ice?

Airline Balks At Footing FAs Legal Bills Because Of 'White Lie'

Three former America West (now US Airways) flight attendants are facing a costly court battle on their own, stemming from a 2003 flight from Calgary to Phoenix that has sparked controversy and a defamation suit filed by the First Officer against the FAs.

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Skydiving Instructor Dies On Tandem Jump, Student Okay

Heart Attack Claims 49-Year-Old In Free-Fall

Authorities have not yet released the identities of two men involved in a parachuting incident Saturday afternoon... a skydive that turned out to be the first for one of the men, and the last for the other.

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Workers At Northrop Grumman Hawkeye Plant Facing Possible Cutbacks

Congressmen And Senators Appeal For Restoration Of Funding

A recent proposal by the US Navy to cut back production on the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye surveillance plane could impact nearly 400 jobs by springtime.

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Embraer Combats Brazilian Magazine's Accusations

Attempts To Set Record Straight On Columbian Gov't Aircraft Sale

In an article entitled "Cobrança Suspeita" ("Suspicious Payment"), Brazil's Veja magazine recently reported on an alleged improper request by Maria Juliana Buendía de La Vega, for a commission on the sale of Embraer Super Tucano aircraft to the Colombian Government.

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Klyde Morris (02.02.09)

NASA Keeps A Wary Eye On Its Avian Adversaries...

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Tutor.com Partners With Careers In Aviation For Scholarship

Also Joins With Larkins' DreamLaunch Tour

Aviation is on the minds of more Americans than ever before, thanks to the heroic landing of a commercial jetliner in the Hudson River last month. What people may not know is that 25% of all aviation employees are eligible to retire this year... and there may not be enough young graduates to fill these positions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.02.09)

Aero-Linx!

There are a lot of great aircraft-specific communities on the web, but this is the first aviation community dedicated to backcountry flying and the exploration of remote airstrips. This is a culture of pilots who loves light, single-engine aircraft with the sole purpose of exploring the seldom seen corners of the world by air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.09): Adaptive Compliant Wing

Aero-Terms!

The Adaptive Compliant Wing is a wing design developed by FlexSys, Inc. which is flexible so that its shape can be changed in flight. The wing design features a variable-camber trailing edge which can be deflected up to +/- 10°, so that it acts like a flap-equipped wing, but without the individual segments and gaps typical in a flap system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.02.09)

"Ultimately, NAFI's attempts to subvert and exercise control over the [Master Instructor] program and associated [intellectual property] will fail. Even in the highly unlikely event that NAFI succeeds against the Hills, the IP of other contributors has not been secured by NAFI. This will invariably prevent NAFI from continuing its current campaign, or at least it could become the subject of an intractable legal dispute-causing further (if not fatal) hemorrhaging of NAFI resources and good will."

Source: TBO-NAFI organizer Rich Stowell, in an editorial regarding recent developments at the National Association of Flight Instructors. The group claims that EAA and others within the aviation industry -- including NAFI -- are on a 'self-destructive

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