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April 14, 2009

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AD NUMBER: 2009-08-08 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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NTSB Asks FAA To 'Prohibit Further Flight' Of Zodiac CH-601XLs

Also Cites Concerns With ASTM Standards Used To Certify LSAs

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.14.09 1615 EDT: The National Transportation Safety Board today issued an urgent safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration, asking the agency to "prohibit further flight" of all CH-601XL light aircraft, a type that has been involved in six in-flight structural breakups since 2006.

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Embraer Formally Launches KC-390 Military Transport Program

Twin-Turbofan Aircraft To Enter Service In 2015

There's a new player in the increasingly crowded medium-lift military transport game. In a ceremony held Tuesday during the seventh edition of the Latin America Aero and Defence (LAAD) trade fair, Embraer signed a contract with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) for the turbofan-powered KC-390 military transport aircraft program.

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FAA Lauds Controllers, Pilot In King Air Emergency Landing

TRACON Personnel Guided Doug White To Safe Landing At RSW

Two air traffic controllers are rapidly earning heaps of praise for helping a distressed passenger guide a plane to safety Sunday after the pilot died in the cockpit.

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NTSB's Rosenker Emphasizes Safety In Wichita Aero Club Talk

Talks Of Plan For Lightweight GA Flight Recorders

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker Tuesday briefed the newly formed Wichita Aero Club in Wichita, KS on recent NTSB actions and activities in the aviation safety arena.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.14.09

SAFE Election Results, With Director Doug Stewart

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.14.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.14.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- SAFE Election Results: 04.14.09 (ANN Special Report, with Doug Stewart, newly-elected Director of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.)

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Embraer Posts Q1 Delivery Figures

40 Aircraft Delivered Through March

Embraer delivered 40 aircraft to the Commercial and Executive aviation segments during the first quarter of 2009. On March 31, 2009, the Brazilian planemaker's firm order backlog totaled US$ 19.7 billion.

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K-State Salina Receives Glass Cockpit Learning Devices From Garmin

Several GNS430, GNS530s Donated

Kansas State University Aviation has received advanced glass cockpit avionics equipment from Garmin Ltd. that will help avionics maintenance students learn to work on modern electronic navigation and communication radios.

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Eurocopter Intros First Latin American Helo Sim At LAAD

Will Recreate Cockpit Environment Of EC725

Eurocopter and its Brazilian subsidiary Helibras announced this week the introduction of the first flight simulator for helicopters in Latin America at the Latin America Aerospace & Defense (LAAD) show in Rio de Janeiro.

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Report: Prince William Fried Tucano Engine During Training

But He's Far From The Only One

When you're royalty, your every action is held up to public scrutiny (at least, so we hear -- Ed.) As we approach the one-year anniversary since Britain's Prince William landed a military helicopter in his girlfriend's backyard, now comes word the budding search-and-rescue pilot also "overcooked" the engine on a fixed-wing training aircraft last year.

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Analysts Expect Boeing Slowdown To Hit Narrowbodies

B737 Line May Be Scaled Back, Despite Planemaker's Assertions Otherwise

In these difficult economic times, it's become something of a sport to openly question and contradict assertions of positive news from corporations... from the banking industry, to aerospace. With that in mind, it should surprise no one to hear analysts are less-than-optimistic about the chances Boeing won't drastically slash production of its popular 737 narrowbody airliner, despite the planemaker's statements to the contrary.

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USAF Turnaround On F-22 Surprises Lockheed

Manufacturer Loses Key Military Supporters

"This is the time to make the transition from F-22 to F-35 production." With that statement -- written Monday by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and General Norton Schwartz, the service's top uniformed officer, in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post --- supporters of the top-of-the-line F-22 Raptor lost two key proponents in keeping production of the advanced fighter aircraft going.

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Active Aero Services Earns Part 145 Certification

Clears Way For Full Service FBO At Willow Run Airport

Active Aero Services has earned its 14 CFR, Part 145 Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. This certificate provides authority to perform aircraft, power plant and limited avionics maintenance services to other companies and individuals at its Willow Run Airport facilities near Detroit, MI.

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Jet University Presents 'Learn To Fly' Open House

FXE Open House To Be Held This Weekend

Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Jet University announced a "Learn to Fly" event, a free open house at its Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) campus on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2009.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.14.09

A pilot dies, and a passenger lands the King Air.
Emirates declines comment on an A340 that was beyond "heavy."
And will the business aviation recession be first-in, first-o

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.14.09

A pilot dies, and a passenger lands the King Air.
Emirates declines comment on an A340 that was beyond "heavy."
And will the business aviation recession be first-in, first-o

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ANN Special Feature: Doug Stewart, SAFE Election Results - 04.14.09

Over the weekend, a runoff election resulted in finalization of the first group of directors for the newly-formed Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.

ANN's Paul Plack talks with 2004

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Aero-TV: St. Augustine Airport -- CBP's Newest Port of Entry

Easing The Customs Proposition In The SouthEast USA

Transitioning into and out of US Airspace can often be something of a chore but an aggressive and expert effort by the St. Augustine Airport has resulted in a new way to ease the issues in entering and leaving the USA via a recently dedicated fee-based Port Of Entry located near the base of the Control Tower at one of the best airports in the SouthEast USA... if not the country.

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EAA: Nevada Legislature Considers Aviation Safety Around VGT

'Stakeholders Group' To Examine Ramifications Of Experimental Aircraft Ops

The Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN a scaled-back Nevada resolution was reintroduced to the State Senate’s Transportation Committee on April 8, without a call for Congressional action authorizing the Clark County Department of Aviation to usurp federal authority over local airspace.

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USAF Officials Make Case For Stopping F-22 Production In Op-Ed

Donley, Schwartz Say Resources Better Spent On JSF

It's been just over a week since US Defense Secretary Robert gates broke the news that F-22 Raptor production will end in 2011. Federal lawmakers have met with unions to discuss strategy, defense contractors have had their communications folks working late, and the letter-writing campaigns are up and running.

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Aero-TV: St. Augustine Airport -- CBP's Newest Port of Entry

Easing The Customs Proposition In The SouthEast USA

Transitioning into and out of US Airspace can often be something of a chore but an aggressive and expert effort by the St. Augustine Airport has resulted in a new way to ease the issues in entering and leaving the USA via a recently dedicated fee-based Port Of Entry located near the base of the Control Tower at one of the best airports in the SouthEast USA... if not the country.

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American Begins Process Of Replacing MD-80s

Takes Delivery Of Two New B737-800s

American Airlines took an important step Monday toward modernizing its domestic fleet, by receiving two Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the eve of their maiden passenger flights.

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Airlines Expect Things To Turn Better By Summer

But First They Have To Swallow Q1 Lumps

We've seen aircraft manufacturers preparing for a recession lasting through late 2010. The Obama administration has sounded cheery by comparison, predicting we'll see a turnaround by the end of this year.

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FedEx To Park 14 More Older Jets

No Surprise -- Economy To Blame

Cargo shipping giant FedEx said Monday it will permanently park 14 of the oldest planes in its airline fleet, in a further effort to slash capacity in a slumping market.

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Airfares Continue Freefall In Gloomy Economy

Checking Bags Could Cost More Than Air Fares

As airline passenger volume has fallen more quickly that the carriers could cut capacity, something of a price war has broken out as the airlines compete to fill empty seats. The result is terrific spring and summer fares you could not have booked back in January.

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Oklahoma Congresswoman Visits Altus AFB

Part Of Statewide Tour Of Military Facilities

Officials from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base welcomed the 5th district congresswoman of Oklahoma April 9 as she toured the base for her assessment of the state's military readiness.

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NASA: Spirit Healthy... Though Computer Reboots Raise Concerns

Rover's Batteries Charged Successfully, But Communication Spotty

The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is examining data received from Spirit in recent days to diagnose why the rover apparently rebooted its computer at least twice over the April 11-12 weekend.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.14.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Bayport Aerodrome Society is a non profit organization that was formed in 1972. Its membership is composed of aviation professionals and those interested in preserving aviation history. By offering tours of the Aerodrome and living museum, members share their passion for aviation with the community. Anyone can join and volunteer to assist in projects at the Aerodrome.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.09): Advance Of Perihelion

Aero-Terms!

The slow rotation of the major axis of a planet's orbit in the same direction as the revolution of the planet itself, due mainly to gravitational interactions with other planets. A small additional advance of the perihelion of Mercury, by 43 arcseconds per century, was eventually explained as an effect of the general theory of relativity.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.14.09)

"The EAA Chapter (1300) based at the North Las Vegas Airport and the CCAA will be part of the stakeholders group. Through this group we plan on providing additional educational opportunities to the residents of surrounding neighborhoods, local business entities, and our local and state legislators."

Source: Dave Edwards, chapter member and director-at-large of the Clark County Aviation Association. The Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN a scaled-back Nevada resolution was reintroduced to the State Senate’s Transportation Committee on April 8, without a call for Congressional action authorizing the Clark County Department of Aviation to usurp federal authority over local airspace.

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