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April 09, 2009

AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2009-08-04 MANUFACTURER: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model BH.125 series 600A airplanes and Model HS.125 series 700A airplanes.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2009-08-03 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a superseding airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, 206L-4, 222, 222B,222U, 230, 407, 427, and 430 helicopters.

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AD: Liberty Aerospace

AD NUMBER: 2009-08-05 MANUFACTURER: Liberty Aerospace Inc. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-08-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Liberty Aerospace Incorporated Model XL-2 airplanes.

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Boeing Wins Patent Suit Against NASA

Sued For Compensation Over Use Of Alloy In Shuttle External Tanks

Boeing recently scored a big legal win, and a potentially even greater payoff. Earlier this month, the American aerospace titan won a patent-infringement claim filed against NASA regarding the material used to construct external fuel tanks for the space shuttle.

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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Offers Lunch With A Legend

Charity Auction Offers Meal With Astronaut John Glenn

Hall of Fame Astronaut John Glenn is putting himself on the auction block to raise money for college scholarships for top engineering and science students through the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's online Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opened this week online.

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US, China Sign Environmental Agreement

Aims To Improve Conditions Around Airports

With the stroke of a pen, the FAA on Tuesday agreed to work in cooperation with China to share best environmental practices at airports in the two countries. The agreement was reached at the US-China Aviation Symposium in Beijing.

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DOT Says Airline On-Time Performance Improved In February

Complaints Decrease As Well; Five Flights Stranded On Ground Over Four Hours

The nation's largest airlines had a higher rate of on-time flights this past February than in either February of last year or in January 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday by the US Department of Transportation. 

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Study: Airbus Gets More Bang For Its Euro From Workers

Boeing's Productivity-Per-Dollar Lags In Comparison

Details of a study measuring productivity levels of Airbus and Boeing workers, posted this week on an aerospace analyst's blog, found the European planemaker has a distinct advantage relative to the cost of employing them.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.08.09

Friends Of Sikorsky Airport, With CFI David Faile

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.09.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.09.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Friends Of Sikorsky Airport: 04.07.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI David Faile.)

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One Lost In Wisconsin C337 Downing

Pilot Employed With Dept. Of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin aviation community mourned Thursday the loss of a pilot flying in support of forest fire suppression operations the day before.

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ATP Issues Zaon Flight Systems TIS To Instructors

Portable Equipment Much Cheaper Than Individual Installs

Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) announced Wednesday a large-scale rollout of Traffic Information Service (TIS) by providing its entire staff of flight instructors with an MRX Portable Collision Avoidance System by Zaon Flight Systems.

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Performance Flight Opens Its Doors To The Public

HPN-Based School Offers Training, Rental Of SR22s

On Saturday, April 11 from 10am-3pm, Performance Flight in White Plains, NY will host an Open House, welcoming anyone interested in learning to fly, purchasing an aircraft, or booking charter services.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.09.09

That Canadian pilot may have been on a suicide mission.
The crew of Expedition 18 is safely back home.
And is Textron for sale?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.09.09

That Canadian pilot may have been on a suicide mission.
The crew of Expedition 18 is safely back home.
And is Textron for sale?


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ANN Special Feature: CFI David Faile, Friends of Sikorsky 04.09.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Master CFI David Faile of The Friends of Sikorsky Airport, about a particularly complicated and contentious NIMBY battle over safety improvements at the airport in Start

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Aero-TV: Building A Legacy -- The Lopresti Family Mission (Part 2)

A General Aviation Dynasty Continues To Grow

There are few families so uniquely identified with the world of general aviation as is the Lopresti clan. For those not familiar with the LoPresti legacy, the patriarch of the brood, Roy Lopresti, was the prolific and innovative aircraft designer was the creative force behind the Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Cougar and the Mooney 201, 232, 252 and 301. Oh, and also NASA's Lunar Lander. What you might (NOT) call an underachiever...

Textron Sale Rumors Fuel Stock Price Rebound

Speculation Says Lockheed, Raytheon Could Be Potential Bidders

Textron's stock price remained buoyed at Wednesday's market close by rumors the company could soon be sold.

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Aero-TV: Building A Legacy -- The Lopresti Family Mission (Part 2)

A General Aviation Dynasty Continues To Grow (Part 2)

There are few families so uniquely identified with the world of general aviation as is the Lopresti clan. For those not familiar with the LoPresti legacy, the patriarch of the brood, Roy Lopresti, was the prolific and innovative aircraft designer was the creative force behind the Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Cougar and the Mooney 201, 232, 252 and 301.

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Gates Aims For KC-X Decision By End Of Summer

Could Contentious Bidding Process Finally Be Resolved?

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has removed a little more of the mystery from the twice-stalled KC-X aerial tanker contract competition. Florida Today reports Gates will try to choose a contractor by the end of this summer.

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Airbus Calls UK's Bluff On A400M Fiasco

Says Consortium Could Go It Without Britain

European aerospace consortium EADS -- struggling with the late, overbudget Airbus A400M military transport program -- has responded to cold feet on the part of a development partner with a daring bluff.

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Lindbergh Foundation Offers Flights On EAA's Ryan NYP Replica

The Spirit Of St. Louis Flies Again!

The Lindbergh Foundation announced Wednesday its third-annual on-line auction includes only one item -- a ride in the Spirit of St. Louis -- with up to 12 winners possible.

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NASA Dryden Selects SOFIA Science Missions Ops Director

Young Will Oversee B747SP Observatory

Erick Young, a widely recognized authority on infrared astronomy, has been appointed science mission operations director for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. The airborne observatory is currently under development at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA.

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DFW International Airport To Receive Second Round Of Stimulus Funds

$8.8 Million To Be Spent On Renovations To Runway 13L/31R

Officials with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) learned Wednesday the airport received a second grant from the recently passed federal stimulus bill, known officially as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The stimulus funds, which will be distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), total $8.8 million and will be used for the renovation of Runway 13L/31R, including lighting and surface repairs.

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US Airmen Keep Troops, Cargo Moving Through Kuwait

Crew Moves Over 60,000 Passengers Through Base Every Month

The war may be fought in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, but for most troops and cargo heading into theater, it starts on a small air strip just outside of Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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Australian Carrier Adds Second Embraer 170

Airnorth Will Operate Plane Under Lease With JetScape

Embraer delivered an Embraer 170 jet this week to Australia's Darwin-based Airnorth, during a ceremony held at Embraer's headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The airline is the launch customer of the Embraer 170 in Australia, and is now adding this new aircraft to its fleet. The jet will be operated by Airnorth under a lease with Jetscape, Inc., and comes from Jetscape's firm orders.

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High-Flying Helo Pilot Remains Grounded

NTSB Denies Martz's Appeal On License Revocation

An administrative law judge with the National Transportation Safety Board has denied an appeal by 52-year-old pilot David Keith Martz to have his certificate reinstated.

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Sierra Touts Citation Service Loaner Program

"Fly-Thru" Service Puts Customers In Re-engined Jets

Sierra Industries announced this week a unique new program that takes business jet maintenance to a higher level. Modeled after the type of service provided by premium automotive service centers, Sierra's new program provides a free loaner aircraft during maintenance events.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.09.09)

Aero-Linx!

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.09.09): Lenticular Galaxy

Aero-Terms!

A galaxy with a central bulge and disk but apparently lacking spiral arms and substantial amounts of interstellar material. Lenticular galaxies are so named because of their lens-like appearance when seen edge-on. In the Hubble scheme of galaxy classification, lenticulars are known as S0 galaxies and are intermediate in form between spiral galaxies and ellipticals.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.09.09)

"We are extremely grateful to EAA for making the Spirit available to us for our auction. The Spirit remains one of the most recognizable airplanes in the world, an icon of Charles Lindbergh’s famous record-setting New York-to-Paris flight. We hope the opportunity for a ride in this incredible aircraft will draw lots of excitement from the aviation community and increase the interest in the mission and programs of the Foundation as well."

Source: John King, co-chairman of King Schools and Chairman of The Lindbergh Foundation. The Foundation announced Wednesday its third-annual on-line auction includes only one item -- a ride in the EAA's replica of the Spirit of St. Louis -- with up to 12 winners possible.

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