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May 06, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.07.09

A Bonanza is down in Florida with two fatalities.
The company that owned Piper since 2003 did pretty well on the sale.
And Southwest's reservations agents may have a new contract.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.07.09

A Bonanza is down in Florida with two fatalities.
The company that owned Piper since 2003 did pretty well on the sale.
And Southwest's reservations agents may have a new contract.


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ANN Special Feature: GAMA Pres. Pete Bunce - 05.07.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, about the factors behind the association's reported collapse of GA sales

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USMC AH-1W Down, Two Lost

Gunship/Helo Reported Down In Cleveland National Forest

ANN is monitoring reports of a Marine Corps helo crash near San Diego, CA, in which two Marine aviators have reportedly lost their lives. The aircraft went down shortly before midnight, Tuesday, with two "highly qualified" pilots on board. Carrying live ordinance, the AH-1W went down in the Cleveland National Forest to the East of San Diego County.

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Two Dead In Lantana FL Power-Loss Accident

Pilot Attempted To Return To The Airport But Collided With A/C On Ground

An attempt to return to the airport after experiencing engine issues on takeoff from Lantana's Rwy 15 has downed a single-engine Beechcraft in Lantana, FL, where the local media is having a field day with their instant theories and expansive coverage.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.06.09

 Hey Honey...did we just pass a Pitts S-2?
GAMA reports piston sales have fallen in half this year.
And opponents of Panama City's new airport appear to be out of appeals.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.06.09

Hey Honey...did we just pass a Pitts S-2?
GAMA reports piston sales have fallen in half this year.
And opponents of Panama City's new airport appear to be out of appeals.

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ANN Special Feature: Sean D. Tucker's Freeway Landing - 05.06.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with aerobatic performer Sean D. Tucker about his fuel exhaustion incident Sunday, and what lessons he can take from the resulting precautionary landing

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PAMA Supports FAA Efforts to Re-Test Mechanics

After reports of FAA investigation of A&P testing centers in Texas and the subsequent claims that as many as 1300 mechanics may have been "improperly" certified over the course of well over a decade, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association is stepping up to face the matter head-on.

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FBO Manager Acquired By Former Executives

Michael Barron and Barry Kress, both former executives of Cornerstone Logic, have purchased FBO Manager from Universal Weather and Aviation and formed a new aviation group operating under the name FBO Plus.

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NASA Invites High School Students To Apply For Inspire Project

NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, known as INSPIRE, is accepting applications from high school students through June 30. NASA will make selections in September.

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It's Garbage Day... in Space

Even Astronauts Have To Take Out The Trash

The International Space Station is set to take out the garbage after Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka closed the hatch on a trash-filled ISS Progress 32 (P32) cargo craft. The P32 was scheduled to undock Wednesday at 11:18 a.m. EDT and burn up over the Pacific Ocean 12 days later.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.06.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.06.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.06.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Sean D. Tucker's Freeway Landing - 05.06.09 (ANN Special Report, with Sean D. Tucker)

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Boeing Unveils US Navy Paint Scheme for P-8A Poseidon

The first painted P-8A Poseidon aircraft rolls out of the paint hangar at Boeing's [NYSE: BA] Renton, Wash., facility, displaying its new U.S. Navy livery.

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FreeFlight Systems Partners Up Trig Avionics On ADS-B

Affordable High Integrity 1090 ES ADS-B Solution

FreeFlight Systems tells ANN that they have embarked on a strategic partnership with Trig Avionics, a manufact

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AD/AWB (CASA): Robinson R-22

AWB 55-007

Applicability: This Bulletin refers to Robinson R22 helicopters of all models, and will be of interest to: owners of Robinson R22 helicopters; maintenance organisations that carry out maintenance on R22 helicopters; and Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who carry out maintenance on R22 helicopters

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-10-01

MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT9D-7R4 Series Turbofan Engines SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-10-01

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AEA's Michael O'Leary: A Long Look At The Association

AEA's Outgoing Chairman Talks About The Organization

After years in service to the Aircraft Electronics Association, AEA Chairman Michael O'Leary got to follow AEA President Paula Derks in a final official address to the AEA membership. No second fiddle, O'Leary had everyone's attention... and deserved it. O’Leary has served on the AEA board of directors since 1996, first as secretary, and since 2002, as its Chairman. In 1998, Michael was honored as AEA’s Member of the Year. O’Leary is an avionics sales manager with Midcoast Aviation, Cahokia, Ill. In other words, avionics-wise, he's been there and done it all.

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Piper Sale Rakes In Major Bucks

Making MONEY? ...In GA? Who Knew? American Capital Realizes $31 Million Gain From Piper Sale

 Here's a shocker... not only did Piper get sold last week (in a story FIRST broken by ANN) to a concern (Imprimis) that really intends to let it grow... but the folks that sold it wound up making a boat-load of wampum (Get it? Wampum... Cherokees, Arrows, Senecas, Seminoles... oh, never mind).

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Breaking It Down: More Details From The GAMA 1Q/09 Report

Let's Take A Closer Look At The Damage From 1Q/2009...

In addition to the basic data in the first story we published about GAMA's release of the 2009 Fist Quarter Sales Disasters Reports, there is a lot of specific data that is worth looking over... Mind you, this is but the first quarter and possibly the worst of those that we'll see in terms of the current economic meltdown, as some signs of slight and slow recoveries are being reported in nearly every sector of the aviation business. 

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ANN Exclusive: Sean Tucker Talks About Weekend Precautionary Landing

Impending Fuel Exhaustion Compelled Him To "Land While I Was Still In Control"

There is a pretty darned good reason that Sean Tucker is one of the nation's most revered and respected airshow pilots -- and anyone who has seen him fly knows exactly why... the man is one of the best pilots in the biz... period.

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From The FAASTeams: Compliance Deadline Near For Private A/C Border Crossings

Deadline Approaching for Compliance With New DHS Rule Affecting Private A/C on Int'l Flights

 Our good friends at the FAA Safety Teams sent us a reminder that merits inclusion in this news cycle... as a deadline is fast approaching. On December 18, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new rule that affects private aircraft operating on international flights.

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AEA's Michael O'Leary: A Long Look At The Association

AEA's Outgoing Chairman Talks About The Organization

After years in service to the Aircraft Electronics Association, AEA Chairman Michael O'Leary got to follow AEA President Paula Derks in a final official address to the AEA membership. No second fiddle, O'Leary had everyone's attention... and deserved it.

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When Ya Gotta Go... TBM Has A Solution

Toilet Option Now Available On Daher-Socata’s TBM Series

OK... ANN wants to finally bring a major and PRESSING issue out into the open... as more and more GA manufacturers try to increase the range of their products (Yay!), they've done NOTHING (Boo!), nothing I tell you, to increase the range of the pilots... OK, only a few have, and Daher-Socata has just joined the mix.

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Mach 4!!! Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Tests Dual-Mode Ramjet Engine

OK... Around Here That WINS Bragging Rights

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's PWR-9221FJ dual-mode ramjet engine has successfully completed its first ground test at Mach 4 flight conditions at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn. PWR tells us that a dual-mode ramjet engine is a key technology for developing reusable hypersonic vehicles.

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Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Accord With Southwest Airlines

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 142 has announced a tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines covering the carrier's 5,300 customer service and reservation agents.

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Amanda Ching Joins Leading Edge Aviation Services

Joins Leading Edge Aviation as New Sales and Marketing Manager

Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS) tells ANN that they have added Amanda Ching to the company as Sales and Marketing Manager. In her new role, Amanda will spearhead all client relations initiatives for the commercial services company, including advertising, tradeshow, and customer care support during a time of unprecedented growth.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.06.09):

  Alberta Clipper A fast moving low pressure system that moves southeast out of Canadian Province of Alberta (southwest Canada) through the Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes region usually during the winter. This low pressure area is usually accompanied by light snow, strong winds, and colder temperatures. Another variation of the same system is called a "Saskatchewan Screamer".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.06.09)

  Aero-Linx: A Pilot's Guide to In-Flight Icing What do you say to a FREE online course that teaches some of the rudiments of in-flight icing? NASA has just that, for you. Every pilot who could encounter in-flight icing needs to spend some time with this site. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.06.09)

  "We can do this. We can pull this thing out. We've done it before. We can do it again." Source: Outgoing AEA Chairman, Michael O'Leary, speaking to the assembled membership of the AEA at the 2009 Convention, in Dallas, in regards to surviving the economic issues that plague the industry.

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