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April 29, 2009

Aero-News Alert: Cessna Cuts Workforce, Bend Plant, Puts Columbus On Hold

1600 Workers, Columbus Development, Former Columbia Plant -- All Suffer Economy's Wrath

 ANN is monitoring reports of more aggressive cost-cutting at GA giant, Cessna Aircraft.

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Ecoflyer Down In NY, Pilot Killed Coming Home From Lakeland

Explorer Aeronautique President Bernard LaFerriere Confirmed As Sole Person On Board

Just a few days ago, ANN's Juan Jimenez was writing about an intriguing LSA design called the Ecoflyer for Aero-News readers the world over... and now we regret to say that the aircraft that was featured is no more.

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Just What We Needed: New Reasons To Sue Airlines -- Bad Air?

SWA 1705 Passengers File Petition To Preserve Evidence Of 'Contaminated Air'

 Just when you thought the legal system couldn't possibly get more convoluted, comes the latest twist. Twin sisters are suing Southwest Airlines... for bad air. 

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First Flight: IS&S/Adviz Equipped Citation

First IS&S Adviz Retrofitted Citation Flies

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. is flying their first Cessna Citation aircraft retrofitted with its AdViz Flat Panel Display System.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.29.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.29.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.29.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, cont'd - 04.29.09 (ANN Special Report, with Cessna CEO Jack Pelton)

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NASA's Galaxy-Exploring Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission marks its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space.

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Rockwell Collins Holds Earnings, But Notes Aero-Industry Losses In 2Q/09

Still Achieves Earnings Per Share Of $1.03 For Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2009

Aerospace giant, Rockwell Collins, is reporting earnings (per share) of $1.03 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 -- pretty much level with the same period last year. Earnings, per share, remained level despite a second quarter fiscal year 2009 sales decline of $48 million, or 4%, to $1.138 billion compared to sales of $1.186 billion a year ago.

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Another Pilot Tossed Off Flight For Suspicions Of Alcohol Use

Yet Another Story This Industry Does NOT Need

 ANN regrets to report that facts are emerging in which yet another pilot has been pulled from a duty flight, for the aroma of alcohol that accompanied him. An Air Canada pilot, said to be boarding to serve as a "backup" pilot for a B777 flight from London, England, to Calgary, Alberta was confronted by security after a Heathrow guard claimed to have smelled alcohol emanating from the pilot.

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Dr. Michael Hickey Elected to Florida Space Grant Consortium Leadership

Dr. Michael Hickey, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, was recently elected to a one-year term as associate director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC).

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Embraer E-Jets Operators Hold Second Maintenance Forum

Event Hosted By Flybe Takes Place In Exeter, Devon, England

Embraer is talking up their recent participation in the second E-Jets Operators Maintenance Forum (OMF), April 28 and 29, in Exeter, Devon, England. Hosted by Flybe Airlines and organized by E-Jets family operators, in conjunction with Embraer, this event "provided a good opportunity for sharing experiences and best practices regarding maintenance, in pursuit of a means to reduce costs."

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Sikorsky Places Six S-300CBi Helos With Bristow Academy

 Sikorsky has delivered six S-300CBi helicopters to Bristow Academy, a Florida-based flight training school. All six aircraft will join Bristow's fleet of 48 S-300CBi helicopters, currently used for training instruction at Bristow's three U.S. locations in California, Florida, and Louisiana.

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CAE Receives FAA Approval For E-Learning-Based Maintenance Courses

CAE has received IA approval from the FAA for six of its e-Learning maintenance training courses. The e-Learning courses, which are offered to maintenance technicians remotely over the web, include the B737NG engine ground operations, advanced digital principles, human factors, maintenance diagnostic systems (MDS) and reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.29.09

 Monday's Air Force One photo shoot brings big fallout.

General aviation gets its own congressional caucus.
And Lockheed will develop a new radar blimp for DARPA.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.29.09

 Monday's Air Force One photo shoot brings big fallout.

General aviation gets its own congressional caucus.
And Lockheed will develop a new radar blimp for DARPA.

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ANN Special Feature: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, cont'd - 04.29.09

 ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell gets an update on the status of several development programs at Cessna from President and CEO Jack Pelton.

 
FMI: www.cessna.com

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Aero-TV: AEA 2009 Perspectives -- Reflecting On Member Support (Part 3)

Part Three Of Our Three Question Survey From The AEA 2009 Convention and Tradeshow

Few sub-industries within aviation prove to be as much of a bellwether as does the avionics industry. While most of the recent major developments in aviation utility can be laid at the doorstep of all things avionics, this industry benefits from both major business outlets... new and upgrade sales. So... as goes the avionics industry, so goes the rest of aviation -- and thus the reason for our interest in the health of the avionics biz.

Super Pumas Back On The Job In North Sea

Tough Times For Offshore Helo Ops

Following the April 1st crash of an AS332 Super Puma that took 16 lives, BP Oil resumed using Super Puma helicopters for offshore operations after the aircraft were grounded at the behest of EASA.

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Aero-TV: AEA 2009 Perspectives -- Reflecting On Member Support (Part 3)

Part Three Of Our Three Question Survey From The AEA 2009 Convention and Tradeshow

Few sub-industries within aviation prove to be as much of a bellwether as does the avionics industry. While most of the recent major developments in aviation utility can be laid at the doorstep of all things avionics, this industry benefits from both major business outlets... new and upgrade sales. So... as goes the avionics industry, so goes the rest of aviation...

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NTSB: Report Confirms FXE C421B Pilot Suspected Engine Problems Prior To T/O

Pilot Appeared To Be Troubleshooting Engine Issues Before Flight

A Cessna 421 that went down off the end of a Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport runway was definitely having some engine issues prior to takeoff.

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Final 'Increment 1' VH-71 Presidential Helo Delivered

Despite being 'on the bubble' for potential program cancellation by the Obama Administration, the ninth and final VH-71 to be built under "Increment 1" of the US Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program departed AgustaWestland's Yeovil facility Tuesday on its way to the United States for completion by prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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Boeing Tweaks Next-Gen 737s

Comfy 737s... Who Knew? Unveils 787-Like Performance, Comfort Changes to Next-Gen 737s

After declaring a regular quarterly dividend of 42 cents per share, Boeing is also reporting that seven airlines will be the first to incorporate a new, spacious 737 Boeing Sky Interior starting in late 2010. The interior features soft, blue-sky-like lighting overhead.

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TSO'd: Sandia SAC 7-35 GA Airdata Computer

Sandia Aerospace has received FAA-TSO approval on their state of the art SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer. Sandia Aerospace has designed the SAC 7-35 specifically for the new generation of integrated avionics ...

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NTSB Issues Prelim On Valdosta KR-2 Accident

First Flight In Experimental Bird Kills Pilot

Despite a fair amount of recent experience in similar types of aircraft, the first flight in a KR-2 homebuilt proved to be the last for one pilot.

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A330 Tries Its Hand At Refueling C-135

Multi-Role Tanker Transport Demonstrates Refueling Compatibility

The A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), the bird put forth as the Northrop Grumman KC-45, has marked a new development milestone by flying as a receiver aircraft with a C-135 tanker operated by the French Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.29.09)

Action for Airfields  Action for Airfields is an independent campaign launched to encourage mass, grass roots level support for General Aviation airfields in the UK. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.29.09)

"The Transport Canada rule is eight hours, but we have that additional buffer for safety reasons. The bottom line is that pilots are not supposed to have a drink for 12 hours before they operate an aircraft."

 

Source: Air Canada spokesperson, Peter Fitzpatrick, explaining the regs around alcohol consumption for the airline, as well as for Transport Canada... after one of the airline's pilots was removed from a B777 flight on suspicion of alcohol abuse.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.29.09)

Hadley Circulation  An average thermal circulation in a planet's atmosphere due to warm air rising at lower latitudes, moving to higher latitudes, then descending and moving back to lower latitudes nearer the surface. On Earth, such circulations, known as Hadley cells, exist between the equator and 30° N/S (the most prominent and permanent cells), 30° N/S and 60° N/S, and 60° N/S and the poles.

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