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January 28, 2009

Boeing Boom Goes Bust In Fourth Quarter

Strike, 747-8 Delays To Blame For Drop In Planemaker's Fortunes

The mighty have fallen. On Wednesday, Boeing told investors it lost $56 million in the fourth quarter of 2008... and said it plans to more than double the number of layoffs previously announced for 2009, cutting its workforce by 10,000 positions.

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Boeing Works On Ways To Shoot Down UAVs

Successfully Tests Laser Avenger System At White Sands

When it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles, Boeing is known for its work on ways to keep UAVs flying... but the company is also testing new methods for shooting them down.

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More Bad Economic News: Inaugural LBA2009 Conference Called Off

NBAA Will Merge Light Business Airplane Conference Into Annual Convention

The National Business Aviation Association announced Wednesday programming and other elements from the inaugural 2009 Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009) will now be incorporated into the Association's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, scheduled for October 20 to 22, 2009.

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BTS Says Q3 2008 Fares Hit Highest Quarterly Level

Passengers Pay Most At CVG, Least At DAL

Average domestic air fares in the third quarter of 2008 reached $362, the highest level of average fares for any quarter in the 13 years measured by available data, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Wednesday.

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NTSB: Cape Air C402 Suffered Fuel Starvation

Imbalance Noted Between Left, Right Wing Tanks

Preliminary findings in the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into an incident last Thursday involving a Cape Air Cessna 402C indicate the aircraft's two piston engines suffered fuel starvation due to a stuck valve.

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Prime Minister Calls For Halt To US Air Strikes In Pakistan

UAVs Target Militants In Disputed Border Region

For over four years, US unmanned aerial vehicles have made regular strikes against targets on Pakistani soil, despite the fact that country is technically an ally in the war on terrorism. On Wedensday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said those attacks must stop.

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NASA Honors Fallen Colleagues During Day Of Remembrance

Public Invited To Wreath-Laying At Space Mirror

NASA's Kennedy Space Center will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance observance on January 29.

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Austro Engine Earns EASA Certification

Alternative To Thielert Centurion Series

An alert ANN News-Spy tipped us off Wednesday to the news the European Aviation Safety Agency has just approved the use of the Austro Engines AE300 turbodiesel engine for use in Part 23 certified aircraft.

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FAA Prepares For Super Bowl XLIII In Tampa

Are You Ready For Some... TFRs?

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is prepared to handle the large increase in private planes expected to fly in and out of the Tampa Bay area for the upcoming Super Bowl. The FAA expects that as many as 1,000 additional general aviation aircraft will use the area's airports during Super Bowl weekend.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.28.09

Sport Aviation Expo Wrap-Up, With Rob Finfrock

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.28.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.28.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sport Aviation Expo: 01.28.09 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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PlaneSmart! Adds Pilatus PC-12 To Fractional Line-Up

Reservations Now Being Accepted For Q2 Delivery

Dallas-based PlaneSmart! Aviation announced Tuesday it is adding the Pilatus PC-12 NG to its fleet of aircraft available to customers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.28.09

Citigroup now plans to walk away from its Falcon 7X.
Governments will provide financing for airliner purchases.
And Delta posts a big loss for the fourth quarter.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.28.09

Citigroup now plans to walk away from its Falcon 7X.
Governments will provide financing for airliner purchases.
And Delta posts a big loss for the fourth quarter.


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ANN Special Feature: Rob Finfrock, US Sport Aviation Expo - 01.28.09

ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock is back from the 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, Florida with a report of encouraging signs for the Light Sport Aircraft market in a down economy.

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Aero-TV: Examining A New Market -- VLJs In Latin America

There IS Life Ahead For VLJs... Well, Some Of Them Anyway

In light of the global economic malaise and a significantly anti-aviation sentiment in many parts of the world (especially if you listen to Congress or read the NY Post...), one has to wonder where tomorrow's aviation business is going to come from... and doubly so for the slowly maturing VLJ market.

Aero-TV: Examining A New Market -- VLJs In Latin America

There IS Life Ahead For VLJs... Well, Some Of Them Anyway

In light of the global economic malaise and a significantly anti-aviation sentiment in many parts of the world (especially if you listen to Congress or read the NY Post...), one has to wonder where tomorrow's aviation business is going to come from... and doubly so for the slowly maturing VLJ market.

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Delta Posts $1.4 Billion Loss In Fourth Quarter

Yeah, That Merger Is Working Great So Far...

The merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines was meant to bring cost savings and profitability... but so far, that hasn't happened.

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FI: US Firms At Disadvantage In Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft Market

Non-US Manufacturers Offering Newer Designs, Versus Improved Older Models

A new study from Forecast International on "The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft" projects that manufacturers will produce 3,924 rotorcraft in this market segment from 2009 through 2018. The value of this production is an estimated $88.1 billion in constant 2009 US dollars.

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Passengers Hint At Future Lawsuits In Flight 1549

Man Says "He Would Like To Be Made Whole"

And so it begins. While "The Miracle on the Hudson" is gradually fading from the headlines, it appears clerks are toiling away in legal offices around the country to figure out who could be held legally liable in the incident under New York law, the depth of their pockets, and who'd get in line to collect.

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NY Guard Provides CH-47 Training To Canadian Aircrews

Preparing For Deployment To Afghanistan

New York Army National Guard members offered hands-on CH-47 Chinook helicopter training to Canadian air force aircrews readying for deployment at a flight facility in Rochester, NY last week.

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Avian Radars Coming To O'Hare, DFW International

Bird Detectors Now In Use At SeaTac

While safety investigators and attorneys both have they're reasons for looking back on the forced landing of US Airways Flight 1549, the FAA and wildlife biologists are looking ahead to a day when technology might reduce the risk of bird strikes on aircraft.

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Latest Call For Mediation Marks Dubious Milestone For American

All Labor Groups Now Under Supervised Contract Talks

When it comes woeful relationships between labor and management, few companies can compare to the current situation at American Airlines... where across the board, union contract talks are either heading for mediation, or already in it.

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'Miracle On The Hudson' Deja Vu For Pan Am 943 Survivor

All Survived 1956 Boeing 377 Ditching In Pacific

While the story of US Airways Flight 1549's "Miracle on the Hudson" has been reported in some general media as "unprecedented," it's really not. Aviation historians know it, and so do the passengers of Pan Am Flight 943.

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AVLogbook Version 2 Released

Tracks Flight Time From Student, On Through ATP

Aero-News has learned of the release of Version 2 of on-line pilot logbook AVLogbook, which AlphaVictor Companies CEO Bruce Micek says is "now the fastest, most feature-filled electronic logbook on the market."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.28.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Short Stirling was the RAF's first four engined bomber of the second World War. It took a major part in the strategic offensive until 1943, then it was switched to transport duties, Stirling crews gallantly played a major role in the Arnhem landing after towing gliders to Normandy, and again during the Rhine crossing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.28.09): Cosmic Ray

Aero-Terms!

Electromagnetic rays of extremely high frequency and energy; cosmic rays usually interact with the atoms of the atmosphere before reaching the surface of the Earth. Some cosmic rays come from outside the solar system while others are emitted from the Sun and pass through holes in the corona.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.28.09)

"Despite the difficult economic environment, we expect to be solidly profitable in 2009 driven by lower fuel costs, capacity discipline, and merger synergies. Delta people have a great track record for achieving their goals, and I am confident that 2009 will be another successful year."

Source: Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. The airline reported Tuesday it lost $1.4 billion in the 4th quarter of 2008... far worse than the carrier's $70 million, pre-merger loss for the same time frame in 2007.

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