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May 01, 2009

SOLD! Piper Now Owned By Imprimis

Piper Aircraft Acquired To Secure New Growth Opportunities

OK... we know that such a headline is likely to worry some folks... so let's get right to the nitty-critty. Piper's news owner is Imprimis... a company that assures ANN that it "fully supports the PiperJet development" program. Piper will stay in Vero Beach and is "committed to keeping Piper's headquarters, production and product development facilities in Vero Beach, Fla."

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Whoa, Dude... A Zeppelin Over LA!

Airship Makes Historic Return to L.A. Skies Memorial Day Weekend

There are going to be some serious double-takes as folks from Los Angeles gaze skyward during the Memorial Day holiday. No strangers to weirdness, we're not quite sure, though, that they're ready to see the majestic grace of a Zeppelin cruising the clear blue skies of Southern California... for the first time in decades.

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A New Look For TSA? Union Wants TSOs To Wear Masks

NTEU's Kelley Calls for Immediate Guidance Permitting Employees to Wear Protective Masks

OK... it may be too easy to draw a number of allusions to others associated with the wearing of masks... but a union leader seems to think that TSA workers are at risk in meeting the public face-to-face. And, well, she wants them to be masked... which might make your next pat-down a truly surreal affair. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.01.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.01.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.01.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Piper CEO Jim Bass, Part II - 05.01.09 (ANN Special Report, with Piper CEO, Jim Bass)

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ATA CEO Responds to VP Gaffe

Responds To Biden’s Remarks Made On the NBC Today Show

 The Air Transport Association of America has written a response to Vice President Biden regarding his remarks made this morning on the NBC “Today” show.

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Recent Master Instructor Designations Officially 'Grandfathered'

New Master Instructor Program Off To Running Start

If there was any doubt as to the continuity of those working their way from the old NAFI-oriented master instructor program to that now being administered by Sandy & JoAnn Hill -- who created it -- those doubts would seem to be dissipating.

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DGA Writes Check For Five More EC725s

What? They Couldn't Have Ordered One More For An Even Half-Dozen?

Eurocopter has scored another major military buy with the French Defense Ministry's purchase of five additional EC725 helicopters -- as part of the government’s economic recovery plan.

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Analysis: Airline Industry Remains Restricted

All This, Despite 'Being Central to Globalization'

Recent analysis of the airline industry raises some intriguing, yet troubling issues. A recent report suggests that, "Air travel remains an extensive and growing industry that facilitates tourism, international investment, world trade and economic growth.

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FAA SAFO Addresses Swine Flu Issues

The Concern Over H1N1 Continues...

A SAFO contains important safety information and may include recommended action. SAFO content should be especially valuable to air carriers in meeting their statutory duty to provide service with the highest possible degree of safety in the public interest.

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AD: Cessna Aircraft Company Models LC40-550FG, LC41-550FG, and LC42-550FG

AD NUMBER: 2009-09-09

MANUFACTURER: Cessna Aircraft Company (Type Certificate Previously Held by Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing (Previously The Lancair Company)) Models LC40-550FG, LC41-550FG, and LC42-550FG Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-09-09 

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AD: Airbus A318-100, A319-100; A321-100 and A321-200 Series

AD NUMBER: 2009-09-05

MANUFACTURER:  Airbus Model A318-100 and A319-100 Series Airplanes; A320-111 Airplanes; A320-200 Series Airplanes; and A321-100 and A321-200 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-09-05 

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Aero-TV: Aerodynamic Efficiency -- Better Performance Through LoPresti

Efficient Is... As Efficient Does

While perusing the goodies of the 2009 Sport Aviation Expo, one could not help but wonder how the current crop of LSAs got to be so impressive... and what might be done to make them even better. Running into LoPresti's RJ Siegel is always an interesting event... but even more so when he starts expounding on a number of the topics he feels passionate about... and aerodynamic efficiency (a much favored topic around the LoPresti ranch) is certainly one of those he enjoys. Mind you, he comes from a pretty intriguing background... having served on the original Mac team at Apple Computer and been a major proponent of the LoPresti Fury program. So... efficiency... that's something that RJ, LoPresti’s VP of Operations, knows.

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Biden Opines On Airline Travel: A-Open Mouth, B-Insert Foot...

When Will This Administration Quit Attacking Aviation?

The world has a new "Biden-ism" to deal with and this one bodes ill for airline travel. The Vice President, well-known for saying things now and then, that he has come to regret later, dropped a bit of a bomb on the safety of current air travel.

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NASA Gives 'Go' for Space Shuttle Launch on May 11

Historic Hubble Mission Ready For Launch

NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Atlantis' readiness for flight and selected an official launch date for the STS-125 mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Boeing's Dreamliner To Fly Within 60 Days

July 1st Is The Latest Target

The long-awaited, long-suffering, much-delayed Boeing 787 program seems to be heading for the home stretch... at least far as its first flight is concerned.

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Certified: Dassault’s Falcon 2000LX

Dassault Falcon's newest Falcon family member has its wings. The Falcon 2000LX has received certification from both the FAA and EASA. The first delivery is scheduled for this month.

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Aero-TV: Aerodynamic Efficiency -- Better Performance Through LoPresti

Efficient Is... As Efficient Does

While perusing the goodies of the 2009 Sport Aviation Expo, one could not help but wonder how the current crop of LSAs got to be so impressive... and what might be done to make them even better.

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Klyde Morris (05.01.09)

Everyone Loves A Saturn V Launch, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Pilatus Delivers 900th PC-12

FIVE-Time Repeat Customer Ron Roma Receives New PC-12NG

Pilatus Aircraft has hit another milestone with the delivery of the 900th PC-12. At a celebration at the company’s US headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, owner Ron Roma accepted the keys to his new aircraft from Pat Epps, President of Epps Aviation, the factory authorized Pilatus Center for the southeastern United States based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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HondaJet Program Takes Step Back

Another Economic Casualty Surfaces

Honda Aircraft is updating their HondaJet aviation program in light of the effect economic conditions have had on the industry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.09):

Coronal Mass Ejection A huge cloud of hot plasma, expelled sometimes from the Sun. It may accelerate ions and electrons, and may travel through interplanetary space as far as the Earth's orbit and beyond it, often preceded by a shock front. When the shock reaches Earth, a magnetic storm may result. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.01.09)

  Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)  A space mission, proposed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, to study the interstellar boundary - the region between our solar system and interstellar space. The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) was one of five candidates selected by NASA in November 2003 to compete for two mission slots in NASA's Explorer Program of low cost, rapidly developed scientific spacecraft. IBEX was launched by a Pegasus LV from Kwajalein Missile Range on October 19, 2008. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.01.09)

  "I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now... It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s [that] you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me... So, from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of a field when someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom, it’s a different thing." Source: Yes, that's the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, creating more issues for the aviation industry with some off the cuff remarks a

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