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February 25, 2009

AD: Gippsland Aeronautics

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-01 MANUFACTURER: Gippsland Aeronautics SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above that will supersede an existing AD.

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AD: Burkhart Grob

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-08 MANUFACTURER: Burkhart Grob SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2009-03-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-03-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-02 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-80C2 and CF6-80E1 series turbofan engines with fuel manifolds part numbers (P/Ns) 1303M31G12 and 1303M32G12, installed in drainless fuel manifold assemblies (introduced by GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) Service Bulletins (SB) CF6-80C2 S/B 73-0253 and CF6-80E1 S/B73-0026).

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2009-03-03 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-03-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas airplanes listed above.

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Predator Fleet Passes 500,000 Flight Hours

UAV Doubles Amount Of Flight Hours Since July 2007

Airmen of the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada made history February 18, when an aircrew flew the MQ-1B Predator Unmanned Aircraft Systems in a combat mission in the US Central Command area of responsibility surpassing the 500,000 flight hour mark.

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BizAv Has A Friend In 'Dilbert'

Comic Slams 'Hypocrites' On Capitol Hill

In a time of seemingly endless attacks against private and corporate aviation, it's nice to know there are some outside the industry who apparently believe bizav is getting a raw deal in the court of public opinion, and before Congress.

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Limbaugh Weighs In On LASP Nightmare

"Example Of The Encroaching Loss Of Freedom"

The latest big name to come out against the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program is, believe it or not, Rush Limbaugh.

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Australian Aerobatic Pilot Lost On Photo Flight

Mechanical Failure Suspected In Accident

Friends and colleagues of Peter "Pip" Borrman will remember him as one of Australia's most accomplished aerobatic pilots. Borrman, 54, was killed Wednesday when his new Pitts Samson crashed during a photo shoot at Shepparton Aerodrome in Kialla.

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Virgin Galactic Says WhiteKnightTwo Will Make Its Debut At AirVenture

Planned Arrival On Opening Day Of Annual Show

As the era of clean, safe, and affordable access to space dawns, the pioneers at Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have again chosen EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as the stage for unveiling their innovations. Assuming that Scaled completes its initial flight test program on schedule, space launch vehicle Virgin Mothership (VMS) Eve will make its world public debut on July 27 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

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Airport Land May Be Used For Solar Farm Instead

Over 17,000 Acres Were To Be Used For GA Airport

What started as an ambitious plan to expand operations at Los Angeles Palmdale Regional Airport (PMD) appears now to be on the fast track towards becoming a massive solar energy complex instead.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.25.09

TSA Threats And Airport Privatization, With Reason Foundation's Robert Poole

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.25.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- TSA Threats And Airport Privatization: 02.25.09 (ANN Special Report, with Robert Poole of The Reason Foundation.)

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Liberty Aerospace Spins Off Liberty Composites Division

Pitches Design Capabilities, Tooling For Outside Interests

With the current economic downturn wrecking havoc on sales of small general aviation piston aircraft, manufacturers are looking towards new areas to bolster revenues. On Tuesday, Liberty Aerospace announed the formation of a new Division, Liberty Composites, to market the company's experience in aviation carbon fiber structures to other industries... both inside and outside the aerospace field.

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Turkish B737-800 Down At Schiphol, At Least Nine Fatalities Reported

Witness Says Plane's Nose Rose Sharply Before Crash, Plane Hit Tail First

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport, to assist in the investigation of a B737-800 (T-CJGE) Turkish Airlines flight 1951, inbound from Istanbul, that crashed short of the runway on approach at approximately 10:40 am local time. At least 9 fatalities have been reported among the 134 passengers and crew believed onboard.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.09

Eclipse goes tango-uniform.
Airlines are putting more planes in mothballs.
And a household name comes out against LASP. (

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.25.09

Eclipse goes tango-uniform.
Airlines are putting more planes in mothballs.
And a household name comes out against LASP. (

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ANN Special Feature: Robert Poole, Reason.org, TSA Screening Woes - 02.25.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for the Reason Foundation, about how the TSA is sitting on thousands of iris scans and fingerprints which were supposed

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Most Americans 'Value' Space Program

New Survey Proves Space Exploration Still Important -- Nearly 9 Out Of 10 Americans See Value

Despite the tough economic climate in the U.S., almost 90 percent of Americans see value in the U.S. space program. This finding is part of the results of a survey commissioned by the Coalition for Space Exploration, proving that space is still very important to the American people.

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It's Official: SAFE Incorporates, Schedules Inaugural Meeting

 The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), has announced the incorporation of the organization in the state of Connecticut. SAFE is a new organization formed to represent the nation's professional aviation educators.

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Oh Really? DOT Claims 'FAA Safety Actions Have Reduced Accidents'

OK... This Is Exactly What DOT Said

 The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced it has made steady and measurable increases in air safety that have made flying safer than ever before. The work of DOT's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resulted in a 65 percent reduction in the aviation fatal accident rate between 1997 and 2006.

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Avidyne Receives STC Approval For TWX670 In Cessna 400

Avidyne's AML Expanded To Include The Columbia/Cessna 350 And 400

Avidyne has received STC approval from the FAA for the installation of their TWX670 Tactical Lightning Detection System in the Cessna 400 (neé Columbia 400). This approval follows the recent STC approval in January of the TWX670 for installation in the Cessna 350 (Columbia 350).

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'Educated Owner' Video Series Released on DVD

Save Maintenance Money With The Educated Owner Video Series -- Now On DVD

Approach Aviation tells ANN that they are releasing 'The Educated Owner Video Series' on DVD. The Educated Owner Video Series is reportedly the 'first video series dedicated to helping aircraft owners and pilots increase safety and reduce the costs associated with aircraft ownership.'

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Aero-TV: Under The Skin -- How Cirrus Builds 'FIKI"

ANN's Final Program On The Development and Certification of the Cirrus FIKI System

As previously detailed, ANN had exclusive and unprecedented access to the Cirrus Aircraft team that created GA's latest FIKI certified airframe. It was a fascinating process... to look into and through ALL aspects of the design, manufacture, testing and certification of the 'Known Ice" version of the SR-22. We learned a lot and came away impressed, educated, and enthused by the prospects of these capabilities for all such airframes that make the grade of earning FIKI certification... a process that the FAA does not undertake lightly.

How To Fight The TSA's Draconian LASP

By ANN Guest-Editor Max Trescott, 2008 National CFI of the Year ANN E-I-C Note: Our good friend (indeed, aviation's good friend) Max Trescott is up in arms over the TSA LASP cluster#$%^/mess/proposal/you name it and he doesn't sitting idly by while the TSA continues to make a mockery of this embattled process we've come to know as DEMOCRACY. 

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USAir 1549 Controller Discloses Details Of Hudson Ditching

Controller Patrick Harten, In First Public Comments, Tells Story Of Working US Airways Flight 1549 

 New York TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) air traffic controller Patrick Harten testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee today that when he heard US Airways Flight 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger tell him on the radio frequency, "We're gonna be in the Hudson," he feared this was the plane's "death sentence."

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Aero-TV: Under The Skin -- How Cirrus Builds 'FIKI'

ANN's Final Program On The Development and Certification of the Cirrus FIKI System

As previously detailed, ANN had exclusive and unprecedented access to the Cirrus Aircraft team that created GA's latest FIKI certified airframe. It was a fascinating process... to look into and through ALL aspects of the design, manufacture, testing and certification of the 'Known Ice" version of the SR-22.

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Economy Grounding Planes In Record Numbers

'Percentage of Global Fleet in Storage Close to 9/11 Peak'

With nearly 1200 aircraft taken out of service in 2008 alone, only the aircraft boneyards will benefit... so says a study released by an aviation info-broker.

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Rolls-Royce Gives The RR500 The Shaft...

Following previous discussions about the RR500 at Oshkosh 2008, Rolls-Royce announced its sixth new civil engine program in less than three years with the introduction of a new turboshaft engine, the RR500TS. This is a further step in the Group’s strategy of creating new market opportunities by expanding its portfolio of engines.

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Agustawestland And CAE Partner To Provide US AW139 Heli-Training

 AgustaWestland and CAE have announced that AW139 initial helicopter type rating and recurrent training is now available in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. The training programs are approved by the FAA under part 142.

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FAA Talks About Birdstrikes With House Committee

 The FAA has made a statement today before a House Committee that seems, at best, to be looking to gain a few more headlines in the wake of the successful USAir ditching in the Hudson River last month. The FAA sent its new FAA Admin For Aviation Safety, Peggy Gilligan, a career FAA bureaucrat with an interesting history of industry 'run-ins'...

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HAI2009: Helijet Achieves 140K Accident-Free Fleet Hours With S-76A

Sikorsky Aircraft has been basking in a fair amount of attention at Heli-Expo 2009... and giving some back, as well. As the event closed, they recognized Helijet International Inc. for achieving an accident-free 140,000 fleet hour milestone with its S-76A helicopters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.25.09)

Aero-Linx!

Strap on a Paramotor and join these amazing people who run into their dreams of flight. But be well educated before leaping aloft-this website is dedicated to that end. Enjoy the ride!

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.25.09)

"We at Aero-News are totally opposed to a program that will cost pilots $1.9 billion, but for which the TSA cannot quantify the benefits. We're also concerned that while the proposed program includes aircraft as small as 12,500 pounds, it's conceivable that the TSA might expand the program in the future to cover all aircraft. We're all for having security and freedom. However this program seems to provide no increase in security while greatly decreasing the utility of aircraft to fly freely where and when they want. Please let your elected representatives know how you feel!" Source: 2008 National CFI of the Year, Max Trescott, in a guest editorial for ANN about the consequences of the TSA LASP.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.25.09): Feathering

Aero-Terms!

In the event of engine failure, the process of adjusting a controllable-pitch propeller to a pitch position where the blade angle is about 90° to the plane of rotation in order to stop windmilling.

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