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February 15, 2009

NTSB Reveals New Details On Investigation Of CO 3407 Downing

Says Plane Came Down Flat, Facing Northeast

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Steve Chealander held a news conference at 4 pm Saturday, releasing more details surrounding Thursday evening's crash of Continental Connection flight 3407 into a Clarence Center, NY home while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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FAA Issues Icing Fact Sheet Following Colgan Accident

Agency Says Numerous ADs And SAFOs Increased Air Safety In Recent Years

In the wake of Thursday's crash of Continental Connection flight 3407 into a Buffalo, NY suburb, and in particular the speculation regarding the role icing may have played in the tragedy, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a summary of numerous short-and long-term safety actions it has taken over the past 15 years to improve safety of aircraft that encounter icing conditions on the ground and in flight.

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Senator Experiences Practical Advantages Of Private Flight

Expeditious Travel Enables Senator's Presence At Wake, Funeral - And In Congress

In an inadvertent illustration of the practical advantages of non-airline flight -- the very method of travel now condemned by the White House and many lawmakers, it's worth pointing out -- a US senator was provided with the use of a government plane by the Obama administration to commute between Washington, DC and his home in Ohio.

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Bumped Again: NASA Further Delays Discovery Launch

Now Targeted For No Earlier Than February 27

NASA let slip Friday the planned launch date for the shuttle Discovery has slipped yet again... to no earlier than February 27.

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Bell Helicopter Orders Fall In 2008

Global Economic Crunch Makes Financing Hard To Get

Texas-based Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, Inc., reported sales are down drastically from a year ago due to global credit woes.

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TSA Screeners Sent To Politeness Classes

It's Possible To Be 'Professional And Polite And Still Get The Job Done'

The initial system-wide training of Engage! - a mandatory skills training program for all TSA workers - will be complete in a few weeks. The idea is to open the eyes of screeners to the philosophy that it's possible to be "professional and polite, and still get the job done."

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WRC Champ Did Not Have Valid License

Helo Crashed After 'Undertaking A Demanding Maneuver' At Low Altitude

The UK's Department of Transport Air Accidents Investigation Branch published its report Thursday on the 2007 fatal crash of a helicopter with race car legend Colin McRae at the controls.

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Airlines Say They WANT Global Warming Guidelines

Consortium Of Carriers Says Industry Needs To Be Included In UN Climate Change Talks

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change statistics show that the air transport industry causes only about two percent of CO2 emissions worldwide. Apparently such a small slice of the pie wasn't deemed significant enough to include in the previous global emissions agreement, the Kyoto Protocol.

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Air Forces Africa Works To Boost Nigerian Air Safety

Program Aims To Rebuild Country's C-130 Fleet

While taking to the skies has some inherent risk, advances in technology, stringent maintenance requirements and rigorous training procedures for aircrews have contributed to a safe aerial environment in most parts of the world. But some parts of the world lack basic infrastructure and technology such as radar or air traffic control. Formal maintenance programs for aircraft do not exist, and communication between pilots and ground personnel is sporadic or nonexistent.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.09)

Aero-Linx!

LMV is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that helps improve the health and well-being of the peoples of Mexico and Central America through the provision of no-cost, high-quality healthcare and health education clinics in rural villages in northern Mexico (northern Sonora and Baja), El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; and among migrant labor populations in the Coachella Valley of the southwestern United States (southern California).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.09): Mid-Air Retrieval

Aero-Terms!

A technique used in atmospheric reentry when the reentering vehicle is incapable of a satisfactory unassisted landing.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.09)

"Given that no commercial flights were available that would allow Senator Brown to make the vote and to attend services memorializing his mother, the administration provided government transportation to ensure that he could do so."

Source: An unnamed White House spokesman. In an inadvertent illustration of the practical advantages of non-airline flight -- the very method of travel now condemned by the White House and many lawmakers, it's worth pointing out -- a US senator was provided with the use of a government plane by the Obama administration to commute between Washington, DC and his home in Ohio.

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