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May 18, 2009

NORAD: Never Mind... How's May 19-20th Look For You?

NORAD Officials Reschedule Capital-Area Exercise Due To Bad WX

A North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise designed to test the command's aerospace defense capabilities in the national capital area has been rescheduled after inclement weather last week forced its postponement. Exercise Falcon Virgo, originally planned for the May 15-16 overnight period, now is scheduled for May 19-20.

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EASA Launches Electronic Rulemaking Handbook

Easy Access To Current Notices Of Proposed Amendment Provided As A First Step

EASA has launched its new web-based rulemaking handbook (e-tool) to facilitate access to EASA rules. The handbook currently includes Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for air operations (NPA 2009-02B, NPA 2009-02C, NPA 2009-02E) and for organisation requirements (NPA 2008-22C).

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AD (Corrected): Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-06

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747- 100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-06

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AD (Corrected): Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2009-10-01

 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT9D-7R4 Series Turbofan Engines SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-10-01

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ILS Proton Successfully Launches Indostar II/Protostar II Satellite

International Launch Services (ILS) got off a successful launch, over the weekend, carrying the Indostar II/Protostar II satellite into orbit. This marks the second commercial mission of the year for ILS and the fourth successful Proton launch of 2009. The May 16th launch comes on the heels of the milestone 50th ILS Proton launch on April 3rd.

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POGO Group: If At First You Don't Succeed... Consult

Former POGO Staffers Offer Experience/Knowledge Of Private Jets To Av-Markets

The POGO Group is announcing that several former POGO Jet leaders have formed a new company to consult with companies or individuals wishing to enter or expand within the aviation marketplace.

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New Twist: Deer v. Piaggio -- Deer Still Loses

Ongoing Deer v. Airplane Battle Reveals No Winners

As we've noted elsewhere, it was a tough weekend for aviation and a number of aviators... as well as one of our four-foote

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Make That A 'Weird' Weekend -- Airplane Struck By Golf Ball?

Should He Have Asked To Play Through?

ALL kinds of things hit the news desk here at ANN (some of them quite literally...), but we have to admit that this is, undoubtedly, a "new one." It seems that the FAA Incident reports from this past weekend contains a terse but truly unique report of an altercation between a Cessna and a... golf ball.

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Tough Weekend: WA Mid-Air Damages Two Aircraft, Pilots/Pax OK

Pitts Model 12 Overtakes Cessna Skyhawk

It was a tough weekend, as the results from the Monday accident totals revealed, as they were published a short while ago. In one of the more memorable encounters this weekend, a Pitts Model 12 (a big bipe with limited forward viz) overtook and clobbered a Cessna Skyhawk, early Sunday afternoon.

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STS-125's Fourth Spacewalk 'Difficult', One Spacewalk Left

Amazing Effort Does Not Come Without Complications

STS-125 mission specialists Mike Massimino and Mike Good completed the mission’s fourth spacewalk Sunday at 5:47 p.m. EDT. The spacewalkers continued repairs and improvements to the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) that will extend the Hubble’s life into the next decade.

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Approved: FlyRight's Recurrent + ATP Combo Program

New Program Allows King Air Recurrent Pilots To Get ATP Rating With One Extra Day

FlyRight tells ANN that they have received FAA certification for their ATP rating add-on course -- conducted in conjunction with its full-motion simulator based King Air recurrent courses.

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Flight 3407 Part I - CVR Analysis - 05.18.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about last week's release by the National Transportation Safety Board of the cockpit voice recorder transcripts from ill-fated Contin

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Flight 3407 Part II - Fixing a Broken Training Industry - 05.19.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about what it would take to correct the mistakes that led to the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.09

Controversy swirls...who's really to blame for Flight 3407?
Spirit Airlines pilots authorize a strike.
And the fight among pilots of US Airways may reach the Supreme Court.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.09

Controversy swirls...who's really to blame for Flight 3407?
Spirit Airlines pilots authorize a strike.
And the fight among pilots of US Airways may reach the Supreme Court.


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Aero-TV: AEA's Ric Peri -- Eye On Washington (Part 1)

Unpuzzling The Regs Put Forth by The Washington Puzzle Palaces

Produced just before the FAA had a sudden and unexpected moment of good sense and killed off the current NPRM covering an aggressive Repair Station regs, AEA's Ric Peri held forth on a number of ponderous topics... Part 145 included. While the withdrawal plays into the sentiments expressed by much of the avionics industry, there remains a lot of turmoil over the future of the FAA's regulatory interface with Maintenance operations.

Great Eyes -- USAF Airman Spots Aircraft Fuel Leak At FL350

One More Reason/Excuse To Ask For A Window Seat

The Air Force notes that many of us occasionally hear stories of Airmen saving lives in combat, but in this case, an Airman who saves the lives of more than 300 airline passengers is definitely a story worth hearing.

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Partners: Avidyne and PS Engineering Team Up On Release 9

Avidyne And PS Engineering To Deliver Entegra Release 9 Compatible Audio Panel

Avidyne is partnering up with the folks at PS Engineering to add an audio control solution for Avidyne's exciting Entegra Release 9 Integrated Avionics Suite upgrade. The Avidyne version of PS Engineering's flagship PMA8000B Audio Panel/Intercom/ Marker Beacon Receiver is designed to add special functionality when interfaced with Release 9...

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Bonanza Accident Occurred Only 2.5 Hours After 'Extensive' Engine Work

Sad Accident Does Not Appear To Have Been Caused By Fuel Exhaustion

The horrific crash that claimed the lives of a pilot and passenger just seconds after takeoff from Florida's Lantana Airport, appears to have occurred just 2 and a half hours (tach time) after extensive engine repairs were undertaken... but nearly six months (calendar) before. An annual inspection had been completed on April 1st, and witnesses report that the aircraft had flown the week before. 

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Aero-TV: AEA's Ric Peri -- Eye On Washington (Part 1)

Unpuzzling The Regs Put Forth by The Washington Puzzle Palaces

Produced just before the FAA had a sudden and unexpected moment of good sense and killed off the current NPRM covering an aggressive Repair Station regs, AEA's Ric Peri held forth on a number of ponderous topics... Part 145 included.

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ALPA Weighs In On Airborne Battery Hazards

ALPA Urges Lawmakers To Rope In The Exception To The Rule

The Air Line Pilot's Association has echoed some of the sentiments recently expressed over potential hazards presented by certain battery components and technologies carried by passengers -- or contained in airborne baggage or freight.

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Zif LOVES Cash Customers... 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 05.18.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Flight 3407 Part I - CVR Analysis - 05.18.09  (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Apollo 10: 40 Years Ago Today

Four Decades Ago, We Were On The Verge Of Walking On The Moon... Apollo X Made That Possible

NASA is celebrating another key milestone on their path to the historic moon landing 40 years ago. 

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Predator Downed In Eastern Afghanistan

An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft is reported to have crashed Thursday, May 14th, in eastern Afghanistan. The crash was not due to hostile fire but no other potential cause has been mentioned.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.18.09):

Celestial Sphere An imaginary sphere encompassing the Earth that represents the sky. Astronomers chart the sky using the celestial coordinates of the sphere to locate objects in the cosmos. This sphere is divided into 88 sections called constellations. Objects are sometimes named for the major constellation in which they appear.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.18.09)

Aero-Linx: Diamond Aviators Association The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA) is a membership organization established to educate, promote the safety of, and support the owners and pilots of certified aircraft manufactured by Diamond Aircraft Corporation, encourage ownership of these aircraft and provide social activities for its members.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.18.09)

  "I told her you need to inform your captain before we go oceanic." Source:  Air Force Staff Sgt. Bartek Bachleda, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator -- who noticed a  fuel leak on a civilian aircraft, during a flight from Chicago to Narita airport, Japan. After alerting the pilots and aircrew, the ranking pilot made the decision to divert the flight to San Francisco.

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