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May 07, 2009

NASA: Airspace, Road, Bridge And Waterway Closures For STS-125

Launch Date: May 11, 2009 Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch Pad: 39A Launch Window: 1:41:49 - 2:43:41 p.m. EDT Targeted Launch Time: 2:01:49 p.m. EDT

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More Good News For Flyers: TCM Lowers Engine Prices

Yeah... We'll Take All The News We Can Get, Like This!

Ready for some good news? Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. tells ANN that it has lowered the Genuine Continental Retail Price (GCRP) on its complete line of Aftermarket Factory New and Factory Rebuilt Engines.

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Raytheon Wins NextGen Contract to Study NAS Needs

Raytheon has been awarded a seven-month, firm-fixed-price contract to study the NextGen Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance architecture and determine the National Airspace System's needs for 2018 to 2025.

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FAA On Part 145 Repair Station NPRM: 'Never Mind'

Unwanted NPRM Withdrawn... For Now

 A controversial and much-unloved NPRM is being withdrawn by the FAA in a rare victory for common sense and the power of a collective industry response to objectionable rulemaking. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.07.09

  ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.07.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.07.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: GAMA Pres. Pete Bunce - 05.07.09 (ANN Special Report, with GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce)

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FAA: 2009 Military Airport Program Selections

 The FAA has selected Alexandria International Airport, in Alexandria, LA, and Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, AZ, to participate in the 2009 Military Airport Program (MAP), which uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian or joint-use airports.

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USAF Aero-Canine Training... Can We Call Them 'Airedales?'

Uh, 'Doggles?'

For those of you who have problems keeping your dog from chasing the neighbors cat or attacking the door every time the door bell rings, think of the training chores that must be undertaken in order to acclimate a canine to military air transport distractions and hazards.

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Promoted: Gulfstream's Neil Vernon

Vernon To Take On Duties As Director Of Demonstration And Corporate Flight Operations

Gulfstream has promoted Neil Vernon to director, Demonstration and Corporate Flight Operations.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-06-22

MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-22

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Aero-TV: Kitfox Goes LSA -- Rebuilding The Breed

Kitfox Intros Super Sport S-LSA With Base Price Under $84K!

For quite a few years, the Kitfox breed was nearly as ubiquitous a name as any in aviation. And while many might argue that their best days are behind them, we beg to disagree. Excellent new ownership, and a principled business plan seem destined to remake this company and its products for years to come. Kitfox Aircraft LLC provided ANN's Aero-TV crews with a first glimpse of its new Kitfox Super Sport S-LSA, which was formally unveiled last month. 

Mayors Send Letter to President Highlighting Effects of Economic Downturn on GA

Wednesday, seventy mayors and county executives from across the country held a conference call with reporters announcing the release of a letter to President Barack Obama communicating the crucial importance that small aircraft - also known as general aviation - provide to small towns and local economies across the country.

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Airbus A380 Program Stung By Economy

Deliveries Trimmed Back To 14 From 21, '10 Stats Not Much Better

Time are tough... from the malaise of the LSA and ultralight industry, all the way to the mighty Airbus A380 Jumbo-Jumbo Jet. Airbus is admitting that deliveries for 2009 are going to fall far short of what they had expected just a few months ago.

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More Money Woes: Garmin's Aero-First Quarter Down 31%

Reduced A/C Deliveries May Have Contributed Nearly A Third Less Biz

 It's tough out there... and that should be no surprise to anyone reading Aero-News for the last several months. The down market for aviation has translated into a significant drop in Aero-Income for industry heavyweight Garmin who has just published their First Quarter Sales Figures for 2009... and are probably none too happy about it all.

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Aero-TV: Kitfox Goes LSA -- Rebuilding The Breed

Kitfox Intros Super Sport S-LSA With Base Price Under $84K!

For quite a few years, the Kitfox breed was nearly as ubiquitous a name as any in aviation. And while many might argue that their best days are behind them, we beg to disagree. Excellent new ownership, and a principled business plan seem destined to remake this company and its products for years to come.

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Montana PC-12 Crash Investigation: Family States 'No Drugs/Alcohol' Found

Crash Got Intensive Media Attention Due To Number of People, Kids On Board

The wife of a pilot who died in a tragic accident on March 22nd, has reportedly been cleared of any influence from drugs or alcohol -- according to a report that she claims to have seen, but has yet to be released to the public.

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Oh Really? DoT IG Thinks ATC Vulnerable To Hackers

OK, In This Day And Age... Who Isn't?

 A report (FI-2009-049) from the Department of Transportation's office of the Inspector General is raising the alarm over the potential vulnerabilities of the nations air traffic system to damage and interference by hackers.

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Boeing and Turkish Airlines Finalize Deal for Five 777-300ERs

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have signed an order for five Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes valued at $1.36 billion at current list prices. This is the first time Turkish Airlines has purchased new 777s directly from Boeing. The airline currently operates a fleet of 65 Boeing airplanes including Next-Generation 737s and leased 777-300ERs.

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Nellis Airmen Locate Missing Taifun

CAP, USAF Pararescue Bring Closure To Search For MIssing Motorglider

We don't think about this kind of tough task much... but we should. Four helicopters and 24 Airmen from the 58th and 66th Rescue Squadrons were deployed last week to assist in the search for a pilot and passenger who were aboard a motorized sailplane that disappeared from radar April 24 in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range near Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

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Vandenberg Delta II Launch For Missile Defense Agency Successful

A Delta II rocket managed by NASA's Launch Services Program lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA., Tuesday with a spacecraft for the United States Missile Defense Agency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.07.09)

Adibatic Process The change of temperature of air without transferring heat. In an adiabatic process compression results in warming, and expansion results in cooling. FMI: www.weather.gov    

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.07.09)

  Aero-Linx: Arlington Fly-In  The best of the regional fly-ins and deserving of the title we place on it each year as "The Friendly Fly-In", the annual Northwest EAA Fly-In is one of our favorite events of the year... no kidding. This year's event is scheduled for July 8-12 and we highly recommend you check out their web site to see all the great things they have planned for the 2009 Fly-In!!!

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.07.09)

  "General aviation is a literal lifeline to thousands of communities around the U.S that do not have commercial airline service. In the wake of the recent disaster here in North Dakota, general aviation planes and airports were crucial in helping the Civil Air Patrol and National Guard monitor the floodwaters to make evacuation plans and watch hazardous effects of the flood such as downed power lines. We have to ensure that this vital lifeline is preserved." Source: Part of a letter campaign by dozens of the nation's Mayors, Mayor Fred Bott of Devils Lake, North Dakota, makes the case for the value of general aviation to the President. 

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