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February 12, 2009

TCM Issues Voluntary Recall On Cylinders

Approx. 9,600 Cylinders Made Since 11/2007 Affected

Teledyne Continental Motors announced Thursday a voluntary recall on certain piston cylinders produced and shipped since November 2007, after owners reported cylinder head cracking found during regular maintenance inspections.

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AOPA's Fuller Shows His Support For FAA Funding Plan

Says Industry Is "Unified" On Need To Reauthorize Agency

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig L. Fuller told Congress on Wednesday that AOPA members strongly support the new Federal Aviation Administration funding (reauthorization) bill just introduced in the House of Representatives.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Latest To Announce Layoffs

Falling Bizjet Demand Translates To Job Losses For 1,000

Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada will lay off up to 1,000 workers, about 10 percent of its total workforce, due to the dropoff in orders for business jets, and the resulting fall in demand for its turbofans.

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NTSB Issues Prelim On FL Cub Vs. Jeep Accident

Two People In Vehicle Lost In February 1 Mishap

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its Preliminary Report this week on the February 1 accident involving a Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub and a sport utility vehicle at a private airstrip in the Florida panhandle. As ANN reported, both occupants inside the vehicle were killed when the jeep impacted a treeline after the collision.

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Royal Navy's Sea Viper Missile Completes Test Firing

Second Successful Trial For New ADM System

The UK Ministry of Defense announced Thursday its new Sea Viper air defense missile system demonstrated its ability to protect air, land and sea forces during a second, successful test firing. The missile system was successfully test-fired from the 12,000 tonne trials barge Longbow, near the Ile du Levant off the French coast.

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Downward Trend Continues For Airline Traffic In November

System Traffic Down 12.8 Percent Over 2007 Level; Load Factors Drop As Well

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on US airlines in November 2008 declined by 12.8 percent from November 2007, dropping by 7.9 million to 54.0 million in the largest decrease from the same month of the previous year since January 2002, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.12.09

Reducing The Costs Of Ownership, With David Kruger Of The Aircraft Partnership Association

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.12.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.12.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Reducing The Costs Of Ownership: 02.12.09 (ANN Special Report, with David Kruger, CEO of the Aircraft Part

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.12.09

Cessna pushes back against biz-jet bashers.
The Nevada legislature wants to ban homebuilts.
And could an XM bankruptcy leave your screen blank?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.12.09

Cessna pushes back against biz-jet bashers.
The Nevada legislature wants to ban homebuilts.
And could an XM bankruptcy leave your screen blank?


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ANN Special Feature: David Kruger, APA - 02.12.09

David Kruger, CEO of the Aircraft Partnership Association, explains his answer to reducing the cost of flying for general aviation pilots.

FMI: www.theapa.co

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House FAA Funding Bill Includes Whistleblower Provision

Also Includes Over $16.2 Billion For AIP

Congress is ready to take another run at reauthorizing and funding the FAA through 2012. The Federal Times reports House Resoultion 915 is similar to the House reauthorization bill which passed in 2007, but stalled in the Senate. The FAA has been running on temporary extensions since October 1, 2007.

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Southwest Adorns Plane With Portrait Of Swimsuit Model

'SI One' Coming To A Runway Near You

On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines unveiled its latest special-livery aircraft... and she's a real looker.

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Alaska Airlines Wants DOT Probe Of Virgin America Ownership

Wants 'Assurance' Carrier Is Still US Majority-Owned

When small companies find themselves up against stiff competition, they often work harder and increase ad budgets. When big companies do battle, sometimes it's easier just to distract your competitor and cost him money by convincing government regulators he needs investigating.

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United Shuts Down Customer Comment Hotline

Moves Some Call Centers Back To US. But Don't Call Them

Who says there's no good news in a recession? What if we told you we have a story about United Airlines that includes the phrases "insource' and "new hires?"

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Machinists Express Safety Concerns At House FAA Hearing

Says Greater Oversight Is Needed

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Wednesday, on the subject of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2009.

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Pratt & Whitney Awarded Contract For F119 Engine Support

SPaRE Agreement Worth $285 Million

Pratt & Whitney has been awarded a $285 million contract option from the US Air Force to maintain F119 engines for the F-22 Raptor. The Support Program for the Raptor Engine (SPaRE) involves sustainment for fielded engines in 2009, including spare parts, labor support, fleet management and technical support.

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Aero-TV: Experiencing A Legend -- The B-25 Doolittle Raider (Part 1)

The Mitchell Bomber Turned The Tide Of A World War

Of all the stories that permeate the rich heritage of the aviation world, few are as compelling and as dramatic as that of 16 B-25 bombers who launched off a pitching carrier deck to bomb Japan on April 18th, 1942. They called it the "Doolittle Raid" and it came to be the first, pivotal, air raid to strike the Japanese on their home turf during World War II.

Aero-TV: Experiencing A Legend -- The B-25 Doolittle Raider (Part 1)

The Mitchell Bomber Turned The Tide Of A World War

Of all the stories that permeate the rich heritage of the aviation world, few are as compelling and as dramatic as that of 16 B-25 bombers who launched off a pitching carrier deck to bomb Japan on April 18th, 1942. They called it the "Doolittle Raid" and it came to be the first, pivotal, air raid to strike the Japanese on their home turf during World War II.

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Russian, US Satellites Collide In Orbit

Defunct Cosmos Probe, Iridium Satellite 'Ran Into Each Other'

On Tuesday, a defunct Russian military satellite collided with an active Iridium communication satellite in orbit, about 490 miles above northern Siberia... in what is believed to be the first documented case of an accidental satellite collision.

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Hawker Beechcraft Pitches King Airs To Newly-Frugal Execs

Tongue-In-Cheek Campaign Touts Efficiency Over Jets

After being pummeled for the past four months on the sales balance sheet, and in the court of public opinion, manufacturers of business aircraft are going on the offensive against accusations their products represent corporate largesse.

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NBAA's Bolen Testifies Before Congress On NextGen, Value Of BizAv

Stresses "Critical Role" GA Plays In Economy

Testifying before Congressional lawmakers Wednesday, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen challenged those who have recently questioned the value of business aviation, or mischaracterized the use of business aircraft.

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FAA Issues Emergency Suspension Against AAR Landing Gear Services

Says Proper Overhaul Procedures Were Not Followed 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Order of Suspension against AAR Landing Gear Services of Miami, FL for violations of Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Reports: Sirius CEO In Talks With EchoStar Rival

Forecast For XM Weather Remains Cloudy, With Strong Chance Of Storms

We're no closer to knowing whether XM WX satellite weather will survive the current strife at parent Sirius XM Radio... but we are learning more about the parties in talks to possible buy the troubled enterprise.

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NASA's LRO Heads South In Preparation For Launch

Lunar Orbiter En Route To KSC

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft was loaded on a truck Wednesday to begin its two-day journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch is targeted for April 24.

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Baldwin Aviation Teams With CAPACG On Flight Data Monitoring Package

"Power Of Plus" Combines Human Factors, Data Analysis Tools

Baldwin Aviation, developers of the SMSplus web-based safety management and monitoring program for fixed wing and helicopter flight organizations, recently teamed with CAP Aviation Consulting Group (CAPACG to offer the "Power of Plus," a complete Safety Management and Flight Data Monitoring package.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.12.09)

Aero-Linx!

The California Pilots Association is a state wide, volunteer, non-profit public benefit corporation. Our main mission of is general aviation airport advocacy, which is achieved by working together with our membership to promote and preserve California's general aviation airports through education.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.12.09): Flameout

Aero-Terms!

The failure of a jet engine caused by the extinction of the flame in the combustion chamber. It can be caused by a number of factors, including fuel exhaustion; compressor stall; insufficient oxygen supply; foreign object damage (such as birds, hail or even volcanic ash); severe inclement weather; mechanical failure; and other factors.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.12.09)

"They ran into each other. Nothing has the right of way up there. We don't have an air traffic controller in space. There is no universal way of knowing what's coming in your direction."

Source: Nicholas Johnson, the chief scientist for orbital debris at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. On Tuesday, a defunct Russian military satellite collided with an active Iridium communication satellite in orbit, about 490 miles above northern Siberia... in what is believed to be the first documented case of an accidental satellite collision.

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