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March 10, 2009

AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-07 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-07 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: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-10 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes.

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Latitude, navAero Partner On EFB Satcom Interface

Software Utility May Be Added To Expand EFBs

Latitude Technologies announced this week the company has completed testing and has conclusively proven the interoperability of the text messaging, telephone dialing, and device memory functions of its SkyNode S200 satcom voice and data transceivers with the tBagC2 Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) from navAero Inc.

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Navy Changes Speicher Status To MIA

Pilot Was First Casualty Of Desert Storm

Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter determined Tuesday the status of Captain Michael Scott Speicher is changed from "Missing/Captured" to "Missing-In-Action" (MIA).

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Authorities Recover Victims Of Weekend C182 Downing

Plane Crashed En Route To Atlanta NASCAR Race

Divers retrieved the third and final body Monday from the wreckage of a Cessna 182, that crashed into a pond in Carroll County, GA Sunday morning.

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QinetiQ North America To Support Air Force Space Operations

Blanket Purchase Agreement Awarded For Engineering Support

The Air Force Space and Missile System Center recently awarded QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group a Blanket Purchase Agreement for space operations technical support worth up to $250M.

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Sources Say Obama May Opt To Delay KC-X Decision Until 2014

Budget Proposal Would Also Cancel New Bomber Program

We might soon know how the Obama administration plans to balance a number of high-dollar military programs, against slumping markets and a sluggish economy... and it isn't pretty.

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Report: EADS Rebound May Collapse On A400M Problems

Company Returns To Profit In 2008, But That Probably Won't Last

On another day -- and in nearly any other global economic climate -- the news shared Tuesday with investors in European Aeronautic Defense and Space Corp. (EADS) would be cause for celebration: after posting massive losses in FY 2007, EADS turned things around in 2008 with a net profit of nearly $2 billion US. Analysts believe, however, the future holds a far gloomier picture for the aerospace consortium.

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Delta Announces Further Cuts To International Capacity

Warns Workers Of Need To 'Reassess' Staffing Needs

Telling workers "the worsening global economy continues to place additional pressure on the airline industry," on Tuesday Delta Air Lines leaders issued a memo to the over 70,000 people employed at the megacarrier, warning of further cuts to international capacity... and likely workforce reductions down the line.

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Boeing's Carson Says Aircraft Financing Available Into Early 2010

But Upcoming Quarters Hold "Dramatic Challenges"

The coming months will be even more difficult for airlines, and manufacturers of commercial aircraft... as credit markets are expected to shrink even more than they already have, cutting off available financing for deliveries of new planes. That spells potential catastrophe for the record order backlogs claimed over the past three years by Boeing and Airbus.

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American Flies First Revenue Flight With Winglet-Equipped 767-300ER

Blended Winglets Save Up To 500,000 Gallons Of Jet-A Annually

American Airlines and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced this week the first revenue flight of a Boeing 767-300ER with APB's Blended Winglets, days after the winglet installation received Supplemental Type Certification from the FAA.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.10.09

Flight 1549 Testimony: Captain Chesley Sullenburger

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.10.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.10.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Flight 1549 Testimony: 03.10.09 (ANN Special Report, with highlights from the congressional testimony about the "Miracle on the Hudson".)

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Hawaiian Airlines Posts Traffic Gains Over 2008

Tentative Agreement Reached With Union

Hawaiian Airlines reported this week its February 2009 and overall year-to-date traffic numbers increased handsomely over similar periods in 2008, back when the carrier was fighting a three-front battle to win a share of the Hawaiian travel market.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.10.09

TCM says its cylinder recall is on schedule.
A promising airshow-circuit newcomer is dead in Florida.
And a heritage aviation business announces its first layoffs ever.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.10.09

TCM says its cylinder recall is on schedule.
A promising airshow-circuit newcomer is dead in Florida.
And a heritage aviation business announces its first layoffs ever.


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ANN Special Feature: Lessons from Flight 1549, Part I: Captain Sullenberger - 03.10.09

ANN offers the first in a series of Special Features highlighting the congressional testimony of those involved in the "Miracle on the Hudson." Today: Captain Chesley Sullenberger.

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Report: Second Plane May Be Missing Over New Mexico

Plane Reportedly Bound For LAM Went Down In Snowy Weather

The investigation into why a small, single-engine aircraft crashed in the East Mountain region of central New Mexico early Monday has been complicated by reports a second aircraft, that reportedly took off at around the same time from an airpark near Edgewood, is also unaccounted for.

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Aero-TV: Maximized Training -- The Acme Dynamic Motion Seat

True 'Seat Of The Pants' Flight Simulation

You know the feeling... that 'seat of the pants' sensation that cues into the true nature of the flight that you're undertaking... its an innate part of the true world of flight... and possibly the most difficult aspect of aviation to simulate.

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Aero-TV: Maximized Training -- The Acme Dynamic Motion Seat

True 'Seat Of The Pants' Flight Simulation

You know the feeling... that 'seat of the pants' sensation that cues into the true nature of the flight that you're undertaking... its an innate part of the true world of flight... and possibly the most difficult aspect of aviation to simulate.

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Report: Stalled F-22 Decision Hinges On Jobs

Nearly 95,000 Jobs Could Be Impacted By Program Cut

Defense experts are trying to size up how serious President Barack Obama is about his promise to reform defense procurement. The President pledged last week the "days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over"... but saying it is one thing, and doing it at a cost of thousands of jobs during a severe recession is another.

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Diamond Earns DA40, DA42 Trainer Contract From NZ Aviation School

Massey University Orders 14 Aircraft

A new contract announced Monday marks an impressive "get" for Diamond Aircraft. The planemaker recently signed an agreement with New Zealand's Massey University for 14 aircraft for its School of Aviation.

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Pilot Hospitalized After TBM Avenger Catches Fire Inflight

Bails Out Of Plane After Emergency Landing

The pilot of a vintage Grumman TBM-3E Avenger torpedo bomber managed to escape the aircraft after it caught fire on takeoff at a New Jersey airport Saturday afternoon.

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Bell Aerospace Services Begins Work On USMC Maintenance Contract

$173 Million Deal To Perform "Reset" Work On Cobras, Other Helos

Bell Aerospace Services Inc. announced Monday the Bell Helicopter subsidiary has begun work on a multi-year contract with a projected total value of $173 million, as a subcontract member of a team led by PKL Services Inc of Poway, CA. The team is currently providing selected organizational-level maintenance (or "Reset") for Lot 3 and Lot 4 US Marine Corps rotary wing aircraft.

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Cutter Names Harsay, Hedding Regional Sales Managers For Tech Services

Newly-Created Positions To Consult Customers On Maintenance

As part of its effort to respond to the expanding maintenance needs of aircraft owners and operators, Cutter Aviation recently announced the appointments of David Harsay and Michael Hedding as Regional Sales Managers for Aircraft Technical Services throughout the Cutter Aviation network of FBOs covering the Southwestern United States.

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Elliott Aviation Adds Astra To Charter Certificate

Eight-Passenger Jet Based At Forest City, IA

Elliott Aviation announced Monday the Moline, IL-based business aviation services company has added an Astra 1125SP jet aircraft, based at Forest City, IA (FXY) to its charter certificate.

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Max-Viz EVS-1000 Installed In Swiss Air-Rescue Helicopters

Incorporated In 11 AW109s Bound For Rega

Max-Viz announced Monday the incorporation of 11 EVS-1000 infrared sensor systems onto the AgustaWestland Grand (AW109) helicopter. Initial deliveries have been completed to the Swiss air-rescue operator Rega.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.10.09)

Aero-Linx!

AWAM is dedicated to restoring and promoting the role of military aviation and the technological advances benefiting humanity. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.10.09): Reverse Thrust

Aero-Terms!

The temporary diversion of an aircraft engine's exhaust or changing of propeller pitch so that the thrust produced is directed forward, rather than aft. This acts against the forward travel of the aircraft, providing deceleration.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.10.09)

"The difficulty now is how do you get a majority to vote against their own interests, even if you could persuade them that the changes would be best for the national defense?"

Source: William S. Cohen, a former senator from Maine and defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. The Obama administration has yet to decide on whether to continue funding for the F-22 Raptor fighter program. Though the President has pledged the "days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over"... saying it is one thing, and doing it at a cost of thousands of jobs during a severe recession is another. Given that businesses in 44 states supply parts for the Raptor, discontinuing the program could be a tough sell on Capitol Hill.

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