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April 28, 2009

'All Things Missile': Agencies Team Up to Improve Missile Defense Training

A group of U.S. military organizations are teaming up to develop improved, better-integrated missile defense training, according to senior civilian officials. The in-progress initiative is called, "All Things Missile..."

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Air Force Update: AF1 Flight Opportunity 'Causes Confusion'

A statement by the American Forces Press Service is seeking to clarify some of the details around Monday's unintentional, but otherwise foreseeable mayhem as one of the Air Force's Presidential 747s toured the low altitude skis over New York City... with two F-16s in hot pursuit. What happened thereafter can only best be characterized in Mil-Speak as a 'S.N.A.F.U.'

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The 'Jack Attack' Continues: Cessna's Pelton Advocates 'Doing What is Right'

Addresses Speech to Aviation Insurers

Cessna Boss,  Jack Pelton, spoke to aviation insurance professionals yesterday, telling them that the key to quality and safety in the general aviation industry is "doing what is right, whether or not it's a mandate."

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.28.09

 ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.28.09  (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.28.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton - 04.28.09 (ANN Special Report, with Cessna CEO Jack Pelton)

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Deal Nearing To Extend Use of Manas Air Base

Could Reverse Previous Decision To Close Kyrgyzstan Base

The US could be nearing a deal with the Kyrgyzstan government to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell. Morrell reported progress in negotiations he called "reason for hope" about reversing Kyrgyzstan's previous decision regarding the base.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.28.09

Airlines fight the recession and now, swine flu.
Embry Riddle applauds the release of bird-strike data.
And Lindbergh Grant winners are announced.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.28.09

Airlines fight the recession and now, swine flu.
Embry Riddle applauds the release of bird-strike data.
And Lindbergh Grant winners are announced.


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ANN Special Feature: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton - 04.28.09

Cessna CEO Jack Pelton comments on recent negative images of general aviation being pushed by politicians and general media, and on his company's "Rise" ad campaign.

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The Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Continues

Four Tuskegee Airmen Visit Iraq

Four Tuskegee Airmen visited the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing April 23 to 25 and met the Airmen who are continuing their legacy in the 21st century.

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F-35 Test Vehicle Tries Out The Air Over Eglin AFB

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft arrived in Florida, April 21st, to educate the base and local community about the Department of Defense and world's newest fighter. The arrival of the test F-35, called AA-1, kicked off a week full of events to showcase the aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Jet Edge Reports Positive Growth In Charter Biz

Despite Struggling Economy, Jet Edge Charter/Management Looks Up

Ready for a little more good news?? Despite the economic miasma that oozes all around us, one more Part 135 operator is reporting positive news. Van Nuys, CA-based Jet Edge tells ANN that they have experienced 'steady growth' for the eighteenth consecutive month. 

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Aero-TV: AEA 2009 Perspectives -- Event Highlights And Eye-Catchers (Part 2)

Part Two Of Our Three Question Survey From The AEA 2009 Convention and Tradeshow

Few sub-industries within aviation prove to be as much of a bellwether as does the avionics industry. While most of the recent major developments in aviation utility can be laid at the doorstep of all things avionics, this industry benefits from both major business outlets... new and upgrade sales. So... as goes the avionics industry, so goes the rest of aviation -- and thus the reason for our interest in the health of the avionics biz.

Air Force One Photo Stunt Causes Alarm In NY

Yeah... Who'da Thought?

 OK... lets get this straight... a lowly Cessna 170 flies, accidently, into Washington Airspace (as occurred last week) and it becomes a national scandal (again) and yet when the White House/DoD flies a 747, low-level and followed by F16s pursuing it through the skies of New York, they're surprised when people start heading for shelter?

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NBAA Welcomes Formation of GA Congressional Caucus

New Group Highlights Importance of General Aviation in Communities Nationwide

NBAA has welcomed the formation of the 'General Aviation Caucus.' The caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-3-MI) and Rep. Allen Boyd (D-2-FL).

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Aero-TV: AEA 2009 Perspectives -- Event Highlights And Eye-Catchers (Part 2)

Part Two Of Our Three Question Survey From The AEA 2009 Convention and Tradeshow

Few sub-industries within aviation prove to be as much of a bellwether as does the avionics industry. While most of the recent major developments in aviation utility can be laid at the doorstep of all things avionics, this industry benefits from both major business outlets... new and upgrade sales. So... as goes the avionics industry, so goes the rest of aviation...

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NATCA Claims IG Staffing Report Validates Their Concerns

The controllers union is claiming that a report released by the DoT Inspector General (at the instigation of Democratic CA Senator Diane Feinstein) on the critical air traffic controller staffing issues at three major California FAA facilities vindicates what NATCA has long said about the safety concerns that come from a loss of experienced controllers and the vast amount of work now needed by the FAA to dig out from the deep hole caused by FAA labor, staffing and "run it like a business" failures during the Bush Administration.

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Union Pushing Congress For Bill To Provide Civil Service Protections At TSA

One Of The Most Criticized Bureaucracies In The US Government Is Looking For "Protection"

 According to a release by the union representing a number of TSA staffers, nationwide, TSA workers need special protection.

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Pilatus PC-12 NG Chosen For Finnish Air Force

 Pilatus Aircraft has won a contract by the Air Force Command Finland for the delivery of 6 PC-12 NG aircraft to the Finnish Air Force to replace their existing Liaison Aircraft.

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First Flight: Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Boeing's P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T-1 successfully completed its first flight April 25th, taking off from Renton Field at 10:43 a.m. and touching down at Boeing Field in Seattle at 2:14 p.m. The P-8A performed a series of flight checks, reached a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet, and landed after three hours, 31 minutes in the air.

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ANN Seeking Additional Editorial Staff

Seeking Full- And Part-Time Positions for '09

Good news... we have a new editorial staffer coming onboard... but the simple fact remains that we're going to need to hire another one ASAP and yet another over the summer... if not sooner. FMI: ANN Opportunities 2009  

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FAA and TSA To Address '09 NATA Air Charter Summit and FBO Leadership Conference

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) 2009 Air Charter Summit (June 8-10) and 2009 FBO Leadership Conference (June 9-11) will both be held at the Westfields Marriott near Dulles International Airport and feature sessions led by top FAA and TSA officials.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.09)

Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust 

Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust aims to preserve and protect our priceless airfields as well as educate the nation to the rich heritage and contribution they have made to our society both past and present. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.28.09):

Tachyon A hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light (and therefore also travels back in time). The existence of tachyons is allowed by the equations of Einstein's special theory of relativity. However, although searches have been carried out for tachyons, the results have so far proved negative. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.28.09)

  "First thing is, I'm annoyed -- furious is a better word -- that I wasn't told... Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center defies the imagination." Source: NYC Mayor Bloomberg, in discussing the aftermath of an Air Force One photoshoot, with F16s in trail, that rattled New Yorkers still trying to recover form the nightmare of 9/11.

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