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February 25, 2009

AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2009-03-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-03-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-02 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-80C2 and CF6-80E1 series turbofan engines with fuel manifolds part numbers (P/Ns) 1303M31G12 and 1303M32G12, installed in drainless fuel manifold assemblies (introduced by GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) Service Bulletins (SB) CF6-80C2 S/B 73-0253 and CF6-80E1 S/B73-0026).

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2009-03-03 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-03-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas airplanes listed above.

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Turkish B737-800 Down At Schiphol, At Least Nine Fatalities Reported

Witness Says Plane's Nose Rose Sharply Before Crash, Plane Hit Tail First

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport, to assist in the investigation of a B737-800 (T-CJGE) Turkish Airlines flight 1951, inbound from Istanbul, that crashed short of the runway on approach at approximately 10:40 am local time. At least 9 fatalities have been reported among the 134 passengers and crew believed onboard.

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Oh Really? DOT Claims 'FAA Safety Actions Have Reduced Accidents'

OK... This Is Exactly What DOT Said

 The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced it has made steady and measurable increases in air safety that have made flying safer than ever before. The work of DOT's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resulted in a 65 percent reduction in the aviation fatal accident rate between 1997 and 2006.

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USAir 1549 Controller Discloses Details Of Hudson Ditching

Controller Patrick Harten, In First Public Comments, Tells Story Of Working US Airways Flight 1549 

 New York TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) air traffic controller Patrick Harten testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee today that when he heard US Airways Flight 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger tell him on the radio frequency, "We're gonna be in the Hudson," he feared this was the plane's "death sentence."

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Economy Grounding Planes In Record Numbers

'Percentage of Global Fleet in Storage Close to 9/11 Peak'

With nearly 1200 aircraft taken out of service in 2008 alone, only the aircraft boneyards will benefit... so says a study released by an aviation info-broker.

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FAA Talks About Birdstrikes With House Committee

 The FAA has made a statement today before a House Committee that seems, at best, to be looking to gain a few more headlines in the wake of the successful USAir ditching in the Hudson River last month. The FAA sent its new FAA Admin For Aviation Safety, Peggy Gilligan, a career FAA bureaucrat with an interesting history of industry 'run-ins'...

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