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February 24, 2009

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.24.09)

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The National Aeronautic Association is the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. A non-profit association, NAA is "dedicated to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation in the United States," according to its Mission Statement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.24.09): Cooper-Harper Rating Scale

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A set of criteria used by test pilots and flight test engineers to evaluate the handling qualities of aircraft during flight test. The scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 indicating the best handling characteristics and 10 the worst. The criteria are evaluative and thus the scale is considered subjective.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.24.09)

"The FAA cannot tell us that this aircraft is safe. The crash of Continental Connection flight 3407 (operated by Colgan Air) is yet another where the air carrier, the industry, and the FAA resort to comforting blandishments about safety and subsequent revelations reveal deep concerns."

Source: Don Nolan, of the Nolan Law Firm, calling for the grounding of Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional aircraft similar to the type that crashed February 12 near Buffalo, NY.

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