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January 13, 2009

CAE Earns Contracts For Five Full-Flight Simulators

Has Been Awarded 31 New Contracts So Far In FY2009

CAE announced this week it recently won contracts to design and manufacture five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and associated training devices valued at approximately C$60 million at list prices. The contracts are with Continental Airlines, Air China, and Shandong Airlines, and now bring the total FFS sales announced so far in fiscal year 2009 to 31.

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First Lawsuit Filed In Continental 1404 Takeoff Accident

Women Claim Takeoff Was "Negligently Aborted"

The first of what will likely be several lawsuits has been filed against Continental Airlines, regarding last month's takeoff crash of a Boeing 737-500 at Denver International Airport.

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Falcon 9 Stands Tall At SLC-40

Rocket Raised Two Days Ahead Of Schedule

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced this week its Falcon 9 launch vehicle was successfully raised to vertical on Saturday, January 10 at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, FL -- two days ahead of schedule. This operation was a critical step in validating a variety of system interfaces and launch processes in preparation for the maiden flight of Falcon 9 later this year.

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AIA Report Recommends Space Policies For New Administration

"Blueprint" For Future Available To Obama Administration, Congress

A new report from the Aerospace Industries Association concludes that the nation can no longer afford to treat its national security, civil and commercial space capabilities separately.

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Delta Signs Two BIG Support Contracts With Pratt & Whitney

PW4000 Maintenance Deals Worth A Cool Billion

Pratt & Whitney announced Monday that Delta Air Lines recently signed two 10-year aircraft engine service agreements valued at more than $1 billion. Under terms of the deals, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services unit will provide Delta and Delta TechOps with maintenance, material and aftermarket support.

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AERO Specialities Will Be On The Ground At Inauguration, Super Bowl

Purpose-Built "Towbar Trolley" Will Help Move Planes

AERO Specialties has provided Signature Flight Support a wide variety of ground support equipment for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration and the Super Bowl.

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Pilot Hires Last Year Less Than Half '07 Numbers

Numerous Factors Contributed To Slump

The airline pilot hiring total's are in for 2008... and AIR Inc. reports the numbers are less than half of what they were this time a year ago - 6,479 compared to 13,157 in 2007. There were a lot of factors driving 2008's low hiring numbers -- the softening economy, the credit crunch, the housing crisis, and the ever increasing fuel prices to name a few.

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Armenian A320 Bumped Around By A380 Wake?

Sunday Incident Raises Eyebrows

Details remain sketchy at this point, and there's some information that's likely "lost in translation" -- but it appears an Airbus A320 narrowbody encountered some moderate to severe clear air turbulence this weekend, which may have been caused by the wake from an Emirates A380 overflying the smaller plane.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.13.09

The Upcoming 2009 Nall Report, With ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.13.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.13.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Early Results From The Upcoming Nall Report: 01.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director of the

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.13.09

Layoffs at Cessna will be much larger than predicted.
Diamond Aircraft lays off a quarter of its production workers in Ontario.
And police say a pilot is on the run after attempting t

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.13.09

Layoffs at Cessna will be much larger than predicted.
Diamond Aircraft lays off a quarter of its production workers in Ontario.
And police say a pilot is on the run after attempting t

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ANN Special Feature: Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Air Safety Foundation - 01.13.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, about some early results from the upcoming Nall Report on general aviation safety.

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Aero-TV: Reasons To Retrofit -- Aspen Avionics Expands

Growing Avionics Powerhouse Keeps Making Progress

As we noted in some of our end-of-year coverage, 2008 was a pretty miserable year for a number of companies eking out their existence in the world of aviation. It was, however, a great year -- maybe even an astounding year, for Aspen Avionics… and it's no wonder. 2008 is the year that Aspen turned the retrofit avionics business on its ear with a glass panel retrofit that was everything an upgrading flyer could ask for… easy to install, simple to use, highly capable, affordable and cooler than the observation deck on the Titanic.

Aspen Bound! Boyer Named To Board Of Directors At Aspen Avionics

Brings Significant Knowledge, Name Recognition To Company

Contrary to Phil Boyer's statements that all he had on his horizon was a much-deserved vacation, following retirement from his 18-year tenure as president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association... we had a hunch it wouldn't take him very long to find a new gig. Sure enough, ANN received early word Monday of Phil's next endeavor.

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Aero-TV: Reasons To Retrofit -- Aspen Avionics Expands

Growing Avionics Powerhouse Keeps Making Progress

As we noted in some of our end-of-year coverage, 2008 was a pretty miserable year for a number of companies eking out their existence in the world of aviation. It was, however, a great year -- maybe even an astounding year, for Aspen Avionics… and it's no wonder.

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One Lost In UH-60 Accident At Texas A&M

Helo Part Of Training Exercise

A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on takeoff Monday from the campus of Texas A&M University, killing one person and injuring at least four others.

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Quest Aircraft Delivers First Kodiak For Missionary Work

S/N 008 Begins Eight-Month Journey To Papua New Guinea

Those who have followed Quest Aircraft's... well, quest... to bring its single-engine Kodiak turboprop to market know the plane was designed with mission and humanitarian organizations in mind. Last week, the first Kodiak to be placed in service with just such a group was turned over to David Reeves, president of JAARS Inc.

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ERAU Establishes New Center For Aviation & Aerospace Leadership

Will Assess, Develop Programs To Influence Industry

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Worldwide has launched a new center dedicated to developing future leaders for the aviation and aerospace industry.

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Embraer Delivers 204 Jets In 2008

New Record Included First Two Phenom 100 Deliveries

Embraer announced Monday it delivered 59 jets to the Commercial, Executive, and Defense and Government aviation segments during the fourth quarter of 2008, totaling 204 jets in the year. The Brazilian planemaker notes that for the second consecutive year, the company set a new aircraft delivery record -- delivering 20% more airplanes than 2007's total of 169 aircraft.

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AirTran Recalls Pilots, Will Hire More FAs

Positions Will Replace Those Lost Last Year

Well, there's at least one aviation business actually hiring more workers right now... contrary to recent, sad trends.

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SkyWest Awarded Rights To Fly 10 More CRJ900s For Delta

Will Replace 20 Smaller CRJ200s

SkyWest announced Monday it has reached an agreement with Delta Air Lines to operate an additional 10 CRJ900 regional jet aircraft.

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Dallas Airmotive Relocates Phoenix Regional Turbine Center

New Facility At DVT Offers Twice As Much Space

BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company Dallas Airmotive has relocated its Phoenix area Regional Turbine Center (RTC) from Scottsdale Airpark (SDL) to a new, larger facility adjacent to Deer Valley Airport (DVT) in North Phoenix. The facility is open for business.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.13.09)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the RAF (FMS) 214 Squadron Web Site. The main purpose of the site is to bring the veterans and families of the 214 together to ensure that the legacy of our heroes is passed on to our grandchildren, great grandchildren and all future generations of our families to come.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.13.09): Junkers Aileron

Aero-Terms!

Control surface (sometimes flaperon) suspended from mountings to the rear of wing trailing edge.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.13.09)

"Nearly two decades spent listening to the concerns and issues of the nation's pilots, aircraft owners, manufacturers and regulators has given Phil a deep understanding of the GA industry's opportunities, as well as its challenges. Phil's extensive expertise and relationships will be invaluable in helping chart Aspen's strategic course in the years ahead, and in ensuring that our products meet the needs of pilots around the world."

Source: John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics. Phil Boyer, who recently retired after 18 years as president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, recently joined the Board of Directors at the emerging avionics manufacturer, becoming the company's first outside Director.

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