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January 14, 2009

Schrenker Charged With Two Counts Of Investment Fraud

Now Under Observation At Tallahassee Hospital

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.14.09 1430 EST: The odd saga of Marcus Schrenker's mysterious disappearance began Sunday night, when he allegedly told air traffic controllers the loss of his Piper Meridian's windscreen had left him covered in blood. It ended 48 hours later, when federal agents found him bleeding profusely at a Florida campground, following an apparent suicide attempt.

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NTSB, AAIB Investigate Uncommanded easyJet 737 Descent

Plane Lost At Least 10,000 Feet Before Control Regained

The National Transportation Safety Board has joined with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the United Kingdom to investigate a curious, and disconcerting, incident onboard a Boeing 737-700 over East Anglia Monday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.14.09

Weathering Last Year's "Perfect Storm," With EAA President Tom Poberezny

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.14.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.14.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Weathering The "Perfect Storm": 01.14.09 (ANN Special Report, with Tom Poberezny, President of the Experimental Aircraft Ass

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New Airline Passengers Rights Bill To Take Flight In 111th Congress

Senators Boxer And Snowe Piloting New Law In Senate

FlyersRights.org tells ANN that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights in the Senate on Tuesday.

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Mesa Records $31 Million Q4 2008 Loss

Carrier May Also Be Booted From NASDAQ Exchange

The future isn't a bright one for beleaguered Mesa Air Group... which finished 2008 with a $31 million quarterly loss, fueled by an underperforming joint venture in China and an ongoing contract fight with an airline customer.

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Two Unhurt In North Carolina PA-32R Accident

Lance Impacts Home On Roanoke Island

Two people are hospitalized after a Piper Lance impacted the second story of a house on Roanoke Island, NC Tuesday night.

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TSA Employment Appears Immune To Global Slump

Passenger Numbers Down, But Worker Ranks Remain Steady

The airlines are cutting back, airplane manufacturers are cutting back, and there's even talk of delaying NASA's constellation program. But there's one corner of the transportation industry that's continuing full-steam ahead, regardless of the economy.

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USAF Tanker Bid Remains In Limbo

KC-X? What KC-X?

One of the stories we expected to be covering this year was the next round of bidding for the US Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling tanker, dubbed the KC-X.

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Boeing Awarded Continued C-17 Globemaster III Support Contract

Performance-Based-Logistics Sustainment Deal Worth $1.1 Billion

Boeing on Monday received a $1.1 billion contract for C-17 Globemaster III total systems support from the US Department of Defense. The award is part of the fiscal year 2009 C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP), a performance based logistics (PBL) program. It includes a previous award of $514 million for the first six months of FY 2009, and extends the period to September 2009.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.14.09

A missing and troubled pilot is found by US marshalls in Florida.
There's already a lawsuit over Continental Flight 1404.
And maybe a thousand feet is not enough space to give an A380

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.14.09

A missing and troubled pilot is found by US marshalls in Florida.
There's already a lawsuit over Continental Flight 1404.
And maybe a thousand feet is not enough space to give an A380

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ANN Special Feature: EAA President Tom Poberezny - 01.14.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Tom Poberezny, President of the Experimental Aircraft Association, about what EAA recently termed a "perfect storm" threatening general aviation in 2009.


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Aero-TV -- Real-Time Complex Computation: Heli Ops in Microsoft ESP

Amazing Technologies Produce Extraordinary Simulation Capabilities

To many, the complex mathematical issues involved in modeling intricate aircraft operations may not be all that interesting... kinda like watching paint dry, to some. That is, until you understand what is involved here. Some of the most difficult tasks to perform require the most difficult computations to simulate... and the minute that you can perform such complex modeling, the potential to train to an even more rigorous standard becomes possible... and then we all win.

Fugitive Pilot In Police Custody

Schrenker Taken To Hospital Following Apparent Suicide Attempt

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 01.14.09 0001 EST: They've got him. Authorities say they have arrested Marcus Schrenker, 48 hours after the embattled businessman allegedly jumped out of his Piper PA-46 Meridian in an apparent effort to fake his own death.

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Aero-TV -- Real-Time Complex Computation: Heli Ops in Microsoft ESP

Amazing Technologies Produce Extraordinary Simulation Capabilities

To many, the complex mathematical issues involved in modeling intricate aircraft operations may not be all that interesting... kinda like watching paint dry, to some. That is, until you understand what is involved here. Some of the most difficult tasks to perform require the most difficult computations to simulate...

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Reports: Anti-BizAv TARP Language May Soon Disappear

Hearing On Wednesday To Debate Removal Of Ban On BizJet Ownership

As it turns out, rumors of the death of anti-bizjet language in the Troubled Asset Relief Program reform bill were somewhat exaggerated. However, several Congressional lawmakers remain optimistic that stipulation will be gone when the full bill goes to vote later this week.

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No Public Auction For Eclipse Assets

Interested Parties Walked Away, Source Says

Well, so much for that. Eclipse Aviation will not go up for public auction Wednesday, after the company failed to attract a single qualified bidder for the troubled planemaker's assets.

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Esterline CMC Electronics Launches FronTier Avionics R&D Program

Canadian Gov't Will Invest $52 Million To Assist

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) tells ANN it will invest $149.4 million in research and development over the next five years, following the Canadian government decision to support a initiative to develop a new commercial avionics and communications platform through a repayable investment for R&D.

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Stardust Probe To Shoot Past Earth Wednesday

Intrepid Spacecraft Enroute To Rendezvous With Comet Tempel 1

On January 14, NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft will fly by Earth during a gravity assist maneuver that will increase its velocity and sling shot the spacecraft into an orbit to meet up with comet Tempel 1 in February 2011.

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Gone West: Australian Pioneer Nancy Bird Walton

Country's First Female Commercial Pilot Was 93

Aero-News was saddened to hear Tuesday of the loss of a true aviation legend, one who paved the way into the sky for innumerable Australian women.

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Two Weeks And Counting 'Til Great Lakes Aviation Conference!

Organizers Say Majority Of Exhibit Space Has Been Sold

The Great Lakes Aviation Conference is pleased to announce that it has sold out the majority of exhibit space for this year's event, which will be held January 30-31 in Novi, MI.

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center To Open March 6

Billed As New England's Only Air and Space Science Center

Be inspired, have fun and learn something new, in the spirit of Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard. A new full-service science center, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, opens on March 6, 2009 in Concord, NH.

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NASA, Challenger Center Announce Name Of Antarctic Habitat

"Resolution" Honors Captain Cook's Exploration Ship

NASA and Challenger Center for Space Science Education have selected the winner of the Antarctic habitat naming contest. The name "Resolution" took top honors in the "Name that Habitat" competition.

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Third VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Completes First Flight

Will Join Four Test Aircraft, Two Other Production-Spec Helos

The VH-71 presidential helicopter program reached another milestone with the maiden flight of the third pilot production helicopter Tuesday. This is the seventh presidential helicopter built for the program by manufacturer AgustaWestland under prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.14.09)

Aero-Linx!

Formed in 1970 at Brampton, Ontario in Canada, this all-volunteer group is dedicated to recreating the sights, sounds and feel of World War One combat aircraft. In doing so, they honor the pilots who served with gallantry and distinction during the Great War of 1914 - 1918. They build, maintain and fly World War One replica fighter aircraft. They also have a display of precious artifacts to take you back to that time in history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.14.09): Krueger Flap

Aero-Terms!

Hinges down and then forward from below the leading-edge.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.14.09)

"Why someone would jump out of a plane and leave it on autopilot with his training and his background is beyond me. There's no reason for him to do it other than trying to stage something."

Source: Tom Britt, an acquaintance of fugitive pilot Marcus Schrenker. The 38-year-old embattled businessman was reportedly taken into police custody Tuesday night, 48 hours after Schrenker bailed out of his Piper PA-46 Malibu in an apparent attempt to fake his own death.

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