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January 22, 2009

Boeing Reconsiders Outsourcing On 787

Continued Delays May Bring Significant Change

Labor unions may be poised for a huge "I told you so" at Boeing's expense. BusinessWeek reports that after four major delays and two lost years, Boeing is rethinking its strategy of outsourcing so much the construction of its new 787 Dreamliner.

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AMR Loses $340 Million In Fourth Quarter

In Line With Analysts' Expectations

American Airlines cut flights and unbundled services, and managed to eek out an increase in revenue per passenger seat-mile in 2008's fourth quarter. But it wasn't enough to prevent a $34 million quarterly loss.

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The Bleeding Continues: UAL Posts Big Q4 Loss

Embattled Airline Expects 1,000 More Job Cuts

United Airlines says its attempt to hedge fuel more aggressively in 2008 turned out to be a bad bet. UAL Corporation reports that $370 million in cash losses on fuel contracts and another $566 million non-cash charge to adjust contracts to current market values drove a fourth-quarter loss totalling $1.3 billion dollars.

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Saab's Gripen Demo Fighter Achieves Supercruise

Supersonic Flight, Without Use Of Afterburner

There's a new fighter in the exclusive "supercruise" club. On a test flight this week, the Gripen Demo aircraft proved its ability to fly supersonic without the use of afterburner... joining the F-22 Raptor and Eurofighter Typhoon as the only current fighter aircraft with that capability.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.22.09

Wildlife Biologist Steve Osmek, On Reducing Bird Strikes

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.22.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.22.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Reducing The Chance Of Bird Strikes: 01.22.09 (ANN Special Report, with Steve Osmek, the full-time wildlife biologist at Seattle-Tacoma Inte

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.22.09

Piper's Jim Bass addresses fears of local leaders in Vero.
Airlines may defer and cancel more deliveries this year.
And passengers from Flight 1549 receive checks from US Airways.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.22.09

Piper's Jim Bass addresses fears of local leaders in Vero.
Airlines may defer and cancel more deliveries this year.
And passengers from Flight 1549 receive checks from US Airways.


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ANN Special Feature: Steve Osmek, Wildlife Biologist - 01.22.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Steve Osmek, the full-time wildlife biologist at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, about his work to reduce the chances of bird strikes.

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Garmin Introduces MFD Line For LSA, Experimentals

GDU 370 And GDU 375 Based On Recently-Intro'd GPSMap 696

Garmin will kick off this year's US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL with the announcement of its new GDU 370 and GDU 375, full function multi-function displays (MFDs) developed for the light sport retrofit and experimental aircraft segments.

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Paradise USA Introduces P1 SP Light Sport Plane

Aircraft Includes Hand Controls For Paraplegics

If nothing else, the now four-year-old Sport Pilot category is all about accessibility, and making it easier for people to fly... whether the challenges are financial, or physical.

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British Coastguard Crews Must Complete Readiness Forms Before Rescues

"Hold On... Can't Go Yet... May I Borrow A Pen?"

The following isn't an aviation story in the strictest sense... but if you plan on any recreation along the coast of England, make sure you notify the authorities well in advance if you expect to need rescue.

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Leading Edge Aviation Completes A-26 Invader Restoration

World War II Bomber Roars Anew With Striking New Paint Job

Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), which notes it is the largest commercial aircraft painting company in the world, has just completed its month-long restoration of a World War II-era A-26 Invader.

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FAA Approves AKV Dual Tachometer For AS350 Helis

Direct Replacement For Rotor-Only Indicator

Dart Helicopter Services affiliate AKV Inc., has received FAA approval for the Dual Tachometer Indicator for the AS350BA, B1, B2 series of helicopters.

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Aero-TV: ICAS Conversations (Part Two) -- The Culture of 'Safety First'

It's Airshow Week--Again!--At Aero-TV! (Part Two)

The Second in a Three Part 'ICAS Conversation' for 2009, starts off a series of interwoven interviews in which we asked about a dozen airshow professionals the same three questions... each of which will become the topic of its own program over the course of the series. In this installment we asked a number of airshow luminaries the following question... after last year's unacceptable accident rate, what is happening with the attitudes and safety culture of the airshow industry? Is 'Safety First' working for you? 

Aero-TV: ICAS Conversations (Part Two) -- The Culture of 'Safety First'

It's Airshow Week--Again!--At Aero-TV! (Part Two)

The Second in a Three Part 'ICAS Conversation' for 2009, starts off a series of interwoven interviews in which we asked about a dozen airshow professionals the same three questions... each of which will become the topic of its own program over the course of the series. In this installment we asked a number of airshow luminaries the following question... after last year's unacceptable accident rate, what is happening with the attitudes and safety culture of the airshow industry? Is 'Safety First' working for you? 

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Aspen Avionics Earns EASA Certification For Evolution Flight Display

EFD1000 Continues To 'Evolve' In Market

Aspen Avionics told Aero-News Wednesday the European Aviation Safety Agency has issued European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorizations for the EFD1000 Primary Flight Displays. This approval paves the way both for installation of the EFD1000 PFDs in European aircraft -- subject to aircraft-specific installation approvals -- and for expansion of Aspen’s European dealer network.

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NTSB Finds Damage Consistent With Bird Strike On A320 Engine

Board Updates Status Of Flight 1549 Investigation

In its continuing investigation of US Airways flight 1549, the National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information.

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Bombardier Blames Boeing, Airbus Delays For Slow CSeries Ramp-Up

Airlines Are Skeptical Of Delivery Targets

Officials at Bombardier are looking to wedge their way into the market for airliners of 110-to-130 seats, and have a promising development program started for their CSeries jet. But company execs say they're finding it difficult to have their projected 2013 start of deliveries taken seriously by the airlines after widely publicized delays in new projects at Boeing and Airbus.

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Family Sues Over January 2008 SoCal Midair

Pilots' Estates, Aircraft Owners Among Defendants

The economic slowdown doesn't appear to be affecting the litigation industry.

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Raptors On Patrol Near Guam

Deployed F-22s Arrive At Anderson AFB

Twelve F-22 Raptors deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, arrived in Guam January 18, for a three month Guam deployment in support of Pacific Global Deterrence mission.

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Akron-Canton Airport Has Best Year Ever

Airport Sets All-Time Passenger Record in 2008

Even a slumping economy couldn't stop one "small but mighty" commercial airport from posting its best year ever in 2008.

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Survey Shows Most Passengers Pay Attention To Safety Presentation

Yes, Your Seat Cushion CAN Be Used As A Flotation Device

It appears that in the aftermath of last week's downing of US Airways Flight 1549, more airline travelers at least say they're paying better attention to flight attendants during the pre-takeoff safety presentation.

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South African Airways Crew Released From Jail

15 Accused Of Smuggling Marijuana, Cocaine

Authorities in England says 15 members of a South African Airways airline crew have posted bail to be released from jail, after their plane landed at London Heathrow with luggage which contained 110 pounds of marijuana and almost nine pounds of cocaine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.22.09)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the Boeing 737 Technical Site. Here you will find technical, operational, and training notes; articles and photos contributed by 737 pilots and engineers from around the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.22.09): Aurora Borealis

Aero-Terms!

The Northern Lights caused by the interaction between the solar wind, the Earth's magnetic field and the upper atmosphere; a similar effect happens in the southern hemisphere where it is known as the aurora australis.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.22.09)

"Technological risk, weak airline traffic and low fuel prices all work against new aircraft programs Those are three great reasons not to be in a new jetliner program today. We just don't see it happening."

Source: Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia. Officials at Bombardier are looking to wedge their way into the market for airliners of 110-to-130 seats, and have a promising development program started for their CSeries jet. But company execs say they're finding it difficult to have their projected 2013 start of deliveries taken seriously by the airlines after widely publicized delays in new projects at Boeing and Airbus.

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