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January 24, 2009

Report: US Airways Ditching May Escape Litigation Nightmare

Second Engine Lifted From Riverbed Friday

A seemingly unavoidable incident. A thoroughly successful outcome. One hundred fifty-five lives saved by the combination of skill, professionalism and flat-out luck. The lack of a readily-apparent scapegoat. All those factors combined in the matter of US Airways Flight 1549 may result in one of the least litigious airline accidents in years, legal experts say.

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Southwest To Extend Fleet Cuts Into 2010

Q4 2008 Results Are In

While it's still 11 months too early to say for certain, indications are that 2009 will be known as the year Southwest Airlines' streak of rapid growth will come to an end.

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Business Aviation Groups Welcome LaHood To DOT

NATA Notes New Priority On Resolving FAA/NATCA Conflict

We may soon witness a return to civility between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, with Thursday's confirmation of former Illinois congressman Ray LaHood as the next secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

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NASA One Step Closer To First Orion Flight Test

Dummy Crew Launch Vehicle Will Fly Atop Ares I-X Test

NASA is one step closer to the first flight test of the rocket that will send humans on their way to the moon as part of the agency's Constellation Program. Rocket hardware critical for the test, known as Ares I-X, was completed this week at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

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USAF Works Aggressively To Reduce Bird Strikes

Avian Encounter Downed E-3B In 1995

As an ongoing investigation continues on a bird strike that caused a passenger jet's engines to fail last week after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, Air Force safety officials said they're well-versed on the dangers of bird strikes and aggressively are working to prevent them.

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Aviation Props Up General Electric Q4 Results

Engine Manufacturing Unit Helps Company Hold Onto Profit

For all the dour reports seemingly permeating the aviation world of late, we'll take good news wherever we can take it... even if it's somewhat mixed. GE Aviation, which manufactures a variety of aircraft engines for military and commercial use, helped prop up the fortunes of parent company General Electric in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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British Airways To Launch OnAir Inflight Internet Service

Passengers On New JFK-LCY To Enjoy Wireless Computing

British Airways announced Friday plans to launch OnAir's inflight mobile communications service on its new twice daily, all business-class route from London City Airport to New York City's JFK Airport.

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First Avionics-Equipped F-35 Rolls Out

STOVL Plane Has Mission-Spec Systems

Lockheed Martin completed the first F-35 Lightning II equipped with mission systems this week, a milestone that will lead to the first avionics testing on board an F-35 aircraft.

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Bombardier Delivers First 415MP To Malaysia

Gov't Is Launch Customer For Amphibious Aircraft In Asia

Bombardier Aerospace announced Friday that Malaysia's coast guard agency, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), has taken delivery of the first of two Bombardier 415MP amphibious aircraft ordered by the Malaysian government in June 2008. The Malaysian government is the launch customer in Asia for the specialized Bombardier 415MP aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.09)

Aero-Linx!

AirwaySim is a new multi-player online game where you manage your own airline. This airline simulation game can be set up to contain various scenarios and can start from any year between 1950 and 2006.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.09)

"I fundamentally do not believe in a pure act of God air crash. I have never found one yet ... and when all the data is all in here, my suspicion is that this won't be one, either."

Source: Chicago aviation lawyer David Rapoport, commenting on the prospect of future litigation related to the successful January 15 ditching of US Airways Flight 1549.

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