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February 17, 2009

Annual GA Shipments Down For First Time In Five Years

Steep Decline In Piston Deliveries Offset Growth In Turbines

The news wasn't unexpected, but it still hurts. On Tuesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced 2008 year-end worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes decreased for the first time in five years, with steep drops in piston aircraft deliveries cutting into continued growth in the turbine market.

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Planes Land Safely Following Bird Strikes At SLC, FLL

C402 Lands With Turkey Vulture In Windshield

A pair of pilots are counting their blessings, after two separate bird strikes on takeoff -- one in Florida, the other near Salt Lake City, UT.

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Consolidation Of Space Florida Launch Site Operators License Approved

FAA OKs Joining SLC-36, SLC-46 Under Common Approval

Space Florida's efforts to secure licenses for two launch sites has been significantly streamlined by quick approval by the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation of Space Florida's request to consolidate FAA Launch Site Operator license applications.

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Elliott Aviation Receives ANAC Approval For King Air RVSM Solution

Brazilian Certification Comes After FAA, EASA Approvals

Elliott Aviation announced Tuesday the Moline, IL-based business aviation services company has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its RVSM solution on Beechcraft King Air B200, 300 and B300 series aircraft from the Agéncia Nacional de Aviaçao Civil (ANAC) of Brazil.

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ESA Takes Initiative In Monitoring Space Debris

Launched Monitoring Program Weeks Before February 10 Collision

Last week's collision involving a defunct Russian satellite and an active Iridium telecommunications relay station over Siberia highlighted the dangers on-orbit debris represents to current and future satellites, and even manned spacecraft. It also showed how difficult it is to properly monitor the estimated 13,000 satellites and pieces of man-made debris now in orbit around Earth.

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This Just In! Pigs Fly... With Ospreys

Tiltrotors Meet Warthogs In First Joint Exercise

What do you get when you cross an osprey with a warthog? For a zoologist, the question may seem preposterous... but in Air Force terms, instead of an odd looking winged-swine hybrid, the result is immense firepower and unparalleled close-air support capability for the rapid infiltration and exfiltration of troops in the battlespace.

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Murtha Renews Call For Splitting KC-X Contract

Says Boeing, Northrop/EADS Should Each Win

It wouldn't be the most cost-effective solution... but it may just be the best possible hope for peace in our time, at least when it comes to the US Air Force's problematic call for a new generation of aerial refueling tankers.

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Report: LASP Would Devastate Alaskan Private Aviation

Bush Pilots Can Ill Afford New Costs, Industry Says

If the general aviation community needs any more examples of the harmful ramifications of the TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), one needs to look only at how the ways of life of many Alaskan pilots would be negatively impacted.

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GAMA, NBAA Launch 'No Plane No Gain!' Advocacy Campaign

Renews 1993 Call To Spread The Word About GA, BizAv Benefits

Looking to reinforce the value of business aviation to American workers, policymakers, companies and communities across the US, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) unveiled a comprehensive new joint advocacy campaign Tuesday with a familiar name: "No Plane No Gain."

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.17.09

The Future Of Cirrus Aircraft, With Company President Brent Wouters

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Future Of Cirrus Aircraft: 02.17.09 Part One, Part Read More

Cutter Aviation Accepts Delivery Of Last Dealer-Sold Bonanza

Hawker Beechcraft Bringing All Sales In-House For 2009

Marking the end of a 63-year relationship as one of the leading dealers of Beechcraft products, Cutter Aviation accepted delivery of the last dealer-sold Beechcraft G36 Bonanza on Tuesday, February 3 from the Hawker Beechcraft Company (HBC) in Wichita, KS.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.17.09

NTSB says Continental Express 3407 was on autopilot.
Regionals continue struggling with the "puddle-jumper" stigma.
And a former NASA astronaut breaks with the agency's stan

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.17.09

NTSB says Continental Express 3407 was on autopilot.
Regionals continue struggling with the "puddle-jumper" stigma.
And a former NASA astronaut breaks with the agency's stan

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Aero-TV Takes A Look Ahead: Socata In 2009

Aero-TV Asks... What's "NTx" For Daher-Socata?

By any measure, 2008 was a successful one for the company formerly known as EADS Socata.

Union Plays Up Jobs Angle In Fight To Save F-22

Decision On Continuation Expected By March 1

With the federal government armed with roughly $800 billion dollars to stimulate the economy, a predictable recommendation is coming from defense industry circles.

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Aero-TV Takes A Look Ahead: Socata In 2009

Aero-TV Asks... What's "NTx" For Daher-Socata?

By any measure, 2008 was a successful one for the company formerly known as EADS Socata.The year ended with the company in the hands of new ownership, with European equipment and services supplier Daher purchasing a majority stake in the planemaker. The new owners came in just as Socata posted another record year for sales of the stunning TBM 850 turboprop...

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1909 Wright 'B' Flyer Replica To Fly At Airventure 2009

Special Appearance Marks 100th Anniversary Of Flight

A replica of the Wright brothers' 1909 Wright "B" Flyer will make its North American public flying debut during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

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North Korea Says It's Readying A 'Satellite Launch'

US Believes It's Really Another Missile Test

United States intelligence based on spy satellite photos suggests North Korea is preparing another test on a long-range Taepodong-2 missile. North Korea has responded to the accusation by claiming it is getting set to launch a satellite.

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NTSB Presses On As Families Visit Flight 3407 Accident Site

Hope To Complete On-Scene Investigation By Wednesday

As family members of the victims of Continental Flight 3407 walked Monday near the site of last week's accident in Clarence Center, NY, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board pressed on with their investigation into what brought down the Bombardier Q400 turboprop with 49 people onboard.

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Thirteen Lost In Chilean Helicopter Accident

Impacted Mountain While Transporting Fire Crews

Chilean authorities have located the victims of an apparent CFIT helicopter accident in the Andes Sunday.

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Beech Wind Tunnel Performs Tests For Boeing UAV

NIAR Conducts Subsonic Testing On ScanEagle

The Beech Wind Tunnel at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research recently performed subsonic wind tunnel tests for a full-scale model of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' ScanEagle Compressed Carriage, a long-endurance autonomous unmanned vehicle.

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New Crew Rest Rules At Delta Come Under Scrutiny

Airline Wants To Stick To Voluntary Program

As the endurance of modern jet airliners has reached past 12 hours, comparatively ancient FAA regulations regarding minimum rest periods for flight crews haven't kept up.

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Royal Navy Launches Centennial Celebration Of Naval Aviation

Admiralty Order First British Airship On May 7, 1909

Royal Navy aviators and veterans, including Jock Moffat, the Swordfish pilot whose torpedo crippled the Bismark in World War II, gathered Monday at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London to launch the One Hundredth Anniversary of Naval Aviation. The centenary year will be marked by a number of colorful events and activities throughout the UK.

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New Air Taxi Service Begins In New York

Hopscotch Air Touts 'Hassle-Free And Affordable' Private Air Service

Upstart air taxi provider Hopscotch Air recently earned approval from the FAA to begin customer flights from New York metropolitan airports, using a fleet of Cirrus SR22s.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.09)

Aero-Linx!

Since 1934, LIGA has been dedicated to improving the health & well-being of the people of Sinaloa Mexico by providing free health care & education. LIGA reaches out to help the child with the cleft plate, the woman blind from cataracts, the young man missing a leg, the old woman with varicose ulcers... and the group uses general aviation to do it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.09): Inertia Coupling

Aero-Terms!

A potentially lethal phenomenon of high-speed flight in which the inertia of the heavier fuselage overpowers the aerodynamic stabilizing forces of the wing and empennage. The problem became apparent as single-engine jet fighter aircraft were developed with narrow wing spans that had relatively low roll inertia, relative to the pitch and yaw inertia dominated by the long slender high-density fuselage.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.09)

"In his bid for the presidency he said he'd maintain jobs. Well, here's 95,000 jobs as opposed to cutting 95,000 jobs. I don't see how he cannot approve it."

Source: Jeff Goen, president of Local No. 709 of the International Association of Machinists at Lockheed Martin, referring to President Barack Obama. A decision is expected to come from the White House by March 1 on whether funding for production of the F-22 Raptor will be continued.

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