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February 27, 2009

AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2009-02-09 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-02-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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New Team Enters Google Lunar X Prize

Synergy Moon Comprised Of Engineers, Artists, Enthusiasts

The ambitious dream of returning to the Moon -- this time to stay -- appears alive and well in a magnificently diverse team of space enthusiasts, artists, engineers, students, and explorers jointly called Synergy Moon, the latest entrant in the X Prize Foundation’s Google Lunar X Prize.

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Sonex Introduces Airframe Sub-Kits

Another Option For Builders On A Budget

If you've ever thought of building your own airplane, you may be running out of reasons not to do it; that is, if Sonex Aircraft has anything to say about it.

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Lockheed Completes Initial Vibration Tests On VH-71

But Program's Future Cloudy At Best

Even with the future of the program very much in doubt, Lockheed Martin is pressing on with testing of the first VH-71 presidential helicopters. The first production aircraft recently completed initial ground vibration testing on schedule at the end of January at the Navy's Presidential Helicopter Support Facility in Patuxent River, MD.

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First Flight 3407 Lawsuit Filed Against Airlines, Bombardier

Claims Colgan "Negligently... Recklessly" Operated Plane

The first lawsuit has been filed over the February 12 downing of a Colgan Air Q400 turboprop near Buffalo, NY. On Thursday, the firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman sued four parties connected to the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, on behalf of the family of one of the victims.

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Alaska Airlines Latest To Test Inflight Wireless Internet

Satellite-Based Broadband Access Knows No Boundaries

This week, Alaska Airlines became the latest carrier to announce plans to add inflight wireless internet access onboard its planes. In conjunction with Row 44, Alaska will roll out the system on a trial basis in the coming weeks.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2009-04-17 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45 and CF6-50 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2009-02-10 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-02-10 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-02-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-02-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2009-01-09 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-01-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.

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Gulfstream Joins Fuselage Sections On First G250

Company's Newest Bizjet On Track For First Flight

Gulfstream Aerospace recently celebrated the fuselage joining for the first Gulfstream G250, the company's newest mid-cabin jet.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.27.09

BizAv Strikes Back, With Cessna Marketing VP Tom Aniello

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.27.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- BizAv Strikes Back: 02.27.09 Part One, Read More

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Sikorsky Signs First Deposit Agreements For S-434 Helicopter

Rebranded Schweizer Intro'd At Last Year's Heli-Expo

Sikorsky Global Helicopters, the newly re-branded commercial programs subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, celebrated at Heli-Expo 2009 this week the first deposit agreements on its newest product, the S-434 helicopter.

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Japan Coast Guard Signs For Add'l Q300 From Field Aviation

Follows Delivery Of First Maritime Surveillance Plane

Following a Toronto hand-over ceremony of the third Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) for the Japan Coast Guard, Field Aviation's modification center has captured a follow-on contract for a further three Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 MSA destined for Japan, bringing the total contract to eight aircraft.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2009-02-07 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-02-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain British Aerospace (Jetstream) Model 4100 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2009-02-11 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-02-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.09

NASA sets a new date for Discovery.
Turkish Airlines says it lost five of its own.
And Mary Schiavo is back in the news.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.27.09

NASA sets a new date for Discovery.
Turkish Airlines says it lost five of its own.
And Mary Schiavo is back in the news.


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Aero-TV Profiles A Show Stopper! Art Nalls' Civilian Harrier (Part 2)

For The Guy Who Must Have EVERYTHING...

You must have heard the rumors... a VSTOL Harrier "JumpJet" in civilian hands!! Well, rumor no more, ANN and Aero-TV is proud to introduce you to Art Nalls, former USMC Fighter jock and the owner/operator of the only civilian Harrier in the world... much less on the airshow circuit.

Letter Groups 'Troubled' And 'Concerned' About Obama Budget Language

NBAA, AOPA Point To Call For "Direct User Charges" By 2011

On Thursday, President Barack Obama submitted the first proposed budget under his administration, and it contained some rotten news for general aviation: language calling for user fees to begin in 2011.

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Schiavo Joins With Air Safety Advocates In Lawsuit Against FAA, DOT

She's Baaaack....

Former Transportation Department inspector general Mary Schiavo joined members of a group calling itself The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation Tuesday in announcing a federal lawsuit has been filed against DOT and FAA officials, alleging that a series of "deja vu disasters" have resulted from FAA inaction on the NTSB's annual list of "Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements."

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'New Eclipse' Aims To Rebuild Brand, VLJs

Analysts Doubtful That Can Happen

On Thursday, aerospace executive Phil Friedman announced his plans to bid for the assets of the defunct Eclipse Aviation, under the auspices of his company New Eclipse Acquisition LLC.

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Aero-TV Profiles A Show Stopper! Art Nalls' Civilian Harrier (Part 2)

For The Guy Who Must Have EVERYTHING...

  Art Nalls is an amazing guy -- one who has given the FAA some interesting tasks... such as administering a checkride last October -- to fly the Harrier! Art says that, "The examiner required me to demonstrate the various takeoffs and landing for VSTOL aircraft, as he was totally unfamiliar with the Harrier, so we discussed the various takeoffs and landings and the appropriate use for each. The examiner was pleased with my flying and granted me the type-rating."

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FBI Raids Professor's Home On Charges Of Defrauding NASA

Accused Of Diverting Contract Money Into Private Accounts

It is, sadly, an all-too familiar story in these disheartening times: a government contractor, awarded millions in federal money to develop new projects, instead uses those funds to better their own standard of living.

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Klyde Morris (02.27.09)

Just Remember... You Saw It Here First!

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Civil Air Patrol Says 'Don't Trash The Beacon!'

Accidental Signals Distract Responders From REAL Emergencies

Boat and plane owners upgrading their emergency beacons to the newer technology may be tempted to toss their old ones in the nearest dumpster. But emergency beacons -- also known as ELTs in aircraft and EPIRBs in watercraft -- were not meant to be discarded like common trash.

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Thales CEO Refuses To Give EADS More Money For A400M

Accuses Consortium Of Hoarding Cash

If EADS hoped to receive a bailout of its own, on the delay-plagued and massively overbudget Airbus Military A400M turboprop... it had better think again.

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Piper Adds AmSafe Airbag Belts To PA46 Options List

Also Available For Aftermarket Install On Other Current Models

Piper Aircraft announced Thursday it will offer the AmSafe Aviation Airbag System as optional equipment on all its new PA-46 aircraft (Matrix, Malibu and Meridian) models, and for aftermarket installation on all other current Piper planes. AmSafe will work in concert with Piper and its dealer/service network to distribute the airbag system. 

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American Threatens FAs With April 1st Layoffs

No Fooling...

With 667,000 Americans filing initial claims for unemployment insurance just in the week ending February 21, how confident would you be in voluntarily leaving your job to help out your employer?

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Virgin America Looks For New Capital

Initial US Investors May Opt To Get Out Now

For all its apparent success, Virgin America faces a tough issue unique among US domestic airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.27.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Ninety Nines is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries - they currently have over 5,500 members throughout the world. International Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, OK.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.27.09): Cloud Suck

Aero-Terms!

A phenomenon commonly known in paragliding and hang gliding where pilots experience significant lift due to a thermal under the base of cumulus clouds, especially towering cumulus and cumulonimbus.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.27.09)

"There are a lot of people who choose to believe in Santa Claus at a surprisingly advanced age. There's a great chance that people will learn from this and there will never be such an awful program again. That's the only up side."

Source: Teal Group aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia, referring to the collapse of Eclipse Aviation.

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