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February 08, 2009

Cirrus Says Production Cutbacks Imminent

Production Days To Be Scheduled To Meet Weekly Demand

Cirrus Design Corporation last week advised employees of the Minnesota-based planemaker that due to continuing slow sales to expect production reductions -- by scheduling fewer production days -- to keep pace with lower production demand.

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NASA Adds Three More Days To Discovery Delay

Launch Will Occur No Sooner Than February 22

Add three more days -- at least -- to NASA's timeframe for the upcoming launch of the space shuttle Discovery. Due to an ongoing review of the space shuttle's flow control valves, NASA managers announced Friday liftoff on the STS-119 mission will occur no sooner than February 22.

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Delta Lowers Fares From Cincinnati

Relief For Passengers Gouged At CVG?

Delta has some welcome news for passengers flying out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Covington, KY (CVG)... the airline has sharply reduced fares on many routes originating there.

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Lawsuit Filed In January 29 Seneca Downing

$50,000 Wrongful Death Suit Names Aero Club, Plane's Registered Owner

Well, that didn't take long. A lawsuit was filed last Thursday on behalf of the estates of two victims of the fatal crash of a Piper PA-34 Seneca near Huntington, WV barely a week before.

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Schrenker Ordered To Pay $12 Million In Plane Sale Lawsuit

Suit Alleges "Hard Landing"-Damaged Plane Not Repaired, Then Sold As 'NDH'

The Indiana financial advisor accused of crashing his plane last month in a bungled attempt to fake his own death was hit with a $12 million judgment last week in a Houston County, Alabama Circuit Court on charges of fraud in the 2002 sale of a damaged aircraft.

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Stimulus Sparks Debate Over O'Hare Expansion

Rep. Jackson Voices Opposition To Using Taxpayer Money For OMP

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) spoke out Friday against Republican colleague Mark Kirk's comments in the Chicago Tribune suggesting that Illinois' share of the Stimulus Package be used to expand O'Hare. Rep. Kirk voted against the Stimulus Package that would bring $22 billion to Illinois and instead suggested that the government fully fund the $20 billion O'Hare Modernization Program.

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DeTect Issues 'Bird Radar Fact Sheet'

Addresses Recent Alleged FAA Misstatements

Bird detection radar development and manufacturer DeTect, Inc. had its feathers ruffled this week by recent FAA statements regarding the implementation of bird radar systems at US airports.

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Quickbuilding An RV Even Quicker -- The Legal Way

Synergy Air Offers Its Weeklong Class In Oregon, Weekend Roadshow In Arizona

So you've been thinking of building one of the RV kit aircraft from Van's Aircraft, Inc. You really like the look of their QuickBuild Kits, but you have questions. Is it something I can really do? Do I have to do everything myself? Is professional assistance legal? Well, one thing has never been questioned: preparing and educating yourself before you start an airplane project is legal... and smart.

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Boeing Names Aldo Basile VP Of Sales For Europe, Russia And Central Asia

Has Over 30 Years' Experience At Planemaker

Boeing recently named Aldo Basile its new Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Basile succeeds Marlin Dailey, who recently became Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president Sales.

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AirTran CFO Sees Opportunity In Industry Downturn

Other Airlines' Cutbacks Leave Room For Expansion

Orlando-based AirTran has taken advantage of other airlines' cutbacks to selectively expand its routes, adding flights while cutting capacity and costs. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.08.09)

Aero-Linx!

The IAA's mission is to represent its members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; to keep its members informed about aviation issues; to work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and to promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.08.09): Disk Loading

Aero-Terms!

Disk Loading is the pressure (weight force divided by disk area) maintained over the swept area of a helicopter's rotor. A heavy helicopter with short rotors will have more disk loading than a light helicopter with long rotors. A low disk loading allows better autorotation. The V-22 Osprey is an example of high disk loading.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.08.09)

"We're really down to the point where anything we do would mean carving into muscle, not just a little bit but a lot. We need to be careful and avoid any further staffing cuts to the extent that we can. The reality is that our success will be measured by whether we are able to produce airplanes profitably at smaller volumes."

Source: Bill King, vice president of business administration at Cirrus Aircraft. The planemaker advised employees last week that due to continuing slow sales to expect production reductions -- by scheduling fewer production days -- to keep pace with lower production demand.

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