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March 15, 2009

Pilot Safe Following Cirrus 'Chute Deployment Near GAI

Was Returning To Airport After Reporting Mechanical Problem

The pilot of a Cirrus SR22 is reported to be uninjured after popping the 'chute over Gaithersburg, MD Sunday afternoon.

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Discovery On Its Way To International Space Station

Launch Lights Up The Florida Twilight Sky

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 03.15.09 1945 EDT: "Rock 'n roll, Discovery!" That message of encouragement from launch control came five seconds after the space shuttle Discovery cleared the launch tower, heading into orbit on a mission to deliver the last set of solar panels to the International Space Station.

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TSA Looking Into Reported Tirade At Dulles Airport Terminal

Late For His Flight, Report Says Louisiana Senator Lost His Cool

The Transportation Security Administration is following up on a report of an incident that allegedly took place at Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) last week.

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Appeals Court Backs District Court Ruling: No Guns At ATL

Recent GA State Law Does Not Override Airport Policy

A challenge of a September US District Court ruling was turned down in Federal Appeals Court last week, denying firearms owners the right to carry guns at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).

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Southwest Airlines Considers Selling Food On Flights

Some People Just Aren't Nuts About Peanuts

Travelers aboard Southwest Airlines may someday have more choices to abate their hunger besides the usual fare of peanuts.

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NY Times Latest To Put Company Jet On The Market

Company Stands To Lose Half Its Interest In The Plane At Today's Prices

In its annual shareholders proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week, the New York Times revealed that its corporate bizjet has been put on the market for sale.

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Ryanair Passengers Asked To Suggest Airline's Next Fee

€1,000 Cash Prize To Be Awarded For Best Suggestion

European bargain airline Ryanair last week invited passengers to suggest the airline's next ancillary revenue idea after Chief Executive, Michael O'Leary, confirmed the company is examining the possibility of passengers paying to use the onboard toilets.

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Helicopter Pilot Called 'Angel' For Saving Man In Horseshoe Falls

Dramatic Rescue Made By Niagara Falls Sight-Seeing Company

Niagara Helicopters Limited, an aerial tour company based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is being credited with saving the life of an apparently suicidal man who jumped into the rapids above the Horseshoe Falls last Wednesday.

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BRS Wins $4.1M Army Parachute Contract

1,200 Cargo Drop 'Chutes To Be Manufactured At NC Facility

Ballistic Recovery Systems announced last week that it has been awarded a $4.1 million military contract to provide 1,200 G-12 cargo parachutes to the US Army through August 2010. An option for an additional 1,500 systems may be exercised by the Army once this initial batch is delivered, equating to an additional $5.1million contract, or a total potential of $9.2M in revenue if fully realized.

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Northrop Grumman Subsidiary To Supply ATC System For UK Airfield

Park Air Systems Radar Coming To Jersey Airport

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced last week its Europe-based air traffic management system subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by NATS Services Ltd. to supply, deliver and install its NOVA 9000 Radar Processing and Flight Planning System, with fully integrated electronic flight strips, to the new air traffic control tower at Jersey International Airport.

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EC135 Flight Simulator Ready For Use In Germany

Company Extends Invitation To Int'l Customers

Eurocopter is offering its customers around the world the opportunity to use an EC135 flight simulator at its site in Donauworth, Germany.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.15.09)


The organizational objectives outlined by the founders remain the same but the scope and reality of today's organization is probably far greater than originally envisioned.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.15.09): Ruddervator


Often found on V-tail aircraft, ruddervators are a single control surface which combine the function of the rudder and elevators in one.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.15.09)

"After being delayed on the Senate floor ensuring a vote on my anti-pay raise amendment and in a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings the next day, I accidentally went through the wrong door at the gate. I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be."

Source: Louisiana Senator David Vitter, in a message acknowledging an incident that allegedly took place at Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) last week. According to Roll Call, an unnamed witness reports Vitter arrived at a United Airlines gate about 20 minutes before departure time. Finding the door to the jetway already closed, Vitter opened it, setting off a security alarm. An ai

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