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February 09, 2009

'Nine O Nine' In Minor Landing Incident At FXE

Tire Touched Approach Light, No Damage To Storied Plane

One's heart tends to skip a beat when you see "B17" listed as the type on an FAA Preliminary Report, however minor that incident may have been... and that led to several emails to ANN Monday morning about one particular listing on the FAA web site.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.09.09

A Year Of Lessons, With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.09.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Year Of Lessons: 02.09.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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Cessna Mechanic Caught Stealing Parts, Selling Them On eBay

Suspiciously Low Price Led Buyer To Check Serial Numbers

A mechanic employed by the Cessna Aircraft Company has been caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, stealing aircraft parts and selling them on eBay.

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Vermont Pilot Charged After Faking Crash

Claimed He Was Blinded By Runway Lights And Flipped In A Snowbank

A pilot pulling a prank of sorts was charged last week as a result of his deceitful comments on the radio, faking an accident and disrupting air traffic at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG).

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Records Show Catalina Accident Pilot Had PPL Only

No Commercial License Noted For Tour Operator

An overdue flight from Catalina back to John Wayne Airport (SNA) last Thursday afternoon set a search and rescue effort into motion, eventually locating the wrecked plane and three victims on a hilltop southwest of Catalina's Airport In The Sky (AVX).

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Air Routing Meteorologists Joins FAA Weather Evaluation Sub-Team

Participation In WET To Improve Traffic Flow Patterns

Aero-News learned Monday that Greg Murray, Weather and Flight Planning, Assistant Manager and Brittany Mitchell, Aviation Meteorologist for Air Routing, have recently joined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Weather Evaluation Sub-Team (WET) as Subject Matter Experts. Mr. Murray and Ms. Mitchell will act as participants in face to face meetings regarding their specific areas of expertise.

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Engineers Question Easing Of Fuel Tank Spark Standards

FAA Proposes Less-Stringent Regs Ahead Of 787 Certification

The FAA is apparently stepping back from regulations governing fuel tank fire standards, a move that, if approved, will benefit the certification effort of Boeing's upcoming 787 Dreamliner.

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BTS Says Airline On-Time Performance Improved Last Year

Hawaiian Airlines Posts Best Performance; Worst, Comair

The on-time performance of the nation’s largest airlines improved in 2008 compared to the previous year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Monday by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).  

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Are Accident Survivors 'Changed' By Brush With Death?

Re-Prioritized Lives Sometimes Yield To Old Ways

It's not uncommon for individuals vividly reminded of their own mortality to come away from the experience somehow changed, often with a renewed sense of purpose and priorities. Survivors from two airliner accidents told the New York Times about their ordeal, describing how their lives have changed -- mostly for the better.

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With Smoke In Cockpit, FedEx 727 Safely Diverts To DEN

Only Pilot And Copilot Aboard, Both Unhurt

FedEx Flight 2327 enroute from Billings, MT to Springfield, MO diverted to Denver International Airport Friday night, after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.09

Protesting NAFI members launch a new organization for flight instructors.
Cirrus says it expects more production cuts, but not more layoffs.
And a welcome bit of good news comes to Wi

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.09.09

Protesting NAFI members launch a new organization for flight instructors.
Cirrus says it expects more production cuts, but not more layoffs.
And a welcome bit of good news comes to Wi

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, A Year's Lessons - 02.09.09

Today, CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves discusses with ANN's Paul Plack what he's learned in the year since he took the dare of his critics, and opened his own flight school.

FMI: 

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Aero-TV: Sport Aviation Expo '09 -- Light Sport Defies Economy

The LSA Movement Hangs On... Despite Economic "Distractions"

No one has to tell you that the economy is tanking and that money is tight... especially if you happen to be trying to sell LSAs in today's market. With that in mind, ANN wondered how well this year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo might fare...

Cessna Latest To Announce Cuts To Work Week

Some Production Workers To Be Reduced To Three Or Four Days Per Week

On the heels of last week's announcement of job cuts now affecting a total of 4,600 workers, the Cessna Aircraft Company unveiled an additional strategy on Friday to shorten the work week for some production workers.

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Barnstorming: We Have A BizPlane and We're Not Afraid To Use It

'09 Promises To Be An Amazing, If Complex, Year

 …And so 2009 is slightly over a month old and I have but one primary thought at a little past four in the morning, the end of another long day… where the hell did it go? FMI: Got a newsworthy destination in mind for ANN's new flagship?? Tell us all about it!  

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Aero-TV: Sport Aviation Expo '09 -- Light Sport Defies Economy

The LSA Movement Hangs On... Despite Economic "Distractions"

No one has to tell you that the economy is tanking and that money is tight... especially if you happen to be trying to sell LSAs in today's market. With that in mind, ANN wondered how well this year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo might fare...

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TBO-NAFI: 'We Are Moving Ahead' With New Organization

To Be Called SAFE - The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators

The latest developments in the ongoing struggle between the National Association of Flight Instructors and Take Back Our-NAFI were covered in a Daily News statement posted on TBO-NAFI's website Saturday, as details of the beginnings of The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators were discussed by SAFE Interim Working Group spokesman Doug Stewart.

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EMB-110 Down In Brazil's Amazon Basin, 24 Presumed Lost

Four Survivors In Saturday Air Taxi Accident

An Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante chartered by Manaus Aerotaxis went down with reported engine trouble Saturday, crashing into the River Manacapuru in the Brazilian Amazon basin. Only four survivors of the water ditching have been found.

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AAL Pilots In No Rush To Re-Start ASAP

New US Transportation Secretary Urges US Airways, American To Follow Delta's Lead

At the urging of new US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, airlines and pilot unions that have let their Aviation Safety Action Program lapse are taking another look at changes in the language of the program to reach an agreement on terms.

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An Aussie Sully? Chieftain Ditches Off Darwin Coast

Pilot And Five Passengers Soggy But Okay

Inviting some to make comparisons to "Sully" Sullenberger's successful water landing of a US Airways A320 in New York's Hudson River, an Australian pilot made a safe ditching of the company Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in the Timor Sea off the coast of Darwin, in the Northern Territories.

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Klyde Morris (02.09.09)

So, NextGen Actually Means... Walkie-Talkies?

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VRB's Aviation Day Brings Young And Old To Airport

Relaxed Family Atmosphere Ideal For Sharing The Love Of Flying

Assistant Airport Director Todd Scher guided airplane enthusiasts and sightseers around the 50-plus military and civilian aircraft displayed on the tarmac Saturday at Vero Beach Municipal Airport's Seventh Annual Aviation Day, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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NTSB Prelim: Downed Cirrus' CAPS Pin Not Removed Before Flight

Pilot Said No Icing Seen Shortly Before Fatal Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board released its Preliminary report on the flight and demise of a couple and family friend traveling from Sheboygan to New Richmond last month.

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CA Helo Pilot Under FAA Investigation For Inflight Tryst

Tape Shows Man At Controls... With Porn Star

A video of airborne sexual escapades made in 2007, but only recently posted on a Hollywood gossip website, has gotten the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting an investigation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.09.09)

Aero-Linx!

Montana Pilot's Association (MPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1939, comprised of nearly 700+ pilots, to serve the interests and needs of general aviation in Montana. MPA is the only state-wide organization open to all pilots, and dedicated to representing and supporting the interest of Montana pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.09.09): Relative Wind

Aero-Terms!

The direction of movement of the atmosphere relative to an aircraft or an airfoil. It is opposite to the direction of movement of the aircraft or airfoil relative to the atmosphere.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.09.09)

"We're going to review the video. We're going to try to speak to everyone in the video, including the porn star, and we're going to go from there. We probably should have taken a closer look at the evidence when it was first presented to us -- and I can assure you, we're doing that right now."

Source: FAA Western Region spokesman Ian Gregor. A video of airborne sexual escapades made in 2007, but only recently posted on a Hollywood gossip website, has gotten the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting the investigation.

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