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March 11, 2009

AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-02-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-02-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and-500 series airplanes.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-12 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company(Cessna) Models 208 and 208B airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-12 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-12 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Continental Fleet Workers Consider Teamster Representation

Union Aims To Organize Labor Pool Of Close To 8,000

The Teamsters launched an organizing campaign this week to assist nearly 8,000 Continental Airlines fleet service employees in organizing a union, after previous attempts by workers to organize failed.

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Eurocopter Signs Deal With Mexican MoD For Six EC725s

Medium-Lift Helos To Be Used For Transport, Civil Security

Eurocopter recently chalked up a new order from Latin America: The Mexican Ministry of Defense has placed an order for six EC725 helicopters, to be used primarily for transport and civil security missions.

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American MD-83 Lands At JFK After Dropping Parts On Queens

Makes Safe Emergency Landing After Number Two Engine Fails

An American Airlines MD-83 made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport Wednesday morning, due to engine failure.

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Branson Airport Adds Second Carrier

Sun Country To Provide Service To MSP

As opening day approaches for Branson Airport, the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the US, officials announced this week Sun Country Airlines will provide exclusive non-stop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN to Branson, MO when the airport opens May 11.

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Lidle Suit Claims Ballplayer's Presumed Future Earnings

Sports Columnist Says Math Doesn't Add Up

Cirrus Design has been sued by the widow of former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle for some $50 million, based on claims by the late ballplayer's agent Lidle would have made at least that much had his career not been cut short by the October 2006 plane crash that claimed his life.

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BTS: Airline On-Time Performance Continued Upward Trend In January

Delta Regional Posts Dismal Performance, Including One Flight Stranded Over 7.5 Hours

The nation's largest airlines had a higher rate of on-time flights this past January than in either January of last year or in December 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday by the US Department of Transportation.  

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Bombardier Finally Signs Lufthansa To CSeries Contract

Firm Purchase Agreement For 30 Planes, Options On 30 More

Better late than never. Bombardier Aerospace announced Wednesday Deutsche Lufthansa AG, launch customer for the CSeries aircraft program, signed a firm purchase agreement for 30 CSeries single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.11.09

EAA's Search For A New President, With Tom Poberezny

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.11.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.11.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Search For A New EAA President: 03.11.09 (ANN Special Report, with EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny.)

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United Technologies To Lay Off Nearly 12,000 Workers

Aerospace Losses Contribute To Dour Forecast

The conglomerate that owns such notable aerospace companies as Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, Rocketdyne and Hamilton Sundstrand will cut 5 percent of its global workforce this year, the latest victim of a staggeringly awful global economy.

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NASA Dryden's Kevin Petersen Announces Retirement

David McBride Named Acting Director Of Flight Research Center

Kevin L. Petersen, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, announced this week he plans to retire from NASA, effective April 3. A veteran aerospace engineer and manager with 38 years experience at NASA Dryden, Petersen has served as the center's director for more than 10 years and is the longest-serving field center director currently at NASA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.11.09

EADS turns a profit in 2008, but can it survive 2009?
Obama may shelve the KC-X tanker project.
And Delta and United cut international capacity.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.11.09

EADS turns a profit in 2008, but can it survive 2009?
Obama may shelve the KC-X tanker project.
And Delta and United cut international capacity.


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ANN Special Feature: Tom Poberezny, Search for New EAA President - 03.11.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Tom Poberezny, long-time president and recently-named chairman of the board of the Experimental Aircraft Association, about EAA's search for a new presid

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Aero-TV Profiles The AirSupport Solution -- Professional Airshow Management

As Cool As It May Sound, The Airshow Business Is Serious Stuff

During the heights of this year's ICAS Convention, we had the opportunity to spend time with the folks that make up the backbone of the modern airshow industry... the rank and file support companies that make all that wonderful stuff above look so pleasing to all of those below.

TSA Puts Renewed Effort Into 'Operation Playbook'

Increased Security May Be Coming To An Airport Near You

It's official. A newly-emboldened Transportation Security Administration is taking a hard line when it comes to security at airports served by both commercial airline and general aviation traffic in the form of "Operation Playbook"... a program the TSA tried, and failed, to implement late last year. Industry sources tell ANN a revised form of "Playbook" will soon go into effect at many airports nationwide.

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Aero-TV Profiles The AirSupport Solution -- Professional Airshow Management

As Cool As It May Sound, The Airshow Business Is Serious Stuff

During the heights of this year's ICAS Convention, we had the opportunity to spend time with the folks that make up the backbone of the modern airshow industry... the rank and file support companies that make all that wonderful stuff above look so pleasing to all of those below.

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Duncan Aviation Confirms Layoffs

Over 300 Throughout Company Will Be Let Go

In response to the ailing economy and credit crisis -- "as well as political and media grandstanding against the business aviation industry" -- this week Duncan Aviation implemented a reduction in its nationwide work force, the first in its 53-year history.

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Report: Lawmaker Using USAF As 'Personal Airline'

Do As Pelosi Says, Not As Pelosi Does?

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi often requests high-end military aircraft to shuttle her from Washington, DC to her home in California, reports a conservative watchdog group... and what's more, she often demands the same perks for her family and friends.

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Second Victim In Florida MX-2 Downing Identified

Teen Was Studying To Become A Pilot

School officials identified the second person onboard an MX-2 aerobatic aircraft that crashed Monday near Dade City, FL. Richard Seufzer, 18, was a senior at Zephyrhills High School who was on the flight as part of research for a student project.

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New GA Terminal Coming To Greenville-Spartanburg Airport

Former Building Damaged In 2007 Storm

For the better part of two decades, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina has been fighting an uphill image battle. For years, it was known as the Greenville-Spartanburg Jetport.

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Boeing Agrees To Lease 25 717s To Mexicana

...But Where Will Some Of Those Planes Come From?

Boeing has found a new home for some orphaned narrowbody airliners. The manufacturer signed a lease agreement this week with Mexicana Group for 25 717-200 airplanes, to be used by the carrier's MexicanaClick operation.

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Soldiers Train Iraqi Police In Air Assault Tactics

Joint Exercises Prepare Officers For US Exit

Iraqi police officers jumped out of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and hit the dirt at Camp Cedar's landing zone during an air assault training exercise at Contingency Operating Base Adder earlier this month.

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Sun Country Repays December 2008 DIP Loan

Airline Continues Path To Recovery

Sun Country Airlines continues on the road to recovery, even at a time when many other carriers are ailing. The niche carrier announced Tuesday it had repaid in full the Debtor in Possession financing loan the airline received in December 2008.

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AirTran CEO Says Fees Will Mean Profits In 2009

Fornaro Predicts Carrier Will Make Money Each Quarter Of Year

It looks as though all the grumbling endured by the airlines about a la carte fees may have been worth the hassle. AirTran Airways CEO Bob Fornaro says the fees for checked bags and other services are proving a big help in getting through a period during which passenger traffic is falling and fares being cut.

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Two Arrested In Murder-By-Gyroplane Investigation

Hunt Supporter May Have Been Mowed Over By Taxiing Gyro

A 48-year-old man known for his enjoyment of working with dogs to support foxhunters in England is dead, and local officials are investigating the possibility of foul play.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.11.09)

Aero-Linx!

The P-38 National Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to collect data and memorabilia to preserve and perpetuate the memory of this classic WWII aircraft -- the P 38 "Lockheed Lightning" -- for future generations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.11.09): Torque Effect

Aero-Terms!

The torque effect experienced in helicopters and single propeller-powered aircraft is a result of Isaac Newton's third law of motion that "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.11.09)

"From the moment we made the decision to move forward with layoffs, we have been very mindful about conducting them in the most respectful and dignified way possible. We want to help those employees have a successful transition out of the company and hope that, one day, we will be able to hire them back with Duncan Aviation."

Source: Aaron Hilkemann, president of Duncan Aviation. This week, the business aircraft service and support company announced 304 workers will be laid off in coming weeks, due to the downturn in the economy and "political and media grandstanding against the business aviation industry."

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