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March 27, 2009

Babbitt's The Guy: Former ALPA Chief Named FAA Administrator-Designate

Letter Groups Laud Choice

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.27.09 1900 EDT: It's official. Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama named Randolph "Randy" Babbitt to be the next FAA administrator, subject to confirmation by the US Senate.

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AD: Hamilton Sundstrand

AD NUMBER: 2009-07-06 MANUFACTURER: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hamilton Sundstrand Propellers model 568F propellers with certain part number (P/N) and serial number (SN) blades.

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Suddenly It's The 70s... And That's A Good Thing For Glasair Customers

Company Offers Disco-Era Pricing On Six 'Two Weeks To Taxi' Sportsmans

Glasair Aviation tells ANN it is offering six 'Two Weeks To Taxi' Sportsman 2+2 aircraft at over 25% off the normal price on a first come, first served basis.  

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Air Safety Foundation's Nall Report Shows Fatal Accidents Declined In 2007

But Overall Accident Rate Increased, Which Is "Worrisome"

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation on Friday released the 19th annual Joseph T. Nall Report, a comprehensive analysis of what kinds of accidents pilots have, and why. The report looks at general aviation accidents that occurred throughout 2007 -- the most recent year details on nearly all accidents are available from the NTSB --  involving light, fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs.

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PW4000 Advantage70 Turbofan Takes Flight

Upgrade Delivers 70,000 Pounds Of Thrust

Pratt & Whitney's PW4000 Advantage70 engine completed its first flight this week aboard an Air Comet A330-200 in Toulouse, France. The first Advantage70 flight marks the beginning of a flight test program that will continue through early April.

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Pilots Union Claims AirTran 'Unfairly' Suspended Pilot

Airline Says Wearing Uniform To Union Events Is Against Policy, Whatever The Reason

The Board of Directors of the National Pilots Association (NPA) said Thursday it "strongly condemns" what it calls the wrongful suspension of an AirTran Airways pilot, and appealed to the public in demanding that he be reinstated immediately and paid in full.

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Cool! STC'd Air Conditioning System Now Available On DA40s

Diamond Considers Factory Offering If Demand Warrants

Aero-News has learned Diamond Aircraft distributor Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc. recently received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate SA03674AT for installation of a fully integrated vapor cycle air conditioning system for all Lycoming-powered Diamond Aircraft DA40 series aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.27.09

Sandy And JoAnn Hill Of SAFE

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.27.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.27.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sandy & JoAnn Hill of SAFE: 03.27.09 (ANN Special Report, with Sandy and JoAnn Hill, former directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors.)

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Accident Survivor, Rescuer Lost When Hoist Line Breaks

Crash Second In One Week For Ecuadorian Military

An Ecuadorian pilot who survived ejecting from his stricken fighter and a rescuer were lost this week when a hoist line broke as the pilot was being retrieved by a helicopter.

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Complaints Fly Between FL EMS Operation, Former Pilot

FAA Spends Investigators To Naples

The FAA sent inspectors to a Naples, FL medevac operation this week, to investigate a complaint levied by a former employee of the county's Emergency Medical Services program... but as it turns out, the company had previously filed a complaint against the former worker.

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Report: Pratt & Whitney Expects 'Significant' Layoffs This Year

As Many As 1,500 New Job Cuts In Connecticut

The news isn't surprising, though the hard numbers are certainly disquieting. Reuters reports Pratt & Whitney expects to cut as many as 1,500 additional jobs by the end of 2009, as the enginemaker continues to scale back operations due to the slumping economy.

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Embraer Notes Declining Market In 2008 Earnings Report

Fall In Q4 Income Offset Productivity Gains

Brazilian planemaker Embraer announced Thursday the company took in over $6.3 million in net revenues for fiscal year 2008, a 20.8 percent increase over FY2007 figures... but sharp drops in the fourth quarter, due to the global economic recession, hit the planemaker's balance sheet hard.

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King Retires As Director Of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Robert Lightfoot Will Serve As Acting Director For Now

David King, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL is retiring from the agency to accept a position as executive vice president of Dynetics in Huntsville, effective immediately. Robert M. Lightfoot, Marshall's deputy center director, will serve as acting director until a successor is named.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.27.09

ILFC says it needs funding to last past April.
North Korean moves its missle to the launch pad.
And is the Czech Republic still onboard with missle defense?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.27.09

ILFC says it needs funding to last past April.
North Korean moves its missle to the launch pad.
And is the Czech Republic still onboard with missle defense?


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ANN Special Feature: Sandy & JoAnn Hill of SAFE - 03.27.09

Sandy and JoAnn Hill, former directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors who found themselves at the center of a controversy which split NAFI, talk about what happened, and how the

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Aero-TV: Stunning Perspectives -- Lockwood's AirCam (Part 2)

One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Aeronautical World

Ask ANN's Jim Campbell, a guy who may have flown more unique aircraft types than anybody on Planet Earth, what some of his favorite airplanes are and one name, in particular, will come up quickly -- The Lockwood AirCam.

Tensions Rise As North Korean Missile Moved To Pad

Talks Scheduled Friday In Washington, DC

The electronic eyes of US spy satellites are trained on a launch pad in North Korea, as the communist regime defies United Nations resolutions by positioning a Taepodong-2 missle on a launch pad on the nation's east coast.

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Aero-TV: Stunning Perspectives -- Lockwood's AirCam (Part 2)

One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Aeronautical World

Ask ANN's Jim Campbell, a guy who may have flown more unique aircraft types than anybody on Planet Earth, what some of his favorite airplanes are and one name, in particular, will come up quickly -- The Lockwood AirCam.

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Opponents To US Missile Shield Welcome Czech Shakeup

No Confidence Vote Comes Ahead Of Obama Visit

While the government of Poland lobbies the Obama administration to stay the course with a missile defense system for eastern Europe, opponents of the plan are hailing a political victory in the Czech Republic.

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Shuttle Shuffle: One Heading Home, Another Ready To Go

Discovery To Land Saturday; Atlantis Moves To Launch Pad Tuesday

Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, March 31... three days after its sister ship Discovery is scheduled to land at KSC following completion of its STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.

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US Airways Flight 1549 Pilots Coming To AirVenture 2009!

Sullenberger, Skiles Will Share Their Story With Fellow Aviators

The cockpit crew from US Airways Flight 1549, involved in one of the most riveting aviation events in recent years, will share their experiences at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 27-August 2.

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Delta Faces REALLY Tough Post Merger Decision: Which Cola?

Hometown Favorite Coke Not Assured Victory Over Pepsi

This story is like deja vu from a taste-test commercial in the 1970s. Having made progress toward resolving most of the major issues in its absorption of Northwest Airlines, one of the sticky problems remaining for Delta Air Lines is -- believe it or not -- Coke, or Pepsi?

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Klyde Morris (03.27.09)

The TSA Fails To Intimidate...

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C-17s Practice Formation Flying Near Edwards AFB

Herding Globemasters Isn't Easy...

The Global Reach Combined Test Force concluded a colossal mission of performing a formation test with six C-17 Globemaster IIIs March 14 and 17 at California's Edwards Air Force Base.

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NASA Tests Orion Recovery Procedures

Constellation Program To Conduct Ocean Tests In April

A full-scale mockup of NASA's Orion crew module is being tested in water under simulated and real landing weather conditions. Beginning March 23, a Navy-built, 18,000-pound Orion mockup will be placed in a test pool at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division in West Bethesda, MD. Ocean testing will begin April 6 off the coast of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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USAF Tests Advanced Technology Demonstration Motor

Aerojet TAM Produced Over 48,000 Lbf. Of Thrust

Aerojet and the US Air Force recently conducted a static test of Aerojet's Technology Assessment Motor (TAM) in support of the US Air Force's Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) Phase II program. The test was conducted at simulated altitude conditions by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.09)

Aero-Linx!

The purpose of The First Across Organization is to spread the history of the NC-4, the U.S. Navy flying boat that was the first aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic or any other ocean.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.09): Termination Shock

Aero-Terms!

The solar wind termination shock is the shock that occurs as the solar wind hits the heliopause and its speed slows greatly (down to about 20 km/s).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.27.09)

"These two pilots have told their story to the world since the remarkable events of January 15th, but at EAA AirVenture they'll have the opportunity to talk in-person with fellow aviators on how their training, planning and airmanship skills were tested. There is perhaps no place better than Oshkosh where an audience would understand the decision-making process that took place in the cockpit that day and learn the lessons from these two pilots' experiences. We eagerly look forward to welcoming them to 'aviation's family reunion' at Oshkosh this summer."

Source: EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny. The cockpit crew from US Airways Flight 1549, involved in one of the most riveting aviation events in recent years, will share their experience

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-18 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-18 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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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2009-06-17 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-06-17 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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AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2009-07-02 MANUFACTURER: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain BEECH Model 400, 400A, and MU-300-10 airplanes.

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