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March 03, 2009

Southwest Notes Downturn In February Traffic

Business Travel Drops Sharply Over 2007 Figures

Southwest Airlines presented something of a good news, bad news report Tuesday. The Dallas-based low-cost carrier reported it flew 5.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2009, a 6.0 percent decrease from the 5.4 billion RPMs flown in February 2008.

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China's Lunar Probe Ends Mission With Impact On Moon's Surface

Scientists Given Little Warning Of Planned Deorbit

China's first-ever mission to the moon came to a violent end Sunday, as the Chang'e-1 probe was sent crashing into the lunar surface.

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2009 'Wings Over Pittsburgh' Airshow Cancelled

Officials Cite Operational Commitments, Lack Of Funding

Aero-News has learned a decision was made late on February 27, 2009 to cancel this year's Wings Over Pittsburgh air show.

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Ares Rocket Recovery Parachute Tested Successfully

Lowers First Stage Mockup Softly To Arizona Desert

NASA and industry engineers successfully completed the second drop test of a drogue parachute for the Ares I rocket. The test took place February 28 at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, AZ.

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Report: Obama Letter Hints At Possible Deal On Missile Defense

Asks For Help In Quelling Iranian Threat

Senior White House staffers tell The Washington Post that President Obama sent a letter recently to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, aimed at improving relations between the two countries. Among the ideas reportedly put forth was a significant concession on the hot-button topic of missile defense.

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Japanese MoD Signs For Two EC135 Training Helicopters

Follow-On Order Expected In 2010

The Japanese Ministry of Defence recently signed a contract for two EC135 helicopters with Euroheli, Eurocopter's distributor in Japan. A second contract for three additional helicopters will follow next year with the objective of attaining a fleet of 15 training aircraft in total for the Maritime Self-Defence Forces.

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Orbit To Support Sea Stallion Upgrade Program

CH-53E Contract Valued At Approximately $3,000,000

Electronics manufacturer Orbit International announced recently its Electronics Group has received a design and qualification contract from a leading global prime contractor to support the CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter upgrade program.

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Raburn Speaks To ANN About What Went Wrong At Eclipse Aviation

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.03.09

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.03.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.03.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Vern Raburn Speaks: 03.03.09 (ANN Special Report, with Eclipse Aviation founder and former CEO Vern Raburn.) Part One
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  • Gulfstream Completes First 'Virtual' G650 Flight

    Pilots 'Fly' Flagship Aircraft... Via Sim

    Gulfstream Aerospace tells ANN it recently completed the first simulated flight of the company’s flagship jet, the state-of-the-art Gulfstream G650.  The event took place December 15 in the G650 Integration Test Facility (ITF) located at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah.

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    ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.03.09

    Southwest Airlines settles up with the FAA.
    AIG may get government help in selling off ILFC.
    And Vern Raburn breaks a long silence.

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    ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.03.09

    Southwest Airlines settles up with the FAA.
    AIG may get government help in selling off ILFC.
    And Vern Raburn breaks a long silence.


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    ANN Special Feature: Vern Raburn Recalls Eclipse, Part I - 03.03.09

    ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Eclipse Aviation founder and former CEO Vern Raburn about why he believes the company now has the best chance for continued life of anytime in the last f

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    ANN Special Feature: Vern Raburn Recalls Eclipse, Part II - 03.04.09

    ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Eclipse Aviation founder and former CEO Vern Raburn, and gets a candid assessment of mistakes made during the development of the Eclipse 500.

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    ANN Special Feature: Vern Raburn Recalls Eclipse, Part III - 03.05.09

    ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Eclipse Aviation founder and former CEO Vern Raburn about one of Eclipse's most notorious vendor disputes.

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    ANN Special Feature: Vern Raburn Recalls Eclipse, Part IV - 03.06.09

    ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Eclipse Aviation founder and former CEO Vern Raburn about the impending liquidation of the company's assets. Will we see Vern Raburn attempt to put the p

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    Aero-TV Looks At The 'SAMM' Solution -- Aircraft Maintenance Management (Part 2)

    Aero-Maintenance Expert Provides New Management Services For Busy A/C Owners

    Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his brainstorm. Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. (SAMM) is basically this -- an "in-house" maintenance expert that will be available on an annual basis for private aircraft owners... to oversee all maintenance related matters and offer their expertise, on-call, to make sure that an aircraft owner's dollars are being used only for what they are intended -- to keep their aircraft flying safely and predictably.

    USCG Aircraft Continue Search Off Florida Gulf Coast For Missing Boaters

    One Rescued Monday, Three Others Remain Unaccounted For

    The US Coast Guard Monday rescued a boater whose vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, and continues a high-profile search and rescue mission for three others who were onboard.

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    WAI 2009 Profile: A Woman in Combat

     Jacqui Marty looks like an ordinary woman. At least, she looks as ordinary as anyone can, wearing a well-worn flight suit with a Lieutenant Colonel's insignia, sitting on a panel with four other women telling "Stories from the War Front." A combat-experienced Air Force pilot who can claim to have traveled to every State and a dozen foreign countries, she's got a few stories to share.

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    Aero-TV Looks At The 'SAMM' Solution -- Aircraft Maintenance Management (Part 2)

    Aero-Maintenance Expert Provides New Management Services For Busy A/C Owners (Part Two)

    Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his brainstorm.

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    School of Aviation Technology At VCV Gets FAA Certification

    A&P Classes Slated To Begin On March 9

    The School of Aviation Technology at Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV) in Victorville announced Friday it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin formal instruction of students.

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    FAA Approves Funding $182M OMP Design Drawings With Ticket Taxes

    Construction Slated To Begin In 2010

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the expenditure of funds from airline passenger ticket taxes to pay for the design and engineering drawings of the first phase of the planned modernization project at Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD).

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    Massachusetts Guv Wants Carbon Fees For Logan Parkers

    State Budget Includes $2 Per Car Charge

    It's been only about a year since Massachusetts finished a $15 billion tunnel designed in part to provide better access by car to Boston's Logan International Airport. Now, Governor Deval Patrick wants to raise parking fees at the airport to as much as $7 an hour, in an effort to keep cars away and force airport patrons to use mass transit.

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    Boeing Submits Proposal For Altair Lunar Lander

    NASA Expected To Award Contracts In Spring

    Boeing, through its Space Exploration division, submitted a proposal to NASA last week for Altair lunar lander design support. NASA is expected to award multiple contracts this spring.

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    Airlines Handling -- And Losing -- Fewer Bags

    Luggage Fees Have Side Benefit For Passengers

    US domestic airlines have reported what might have been an expected benefit of a la carte checked-bag charges. In 2008 -- as fees prompted many passengers to travel lighter -- airlines lost 1.3 million fewer bags than in 2007.

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    Cessna Earns Russian Certification For Citation Sovereign

    First Bizjets Of Type Delivered In 2004

    Cessna announced Monday the Wichita, KS-based planemaker recently achieved Russian type certification for the Citation Sovereign from Russia's MAK (Interstate Aviation Committee, Aviation Register).

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    Airbus Delivers Its 500th A321 Narrowbody

    Air France Takes Delivery Of Milestone Plane

    European planemaker Airbus recently delivered the 500th A321 ever produced. The aircraft was handed over to Air France at Airbus' Delivery Centre in Hamburg.

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    ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.09)

    Aero-Linx!

    Find out what is happening world wide in the sport of paragliding. Here you will find answers to all the common questions, and much more!

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    ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.09): Fuel Hedging

    Aero-Terms!

    A contractual tool used by some airlines to stabilize jet fuel costs. A fuel hedge contract commits an airline to paying a pre-determined price for future jet fuel purchases.

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    Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.03.09)

    "The search is ongoing. We're continuing to hit this hard."

    Source: US Coast Guard Capt. Timothy M. Close. The USCG Monday rescued a boater whose vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, and continues a high-profile search and rescue mission for three others who were onboard, including two NFL football players.

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