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April 06, 2009

Reports: Pilot Of Stolen Cessna 172 In Police Custody

Pilot Flees On Foot After Flying Into US

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.06.09 2215 EDT: The pilot of a stolen Cessna 172 has landed the aircraft on a highway near Ellsinore, MO after flying around for several hours, and leading to the evacuation of the Wisconsin state capitol.

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AD: Dornier

AD NUMBER: 2009-07-09 MANUFACTURER: Dornier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Diamond

AD NUMBER: 2009-07-14 MANUFACTURER: Diamond SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-14 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Qref Releases Flight Instructor Notebook

Wants CFIs To Pass Checkride... The First Time!

Qref has released the "Flight Instructor Notebook", a comprehensive 322-page book aimed at passing the CFI checkride, the first time.

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Executive AirShare Receives First Phenom 100

Will Be Displayed At NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum At DAL

Robert D. Taylor, chairman and chief executive officer of Executive AirShare, announced Monday the Kansas City, MO-based fractional aircraft ownership company has taken delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100 entry level jet aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.06.09

Aviation's Tipping Point? With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.06.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.06.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Aviation's Tipping Point: 04.06.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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US Airways Rejects USAPA Call For Mediation In Contract Talks

Negotiations Showing Little Progress Since November 2005

The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) received notice last week US Airways has rejected the association's proposal to seek a National Mediation Board facilitator to assist the parties in reaching an agreement.

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Contentious Relations Delay Upgrades At BDR

Runways Need To Be Lengthened To Support Commercial Service

Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR) in Connecticut remains the object of a bitter three-way tug-of-war between two towns and the state.

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Air Wisconsin Completes One Millionth CRJ200 Revenue Flight

Regional Stalwart May Be Unloved By Many, But It's Still A Workhorse

If a list were compiled asking passengers to rate their preference on what airliners they most enjoy flying on... odds are the diminutive Bombardier (nee Canadair) CRJ200 would not rank very close to the top.

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Southwest, AAL Report March Traffic Numbers

LCC Reports Flat Numbers, But American Takes A Big Dip

Two Dallas, TX-based carriers have released their March 2009 traffic numbers... and let's just say "flat" was the best they could hope for.

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Lancair Completes Pressure Vessel Testing On Evolution Turboprop

Plane Passed "With Flying Colors"

High performance kitplane manufacturer Lancair International tells ANN the Redmond, OR-based planemaker recently completed a lengthy series of pressurization tests of its new Evolution aircraft. "The testing cycle surpassed by two-fold the aircraft's design requirement," according to the company.

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Machinists Denounce F-22 Funding Cut

Cites Need For Air Superiority, "Short-Term Economic Stimulus"

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) denounced Monday the decision by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates to end funding for the F-22 Raptor, calling the plane "the next-generation fighter aircraft that would have assured US air superiority for years to come."

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Carter's Nomination For DoD In Holding Pattern On KC-X Decision

Republican Senators Want Resolution On Tanker Deal

Ashton Carter, President Obama's nominee to become the Pentagon's next acquisition chief, saw his nomination stalled last week after two Republican senators raised concerns about the stalled KC-X contract deal for a new Air Force tanker.

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Gates Makes Deep Cuts In Proposed Pentagon Budget

Out: More Raptors, VH-71, CSAR-X

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.06.09 1500 EDT (DEVELOPING STORY): Saying he would have made the same budget cuts regardless of the state of the economy, on Monday Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended the Pentagon cut all further funding for production of the F-22A Raptor, and halting development of the controversial VH-71 presidential helicopter replacement.

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Aero-TV Profiles A Woman In Combat -- Lt. Col. Jacqui Marty (Part 1)

Another Truly Fascinating Interview From WAI 2009!

Lt. Colonel Jacqui Marty is a woman to this nation owes a great deal... and yet, during an interview with Aero-TV, Marty spent a considerable time telling us about all those she feels a debt to. That's the kind of person that flies an unarmed tanker into combat, time and time again, all over the world. An American Woman In Combat...

Airshow Pilot Robert Baranaskas Lost In P-40 Downing

Accident Claims Life Of Vintage WWII Aircraft Enthusiast

Airshow pilot and vintage aircraft enthusiast Robert Baranaskas was lost while practicing for an upcoming airshow over the Atlantic Ocean off Fire Island Sunday afternoon.

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Obama Condemns North Korean Missile Launch

Like Before, Rocket Fails To Reach Orbit

In Europe Sunday, President Barack Obama strongly criticized Saturday night's failed missile launch by North Korea. The three-stage rocket -- ostensibly an attempt to place a satellite into orbit -- failed to achieve orbit and fell back into the Pacific Ocean without incident, according to the US military.

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Aero-TV Profiles A Woman In Combat -- Lt. Col. Jacqui Marty (Part 1)

Another Truly Fascinating Interview From WAI 2009!

Lt. Colonel Jacqui Marty is a woman to this nation owes a great deal... and yet, during an interview with Aero-TV, Marty spent a considerable time telling us about all those she feels a debt to. That's the kind of person that flies an unarmed tanker into combat, time and time again, all over the world. An American Woman In Combat...

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Palmdale City Council To Re-Open PMD

Hopeful Of Attracting Return Of Airline Service

Since the 1970’s, eight airlines have come and gone from the Palmdale Regional Airport. Its most recent carrier was United Airlines, which cancelled its four daily flights last December due to low ridership. The final blow to the airport came in February when management entity Los Angeles World Airports pulled out and shut it down.

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Klyde Morris (04.06.09)

Zif Encounters An Unfamiliar Situation...

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Report: Frustrated JetBlue Contemplating Move From Long Beach

Carrier Unhappy With Progress Of Airport Facility Improvements

A JetBlue Airways spokeswoman said last week that the carrier is considering moving its West Coast base of operations and cutting flights into Long Beach Airport (LGB), because JetBlue management has become frustrated and increasingly impatient for planned airport facility improvements to become a reality.

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AAL In Talks With Citigroup Over Cash For Air Miles

Carrier Attempting To Raise Funds To Remain Solvent In Hard Times

Although last summer’s high fuel prices have subsided and capacity cuts have eased air carriers’ financial burdens, decreased ridership and increasingly hard-to-find financing have fueled concerns that some airlines may nonetheless be headed toward bankruptcy protection.

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Airbus Reaffirms Target Of 18 A380 Deliveries In 2009

Survey Says: Superjumbo Customers Lacking Confidence

In response to a news service poll that revealed customers’ lack of confidence in the planemaker’s ability to keep up with its announced delivery schedule, Airbus has reaffirmed its intent to make this year’s deliveries of its A380s as promised.

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New iPhone App Puts You In The Control Tower

FlightControl 1.0 Offers Simple Premise... But It's Not Easy!

A brand-new iPhone application from Firemint gives users a taste of what it’s like to work as an air traffic controller, sequencing and directing aircraft in your airspace to safe landings.

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CBP To Begin Patrol Of Michigan-Ontario Border With UAV

US Beefing Up Surveillance Of Northern Border With Predator

Building upon the success of conducting US-Mexico border surveillance with Predator UAVs, the US Customs and Border Protection has announced plans to utilize one of the unmanned aircraft to patrol the border between Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.06.09)

Aero-Linx!

The purpose of the A-3 Skywarrior Association is to provide a continuing fraternal-social affiliation of individuals who have flown in or foster, encourage, and support the memory of the A-3 "Skywarrior" aircraft and who are dedicated to the perpetuation of the legend, history, traditions, and camaraderie associated with the A-3 "Skywarrior" aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.09): Parking Orbit

Aero-Terms!

An intermediate, waiting orbit adopted by a spacecraft between two phases of a mission.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.06.09)

"...The only way to truly appreciate the planes is to see them in flight ... only in flight can one see the real beauty of what that generation created."

Source: A statement from the web site of Warbirds Over Long Island, an organization dedicated to the presentation of World War II planes. Group co-founder Robert Baranaskas was killed Sunday when his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk impacted into the ocean off the coast of New York.

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