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September 26, 2009

NTSB Issues Recommendations On Medical Helicopter Operations

Hersman Says They Will "Prevent Accidents And Save Lives"

In a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Selibus, NTSB Chair Debora Hersman has offered four recommendations for the providers of medical helicopter services.  The recommendations follow the investigations of recent accidents, which reached record numbers in 2008.

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Industry Leaders Lobby Aviation Caucus Over USA Today Article

Urge Members To Sign A "Dear Colleague" Letter To Other Members Of Congress

A letter sent to members of the U.S. House Aviation Caucus by the heads of NBAA, GAMA, AOPA, EAA, HIA, and NATA urges them to sign a "Dear Colleague" letter written by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), reminding all members of Congress of the importance of General Aviation, and GA airports.

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DoD Announces Requirement For New Aerial Tanker Competition

Military Needs And Value For Taxpayers At The Heart Of The New Draft RFP

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Ashton B. Carter, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, briefed the Pentagon press Wednesday on the latest draft RFP to replace the Air Force's aging KC-135R tanker fleet.

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Bolen: Perception Is Biz Av's Biggest Problem

NBAA, Other Industry Groups Will Work To Repair Tarnished Image

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen says the current public image of Business Aviation is its biggest hurdle, and that he and other industry group leaders are working hard to repair that image. Bolen said the image problem makes it much more difficult to work on other issues important to Business Aviation.

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BTS Releases July Passenger Airline Employment Data

July 2009 Employment Down 5.9 Percent from July 2008

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.9 percent fewer workers in July 2009 than in July 2008, the 13th consecutive decrease in FTE levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday. 

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Stalking By Airplane? CA Man Buzzed Ex-Girlfriend's House

California Authorities Say Overflights Violated Restraining Order

Police in Concord, California, northeast of San Francisco, are investigating an incident that led to the arrest of 51-year-old pilot Tom Huey for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend with an airplane.

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Bloomberg's Helo Lands At NYC U2 Show

Bloomberg Was Not Aboard At The Time

New Jersey State Troopers were not expecting a helicopter belonging to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to arrive at Giants Stadium before Thursday's U2 concert, and yet, there it was landing in a shuttle bus parking lot.

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South Florida Man Cited For Backyard Helicopter Landing

Neighbors Hadn't Cleared His House As An LZ

37-year-old Sean Wagner has been cited for violating local codes for landing a helicopter in his back yard in Davie, Florida. While some of Wagner's neighbors said they didn't care about the flights, which have been occurring since Wagner got a student pilot license in March, others felt it was dangerous.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.26.09)

"This time we will be crystal clear about what we want and what the bidders need to do to win." Source: Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.09): Standard Rate Turn

A turn in which the heading of an aircraft changes 3° per second, or 360° in two minutes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.09)

KB-29 and KB-50 Tankers As Boeing and Airbus get set for another round of bidding to see which company will replace the KC-135, we began to wonder what aircraft preceeded that airplane.

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