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February 01, 2009

US Airways Flight 1549: First-Hand Account From A Different Perspective

Passenger On Flight Happened To Be AAL Boeing 767 Pilot

Numerous passenger accounts of the ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River have surfaced since the successful forced landing executed by Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, but few have that rare combination of educated observer and participant in the extraordinary event.

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Helicopter Vs. Airplane Midair Injures Two

Pilots In R22 Suffer Minor Injuries, Plane Lands Safely

A vintage World War II aircraft, believed to be a T-6 Texan, collided with a training helicopter at Weiser Airpark (EYQ) northwest of Houston on Saturday afternoon.

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NTSB Prelim: Oceanside C172 Pilot Feared Fuel Leak, Crashed During Go-Around

Pilot And Passenger Hospitalized With Serious Injuries

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report of the investigation into the January 24 crash of a Cessna 172S near the Oceanside, CA Municipal Airport (ONB).

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National Guard Black Hawks Leave Oregon For Iraq

Fleet Leaving For 400-Day Deployment

Called into duty for a 400-day deployment, all 12 of the Oregon National Guard Black Hawk medevac helicopters and 135 pilots, crew chiefs, maintenance and support staff are heading to Oklahoma for training and then on to Iraq.

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All Six Lost In WV Seneca Downing Near HTS

Pilot Called Mayday, Reported Being Low On Fuel

The crash of a small twin-engine plane near Huntington, WV's Tri-State Airport (HTS) Friday afternoon claimed the lives of all six persons on board, with fuel exhaustion suspected as the most likely cause of the accident.

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Exiled WWII Prime Minister Wasn't Killed Before Crash

Injuries Consistent With Death Caused By Impact, Investigators Determine

An investigation into the death of General Wladyslaw Sikorski, exiled Prime Minister of occupied WWII Poland, has yielded no evidence to support decades-old theories he had been murdered before his plane crashed off Gibraltar just 16 seconds after takeoff from a British military base on July 4, 1943.

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AirTran Pax Endure 9 1/2 Hour Icy Delay At CMH

De-icing Crew's Efforts Thwarted By Winter Storm

Last week's winter storm that blanketed much of the nation's midsection with a covering of ice left an indelible impact on 84 travelers in Columbus, OH, their flight to Orlando delayed for hours by persistent freezing rain that was accumulating faster than de-icing crews could keep up with.

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Serving Austin For 10 Years, AUS Glides Into New Decade of Service

Increase In Passenger Traffic In 2008 Takes AUS Past 9 Million Travelers

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is set to enter a new decade. It's cause for celebration, the "AUS-TEN" celebration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.01.09)

Aero-Linx!

An overview of a truly unique flying experience. Great photography of some excellent, waaaaay off the beaten path airstrips, techniques and videos

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.01.09): Zoom Climb

Aero-Terms!

A zoom climb is a climb where the rate of climb is greater than the maximum for a sustained climb, as determined from the thrust of the aircraft's engines. During a zoom climb, the aircraft gains potential energy at the expense of kinetic energy.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.01.09)

"I wasn't paying much attention to the flight until, climbing out, there were several loud thumps occurring roughly simultaneously along both sides of the aircraft. "Bird strikes," I thought. A few seconds later, there was a bit of smoke and the stench of burning bird that seemed to confirm my guess. There was a turn to the left, and I assumed we were returning to LGA..."

Source: Susan O'Donnell, an American Airlines Boeing 767 pilot who was a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549. O'Donnell recently recounted her experiences in an article for the Allied Pilots Association.

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