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June 05, 2009

Jury Finds Against Cirrus, UND In Initial Judgment

Company Found Partly Liable In 2003 Accident

A simple rule... one made very clear in all the training pilots receive here and around the world is that if you can not proceed under Visual Flight Rules, and are not IFR-rated and current, then one should should not proceed into IFR conditions. Many unwary pilots break these rules - those that do are thereupon sorted into two categories... lucky to be alive and unlucky to be dead. It's simple basic judgment... or so we once thought. 

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Controversy: FAA Decisions Put Weather Centers In Jeopardy

FAA Could Close 20 Regional Facilities

The FAA is moving forward with a controversial proposal that would shutter 20 weather offices at regional air traffic control centers, and serve up weather information from two centrally located facilities in Maryland and Missouri. The move immediately drew fire from unions representing both Weather Service employees and air traffic controllers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.05.09

US lawmakers move to reign-in the TSA.
Jack Pelton says Cessna may not be done with layoffs.
And...was a Colgan Air whistleblower ignored before the crash of Flight 3407?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.05.09

US lawmakers move to reign-in the TSA.
Jack Pelton says Cessna may not be done with layoffs.
And...was a Colgan Air whistleblower ignored before the crash of Flight 3407?


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ANN Special Feature: Phil Boyer, User Fee Flashback - 06.05.09

As AOPA tries to build a war chest for the next round of user fees, we flash back to former AOPA President Phil Boyer's excellent 2007 commentary on the issue.

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No 'Weighty' Issues With This Wedding

Couple Plans To Marry In Zero G Ceremony

Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan have been together since 2002, but even before they met, they shared a dream of space travel. As children, both wanted to be astronauts: Erin attended space camp in Michigan, while Noah volunteered at his local planetarium. Although they are currently living relatively earth-bound lives, the idea of space came up again following their engagement in 2008.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.05.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.05.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.05.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Phil Boyer, User Fee Flashback - 06.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with Retired AOPA President, Phil Boyer)

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More Layoffs May be Coming To Cessna

Company Says More Orders Cancelled

In a letter to employees posted publicly Thursday in "The Wichita Eagle," Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said more layoffs were inevitable, but did not say how many employees of the company would lose their jobs. Cessna Aircraft Company is the nation's largest manufacturer of corporate jets. Cessna has laid off 44 percent of its workforce since November of last year.

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Preparing For The Next Generation Of Space Flight

NASA Selects 4 Proposals To Study Radiation Risks

NASA has selected four proposals for research to help understand space radiation's effects on humans living in space. NASA selected proposals from the New York University School of Medicine in New York, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Houston, Loma Linda University in California and Georgetown University in Washington.

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Neither Rain, Nor Hail... But IFR, Maybe

Air Mail... By A Whole 'Other Definition

Last year was a tough one for the US Postal Service. With the nation's largest fleet of over a quarter-million vehicles, those weeks of 4-dollar gasoline generated losses in the billions. One of the budget cuts the service considered to save money was elminating the contract for delivery of mail by air in a rugged, remote area along the Salmon River in Idaho.

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First Flight For Composite Cargo Carrier

New Plane "A Real Pleasure To Fly"

Hailed as a "new era" of aircraft manufacturing technology, the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) flew for the first time June 2nd at Palmdale, California. The aircraft is the product of the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Lockheed Martins' "Skunkworks."

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Dauntless To Start A Long Journey Home

Plane To Be Recovered From Lake Michigan

A WWII era Dauntless Dive Bomber (file photo, below) will be recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan June 19th, and eventually restored for display at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Hawaii, its original home.

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In The Market For An Airplane?

Manufacturers Join Together To Show Their Stuff

Hoping to jump-start aircraft sales in the Midwest, several aircraft manufacturers' representatives have banded together to host aircraft shows in the region.  The first, called the Show Me Air Expo, will be held at Midwest Aviation Center at Spirit of St. Louis Airport June 11 and 12.

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Aero-TV: On The Frontline -- CBP's P-3 AEW (Part 2)

CBP's P-3 AEW Crews -- These Folks 'Have Our Back'

Day and night, there are a number of heroic people and aviation assets prowling the skies for signs of those that would threaten America in one of many forms. One of those heroic groups is employed by US Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, for short.

NBAA Gives Thumbs-Up To Measure Mandating Industry Input On TSA Proposals

NBAA is welcoming the passage of a Congressional proposal to allow the aviation industry to review and provide input toward TSA proposals, while bringing consistency to the use of "security directives" in TSA regulation.

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NTSB Expands Hearing On US Airways A-320 Ditching Accident

This Should Be An 'SRO' NTSB Hearing...

There is intense public interest in all of what occurred when a US Airways A-320 ditched in New York's Hudson River. That being the case, the National Transportation Safety Board is releasing additional information about the Board's scheduled public hearing on the January 2009 ditching of the US Airways A-320 into the Hudson River.

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Aero-TV: On The Frontline -- CBP's P-3 AEW (Part 2)

CBP's P-3 AEW Crews -- These Folks 'Have Our Back'

Day and night, there are a number of heroic people and aviation assets prowling the skies for signs of those that would threaten America in one of many forms. One of those heroic groups is employed by US Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, for short.

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The Evolution Of Evolution -- Piston Version

Lancair Announces First Flight Of Its Latest Model

Redmond, Oregon based Lancair International Inc. announced the successful first flight of its newest Evolution model Thursday .

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Klyde Morris (06.05.09)

Klyde Has A True Talent For Understanding The TSA

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Whistle-Blowing FAA Inspector Claims Buffalo Crash 'Avoidable'

Says Colgan Pilots Were Not Comfortable With The Airplane

An FAA inspector says he warned the administration more than a year before a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 flown by Colgan Air crashed in Buffalo that the airline was having difficulty flying the airplane.

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Cirque du Soleil Founder To Visit ISS

1st Canadian Private Space Explorer

Space Adventures, Ltd., announced Thursday that Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil and the ONE DROP Foundation, has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City in preparation for his poetic social mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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United May Buy 150 Airplanes

Boeing, Airbus Both Being Considered

United Airlines will negotiate with Boeing and Airbus for an aircraft order that one industry insider said may call for 150 planes. Both companies were asked this week to submit bids. UAL Corp., United's parent company, said it may place an order by the end of the year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.05.09): Runway Incursion

Runway Incursion After the recent incident in Charlotte, we thought it would be a good time to give you the definition of a "runway incursion." A runway incursion is any unauthorized intrusion onto a runway, regardless of whether or not an aircraft presents a potential conflict. This is the international standard, adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.05.09)

Aero-Linx: National Test Pilot School We've seen several stories this week about test flights for a number of different kinds of aircraft, from military cargo jets to a "Flying Car." So what does it take to become one of those people who has the fun of flying an airplane for the first time? Those questions can be answered in today's Aero-Linx… the National Test Pilot School ...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.05.09)

"Security is a top priority for the business aviation community, and NBAA Members have a long-standing record of effectively partnering with the government on measures to help ensure the security of our airports, aircraft, flight crews and passengers."

 

Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, reacting to the passage of the Mica Amendment... which will (thankfully) reign in TSA's heavy-handed regulatory proclivities. 

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