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April 20, 2008

TCM Hit For $4 Million Judgement... Despite NTSB Ruling Of Pilot Error

Despite Tort "Reform,"The Legal System Isn't Getting Any Less Strange...

While the statute of repose was supposed to minimize legal exposure for long suffering aviation businesses, it seems that the legal profession still knows how to extract a lot of money from this business... even when the facts don't seem to support that effort.

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Airbus Tries Out New Efficiency Procedures

'World's First Trial' Of A New Flight Procedure Reduces Fuel Burn And Emissions During Cruise

The partners of an Airbus-led project called CRISTAL ITP (In-trail Procedure) successfully carried out the world's first in-flight demonstration of a flexible new procedure for oceanic airspace that saves fuel and reduces emissions during cruise.

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NTSB To Hold Safety Forum On Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The last week in April promises to be an interesting one as the National Transportation Safety Board holds a three-day forum on the safety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The forum will be convened April 29-30 in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington. The forum will provide an opportunity for the Board and interested parties to understand the safety implications presented by the growing use of UAS in the National Airspace System.

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ANN FAQ: Check Out ANN's Exciting News-Spy Reward Program (And A NEW Prize!)

Help ANN Stay On Top Of Aviation News 

ANN is instituting a series of prizes, to be awarded every other month or so for now (and more frequently as time progresses), to one of the folks who submit news-spy reports and Aero-TV story suggestions via our email address. The prize program is an impressive program as each of the chosen awards are of considerable value... the first being worth well over $500 and being of real interest to every aviator. As a matter of fact, the first prize to start this exciting new program is a whopper.

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Reserve, Active-Duty Airmen Fly Last Antarctica Mission

A total force aircrew from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., made history April 17 during the last Operation Deep Freeze mission of the 2007-2008 season. With only eight days remaining before Antarctica becomes shrouded in 24-hour darkness during winter, Airmen from the 446th and 62nd Airlift Wings brought 100 scientific researchers, support personnel and their equipment back to civilization.

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island SAR Sailors Awarded Air Medal

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Search and Rescue (SAR) Sailors were awarded Air Medals April 14 for their efforts in rescuing more than 90 people during heavy rain storms, gale-force winds and flooding in Centralia and Chehalis, Wash., Dec. 3-4.

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Anyone Missing A Musketeer???

We're sure there's more of a story to this than meets the eye when reading this accident summary, but we're dying to hear why a Beech 24 was apparently left to fend for itself, sitting a pond at the end of a runway.

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ACI-NA Opposes Slot Auctions At LGA

ACI-NA Statement on DOT SNPRM to Create Slot Auctions at LaGuardia

Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) appreciates the Department of Transportation's continuing efforts to alleviate congestion and passenger delays. ACI-NA maintains that capacity expansion, both at the airport and in the national airspace system, is the most effective means of reducing congestion.

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NASA To Broadcast Earth Views In HighDef

While we think Aero-TV is pretty cool, here is some "competition" that we welcome. Since humans first flew in space, nothing has captivated astronauts more than the view of home out the window of their spacecraft. In honor of Earth Day, April 22, NASA will make those views available to people here on Earth with an event highlighting imagery taken by astronauts and the science behind it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.08)


There are four National Historic Landmarks and a National Register Historic District located within Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.08): Ceconite


Manmade covering material for light aircraft. Ceconite is installed on the structure, and then shrunk with heat.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.08)

"So... there you have it... no NTSB evidence of an engine failure, a pilot flying at very low altitude under a low ceiling and a steep turn to head back to a runway that could not have been all that easy to find in light of the meteorological issues, followed by the NTSB's determination of a stall/spin... and TCM gets to pay $4 million dollars. Is there any doubt as to why aviation continues to be so expensive and embattled when judgments like this are rendered with (apparently) little or no authoritative/supporting evidence? Hmmmmm... "

Source: ANN E-I-C, Jim Campbell's, summary of a story that puzzled all of us at ANN... where a $4 million judgment was levied against engine manufacturer Teledyne Continental Motors despite an NTSB Probab

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