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April 12, 2009

Textron Sale Rumors Cause Jump In Company Stock

Mid-East Investors Reportedly Close To Finalizing Deal

An insider report of a bid by a consortium of Mid-Eastern investors to purchase Textron published by a Kuwaiti newspaper last week caused sagging shares of company stock to post a gain of almost 50 percent last Thursday.

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Organizers, Exhibitors Say AERO 2009 Was A Big Success

Friedrichshafen Trade Show Draws Record Numbers Of Visitors, Exhibitors, Press

The 17th International Trade Exhibition for General Aviation, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany last weekend proved to be a big success for everyone involved - including exhibitors, attendees, and its organizers - giving every indication that General Aviation is alive and well in Europe... and better yet, that relief from the economic downturn may be just around the corner.

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Flight 3407: Troopers, Firefighters Thankful For Community Support

'The Mission Was Made Easier For Us'

New York State troopers and Clarence Center firefighters who responded to the fiery scene of downed Continental Flight 3407 on February 12 have been left not only with indelible impressions of the tragedy, but also feelings of heartfelt gratitude to the people of the small community who them showed kindness and support as they dealt with the tragedy's aftermath.

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Legislators Scramble For F-22 Support To Save Production Jobs

Thousands Of Workers Hang In The Balance

On the heels of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' announcement last Monday of his budget recommendation to cut off production of the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, legislators from states where F-22 components are made began drumming up support for congressional votes to continue the fighter's production, thus saving thousands of worker's jobs.

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Family Of Everglades Midair Victim Suing Flight School

Seeking Unspecified Amount Of Monetary Compensation

The family of a pilot lost in last December's midair collision of a Cessna Skyhawk and a Piper Seminole over the Florida Everglades has filed suit against a flight school that owned one of the accident aircraft.

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Last Words Of Downed Super Puma Pilot Revealed

Bodies Of All 16 Persons Aboard Have Been Recovered

Asking that his identity be protected, a veteran oil industry pilot revealed the last communication heard from a helicopter that crashed into the North Sea earlier this month while transporting workers from an offshore oil rig back to the Scottish shore.

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On The ISS, It's One Happy Spacefaring Family

Returned Crewmembers Deny Rumors Of Friction Onboard Station

Interviewed by reporters at Russia's cosmonaut training center outside of Moscow last week - just two days after their return to Earth from the International Space Station - American and Russian astronauts refuted the notion of squabbles in space.

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NASA To Reveal New ISS Module Name April 14 On Colbert Show

'I Hope They Name It After Me,' Comedian Quips

NASA plans to announce the name selected for the newest module for the International Space Station on April 14 - with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams - on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The program will air at 11:30 pm EDT.

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WA Gov Wants To Assemble Task Force To Promote Aerospace Industry

Consulting Firm Says State's Disadvantages Outweigh Its Advantages

Responding to recommendations from a consulting firm hired to analyze her state's competitiveness, Washington governor Chris Gregoire announced last week a plan to draw together experts from government, aerospace, labor, and education sectors in a task force aimed at promoting the aerospace industry in the state.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.09)


The Millville Army Air Field Museum preserves US military aviation history, including the recent Middle East conflict. Museum programs and tours focus on education about Millville's vital role in aviation history and the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt. The Millville Airport was dedicated "America's First Defense Airport" on August 2, 1941 by local, state, and federal officials.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.09): Mach Number


Unit of speed, named after the Austrian physicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916), equal to the ratio of the speed of a moving object to the speed of sound in the surrounding medium under ambient conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.12.09)

"Please don't make a mistake. This is the best partnership that human beings have ever had. We're building the best space station that's ever been built. We're going to the stars together. So let's not let these little small things stop us from realizing this partnership we have together."

Source: US astronaut Michael Fincke, commander of Expedition 18 to the International Space Station. Interviewed by reporters at Russia's cosmonaut training center outside of Moscow last week - just two days after their return to Earth from the International Space Station - American and Russian astronauts refuted the notion of squabbles in space.

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