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April 26, 2009

Epic LT Turboprop Flames Out, Ditches In OR River

Two Aboard Safe In Ditching Near Shore

ANN is monitoring the details of a Friday afternoon accident in which an Epic LT Experimental Turboprop lost power at a reported altitude of 8000 feet and subsequently executed a forced landing in the Columbia River, near Astoria, Oregon.

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P2V FireFighter Down, Three Crewpersons Lost

Another Fire-Fighting Tragedy Takes Three Lives

ANN regrets to impart the news of yet another fire-fighting aircraft crash... this time at the cost of three lives. The P2V Neptune went down in Utah, near Stockton Pass, with heavy fog reported along the route. The aircraft was enroute from Missoula, MT, to Alamogordo, NM, on Saturday morning and discovered at 1300 local time in the Oquirrh mountains.

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BRS Scores Another Chute Save

Challenger II LSA Saved by BRS Deployment

BRS is touting another chute save... this time after an aircraft accident near Tacoma, Washington last Monday, April 20th -- where the parachute was deployed and credited with saving the life of the aircraft's pilot. This constitutes save #229 for a BRS parachute.

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Texas Turbine Conversions Certifies SuperVan 900

Caravan-On-Steroids Sports 900 SHP And A Texas Performance Attitude To Match

It is hard to believe the Cessna Caravan first rolled off the assembly line 25 years ago. By 2005, the total operating fleet worldwide had mushroomed to some 1,500 aircraft, amassed more than 8 million flight hours at a rate of more than 71,000 hours per month...

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Garmin Offers BIG Rebate On G600s

Save $5K on a G600

Garmin says Christmas can come WAY early... and in this case, in April. They are a offering a limited time, $5,000 "Spring Special" retrofit rebate on the G600 all-glass avionics system.

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Former FAA Chief Sturgell Heads For Private Sector

Will Lead Washington Operations for Rockwell Collins

Former FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell is heading out of government service and has landed will land a job with Rockwell Collins as its Senior Vice President of its Washington Operations. Sturgell will succeed Woody Hogle, who will be leading Rockwell Collins’ international operations.

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Seven C-27J JCA Aircraft Added To JCA Order Book

A $203 million order of seven additional C-27J JCA aircraft by the JCA Joint Program Office has been booked. The order brings the current contract total to 13 aircraft. L-3 leads an industry team that includes aircraft manufacturer Alenia Aeronautica, Rolls Royce, Honeywell and Dowty.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.26.09):

UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite)  NASA satellite designed to study the physical and chemical processes taking place in Earth's upper atmosphere, between 15 and 100 km. UARS provides measurements of atmospheric internal structure (trace constituents, physical dynamics, radiative emission, thermal structure, density) and measurements of the external influences acting upon the upper atmosphere (solar radiation, tropospheric conditions, electric fields)...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.26.09)

British Aerobatic Association  Welcome to the website of the British Aerobatic Association, the sport flying Association responsible in the UK for scheduling and running aerobatic competitions for powered aircraft and gliders to internationally approved rules....

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.26.09)

  "As with all of our documented saves, I am extremely proud of our BRS team which designs and manufactures such positive life-impacting products... It's always nice to hear from pilots who believe so wholeheartedly in the concept and application of parachutes for airplanes. This is exactly how we measure success... one life saved at a time." Source: BRS CEO and President, Larry Williams, following the 229th chute save, by a BRS airframe recovery parachute system. 

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