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August 22, 2009

US Aerobatic Team Member Killed During World Aerobatic Competition

IAC President, Vicki Cruse, Perishes

ANN is monitoring the details surrounding the tragic accident that has claimed the life of aerobatic pilot Vicki Cruse. In a competition flight at the Silverstone Grand Prix site, her Edge 540 impacted the ground on a downline with an immediately fatal result.

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FAA Revises CFR Parts 61, 91, And 141

Changes Touch Nearly Every Aspect Of Pilot Certification, Training, And Ground Operations

Extensive revisions to 102 regulations concerning training, qualification, certification, and operating requirements for pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and pilot schools were published Friday in the Federal Register, and nearly everyone who flies, or is considering learning to fly, is potentially affected.

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DOT Concludes Initial Investigation Into Tarmac Delay At Rochester

ExpressJet Crew Not Responsible For Keeping Passengers Onboard Overnight

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that his department has concluded the preliminary phase of its investigation into the Aug. 8 tarmac delay by Continental Airlines on a flight operated by ExpressJet Airlines. "We have determined that the ExpressJet crew was not at fault."

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Eclipse Purchase Approved By Bankruptcy Judge

New Company Could Open As Early As September 1

Mason Holland, the new owner of Eclipse Aviation, says he plans to focus on profitability first, and growth second, as he tries to revive the Eclipse Very Light Jet program. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the $40 million sale of the company to Holland and three other investors Thursday.

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JetBlue Jet Pass Program Sells Out

Such A Deal They HAD For You

A few days ago, JetBlue announced a discount travel promotion called "All You Can Jet." For 599 dollars, the purchaser gets unlimited flights on JetBlue for a month, from September 8th through October 8th. Choices include 57 cities and more than 600 daily flights.

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Air Tractor Goes Down Fighting Nevada Fire

Pilot Killed In The Line Of Duty

One of 8 aircraft fighting a wildfire near Fallon, Nevada went down Thursday, killing the pilot.  No cause has been determined for the accident, and the name of the pilot has not yet been released.

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Boeing Tells Qantas 787 Will Fly This Year

Australian Airline Still Has 50 Dreamliners On Order

Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said this week he has been told by Boeing that the troubled 787 Dreamliner will fly this year, despite problems with delamination in the wing area and new problems with the composite skin in the fuselage sections being built in Italy.

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Colorado Army Helicopter Crash Toll Now Stands At Four

Incident Occurred During High Altitude Training

Military authorities say the number of U.S. Army personnel killed when their Black Hawk helicopter went down near the peak of Colorado's second highest mountain is four. Three of the occupants of the aircraft were killed in the crash, and the fourth died on the way to the hospital. The names of the crew have not been released.

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Noose Incident At NTSB Sparks Investigation Of Two Top Managers

One GS-15, One SES Employee Relieved Of Managerial Duties Pending Investigation

This is certainly not the type of investigation normally conducted by the NTSB.  Two top managers for the board are under investigation for allegedly wrapping a noose around the nameplate of a former career NTSB executive and hanging it from a wall fixture following a meeting at the agency.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.22.09)

"There was a complete lack of common sense here. It's no wonder the flying public is so angry and frustrated." Source: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.22.09): Canard

An arrangement in which the horizontal stabilizer and elevators of an aircraft are mounted in front of the main wing(s).  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.22.09)

Air Force Office Of Scientific Research

In a story today, the Air Force Office Of Scientific Research was listed as a parter with NASA as developing a solid rocket propellant that could possibly be manufactured on the moon or Mars. That made us think "What else are they up to?"

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