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January 17, 2008

British Airways 777 Lands Short At Heathrow

Passengers Evacuated; Minor Injuries Reported

Thankfully, only minor injuries are reported following a Friday morning accident at London Heathrow Airport, involving a Boeing 777 that landed short of the airport's south runway.

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Adam Aircraft Lays Off Over 300 Production Workers

Cites Need To Manage Existing Funds As Company Seeks New Funding

ANN has confirmed with company officials that Adam Aircraft has cut approximately 300 workers from its staff of 800, due to what the company says is a need to conserve existing funds as the planemaker works to overcome past issues with the certification of its A700 very light jet, and obtain capital to see that program through to TC.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.17.08

Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn, On The ETIRC Announcement

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.17.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Vern Raburn's Take On The ETIRC Announcement: 01.17.08 (ANN Special Report, with Managing Editor Rob Finfrock's interview with Eclipse Aviation President and CEO

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Sebring '08: Cirrus Begins Taking Orders For SRS

$5,000 Deposit Will Hold Your Position When Deliveries Start

The gang at Cirrus Design took nearly everyone by surprise in 2007, when they unveiled the Cirrus SRS, adding yet another dimension to the very popular line of SR aircraft. Thursday morning at the Sport-Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, Cirrus announced the company is taking orders for the sporty SRS.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.08

Airbus sets a record...but not THE record.
Boeing confirms another Dreamliner delay.
And Libya is found guilty of an airliner bombing.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.17.08

Airbus sets a record...but not THE record.
Boeing confirms another Dreamliner delay.
And Libya is found guilty of an airliner bombing.

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ANN Special Feature: Part III -Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation - 01.17.08

ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock talks one-on-one with Eclipse Aviation President/CEO Vern Raburn to gain additional background on the company's new infusion of capital from ETIRC, and plans to mar

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FAA Updates Progress On Efforts To Improve Runway Safety

Says Industry Has Responded To Call To Action

The Federal Aviation Administration says the US aviation community has initiated and completed significant short-term actions to improve safety at US airports... but also notes recent close calls at some of the nation’s busiest airports show further action must be taken to reduce the risk of runway incursions and wrong runway departures.

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Approximately 380 Midwest Connect Workers Lose Their Jobs

Pilots, FAs, Mechanics Fall Victim To Outsourcing

You can blame it on outsourcing. Midwest Airlines announced Wednesday it will cut some 380 jobs from its regional subsidiary, Skyway Airlines, as part of its campaign to enlist other airlines on those runs.

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Boeing Lawyer Doesn't Expect US-EU Settlement Ahead Of WTO Ruling

Subsidies Battle With Airbus Will Go The Distance

Boeing's law firm says it does not expect a negotiated settlement between the United States and the European Union before opposing government subsidy complaints make it through the World Trade Organization.

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Coast Guard Crews Call Off Official Search For Missing Pilot

Paul Akita's Beech 1900 Ditched Near Kauai Monday

The US Coast Guard has officially ended its search for a pilot known to have gone down in the Pacific on Monday.

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Hawker Beechcraft Appoints New VP Of Flight Operations

Robert Blouin Will Oversee All Domestic, Int'l Flight Ops

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced the appointment Wednesday of Robert (Bob) Blouin as vice president, Flight Operations.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-02 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-03 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-21 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-21 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-01-05 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-01-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), that applies to certain AirbusModel A310 series airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-01 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-14 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes; and all Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R (collectively called A300-600) series airplanes.

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Aero-TV Looks At The AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (Part One)

Ya have to have to hand it to the folks at AmSafe -- aviation safety is a tough gig to pursue, and even tougher when you're thinking "out of the box." AmSafe has done just that... with a novel new way to incorporate air bag technologies into a somewhat conventional lapbelt... making installation and certification a far less strenuous affair than an integrated airframe solution. In 1997, AmSafe reports that it developed the first aviation airbag restraint system, which took its first flight in 2001, and is now flying on more than 25 commercial airlines and on over eighty-percent of the new GA fleet.

Aero-TV: AmSafe's Interesting Approach To Aviation Safety (Part One)

Aero-TV Looks At The AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint

Ya have to have to hand it to the folks at AmSafe -- aviation safety is a tough gig to pursue, and even tougher when you're thinking "out of the box." AmSafe has done just that... with a novel new way to incorporate air bag technologies into a somewhat conventional lapbelt... making installation and certification a far less strenuous affair than an integrated airframe solution.

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Teledyne Mattituck Delivers 50th PowerLink ALPHA TMX Engine

Teledyne Mattituck Services tells ANN that they have delivered their 50th PowerLink FADEC equipped TMX engine. The PowerLink TMX engine will be installed into a California based kit airplane project.

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$6B Awarded In 1989 Libyan Terrorist Bombing of French Airliner

Terrorist Attack Killed 170 People Over African Desert

A federal judge has ordered the Government of Libya and six of its officials to pay a total of approximately $6 billion in damages arising from the mid-air suitcase bombing of a French-operated UTA Flight 772, DC-10 wide-body jet. The 1989 attack killed 170 people from Europe, Africa and the United States and was one of the deadliest terrorist events in commercial aviation history before September 11, 2001. It came only nine months after a similar suitcase bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.

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General Atomics Completes Design Reviews For Aircraft Launcher

Electromagnetic Catapult System Bound For NextGen Carriers

General Atomics tells ANN the company celebrated a milestone November 16, 2007 with the successful completion of the final critical design review (CDR) for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

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NTSB Releases Factual Report On Fatal 2006 UND IFR Accident

The NTSB has updated its investigation of a fatal 2006 Cessna crash that took the lives of 2 University of North Dakota students. The factual report, a prelude to the ultimate finding of a probable cause notes that IFR conditions appear to have been a significant factor in the accident that took the lives of pilot Jacob Rueth (18), and passenger Jacob Sundblad (19).

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First Flight: Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoon

The first Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoon has made its first flight at EADS Military Air Systems' site in Manching. Instrumented Production Aircraft Seven (IPA7) was piloted by EADS Test Pilot Chris Worning.

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Coalition For Space Exploration Partners With 'NASA Means Business' Program

Group Will Sponsor 2008 Educational Competition

The Coalition for Space Exploration announced this week a partnership with the NASA Means Business program to sponsor its 2008 competition.

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Record Time: USAF/Lockheed Martin Completes Deployment Of Modernized GPS Sat

Satellite Declared Operational for Military and Civil Users Worldwide

The modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 20, 2007, has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe, following a record-setting on-orbit deployment by a joint USAF/Lockheed Martin team.

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Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association Conference Scheduled For May

The 2008 Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) Spring Conference will be held at the Marriott Westfields located in Chantilly, Virginia, conveniently located near Dulles International Airport. The association urges interested parties to "please mark your calendar for May 20 through May 22, 2008 and plan to attend."

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Textron Completes Acquisition of Assets of SkyBOOKS

In a move to further broaden its customer support and service capabilities, Textron Inc.'s Bell Helicopter segment has acquired SkyBOOKS, an innovative aviation management solutions business that provides comprehensive information necessary for compliance with the regulations of the FAA and international regulatory agencies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.08)

Aero-Linx!

The mission of ANA is to educate the general public about the overall military status of the United States, to encourage widespread interest as to the importance of Naval Aviation in the defense of the United States and its allies, to stimulate the collection, preservation and display of historical material concerning the history of naval aviation, and to encourage scientific and technical development of naval aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.08): Idle Cutoff

Aero-Terms!

The position of the mixture control in a reciprocating engine fuel metering system that shuts off all fuel to the engine.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.17.08)

"This award proves that the rule of law will always prevail over state-sponsored terrorism. At the end of the day, all 170 victims of UTA Flight 772 will be remembered and honored by this decision. Indeed, it is because of rulings like this that Libya has rejected terrorism and re-joined the civilized nations of the world."

Source: Stuart H. Newberger, lead lawyer for the families of victims of a 1989 mid-air suitcase bombing of a French-operated UTA Flight 772, DC-10 wide-body jet. A federal judge has ordered the Government of Libya and six of its officials to pay a total of approximately $6 billion in damages arising from the attack, which killed 170 people.

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PR TFR: 01.18.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1495  Issue Date: January 16, 2008 at 1344 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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