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October 13, 2008

Don't Call It A Merger: India's Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines Form 'Alliance'

Partnership To Include Route-Sharing, Cross-Training On Fleets

Citing the sharp downturn in the global economy, two Indian airlines announced Monday they will join forces in order to survive. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines announced an alliance that both carriers hope will "significantly rationalize and reduce costs and provide improved standards of service and a wider choice of air travel options to consumers with immediate effect."

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Pilot, Photographer Lost In News Helo Accident

Crashes For Undetermined Reasons Near Houston Suburb

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.13.08 1330 EDT: Two persons onboard a news helicopter, type unreported, were killed Monday morning when the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the Houston suburb of Magnolia, TX.

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PHI S-92 Fleet Hits 30,000 Flight Hours

Comes Less Than One Year After 20K Mark

Helicopter operation PHI has reached the 30,000 fleet hour milestone with its Sikorsky S-92 helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft announced Monday. PHI achieved the milestone late Thursday, October 9.

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Embraer Signs Mozambique Carrier For Two Embraer 190 Jets

Will Be First E-Jets Operator In Southeast Africa

Embraer and LAM - Linhas Aereas de Mocambique signed a contract for two Embraer 190 aircraft, plus two purchase rights for the same model. The total value of the deal is $75 million US, at list prices, and could double if all purchase rights are exercised.

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Ferguson Resigns From Mooney Aircraft Company

Gowen Was Named New CEO Last Month

Dennis E. Ferguson, who headed the Mooney Airplane Company as Chief Executive Officer from September 2006 until last month, has resigned from the aircraft manufacturing company to pursue other interests.

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Charges Against Arkansas Airport Commissioner Dropped

Settlement With Crashed Plane’s Owner Reached

Fifth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons has agreed to drop all charges against airport commissioner Phillip B. Cowger stemming from an October 2007 airplane crash near Clarksville, AR.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 10.13.08

Know Your Glass, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.13.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.13.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Know Your Glass: 10.13.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.13.08

The first second-generation US astronaut launches from Baikonur.
Albuquerque's balloon festival is marred by tragedy again this year.
And Canadian Forces lose two in the crash of a CT

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.13.08

The first second-generation US astronautg launches from Baikonur.
Albuquerque's balloon festival is marred by tragedy again this year.
And Canadian Forces lose two in the crash of a C

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Know Your Glass - 10.13.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Miller about glass panels in general aviation aircraft. Knowing "what the buttons do" is not adequate preparation to fly safely, and not enough to pass a c

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Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Critical Pilot Shortage (Part Five)

This Episode Features A Presentation By John Dixon, Director of Pilot Recruitment for American Eagle (Part 5 Of A Series)

We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However; after engaging in discussions thorough the industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed (and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on its hands.

Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Critical Pilot Shortage (Part Five)

This Episode Features A Presentation By John Dixon, Director of Pilot Recruitment for American Eagle (Part 5 Of A Series)

  The fourth presentation was presented by John Dixon, Director of Pilot Recruitment for American Eagle. Dixon noted that since 2005, American Eagle’s new hire mean flight times have gone from 1500 hours total flight time with 300 hours of multi-engine stick time to 1000 hours of total flight time, of which 100 must be multi-engine.

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Report: Negotiators From Boeing, IAM In Mediated Talks To End Strike

Union Leaders Are "Cautiously Optimistic" Of Outcome

In an effort to end the stalemate between striking members of the International Association of Machinists and the Boeing Company, negotiators from both sides have agreed to resume talks with the assistance of a federal mediator.

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Landing Tomahawk Hits Truck On Fresno Street

Approach To Sierra Sky Park Runway Just A Bit Too Low

A plane on final approach to Fresno's Sierra Sky Park Saturday apparently got a little bit too low over a street bordering the airport when it clipped the roof of a passing furniture truck.

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Embraer CAE Training J-V Launches Phenom 100 Programs

First Pilot Training Began In September

CAE and Embraer’s training joint venture, Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) announced at NBAA last week it has launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 aircraft at CAE’s facility in Dallas, TX. The joint venture was established in October 2006 to provide pilot and ground crew training to Embraer customers of the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets.

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Cessna Asks Textron For Help Financing New Plane Customers

US Credit Crunch Slows Orders For Cessna's Bizjets

In an effort to head off effects of the current credit crunch on slumping business jet orders, Cessna has appealed to parent-company Textron to provide financing for new aircraft owners who may otherwise be unable to find it.

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Klyde Morris (10.13.08)

We're Guessing More Than A Few Are Now Googling "Anthropogenic"...

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Gone West: U2 Pilot Richard Stephen Heyser

30-Year Veteran Took First Photos Of Cuban Missile Sites In 1962 Crisis

Richard Stephen Heyser, a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and U-2 spy plane pilot who took the first reconnaissance photos of secret missile launch sites during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, died October 6 at a nursing home in Port St. Joe, FL.

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NASA Moves Ahead With Mars Science Laboratory, Despite Cash Shortage

Extra Funds Needed To Launch On Time

Committed to plans to launch its next mission to Mars in 2009, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration says that extra funding is necessary to meet the scheduled launch date.

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Bell Receives Navy Contract For More H-1 Upgrade Helos

Lot 5 Purchase Option Exercised

Bell Helicopter announced Friday the US Navy has exercised an option under its contract with Bell to purchase Lot 5 of the H-1 Upgrade Program, an award worth $210 million.

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Embraer Selects Eaton As Key Supplier On New Jet Program

Will Furnish Four Systems On Upcoming Legacy 450, 500

Eaton Corporation was recently selected by Embraer to supply four systems on the Legacy 450 "mid-light" and Legacy 500 midsize business jets. The packages include the nose wheel steering system, landing gear control and indication system, landing gear extension and retraction system, and the hydraulic system control module.

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Boeing Awarded $3 Billion Contract For C-17 Support

Receives $514M Against Total Value

Boeing was recently awarded the initial phase of a new three-year US Air Force contract to continue the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP) program following a decade of comprehensive logistics support of C-17 fleets around the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.08)

Aero-Linx!

The newest innovation in aviation is a small plane that has taken on the name 'Very Light Jet' or VLJ for short. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.13.08): Bow Wave

Aero-Terms!

A shock wave which forms when an aircraft is flying at supersonic speed. A bow wave either forms immediately ahead of the aircraft, or is attached to the nose.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.13.08)

"I kind of felt like I was going to be looked at as the one who started the whole thing. I wasn't anxious to have that reputation."

Source: Richard Stephen Heyser, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and U-2 spy plane pilot who took the first reconnaissance photos of secret missile launch sites during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. In a 2005 interview with the Associated Press, Heyser said that no one was more relieved than he that the crisis ended peacefully, stating he did not want to go down in history as the man who started World War III. Heyser died October 6, at a nursing home in Port St. Joe, FL. He was 81.

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