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October 27, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 10.27.08

Stupid Pilot Tricks, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.27.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.27.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Stupid Pilot Tricks: 10.27.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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NTSB Issues Prelim On Lancair Downing In SW Utah

Witnesses Say Plane Made Sharp Left Turn Into Ground

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report giving details known at this time concerning the downing of a Lancair Legacy earlier this month near Parowan, UT. Certain aspects of the report raise more questions than they answer, however.

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Gulfstream Establishes Two New City-Pair Records

G550 Flies Between US And Mongolia In Record Time

A Gulfstream G550 recently established two city-pair speed records between the United States and Mongolia.

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Airbus Marks First Anniversary Of A380 Commercial Service

Superjumbos Have Flown Over 1,600 Revenue Flights Since October 2007

Saturday was a momentous day for European planemaker Airbus, which celebrated the first anniversary of the A380 superjumbo's entry into service.

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JetDirect Creates Dedicated Light Jet, Turboprop Subsidiary

Sunset Aviation To Focus On Business In California

JetDirect Aviation Holdings, LLC announced last week it has established Sunset Aviation, Inc. as its light jet and turboprop management and charter operating subsidiary with a primary geographic focus in California.

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Pratt & Whitney Awarded $78M F135 Engine Contract

Long Lead Production Deal Includes 14 Engines

Pratt & Whitney was recently awarded a $78 million production contract for F135 engines, powering the F-35 Lightning II. This low rate initial production (LRIP) contract covers F135 long lead material for seven conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) and seven short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35 aircraft.

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Copa Airlines Launches Voluntary Carbon Offsetting Program

First Latin American Airline To Offer Environmental Option

The business of "going green" is big business indeed... especially as more and more airlines realize they stand to make some "green" off environmentally-conscious passengers.

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Southwest Pilots Re-Elect Kuwitzky For Second Term As Union President

Will Lead SWAPA Through 2010

Southwest Airlines pilots re-elected Capt. Carl Kuwitzky last week, for a second two-year term as Union president.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches 3rd COSMO Satellite

Italian-Built Probe Sent Aloft From Vandenberg AFB

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, on behalf of Boeing Launch Services, successfully launched the third Italian-built Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean Basin Observation or COSMO-SkyMed 3 satellite at 7:28 pm, October 24.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.27.08

NTSB says an airliner crew tried to fly coast-to-coast on battery power.
Hundreds of F/A-18 Hornets are grounded for fatigue checks.
And the Expedition-17 crew is back safely on earth

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.27.08

NTSB says an airliner crew tried to fly coast-to-coast on battery power.
Hundreds of F/A-18 Hornets are grounded for fatigue checks.
And the Expedition-17 crew is back safely on earth

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Zoom Climbs & Overweight Takeoffs - 10.27.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about recent, fatal, general aviation crashes involving one pilot who made a low-level, high-speed pass followed by a steep climb, a

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Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training (Part 2)

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?

E-I-C Note: One of the wonders of the computer world is the gamut of amazing capabilities we have at our possession... but the curse of it all is revealed when these new-fangled wonder go "Tango-Uniform." Part one of this program was presented October 14th and as we were preparing to upload Part 2, a so-called redundant drive array signaled that it was having problems... and it did. That's all fixed now, and so we're pleased to (belatedly) present Part Two of "Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training." We think you'll see it was worth waiting for. 

Group Calls For 'Swift Changes' As Crisis Continues At NAFI

TBO NAFI To Hold Informal Meeting At AOPA Expo 2008

Recent developments at the Board level of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) have led to the creation of the Take Back Our National Association of Flight Instructors Committee -- TBO NAFI. This committee, comprised of NAFI members, including Master Instructors and several Regional and National Flight Instructors of the Year, is calling for swift and sweeping changes to the governance of NAFI.

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Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training (Part 2)

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?

E-I-C Note: One of the wonders of the computer world is the gamut of amazing capabilities we have at our possession... but the curse of it all is revealed when these new-fangled wonders go "Tango-Uniform." Part One of this program was presented October 14th, and as we were preparing to upload Part 2, a so-called redundant drive array signaled that it was having problems... and it did. That's all fixed now, and so we're pleased to (be

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Armadillo Aerospace Wins $350,000 Prize In Lunar Lander Challenge

Annual Competition Spurs Private Development Of Space Vehicles

The Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge has finally had to spend some of NASA's Centennial Challenges prize money. Armadillo Aerospace won the Level One Challenge at this past weekend's competition in Las Cruces, NM.

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NTSB: Non-Instrument-Rated Lancair Pilot Filed IFR In Fatal Accident

Plane Encountered Icing Conditions, Three Lost

The National Transportation Safety Board said several factors contributed to the downing of a plane near Albany, OR last February, claiming the lives of all three persons on board.

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ANN Will Be Offering UNPARALLELED DAILY Coverage of The 2008 AOPA Expo

Attention GA Companies... It's TIME To Get Your News To ANN!

 The 2008 AOPA Expo is nearly upon us, and, if history is any indicator, it's likely those of you in the GA sector may have some news/announcements to make. FMI: We Have AOPA2008 News For ANN!

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Nostalgia Is In The Air As Tempelhof's Closing Approaches

Air Tours Of Berlin Drawing Sell-Out Crowds

Berlin's beloved Tempelhof Airport is slated to close at the end of this month, and many Germans are taking one last opportunity to take a nostalgic look at the airport -- and the city -- from above.

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Klyde Morris (10.27.08)

Klyde's "Bright Side" Is Pretty Grim...

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Japan's KAGUYA Probe Dashes Hopes Of Finding Ice In Lunar Crater

Images Reveal No Icy Patches Inside Shackleton

The bottom of a lunar crater that lies within permanent shadows held the promise of finding water on the moon until recent images revealed no sign of bright icy patches indicative of a sheet of frozen water.

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Russian Airliner Passengers Subdue Deranged Hijacker

Authorities Say Man Has A History Of Mental Illness

In the second incident this month, passengers have foiled an attempted hijacking of another airliner headed for Russia by overpowering an unruly person claiming to have a bomb.

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Park Your Plane In Your House At Sky Lofts Of Santa Paula

Developers Planning On-Airport Condos For Pilots -- And Their Planes

If you've ever felt so enamored of aviation that you'd rather be at the airport than anywhere else -- even your home -- Santa Paula's Bob Banman and Bill Lindsay have the ideal solution for you.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.27.08)

Aero-Linx!

The USHPA was created to centralize efforts to promote the sports of hang gliding and paragliding. Great resource for those eager to explore flight in its most pure form.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.27.08): Hand-Off

Aero-Terms!

An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter the receiving controller's airspace when radio communications with the aircraft will be transferred.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.27.08)

"I've spent a great deal of time over the last week reading letters, talking with NAFI members, and Board members and can assure you that the credibility of the ENTIRE NAFI Board is in question. Whether it's reality or perception, the fact is that a strong negative feeling exists, and the Board must address it with actions that will serve NAFI, both short and long term. Action must turn a negative into a positive."

Source: EAA President Tom Poberezny, weighing in on the apparent crisis inside the National Association of Flight Instructors in a memo to NAFI board members. The trouble began two weeks ago when NAFI members learned two of the "most productive, well-liked, pro-instructor, and long-standing members of the Board" -- JoAnn and Sandy H

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