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December 24, 2008

FreeFlight Systems Offers Affordable ADS-B Entry

Solution Incorporates 978 MHz Data Radio, TSO Certified GPS/WAAS Sensor

International avionics supplier FreeFlight Systems announced Wednesday a new solution for pilots seeking an affordable means to incorporate Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast into their aircraft. ADS-B is the cornerstone of the FAA's NextGen air traffic management which takes advantage of the ongoing advancements in satellite-based navigation.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.24.08

Aero-News EXCLUSIVE: The World's Oldest Pilot, On What Christmas Means Today

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.24.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.24.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- ANN EXCLUSIVE: The World's Oldest Pilot: 12.24.08 (ANN Special Report, with the world-record holding aviator K.Krin

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Blakey: Voluntary Safety Programs Should Return To Airlines

Former FAA Administrator Wants ASAP Back In Place ASAP

Aerospace Industries Association president -- and former FAA administrator -- Marion Blakey weighed in this week on a disturbing trend among US carriers, the abandonment of voluntary safety reporting programs.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.24.08

The recession claims another aviation show.
The DOT's new stranding statistics prove useless.
And Jet Airways pilot is charged with being drunk in the cockpit.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.24.08

The recession claims another aviation show.
The DOT's new stranding statistics prove useless.
And Jet Airways pilot is charged with being drunk in the cockpit.


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ANN Special Feature: World's Oldest Pilot on Christmas - 12.24.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with one of aviation's timeless voices, who holds records unlikely to ever be broken. His achievements include the first round-the-world flight in less than 24 hours, the fir

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AeroConversions Offers Pre-Assembled Prop Hub/Crankshaft

Upgrade Available For AeroVee 2.1 Engine Kit

Sonex Aircraft announced this week the latest enhancement to the popular AeroConversions AeroVee Engine Kit: all AeroConversions customers now have the opportunity to upgrade their purchase with a Pre-Assembled Prop Hub/Crankshaft Assembly, making the AeroVee Engine simpler to build.

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USAF E-8C Joint STARS Takes Off With New Engines

JT-8D-219s Breathe Life Into Old Airframe

The US Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) test bed aircraft took to the air Saturday, powered by new Pratt & Whitney JT-8D-219 engines. This flight marks the start of Northrop Grumman's E-8C-specific military airworthiness certification test program, which will last into next spring.

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Clifford Development Appoints New Service Center

Stevens Aviation May Install Citation 550/S550 Engine Retrofits

Clifford Development announced this week the appointment of Stevens Aviation as an authorized installation center for the company’s certified installations of Williams FJ44-3A engines on the Cessna Citation 550 and the S550.

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Next NASA Moon Mission Completes Thermal Vacuum Testing

Goodard Test Program Now Complete

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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Weight-Optimized F-35 Test Fleet Adds CTOL Variant

First Production-Spec Conventional Lightning II In Test Program

Lockheed Martin announced this week it rolled out the first weight-optimized conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter on December 19. The new F-35A, called AF-1, joins three weight-optimized F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants currently undergoing testing.

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Boeing To Lead Flight Deck Mods For Southwest's 737 Fleet

Classic Models To Be Retrofitted With NextGen Avionics

Boeing has been selected by Southwest Airlines as the lead integrator for the airline's 737-300/-700 flight deck upgrade to incorporate advanced performance-based navigation capabilities. Boeing's role will include design, installation and integration of new hardware and software from multiple suppliers, as well as flight testing and certification.

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Frontier Airlines Tells Passengers: Check The Web Site!

Phone Calls Don't Cut It Anymore

With storms beating the country from the East Coast to the West, Frontier Airlines issued the following travel advice to its customers and other air travelers: If at all possible, check your carrier's Web site for flight status information before calling reservations.

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ATK Receives $49 Million Contract For Orion Solid Rocket Motors

Will Provide At Least Nine Motor Flight Sets

Alliant Techsystems has received a $49 million contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide at least nine flight sets of Orion solid rocket motors. If options in the contract are exercised, the total value would increase.

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Eurocopter UK Receives EC135 Order For Windfarm Maintenance

First Heli Sold In-Country For That Task

Bond Air Services of the United Kingdom recently ordered an EC135 for maintenance work at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm starting end of 2009. The EC135 will be used for maintenance operations, including delivery of personnel and complex equipment by winch at the Greater Gabbard wind farm located approximately 20 miles of the East Anglia Coast from end of 2009 onwards.

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Happy Holidays From The Staff Of Aero-News And Aero-TV!

Santa, We've Been REALLY Good This Year...

As the Aero-News staff prepares for Santa Claus (or like equivalent) to visit our homes and hangars, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens... in Real Time.

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Aero-TV Holiday Redux: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (#1 of 3)

A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3

  One More E-I-C Note: We're immensely proud of the work that Aero-TV has done in the past year with the better part of 300 HIGH-Quality features shot and produced... but this particular three-parter is near and dear to our hearts... as pilots and journalists.

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Group Says DOT Bungled October On-Time Data

First-Ever Report Shows Some... Interesting... Info

Flyersrights.org, formerly known as the Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights, has discovered that airlines aren't accurately reporting -- and that the Department of Transportation isn't accurately reporting to the public -- critical time-on-the tarmac data for diverted and canceled flights.

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Big Deals! NASA Selects Orbital, SpaceX For ISS Cargo Resupply Duties

Contracts Worth $3.5 Billion Combined

NASA has awarded two contracts -- one to Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, VA and one to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, CA -- for commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station. At the time of award, NASA has ordered eight flights valued at about $1.9 billion from Orbital and 12 flights valued at about $1.6 billion from SpaceX.

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Embraer's Lineage 1000 Earns EASA, ANAC Certifications

FAA Approval Expected Shortly For Business-Spec E-Jet Variant

Embraer began December with news its smallest jet, the Phenom 100, had received its Brazilian -- and later, US -- certifications. The company will end the month on the news its largest executive jet, the Embraer 190-based Lineage 1000, has been awarded type certification by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil - ANAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with FAA approval expected soon.

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ForeFlight Mobile 2.1 Released For iPhone

Upgraded App Now Available For Download

While the world isn't exactly lacking for new applications for Apple's popular iPhone, there's a new one out there that no pilot should be without. The latest version of the ForeFlight Mobile flight planner is now available on the Apple App Store... and it's the real deal, not just flashy wallpaper.

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Report: Drunk Pilot Removed From Jet Airways Cockpit

Ex-Marine May Have Partied Too Hard

A 62-year-old airline pilot and ex-US Marine appears about to lose his career over a few drinks with younger co-workers.

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NASCAR Champion Picks Up Early Holiday Present

Clint Bowyer Takes Delivery Of Beechcraft Premier IA

NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion and Kansas native Clint Bowyer took delivery Monday of his Beechcraft Premier IA. While in Wichita for the delivery, Bowyer toured the Hawker Beechcraft manufacturing plant and signed autographs for employees.

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NASA Uses Santa To Shill For Constellation Program

Reindeer Don't Need 17 Heavy Shock Absorbers To Quell Vibrations...

Santa Claus is one of the most enduring symbols of the holiday season. When you think about it, the fact he continues to be so popular is especially surprising... given the widespread abuse of his name and image by marketers.

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HAI Announces 2009 Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award Recipient

Neill Osborne Is President, CEO Of Era Helicopters

HAI recently announced the 2009 Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award recipient, Neill Osborne; President and COO, Era Helicopters LLC, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Parajet Skycar is the first, two seater, high performance, road legal, bio-fuelled flying car; capable of providing rally car performance on and off road, and light aircraft performance after just a few minutes of wing preparation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.08): Ground Stop

Aero-Terms!

Alas, we're probably going to see a lot of these over the next few days. When a Ground Stop is initiated, flights that are destined to the affected airport are held at their departure point for the duration of the Ground Stop. Ground Stops are implemented for a number of reasons.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.08)

"What has been provided so far amounts to little more than random numbers submitted in an apparent attempt to appease Flyersrights.org. It totally misleads the flying public and represents an application of the familiar principle of 'garbage in, garbage out.'"

Source: Passenger rights advocate Kate Hanni, who claimed Tuesday her group has discovered that airlines aren't accurately reporting -- and that the Department of Transportation isn't accurately reporting to the public -- critical time-on-the tarmac data for diverted and canceled flights. Hanni adds DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has conceded "we screwed up," and is reported to be disclaiming its October report.

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