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December 05, 2008

Four-Time Spacefarer Carl Walz Leaves NASA

Private Sector Lures Veteran Astronaut Away

NASA astronaut Carl Walz is leaving the agency to take a job in the private sector.

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Report: Boeing To Announce Yet ANOTHER Dreamliner Delay

Anyone Really Surprised At This Point?

To anyone at Boeing who may have snickered when rival Airbus experienced a number of delays in bringing its high-profile A380 superjumbo to market... one imagines if you didn't believe in karma then, you do now.

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Cirrus Makes Available 'Tuskegee Airmen' P-51C Limited Edition Prints

"100 Percent" Of Proceeds Will Support Red Tail Project

Limited edition, signed and numbered Sam Lyons prints of the Red Tail Project's P-51C Mustang "Tuskegee Airmen," were autographed November 17 by original Tuskegee Airman, Major Joe Gomer.

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NASA Sets Target Launch Date For Hubble Mission

STS-125 To Finally Fly In May 2009

Thwarted earlier this year by a series of technical problems onboard the orbital observatory, NASA announced this week the space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope has been rescheduled to launch May 12, 2009.

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American Aviation Completes Third King Air Alliant Retrofit

Combines Avidyne Glass, STEC Autopilot With Proven Airframe

Avidyne Corporation and American Aviation of Brooksville, FL announced this week the completion of American's third Alliant Integrated Flight Deck Retrofit in a Beechcraft King Air 200-Series twin-engine turboprop aircraft.

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XCOR Partners With Firehole Technologies For Lynx Construction Analysis

Spaceship Will Be Constructed Of Composites

Wyoming-based composites analysis firm Firehole Technologies has partnered with XCOR Aerospace to help with the construction of XCOR's two-seat Lynx suborbital launch vehicle.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.05.08

Ownership Options, With Aircraft Partnership Association CEO David Kruger

Today, ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with David Kruger, CEO of the Aircraft Partnership Association, about options for general aviation pilots to share to costs of aircraft ownership.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.05.08

United Airlines will begin layoffs after the holidays.
US domestic airlines cut capacity...but not by enough.
And 350 Pratt & Whitney workers are sent home in Connecticut.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.05.08

United Airlines will begin layoffs after the holidays.
US domestic airlines cut capacity...but not by enough.
And 350 Pratt & Whitney workers are sent home in Connecticut.


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ANN Special Feature: David Kruger, Aircraft Partnership Association - 12.05.08

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with David Kruger, CEO of the Aircraft Partnership Association, about options for general aviation pilots to share to costs of aircraft ownership.

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'Tis The Season: Give The Gift Of Flight!

What Would You Rather Spend $100 On?

It was a gift that would change my life. Fresh off my introduction to the joys of riding in a small plane in August 2002, I had excitedly mentioned my desire to get some more seat time to my friend Jennifer... who rewarded me that Christmas with a Discovery Flight at Bode Aviation in Albuquerque.

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Failed! Baggage Scales Taken Offline At Tucson International Airport

United, Delta Scales Found Not To Be In Compliance

State inspectors removed over a dozen scales used by two airlines from service this week at Tucson International Airport, after the discovery the devices gave false readings.

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FAA Holds Groundbreaking For New National ATC System Command Center

Facility Near Warrenton, VA Slated To Open In 2011

Management of the nation's air traffic control system will move to a permanent home in a state-of-the-art facility near Warrenton, VA in 2011, when a new Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control System Command Center is completed.

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Petters Subsidiary Given Court OK To Bail Out Sun Country

High-Interest Loan Must Be Repaid In Spring '09

There's been a plot twist in the drama that is Sun Country Airlines.

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Goodyear, NASA Successfully Recreate Original Moon Tire

Looking To The Past To Recreate The Future

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and NASA recently took a small step backward, in order to make one giant leap forward and help prepare for future missions to the moon and to Mars.

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Aero-TV: Different by Design -- A HondaJet Update

Honda Aircraft Stakes Out New Territory Via a Unique Jet Design

There are few things in aviation today that can truly claim the adjective of "Unique." Much of aviation is derived from concepts, designs or planforms that we've seen before... unless you find yourself considering the HondaJet.  

Aero-TV: Different by Design -- A HondaJet Update

Honda Aircraft Stakes Out New Territory Via a Unique Jet Design

There are few things in aviation today that can truly claim the adjective of "Unique." Much of aviation is derived form concepts, designs or planforms that we've seen before... unless you find yourself considering the HondaJet.  

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Pink Slips To Start Flying At United

First Wave Of Layoffs Will Start After Holidays

United Airlines has confirmed that the first of 7,000 promised layoffs will begin just after the holidays.

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Embraer Breaks Ground On FL Phenom Facility

First US Assembly Plant For Brazilian Planemaker

Embraer broke ground Thursday on its first US aircraft assembly plant and customer center at Florida's Melbourne International Airport. Present at the ceremony were Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Melbourne City Mayor Harry Goode, and other distinguished State and local officials manning ceremonial shovels, along with Embraer President & CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.

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Airline Traffic Numbers Plummet In November

But Low Fuel Prices Lead To Small Improvement On AMEX Index

It was a long November for most of the nation's airlines... as passengers flew away from the prospect of flying on commercial airliners, even over the traditionally packed Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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NASA Bumps Mars Science Lab Launch Until 2011

Two-Year Delay Blamed On "Testing And Hardware Challenges"

NASA's much-touted Mars Science Laboratory will spend more time on Earth than originally planned. The space agency announced Thursday the MSL will launch two years later than previously planned, in the fall of 2011. The original target launch date of October 2009 "no longer is feasible" due to "testing and hardware challenges that must be addressed to ensure mission success."

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Klyde Morris (12.05.08)

Hey... ANYTHING That Makes People Look Up, Klyde!

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Analysts: Airbus, Boeing Should Brace For Cancellations

'White Tails' Could Soon Roll Off Production Lines

Boeing and Airbus owe much of the value of their stocks to their order backlogs. Both manufacturers have years worth of production stacked up on waiting lists, which could be a major factor in helping them weather a tough recession.

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Second Production VH-71 Takes Flight

Will Join Others At NAS Patuxent River For Testing

The VH-71 presidential helicopter replacement program marked another milestone last Saturday with the maiden flight of the second VH-71 production aircraft. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, later this month.

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Real Estate Magnate Dedicates New Heliport In Los Angeles

Will Serve Hospital And Corporate Needs

The first state-of-the-art heliport designed to serve both trauma air transport needs and corporate clients in Downtown Los Angeles was unveiled at 10 am on Thursday at the formal dedication of the Robert F. Maguire Heliport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.05.08)

Aero-Linx!

The 7th Bomb Wing B-36 Association was formed in September 1981 when 20 ex-B-36ers from the 7th Bomb Wing initiated plans for a reunion of their former comrades.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.05.08): Semi-Major Axis

Aero-Terms!

Half the distance of an ellipse's maximum diameter, the distance from the center of the ellipse to one end.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.05.08)

"What we've seen so far is a very gentle adjustment. We do expect there is worse to come."

Source: Sandy Morris, an analyst at ABN Amro bank in London, warning that Boeing and Airbus face potentially devastating numbers of order cancellations as the global economy continues to worsen. Both companies are already seeing options for additional planes dropped by their airline customers... and in some cases, firm orders are at risk.

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