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December 18, 2008

STC'd: Crownair/Southern Star C210 Entegra Installation

Deliveries Of Avidyne-Equipped Centurion Edition May Begin

A truly innovative retrofit glass-panel application has won FAA approval. Avidyne announced Thursday that through its partnership with Southern Star Avionics of Mobile, AL, and Crownair Aviation, Inc. of San Diego, the company has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Avidyne's Entegra integrated flight deck in Cessna 210 and T210 Series single-engine piston aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.18.08

The NAFI Crisis, With EAA President Tom Poberezny

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.18.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.18.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The NAFI Crisis: 12.18.08 (ANN Special Report, with EAA President Tom Poberezny.)

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NTSB Investigates B777 Uncommanded Engine Rollback

Power Recovered During Incident In Cruise Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident in which a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777 experienced an uncommanded engine rollback in the cruise phase of an intercontinental flight.

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Colgan Air Pilots Vote to Join ALPA

NMB Election Results Show 'Overwhelming Support' for Union

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), welcomed an announcement this week by the National Mediation Board (NMB) that the pilots of Colgan Air, Inc., have selected the union as their collective bargaining representative.

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Aero-News Alert: Wouters Named New CEO At Cirrus

Alan Klapmeier Remains Chairman Of Board

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.18.08 1500 EST: There will soon be a new man at the top of Cirrus Design... and it isn't a Klapmeier. Current President and Chief Operating Officer Brent Wouters will take over as CEO of the Duluth, MN-based planemaker early next year, the company announced Thursday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.18.08

Obama will name a Republican to be Transportation Secretary.
Orphaned Eclipse Aviation customers unite.
And airline cutbacks cause jet fuel prices to plunge.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.18.08

Obama will name a Republican to be Transportation Secretary.
Orphaned Eclipse Aviation customers unite.
And airline cutbacks cause jet fuel prices to plunge.


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ANN Special Feature: EAA President Tom Poberezny - 12.18.08

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Tom Poberezny, President of the Experimental Aircraft Association, who has been attempting to mediate an internal political dispute which threatens to split the Nation

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ATR Begins Ground Tests On -600 Series Airliners

Will Sport Updated Avionics, Increased Payload

French planemaker ATR announced this week the start of ground testing for its prototype '-600 series' aircraft, with tests of the upgrade turboprop airliner's electrical systems and its New Generation Avionics Suite, while integrating the first software package provided by Thales.

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UK Competition Commission Says BAA Must Sell Three Airports

Move Opens Up Market, Provides Incentives For Better Service

Britain's Competition Commission (CC) has spoken... and this week, issued a provisional ruling that, if confirmed, would require BAA to sell three of the seven airports it now operates -- Gatwick, Stansted, and Edinburgh.

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Couple Sues UAL For Overserving Abusive Husband

Man Beat Wife After Drinking Wine To Excess

A bizarre lawsuit has been filed by a Japanese man against United Airlines, charging that it's the airline's fault he beat and injured his wife after getting off a flight from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco.

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Report: Jet Fuel Prices Lowest Since 1991

Capacity Cuts Have 'Fueled' Supply Glut

Recent capacity cuts by airlines have done more than increase ticket prices. Another result of fewer planes in the air is a growing glut of jet fuel on the market, and falling fuel prices as a result.

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Northrop Grumman Reveals Navy's First Unmanned Combat Aircraft

X-47B One Of Two UCAS Platforms Under Development

Northrop Grumman unveiled the first of the US Navy's new unmanned combat aircraft Tuesday, at a ceremony in Palmdale, CA attended by Navy officials, state and local government representatives, suppliers and Northrop Grumman employees.

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Just Like Old Times: Aero-TV Visits The Lee Bottom Fly-In (Part 1)

'The Most Nothing You'll Ever Do'

It just maybe the quintessential "Old-Style" Fly-In... a beautiful airstrip, hundreds of planes, no agendas, no schedules... just lots of airplane lovers enjoying the company of airplane loving people and their planes. It may also be the closest thing to airplane heaven on this side of eternity... or so we've been told. And now that we've been there... seen the sights, caught the vibe, enjoyed the company and just plain goofed off for the whole annual weekend event, we gotta tell you, we can't argue with that description.

NBAA Urges Members To Attend TSA's LASP Hearings

Five Meetings Scheduled Nationwide In January

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced Wednesday the Transportation Security Administration has scheduled five official public hearings in early 2009 for the business aviation community to provide the agency with feedback on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).

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Just Like Old Times: Aero-TV Visits The Lee Bottom Fly-In (Part 1)

'The Most Nothing You'll Ever Do'

It just maybe the quintessential "Old-Style" Fly-In... a beautiful airstrip, hundreds of planes, no agendas, no schedules... just lots of airplane lovers enjoying the company of airplane loving people and their planes. It may be the closest thing to airplane heaven on this side of eternity... or so we've been told.

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Emirates' Clark Calls Latest 787 Delay 'Terrible'

Says Boeing Needs To Get Its Act Together

When it comes to airline officials who hold significant influence with Boeing and Airbus, Emirates president Tim Clark is perhaps second only to Steven Udvar-Hazy... and like the outspoken chairman of ILFC, Clark is increasingly fed up with the bad news coming out of Seattle regarding the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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XCOR Aerospace Fires Lynx Engine For First Time

Successful 5K18 Test Continues Company's Record

XCOR Aerospace announced Wednesday it has successfully completed its first test fire of the rocket engine that will be used to power its Lynx suborbital launch vehicle to the edge of space.

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AOPA: TSA Plans To Step Up GA Scrutiny At Commercial Airports

Will Require Background Checks For All Based Pilots

Industry sources told the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association this week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a security directive that extends requirements for background checks to be performed on general aviation pilots based at airports served by airlines.

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FedEx May Park More Planes As Economy Struggles

Analyst Believes Shipping Giant Will "Suffer A Lot"

You know things are bad when FedEx talks about drastic cutbacks to its operation. Last week, the shipping conglomerate took a hatchet to its own profit forecast, scaring investors off and sending its stock price plummeting to depths not seen since 1987.

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CMC Electronics' WAAS GPS Landing System Earns FAA, Canadian Approvals

IntegriFlight CMA-5024 Meets Most Stringent Standard For WAAS Receivers

Aero-News has learned CMC Electronics' IntegriFlight CMA-5024 aviation Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver was certified recently by the FAA and Transport Canada to TSO-C145b Beta-3 and TSO-146 Delta-4.

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CAV Aerospace, Kilfrost Form Strategic Partnership On TKS

Will Cooperate On Marketing, Certification Initiatives

CAV Aerospace Ltd. and Kilfrost have agreed in principal to a joint global marketing and engineering certification program for TKS ice protection fluids used in the general aviation industry.

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Raven UAS Approved By Italian Military Of Defense

Permits Operation Within Italy's National Airspace

AeroVironment announced Tuesday the General Directorate for Aircraft Weapon Systems (MoD - Italy) has issued a Military Aircraft Type-Classification Certificate for the Raven B unmanned aircraft system, the first such certificate issued in Italy in the Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle category.

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NASA Says Mars Phoenix Landing Site In Dry Climate Cycle Phase

May Explain Why Only Traces Of Ice Found

The Martian arctic soil that NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander dug into this year is very cold and very dry. However, when long-term climate cycles make the site warmer, the soil may get moist enough to modify the chemistry, producing effects that persist through the colder times.

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Alaska Airlines Donates Old Airplane Food

'Food Basket' System Sends Unopened Snacks To Seattle Shelters

If you're down on your luck and live near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you might come home from the food bank with some first-class cuisine. Literally.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.18.08): ARTCC

Aero-Terms!

Air Route Traffic Control Center. A facility established to provide air traffic control service to aircraft operating on IFR flight plans within controlled airspace and principally during the en route phase of flight. When equipment capabilities and controller workload permit, certain advisory/assistance services may be provided to VFR aircraft. There are 20 ARTCCs in the continental US.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.18.08)

"We appreciate this effort by the TSA to hear from the people in our industry whose operations stand to be greatly affected by this proposal. NBAA Members have been understandably frustrated by the proposal because it seems to lack a true understanding of how a general aviation airplane fits into a company’s operations and security culture. I strongly encourage anyone able to participate in these meetings to mark their calendars and plan to attend."

Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The Transportation Security Administration has scheduled five official public hearings in early 2009 for the business aviation community to provide the agency with feedback on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.18.08)

Aero-Linx!

In the mid-1960's, Lockheed engineers turned their attention to the challenge of designing a quiet aircraft that could see (but not be seen or heard) in the night.  The Quiet Aircraft Association is proud to present the history of the quiet aircraft and the accomplishments of the men involved with these aircraft--from the Vietnam War to the present.

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