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August 29, 2008

AOPA Notes McCain's VP Choice Has Strong Ties To GA

But Adds Neither Campaign Has Weighed In Yet On Issue

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association notes Arizona Senator John McCain's surprise choice of running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, has a positive association with general aviation.

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CAP Assists In Preparations For Hurricane Gustav

Agency Ready To Respond If Needed

As Hurricane Gustav moves closer to the Gulf Coast of the United States, Civil Air Patrol members are making preparations to safeguard CAP assets and preparing to respond to requests for assistance after the storm makes landfall.

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A Small Kindness... Among Remnants Of Tragedy

Pilot Keeps Crash Wreckage Out Of Relatives' Sights

It was a small gesture... the type that usually goes unreported. In the aftermath of last week's devastating crash of a Spanair MD-80 in Madrid, however, even the smallest gestures of kindness stand out.

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MASwings And Firefly Take Delivery Of New ATR 72-500s

First Of Type To Be Operated In Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines subsidiaries MASwings and Firefly celebrated the delivery of the first ATR 72-500 for MASwings, and the second ATR 72-500 of Firefly, in a joint ceremony held at the ATR Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.

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Two-For-Two: Sikorsky Marks First Flight Of UH-60M Upgrade

Special Black Hawk Uses Fly-By-Wire Controls

Look Ma... no control linkages! Two days after the helicopter maker announced the first flight of its X2 Technology Demonstrator rotorcraft, Sikorsky said Friday it completed the first flight of its UH-60M Upgrade Black Hawk helicopter... currently the only fly-by-wire rotary wing aircraft in flight test development within the Department of the Army.

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American Airlines Unions Realign Efforts On Eve Of Labor Day

Pilots, Flight Attendants And Ground Workers Join Forces To Pressure Carrier

While unions at American Airlines have generally enjoyed good relations with each other, in recent years each major labor group has flown solo in efforts to recoup wages and benefit cuts. Three of those unions -- the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) -- have now pledged to combine efforts to obtain new contracts for their members.

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Alitalia Succumbs To The Inevitable, Files For Bankruptcy

Latest Reorg Proposal Calls For Merger With Air One SpA

The buzzards have been circling over struggling Italian flag carrier Alitalia SpA for some time... and on Friday, airline executives capitulated to the inevitable, and filed for insolvency and protection from their creditors.

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Valkaria County Commission Dissolves Rancorous Airport Board

If You Can't Play Nice, You Won't Play At All!

The Brevard County Commission has spoken. Following decades of rancorous conduct -- and next to nothing in the way of actual progress -- the Valkaria Airport Advisory Board was disbanded Thursday, by a 3-2 commission vote.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.29.08

Behind Modern Crash Investigations, With Author George Bibel -- Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.29.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.29.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Behind Modern Crash Investigations: 08.29.08 (ANN Special Report, with George Bibel, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at

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Boeing Donates $1 Million To Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Lifts Fundraising Total To $100 Million

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington, on Thursday Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., announced The Boeing Company will donate $1 million toward building a lasting Memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.29.08

There's already another fatal engine-out near North Las Vegas Airport.
The FAA postpones slot auctions at Newark.
And US defense contractors have a message for the next US president.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.29.08

There's already another fatal engine-out near North Las Vegas Airport.
The FAA postpones slot auctions at Newark.
And US defense contractors have a message for the next US president.<

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ANN Special Feature: George Bibel, Crash Forensics, cont'd - 08.29.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with George Bibel, author of the book, Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes. George puts the recent Southwest Airlines fatigue-crack controversy i

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Alaska Airlines Retires Last MD-80, Completes Transition To All-Boeing Fleet

Airline's Latest 737-800 Christened 'Spirit Of Seattle'

Good riddance to old Mad-Dogs. On Thursday, Alaska Airlines completed its transition to an all-Boeing 737 aircraft fleet with the retirement of its last MD-80 series airplane, part of a ramped-up plan to increase the airline's operational efficiency and improve fuel conservation.

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Continental Takes Proactive Approach Ahead Of Looming Hurricane

Says Customers May Rescheduled Without Penalty

Continental Airlines announced Thursday travel options for customers whose flight plans may be affected by Tropical Storm Gustav, which is expected to develop into a major hurricane over the weekend, with the US Gulf Coast squarely in its sights.

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Company Offers GA Pilots Downloadable Electronic Approach Plates

Reader Plates Offers 13,000+ FAA/NACO Approaches For Sony Reader

Widespread availability of inexpensive electronic book readers and high-speed Internet connections have opened the door for a wave of new electronic charting options for pilots. Austin, TX-based Reader Plates takes advantage of those technologies, to offer GA pilots a convenient low-cost solution for carrying and updating instrument approach charts.

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QinetiQ North America Appoints Former DARPA Program Manager To Head R&D

Technology Solutions Group Will Be Run By Dr. Gregory Duckworth

Global defense technology developer QinetiQ North America, announced Thursday its Technology Solutions Group (TSG) has appointed Dr. Gregory Duckworth as its first Director of Advanced Research and Development. Duckworth will be responsible for identifying critical user needs and developing the technologies, industry partnerships, and business opportunities to address them.

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Aero-TV Shines The Spotlight On A Michigan Man, And His Mustang II

We Check Out Bill Scheltema's BEAUTIFUL Aircraft At AirVenture 2008!

Meet Bill Scheltema... a Michigan man who spent 20 years building his own airplane, and is justifiably proud of the result of his hard work.

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Aero-TV Shines The Spotlight On A Michigan Man, And His Mustang II

We Check Out Bill Scheltema's BEAUTIFUL Aircraft At AirVenture 2008!

Meet Bill Scheltema... a Michigan man who spent 20 years building his own airplane, and is justifiably proud of the result of his hard work.

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LAX Workers Walk Off Job To Protest Alleged Civil Rights Abuses

May Affect United, American, And Southwest Over Holiday Weekend

If you want to make a point about labor... what better time to get your message heard than just before Labor Day? Airline service workers representing the 2,500 employees who provide services from 'curb to cabin' at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) walked off the job at 1:30 pm Thursday, in response to what they term contractors' civil rights abuses and failure to bargain in good faith.

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FAA Delays Planned Newark Slot Auction

Airlines Score (Temporary?) Victory

Chalk one up for the nation's airlines, who -- aided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and NY Senator Chuck Schumer, among others -- have apparently succeeded in forcing the FAA to retreat from its plan for slot auctions at the busiest US airports. How long that victory will last, though, is open to speculation and debate.

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AIA Urges Next President To Spur Defense Modernization

Says Recent Russian Hostilities Show Clear Need For Buildup

It's not clear yet who the next US President will be... but the Aerospace Industries Association already has a briefing paper ready for the next occupant of the White House.

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Boeing Makes Its 'Best And Final' Offer To IAM Workers

Proposed Contract Raises Pay 11 Percent Over Three Years; Union Vote Comes Next Week

It's in the union's hands now. On Thursday, Boeing presented its "best and final" contract offer to almost 27,000 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.

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Low-Cost Carrier Latest Casualty Of Shaky Economy

'Zoom' Comes To Screeching Halt, Stranding Passengers

The latest collapse of an airline stranded hundreds of passengers on both sides of the Atlantic on Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris (08.29.08)

Klyde Finally Benefits From The Global Warming Myth...

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Kansas Machinists Ratify Hawker Beechcraft Contract

Walkout Ends In Time For Labor Day Weekend

Nearly 5,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Wichita and Salina, KS have reason to celebrate this Labor Day weekend. They'll soon return to work at Hawker Beechcraft, after winning a new contract that increases pay by four percent each year, while preserving health care benefits and the rights of new hires.

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Union Claims AAL Management Is 'Tearing Airline Apart'

Carrier Responds, Calls Tactic 'Disappointing'

The Transport Workers Union has placed newspaper ads in Fort Worth, Chicago and Tulsa, charging that the management of American Airlines is, "tearing a once-proud airline apart."

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Qantas Aims For 'Old Airline Aesthetic' With A380 Interiors

But 707s Were Never THIS Swanky...

While the US domestic airlines use their creativity to find new ways to strip down service, foreign airlines buying the Airbus A380 superjumbo are working on suites with double beds, and first-class bathrooms with showers. After all, airliner with almost 50 percent more cabin space than a Boeing 747 was bound to become a designer's playground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.29.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The Bristol Aero Collection is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of artefacts of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, and its sister companies. On display are aircraft, engines, missiles, spacecraft, road transport and many more items designed and built in Bristol in the last century.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.29.08): Walking Orbit

Aero-Terms!

A spacecraft orbit that precesses, wherein the location of periapsis changes with respect to the planet's surface in a useful way.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.29.08)

"The bill is now due. Either we commit to a decade-long defense recapitalization and modernization, or we resign ourselves to a diminutive role on the world stage."

Source: From a briefing paper created by the Aerospace Industries Association, calling on the next President of the United States to launch a multi-billion-dollar, decade-long military modernization drive... or face a loss of US ability to protect its interests worldwide. Marion Blakey, who segued from the end of her term as FAA Administrator to become AIA's president and CEO last year, said Russia's invasion of Georgia supports the report's underlying premise.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-15 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-15 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700,-800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-17 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-17 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 747 airplanes.

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AD: MDHI

AD NUMBER: PL2008-18-52 MANUFACTURER: MDHI SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2008-18-52 SUMMARY: This superseding Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) is prompted by two incidents of impaired directional control.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-16 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain transport category airplanes identified above.

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