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September 15, 2008

Embraer Opens AZ Executive Jets Service Center

Expands Options For Bizjet Operators

Embraer celebrated the opening of its 47,700 square-foot hangar Monday at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, AZ. The new facility is dedicated to full-service care for the planemaker's Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500 and Legacy 600 executive jets.

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AD: Textron Lycoming/ECi

AD NUMBER: 2008-19-05 MANUFACTURER: Cylinder assembly,Textron Lycoming SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-19-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Lycoming Engines (formerly Textron Lycoming) models 320, 360, and 540 series, "Parallel Valve" reciprocating engines, with certain Engine Components, Inc. (ECi) cylinder assemblies, part number (P/N) AEL65102 series "Titan",installed.

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JSC May Be Closed A Week Or More Thanks To Ike

Hurricane Damaged Mission Control Center Roof

Monday marked the first full day crews could assess the damage wraught on the Houston/Galveston Island area following Hurricane Ike... and while things could have been a lot worse, crews are now finding that some structures were damaged more than initially believed.

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Number Of Theories On Cause Of Russian 737 Downing

Engine Failure, Pilot Behavior Cited As Possible Explanations

Reports out of Russia point to a number of possible causes behind Sunday's loss of an Aeroflot-Nord airliner in the Ural Mountains, that claimed all 88 persons onboard.

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AIG Reels Following Massive Investor Desertion, Asks Fed For Help

ILFC May Once Again Be Offered For Sale; Policy Holders Uneasy

Things are looking dire indeed for insurer American International Group, Inc., better known as AIG.

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Gregory: Lone Star Flight Museum Sustained 'Substantial' Damage From Ike

Crews Still Assessing Storm's Impact

The following is a message from Larry Gregory, president of the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, TX concerning damage the museum sustained from this weekend's onslaught from Hurricane Ike.

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Frontier Airlines Latest To Charge For All Checked Luggage

Struggling Carrier Joins Other Airlines In Desperate Money-Grab

Three days ahead of the BTS announcement that Frontier Airlines joined other industry sad-sacks US Airways and American in posting the worst operational losses in Q2 2008, the Denver-based low-cost carrier announced it will begin charging a $15 fee for a first checked bag, as the carrier struggles to continue operations  under bankruptcy protection.

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Spirit Signs Spare Parts Agreement With Southwest

Will Supply Thrust Reversers, Wing And Fuse Components

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and Southwest Airlines announced the signing of a supply agreement last week, whereby Spirit will supply thrust reverser, fuselage and wing components for Southwest's fleet of B737 aircraft.

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Airlines Slowly Return To Service In Houston After Ike

Southwest's Hobby Ops Shuttered Until Tuesday; IAH Operations Resume Monday

A number of airlines with a significant presence in Houston, TX plan to resume operations from that city's two commercial airports within the next 48 hours, with most resuming service Monday after the area got slammed by Hurricane Ike over the weekend.

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BTS: Airlines Report Operating Losses In Second Quarter

Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Declined To Release Postings

No surprises here, given the sorry state of the nation's airlines. The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics announced Monday the six largest network airlines, as a group, reported an operating loss margin of 6.3 percent in the second quarter of 2008... a reversal from the second quarter of 2007 when the group reported a 9.2 percent profit margin.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 09.15.08

"Flight"-seeing, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- "Flight"-seeing: 09.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.15.08

Alaska Air Group announces cuts in capacity, and employees.
An Aeroflot Nord 737 is down in central Russia.
And the FAA review of the Eclipse TC is over.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.15.08

Alaska Air Group announces cuts in capacity, and employees.
An Aeroflot Nord 737 is down in central Russia.
And the FAA review of the Eclipse TC is over.


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Flightseeing - 09.15.08

ANN's Paul Plack recently had a flight review with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, and Bob Miller Flight Training, Inc. The flight included a turn at 3,500 feet over Niagara Falls, a rare tre

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Joint Task Force 129 Airmen Rescue Civilians Stranded in Galveston

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing rescued eight people this weekend in Galveston, Texas. The air guardsmen deployed to Kelly Field in San Antonio for Hurricane Ike search and rescue support operations. 

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Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Pilot Shortage (Part 2)

Understanding the Pilot Shortage, Part Two

We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However; after engaging in discussions throughout the industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed (and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on its hands.

Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Pilot Shortage (Part 2)

This Episode Features A Presentation By Kit Darby, AIR Inc. (Part Two In A Series)

Don't Forget To View: Understanding the Pilot Shortage, Part One We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However...

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Applications Being Accepted For Lindbergh-Lycoming Aviation Grant

The Lindbergh Foundation is accepting applications for the Lindbergh-Lycoming aviation grant. The Lindbergh-Lycoming aviation grant program began in 2006, and as a result, studies in  reducing fuel inefficiencies through continuous descent approaches, eliminating the need for leaded fuel in piston engines, and noise pollution have been

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Kentucky Air Guard Troops Deploy to Coastal Texas

About 25 pararescuemen, combat controllers and support troops from the Kentucky Air Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron began deploying to coastal Texas over the weekend to conduct rescue operations for victims of Hurricane Ike.

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Klyde Morris (09.15.08)

Klyde Wants To Invite You To Participate In An 'Interesting' Contest! 

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NAA And Air Care Alliance Announce Winners Of 2008 Public Benefit Flying Awards

The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, has announced the recipients of the 2008 National Public Benefit Flying Awards.  

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AOPA Reacts To Media Frenzy Over VGT Accidents

AOPA: Fatal Accidents In North Las Vegas Spark Public Outreach

 As reported first on Aero-News, two fatal accidents occurred near North Las Vegas Airport, sparking concern among the public about aviation safety, a concern that was fueled by some politization of the tragedies by local aviation officials who seemingly should have known better.

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$5.1B Contract OK'ed For Construction of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) A/C Carrier

Northrop Grumman Corporation has won a $5.1 billion, 7-year (cost plus incentive fee) contract award for detail design and construction of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. This new class of carrier is the replacement for the Nimitz-class design that originated in the 1960s.

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GAMA Educational Outreach Program Invites Students To 'Look Up!' At Reno

Things are looking up for young people at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational at Reno, with "Look Up!”, a new educational outreach program from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which recently received a warm welcome from Rolls-Royce, a founding presenter of the event.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

A confederation of Luftwaffe-related web sites, providing reference-grade coverage of the Messerschmitt 262 and other advanced combat aircraft of the Third Reich.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.15.08)

“Kathleen and the local pilots did a tremendous job educating the community in the wake of these two tragedies... A local response carries more weight with local officials and the community.” Source: AOPA Airport Support Network Director Jennifer Storm, speaking of the community effort undertaken by AOPA and the Air Safety Foundation as they reached out to a shocked community in an effort to present the facts about GA and its safety record. The association also worked with North Las Vegas Airport Support Network Volunteer Kathleen Snaper to reach out to local pilots and the surrounding community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.15.08): Synchronous Rotation

Aero-Terms!

A satellite's rotational period is equal to its orbital period; this causes the same side of a satellite to always face the planet. Synchronous rotation occurs when a planet's gravity produces a tidal bulge in its satellite. The gravitational attraction and bulge acts like a torque, which slows down the satellite until it reaches a synchronous rotation.

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