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September 19, 2008

Aero-News Alert: DayJet Ceases Operations, Iacobucci Steps Down As CEO

One Of Aviation's Most Exciting Endeavors May Be Failing... Due To Lack Of Funds

ANN REAL-Time Reporting, 09.19.08, 1520 EDT: ANN is monitoring a number of gloomy reports that suggest that the DayJet effort may be coming to an end. Current reports from industry insiders suggest that the program is in dire need of capital, that the current financial maelstrom bodes ill for any last minute resuscitation, and that a cessation of operations may be imminent.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.19.08

Controversy Surrounding The Certification Of The Eclipse 500, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- House Committee Hearing On Eclipse, Part II: 09.19.08 (ANN Special Report, with US Department of Transportation Inspector Gene

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.19.08

A SkyCatcher is down in Kansas.
United Airlines sees its fuel hedges backfire.
And could airlines see record profits in 2009?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.19.08

A SkyCatcher is down in Kansas.
United Airlines sees its fuel hedges backfire.
And could airlines see record profits in 2009?


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ANN Special Feature: US DOT IG Calvin Scovel - 09.19.08

Today, we'll hear US Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel present his report on the Eclipse 500 type-certification controversy to the House Aviation Subcommittee.

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Qantas Receives Its First A380

Scheduled Service To LAX Will Begin October 20

Australian flag carrier Qantas has received the first of 20 Airbus A380s it has on order, at a Friday evening ceremony in Toulouse, France.

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Two Lost In CO Aerostar Downing

Witnesses Said Plane Circled Town Before Crash

Two people and two dogs onboard a Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar were killed Thursday night when their aircraft went down near McElroy Field (20V) in Kremmling, CO, about 100 nautical miles northwest of Denver.

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AFGE Dispatches Team To Houston To Help TSOs Affected by Ike

Union President Asks TSA To Step Up

With much of the Houston metroplex virtually unlivable, six days after Hurricane Ike whipped through the area, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) voiced concern Friday about Transportation Security Officers at the city's two major airports (George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby) who were reportedly told to go to work or face disciplinary actions.

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Lockheed Martin To Build Orbiter For NASA'S MAVEN Mars Mission

Probe Will Be Based On MRO And Mars Odyssey Spacecraft

Lockheed Martin tells ANN the company is proud to have been selected by NASA to design, build and operate the spacecraft for NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) program. NASA's newest mission will analyze the upper atmosphere and past climate change on Mars.

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Investigators Rule Out Engine Failure In Aeroflot-Nord Accident

Airline Disowned By Russian Flag Carrier, Now Goes By Former Name

Investigators said Thursday that both engines on a Russian airliner crashed Sunday in the Ural Mountains were operating at time of impact... contradicting early witness reports stating one of the engines was on fire.

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Say What?!? Airlines Could Post Record Profits Next Year

Analyst Says Lower Fuel Prices, Continuing Fees Will Mean Black Ink

Airlines have seen their stock prices take a pounding lately, as they've slashed capacity and introduced a host of new fees on travelers... on the premise that it was required to meet skyrocketing fuel costs. But now that oil has dropped from its high of $147 per barrel to below $100, what happens next?

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Gates Urges NATO Unity On Russia Dilemma

But Doesn't See Direct Military Threat

NATO must take a middle ground in response to Russia's actions against Georgia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told American and British reporters before attending a NATO meeting in London Thursday.

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Paper: Settlement Reached With NASCAR In Sanford C-310 Downing

Reporter Saw Details Of $2.4 Million Agreement

A Florida newspaper has published what it claims are confidential details of the settlement of a lawsuit against NASCAR, related to the crash of the organization's Cessna 310R in Florida on July 10, 2007.

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Texas CAP Wing Steps Up Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Crews From Across The Nation Offer To Help

The citizen volunteers of Civil Air Patrol's Texas Wing, operating from their new mission base in Houston, are receiving offers of help from across the nation as they launch dozens of flights each day to photograph damage wrought by Hurricane Ike.

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EAA Says Over $42K Available For AeroScholars

Enrollment Open For The Fall Semester

The Experimental Aircraft Association is giving parents the chance to make math and science exciting for their children, through EAA's online aviation courses... which can also give students a head start on their college credits!

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NASA Rolls Out eClips: 'A New Approach To Learning'

Online Educational Programs Available To Students Of All Ages

NASA is making available a free Web-based educational product to learners of all ages across the country. NASA eClips consists of more than 55 short, 5-10 minute video segments, which are available on-demand via the Internet for the 2008-2009 school year.

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ACI-NA Adds Chris Bidwell And Chris Oswald To Staff

Both Will Assume New Roles In October

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) announced this week the addition of two new staff members.

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Second AgustaWestland Service Center Coming Soon To South Africa

Precision Aviation Services Provides Full Range Of MRO Options

AgustaWestland announced this week that Precision Aviation Services (PAS) will establish the second AgustaWestland Service Center at Cape Town International Airport in South Africa. The Service Center will be set up by and opened by the end of 2008, adding to the PAS-managed facility in Pretoria.

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Aero-TV Offers A Close Look At The Martin 'Jetpack'

5,000 People Witness First Public Flight Of Unique Vertical Lift Device

The Martin JetPack caused quite a stir at Oshkosh 2008... though to be accurate, the device was anything BUT a 'Jetpack.' Still... it proved to be a huge draw in an arena where there are no small number of things to attract one's attention. EAA officials report as many as 5,000 eager spectators were on hand for the Tuesday morning demo in AeroShell Square where the first public flight of the much-anticipated Martin Jetpack took place... and having been among that crowd ourselves, we think that number might even be slightly low.

Aero-TV Offers A Close Look At The Martin 'Jetpack'

5,000 People Witness First Public Flight Of Unique Vertical Lift Device

The Martin JetPack caused quite a stir at Oshkosh 2008... though to be accurate, the device was anything BUT a 'Jetpack.' Still... it proved to be a huge draw in an arena where there are no small number of things to attract one's attention.

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Bombardier Severs Ties With Grob On Learjet 85 Development

Will Bring Composite Bizjet Program In-House

Grob Aerospace has "accepted" that Bombardier has cancelled the agreement with the company to continue the development of the Learjet 85 primary and secondary structure, according to a statement from the company.

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Young: Boeing's KC-X Offering Cost Nearly $3 Billion More Than Its Rival

Northrop/EADS KC-30 Is Larger, More Capable... And Cheaper?

We now know more about the Pentagon's reasoning behind opting to delay ruling on the contentious KC-X aerial tanker contract... and we have to say, they seem to have a valid point.

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Airport Video Captures Spanair Flight's Last Moments

Plane's Nose Pitched Up Sharply Before Departing Runway

Airport security video released this week of last month's crash of a Spanair MD-82 in Madrid shows the airliner's nose pitched up sharply before the fully-loaded plane crashed off the side of the runway and exploded.

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Klyde Morris (09.19.08)

Klyde's Reader Contest Kicks Off To An Uproarious Start!

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NASA Says Johnson Space Center Will Reopen Monday

Mission Control Escaped Brunt Of Hurricane Ike

NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is scheduled to reopen Monday, September 22, ending its closure related to Hurricane Ike.

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Czech Training Outfit Deploys Mechtronix Ascent Flight Trainer

Region's Largest Private Flight Training Organization To Conduct MCC Training In House

Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI), the fastest growing and third leading provider of flight training equipment in the world, today announced the successful deployment of its advanced Ascent Flight Trainer by F AIR Ltd., the Czech Republic's largest private training school.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

Aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss is known as the father of naval aviation. Among many other important aviation accomplishments, Curtiss was responsible for the first aircraft to take off from and land on the decks of ships at sea.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.19.08): Idle Thrust

Aero-Terms!

The jet thrust obtained with the engine power control level set at the stop for the minimum thrust position at which it can be placed.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.19.08)

"A member of the American public might conclude that Boeing sought to charge more than the Defense Department reasonably expected."

Source: John Young, the Pentagon's undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, who told The Washington Post that Boeing's bid to supply 68 KC-767s under the initial stages of the since-deferred KC-X competition came to $15.4 billion... almost $3 billion more than a consortium led by EADS and Northrop Grumman estimated for their larger, newer KC-30A.

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