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September 26, 2008

L-3 Presents First Joint Cargo Aircraft To US Army And Air Force

Formal Acceptance Of C-27J To Take Place In October

L-3 Communications, prime contractor for the US Army and Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program, announced Thursday it has presented the first C-27J JCA to the joint program office on schedule and on budget. The aircraft is the first of 78 planned to be delivered to the Department of Defense. The current contract is valued in excess of $2 billion.

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NASA Stardust Capsule To Go On Display At Smithsonian

Historic Spacecraft Returned From Comet Mission In 2006

Having returned the world's first particles from a comet, NASA's Stardust sample return capsule will join the collection of flight icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The capsule will go on public display in the museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery on October 1, the 50th anniversary of NASA.

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Pratt & Whitney Awarded Production Contract For F135 Turbofans

Will Support First 12 Production F-35 Lightning IIs

Pratt & Whitney was awarded a production contract worth up to $491 million (including options) for F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II. This second F135 low rate initial production contract will support 12 F-35 production aircraft, including six short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) and six conventional take-off/landing (CTOL). Propulsion system deliveries are scheduled to begin in third quarter 2009.

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Terror Suspects Removed From KLM Flight In Bonn

Search Underway For Suspected Associates

German police boarded a KLM airliner Friday morning at Cologne-Bonn airport and removed two men suspected of plotting a terrorist attack, according to news reports.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.26.08

GA Versus The Airlines: Are Private Pilots Using Their Planes Instead Of Going Commercial?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.26.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.26.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Are Private Pilots Using Their Planes Instead Of Going Commercial?: 09.26.08 (ANN Special Report, from thi

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Rossy Does It! Adventurer Completes Jetpack Flight Across English Channel

Parachutes To Landing In Dover Following 10-Minute Overwater Flight

Add a new name to the record books... though we'll probably need to add a brand new category. Swiss airline pilot and part-time adventurer Yves Rossy parachuted to a safe landing in Dover, England on Friday, after completing a roughly 10-minute flight across the English Channel using a jet-powered wing strapped to his back.

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A Little Bit Of LSA At NBAA 2008

EAA 2009 Sweepstakes Plane On Display At BizAv Show

Talk about shaking things up a bit. Flight Design USA announced Friday its 2009 MC light sport aircraft will be on display at the National Business Aircraft Association trade show to be held in Orlando, FL Convention Center on October 6-8. The MC will be a featured item in the EAA's display space at NBAA, as the MC is one of the prizes to be offered in the organization’s 2009 Sweepstakes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.26.08

China's third manned space mission is underway.
Yves Rossy postpones his English Channel crossing.
And shareholders approve the Delta/Northwest merger almost unanimously.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.26.08

China's third manned space mission is underway.
Yves Rossy postpones his English Channel crossing.
And shareholders approve the Delta/Northwest merger almost unanimously.


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ANN Special Feature: COPA - Airlines vs. General Aviation - 09.26.08

ANN's Jim Campbell roams this summer's Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association gathering to ask attendees if their personal planes are displacing airline trips, and whether they're considering upgradi

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Boeing Machinists Remain Defiant As They Wait For Strike Pay

$150/Week Stipend Kicks In Friday

The strike against Boeing by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers turns three weeks old at midnight Friday. That's also the day striking workers will pick up their first strike benefit checks from the union. The weekly payments of $150 will continue as long as the strike lasts.

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NASA Orbiter Reveals Rock Fracture Plumbing On Mars

Scientists See Formations Similar To Utah Sandstones

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed hundreds of small fractures exposed on the Martian surface that billions of years ago directed flows of water through underground Martian sandstone.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The 'Why' Of Homebuilt Aircraft

Over 30,000 Homebuilders Gotta Be Up To Something...

This year's rendition of the Annual Oshkosh Aerial Love-Fest was a watershed event for all things homebuilding. In addition to the usual assortment of THOUSANDS of amazing personally-crafted experimental aircraft in attendance, the 30,000th such bird was found and celebrated.

Aero-TV Checks Out The 'Why' Of Homebuilt Aircraft

Over 30,000 Homebuilders Gotta Be Up To Something...

This year's rendition of the Annual Oshkosh Aerial Love-Fest was a watershed event for all things homebuilding. In addition to the usual assortment of THOUSANDS of amazing personally-crafted experimental aircraft in attendance, the 30,000th such bird was found and celebrated.

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Russia Grounds 737 Flights Following Perm Crash

Says Pilots Need Additional Training Immediately

Russia's aviation authority has called for the immediate grounding of all passenger flights on Boeing 737 airliners, following the September 14 downing of an Aeroflot-Nord aircraft that claimed the lives of 88 passengers and crewmembers.

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No Surprises: Delta, NWA Shareholders Approve Merger

DOJ Sign-Off Last Remaining Obstacle

As expected, shareholders in both Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines overwhelmingly approved the merger of their two companies Thursday. The FAA has already signed off on the deal, leaving only approval by the US Justice Department.

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Officials Disciplined In Taiwan Nuke Triggers Fiasco

17 USAF, Army Officers Reprimanded

A total of 17 US Air Force and Army officers have received reprimands of varying severity in the case of four electrical fuses for ballistic missile nuclear warheads that were shipped to Taiwan by mistake in 2006.

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Klyde Morris (09.26.08)

Klyde Takes A Break From Nostradamus To Lament A Sad Irony...

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EADS Says A400M Won't Fly Before End Of Year

Blames Enginemaker For Delay... But SAFRAN Disagrees

Airbus parent company EADS is involved in a public argument with one of its contractors over delays in the A400M military transport program. The A400M, which EADS has called Europe's most ambitious military procurement program ever, was supposed to be ready for its first flight later this year.

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Boeing Joins Efforts To Speed Development Of Sustainable Biofuels

Environmental Groups Applaud Effort To Develop Fuel Alternatives

Boeing announced Wednesday it has -- along with leading air carriers and Honeywell's UOP, a refining technology developer -- established a group to accelerate the development and commercialization of sustainable new aviation fuels.

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Boeing CEO Sees Backlog Risk From Economic Crisis

Predicts Up To 10 Percent Loss Of Order Backlog

Boeing's chief executive said this week the financial crisis in the US is spreading, and may require Boeing to finance more of its customers' aircraft purchases and absorb some cancellations.

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It's Alive! Viking Twin Otter Series 400 Achieves Power On

Honeywell Primus Apex Glass Panel Fired Up

A major milestone has been reached for a small company hoping to resurrect the storied de Havilland DHC-6, better known as the Twin Otter. Viking Air tells ANN its new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 Technology Demonstrator achieved "power on" status this week, in advance of an official rollout and first flight set to take place at the end of next month.

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Rockwell Collins To Provide EFB Class 2 Hardware For A320 Family

Includes Side Displays, Docking Stations

Airbus has selected Rockwell Collins to provide side displays and docking stations for the new Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) on its A320 family of aircraft for both production and aftermarket applications. The system helps improve operational efficiency by electronically connecting airline and pilot operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.08)

Aero-Linx: The Aviation Zone

Welcome to The Aviation Zone, a comprehensive online aviation resource for modern and vintage military transports, aerial tankers and fixed-wing gunships. This web site contains over 2,500 high-quality aircraft photos, images, diagrams and detailed fact sheets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.08): Accelerated Stall

Aero-Terms!

A stalled angle of attack, at a speed greater than the minimum for that condition. Also known as a High Speed Stall. Deliberate accelerated stalls are a prelude to all snap-type maneuvers. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.26.08)

"The two billion dollars in annual synergies achievable through this merger are something neither carrier could have achieved as a stand-alone carrier."

Source: Doug Steenland, CEO of Northwest Airlines. As expected, shareholders in both Northwest and Delta Air Lines overwhelmingly approved the merger of their two companies Thursday. The new Delta will easily eclipse American Airlines to become the world's number-one passenger carrier, with more than 285 billion revenue passenger miles to American's 223 billion. Delta and Northwest beancounters estimate the combined airline will save $500 million in costs in its first year, and as much as $2 billion a year in subsequent years.

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