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March 07, 2009

Eclipse 500 Owners Unite To Explore Bid For Assets

Urge All Owners To Contact Group ASAP

Owners of Eclipse 500 jets -- essentially orphaned since the manufacturer entered Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week -- have united to explore the acquisition of the assets of Eclipse Aviation.

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Oberstar Pushes Anti-Alliance Language In FAA Bill

Says Foreign Partnerships Affect International Competition

Just when anti-trust exemptions appear to be giving US domestic airlines a way to compete worldwide, a protectionist amendment threatens to turn it all back.

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FAA Revises Boeing 777 Airworthiness Directive

Comes In Response To British Airways Incident At Heathrow

The FAA has published in the Federal Register a revised airworthiness directive for Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with Rolls-Royce engines.

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Frontier Receives More DIP Financing From Republic Airways

Money Will Repay Earlier Loan, Provide A "Cushion"

Republic Airways Holdings is building a reputation for bailing out cash-starved airlines. On Thursday, Frontier Airlines announced it has received a new commitment for $40 million in post-petition debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Republic, subject to bankruptcy court approval and other pre-closing conditions.

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GAMA's Bunce To Speak At March Wichita Aero Club Luncheon

Future Speakers Include NTSB Chairman, Congressman

In its relatively short existence, the Wichita Aero Club has attracted some heavy hitters to speak at its monthly meetings. Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Washington, DC, will be the featured speaker at the club's monthly luncheon at noon on March 17, 2009 at the Wichita Airport Hilton.

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Delta AirElite Adds Citation X To Bizjet Fleet

DPA-Based Jet Expands Charter Offerings

Delta AirElite Business Jets announced this week the addition of a Citation X, further expanding its charter fleet.

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Mars Odyssey Team To Check Status Of Backup System

Will Conduct Reboot Operation Next Week

The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter plans a complicated reboot operation of the spacecraft's computer next week, to address a long-known, potential vulnerability of accumulated memory corruption.

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Boeing Partners With Esterline CMC To Expand EFB Offerings

Class 2 Electronic Flight Bags Rolled Out For NextGen 737s First

Boeing announced this week an agreement with Esterline CMC Electronics to provide Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) hardware on selected airplane models for production and retrofit, starting with the Next-Generation 737. A second provider will be announced later.

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Northrop Grumman Receives First F-35 Parts From Turkish Supplier

Composite Parts To Be Used On First Production Jets

Turkish Aerospace Industries, a major supplier to Northrop Grumman Corporation on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program, has produced and delivered its first composite parts for the jet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.07.09)


The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is the world's premier professional vertical flight society.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.07.09): Pushback


An airport procedure during which an aircraft is pushed backwards away from an airport gate by external power, when there isn't enough room for the aircraft to turn around under its own power (which requires some degree of forward motion).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.07.09)

"There is a great and immediate need for an owners organization that allows us to control our own destiny as a group. By providing a united front, the owner-led organization will be able to economically support the existing fleet of aircraft."

Source: Randall Sanada of Jet Alliance, Inc. Owners of Eclipse 500 jets -- essentially orphaned since the manufacturer entered Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week -- have united to explore the acquisition of the assets of Eclipse Aviation.

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