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November 05, 2011

More Bad News... Hawker Beech Announces New Round Of Layoffs

The Hard Times For GA and BizAv Continue...

ANN is compiling the sad details behind yet another round of layoffs from embattled Hawker Beechcraft. In a letter released to HBC staff, Friday, CEO Bill Boisture started the notification process that many feared would occur just a few days after HBC posted less than positive news about a Third Quarter in which the company experienced, "...a decrease in revenues during the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010. However, the Company realized an improvement to gross margin, operating loss, and net loss for the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010." The company has not yet specified how many staffers would be let go but did indicate that the decision will affect all aspects of the aerospac

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NBAA Applauds Senators' Rejection Of User Fees

Twenty-Three Senators Send Message To President Obama That Fees Will Stifle Economic Recovery

It looks like user fees are not going to be imposed on GA without a fight. A bipartisan group of 23 senators has sent a letter to President Obama opposing the idea. The November 2 letter, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), strongly opposes the $100 per-flight tax on turbine-powered aircraft and other proposed user fees the president has offered congress as part of a deficit-reduction package.

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Qantas Suffers Another A380 Engine Problem

London To Singapore Flight Diverted To Dubai

A Qantas A380 on a flight from London to Singapore was forced to divert to Dubai Friday after the airplane developed a problem in one of its engines ... one year to the day after the uncontained failure of a Qantas A380 engine caused the airline's entire superjumbo fleet to be grounded for nearly a month.

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NASA Astronaut Looking Forward To First Soyuz Flight

Compares Sporty Soyuz To Truck-Like NASA Space Shuttles

NASA's now retired Space Shuttle was big. Critics of the fleet's retirement liked to liken it to a spacegoing truck, noting that no other spacecraft could take its place when large or heavy objects had to get to the International Space Station. But at least one US astronaut is looking forward to strapping into a Russian capsule atop a Soyuz rocket, for the same reason many of us prefer driving a Miata to driving a Mack.

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Soaring Centennial Attracts 10,000 To Kitty Hawk

Celebration Held To Commemorate Orville Wright's 1911 Soaring Record

A grass-roots partnership of the primary sporting soaring associations in the US, with the help of Kitty Hawk-based First Flight Foundation, celebrated the centennial of Orville Wright’s record soaring flight of 9 minutes 45 seconds set on October 24, 1911. The event, called SOARING100, attracted over 10,000 visitors to the Outer Banks, NC venues of Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Wright Brothers National Memorial over the weekend of October 21-24.

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Chinese Space Docking Successful

First Step Toward Planned Space Station

Two Chinese spacecraft successfully docked Wednesday, marking China's first step in an ambitious plan to built and man its own space station by 2020. The Shenzhou VIII spacecraft, which was launched earlier this week, docked with the Tiangong-1 module which had been launched last month.

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Polish Pilot Lauded As A Hero

Safely Laded B767 After Landing Gear Failed To Deploy

The pilot of a LOT 767 who made a successful gear-up landing Tuesday is being hailed as a hero in his country, and along the way burnishing the reputation of polish pilots which had suffered following a 2010 accident in Russia which fatally injured Poland's President.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.05.11)

"While we agree that the deficit must be reduced, increasing taxes on corporate jets and other GA aircraft will only further stifle economic recovery." Source: Excerpt from a letter sent by 23 Senators to President Obama.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.05.11): Eddy Current

Eddy current inspection is performed by inducing eddy currents into a part and electronically monitoring variations in the induced field.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.05.11)

Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. (ASRI)

ASRI is responsible for managing the Aeronautical Enroute VHF Spectrum 128.825 - 132.00 MHz and 136.500 - 136.975 MHz and the Long Distance Operational Control (LDOC) HF spectrum in the United States.

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AD: Bell Model 205A-1, 205B, 210, and 212 Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2011-23-02

MANUFACTURER: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell), Model 205A-1, 205B, 210, and 212 Helicopters

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