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October 06, 2008

EMS SatCom Introduces eNfusion Next-Generation High-gain Antenna

Tail-Mounted Antenna Offers SwiftBroadband Connectivity

EMS SatCom introduced its eNfusion AMT-700 High-gain Antenna (HGA) at the NBAA National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention this week. The new tail-mounted antenna will provide higher gain than competing antennas of similar size and weight.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.06.08

The US Air Force grounds A-10s over fatigue cracks.
The Marines say a dangerous defect in the Osprey has been fixed.
And Viking Air celebrates the first flight of its new Twin Otter.<

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Known Icing - 10.06.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the status of the FAA's official definition of "known icing," and recalls a recent IFR instructional flight into New

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.06.08

The US Air Force grounds A-10s over fatigue cracks.
The Marines say a dangerous defect in the Osprey has been fixed.
And Viking Air celebrates the first flight of its new Twin Otter.<

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Certified! P&WC's PW617F Light Jet Turbofan

Latest In Series Will Power Embraer's Phenom 100

Pratt & Whitney Canada has received Transport Canada and FAA type certification for its new PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ).

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Fossett Wreckage Removed From Accident Site

NTSB Analysis Of Aircraft Parts Slated To Begin This Week

The remains of adventurer Steve Fossett's plane were removed from the accident site Saturday, to be hauled to Sacramento for detailed analysis by National Transportation Safety Board investigators.

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Pilot Lost In Alaska Challenger II Crash

Preliminary NTSB Investigation Underway

The second aircraft accident in a week near Anchorage, AK claimed the life of the pilot, authorities said, crashing into the woods near Eklutna at about 3 pm Friday, October 3.

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Cessna Unveils Citation Columbus Mock-Up At NBAA

Customers Get Early Look At Ultra-Lux Interior

Cessna unveiled its new Citation Columbus concept mock-up Monday, reflecting progress to date on the program and two years of research into customer preferences. The mock-up was unveiled to customers and the media at a special event on the opening day of the National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention in Orlando, FL.

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Aero-TV At NBAA2008: Day One, And So The Fun Begins....

The News Starts Early Here At NBAA....

Welcome to Orlando, Florida... home to this year's National Business Aviation Association Conference and Trade Show. These are some of the recent NBAA show headlines for Monday, October 6th, 2008.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 10.06.08

What Is "Known Icing?" With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.06.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.06.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- So, What Is "Known Icing?" 10.06.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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Garmin Touts King Air G1000 Upgrade -- With SVT! -- At NBAA 2008

Company Also Announces New Extended Warranty Coverage

Garmin announced Monday at NBAA 2008 its new "King Air Platinum Package," for King Air C90, 200 and B200 owners who place an order for the retrofit G1000 integrated flight deck by November 30, 2008.

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L-3's GH-3100 ESIS Selected For New Twin Otter Series Aircraft

Also Available For Retrofit On S-76s, PC-12

L-3 Avionics Systems announced Monday its GH-3100 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) has been selected as standard equipment on the all-new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. Canada’s Viking Air Limited is resuming production of the aircraft, which is expected to be delivered before April 2009.

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Survey Says: When It Comes To Airlines, Less Is More

Discount Carriers Cop Three Of Four Top Rankings

Common sense tells us that you only get what you pay for, but the saying may not always hold true when it comes to air travel. A recent Forbes survey comparing 10 US airlines revealed three lower-cost carriers earned highest marks when judged in six categories of performance.

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ARINC Direct Adds W&B, Performance Calculations To Portfolio

New Capabilities For Flight Services Products

ARINC Direct announced Monday at NBAA 2008 it has expanded its portfolio of flight services for business aviation with a new, fully-integrated Weight & Balance and Performance (runway analysis) application. Developed in cooperation with the Aircraft Performance Group, the program will enable ARINC Direct customers to perform Weight & Balance calculations on-line from any standard Internet computer connection.

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France, Germany Want Airbus To Pay For Delays

Airbus Claims Engine Makers Are To Blame For Delivery Tardiness

Faced with more late delivery penalties and production woes, Airbus is in a situation that seems to be snowballing. Adding to the tension of running behind schedule on several projects, France and Germany are applying political pressure to EADS, Airbus' parent company.

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New Name, Owners For Troubled Jetmaker

Emivest Adds Its Name To Former Sino-Swearingen

Emirates Investment & Development Company PSC (Emivest), the majority shareholder of Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC), unveiled a new company name Sunday to attendees of NBAA 2008. Now known as Emivest Aerospace Corporation, the company aims to succeed where its predecessor could not -- by establishing serial production of the SJ30-2 business jet.

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Embraer Selects Kollsman EVS II System For Lineage 1000

System Cert Expected In 2010; Lineage Deliveries To Start Soon

Embraer has selected Elbit Systems of America, LLC, to supply its Kollsman EVS II (Enhanced Vision System) for the Lineage 1000 jet. This optional item will be offered in combination with Rockwell Collins’ Head-Up Guidance System, model 5600E.

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Delta Conducts Its First Wi-Fi Test Flight

Company Plans To Block 'Inappropriate Content'

Delta Air Lines moved a step closer to providing its passengers with wireless internet service, making its first test flight of the Aircell wi-fi system on Thursday.

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Aerion Enters Proof-Of-Concept Phase Of SST BizJet

New CFO To Help Continued Search For OEM Partner

Aerion announced Sunday it has embarked on a "proof of concept" design phase, as it continues to shoot for a planned 2014 certification for its supersonic business jet design. The news comes as Aerion continues to search for an establish OEM to produce the aircraft... an endeavor the company has embarked on for over two years.

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Testing Almost Complete On Cessna Citation X Elliptical Winglet

Company Expects STC In June 2009

Since program announcement at NBAA in September 2007, significant progress has been made towards completing FAA certification of Winglet Technology's patented Elliptical Winglets on the Cessna Citation X.

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Moose Evac Turns Tragic When Cargo Net Comes Loose

The Best-Laid Plans Of Moose And Men Often Go Awry

Conservation officers were thwarted in their attempt to airlift a moose from a residential area last Thursday when the cargo net carrying the animal came loose from their helicopter, dropping the tranquilized moose from a height of about 15 feet.

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Aero-TV At NBAA2008: Day One, And So The Fun Begins....

The News Starts Early Here At NBAA....

Welcome to Orlando, Florida... home to this year's National Business Aviation Association Conference and Trade Show. These are some of the recent NBAA show headlines for Monday, October Sixth, 2008.

NBAA2008: Aero-TV Shares the Sky With The PiperJet!

A VERY Close Look At Piper's Most Exciting Aircraft Program Yet

ANN had extensive access to the exciting new PiperJet just a few days ago... inside, outside and in the air! Piper's most aggressive new airplane program, the FJ44-powered PiperJet is set to make aviation history as one of the new generation of high-performance single-engine jets that is setting the aviation world abuzz.

Aero-TV Shares the Sky With The PiperJet!

A VERY Close Look At Piper's Most Exciting Aircraft Program Yet

ANN had extensive access to the exciting new PiperJet just a few days ago... inside, outside and in the air! Piper's most aggressive new airplane program, the FJ44-powered PiperJet is set to make aviation history as one of the new generation of high-performance single-engine jets that is setting the aviation world abuzz.

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Diamond Flies Re-Engined D-Jet

S/N 003 Now Powered By Williams FJ33-5A

Diamond Aircraft flew its D-Jet for the first time with the new Williams FJ33-5A engine Sunday.

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TSA May Ease Liquid Ban Next Year

New Screening Technology Currently Under Development

Transportation Security Administration Chief Kip Hawley announced last week an eventual reduction of restrictions on liquids carried aboard airliners may become a reality about a year from now.

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Avidyne's MLX770 Earns Iridium Certification

Paves The Way For Worldwide Datalink WX Service

The world just got a little smaller... and that's great news for pilots. Avidyne announced Monday at NBAA 2008 its MLX770 Satellite Datalink Transceiver has received system certification by Iridium Satellite LLC. The approval gives Avidyne the authority to operate on the global Iridium satellite network, paving the way for the launch of Avidyne's worldwide datalink weather service.

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India's Tata Invests In Piaggio Aero

Company Acquires Approx. 1/3 Stake In Planemaker

The cat was already out of the bag by the time Piaggio Aero executives had the chance to share their big news at NBAA 2008... as news of the company's newest shareholder had already made the rounds in the financial wires last week.

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Klyde Morris (10.06.08)

Klyde, On A Related Note... Your 'World HQ' Rent Is Due...

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Sun Country Warns Of Storm Clouds Brewing

Petters Resignation Puts Finances, Jobs In Jeopardy

Used to relying on short-term loans from its parent company to carry it through slower times, Sun Country Airlines is bracing for the possibility of layoffs or possible closure due to last week's resignation of Petters Group Worldwide CEO Tom Petters.

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Two SoCal Facilities Join Crownair Network

RoigWest At VNY, West Coast Jet At CRQ Latest Additions

Crownair Aviation announced Monday at NBAA 2008 it has acquired RoigWest Maintenance -- a turbine aircraft maintenance service and support center at Van Nuys Airport (VNY), the third busiest general aviation airport in the world -- as well as West Coast Jet Services at McClellan Palomar Airport (CRQ), which will now be known as Crownair Aviation-CRQ.

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Kansas City International Unshaken By Decline

Airport Officials Riding Out Fluctuations In Activity

Despite a recent 20 percent decrease in airline capacity -- as well as losing out on a proposed $375 million Bombardier assembly plant -- Kansas City International Airport (MCI) officials are unintimidated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.06.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Warbirds Resource Group was formed to provide a starting point for an individual looking to learn about historical military aviation, primarily centered on the World War II era but eventually it will include from the end of World War I to the beginning of the Vietnam War.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.06.08): Tarmac

Aero-Terms!

A British name for a hard-surfaced area on an airport where aircraft are parked, tied down or serviced. The term is derived from "tarmacadam", a mixture of tar and crushed stone often used as the surfacing material.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.06.08)

"This is an important milestone for the D-Jet program as we will be using this and subsequent aircraft for actual certification flights."

Source: Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft. The company flew its D-Jet for the first time with the new Williams FJ33-5A engine Sunday. D-Jet S/N 003, flown by Chief Test Pilot Daniel Ribeiro and Flight Test Engineer Gerard Struthers, departed from Diamond Aircraft's London, Ontario facility for a successful 1.4-hour flight with completion of all intended test points.

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