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October 07, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.07.08

A Little Political Insight And Humor From NBAA: Carville Stage Left, Matalin On The Right

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.07.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.07.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Little Political Insight And Humor From NBAA 2008, Part One: 10.07.08 (ANN Special Report, with left-wing pundit

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Embraer Delivers 150th Legacy 600 Bizjet

DC Aviation Receives Milestone Aircraft

Embraer delivered the 150th Legacy 600 jet it has produced to the German operator DC Aviation. This is the seventh Legacy 600 in the customer’s fleet, and it will be used for charter flights in the Europe and Middle East regions.

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EASA Says 2007 Was A Good Year For European Air Safety

But Adds Accidents Increased Among Outside Operators

The European Aviation Safety Agency said Tuesday that 2007 was a good year overall for aviation safety in Europe... but adds that challenges still remain, lest anyone feel complacent.

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Official Downplays Iranian Reports Of Downed US Plane

Dismisses "Contradictory" Statements

A senior Defense Department spokesman dismissed Iranian-sourced reports that a US military aircraft had been forced down in Iran. The Iranian reports he has reviewed contradict themselves, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters Tuesday.

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Brit Air Converts Options To Orders On Six Bombardier CRJ1000s

Order Valued At Approximately $299M US

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that Brit Air in Morlaix, France, has signed a contract to acquire six additional Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen jetliners. The transaction involves the conversion of six options taken with Brit Air's original order for eight CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft. That order was announced on February 19, 2007.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Columbia Lear 60 Accident

Notes Tire Debris, "Airplane Components" Found On Runway

Below is the unedited transcript of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the September 19 takeoff downing of a chartered Lear 60 at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) in South Carolina. As ANN reported, the accident claimed the lives of both pilots and two passengers onboard; two others were able to escape with severe burns.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.07.08

Sun Country files for bankruptcy...but don't worry.
EADS Socata teases NBAA with word of a new twin.
And Gulfstream introduces the G250.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.07.08

Sun Country files for bankruptcy...but don't worry.
EADS Socata teases NBAA with word of a new twin.
And Gulfstream introduces the G250.


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ANN Special Feature: Mary Matalin - 10.07.08

Today, we'll bring you some of the opening day fun from NBAA with political couple James Carville and Mary Matalin.

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Bombardier's Challenger 300 Enters Service With XOJET

New Aircraft On Static Display At NBAA 2008

Bombardier Aerospace recently announced XOJET’s first Challenger 300 aircraft has entered service. Bombardier and XOJET executives were on hand to mark the delivery and the aircraft’s debut at NBAA 2008 in Orlando, FL.

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New Web Site Launched To Promote Air Taxi Service In Virginia

Allows Online Reservations For Multiple Operators

The Virginia SATSLab (VSATS), in partnership with the Air Taxi Association (ATXA), has officially launched VirginiaAirTaxi.com, a new on-demand flight reservations system.

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Conklin & De Decker Releases Latest Aircraft Cost Evaluator

Benchmark Program Adds 10 More Aircraft, Including G3 SR22s

Conklin & de Decker recently released the 2008 Volume II Aircraft Cost Evaluator software, aimed at making it easier to compare operating costs for more than 490 business aircraft models. This aircraft operating cost benchmarking tool is part of a family of aircraft acquisition and management data products created by Conklin & de Decker (NBAA Booth #4734) and is now available with aircraft and simpler navigation.

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NASA Partners With Forest Service On Air Tanker Safety Study

Will Evaluate Performance Of DC-10, 747 Very Large Tankers

NASA is partnering with the US Department of Agriculture's Forest Service on a project to examine the mission suitability of Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 fire retardant delivery aircraft.

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FlexJet Users May Now Purchase Carbon Offsets

Partners With Climate Care To Reduce Emissions

Business flight... with a "conscience." That's the marketing pitch behind so-called "carbon offset" programs now bandied by umpteen airlines and private jet ownership companies. FlexJet announced Monday at NBAA it will be the latest to jump on the green bandwagon, signing with offset provider Climate Care to sell offset credits to the fractional's customers.

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Mesa Names Former Mesaba CEO As Chief Operating Officer

Skills Needed To Salvage Struggling go! Operation

Mesa Air Group, Inc. has appointed Paul Foley as its new Chief Operating Officer. In its announcement, the company stressed that Michael Lotz will remain President and Chief Financial Officer, with a focus on restructuring the company's business.

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Hawker Beech Receives Order For 10 Hawker 400XPs From ISIS Group

Initial Order To Help Launch Indian Investment Venture

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced an order Monday from UK-based property developer and investment company ISIS Group for 10 Hawker 400XPs. The total value of the contract with options is in excess of $70 million.

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Pilatus Notes Strong Interest From Jet Owners

Turboprop Interest Soars On High Fuel Prices

Swiss planemaker Pilatus had little in the way of new announcements at NBAA 2008, but they didn't seem to mind... as interest in the company's PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop is keeping the company quite busy, thank you.

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American Eurocopter Celebrates Its Successes In Corporate Market

EC120 A Best-Seller; EC130 Gaining Favor

American Eurocopter had reason to cheer this week at NBAA 2008. The single-engine EC120 has become the best-selling helicopter in its class, outselling its competitors by more than two to one during the past five years... and the larger EC130 is rapidly finding buyers in the segment, as well.

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ARINC, Rockwell Collins Deliver BBJ Broadband Internet Solution

Approval Adds To Satcom Availability On Gulfstreams, Citation X

ARINC Direct and Rockwell Collins announced this week at NBAA 2008 the awarding of a contract for installation and certification of the Rockwell Collins eXchange satellite broadband communication system on a Boeing Business Jet.

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Jet Works To Seek STC For Lear 31 AHS-3000S Installations

North Texas MRO Operation Expects Authorization This Winter

Jet Works Air Center has announced they are seeking a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Rockwell Collins AHS-3000S Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) to be installed on Learjet 31 series aircraft.

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Mid-Continent Instruments Offers New Digital AHRS

AX1 Comes From Italy's Axitude

Mid-Continent Instruments has spent years examining Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) and solid-state digital technology. Monday at NBAA 2008, Mid-Continent introduced an ETSO certified AHRS, the AX1.

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Aero-TV At NBAA2008: Day Two, With A Lot of Surprisingly Good News

The News Keeps Soaring At NBAA2008....

Despite the turmoil outside the sunshine state, the business avation industry is still doing business... and lots of it. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Attendees of the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention at this morning's Opening General Session, which featured distinguished speaker Roberto Kobeh González, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) president, along with Ron Kaplan, executive director of the National Aviation Association Hall of Fame, who announced this year's recipient of the Combs-Gates Award.

Aero-TV: Learning About The MU-2 SFAR

Requirements Fall Short Of Type Rating

ANN has always found the controversy over the airworthiness of the MU-2 an argument of political hype over reality. Much maligned over a number of highly visible accidents (often hyped by some politicos with an aviation-ignorant agenda), the truth of the matter is that the MU-2 is a hell of an airplane... and PROPERLY trained and flown, this is a serious working airplane.

Aero-TV At NBAA2008: Day Two, With A Lot of Surprisingly Good News

The News Keeps Soaring At NBAA2008....

Despite the turmoil outside trhe sunshine state, the business avaion indsutry is still doing Business... and lots of it. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Attendees of the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention at this morning's Opening General Session...

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Aero-TV: Learning About The MU-2 SFAR

Let's Talk About The MU-2 With An Expert...

ANN has always found the controversy over the airworthiness of the MU-2 an argument of political hype over reality. Much maligned over a number of highly visible accidents (often hyped by some politicos with an aviation-ignorant agenda), the truth of the matter is that the MU-2 is a hell of an airplane... and PROPERLY trained and flown, this is a serious working airplane.

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EADS Socata Confirms 'NTx' Aircraft Project

Twin (Something) Program To Be Launched Next Year

Confirming -- sort of -- long-standing rumors of a new aircraft project, EADS Socata unveiled a few tantalizing details Monday about the upcoming "NTx" twin-engine aircraft, at NBAA 2008.

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Sun Country Parent Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Says "Recent Events" At Petters Forced Move

For anyone following recent developments at Sun Country Airlines, and its embattled parent company, the following will likely come as little surprise.

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Ripples From Boeing Strike Growing In Intensity

Ryanair, Virgin Blue Confirm Start-Up Delays

As the strike against Boeing by the International Association of Machinists moves into its second month, much of the focus has been on the impact on Boeing's deliveries and revenues. But with almost 27,000 workers sitting at home, no new contract talks scheduled, and five aircraft plants idled, the economic ripples are spreading.

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Clifford Announces Completion Of C550 Williams Cert Program

Says Performance, Fuel Savings Exceed Engineering Estimates

Clifford Development is one of a handful of companies that have stumbled upon a veritable fountain of youth for Cessna's oldest Citation jets -- by equipping those planes with new Williams turbofans. The company announced Monday at NBAA 2008 its certification program to install FJ44-3As on the Citation II (C550).

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EADS North America To Provide US Navy with Lakota Helos

Five UH-72s To Be Used For Pilot Training

In a major affirmation for EADS North America's Light Utility Helicopter program, the US Navy has become a new military user of the UH-72, with the service ordering five aircraft for use in pilot training at the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD.

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F-22 Raptor Recognized For Excellence In Performance-Based Logistics

Lockheed Martin Wins Third System Level Award

The US Department of Defense has recognized Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor as an exemplary program in Performance Based Logistics (PBL), an innovative support approach that provides higher aircraft readiness to war fighters and lower overall costs to taxpayers.

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Paris Hilton Reacts To Friends' Learjet Accident

Socialite Says Now She's Scared To Go On Small Airplanes

The two survivors of a Learjet 60 that crashed on takeoff from Columbia, SC last month are close friends of Paris Hilton, and their recent brush with death has caused her to reevaluate the safety of air travel on "small planes."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.07.08)

Aero-Linx!

A collection of records and firsts in a variety of aviation categories.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.07.08): Zonal Wind

Aero-Terms!

The wind, or wind component, along the local parallel of latitude, as distinguished from the meridional wind. In a horizontal coordinate system fixed locally with the x axis directed eastward and the y axis directed northward, the zonal wind is positive if it blows from the west and negative if from the east.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.07.08)

"As business aviation is a small community where it’s difficult to keep a secret for a long time, I am pleased to confirm that our engineering team is actively working on a new aircraft project. Its NTx code-name stands for 'New Twin.' This aircraft is an exciting project that we hope to launch in 2009 to complement the TBM850 from the top. We believe the general aviation market will welcome our project, which will build on the current success of the TBM 850."

Source: EADS Socata Chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard, speaking Monday of his company's upcoming "NTx" twin-engine aircraft project. Expected to be formalized in 2009, little was actually revealed about the NTx... including whether twin turbofans or turboprops would power

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