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December 03, 2008

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AD NUMBER: 2008-18-06 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-18-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-10, DC-9-20, DC-9-30, DC-9-40, and DC-9-50 series airplanes, equipped with tail cone evacuation slide containers as specified above.

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EUROCONTROL Paints Grim Picture Of Future Of Air Travel

Predicts Half Of All European Flights Will Face Delays, Cancellations By 2030

By 2030, climate change and a lack of airport capacity will mean that one flight in two will risk delays or cancellation at highly-congested airports, according to a new EUROCONTROL report.

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Barrett-Jackson To Preview Auction Tri-Motor In Goldsboro, NC

Aviation Enthusiasts, Potential Bidders To Get Exclusive Look At Famous Plane

Aero-News has learned Barrett-Jackson Auction Company will host a preview this weekend of the rare 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor airplane scheduled to sell at No Reserve during the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, January 11-18.

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Embraer Sells Six More E-195s To Air Europa

Brings Globalia Subsidiary's Total Embraer Fleet To 11

Embraer signed a firm order with Globalia and Air Europa for an additional six Embraer 195s to be operated by Air Europa. The deal -- valued at US$ 237 million at list prices, based on January 2008 economic conditions -- converts the purchase rights originally announced in February 2008. This transaction is already included in Embraer’s third quarter firm order backlog as "undisclosed."

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Virgin America Launches Inflight Wireless Internet

Several Aircraft To Be Equipped With Gogo Service By EOY

In time for one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, Aircell announced recently its Gogo Inflight Internet service is now commercially available for passengers on select Virgin America flights. The launch marks the beginning of the carrier's fleet-wide commercial rollout of the service.

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Magazine Honors Retired American Airlines Pilot

Captain Dave Harris Receives Award from American Legacy Magazine

Retired American Airlines Captain Dave Harris has received the "2008 Men of Honor and Distinction Award" by American Legacy magazine, a publication geared towards the country's African American population.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Set To Return To Florida

Piggyback Cross-Country Could Begin As Soon As Sunday

After landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on November 30, space shuttle Endeavour is about to make its cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Dallas TSA Workers Now Have Regional Union Office

AFGE Angling To Represent TSOs

With close to 10,000 TSA members in 22 Locals nationwide, the American Federation of Government Employees added to its ranks recently with a new Local in Dallas, TX. More than 100 Transportation Security Officers at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field airports joined Local 1040 after it was chartered in August.

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Mesa Sells Off Dash-8 Parts, Maintenance To Fokker Services

Regional Carrier Will Receive Around $3 Million Cash, Save On Payments

Mesa Air Group announced this week it has finalized an agreement with Fokker Services, Inc. for the sale, management, and repair of its DHC8-200 spare parts inventories.

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SpaceX Adds Two DragonLab Missions To Launch Manifest

Cites Strong Demand From Recent Workshop

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. announced this week the addition of two DragonLab missions to its manifest as a result of demand from a workshop held at SpaceX headquarters on November 6 to introduce the new DragonLab product.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.03.08

Tickets Now Available For A Ride On XCOR's Lynx, Part I

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tickets Now Available For A Ride On XCOR's Lynx: 12.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with XCOR Aerospace CEO Jeff Greason and Jules Klar, founder o

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Cirrus Releases Details About SJ50 Vision Jet

6000 Lbs. Max Takeoff Weight; 400 Lb Payload With Full Fuel

During a web conference Wednesday morning, the team at Cirrus Design updated the media, its customers and competitors about the status of its Cirrus SJ50 Vision program... and finally provided some hard performance numbers for the aircraft.

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Aspen Avionics Hires Linda Pepper As Customer Services Manager

Former Garmin Employee Will Support Aspen's Sales Activities

Aspen Avionics announced this week the addition of Linda Pepper as Manager, Customer Services.

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XOJET Launches Fleet Exchange Membership For Fractional Users

Program Aims To Cut Costs By 25 Percent

Private aviation company XOJET announced Wednesday the launch of its Fleet Exchange Membership program, which enables clients to create a custom solution that provides the best value for their specific needs, including the choice of whether to own an aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.03.08

Boeing labor negotiators finally get to exhale.
China's homegrown RJ makes its first flight.
And 2009 could see at least two more airline mergers.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.03.08

Boeing labor negotiators finally get to exhale.
China's homegrown RJ makes its first flight.
And 2009 could see at least two more airline mergers.


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ANN Special Feature: XCOR Lynx Begins Ticket Sales I - 12.03.08

XCOR Aerospace CEO Jeff Greason announces the firm's partnership with RocketShip Tours, a new company founded by veteran travel industry executive Jules Klar specifically to market suborbital fligh

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Aero-TV: All Twins Welcome -- Xerion 2120 Goes Horizontal

Retrofittable 21st Century Engine Management -- For Twins!

AOPA Expo 2008 gave the Aero-TV crew a chance to catch up with the latest and greatest from Xerion Avionics. This time we got a long look at the  with the AuRACLE CRM 2120 twin-engine monitoring system. The CRM 2120 is designed to be a total replacement system for aged/old tech engine gauges with a single integrated monitoring system that will make engine management shores a far less tasking effort.

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Aero-TV: All Twins Welcome -- Xerion 2120 Goes Horizontal

Retrofittable 21st Century Engine Management -- For Twins!

AOPA Expo 2008 gave the Aero-TV crew a chance to catch up with the latest and greatest from Xerion Avionics. This time we got a long look at the  with the AuRACLE CRM 2120 twin-engine monitoring system. The CRM 2120 is designed to be a total replacement system for aged/old tech engine gauges with a single integrated monitoring system that will make engine management shores a far less tasking effort.

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Ryanair Launches New Bid For Aer Lingus

This Time Around, Gov't Willing To Talk

What a difference two years and a deep recession can make.

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Delta Tells Employees Of Plans To Slash Capacity

Execs Blame Economy... And Obliquely Warn Of Future Job Cuts

Citing the familiar refrain of a "global economic recession and weaker demand for air travel," on Tuesday management at Delta Air Lines confirmed to its workers what practically everyone in the airline industry saw as a foregone conclusion: the newly-merged carrier will reduce flights and cut systemwide capacity at both Delta and Northwest.

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Not Again! Airline Passengers Held For Nine Hours On Tarmac

TACA Airlines Plane Sits On SoCal Ramp

Some holiday "traditions" refuse to go away. On Monday, 191 airline passengers were stranded on the ramp at Ontario International Airport in Southern California for over nine hours, begging to be let off the plane and provided only water and crackers.

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DFW Opens First Section Of Planned Perimeter Taxiway System

Airport 'Beltway' Will Reduce Incursion Risks, May Also Save Time

Officials at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport can't do very much to improve travel times between their airport and others... but when passengers arrive on the ground at DFW, they may find things are happening a little faster than before.

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Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Plane Missing Off FL Coast

Beech B33 Goes Down In Gulf Of Mexico Near Thunderstorms

Search crews with the US Coast Guard have suspended their efforts to find the two men missing when their Beechcraft Debonair crashed somewhere off the coast of the Florida panhandle Sunday evening.

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Cessna Sends Out Layoff Notices... But Not As Many As Feared

About 150 Workers Apply For Voluntary Leave

And now this, from the "mixed blessings" department. Cessna Aircraft sent out 60-day layoff notices Monday, in keeping with the Wichita-based planemaker's announcement last month that as many as 665 workers would be laid off after the first of the year.

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Young: Lockheed Will Force Penalty Clause If F-22 Is Halted

Pentagon May Be On Hook For $147 Million... But Good Luck Collecting

If you're a US defense contractor, it probably doesn't pay to tick off Uncle Sam. Then again... where else is he gonna shop?

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NAFI Announces November 2008 Master Instructors

"The Best Of The Best" 

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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Raytheon EWS Selected For Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16s

And It's Just ACES

Raytheon's newest integrated electronic warfare suite has been selected in a competition to provide self-protection capability for Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 aircraft. The RMAF recently agreed to purchase 24 Block 52 F-16s from Lockheed Martin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

All things related to the B-47 Stratojet. This site features photos, a list of preserved B-47's and some great stories from crew members.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.03.08): Retrograde

Aero-Terms!

Orbit in which the spacecraft moves in the opposite direction from the planet's rotatation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.03.08)

"In the meantime, we are analyzing the impact on staffing as it pertains to these capacity reductions and, as in the past, we will offer voluntary programs to adjust staffing needs. We will continue to make decisions that are in the long-term interest of our colleagues, customers, shareholders and the communities we serve."

Source: From a letter to the 75,000 employees of Delta Air Lines, from company Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian, outlining the newly-merged carrier's plans to cut capacity in 2009.

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