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September 30, 2008

Pilot MIA From Vietnam War Identified By DHMO

Plane Collided With C-7A During Psy-Ops Exercise

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Tuesday the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Sikorsky Teams With Operator To Launch S-61 Modernization Program

Carson Helicopters Has Used Heavy-Lifter Helo Since 1963

Sikorsky Aircraft announced Tuesday the signing of an agreement with Carson Helicopters, that will lead to the launch of a modernization program for Sikorsky S-61 helicopters.

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NTSB Issues Recommendations For AS350, EC130 Helo Operators

Hydraulic Failures Can Lead To Controllability Issues

Citing six events involving Eurocopter AS350 helicopters in the past six years -- including two fatal crashes -- on Tuesday the National Transportation Safety Administration issued recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency to address concerns over the helicopter's hydraulic pump drive shafts.

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Historic Ford Tri-Motor To Make One Last Flight Ahead Of Auction

Plane, One of Only 199 Built, Survived Pearl Harbor Attack

Known for its high-profile automobile auctions, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is already making waves for its 2009 event in Scottsdale, AZ... with a high-flying item that has little to do with classic cars. 

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AIA Applauds NASA Budget Plan Put Forth By Congress

Says $20.2 Billion Package Reaffirms Commitment To Space, Aeronautics Research

The NASA Authorization Act of 2008, which cleared Congress on Saturday, provides much needed funding for space programs and aeronautics research and development and gives the next administration a clear sense of congressional support for the future of the agency. That's the word from former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, now the  President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.

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NASA (Grudgingly?) Updates Aviation Safety Data Website

NAOMS Now Easier To Use... Or So Agency Says

NASA plans to update its National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service, or NAOMS, website Tuesday, to add more information from pilot survey responses.

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NBAA, Volunteers To Build Orlando Playground Ahead Of Convention

Partners With KaBOOM! Once Again To Give Something Back

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced this week that over 200 volunteers from the business aviation community will join with residents from the Orlando area on Saturday, October 4, to build a new aviation-themed playground at Hollowbrook Apartments.

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Defense Spending Bill Includes Funds For F-22, Ospreys

Congress Also Authorizes More Money For Second F-35 Powerplant

With much of the nation's attention on Congress focused on the controversial $700 billion corporate bailout plan, a $487.7 billion defense spending bill slipped through the House last week almost unnoticed.

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Report: Gov't Ponders Reinforced Cargo Containers For Aircraft

ATA Notes Kevlar-Laced Pods Would Weigh More, Carry Less

The US government is very interested in proposed "bomb-resistant" luggage containers for airliners, that could prevent a small suitcase bomb from taking down an airliner. But practical considerations may leave the idea on the shelf.

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UAL Pilots Want Tilton's Pay Slashed

Say CEO Has Done Nothing To Earn Fat Paycheck

Pilots for United Airlines fired another salvo this week against management at their troubled airline, calling for the UAL Board of Directors to cut the pay of CEO Glenn Tilton, "as a reflection of concern and solidarity with passengers and employees who are being forced to tighten their belts."

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.30.08

Is There Really A Pilot Shortage? With ALPA's Paul Rice And UAA's Ronald Levy

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.30.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.30.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is There Really A Pilot Shortage? 09.30.08 (ANN Special Report, with Paul Rice of Air Line Pilots Association Inte

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2008-20-04 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-20-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2008-20-03 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-20-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-20-02 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-20-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Lockheed

AD NUMBER: 2008-20-01 MANUFACTURER: Lockheed SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-20-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Lockheed Model 382, 382B, 382E, 382F, and 382G series airplanes.

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Pilot Lost In PC-12 NG Accident Near SAF

Plane Crashed Two Miles From Airport On Moonless Night

A 54-year-old man returning home to Santa Fe, NM was killed Monday evening, when his Pilatus PC-12/47E crashed near Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.30.08

SpaceX celebrates two major milestones over the weekend.
NASA scrubs a shuttle mission to repair the Hubble telescope.
And a new study says biz-jet sales will peak next year.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.30.08

SpaceX celebrates two major milestones over the weekend.
NASA scrubs a shuttle mission to repair the Hubble telescope.
And a new study says biz-jet sales will peak next year.


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ANN Special Feature: The Pilot Shortage - 09.30.08

Today, we'll hear insights into the long-term pilot shortage from Paul Rice of Air Line Pilots Association International, and Ronald Levy of the University Aviation Association.

FMI:

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Aero-TV Looks At Zedasoft's 'Sim-In-A-Box' Mobile Training Strategy

Take Your Training Right To Where the Action Is

Training is a constant issue in the hard-fought (literally) world of the combat pilot. In the areas where pilots are ready for action, there are usually a scarcity of the support systems that they might have known in more civilized locales. There's certainly little room for some of the most complex training devices and sims in the vicinity of an active combat zone.... but that may no longer be true due to a novel approach by an innovative military simulator company by the name of Zedasoft.

Aero-TV Looks At Zedasoft's 'Sim-In-A-Box' Mobile Training Strategy

Take Your Training Right To Where the Action Is

Training is a constant issue in the hard-fought (literally) world of the combat pilot. In the areas where pilots are ready for action, there are usually a scarcity of the support systems that they might have known in more civilized locales.

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NASA Delays Hubble Repair Mission Due To Telescope Glitch

New Problem Will Add New Tasks To Already Complicated Mission

NASA will delay its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope until next year, after the orbiting observatory suffered a failure of its command and data-handling system Saturday night.

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Sun Country Slashes Employee Pay As Petters Resigns

CEO Says Workers Will Be Repaid Next Year

Last week, federal agents descended on the headquarters of The Petters Group in Minnetonka, MN and there was no explanation why the financing company was hit. Now, we know.

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Forecast International Predicts 'Storm Clouds On The Horizon' For BizAv

Business Jet Market Still Growing, But Nearing Its Peak

Forecast International's new study on "The Market for Business Jet Aircraft," expects annual business jet production to reach nearly 1,400 units in 2008, and exceed 1,600 units in 2009. However, the company projects that annual production will then suffer a three-year decline, dropping to a level of 1,515 units by 2012. Growth is expected to resume in 2013, with yearly production exceeding 1,700 units by 2017, the final year of the time period covered by the study.

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Textron Announces Plans For New Parts Factory In Mexico

Bell 429 Components To Be Produced In Chihuahua

Textron announced Monday it will outsource more of its operations to Mexico, through an agreement with the State of Chihuahua to develop and build a new manufacturing facility, which will operate as Textron International Mexico (TIM).

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NASA Lander Sees Falling Snow From Martian Clouds

Soil Data Suggests Liquid Past

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.

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Embraer Says No Customers Have Cancelled Orders... Yet

Global Credit Crisis May Hit Smaller Manufacturers Hard

The International Air Transport Association predicts the world's airlines will lose a total of $5.2 billion this year, and Airbus alone says up to 27 percent of its order backlog may be at risk. What does this mean for manufacturers of smaller airliners?

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Lockheed Hopes 'One Price Fits All' Approach Wins JSF Orders

Now Pitching Advanced Fighter To Canada, Other Countries

Lockheed Martin faces a dilemma with the development of its Joint Strike Fighter. Some which have committed to sharing development costs have not committed to actually buy finished aircraft.

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Kristi Cherry Joins Premier Aircraft Sales

Will Handle Mooney Sales In Texas

Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc. announced Monday that Kristi Cherry has joined the company to lead new and pre-owned Mooney airplane sales throughout Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.30.08)

Aero-Linx!

The aim of this site is to provide information about Belgian military aircraft wrecks and relics, details of their locations and the present status. Furthermore you can find information about former Belgian military aircraft preserved in private use and museums, used as monuments or gate guards.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.30.08): Braking Action Advisories

Aero-Terms!

When tower controllers have received runway braking action reports which include the terms "poor" or "nil," or whenever weather conditions are conducive to deteriorating or rapidly changing runway braking conditions, the tower will include on the ATIS broadcast the statement, "BRAKING ACTION ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT."

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.30.08)

"We think it's a relatively straightforward activity... This may be a doable thing, that we can have our cake and eat it too."

Source: Preston Burch, who manages the Hubble program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. NASA will delay its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope until next year, after the orbiting observatory suffered a failure of its command and data-handling system Saturday night. The problem lies with a transmission channel on the Hubble Control Unit/Science Data Formatter, one of many such systems used to relay data from Hubble to the ground, where it is assembled into images. That channel failed, causing the telescope to revert to a safe mode... stopping all further data collection. That failure has stopped the flow of Hubb

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