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December 18, 2007

Reason Foundation Endorses Congestion Pricing As Answer To Airport Delays

Says Likely Plan Will Stifle Competition, Not Help Passengers

Congestion pricing is the most effective way to reduce air travel delays and congestion at New York-area airports, according to a new study by the Reason Foundation... although that's likely not the way the government will chose to deal with those problems.

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Flight Options Gets A Boost From H.I.G. Capital

Plans To Expand Fractional Ownership Program With More Jets

Flight Options LLC -- a service and maintenance operation doing business in Sacramento, CA and four other cities -- has been bought by H.I.G. Capital LLC, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. No details of the deal were forthcoming.

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First Two MRH90 Helicopters Delivered to Australia

AAF Has 46 Multi-Role Helos On Order

The Australian Armed Forces took formal delivery Tuesday of the first two of 46 new, large and fast troop-carrying helicopters in Brisbane at Australian Aerospace, a subisidary of Eurocopter.

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ISS Spacewalkers Investigate Station Power Woes

No Apparent Damage To Gimbal Assembly; Shavings Found In Joint

Expedition 16 astronauts Dan Tani and Peggy Whitson found no "smoking gun" for problems involving power generation onboard the International Space Station. The two astronauts wrapped up a 6-hour, 56-minute spacewalk focused on solar array issues at 1146 EST Tuesday morning.

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Get Us The $%#! Out Of Cleveland!

Football Team's Woes Compounded By Stuck Plane

If you think your weekend was bad, top this.The Buffalo Bills had a really lousy weekend in Cleveland, OH.

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Airlines Employed More Workers In October

F/T Numbers Rose For Ninth Straight Month

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.5 percent more workers in October 2007 than in October 2006, according to the Department of Transportation -- the ninth consecutive increase in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year.

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Alitalia Suitors Move In For The Deal

Money Losing Airline's Value Drops

Two airline companies interested in purchasing Italy's flag carrier, Alitalia, offered plans, planes and capital this week in hopes of luring a deal.

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A Greener Globemaster: Synthetic-Fueled C-17 Flies Coast-To-Coast

USAF Wants Coal-Sourced Fuel Blend Powering All C-17s, B-52s

The Air Force marked the 104th anniversary of powered flight Monday, by completing the first transcontinental flight of an aircraft using a blend of regular Jet-A and synthetic fuel. 

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Three Countries Eye Northrop's E-2 Surveillance Plane

India, Egypt, And UAE Reportedly Interested In Hawkeye

The stalwart E-2 Hawkeye surveillance plane, a mainstay of the US Navy's aircraft fleet for three decades, has attracted the interest of three new potential customers... and that's good news for manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.18.07

Flying The Blackbird, Part One... Retired USAF Col. Richard Graham

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.18.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.18.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Flying The SR-71 Blackbird, Part One: 12.18.07 (ANN Special Report, with Retired USAF Colonel Richard Graham.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.18.07

The ACLU sues Jeppesen on behalf of terrorism suspects.
Qantas puts nitrogen in an oxygen tank by mistake.
And now, it's the Navy's turn to ground aging aircraft.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.18.07

The ACLU sues Jeppesen on behalf of terrorism suspects.
Qantas puts nitrogen in an oxygen tank by mistake.
And now, it's the Navy's turn to ground aging aircraft.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt I - Col. Richard Graham, SR-71 Blackbird - 12.18.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with US Air Force Colonel Richard Graham (Retired) about his experiences with the SR-71 Blackbird, the spy plane which entered service in 1962.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-20 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-20 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30 and DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10) airplanes; Model DC-10-40 and DC-10-40F airplanes; and Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-200B, 747-300, and 747-400 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR,-300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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AD: Thrush Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-01 MANUFACTURER: Thrush Aircraft Inc. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Thrush Aircraft, Inc. (Thrush) Model S2R series airplanes.

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France Moves To Block Relocation Of EADS Plants Abroad

And Germany Doesn't Want Airbus Plants Sold To Spirit

An already-controversial suggestion that European aerospace and defense consortium EADS may relocate some production facilities abroad has met with further protest from France.

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Pentagon Cuts Order For US Army Helicopters Due To Delays

Reduces Bell ARH Order By 30 Percent

Delays and increasing costs has caused the Pentagon to cut the number of Textron Inc. Army helicopters it had planned to purchase through 2013.

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Japanese Conduct Successful Missile Intercept Test Off Hawaii

Hello, Kim Jong Il? Take Note...

In what was no doubt intended to be a signal to North Korea, the Japanese military successfully destroyed a mid-range ballistic missile with a ship-launched interceptor Monday.

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Holiday Travel Means More Adventures In Screening

In Case You Were Wondering, Hermit Crabs ARE Banned

And now, for the lighter side of commercial airline travel. With the influx of travelers over the holiday season have come even more unusual objects making their way into carry-on luggage, and TSA break-room stories.

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Delta Promotes Passenger Etiquette With Animated 'How-To-Act' Videos

Decorum Apparently All-But Dead On Commercial Flights?

In an effort to create a better travel atmosphere on crowded flights, Delta Air Lines has introducing "Planeguage: The Language Of Traveling By Plane" -- a tongue-in-cheek series of 25 animated videos to be shown on its flights.

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Report: Japan To Delay Fighter Purchase Until 2010

Waiting For US To Ease Export Ban On Raptor

Japan will postpone its decision to purchase next-generation fighter aircraft until 2010, in hopes the United States will ease current limitations on the export of the new F-22 Raptor.

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Airline Opposes 300-Foot Towers In PHX Flight Path

US Airways Offers Compromise On Towers Near Sky Harbor

Tempe, AZ-based US Airways has asked city officials not to erect 300 foot towers near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport... making the airline the sole critic of the plan.

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When Black Holes Attack: 'Death Star' Anomaly Fires At Neighboring Galaxy

Phenomenon May Trigger Creation Of New Stars, Planets

A powerful jet from a super massive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy, according to new data from NASA observatories. This never-before witnessed galactic violence may have a profound effect on planets in the jet's path, and trigger a burst of star formation in its destructive wake.

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Avidyne Launches Expanded Tech Support Operations

Two New Options For Immediate Access To Technical Experts

On Monday, Avidyne introduced two new offerings aimed at improving technical support for its dealer network. The new TechLine and TechChat support services offer rapid access to Avidyne technical support experts, and will complement Avidyne's current technical support hotline with advance email notification and telephone callback services outside normal business hours and web-based instant messaging.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.18.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Historic Aircraft Collection was formed in 1985 by Guy Black and Angus Spencer-Nairn to restore and operate Spitfire Mk. IX TE566.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.18.07): Drip Pan

Aero-Terms!

A pan placed under the engine of an aircraft when it is parked to catch any oil that might drip from it. Often found under radial engines, which are very prone to dripping oil from their bottom cylinders.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.18.07)

"We understand what you go through as a traveler. These videos can reinforce, 'Hey, you don't want to be that guy.'"

Source: Tim Mapes, vice-president of marketing at Delta Air Lines. In an effort to create a better travel atmosphere on crowded flights, Delta has introducing "Planeguage: The Language Of Traveling By Plane" -- a tongue-in-cheek series of 25 animated videos to be shown on its flights.

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