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November 18, 2008

Aero-News Alert: DayJet Bankruptcy Filing Confirmed

Defunct Air Taxi Operation Files Chapter 7 In Florida Court

Confirming statements made to ANN over the past several days from a number of sources, Aero-News has obtained court documents from a filing for Chapter 7 liquidation made last Friday afternoon by now-defunct air taxi operator DayJet.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-11 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 airplanes.

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Judge Rules Against United Airlines Pilots

'Sick-Out' Ruling Bars Pilots From Disrupting Operations

A federal judge has spoken... and pilots at United Airlines have been rebuked for an alleged "sick-out" at the embattled carrier earlier this year.

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Hawker Beechcraft Expands European Marketing Operations

Opens New Sales Office In Vienna

Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday its newest international sales office in Vienna, Austria.

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Viking Receives Two-Plane Order From Maldivian Air Taxi

Company's Technology Demonstrator Begins On-Water Testing

Viking Air told ANN Tuesday that Maldivian Air Taxi, the world's largest operator of Twin Otter seaplanes, will add two new Series 400 Twin Otters to its fleet of 24 heritage aircraft.

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Gov't Once Again Opens Military Airspace To Ease Holiday Congestion

Controllers, Airlines Question Effectiveness Of Widely-Publicized Move

Stating it is the federal government's job to make holiday airline travel "as comfortable an experience as possible," on Tuesday President George W. Bush announced that for a second year military airspace along the East Coast will be opened to civilian flights... but the program will also expand nationwide.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.18.08

Stopping The GA Slide, With Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.18.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.18.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Stopping The Slide In GA Deliveries: 11.18.08 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier.)

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Hilton Software Unveils Free PIC Brief Application

Optimized For Desktops, Laptops... And iPhones!

Hilton Software LLC has announced PIC Brief, a free web-based service that is optimized for desktops, laptops, the Apple iPhone and other mobile devices. PIC Brief provides pilots with up-to-the-minute METARs, TAFs, animated RADAR, NACO Charts, VFR sectionals, IFR enroute charts and more.

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Sikorsky's CH-148 Completes Successful First Flight

S-92 Variant Under Development For Canadian Forces

The first CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, which is being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the Canadian government as a replacement for its long-serving Sea King helicopter fleet, has completed its first flight successfully at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in Florida.

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Virginia Physicist Admits To Illegally Aiding Chinese Space Program

Pleads Guilty To Exporting Space Launch Data, Offering Bribes To Chinese Officials

A physicist in Newport News, VA pleaded guilty this week to charges that he illegally exported space launch technical data and defense services to the People's Republic of China and offered bribes to Chinese government officials.

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BTS: Airline Employment Continues Slide In September

Down 4.5 Percent From Same Period In 2007

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.5 percent fewer workers in September 2008 than in September 2007, the third consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year and the largest year-to-year decrease since July 2006, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported Tuesday.

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The 'Hog' Drops In On History

A-10C Drops Its First JDAM

The A-10 Thunderbolt II, nicknamed the Warthog and known for its close-air support superiority and the ability to carry large and varied ordnance, is now on its way to delivering a new capability to the warfighter.

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NASA Satellites Capture Images Of SoCal Wildfires

Over 35,000 Acres Burned To Date

Images from NASA satellites give a wider perspective of the full extent and devastation of the wildfires raging in Southern California.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.18.08

The US imposes new border-crossing rules on private aircraft.
An amphibious tour plane is down in Canada.
And Delta partners with Alaska Air to get even bigger.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.18.08

The US imposes new border-crossing rules on private aircraft.
An amphibious tour plane is down in Canada.
And Delta partners with Alaska Air to get even bigger.


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ANN Special Feature: Alan Klapmeier, Cirrus Design - 11.18.08

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Alan Klapmeier of Cirrus Design about general aviation's future, and what's needed to reverse the third-quarter hiccup in sales numbers.

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Aero-TV: AirShow Safety--According To The AirBoss (Part 2)

AirBoss Ralph Royce Chats About Airshow Safety

There are few more complex "organisms" than an airshow in full operation. The amount of detail, coordination and expertise needed to pull off the modern American airshow is beyond the abilities of any one human being... though it does rely on one to try to coordinate the aerial operations... the much respected and much feared AIR BOSS.

Aero-TV: AirShow Safety--According To The AirBoss (Part 2)

AirBoss Ralph Royce Chats About Airshow Safety (Part 2)

There are few more complex "organisms" than an airshow in full operation. The amount of detail, coordination and expertise needed to pull off the modern American airshow is beyond the abilities of any one human being... though it does rely on one to try to coordinate the aerial operations... the much respected and (at some times) much feared AIR BOSS.

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Avidyne Begins Shipments Of MLX770 Datalink Transceiver

Satellite Datalink Weather Systems Head To Dealers

Integrated flight deck and avionics manufacturer Avidyne Corporation announced Monday it has shipped the first production versions of the new MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver, which received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval earlier this month. 

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New Terminal Plans For ATL Hit Financial Snag

Investors "Not Interested" In Taking On More Debt

Plans to build a new terminal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may soon fall victim to the current economic crisis, despite the airport's top-notch credit rating.

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Michigan Students Establish New Fuel-Cell Record

'Endurance' UAV Flies Over 10 Hours

The endurance record for a fuel-cell-powered aircraft of about nine hours, set by a California engineering company, has been beaten. The new champion is a group of college kids with a $2,500 cash budget and some donated fuel cells.

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Delta, Alaska Airlines Expand Marketing Alliance

First Step Towards Possible Acquisition?

Is this the first step towards an even-larger Delta Air Lines? On Monday, Delta CEO Richard Anderson joined Bill Ayer, CEO of Alaska Airlines, in announcing an agreement "in principle" to expand the marketing agreement between both carriers, to make the airlines preferred alliance partners on the West Coast.

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AOPA Air Safety Foundation Sends Out Free Aerodynamics Course

Spread The Word: It's All About Attitude When Talking Of Stalls/Spins

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation wants pilots to remember a basic tenet from their days in flight training: when it comes to stalls... it's all about attitude, NOT airspeed.

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Three New Runways To Open This Week

New Landing Strips At SEA, ORD, IAD Weren't Cheap

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend travel peak, USA Today reports three large US commercial airports are all scheduled to bring new runway capacity online this Thursday.

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Michelin Develops Lunar Wheel For NASA Moon Rover Vehicles

This Isn't Your Father's Automobile (Or Airplane) Tire

Michelin has developed a new lunar wheel for the next generation of NASA moon rover vehicles. The structurally-supported tire and wheel assembly, made of breakthrough composite materials, was jointly developed at Michelin's European and North American research centers.

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Angel Flight West Names Dias As Executive Director

Has Flown For Organization Since 1993

Angel Flight West, the country's largest volunteer pilot organization, has appointed Alan M. Dias as Executive Director. A licensed pilot, Dias has been flying missions for the organization since 1993, and previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

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Chinese Company Delivers First EC175 Airframe To Eurocopter

Helicopter Joint Venture Hits Another Milestone

On November 15, Harbin Aviation Industry Co. (HAIG) successfully delivered the first EC175 airframe structure to Eurocopter at its factory in Harbin/China in the presence of representatives from both companies. This is the third key milestone for the development of the multi-role medium-twin class 16-passenger helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.08)

Aero-Linx!

This website is designed to provide accurate information on the BT and SNV Vultee variant trainer aircraft of World War II. This non-profit website is dedicated to providing the latest in information on old and present aircraft, share photo's and to share stories about these wonderful aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.08): Keyhole

Aero-Terms!

An area in the sky where an antenna cannot track a spacecraft because the required angular rates would be too high. Mechanical limitations may also contribute to keyhole size.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.18.08)

"If you don't have enough power, the plane falls out of the air. There's no question to how it's performing."

Source: Nick Schoeps, fuel cell engineer at Adaptive Materials and a University of Michigan alumnus. In late October, the University of Michigan undergrads flew Endurance, their 12-pound radio-controlled UAV with its 8-foot wingspan, for 10-hours and 16 minutes, at an average speed of about 99 miles per hour. The flight was conducted in a field in Milan, MI, about 20 miles south of Ann Arbor.

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