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February 26, 2008

Avidyne Issues Service Alert For Entegra PFDs

Urges Caution Following Reports Of Incorrect Readings

Avionics manufacturer and OEM supplier Avidyne Corporation has issued an urgent 'Safety Alert' following reports of incorrect altitude and airspeed information being displayed on some Entegra EXP5000 Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) manufactured or serviced in the past seven months.

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PR TFR: 02.29.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5945  Issue Date: February 26, 2008 at 1350 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.26.08

GAMA's Pete Bunce, Part One Of Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.26.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.26.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- GAMA's Pete Bunce, Part One Of Two: 02.26.08 (ANN Special Report, with the first part of a presentation by Pete Bunce of GAMA on the year ahead.)

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Congressman Calls FAA 'A Rogue Agency' Following Spokesman's Comment

Jim Peters Suggested Unhappy Controllers Find Work Elsewhere

The latest salvo fired at the FAA by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association deals with new, highly-controversial "fan-out" departure routes from Philadelphia International Airport.

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NMSU, FAA Sign Pact For UAS Testing Center

Will Conduct Gov't, Private Research

New Mexico State University and the FAA have signed an agreement to help establish NMSU as the primary test center for unmanned aircraft systems.

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NASA Names Wayne Hale New Deputy Assoc. Administrator For Strategic Partnerships

Space Shuttle Program Manager Has New Title, Duties

NASA announced last week the selection of N. Wayne Hale, Jr. as NASA's deputy associate administrator for strategic partnerships on Friday. John Shannon, a Mission Management Team chairman and Hale's deputy since November 2005, will succeed him as the Space Shuttle Program manager.

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UK Flight Diverts After Copilot's Death

Cyprus-Bound Plane Lands In Istanbul

A recent GB Airways flight from Manchester, England to Cyprus had to divert, due to the death of the flight's first officer.

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Doctor, American Airlines Defend Choices In Passenger's Death

AMR Spokesman Says Medical Equipment WAS Working

More details over the crew's handling of a passenger's emergency medical situation onboard a recent American Airlines flight have surfaced.

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Eclipse Receives FAA Certification Of Color Radar System

JRC-Built System Already Going Into Production Planes

Eclipse Aviation announced Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the new Eclipse Aviation Weather Radar System, a color radar system was designed by Eclipse and Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC).

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Heli-Expo 2008: Scott Cochran Joins Dallas Airmotive

New West-Coast Rep On Expanded RR 250 Sales Team

BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul company Dallas Airmotive announced at this week's Heli-Expo 2008 it recently hired industry veteran Scott Cochran as its Regional Engine Manager for the Western Region of the US. The addition of Cochran expands Dallas Airmotive’s domestic RR250 sales team to three representatives.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Acrohelipro Now Known As Vector Aerospace-Helicopter Services

Newly-Renamed Company Wins RR Customer Service Award

Aero-News has learned Acrohelipro Global Services Inc. -- now officially known as Vector Aerospace-Helicopter Services -- was awarded the prestigious Rolls Royce 2007 Customer Satisfaction Award during Rolls Royce’s AMC Awards banquet, held February 24 in conjunction with Heli-Expo 2008.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.26.08

American Airlines investigates a death on one of its flights.
The Air Force calls a temporary pause in B-2 operations.
And is Detroit Metropolitan Airport asking too much of the citizens of R

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.26.08

American Airlines investigates a death on one of its flights.
The Air Force calls a temporary pause in B-2 operations.
And is Detroit Metropolitan Airport asking too much of the citizens of Romu

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Pete Bunce, GAMA - 02.26.08

Today, we'll hear the first part of a presentation by Pete Bunce of GAMA on the year ahead, and one of the clearest explanations yet of how general aviation will use and benefit from NextGen air tr

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Aero-TV: More Intriguing Details From GAMA's 2008 A.I.R. (With Pete Bunce - Part 1 of 3)

Bunce Takes On FAA... Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing a few days back, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

Aero-TV: More Intriguing Details From GAMA's '08 Annual Industry Review (Part 1)

Bunce Takes On FAA... Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing a few days back, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

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Officials: New DTW Runway Would Displace 3,500 People

Plan Calls For 15 Percent Of Romulus Residents To Move

Want to start the mother of all NIMBY battles? Tell a small suburb you want to displace 15 percent of the town's residents to expand the metro area's major airport.

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NTSB Releases Prelim On Suspect go! Airlines Flight

Early Investigation Rules Out Mechanical Issues

Barring a surprise revelation, it appears two go! Airlines pilots have some explaining to do regarding the recent airport overshoot of an inter-island flight in Hawaii. And they might consider bringing some coffee with them into the debrief room.

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Spectrum Aeronautical Receives Fleet Order From Jetpool

NC-Based Company Selects S-33, S-40 Models

Austin Blue, President of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC, announced Monday his company has received a "significant" fleet order for the Independence model S-33 and Freedom model S-40 business jets. The order was placed by Jetpool, LLC, of Charlotte, NC.

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USAF Tanker Decision 'Over,' But No Word Yet On Winner

Announcement May Come Tuesday

"It's over." That's how one defense official summed up Monday's meeting of decision makers at the Pentagon, on whether a contract to supply the service with 179 new aerial refueling tankers would go to Boeing or a partnership between Northrop Grumman and EADS.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Versace, AgustaWestland Unveil New Cabin Interior

And If You Have To Ask, You'll Probably Never Ride In It

Italian companies Versace and AgustaWestland have partnered to bring a new level of opulence to rotorcraft cabins. One of their recent collaborations is on display at the 2008 Heli-Expo, currently underway in Houston, TX.

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EADS Finalizes Tanker Deal... No, Not THAT One...

UAE Signs Formal Contract For MRTT(s)

The United Arab Emirates announced Monday the purchase from EADS, through its Military Transport Aircraft Division, of the A330 MRTT (Multi Role Transport Tanker) as the new air-to-air refueling aircraft for the UAE Air Force & Air Defense. The A330 MRTT will be fitted with under wings pods and the EADS CASA Boom system.

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NASA Eyes Presidential Election For Hints Of Future Support

Ares Issues Threaten Moon Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- already hampered at times by the "analysis paralysis" that faces any agency relying on a political funding mechanism -- finally looks to be on track with a vision to return to the Moon, then Mars. But some fear the changing of the guard in the White House will plunge NASA back into the bog of indecision.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Air Methods Adds More Bell 407s To Its Fleet

Six New Helos Will Join Over 20 Other 407s

Bell Helicopter announced Monday at Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, TX that Air Methods, headquartered in Englewood, CO is adding six additional 407 model helicopters to its fleet.

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Space Florida Launches Microgravity Program For Teachers, Students

First Flight Takes Off From Titusville

On Monday, Space Florida launched its inaugural unattended microgravity research flight from Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, FL.

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CMC Electronics To Supply FMS For Singapore Air Force PC-21s

CMA-9000s Will Be Standard On Trainers

CMC Electronics told ANN Monday the company will supply its CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. as a standard fit on the fleet of Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft selected by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.26.08)

Aero-Linx!

The all-volunteer Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association was born in 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock, Ontario, from the dreams of a handful of Harvard lovers who were determined to keep the legend of the Harvard alive.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.26.08): Canard

Aero-Terms!

A small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that increases the aircraft's stability. Also, an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces, popularized by aircraft designer Burt Rutan.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.26.08)

"We looked at every VLJ coming into the market, and Spectrum was an easy choice. Spectrum’s products will give our shared ownership clients high performing `regular' sized aircraft at a VLJ weight and price -- the value proposition is truly disruptive."

Source: Ryan Stone, CEO of Jetpool. On Monday, Spectrum Aeronautical announced it received a "significant" fleet order for the Independence model S-33 and Freedom model S-40 business jets from the Charlotte, NC-based company.

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