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September 21, 2008

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.22.08

DayJet ceases operations.
Eclipse Aviation says life will go on without its largest customer.
And a Russian accident investigation turns to pilot error.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.22.08

DayJet ceases operations.
Eclipse Aviation says life will go on without its largest customer.
And a Russian accident investigation turns to pilot error.


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Trim Stalls - 09.22.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about trim stalls, and the special considerations involved in landing on grass strips.

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Lockheed Martin 'Sets The Record Straight' On F-35 Lightning II

Former Defense Secretary Aide Says JSF Is "A Dog"

US Air Force analyses show the F-35 Lightning II is at least 400 percent more effective in air-to-air combat capability than the best fighters currently available in the international market, according to the plane's manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

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Eclipse Issues Statement Following DayJet Shutdown

Says Success "Never Relied Solely On DayJet"

Attempting to cast the closure of its single largest customer (by far) in the best possible light, Eclipse Aviation said Saturday it expects other customers will appreciate the opportunity to move their orders up.

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NTSB: Fallen SkyTyper Hid Heart Condition From FAA

Crucial Information Not Fully Disclosed On Medical Certificate Application

The National Transportation Safety Board states the pilot of the GEICO SkyTypers North American SNJ-2 that crashed during a rehearsal flight for last year's Oceana Air Show withheld crucial medical information from the FAA when applying for renewal of his medical certificate, information that might have led to denial of his flying privileges.

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Denver Broncos Pull Strings To Snag B-2 Flyover

And Pass Over Stadium Makes For A Useful Training Mission

Mastering precise timing over the target is crucial to effective aerial bombing... and it's said that practice makes perfect. But this training flight of a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was not a typical sortie, and the target was certainly not an enemy -- it was Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos football team.

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STS-125 Astronauts Set For Countdown Rehearsal

Endeavour Moves Into Position For Possible Rescue Mission

On Sunday, the Atlantis astronauts are set to fly from their home base at Johnson Space Center in Houston to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they will participate in the STS-125 Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test next week. The training activities and countdown rehearsal will run from September 22 through 24.

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Danish 737 Lands Safely Following Landing Gear Issue

Main Landing Gear Tire Blows On Takeoff

A Danish airline flight headed for the Canary Islands made an unexpected stop in Copenhagen Friday after departing from Billund in western Denmark. The Boeing 737-300, owned by Danish charter airline Jet Time, made a safe emergency landing with no injuries to the 154 passengers and crew after a landing gear malfunction, according to police reports.

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Raytheon AIM-9X Block II Missile Completes First Captive Carry Flight

Successful Test Conducted With USAF F-15C

A US Air Force F-15C recently completed the first captive carry test of Raytheon Company's AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile.

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Diamond Delivers The 1000th DA20

Former Katana Now A Popular Flight Trainer

Diamond Aircraft tells ANN the planemaker delivered its 1,000th DA20 this week, marking a significant step in the airplane's history. The milestone aircraft was delivered to Maylan Flight Academy, of London, Ontario.

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New Life For Long Beach Boeing Plant?

$500 Million Soundstage Project May Rival Hollywood's Finest

Character actor Jack O'Halloran, best known for his roles in the movies "Farewell, My Lovely," "Superman," and "Superman II," has long envisioned plans for a gigantic movie-making studio. It would contain dozens of soundstages, post-production facilities, a hotel for the actors and crew, a commissary, offices, and enough room to build huge indoor sets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.08)

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The official website of the A-1 Skyraider Association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.08): Large Magellanic Cloud

Aero-Terms!

LMC, the larger of two small galaxies orbiting nearby our Milky Way galaxy, which are visible from the southern hemisphere.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.21.08)

"The critics seem to get credibility, but the program doesn't."

Source: Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president of F-35 program integration, refuting claims made last week by industry watcher Winston Wheeler and Pierre Sprey, an aide to then-Defense Secretary James Schlesinger in the early 1970s. Sprey was a member of the team that produced such accomplished fighters as the F-16, and A-10 Warthog... and he says recent combat simulations against a variety of current aircraft show "the F-35 is a dog," when compared against Saab's Gripen, the Dassault Rafale, MiG-35 and Sukhoi Su-35, and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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