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October 04, 2008

USAF Grounds A-10 Warthogs Over Wing Fatigue Concerns

Inspections Called For After Cracks Found In Older Models

Another storied aircraft in the US Air Force fleet has been grounded over concerns about age-related fatigue. The USAF announced Friday immediate inspections for 127 A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-support aircraft, after fatigue cracking was discovered on the wings of some aircraft.

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Report: Leaking Hydraulic Line Sparked Osprey Fire

Crew Was Able to Land Tilt-Rotor Safely; Problem Has Appeared Before

Investigators have determined an in-flight fire that broke out onboard a Bell-Boeing Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during a training flight last year was caused by hydraulic fluid leaking onto an exhaust cooling component in the aircraft's left engine nacelle.

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Horizon Air Mulls Starting Flights From Paine Field

Announces Intent To Begin Service By Summer 2009

Scheduled airline service may soon return to a Seattle, WA suburb. Horizon Air, regional subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, announced it week it will pursue plans to introduce daily air service from Paine Field (PAE) near Everett, WA before next summer.

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Sierra Flies Citation S550-Based Super S-II

Revitalized Jet Includes New Williams FJ44-3As

Sierra Industries tells ANN the company has achieved another milestone in its latest Williams re-engining modification program. The Citation S550-based Sierra Super S-II made its maiden flight at Sierra's Uvalde, TX modification center last month.

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Owners Group Forms To Support The Littlest Citation

Mustang Owners, Unite!

Following the example set by other successful aircraft owner/pilot groups, a group of Cessna Citation Mustang owners, pilots and vendors is forming the Citation Mustang Owners and Pilots Association (CMOPA).

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NASA Extends ISS Support Contract

Boeing To Help Keep Station Going Through September 2010

NASA has awarded a two-year, $650 million contract extension to The Boeing Co. to continue engineering support of the International Space Station to September 30, 2010.

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Sandel Avionics, S-TEC Announce Pairing Of Flight Displays And Autopilots

SA4550 Attitude Display Now An Approved Flight Director For S-TEC Autopilots

Just in time for next week's NBAA 2008 Convention in Orlando, Sandel Avionics and S-TEC announced Friday the successful testing of Sandel’s SA4550 Primary Attitude Display with S-TEC's System 55, 55X, 60-2 and 65 autopilots. S-TEC will list the SA4550 as an approved flight director for use with these autopilots.

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BAE Systems Says Avro Bizjet Sales Are 'Taking Off'

Hopes To Announce Latest Customer At NBAA 2008

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft says interest in the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) is at an all-time high, and to continue its promotional activities the company is exhibiting at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, October 6-8.

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Embraer Delivers First E-170 To Japan Airlines

Will Be Operated By Regional Subsidiary J-AIR

Embraer delivered the first Embraer 170 jet to Japan Airlines (JAL) Friday. According to the contract signed by the two companies in June of last year, JAL has a total of 10 firm orders for the Embraer 170, with options to purchase another five airplanes of the same model.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.04.08)

Aero-Linx!

"British Aircraft of World War II" covers everything from the famous fighters and bombers of frontline units, such as the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mosquito and Lancaster, to trainers, civilian impressed aircraft and experimental airplanes that were tried and tested between 1939 and 1945.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.04.08): Feathered Propeller

Aero-Terms!

A propeller whose blades have been rotated so that the leading and trailing edges are nearly parallel with the aircraft flight path to stop or minimize drag and engine rotation. Normally used to indicate shutdown of a reciprocating or turboprop engine due to malfunction.   

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.04.08)

"All Ospreys in flight operation have the modifications, including those that are deployed. The modifications have also been fully incorporated into the V-22 production line so that new aircraft will not require further modification after leaving the factory... Since this incident, 100 percent of the V-22 fleet has had the mods installed and there have been no additional occurrences of incidents of this type."

Source: Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Eric Dent. Investigators have determined an in-flight fire that broke out onboard a Bell-Boeing Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during a training flight last year was caused by hydraulic fluid leaking onto an exhaust cooling component in the aircraft's left engine nacelle. The report also notes a similar fi

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