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October 15, 2008

Raytheon Completes Integration Of Enhanced Paveway II On Spanish F/A-18

Laser-Guided Bombs Used By Royal Air Force In Iraq, Afghanistan

The Spanish military and Raytheon Company recently completed a joint venture that integrated the Enhanced Paveway II 1,000 pound GBU-48 on Spain's F/A-18 Hornet strike aircraft.

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IFTC Istanbul Exercises Options For Two More Mechtronix Simulators

Order Makes Center The First All Mechtronix-equipped Training Organization

Flight training equipment provider Mechtronix Systems announced this week IFTC Istanbul will exercise its options to buy two FFS X Non-Zero Flight Time (NZFT) simulators. The devices replicating the A320 and B737NG are being deployed at its International Flight Training Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Curious Timing: Jet Airways Slashes Jobs Days After 'Alliance' Announcement

As Many As 1,900 Positions Eliminated, Including 800 Recently-Hired FAs

Citing "these difficult times" and an expected $2 billion USD loss in the Indian aviation industry in 2008-2009, on Wednesday Jet Airways announced it would cut back its previously announced winter schedule by 15 percent... while also firing the personnel who were recently hired to handle those extra flights.

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Court Overturns Denial Of Summary Judgment Against NWEAA, EAA In 1999 Accident

Allows Both Parties The Right To Seek Costs

Aero-News has reviewed, and verified as accurate, documents dated October 13, 2008 from the Court of Appeals of the State Of Washington... that show a controversial ruling against the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Northwest EAA Fly-In, stemming from a July 1999 takeoff accident during the Arlington Fly-In, has been overturned on appeal.

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ExpressJet Announces Tentative Agreements With Labor Unions

Says New Contracts Will Yield $20 Million In Cost Savings

ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. announced Tuesday it reached tentative agreements with all four of its labor unions representing the pilots and instructors, mechanics, flight attendants and dispatchers. Voting is scheduled to be completed by November 1.

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NASA To Roll Atlantis Off Launch Pad Monday

Hubble Repair Mission Delayed Until Early Next Year

Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, October 20, to await launch on its mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. First motion of the shuttle is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT.

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TSA Thief Denied Permission To Leave Country On Honeymoon

Attorney Says Agents "Could Have Waited" To Arrest His Client

Poor Pythias Brown... the 48-year-old TSA baggage screener at Newark Liberty who's been charged with stealing dozens of cameras, computers and other electronic gadgets from passengers' bags, and selling them on eBay. He just can't seem to steal a break.

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Able Flight Helps Pilot Without Arms Earn Her Ticket

Congrats, Jessica Cox, On Passing Your Sport Pilot Checkride!

Being born without arms didn't keep Jessica Cox of Tucson, AZ from meeting the challenge of earning a Sport Pilot certificate. The Able Flight Scholarship winner passed her checkride last Friday, October 10, after several months of training with instructor Parrish Traweek in his Ercoupe 415C.

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Airbus Issues Alert Following Qantas A330 Incident

Says Computer Fault Led To Wild Ride

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau says it knows why an Airbus A330-300 dropped about 650 feet within seconds over Western Australia last week. Investigators have pinpointed the cause of the incident to a fault in the aircraft's flight data computer, which shut off the plane's autopilot.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.15.08

Sorting Out The DHS Large Aircraft Security NPRM, With AOPA's Andy Cebula

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sorting Out The DHS Large Aircraft Security NPRM: 10.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with Andy Cebula, Executive VP of Governmen

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.15.08

Boeing and its striking employees remain at a stalemate.
The Expedition 18 crew has arrived at the International Space Station.
And AOPA gives its highest award to a user-fee opponent

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.15.08

Boeing and its striking employees remain at a stalemate.
The Expedition 18 crew has arrived at the International Space Station.
And AOPA gives its highest award to a user-fee opponent

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ANN Special Feature: AOPA EVP Andy Cebula, Large Aircraft Security Program - 10.15.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Andy Cebula, Executive VP of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, about last week's proposal by the Department of Homeland Security to impo

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Aero-TV Visits 'The (Airplane) Builders Next Door'

The Brady's Rugged Little RANS S-7

While I'm sure that you're having as much fun with the heavy iron and hot biz birds as we are, sometimes it makes sense to get back to basics... especially when Part 2 of our program on the Eclipse Training Program gets nuked by a bad hard drive (Don't worry, we'll salvage it and have it for you shortly) and we really needed a good excuse to put up a different program.

Aero-TV Visits 'The (Airplane) Builders Next Door'

The Brady's Rugged Little RANS S-7

While perusing Oshkosh 2008, we ran into lots of REALLY cool people, planes and products... sometimes all at once. The Bradys provided one of those welcome interludes as well as an excuse for a cool Aero-TV piece... from the perspective of a Sport Aviation couple and their little RANS S-7.

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NATCA Claims Airliners Were Deliberately Vectored Near T-Storms

FAA Says Preliminary Inquiry Confirms Four Planes Rerouted Near Savannah

This story brings a new -- and frankly disturbing -- tilt to the term "on-the-job training." The FAA is looking into claims made by a controller in Jacksonville, FL that several airliners were rerouted Saturday to test the skills of an ATC trainee, bringing those planes perilously close to area thunderstorms in the process.

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Report: Wagstaff Goes Before Court On AirVenture DWI Allegations

May Face Suspension Of Medical Pending Treatment If Charges Stick

Details are hard to come by out of Winnebago County, Wisconsin, where veteran airshow performer Patty Wagstaff was scheduled for a Tuesday court appearance following a drunk-driving arrest at Wittman Regional Airport during EAA Airventure.

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Airbus, Pratt & Whitney Begin Geared Turbofan Flight Tests

PurePower PW1000G Flies On A340 Test Aircraft

Airbus and Pratt & Whitney have launched joint flight testing of the PurePower PW1000G Geared Turbofan engine, with the first flight Tuesday on an Airbus-owned A340 test aircraft in Toulouse, France.

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Arizona DPS Medic Victim Of Blade Strike During Rescue

Hikers Saved... But At A High Price

An Arizona Department of Public Safety emergency worker was killed Monday, the victim of an apparent rotor blade strike during a mountainside rescue attempt.

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Turkish Airlines Announces Big Expansion Plans

Global Slump... What Global Slump?

Proving that a recession is only a bad thing if you don't have any money, Turkish Airlines is dangling an order for as many as 105 aircraft in the faces of Boeing and Airbus. On the airline's wish list are the Airbus A350 XWB, A330 and A319/320/321, and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, 777 and variants of the 737.

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Lab Creates Program To Virtually Blow Up Jets For TSA

Computer Model Simulates Effects Of Explosives Blasts

If you want to study the possible effects of a terrorist bomb on an airliner, one obvious way would be to buy retired airliners, and actually blow them up. That's the traditional method, but the Transportation security Administration wanted to know -- in this day and age, can't we accurately simulate an explosion using computers instead?

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Cutter Aviation Donates Custom Motorcycle To Charity At NBAA 2008

"The Aviator" Handed Over To Challenge Air At Last Week's Show

Personnel with Cutter Aviation tell ANN it was in the spirit of giving something back to the community that the family-owned FBO chain donated its 80th Anniversary Custom Chopper "The Aviator" to aviation charity Challenge Air. The custom motorcycle was handed over to the organization last week at NBAA 2008 in Orlando.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.15.08): Bottom Dead Center

Aero-Terms!

The position of the piston in a reciprocating engine cylinder, where the piston is at the bottom of its stroke. At this instant, the wrist pin, crankpin and center of the crankshaft are all inline.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.15.08)

"In my 20 years as an air traffic controller we had never done anything like what they just did."

Source: Dave Cook, NATCA representative for the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center. The FAA is looking into claims made by Cook that several airliners were rerouted Saturday to test the skills of an ATC trainee, bringing those planes perilously close to area thunderstorms in the process.

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