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October 30, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.30.08

The Man Behind The Ant: Klyde Morris Creator Wes Oleszewski

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.30.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.30.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Man Behind The Ant: 10.30.08 (ANN Special Report, with Wes Oleszewski, who draws the Klyde Morris cartoon.)

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Cessna's Pelton Breaks Ground On Citation Columbus Plant

Says Company Is Analyzing Impact Of Economic Downturn

Going against current, gloomy economic trends, on Wednesday Cessna Aircraft broke ground on a $200 million facility in Wichita, KS to produce the company's upcoming ultra-lux Citation Columbus business jet.

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ACI-NA Advocates Airport Funding In Stimulus Bill

Supports PANYNJ Call For Multi-Year FAA Reauthorization, AMT Relief

In a statement submitted for the October 29 hearing on "Investing in Infrastructure: The Road to Recovery" before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA) called for at least $600 million in airport infrastructure funding to be included in the Economic Stimulus bill, as well as relief for airports from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) disincentives that apply to private activity bonds used to finance new construction.

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ATA Responds To DOT Rationalization Of New York Airport Slot Auctions

Decries Assertion That Competition Warrants Controversial Plan

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade association for the leading US airlines, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Department of Transportation (DOT) claim that auctions will lead to more competition and lower fares at slot-controlled airports.

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NASA's Phoenix Mission Faces Survival Challenges

Agency Works To Extend Lander's Lifespan

In a race against time and the elements, engineers with NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission hoped to extend the lander's survival by gradually shutting down some of its instruments and heaters, starting this week... but time may be running out for the erstwhile spacecraft.

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Machinists Slam DOJ Approval Of Delta/NWA Merger

"Another Opportunity For Executives To Stuff Their Pockets"

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Department of Justice's approval of the Northwest Airlines-Delta Air Lines merger.

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Virgin Charter Selected As Preferred Jet Charter For Signature Travel Network

Second Major Partnership Announced In A Week

Online air charter booking service Virgin Charter announced Thursday its second major partnership in seven days. On the heels of last week's announcement that Virgin Charter partnered with travel management provider Radius, comes word the charter booking tool is now the first preferred private jet charter provider and marketing partner for Signature Travel Network, one of America's oldest luxury retail travel cooperatives.

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AFS Adds Inlet Barrier Filter STC For Dual Hydraulic Eurocopter AS350B3

Amends Current STC For EC130s

Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS) has received an amendment to its current EC130 B4 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to include the Eurocopter AS350B3 with dual hydraulic systems installed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.30.08

The US government clears the Delta/Northwest merger.
Airline fares were up 8 per cent in the second quarter.
And Boeing says China's airliner market is on a pace to catch Europe in 20

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.30.08

The US government clears the Delta/Northwest merger.
Airline fares were up 8 per cent in the second quarter.
And Boeing says China's airliner market is on a pace to catch Europe in 20

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ANN Special Feature: Wes Oleszewski, Klyde Morris - 10.30.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Wes Oleszewski, who draws the Klyde Morris cartoon, about the life story of aviation's only ant.

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-TV Exclusive First Look: Bigger, Better, Brighter--The NEW Garmin GPSMAP 695/696

Just When You Thought The Portable GPS Map Game Couldn't Get ANY More Interesting...

We've been sitting on this secret for several weeks now and FINALLY, we get to let the feline out of the paper sack... Garmin has upped the ante in the ongoing portable GPS/Map wars. They call it the GPSMAP 696.

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Garmin Does It Again: Tablet-Style GPSMAP 696 Introduced

Big-Screen Portable Aviation Navigator Adds Airways, Expanded WX

Garmin got a leap on new product announcements ahead of next week's AOPA Expo in San Jose, CA... with the introduction of a significant leap forward for portable navigation devices. The electronics and avionics maker announced its flagship GPSMAP 696 Thursday morning, a tablet-style device that builds on the already impressive capabilities of its smaller GPSMAP 496.

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Aero-TV Exclusive: Bigger, Better, Brighter-The NEW Garmin GPSMAP 696 (Part 1)

Part 1: Just When You Thought The Portable GPS Map Game Couldn't Get ANY More Interesting...

We've been sitting on this secret for several weeks now and FINALLY, we get to let the feline out of the paper sack... Garmin has upped the ante in the ongoing portable GPS/Map wars. They call it the GPSMAP 696.

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Cirrus Announces Second Round Of Layoffs

Plants Adopt Three-Day Work Week On Slowed Production

Things are tough all over right now, thanks to the floundering US economy... and best-selling aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design is feeling the sting. The company handed out pink slips to 105 workers Tuesday, one month after the Duluth, MN-based planemaker eliminated around 100 positions.

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Soloy Receives FAA Certification For Turbine Cessna 206

Four Mk II Configurations Available

Soloy Aviation Solutions received FAA certification on October 28 for its Soloy 206 Turbine Mk II. A turbine version of the popular piston Cessna 206H, the Rolls Royce 250-B17F/2-powered Mk II provides an increase of 110 hp over the factory Cessna 206H, boosting the aircraft's ability to carry more weight, fly faster and operate in high and hot conditions.

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NASA Responds To Allegations That Ares I Rocket Is A Lemon

Officials Say Agency May Be Able To Speed Up Program

Hoping to divert the public's attention from scathing media reports, suggesting the Ares I rocket is a multi-billion boondoggle... on Wednesday officials at NASA reiterated their confidence in the design of the next-generation launch vehicle, and also suggested NASA could fly Ares sooner than the current target date of 2015.

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FAA Convenes Joint-Effort Runway Safety Council

Government, Industry Personnel Meet To Make Runways Safer

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) convened the Runway Safety Council, a joint government-industry body that will take a deeper, systemic approach to improving runway safety.

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Air Force 'Moving in Right Direction' On Nuclear Program, Gates Says

Provides Additional Details About New Nuclear Wing

This week, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pointed to broad initiatives within the Air Force he said are helping to return its nuclear mission to "the standards of excellence for which it was known throughout the entire Cold War."

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Bell Cuts 500 Jobs In Wake Of ARH-70A Loss

Includes 20 Percent Reduction In Management-Level Employees

Officials at Bell Helicopter announced Wednesday the company will lay off approximately 500 workers, representing about four percent of the Bell Helicopter workforce. The planned layoffs include a 20 percent reduction in the management-level staff.

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Dark Clouds Looming For OpenSkies?

BA Subsidiary Nixes Plans For Fifth Plane

The response to a scenario British Airways never wanted in the first place, upstart business-class subsidiary OpenSkies is reportedly operating far below expectations... and given current economic conditions, its days could be numbered.

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Times Not So Divine For Historic B-25

'Heavenly Body' To Be Left Out In The Cold

A struggle by California warbird enthusiasts is demonstrating a sad truth -- the costs of storing and maintaining vintage World War II aircraft bombers is becoming too expensive for the little guy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.30.08)

Aero-Linx!

Connecticut Corsair dedicates itself to the restoration to flight of Connecticut's State Aircraft, the F4U-4 Corsair; to honor Connecticut's aerospace history, while promoting and utilizing its current and future aerospace technology and capabilities; and to educate future generations about the Corsair and its contributions on both the local and world stages, as well as to inspire students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing, through the restoration process.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.30.08): Barycenter

Aero-Terms!

The common center of mass about which two or more bodies revolve.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.30.08)

"I think you've got to stick to the facts of engineering and project management, and the fact that we're three years into this. You'd basically back yourself up three years and start over again, so just watch the gap grow."

Source: Steve Cook, manager of the Ares I rocket program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. In a Wednesday conference call, NASA officials criticized recent media reports suggesting the Ares design is hopelessly flawed, and potentially dangerous.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-02 R1 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-02 R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet series 700 & 701) series airplanes and Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet series 900) series airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2008-22-16 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-22-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain GE CT58 series turboshaft engines.

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