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January 23, 2008

New Zealand's Alpha Aviation Put Into Liquidation

Paper: Many Employees Out Of Work, Owed Money

A once-ambitious New Zealand planemaker has fallen on tough times. Hamilton-based Alpha Aviation entered liquidation proceedings this week, leaving many of its 70 workers without a job, and owed a week's wages.

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Virgin Galactic Unveils Design For SpaceShipTwo, White Knight Two

Four-Engined Mothership Designed To Hoist Unmanned Payloads, As Well

At a flashy press event in New York Wednesday, Virgin Galactic unveiled the design of its new space launch system based on the X Prize-winning technology of SpaceShipOne, which successfully flew into space for the third time in October 2004 and won the $10 million Ansari X Prize.

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WV TFR: 01.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2078  Issue Date: January 23, 2008 at 1447 UTC  Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia  Beginning Date and Time: January 25, 2008 at 1635 UTC  Ending Date and Time: January 25, 2008 at 2000 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.23.08

A Case For Congestion Pricing, With The Reason Foundation's Robert Poole

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.23.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.23.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Case For Congestion Pricing, Part Two: 01.23.08 (ANN Special Report, with Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for The Reason Foundati

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American Airlines To Be First To Unveil In-flight Wi-Fi

Aircell-Sourced System To Begin Trial Runs In June

Air France may be the first airline to allow passengers to use cell phones in flight, but American Airlines apparently will be the first to give us in-flight wi-fi.

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FAA Denies Airline Service To NM Airport

Says Taos Not Certified For Planes Over Nine Seats

The northern New Mexico town of Taos only has about 5,200 permanent residents... but it's big enough to have an airline interested in providing scheduled service, especially during ski season. It wouldn't be the first time -- Westward Airways and Rio Grande Airlines both served Taos in years past. Both carriers are now out of business.

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Good Samaritan Returns Wayward Cat To Family

Gracie Mae Snuck Into Suitcase, Flew From FL To Dallas

And now, a story which may restore your faith in the goodness of people... and remove any remaining shred of faith you ever had in baggage screening.

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The Learjet NXT Now Has A Name... And A Builder

Say Hello To The Composite Learjet 85

Bombardier announced Tuesday the Learjet 85, formerly known as the Learjet NXT, will be built by Grob Aerospace in Germany -- starting with three prototypes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.23.08

AOPA vows to fight DOT plans to expand congestion pricing.
United blames weather for a quarterly loss, but analysts blame labor issues.
And we now know who the victims were in Sunday's Califo

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.23.08

AOPA vows to fight DOT plans to expand congestion pricing.
United blames weather for a quarterly loss, but analysts blame labor issues.
And we now know who the victims were in Sunday's Californi

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Robert Poole, Reason Foundation - 01.23.08

Today, ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for free-market think tank The Reason Foundation, about the organization's 2008 agenda, the continuing user fee deba

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Modification Work Begins On USAF Lancer Fleet

First B-1 Now Receiving Upgrades at Davis-Monthan

Engineers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, AZ have started modifications on the first of dozens of B-1 Lancer bombers expected to pass through the base in the coming months.

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Boeing, Air Europa Announce Eight-Plane 787 Order

Deal Counted As Part Of 2007 Sales Total

Boeing and Spanish carrier Air Europa announced Tuesday an order for eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. The order, placed by Air Europa in 2007, was previously accounted for on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site as an unidentified customer. Air Europa also acquired purchase rights for an additional eight 787s.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas (Boeing)

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-08 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-07 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Garmin

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-06 MANUFACTURER: Servo Gearbox Units SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-06 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain GARMIN International (GARMIN) GSM 85 servo gearbox units that are installed on airplanes.

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AD: Eclipse Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-04 MANUFACTURER: Eclipse Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 2007-13-11, which applies to all Eclipse Aviation Corporation (Eclipse) Model EA500 airplanes. AD 2007-13-11 was prompted by reports of loss of primary airspeed indication due to freezing condensation within the pitot system.

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AD: PZL Bielsko

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-09 MANUFACTURER: PZL Bielsko SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-TV Looks Over PCAvionics and 'yourGlassPanel'

Now... This Is A Slick Idea

In the search for the perfect panel, a number of parameters come to mind... but one that doesn't come up as often as it should is multi-function capability... i.e., normally, one display is isolated to a specific function or group of functions... but not so with the latest development from the folks at PCAvionics. With yourGlassPanel, you have more choices than ever before.

Aero-TV Takes A Close Look At PCAvionics

Now... This Is A Slick Idea

In the search for the perfect panel, a number of parameters come to mind... but one that doesn't come up as often as it should is multi-function capability... i.e., normally, one display is isolated to a specific function or group of functions... but not so with the latest development from the folks at PCAvionics. With yourGlassPanel, you have more choices than ever before.

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Report: Letter To Stockholders Details Adam Aircraft Woes

Company Must Secure Two Rounds Of Financing To Avoid Liquidation

A recent letter to stockholders in Adam Aircraft details the planemaker's current financial woes, and spells out what needs to happen for the company to survive.

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Lufthansa, JetBlue Complete Stock Purchase Transaction

German Airline Now Holds 19 Percent Stake In LCC

JetBlue Airways and Deutsche Lufthansa AG recently completed their previously-announced stock purchase agreement transaction -- giving the German airline a 19-percent stake in the US low-cost carrier.

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UAL Posts $53 Million Loss In Q4 2007

Weather, Fuel Prices... And Labor Issues... To Blame

A fierce weather system over the busy holiday travel season conspired with high fuel prices and labor discord to send profits at United Airlines parent UAL tumbling for the fourth quarter of 2007. The airline chalked up $53 million in losses, equivalent to a per-share drop of 47 cents.

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Vought Makes Progress In Meeting Black Hawk Production Schedule

Improved Processes Could Mean More Work For Plant

When Vought Aircraft scored an important contract in 2005 to build cabin sections for Sikorsky's Black Hawk helicopters, the company thought the deal would amount to a financial windfall for its plant in Grand Prairie, TX. As it turns out, though, so far it's been anything but.

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Cessna Names Withrow As GM For New Bend Facility

Former CJ Production Manager Will Oversee Cessna 350, 400 Plant

Cessna Aircraft Company has named Mark Withrow to be general manager of its new Bend, OR facility, effective February 4. Withrow will be based in Bend and report to Rod Holter, Cessna vice president, single-engine operations and general manager of Cessna's Independence, KS facility.

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Coalition Completes Aerial Bombing Of Suspected Al-Qaeda Sanctuary

Campaign Launched January 10

Thousands of pounds of bombs rained down near the village of Arab Jabour on January 20, as coalition forces continued their relentless pursuit of al-Qaeda. A military commander in the region said the drop was designed to eliminate al-Qaeda's tactical advantage before coalition ground forces move in to clear the heavily agricultural community southeast of Baghdad.

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BRS Scores Its 208th 'Chute Save

Plane Suffered Probable Control Surface Failure

A pilot experiencing a probable control surface failure deployed a Ballistic Recovery Systems whole aircraft parachute January 5, 2008 in Laurel, MD just north of Washington, DC. The aircraft and passenger were returned safely to the earth, becoming the 208th documented life saved by a BRS emergency parachute system.

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China Airlines Places A350 XWB Order

14 Firm Orders, Six Options

China Airlines, Taiwan's largest carrier, has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A350-900 and taken another six on option. The new generation medium capacity long-haul aircraft is being acquired by China Airlines as part of their future fleet modernization program, according to Airbus.

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Viking Air Appoints Ken Copiak General Manager For Manufacturing

Will Oversee Final Assembly Of Twin Otters In Calgary

Viking Air Limited announced this week the company has appointed Ken Copiak as general manager of manufacturing at the company's facility in Calgary.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

For the last 14 years, AAIR has been researching and documenting military aircraft crash sites in the Western US.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.08): Control Cable

Aero-Terms!

A steel cable used to connect the cockpit control with the corresponding flight control surface.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.08)

"A successful completion of this financing transaction will enable AAI to continue to operate until a second, larger equity financing of at least $100 million led by Citibank can take place on or before May 31."

Source: From a letter to shareholders in Adam Aircraft, dated January 15, detailing the financial woes now facing the planemaker. The company's future apparently hinges on completion of two successful financing transactions -- the first of which calls for Adam to raise $30.5 million by the end of this month. The company reportedly secured $5.5 million of that in late December.

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