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November 13, 2008

ATA Expects Crowded Planes Over Thanksgiving Holiday

As Always, Plan Ahead... And Be Ready For Change-Ups

The Air Transport Association of America lobbying group for most US airlines, said this week it expects full planes during the upcoming 2008 Thanksgiving holiday season, despite a 10 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of passengers traveling on US carriers.

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GAMA: Piston Deliveries Continue Slide In Third Quarter

Overall Deliveries Rise On Strong Turbine Demand

On Thursday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported worldwide deliveries of general aviation airplanes for the first nine months of 2008... and while the overall report continues to be positive, there's no denying this is a tough time to be a manufacturer of piston-engined aircraft.

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Garmin Receives ODA Approval From FAA

Allows Company To Issue STCs

Garmin International announced Thursday it has received Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.13.08

Incoming AOPA President Craig Fuller, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.13.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.13.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Meet The New President: 11.13.08 (ANN Special Report, with Craig Fuller, president-elect of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.)

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Air Force Fleet Week Coming To Southern California

Film Festivals, Flyovers Just Two Of The Events Coming November 14-21

Spectacular events, free to the public throughout Southern California for individuals and families, highlight the region's first Air Force Week, November 14-21. Activities showcase the US Air Force's impressive capabilities and recognize the contributions and importance of service members and the communities supporting them.

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Pathfinder Completes First Flight On HH-60L Black Hawk Medevac Helo

Lockheed Martin Tests Advanced Pilotage System

Lockheed Martin tells ANN the company's Pathfinder flight team successfully completed the first flight of its fully integrated Pathfinder advanced pilotage system on an Army HH-60L Black Hawk medevac helicopter at Felker Army Airfield, Fort Eustis, VA.

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Italian KC-130J Transfers Fuel To Eurofighter In Successful Tests

Five Sorties Flown, Including One Night Operation

Aero-News has learned successful in-flight refueling trials of a two-seat Eurofighter Typhoon by an Italian Air Force KC-130J Hercules tanker have been successfully completed in Decimomannu.

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AirTran Adds Checked Bag Fee, More Ways To Upgrade

First Carrier To Sell Seat Upgrades Onboard

Orlando-based low-cost carrier AirTran Airways introduced two new policies this week... one of which is sure to be met with groans from customers.

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Jeppesen, InfoWERK Partner For Online Training

'Blended' Approach Helpful For Ab-Initio Students

Jeppesen announced Tuesday a new partnership with multimedia-based training systems provider infoWERK to launch 11 web-based course modules for ATPL training.

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services To Open Abu Dhabi Support Center

Falcon Aviation Center Will Handle S-76 Helicopter Care

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Tuesday that Falcon Aviation Services will establish a Customer Support Center in Abu Dhabi for S-76 helicopters. The facility will be the first S-76 helicopter Customer Support Center in the Middle East.

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Belgian Flight Academy Purchases Mechtronix Ascent XJ Trainer

BAFA To Provide MCC Training As Part Of Expansion

Flight training equipment provider Mechtronix Systems announced this week a purchase from Ben Air Flight Academy (BAFA) for an Ascent XJ Trainer, configured as a generic twin-engine large jet aircraft with a conversion kit to commercial turboprop, specifically to the ATR series.

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Next Stop Dubai: Aero-TV Checks Out Emirates' LONG-Distance LAX Route (Part 1)

Thanks To The B777-200LR, Emirates Flies Non-Stop From LAX To Dubai

International airline travel is a function these days of the old "feast or famine" principle... what's good is VERY good and what isn't... well, we really do not want go/fly there. One of the brightest of the shining stars in the International Airline sweepstakes is an amazing airline based in the Middle East, Emirates.

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The Axe Falls At Cessna: 665 Employees To Be Laid Off

500 Layoffs In Wichita, Rest In Bend

Cessna Aircraft Company had some unwelcome news for employees Wednesday, two weeks before the start of the holiday season. Approximately 665 workers will soon be handed their walking papers at the planemaker's facilities in Wichita, KS and Bend, OR.

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Next Stop Dubai: Aero-TV Checks Out Emirates' LONG-Distance LAX Route (Part 1)

Thanks To The B777-200LR, Emirates Flies Non-Stop From LAX To Dubai

International airline travel is a function these days of the old "feast or famine" principle... what's good is VERY good and what isn't... well, we really do not want go/fly there. One of the brightest of the shining stars in the International Airline sweepstakes is an amazing airline based in the Middle East, Emirates.

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Task Force Swings, Misses On Airline Delay Protections

Panel Opts To Let Carriers Decide On Guidelines

Anyone holding out hope the federal government would finally add some teeth to guidelines on how airlines should handle passenger strandings should probably stop reading now.

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Russia Says It Will Wait For Obama To Negotiate On Missile Defense

Says Bush Aims To Put New President "In A Hopeless Situation"

"We'll wait for the guy who's NOT a lame duck." That's not an exact translation... but seems to be the spirit in which the Russians have told the US they'll wait for Senator Barack Obama to take office as US President before conducting any new talks on a US missile defense system based in Poland.

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Report: Boeing, SPEEA Talks Hit Turbulence

Company And Union Stall On Proposals

Even as Boeing struggles to bring its commercial aircraft production back up to speed after a 57-day strike by machinists, it faces another expiring contract with members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

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Dust Storm Cuts Energy Supply Of NASA Mars Rover Spirit

Rover 'Vulnerable' From Low Power State

After nearly five years of yeoman service, one of NASA's Mars rovers may be nearing its end. A dust storm on Mars has cut into the amount of sunlight reaching the solar array on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, leaving the rover in a vulnerable state.

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Audit Finds USAF Acted Appropriately In CSAR-X

Pentagon Says Air Force Followed The Rules In Making Changes

We may be finally nearing an end to the protracted battle over a lucrative US Air Force helicopter contract. A draft Pentagon audit indicates the service acted appropriately in changing four key bidding requirements in the combat search-and-rescue (CSAR-X) helicopter procurement bid.

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Emirates-CAE Signs Training Agreement With Gulf Helicopter Company

Five-Year Contract Announced At Dubai Helishow

Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) signed a five-year contract Tuesday at the Dubai Helishow with Gulf Helicopter Company to be its exclusive training provider for the company's fleet of Bell helicopters.

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NASA Awards Lockheed Martin Facilities Development And Operations Contract

$667.3M Deal To Provide Support For Human Spaceflight Programs

NASA has announced that a team led by Lockheed Martin was selected to perform the Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC) at the Johnson Space Center. The contract is scheduled to start on January 1, 2009, and is a three-year and nine-month contract worth approximately $667.3 million. The contract also includes two one-year options that could raise the value to $977 million if all options are exercised.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.13.08)

Aero-Linx!

This home page is established to commemorate the Allied and German flyers that flew over Denmark during the Second World War and in some cases lost their lives in Denmark and the surrounding seas. Some of the airmen came down in Denmark, but quite a few were washed ashore on the Danish coast after having crashed into the sea. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.13.08): Heliosphere

Aero-Terms!

The space within the boundary of the heliopause, containing the sun and solar system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.13.08)

"We have now finalized the production schedule for 2009 and supporting annual operating plans. These actions are regrettable, but necessary to ensure our long-term stability and success."

Source: From a Cessna Aircraft Company statement, announcing that approximately 665 workers will soon be handed their walking papers at the planemaker's facilities in Wichita, KS and Bend, OR.

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