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November 25, 2008

AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-18 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-18 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-17 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-17 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Maule

AD NUMBER: 2008-24-02 MANUFACTURER: Maule SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-02 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Maule Aerospace Technology, Inc.M-4, M-5, M-6, and M-7 series and Model M-8-235 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-19 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-19 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes. This AD requires sealing the fasteners on the front and rear spars inside the left and right main fuel tanks and on the rear spar and lower panel of the center fuel tank.

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Sport Aviation Specialities Launches LSA Online Course

Aims To Introduce A&Ps To Unique Requirements

Sport Aviation Specialties told ANN this week about the launch of a new online course to introduce existing A&P mechanics to the unique maintenance and inspection requirements for light-sport aircraft.

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Three Lost In Nashville Beech 55 Downing

Witnesses Describe Spin Before Plane Impacted

Three people were killed Monday morning when their Beechcraft Baron 55 twin spun to the ground while on approach to land at Nashville International Airport.

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TAM Receives Second Boeing 777 For Sao Paulo-Frankfurt Run

Carrier's Total Fleet Reaches 123 Aircraft

Brazilian airline TAM S.A. recently received its second Boeing 777-300ER of an eight-plane order. Captain David Barioni Neto, President of TAM, and Commander Fernando Sporleder Junior, the company's Vice President of Operations, received the B777 directly from Boeing's factory in Seattle, and both piloted the aircraft to Sao Paulo.

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Trial Run For Mobile Boarding Pass Nets Mixed Results

Consultant Says Idea Is Good, But Implementation Needs Work

On November 13, 2008, American Airlines offered a mobile boarding pass option for a select group of flights. Travelers would have the option of showing their boarding pass barcode on their mobile device to TSA personnel at security and to airline personnel at the gate in lieu of a paper boarding pass printed at check in.

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ATK Celebrates Long-Legged EO-1 Satellite

One Year Design Life Has Stretched to Eight Full Years

The NASA's Earth Observer-1 (EO-1) has reached its eighth anniversary on orbit. The EO-1 satellite, launched on November 21, 2000 had an initial design and mission life of one year, but has continued successful operations for more than 7 years past the initial mission.

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ATA Calls UK Passenger Duty Increase 'Tax Grab'

Higher Fees To Go Into Effect By 2010

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), trade organization for most US airlines, expressed its stiff opposition Monday to the United Kingdom government's decision to revise and greatly increase the amounts collected under its air passenger duty.

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Shuttle, Station Astronauts Send Special Greetings To Military

Crews Comprised Of Navy, USAF, Army Officers

The combined crews of shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have sent a special greeting to members of the American military in time for the upcoming holiday season.

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USAF Rules Combination Of Factors Led To July F-15 Fatal

Pilot Exceeded Limitation Speed, Entered Spin

A combination of human factors and aircraft anomalies caused a spin during a July 30 crash of a two-seat F-15D Eagle during a Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, NV according to an Air Combat Command accident investigation board report released this week.

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Report: Ohio Airport Doesn't Meet FAA Standards

More Money Needed After $2.3 Million Investment

Ohio's Warren County Board of Commissioners has been hustling to bring the local airport into compliance with FAA standards, but it may have lost a race with a recession.

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Eclipse Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

ETIRC Affiliate Makes Offer For Company

It's happened. Eclipse Aviation announced Tuesday it is seeking court approval for debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and procedures for the sale of most of its assets under Section 363 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.25.08

Aviation Challenges, With NATA President James Coyne

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Challenges Facing Aviation: 11.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with NATA President James Coyne.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.25.08

The FAA turns loose ADS-B for nationwide deployment.
Norway's Prime Minister wants the Joint Strike Fighter.
And Osprey production is halted over possible vandalism.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.25.08

The FAA turns loose ADS-B for nationwide deployment.
Norway's Prime Minister wants the Joint Strike Fighter.
And Osprey production is halted over possible vandalism.


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ANN Special Feature: James Coyne, President, NATA - 11.25.08

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell gets impressions on the challenges facing aviation from James Coyne, who has the unique qualifications of being both a former congressman, and current president of

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Aero-TV: Bonus Depreciation -- A Tax Plan For Your Flight Plan (Part 2)

In Times Of Economic Uncertainty, This Program May Be A REALLY Big Help

Let's face it, these are not great times for aviation... but for those of us willing to brave the economic storm, there is help with the rocky road to aircraft ownership... and it's a big aid, indeed.

Aero-TV: Bonus Depreciation -- A Tax Plan For Your Flight Plan (Part 2)

In Times Of Economic Uncertainty, This Program May Be A REALLY Big Help

Let's face it, these are not great times for aviation... but for those of us willing to brave the economic storm, there is help with the rocky road to aircraft ownership... and it's a big aid, indeed.

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Diamond Responds To ExxonMobil Diesel Letter

Planemaker "Surprised" With Hard Line Against Fueling With Jet-A

Owners of diesel-engined piston aircraft weren't the only ones "surprised" by the hard line adopted by ExxonMobil Aviation, which last week issued a letter to its distributors warning against fueling their planes with Jet-A. Diamond Aircraft -- which has sold more diesel-equipped aircraft than any other single manufacturer -- was fairly shocked, too.

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Royal Gorge Jet Pack Flight Successful

Propels Man 1,500 Feet Across Arkansas River

Jet packs -- that is, real ones -- generally suffer from very short endurance. The longest flight of the original Bell rocket belt was just 26 seconds. A newer, lighter, carbon-fiber design using hydrogen peroxide rockets, has upped that record to 33 seconds.

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AAI Acquisition Pitches Engineering, Manufacturing Services

Hopes To Attract Contract Work To Stay Afloat

With the production line for its own aircraft idled by the global economic crisis, AAI Acquisition Inc. announced Monday it will provide engineering and manufacturing services to companies and organizations seeking composite design and technology expertise.

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Five Escape King Air Crash Landing In Manitoba

Plane Explodes Shortly After Passengers Escape

One of the memorable story lines of 2009 is bound to be the number of spectacular general aviation accidents which saw all occupants of the aircraft escape unharmed. The latest is the spectacular crash-landing of a Beech King Air A100 in northern Manitoba about 9:45 pm Saturday.

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If You're A Stressed Traveler, You May Be Flying From PHL

Or ORD, Or LGA, Or JFK...

Just in time for the holidays, in what could be taken as a precautionary measure -- or simply rubbing it in -- Forbes has released its list of the most stressful US commercial airports.

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NASA Prepares For New Mission To Jupiter

Juno Will Place Spacecraft In High Elliptical Polar Orbit

NASA is officially moving forward on a mission to conduct an unprecedented, in-depth study of Jupiter. Called Juno, the mission will be the first in which a spacecraft is placed in a highly elliptical polar orbit around the giant planet to understand its formation, evolution and structure. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our early solar system. 

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CMC Electronics, Patria Aviation Sign Agreement For Hawk Upgrades

Will Market New Cockpit AvionicsFor Hawk Mk50/60, 100 Series Aircraft

CMC Electronics has signed a teaming agreement with Patria Aviation of Finland for the exclusive marketing of cockpit avionics upgrades of BAE Systems Hawk Mk50/60 and 100 series trainer aircraft. The upgrades will be offered to existing Hawk Mk50/60 and 100 series operators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

An interesting purveyor of all things aviation. Spanning the entire history of aviation, both military and civilian, this site features someone of a kind or extremely rare memorabilia and artifacts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.08): Oort Cloud

Aero-Terms!

A large number of comets theorized to orbit the sun in the neighborhood of 50,000 AU.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.25.08)

"We are as surprised as you are by this circular and are contacting ExxonMobil Aviation to address the matter. We are unaware of the reason for this circular and we are equally unaware of any jet fuel related service difficulties in any TAE powered Diamond airplane. There are of course several other certified and uncertified diesel aero engines in operation and there are also TAE installations in other than Diamond airplanes."

Source: From a letter to owners from Diamond Aircraft, expressing puzzlement at a letter issued last week by ExxonMobil to its distributors, warning against fueling diesel-engined planes with Jet-A.

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