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November 04, 2008

Tough Times In Wichita: Cessna Says It Must Reduce Workforce

Exact Numbers Not Yet Known

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.04.08 2000 EDT: Cessna Aircraft Co. said Tuesday it will cut its employee ranks, as the planemaker adjusts its aircraft delivery plans for 2009.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.04.08

Weighing In On EMS Safety, With AAMS Executive Director/CEO Dawn Mancuso

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.04.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.04.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Weighing In On EMS Safety: 11.04.08 (ANN Special Report, with AAMS Executive Director/CEO Dawn Mancuso.)

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Eclipse Will Be A No-Show At Expo

Struggling VLJ-Maker Bows Out Of Last Major Trade Event Of '08

As portents of the future go... this is a particularly ominous one from Eclipse Aviation. Aero-News has confirmed the struggling VLJ manufacturer has pulled its planned booth and static display from this week's AOPA Expo in San Jose, a sign the Albuquerque, NM-based company is circling the wagons as it continues to search for badly needed investment funding.

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SpaceX Unveils Reusable DragonLab Spacecraft

Will Vet Design Before Potential Customers This Week

On Tuesday, commercial launch services provider SpaceX introduced its new DragonLab -- a free-flying, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads to and from space. DragonLab will launch to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

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Report: GECAS To Order As Many As 25 Chinese ARJ21-700s

70-Seat Plane China's First Step Into Global Airliner Market

Aircraft lessor GE Commercial Aviation Services announced its order for up to 25 Chinese-made ARJ21 airliners Tuesday... a deal reportedly worth $750 million for Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd, and potentially far more in terms of worldwide credibility.

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Chinese Airline Signs EcoPower Agreement With Pratt & Whitney

Great Wall First Chinese Airline To Do So

Given the everpresent smog and pollution that hangs over many Chinese cities, one may be forgiven for not equating the growing superpower with environmentally-friendly policies... but one Chinese cargo carrier hopes to change that, while saving fuel in the process.

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US Navy Goes One-For-Two In Weekend Missile Defense Tests

MDAA Says Tests "Independently Validates" Ship-Based Defense Systems

Riki Ellison, Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, MDAA, said this week the United States Navy independently validated its Aegis Ship based missile defense capability in tests this weekend... though one could argue the results were mixed, at best.

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Sensis ASDE-X Now Operational At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

14th Airport To Receive Runway Safety Equipment

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is now the 14th airport operational with Sensis Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), a runway incursion detection and alerting system. In addition to increasing safety, the FAA has identified ASDE-X as saving time, money and fuel. The FAA's ASDE-X program will deploy the technology to a total of 35 of the nation's airports.

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Judge Says Frontier Can Outsource Aircraft Maintenance Only As 'Last Resort'

Bankruptcy Judge Rules Airline To Reject Contract With Teamsters

US Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Drain on Friday granted Frontier Airlines' motion to reject its contracts with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters covering mechanics and material specialists. The Teamsters, which represent Frontier's mechanics, have been struggling to stop Denver-based Frontier from permanently outsourcing all of its maintenance work to El Salvador-based Aeroman.

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Branson Airport Hires FBO And Airline Services Manager

Privately-Financed Airport To Open In Spring 2009

The Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the US, announced this week the hiring of Sharon Morris as the airport's FBO (Fixed Base Operation) and Airline Services Manager.

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Sikorsky Wins Multi-Million Contract To Upgrade Colombian Black Hawks

Includes Engine And Gearbox Upgrades

Sikorsky Aerospace Services, the aftermarket company of Sikorsky Aircraft, announced this week a multimillion- dollar contract to convert six Colombian Air Force UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters into the more modern UH-60L configuration. Two additional upgrade kits also are included in the program.

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Hawker Beechcraft Latest Planemaker To Announce Layoffs

Some 500 Jobs May Be Cut Later This Week

Another planemaker announced layoffs this week, as the current economic slump hits production lines and order books hard. Hawker Beechcraft announced Tuesday it will trim five percent of its workforce, or roughly 500 jobs.

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Crownair Unveils Glass Cockpit-Equipped T210 During AOPA Expo 2008

Upstart Provider Comes Out Swinging With Centurion Upgrade Package

One of the more significant announcements to come from this week's AOPA Expo won't come from aerospace giants Cessna or Cirrus... but from the comparatively diminutive Crownair Companies, a new aviation maintenance and avionics provider in the Southwest United States.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.04.08

EADS makes a deal to sell a majority stake in Socata.
Who knew airlines would be the next hot stock tip.
And Dutch authorities ground the Zodiac CH 601 XL.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.04.08

EADS makes a deal to sell a majority stake in Socata.
Who knew airlines would be the next hot stock tip.
And Dutch authorities ground the Zodiac CH 601 XL.


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ANN Special Feature: Dawn Mancuso, AAMS: EMS Safety - 11.04.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Dawn Mancuso, Executive Director/CEO, Association of Air Medical Services, about the recent spike in Air Medical accidents, and some of the remedies proposed by the Nati

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Aero-TV At NBAA '08: Heavy Discussions... About Very Light Jets (Part 2)

Four Industry Hopefuls Weigh In On State Of Small Jets At NBAA Panel Discussion

The current state of the very-light jet segment -- as well as its uncertain future -- were the subjects of a well-attended forum at last month's NBAA 2008 Convention. Four industry leaders hoping to see their companies profit from the sale of small jets offered their thoughts on the matter, while sweating out an economic forecast that was looking more dour with the hour.

Aero-TV At NBAA '08: Heavy Discussions... About Very Light Jets (Part 2)

Four Industry Hopefuls Weigh In On State Of Small Jets At NBAA Panel Discussion

The current state of the very-light jet segment -- as well as its uncertain future -- were the subjects of a well-attended forum at last month's NBAA 2008 Convention. Four industry leaders hoping to see their companies profit from the sale of small jets offered their thoughts on the matter, while sweating out an economic forecast that was looking more dour with the hour.

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FAA Selects Avionics Manufacturers For NextGen

Honeywell, ACSS Will Install Test Equipment In Airliners

They're the companies chosen to provide the nuts and bolts of NextGen. Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Robert Sturgell announced Monday the agency signed a $9 million agreement with Honeywell and Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) to accelerate the testing and installation of NextGen technology.

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DNA Testing Confirms Remains Are Fossett's

Bones Found A Half-Mile From Sierra Nevada Crash Site

Another piece of the puzzle surrounding the death of storied adventurer Steve Fossett has come together. Authorities confirmed Monday that DNA testing of two bones found last week near the wreckage of Fossett's plane were positively identified as his remains.

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RAAF Celebrates 50 Years Of The C-130 Hercules

Received First Planes In 1958; 24 -J And -H Models Now In Service

This weekend, the Royal Australian Air Force marked 50 years of outstanding achievements by its enduring 'work horse' -- the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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Airlines Poised To Regain Financial Footing

Lower Fuel Prices, Cutbacks Expected To Lead To 2009 Profits

All the measures taken by the US domestic airlines to cope with the fuel crisis have had an unexpected benefit. Industry observers now say now that oil has fallen in half since its summer peak, the airlines are well-situated to withstand a drop in demand due to the slumping economy.

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NASA To Test Ways To Deal With Stressed Spacefarers

'Virtual Space Station' Helps Astronauts Handle Pressures Of The Job

Unless you live in Manhattan or Hollywood, visiting a therapist is usually not something you're proud of. For many people, the stigma appears enough to prevent them from getting help when they really need it. But soon, thanks to NASA, access to an automated, virtual therapist may be as close... and as private... as your personal computer.

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NAFI Names October 2008 Master Instructors

List Comes As Organization Is Mired In Internal Dispute

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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Modernization Work Begins In Naples On G.222s For Afghanistan

Predecessors To Today's Spartans Refurbished With New Avionics, Interiors

The refurbishment and modernization of 18 G.222s, purchased by the United States Air Force and destined for the re-established Afghan Air Force, has begun at Alenia Aeronautica’s Capodichino plant in Naples.

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Airman Missing In Action From WWII Is Identified

Last Member Of Downed Liberator Crew To Be Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Monday the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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China Cargo Airlines Goes With Rockwell Collins' Avionics For 777s

Includes WXR-2100 Hazard Detection Radar

China Cargo Airlines has selected Rockwell Collins to provide a comprehensive package of communication, navigation and surveillance avionics for 10 Boeing 777-200 Freighters. Deliveries of these aircraft are scheduled to begin in December 2009 and continue through 2013.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.04.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is one of NASA's largest and most diversified installations. Today, the Marshall Center is contributing its collective expertise, ingenuity and energy as NASA and the nation carry out the Vision for Space Exploration, which seeks to extend human presence across the solar system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.04.08): Galilean Satellites

Aero-Terms!

The four large satellites of Jupiter so named because Galileo discovered them when he turned his telescope toward Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.04.08)

"Safety in the air starts with safety on the ground. This technology is a real jump for aviation. Getting it into the cockpit as fast as possible is the smart thing to do."

Source: Bobby Sturgell, Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has signed a $9 million agreement with Honeywell and Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) to accelerate the testing and installation of NextGen technology.

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