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December 11, 2008

AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: AD 2008-25-03 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-25-03 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: Airbus

AD NUMBER: AD 2008-25-06 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-25-06 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: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2008-25-08 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-25-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: AD 200825-04 MANUFACTURER: Dassault SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-25-04 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: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2008-25-07 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-25-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 47-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, and 747SR series airplanes.

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NATA's Coyne Encourages Senate To Vote Against Auto Bailout

Says Language Against Private Aviation 'Sets Bad Precedent'

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne sent a letter Thursday to leaders in the US Senate, encouraging their opposition to HR 7321, a bill to authorize financial assistance to eligible automobile manufacturers. The Senate is due to consider the bill later in the day, or Friday.

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Helicopter Down Off Texas Coast -- Three Lost, Two Missing

Survivor Later Dies At USCG Station

Sadly, the lone person recovered alive following the Thursday morning downing of a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico has succumbed to his injuries.

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Airline Traffic Numbers Continue To Fall

September Saw Steepest Monthly Drop Since August '02

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on US airlines during September 2008 declined by 8.4 percent from September 2007, dropping by 5 million to 54.2 million, in the seventh consecutive monthly decline from the same month of the previous year and the largest percentage monthly decrease since August 2002, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday.

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Ctrl-Alt-Dreamliner: Boeing Reboots 787 Development Schedule

No Surprise -- Plane Won't Fly Before Q2 2009

In a rather subdued release Thursday, Boeing timidly announced an updated schedule for its 787 Dreamliner program that moves the commercial jet's first flight into the second quarter of 2009 and first delivery into the first quarter of 2010.

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AIA Says Aerospace Shows Strength In Harsh Financial Times

Blakey: Industry "Remarkably Durable" In Face Of Challenges

The aerospace industry is showing resiliency in trying economic times, ending 2008 with modest growth and continued strength in important areas like foreign trade balance and employment, according to the Aerospace Industries Association.

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Raytheon Paveway IV Enters Service On UK Harrier GR9 Aircraft

Further Applications Include Tornado GR4, Typhoon Fighters

Raytheon's Paveway IV weapon system completed all evaluation activities, clearing it to enter service with the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Harrier GR9 aircraft.

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Teamsters Won't Represent AirTran Pilots

Meeting With NPA Ends Without Agreement

For years, about 1,600 pilots at low-cost carrier AirTran Airways have been represented by the National Pilots Association, a relatively small independent union that has seen its share of difficulties. In a bid to strengthen its ranks and carry more clout into ongoing contract negotiations, the union recently reached out to two prominent labor organizations to explore a possible partnership.

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Mesa Pilots Ratify New Contract

Includes Pay Bump... But Vote Was Close

After years of working under a contract that paid wages and benefits near the very bottom of the industry scale, on Wednesday pilots at Mesa Air Group ratified a new agreement that contains numerous industry-standard and industry-leading provisions.

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Aircell Says 2009 Will Be 'The Year Of Inflight Internet'

Or At Least, The Year For Its Gogo System

If 2008 was the coming out party for inflight Internet access, 2009 promises to be the year it takes the US by storm. That's the word from communications provider Aircell, which this year saw its Gogo service installed onboard planes operated by Virgin America and American Airlines, with Delta Air Lines on the horizon.

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NTSB, Brazilian Officials Differ On Blame For 2006 Midair

Board Says ATC At Fault, Brazil Also Points Finger At US Pilots

None of the following is particularly surprising, really... but it is intriguing. In their separate reports, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Brazilian Air Force cast blame for a September 2006 middair collision over the Amazon on different parties, which -- intentionally or not -- also fall down distinctly nationalistic lines.

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ALS Record Flight Lands Back Home At MCO

The "Dash" Is Over... But Will It Be A Record?

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.11.08 1130 EST: "The Team is on the Ground!" That's the triumphant message on the Web site for the ALS "Dash For A Cure," a seven-day round-the-world marathon flight to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease. Pilots CarolAnn Garratt and Carol Foy landed their Mooney M20J at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at approximately 0855 EST Thursday morning.

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Angel Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Icy Field

All Onboard Safe, Cancer Patient Makes It To Destination

A Cessna 210 Centurion operating as an Angel Flight made an emergency landing in a Minnesota field Wednesday, after the plane's pilot reported engine trouble.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.11.08

Infighting Continues At NAFI, With TBO-NAFI Founder And Master Instructor Rich Stowell

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.11.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.11.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Infighting Continues At NAFI: 12.11.08 (ANN Special Report, with NAFI Master Instructor and 2006 National CFI

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.11.08

NBAA reminds Congress business aircraft are more than just perks.
DOT will finally start tracking tarmac strandings.
And cutbacks in China put backlogs at Boeing and Airbus at risk.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.11.08

NBAA reminds Congress business aircraft are more than just perks.
DOT will finally start tracking tarmac strandings.
And cutbacks in China put backlogs at Boeing and Airbus at risk.

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ANN Special Feature: Rich Stowell, TBO-NAFI - 12.11.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with NAFI Master Instructor and 2006 National CFI of the Year Rich Stowell about his group's fight to give members a vote in electing board members of the National Associatio

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Aero-TV: Precision Insanity -- Chuck Aaron's Aerobatic Helicopter (Part 1)

Red Bull Gives You... Rotors?

So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh.

Aero-TV: Precision Insanity -- Chuck Aaron's Aerobatic Helicopter (Part 1)

Red Bull Gives You... Rotors?

So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh.

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China Urges Airlines To Scale Back Orders

Backlogs May Dwindle For Manufacturers

Boeing and Airbus have both pointed to large order backlogs to convince financial analysts their commercial aircraft production operations will weather a recession just fine. Airbus recently estimated that about a quarter of its backlog might be at risk of cancellation in a deep recession, while Boeing would admit to only a few percent of its orders being "iffy."

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AirTran Signs On For Service To Branson Airport

Carrier Will Have Exclusivity For "A Period Of Time"

The nation's only privately-operated commercial airport has signed its first airline. Officials tasked with making the Branson Airport a reality have recruited AirTran Airways as the first airline scheduled to serve the Missouri resort destination.

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Northwest FAs Reiterate Position On Seniority Integration

Says Date-Of-Hire Should Be Only Criteria In Merging List With Delta

Northwest flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, reiterated their position this week on "date of hire" seniority integration after arbitrators announced Monday the long-awaited decision in the Delta Air Lines pilots' union case.

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Fly Like A King! No, Not John And Martha...

Elvis Presley's Jetstar Could Be Yours!

January's scheduled auction of a rare Ford Tri-Motor by Barrett-Jackson isn't the only near-term opportunity to own a piece of aviation history. Kruse International's annual collector car auction is coming up next week, and standing out amidst Wayne Newton's 1982 Mercedes and Pamela Anderson's custom "LoveStream" Trailer Lounge will be a jet airplane once owned by The King of Rock 'n' Roll.

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First C-5M Super Galaxy Delivered To USAF

Modernized Heavy Lifter Includes New Avionics, Engines

The first fully modernized C-5M Super Galaxy was delivered Tuesday to the US Air Force at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, GA.

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HAI Announces 2009 Outstanding CFI Award Recipient

Kevin Brandt Is Senior Instructor At Bell Flight Training Academy

It's awards season for Helicopter Association International... and on Wednesday, HAI announced its 2009 Outstanding Certified Flight Instructor Award recipient. Kevin C. Brandt is Senior Flight Instructor at Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, TX.

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Irish Bookmakers Draw Flak For 'Next Airline To Go Bust?' Ad

Odds Aren't Good For Spanair

Considering gamblers may bet on anything from Sunday football to the winner of a presidential election, it doesn't seem particularly surprising one Irish online betting site recently asked people to wager on which airline they expected to fold.

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Delta Braces Workforce For Tough 2009

But Execs Think Carrier Will Still Make Money

Delta Air Lines is preparing its workforce for a challenging 2009. In a memo to employees, CEO Richard Anderson warned last week, "Consumers and businesses during a recession tend to tighten their belts, and tighten their belts means they won’t buy as many airline tickets."

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Goodrich To Supply Wheels, Carbon Brakes For A350 XWB Family

Airbus Contract Expected To Generate $3 Billion Over Life Of Program

Aerospace components supplier Goodrich was recently selected by Airbus to provide wheels and carbon brakes for all variants of the A350 XWB family of aircraft. The selection is expected to generate more than $3 billion in revenue over the life of the program. The equipment will be provided by Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes team in Troy, OH.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society is a 501(c)19 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation, and publication of the history and traditions of the men and women who served in all Military Services worldwide and who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a result of deeds accomplished during aerial flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.08): Termination Shock

Aero-Terms!

Shock at which the solar wind is thought to slow to subsonic speed, well inside the heleopause.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.11.08)

"During the period in which any financial assistance provided under this Act to any eligible automobile manufacturer is outstanding, the eligible automobile manufacturer may not own or lease any private passenger aircraft, or have any interest in such aircraft, except that such eligible automobile manufacturer shall not be treated as being in violation of this provision with respect to any aircraft or interest in any aircraft that was owned or held by the manufacturer immediately before receiving such assistance, as long as the recipient demonstrates to the satisfaction of the President’s designee that all reasonable steps are being taken to sell or divest such aircraft or interest."

Source: A particularly disturbing passage from the pro

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