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February 12, 2008

GAMA Says 2007 Was Another Record Year For Manufacturers

Billings At All-Time High, Most Deliveries In Over 25 Years

On Tuesday, leaders of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced the 2007 year-end shipment figures for the general aviation industry have led to another record high in industry billings.

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Boeing Names Ralph 'Skip' Boyce To Lead Southeast Asia Business

Former US Ambassador To Indonesia, Thailand

On Tuesday, Boeing named Ralph "Skip" Boyce president of Boeing Southeast Asia. Boyce will focus on strengthening the company's presence across the burgeoning sales region, and supporting opportunities to increase Boeing's growth and productivity.

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AK TFR: 02.12.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4479  Issue Date: February 12, 2008 at 1812 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4495 Issue Date: February 12, 2008 at 1832 UTC Type: Hazards

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GAMA Calls For Focus On ATC Modernization At Outlook Briefing

Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing on Tuesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

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Certified! Hawker 750 Light-Midsize Jet

Aircraft Sports 800-Series Cabin, Wing

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation told ANN Tuesday the planemaker achieved FAA certification for the newest aircraft in the Hawker family, the new light-midsize Hawker 750, on February 8. Introduced at the 2006 NBAA Convention, the Hawker 750 utilizes the fuselage and wings of the midsize Hawker 800-series, providing the largest cabin in the light-midsize aircraft segment.

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Russian Jet Buzzes USS Nimitz In Weekend Encounter

Incident Raises Concern For Military Officials

Did it just get a bit chillier on the global stage? A weekend incident in which a Russian bomber "buzzed" the Nimitz battle group in the Pacific raises concerns about Russia's intent and the message it was meant to send, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress Tuesday.

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Project Aims For RTW Flight Using Biofuels

LearJet May Fly By End Of 2008

Sir Richard Branson plans to fly a Boeing 747 from London to Amsterdam on a biofuel mix derived from soybeans or algae, sometime later this month. But a US pilot and entrepreneur has set his sights on a much bigger achievement.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.12.08

What Now, For 'Fat' Ultralights?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.12.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.12.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What Now For 'Fat' Ultralights? 02.12.08 (ANN Special Report, with Earl Lawrence, VP Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.12.08

Adam Aircraft shuts down its remaining operations.
The US moves to try six 9/11 conspirators.
And an anti-airport activist is named to a Florida airport's advisory board.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.12.08

Adam Aircraft shuts down its remaining operations.
The US moves to try six 9/11 conspirators.
And an anti-airport activist is named to a Florida airport's advisory board.

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ANN Special Feature: Earl Lawrence, EAA - What Now, Fat Ultralights? - 02.12.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Earl Lawrence, VP Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association, about what options remain for "fat ultralight" owners who missed the deadlin

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AD NUMBER: 2008-03-17 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-03-17 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 NUMBER: 2008-03-18 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-03-18 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-TV's Conversation With P.A.S.S. (Part Two)

Interesting Observations From Folks On The "Front Lines" Of Our Aviation Infrastructure

As noted in the first part of this story, staffers and officials from P.A.S.S. caught up with ANN Editor-In-Chief at the 2007 AOPA Expo, and let him know in no uncertain terms that they wanted to get a few things on the record. 

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Aero-TV's Conversation With P.A.S.S. (Part Two)

MORE Interesting Observations From Folks On The "Front Lines" Of Our Aviation Infrastructure

As noted in the first part of this story, staffers and officials from P.A.S.S. caught up with ANN Editor-In-Chief at the 2007 AOPA Expo, and let him know in no uncertain terms that they wanted to get a few things on the record. 

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Valkaria Airport Opponent Elected To Advisory Board

Pilots, Advocates Decry Unusual Move

"Hiring an arsonist as fire chief would surprise me less." That's how Palm Bay, FL city councilman -- and former Valkaria Airport board chairman -- Milo Zonka summarized the recent appointment of a longtime airport critic to the Valkaria Airport advisory board.

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Ex-Boeing Engineer Charged In China Spy Case

Accused Of Selling C-17, Space Shuttle Secrets

An engineer once employed by Boeing was arrested Monday, accused of stealing information on numerous aerospace programs for China.

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Diamond Aircraft Receives EASA Approval For Binzhou Facility

Chinese Plant Will Produce DA40-TDI For Asian Market

Shandong Bin AO Aircraft Industries (SBAAI), Diamond Aircraft's Chinese production facility has been awarded production authority for the DA40-TDI, Diamond's 4-place, single-engine piston aircraft.

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STS-122 Spacewalkers Attach Columbus Module To ISS

NASA To Decide Tuesday On Adding A Second Extra Day To Mission

What a team. On Monday, STS-122 and Expedition 16 crew members worked together to attach the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station's Harmony module.

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Liberty Throws Alpha Aviation Customers A Bone

Will Honor Deposits Towards XL2 Purchase

In light of the placement of New Zealand planemaker Alpha Aviation into Receivership last month, US-based general aviation aircraft manufacturer Liberty Aerospace tells ANN it has decided to honor customer deposits from Alpha Aviation clients, towards the purchase of a new Liberty XL2 aircraft.

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Cirrus Expands To Venezuela, Surrounding Region

Millennial Technologies, LLC Named Official Distributor

Cirrus Design announced Monday that Millennial Technologies, LLC -- an FAA Certified repair station that specializes in the sales and installation of avionics equipment -- will serve as the facility for Aero-Acciones, C.A., Cirrus’ Venezuelan sales center for distribution in the region.

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Pilot Lost In Minnesota Cessna 140 Accident

Reportedly Just Purchased Vintage Plane

A pilot flying his newly-acquired vintage Cessna home to Texas was lost Friday, when the aircraft crashed near Grand Meadow, MN.

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ATI Selects Esterline CMC Electronics FMS For Belugas

Will Retrofit Five A300-600ST Heavy-Lifters

Aero-News learned Monday CMC Electronics Inc. was selected by Airbus Transport International (ATI) to supply its CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) for the retrofit of its fleet of five A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft. The installation will consist of a dual CMA-9000 FMS, providing the aircraft with enhanced operational capability.

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Hawker Beechcraft Appoints London-Based Parts Distributor

Adds To Planemaker's RAPID Parts Network

Hawker Beechcraft recently appointed London-based Allaero Ltd. as an authorized parts distributor for Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (RAPID), HBC’s factory-direct source for aircraft parts.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Receives Patent For Flight Suit Seal

Self-Actuating Technology Could Be Applied To Flood Control

Aurora Flight Sciences was recently granted US Patent 7,313,829: Sealing device for bodysuit and sealing method using hydrogels. The technology protected by this patent was originally developed for the US Navy to be incorporated into their Helicopter Aircrew Integrated Life Support System (HAILSS).

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Jet Source Opens San Diego P&W Service Center

Firm Secures 'Authorized' Status

Jet Source, headquartered at the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA, recently became the first Pratt & Whitney Authorized Service Center in San Diego. To earn its 'authorized' status with the aircraft engine manufacturer, Jet Source’s maintenance team received special education and training from Pratt & Whitney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.12.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Aviation History Online Museum is a clearinghouse of photos, articles, biographies of famous aviators, and much, much more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.12.08): Elevon

Aero-Terms!

A hinged device on the rear portion of an aircraft wing combining the functions of an elevator and an aileron.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.12.08)

"Hiring an arsonist as fire chief would surprise me less."

Source: Palm Bay, FL city councilman -- and former Valkaria Airport board chairman -- Milo Zonka, commenting on the recent decision to appoint longtime airport critic Janis Walters to the Valkaria Airport advisory board... ... despite her apparent opposition to the airport's very existence. While the move pleased airport neighbors, it left supporters aghast.

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