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November 08, 2009

FAA Issues SAIB on Zodiac CH601XL and CH650 Aircraft

EAA Urgeing Owners To 'Not To Fly Those Aircraft Until Maintenance Completed'

A note from EAA to ANN came today in which EAA they are urging owners of Zodiac CH601XL and CH650 aircraft to not fly those airplanes until wing maintenance is completed to comply with the FAA's Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin released Saturday.

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University of North Dakota Adds 44th Skyhawk To Its Training Program

Six New 172's Join UND's Fleet Of 120 Aircraft

The University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has added six new Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft for delivery next month, bringing its Cessna fleet to 44 new aircraft added in the past 18 months.

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BA Cabin Crews Eye Strike Option

Airline Wants Two Year Wage Freeze, Other Changes

Unite, the union which represents most of the 14,000 British Airways cabin crew workers, says negotiations with the airline have stalled, and that it is mulling the possibility of a strike. The union leadership met Monday at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey to discuss a possible labor action.

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Test Pilot Takes Equipment Downrange

Demonstrates New Chinook Technology To Pilots In Theater

Experimental test pilot Army Chief Warrant Officer Cary Nadeau views his job as being the consumer advocate for Army aviators. And like any good consumer advocate, he reaches out to his customers - in his case, in combat zones.

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Director of Singapore Aviation Firm Sentenced

Illegally Exported Controlled Aircraft Components To Iran

Laura Wang-Woodford, a U.S. citizen who served as a director of Monarch Aviation Pte Ltd., a Singapore company that imported and exported military and commercial aircraft components for more than 20 years, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn to 46 months in prison.

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Wayfarer Joins Corporate Angel Network

Brings More Than 20 Aircraft To The Humanitarian Organization

Wayfarer Aviation announced recently it would be joining the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). Through the alliance with the nonprofit charitable organization, Wayfarer will be joining the ranks of more than 530 corporate flight departments providing free travel on empty legs to critically ill cancer patients.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.08.09): Center Weather Advisory

Center Weather Advisory An unscheduled weather advisory issued by Center Weather Service Unit meteorologists for ATC use to alert pilots of existing or anticipated adverse weather conditions within the next 2 hours. A CWA may modify or redefine a SIGMET.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.08.09)

Aero-Linx: FAA Lighting Systems Group - REIL The REIL (Runway End Identifier Lights) provides rapid and positive identification of the end of the runway. The system consists of two synchronized flashing lights, unidirectional or omni-directional, one on each corner of the runway-landing threshold at an angle of 10 to 15 degrees.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.08.09)

"...the FAA is strongly recommending that owners and operators of Zodiac CH601XL and CH650 aircraft comply with actions outlined in a forthcoming safety directive/alert to address those concerns. The FAA is urging that the aircraft not be flown until the maintenance is completed." Source:  From the FAA's SAIB issued in the aftermath of several accidents since April 2009 involving those particular Zodiac models of aircraft. The agency's investigation, done in cooperation with the aircraft manufacturer, uncovered areas of concern related to wing structure, airspeed calibration, stick-force characteristics, among other items...

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