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January 05, 2008

Northwest CEO Named Chairman Of Air Transport Association

Doug Steenland To Serve Two-Year Term

The Air Transport Association of America announced Friday the election of Douglas Steenland, President and CEO of Northwest Airlines, to chairman of the ATA board of directors.

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NASA Hires Zero-G To Fly Parabolic Flights For Agency

First Time Agency Has Chosen A Commercial Company For Task

This week, NASA selected Zero Gravity Corporation to manage and operate an aircraft to perform parabolic flights for NASA-operated experiments and personnel... the first time the space agency has chosen a commercial operator for that task, and a key milestone for NASA's parabolic operations, which have been previously operated using government aircraft and personnel.

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American Airlines To Outfit Three 767s With Anti-Missile Systems

Passenger-Carrying Test Flights Will Begin This Spring

If you're booked on an American Airlines transcontinental flight this year, you might take some comfort in knowing the jet you'll be flying on could be equipped with a system to thwart attacks from shoulder-fired missiles.

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US Airways, MSP Want Jury Trial For Imams Lawsuit

Say Passengers Who Spoke Up Are Protected From Litigation

Asserting the travelers, flight crew members, and law enforcement officers who removed six Muslim imams from a November 2006 flight were acting in the best interests of national security, officials with US Airways and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport want a jury trial in the civil rights lawsuit brought forth by the imams.

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Russia Conducts Second Test Of New ICBM

RS-24 To Replace Soviet-Era Missiles

Russia announced this week it successfully test-fired its new RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday... the latest display of that country's resurgent military strength, fueled by oil revenues.

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BATMAV Program Receives OK For Full Rate Production

AeroVironment's Wasp III Micro Vehicle Selected By USAF

AeroVironment, Inc. announced this week the United States Air Force BATMAV (Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Air Vehicle) program has received Milestone C approval, and authorization for full rate production.

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Enstrom Selects Onboard Systems Cargo Hook For 480B Aircraft

Keeperless Hook Offers Greater Safety

Helicopter cargo hook equipment provider Onboard Systems told ANN this week Enstrom Helicopters has selected the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook for factory installation on its 480B aircraft.

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Lockheed Martin Wins $141 Million Contract To Upgrade Portuguese P-3Cs

Five Planes To Receive Updated Mission Avionics

The Portuguese Ministry of Defense recently awarded Lockheed Martin a direct commercial sale contract, valued at $141 million, to upgrade the mission system avionics on five P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide a full mission system upgrade for the Portuguese Air Force aircraft.

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AOPA First Major Sponsor Of 2008 Aviation & Space Education Conference

NCASE Coming To Arlington, VA In October 2008

The National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE) announced this week the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has become the first major sponsor of the 2008 National Conference on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE), "Today's Students: Tomorrow's Aerospace Workforce".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.05.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia (AAAA) is a growing and diverse organization of members from a broad range of backgrounds, who all have one thing in common - a passion for aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.05.08): Parasol Wing Airplane

Aero-Terms!

An airplane with a single main wing mounted on struts above the fuselage. The struts between the wing and the fuselage are called cabane struts.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.05.08)

"When you look at the cost benefit, it would be an extremely expensive proposition, and in the end, is it really going to work?"

Source: John Hotard, spokesman for American Airlines. The Department of Homeland Security signed a $29 million contract with BAE Systems December 21, calling for tests to be conducted with domestic aircraft equipped with the laser-based JETEYE defense system. BAE is working with American to outfit three of its Boeing 767-200s, used on transcons between New York and Los Angeles, with the system designed to jam the guidance systems of man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS.

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