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October 14, 2008

Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?

Despite all the growing pains associated with getting the Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated... Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than optimistic about their efforts.

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.08)


What you see on these 360+ pages is the result of a half-century of research, note-taking, and data-gathering that began one evening in Frank Tallman's retreat at Orange Country Airport and rapidly got out of hand.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.08): Compass Fluid


A highly refined, clear petroleum product similar to kerosene, used to damp the oscillations of a magnetic compass.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.14.08)

"We agreed from the start that job security was the top issue and we needed to work to find common ground. We were unable to do that, and the mediator saw that and ended the meeting... Boeing made it clear that they wanted vendors, subcontractors and suppliers to perform the work our members do and that our members weren't in their future plans.

Source: Mark Blondin, chief negotiator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers during contract talks with Boeing. A second round of mediated talks between the two sides adjourned Monday without an agreement to end a five-week-old machinists strike that has crippled the planemaker's ability to deliver aircraft.

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