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December 10, 2006

Did Moscow's Investment In EADS Pay Off?

Airbus Offers Russia Larger Share Of A350 XWB Production

Airbus has offered a Russian company a larger role in the future production of its A350 XWB airliner in the face of mounting development costs.

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UK Judge Metes Justice For Drunken Pilot

Emirates Captain Gets Four Months Jail Time

Australian pilot and ex-captain for Emirates John Cronly-Dillon listened Friday to scathing remarks from a UK judge before receiving his four-month jail sentence for atte

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Saudi Arabia Gets Its First Private Airline

Nation's New Aviation Authority Awards First License

 The board of directors of Saudi Arabia's new General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), which was chaired by Crown Prince Sultan, licensed National Air Services (NAS) as a private airline based in Riyadh last Wednesday.

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NTSB Issues Prelim On Fatal Crash In Virginia

IMC Conditions Prevailed At The Time Of Accident

An amateur-built Bakeng Duce (file photo of type below) experimental aircraft that crashed last October near South Boston, VA was flying in instrument meteorological conditions according to the NTSB.

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USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team Stands Up

Replaces F-15 Team After Nearly Three Decades Service

The F-15 Eagle East Coast Demonstration Team, one of seven single-ship demonstration teams assigned to Air Combat Command (ACC), concluded 27 years of performance history December 1.

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NASA's Administrator Justifies Decision To Go To Moon

Says Current Low Earth Orbit Era A Mistake

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin believes the US space program's change of focus from the Moon to low earth orbit operations was a mistake.

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Sporty’s Partners with NASA on Icing Education

New CD & DVD-Based Training Available Now

Sporty’s is now offering a series of icing training programs in one package on one CD-ROM and one DVD. Both were produced with NASA’s help at its John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

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Fans Enjoy New Pacific Aviation Museum On Ford Island

Phase One Opens On 65th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor Attack

Last Thursday, December 7, the doors of Hangar 37 on Ford Island in the middle of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor opened to aviation enthusiasts there to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum for the first time.

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Lockheed's Lightning II Taxis Under Own Power

Signals Final Preparations For First Flight

Lockheed Martin taxied the first F-35 Lightning II along the runway at its facility in Fort Worth, Texas last Thursday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.10.06): Order Of Departure

Aero-Tips!

If you're new to flying into tower-controlled airports (and even if you're not), you might be a little confused about the order of radio calls as you prepare to depart.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.06)

Aero-Linx!

Another plane for those with disabilities who still long to reach the sky. The Sky Arrow 600 sport is manufactured by Iniziative Industriali Italiane SpA in Italy but don’t worry the placards are in English. The disabled pilot version was certified earlier this year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.06): ELT

Aero-Terms!

Emergency Locator Transmitter -- A radio transmitter activated automatically by the impact of an accident or can be turned on manually if the crash force is insufficient for automatic activation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.10.06)

"The courts take a very dim view of passengers who get drunk on an aircraft, and it is much worse if it is the pilot, who has a high level of duty of care to those he would have been looking after."

Source: UK Judge Usha Karu during sentencing for Australian pilot and ex-captain for Emirates John Cronly-Dillon following his conviction for attempting to fly a planeload of passengers from Heathrow to Dubai. Cronly-Dillon was arrested at a security check point after screeners became suspicious of his behavior and called police. He ended a 25-year career as a pilot with a four month sentence in a UK jail.

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