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January 16, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.16.08

Eclipse's ETIRC Announcement, Part Two Of Three

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.16.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Eclipse Aviation's ETIRC Announcement: 01.16.08 (ANN Special Report, with Part Two of Monday's press briefing in Albuquerque, NM.)

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F-16 Pilot Safe After Hitting The Silk Near Key West

Plucked From Waters By Navy Helo

Investigators are looking into the Tuesday evening downing of a US Air Force F-16 fighter in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Airbus Sales Set A Record -- But Not THE Record -- For 2007

Logs 1,341 Net Orders; Delivered More Planes Than Boeing

European planemaker Airbus may lay claim to the best sales year in its history for 2007... but the company did not set the all-time record for annual sales, ceding that accomplishment to its American rival

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.08

Boeing may announce another Dreamliner delay.
The Department of Transportation revives congestion pricing.
And Steenland comments on a possible merger with Delta.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.16.08

Boeing may announce another Dreamliner delay.
The Department of Transportation revives congestion pricing.
And Steenland comments on a possible merger with Delta.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II -Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation - 01.16.08

ANN brings you the reporter question-and-answer session from a Monday press briefing at Eclipse Aviation, following an announcement by President/CEO Vern Raburn of an historic agreement to assemble

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It's Official... Boeing Delays 787 First Flight

First Delivery Now Expected In Early 2009, 'No Material Impact On 2008 Earnings Guidance'

As noted previously by ANN, Boeing has admitted that first flight of the 787 has been moved from the end of the first quarter of this year to around the end of the second quarter to provide additional time to complete assembly of the first airplane. Deliveries are now expected to begin in early 2009, rather than late 2008.

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WSJ: Delta Merger Could Be Announced By Mid-February

But Lawmakers May Be Concerned About Anti-Trust Violations

The Delta Air Lines merger story may get very exciting, very quickly. Less than a year ago, Delta was campaigning against a hostile takeover attempt by US Airways. Now, there are reports Delta could announce a merger with another airline within a few weeks.

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Pentagon Offers Details Of Proposed Saudi Weapons Sale

State Department Backs Sale Over Congressional Concerns

The idea that the United States would sell guided bomb technology to Saudi Arabia set off immediate opposition in Congress last November, as ANN reported. Some lawmakers openly questioned whether the technology would be used against Israel.

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Cessna Appoints Company's First CPC In India

10-Year Company Flies New C172s

Cessna Aircraft Company has appointed its first Cessna Pilot Center in India, selecting Touchwood Entertainment Ltd Aviation Academy Raipur.

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ARINC Among First Companies To Receive STC ODA Status

New FAA Cert Program Will Ultimately Replace DAS System

The Federal Aviation Administration recently certified ARINC Incorporated to issue aircraft STCs and perform STC-related aircraft service and modification work under the FAA’s new Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program.

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NASA's Quest To Find Lunar Water Moves Closer to Launch

LCROSS Sensors Will Fly On Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.

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FAA Downgrades Philippine Air Carriers

Category 2 Rating Places Airlines Under Close Scrutiny

The US Federal Aviation Administration has lumped airline operations in the Philippines, with company they would probably rather avoid.

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An Intriguing Aero-TV Interview: Thielert Talks Thielert

Frank Thielert Talks About The Engine That's Creating A New Level of "Buzz"

A few years ago, the idea of a General Aviation diesel was pretty much... science fiction. Today, it's science fact. While many have contributed to our cumulative knowledge of aero-diesel technology, no one has done as much in the certified realm as Frank Thielert and Thielert Aircraft Engines.

An Intriguing Aero-TV Interview: Thielert Talks Thielert

Frank Thielert Talks About the Engine That's Creating A New Level of "Buzz"

A few years ago, the idea of a General Aviation diesel was pretty much... science fiction. Today, it's science fact. While many have contributed to our cumulative knowledge of aero-diesel technology, no one has done as much in the certified realm as Frank Thielert and Thielert Aircraft Engines.

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FAA Encounters Strong Resistance To Palm Beach TRACON Consolidation

Officials Unable To Provide Details On Emergency Plans

In the words of one FAA official, "this is nothing new." That doesn't mean, however, those opposed to the FAA's planned consolidation of radar facilities throughout the country are giving up the fight to stop that from happening.

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Machinists Union Announces Support For KC-767 Over Northrop-EADS Rival

Says Deal Would Amount To Outsourcing Of US Jobs

On Tuesday, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) threw its support behind Boeing's bid to win a US Air Force contract to build new aerial refueling tankers, over the proposal backed by EADS and Northrop Grumman.

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Crews Search For Missing Pilot Near Kauai

Wreckage Of B1900 Spotted In Water

Coast Guard crews continued their search Tuesday for the pilot of a Beech 1900 turboprop that went down in the ocean early Monday near Kauai, HI -- but high winds and rough seas continued to make that search difficult.

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Family Who Lost Mother, Son In Sanford Accident Settle With NASCAR

Husband Wants To Start Scholarship In Wife's Name

Family members of Janise Joseph Woodard, who was killed along with her infant son when an aircraft impacted their home near Sanford, FL last July, has settled with NASCAR and an insurance company on the matter, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

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JFK Baggage Handlers Accused Of Swiping $250,000 In Jewelry

Taken From Box Conspicuously Marked "High Value"

If this doesn't make you want to go out and get that titanium luggage lock, nothing will. Two baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York were arrested this weekend, charged with swiping over a quarter-million dollars' worth of diamonds and other jewelry.

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UAL 757, Skywest RJ Bump Tails On Pushback At SFO

Things That Go Bump On The Ramp...

And now, the latest evidence to show it's safer to be in the air, than on the ramp of a major airport. A United Airlines 757 and a Skywest CRJ-700 each suffered empennage damage Sunday night when the aircraft collided as both were being pushed back from Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport.

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Gone West: Flight Instructor Eddie Duffard

Logged Over 65,000 Hours In The Air

A legend among flight instructors in Baton Rogue, LA has passed. Eddie Duffard, who taught literally thousands of people how to fly and logged over 65,000 hours in the air doing it, passed away Monday at the age of 86.

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Dozens Of Texas Residents Report Seeing UFO Last Week

Something In The Sky... Or Something In The Water?

Several dozen people around the small north Texas town of Stephenville say they saw something VERY unusual in the skies last week... and they want to know what it was.

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QinetiQ Equips UK Sea King Mk4 Fleet With New Rotor Blades

Shown To Generate Big Increase In Hover Weight, Forward Speed

ANN learned this week QinetiQ, in a partnership with the MOD's Joint Test and Evaluation Group (known as ATEC - Aircraft Test & Evaluation Center), recently completed a 12-month, $10.2 million project to increase the capability of the Royal Navy Sea King HC Mk 4 helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.08)

Aero-Linx!

A project to restore a 1942 Consolidated Aircraft Corporation PBY-5B Patrol Bomber Seaplane for Display in the National Museum of Naval Aviation. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.08): Wall Cloud

Aero-Terms!

The well-defined bank of vertically developed clouds having a wall-like appearance. Wall clouds form the outer boundary of the eye of a well developed tropical cyclone, and are also associated with tornados.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.16.08)

"You got no documentation. You've got no contingency plans. You've got nothing but talk. People have questions. You have no documentation."

Source: Jim Marinitti, President of the Miami branch of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, to FAA officials at a public meeting Monday regarding the planned consolidation of the Palm Beach TRACON into the Miami facility.

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MD TFR: 01.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1457  Issue Date: January 15, 2008 at 2127 UTC  Type: VIP 

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