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January 09, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.09.08

CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni, Part One Of Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.09.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.09.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni: 01.09.08 (ANN Special Report, Part One of ANN's chat with Kate Hanni on the latest developments regarding the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill

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It's A Record! Embraer Delivers 169 Jets In 2007

Firm Order Backlog Totals $18.8 Billion

Embraer celebrated a banner year in 2007, making good on its goal to deliver between 165-170 aircraft. The Brazilian planemaker delivered 61 commercial, executive, and government-use jets during the fourth quarter of 2007, resulting in total deliveries for the year of 169 jets -- its largest total ever.

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Airbus Secures 75-Plane A320 Deal From Ireland's AWAS

Check Didn't Hit The Bank Until New Year

Dublin-based aircraft lessor AWAS has signed a firm contract for 75 A320 Family aircraft, bringing its Airbus portfolio to a total of 145 planes, comprising single aisle and long-range aircraft.

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Italian Army Takes Delivery Of Its First NH90 Helicopter

One Of 60 On Order For Aviation Unit

AgustaWestland announced this week the Italian Army's Aviation Unit took delivery of its first NH90 multi-purpose helicopter in late December, 2007. The Italian Army has ordered 60 NH90 TTH helicopters, which will replace older models currently operated by the service in various utility roles.

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Search Continues For Missing Turboprop Off Coast Of Venezuela

Crews Unsure How Much Longer They Can Continue

Searchers in helicopters and boats have so far failed to find any trace of a LET L-410 twin-engine turboprop, reported down with 14 souls aboard Friday off the coast of Venezuela.

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FAA Signs Off On Downtown Phoenix Project

Towers Will Encroach Slightly On PHX Buffer Airspace

The CityScape construction project planned for downtown Phoenix, AZ has gained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, despite high rise hotels and condos which could reach 400-to-510 feet in height.

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Swiss Officials Investigate Reports PC-9 Was Used In Attack On Darfur

Turboprop Trainer Was To Be For Civilian Use Only

Government agencies in Switzerland are trying to determine whether a Swiss-made Pilatus PC-9 sold to the nation of Chad for civilian training use, was pressed into service as a bomber during a weekend attack against rebel positions in the blighted Sudanese province of Darfur.

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Russia Says It's Ahead Of US In Race To Mars

Aims For Manned Mission In 2025... 12 Years Before NASA

More boasting to report from the newly-revitalized Russian space program... as a leading scientist says the country is on track to launch a manned mission to Mars by 2025, far ahead of even the most optimistic estimates of NASA.

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AOPA President Phil Boyer To Speak At SGJ Town Hall Meeting

January 12 Event Open To Anyone Who Wants To Attend

Of the nearly 20,000 general aviation community airports and heliports in the United States, only a few hundred have been honored by a visit from Phil Boyer... making the AOPA president's planned visit this weekend to St. Augustine Airport in Florida a major event for area pilots, and GA enthusiasts.

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Reports: Piper Will Stay Put In Vero Beach

County Offers $12 Million Incentive Package

While executives at the planemaker remain silent, a city official in Vero Beach, FL announced last week it appears very likely Piper Aircraft Inc. will remain in the city, instead of locating its headquarters and upcoming PiperJet manufacturing center to one of two alternate, less-hurricane-prone locations.

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DC TFR: 01.28.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0828  Issue Date: January 09, 2008 at 1909 UTC  Type: VIP 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.09.08

The Pentagon says it's caught conspirators who sabotaged its fuel contract bidding.
A Connecticut town debates continuing in a lawsuit against the FAA.
And bad blood between United and its pi

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.09.08

The Pentagon says it's caught conspirators who sabotaged its fuel contract bidding.
A Connecticut town debates continuing in a lawsuit against the FAA.
And bad blood between United and its pilot

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Kate Hanni, CAPBOR - 01.09.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights about how being the victim of an attempted assault and murder played a role in her reaction to being

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AD: Viking Air Ltd.

AD NUMBER: 2008-01-02 MANUFACTURER: Viking Air Limited SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-01-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Piper Briefs Aero-TV On Features/Specs Of The 'Matrix' (Part Two)

More Than Just An Unpressurized Malibu (Part Two)

As we noted in the first part of this extensive briefing on the rationale behind Piper's decision to produce the Matrix, this is an airplane that just makes sense. Thanks to Bob Kromer's well-prepared and carefully thought-out briefing (one of the best we've received in years... kudos to the folks at Piper for its preparation), the decisions for the Matrix seem clearer than ever... and allowed us to share in their enthusiasm for what we believe is going to be one of the biggest GA hits of 2008.

Anatomy Of A Mid-Air... In Fine Detail

OH MAN... Look At These Photos And Try NOT To Have Heart Palpitations!

Thanks to some excellent photography and some good luck, ANN has received permission to show you some extraordinary pictures of a CLASSIC high-wing v. low-wing midair collision/confrontation. First, let us note that everyone is OK... and that this is an accident that could have been FAR worse... but once the pilots realized the situation they were in, they made the best decisions possible and survived to tell the tale. Thanks to photographer Roger Cain, we now have amazing pix, from the best possible angle, to show you how these accidents DO occur.

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Piper Briefs Aero-TV On Features/Specs Of The 'Matrix' (Part Two)

More Than Just An Unpressurized Malibu (Part Two)

As we noted in the first part of this extensive briefing on the rationale behind Piper's decision to produce the Matrix, this is an airplane that just makes sense. Thanks to Bob Kromer's well-prepared and carefully thought-out briefing (one of the best we've received in years... kudos to the folks at Piper for its preparation), the decisions for the Matrix seem clearer than ever... and allowed us to share in their enthusiasm for what we believe is going to be one of the biggest GA hits of 2008

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UAL Stock Plummets After Analyst Calls Attention To Labor Issues

Oil Prices, Economy Also To Blame... But Pilot Shortage A Growing Problem

There are unconfirmed reports Chicken Little has been sighted in the vicinity of United Airlines headquarters in Chicago. In the past two days, stock in parent company UAL Corp. has plummeted over 20 percent, due to growing concerns about the economy, and labor strife at the nation's #2 airline.

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Report: Connecticut Town Rethinking Its Role In FAA Lawsuit

Some Uneasy About Spending Taxpayer Money

The town of Greenwich, CT -- one of several communities to rally against the FAA's proposed rerouting of New York-area airline traffic -- now appears to be reconsidering its role in a lawsuit against the federal agency.

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Shareholders Strike Down China Eastern Sale To Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Was To Purchase Stake In China Eastern

As China's communist regime struggles to embrace some elements of capitalism, the Chinese people will have to learn some new vocabulary. This week's lesson is "hostile takeover," which possibly for the first time now has a non-military definition in China.

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NASA Plans Hubble Servicing Mission In August

STS-125 Will Be Last Shuttle To Not Visit ISS

NASA officials outlined details Tuesday of a challenging mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in 2008.

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NTSB Says PA-31 Baggage Compartment Door At Fault In Other Accidents

Survivor Of Weekend Crash In Alaska Says Door Opened On Takeoff

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are taking a close look at a baggage compartment door on the Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain that crashed shortly after takeoff in Alaska this weekend, killing six people onboard and injuring four.

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Navy Helos Assist NV Town Residents In Flood

Hueys To The Rescue!

Residents of Fernley awoke to a chilly surprise last Saturday... as nearly freezing water poured through their neighborhood and invaded their homes. Due to heavy rainfall, an irrigation canal suffered a ditch bank failure, and several hundred houses were caught in the path of the fast moving water, flooding many to a depth of several feet.

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AOPA Kicks Off Magazine's Third Annual Photo Contest

Get Your Cameras Ready!

For the third year, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is offering amateur photographers and general aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to hone their skills, possibly see their photos in the organization's member magazine, AOPA Pilot... and, win some cash.

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New Helicopter Training School Opens In Tampa Area

Brantlys Over The Bay... Has A Nice Ring To It...

Citing a looming shortage of well-trained professional helicopter pilots, two Tampa, FL-area businessmen recently announced the opening of SunHelo Aviation, and commenced training operations from Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg, FL.

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Cessna Appoints General Manager at New York Citation Service Center

Elia Dragone Rejoins Company Following Stint At JSSI

Cessna recently named Elia Dragone as general manager of its New York Citation Service Center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.09.08)

Aero-Linx!

SHF was established in 1986 to restore, maintain and display historic military aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.09.08): Lifting Body

Aero-Terms!

A shape of an aircraft where the fuselage that produces lift, eliminating or greatly reducing the need for conventional wings.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.09.08)

"We believe UAL management's view that weather was a key factor behind the many December flight cancellations, but also think pilot behavior exacerbated the situation... The pilots' anger is manifesting itself in several ways. Most notable is a perfectly legal refusal to accept flying beyond amounts specified in their contract. We also believe UAL is facing increasing pilot sick calls, among other actions that hurt operations and earnings."

Source: Soleil Securities Group analyst James Higgins, who in a report to investors cited "rising evidence" that organized 'sick-outs' by United Airlines pilots contributed to the airline's abysmal performance in December, which saw United rack up twice the industry average number of delays.

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