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October 01, 2008

Hiker Says He's Found Items Belonging To Steve Fossett

Authorities Believe IDs Are Authentic

In what could be a significant development regarding the mysterious disappearance of adventurer Steve Fossett, authorities announced Wednesday a hiker found three pieces of identification and other items that may have belonged to the missing pilot along a trail near Mammoth Lakes, CA.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.01.08

From Selling Cessnas To Marketing Mooneys, With Premier Aircraft Sales' Kristi Cherry

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.01.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- From Selling Cessnas To Marketing Mooneys: 10.01.08 (ANN Special Report, with Kristi Cherry of Premier Air

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NTSB Retracts Probable Cause On 2006 BA 747 Runway Overrun

Says "Real" Report On Incident Involving Blair's Plane Still Pending

In terms of proper British etiquette, it was a royal gaffe.

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ACI-NA, Airlines Cheer GAO Ruling On Newark Slot Auctions

ATA Says Decision Affirms View That Action Is "Unlawful"

Not surprisingly, on Wednesday two of the most vocal opponents to a controversial DOT plan to auction off landing slots at Newark International Airport applauded a ruling by the Government Accountability Office, which states the plan may in fact be illegal.

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Former British Airways Exec To Plead Guilty In Price-Fixing Case

Agrees To Serve 8 Months In Jail For Role In Cargo Collusion Scheme

A British citizen and former executive of British Airways World Cargo has agreed to plead guilty, serve eight months in jail and pay a criminal fine for participating in a conspiracy to fix rates for international air cargo shipments, the Department of Justice announced this week.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.08

Homeland Security wants us safe, and money is no object.
Boeing hints at more delays in the Dreamliner program.
And NASA tries to leave its pilot survey scandal in the past.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.01.08

Homeland Security wants us safe, and money is no object.
Boeing hints at more delays in the Dreamliner program.
And NASA tries to leave its pilot survey scandal in the past.


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ANN Special Feature: Kristi Cherry, Premier Aircraft Sales - 10.01.08

Today, we'll welcome Kristi Cherry to her new job at Premier Aircraft Sales, where she's introducing customers to the Mooney Aircraft line in its home state of Texas.

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Boeing Says It Will Take Another Look At 787 Delivery Plans

Stops Short Of Saying Plane Will Be Delayed By IAM Stike

Boeing stopped just short of confirming Tuesday the 787 program will face further delays caused by a machinists strike... a scenario most in the industry view as an inevitable certainty.

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F-22 Fleet Surpasses 50,000 Flight Hours

Lockheed Martin Says Fighters Have Been Proven

The F-22 Raptor advanced fighter aircraft surpassed more than 50,000 total flight hours in August, according to Lockheed Martin.

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AvMap Releases New XM Weather Package

XM WX Satellite Weather Now Available At Any Altitude

AvMap Satellite Navigation announced this week the introduction of its XM Weather package, for use with the company’s EKP-IV, EKP-IV PRO and GeoPilot II Plus GPS systems.

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Raytheon Demonstrates Unmanned Aircraft In Simulated Combat Environment

UAV Floats Like A Butterfly... Stings Like A KillerBee

Raytheon Company's KillerBee unmanned aircraft system recently demonstrated its interoperability, integration and functionality as an end-to-end UAS combat system.

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Nebraska Officials Take Fresh Look At Intrastate Airline

Last Carrier To Try It Folded In 2005

Local municipalities subsidize commuter rail and buses all the time. Would it make sense for the state of Nebraska to subsidize intrastate airline service?

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CAP Celebrates Confirmation Of Three New Officers

New Chief Of Staff, Controller And Chief Of Chaplain Service Appointed

The Civil Air Patrol tells ANN three new national officers, appointed by Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, were confirmed by vote of the National Board on September 28.

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Banyan Avionics Continues Expansion Of High Speed Data Program

Says Customers Want Wi-Fi, And They Want It Now

Banyan's avionics department recently completed a High Speed Data/WI-FI installation on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). The installation was done at the customer's home base during a minimum maintenance inspection.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2008-19-09 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-19-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: ATR

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-19 MANUFACTURER: ATR SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-19 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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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-19-07 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-19-07 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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The KC-10 Extender Shows Aero-TV It's Multi-Mission Tanker Role (Part 1)

This Advanced Tanker/Cargo Aircraft Is An Unsung Hero...

One of the highlights of the 2008 Oshkosh Fly-In was the chance to get up close and personal with all manner of military aircraft -- the same birds that can be called upon at a moment's notice to serve and protect this nation...

GAO Rules Against FAA Slot Auction Plan

Opponents Hail Victory... But Agency Doesn't Have To Heed Ruling

The GAO has spoken... saying the Federal Aviation Administration has no legal authority to auction off takeoff and landing slots at the nation's largest airports. But how much weight that ruling actually carries remains murky at best.

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The KC-10 Extender Shows Aero-TV Its Multi-Mission Tanker Role (Part 1)

This Advanced Tanker/Cargo Aircraft Is An Unsung Hero... 

  While the fighters get most of the glory and the bombers get some notice here and there, rarely do we here about the tankers. Take the KC-10 for instance... According to the US Air Force, the KC-10 'Extender' is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for US armed forces.

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Robert Cabana Named Director Of Kennedy Space Center

Parsons To Leave Agency For Private Sector

NASA announced Tuesday that William Parsons, director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is leaving the agency in mid-October to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Parsons will be succeeded by former astronaut Robert Cabana, currently director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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US Airways Pilots Mark Three Years Of Failure To Complete Merger

Joining With America West Announced September 27, 2005

September 27 marked three full years in which US Airways management has failed to complete their merger between the old US Air, and America West. Today, the airline is entangled in labor disputes... lawsuits... customer service issues... and public perception as a nickel-and-dime outfit, willing to sell its soul for a $15 service fee.

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Cirrus Names Patrick Waddick EVP Of Operations

Has Been With Planemaker Since The VK30 Days

Cirrus Design announced late Tuesday it has appointed Patrick Waddick as executive vice president, operations. Waddick has served as senior vice president of engineering at the general aviation planemaker since 2005.

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Simonyi Says He Plans To Make Second Trip To ISS

'Tourinaut' First Flew To Station In Spring 2007

Global space tourism provider Space Adventures announced Tuesday that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., intends to train with the Soyuz TMA-14 crew in preparation for a spring mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Diamond Aircraft Announces Its Own 'Go Green' Program

Offer Includes $1.99/Gallon Avgas For First 200 Hours

Diamond Aircraft and its distributors announced Tuesday plans to add a financial incentive for 'going green,' with a special promotion on the DA40 XLS.

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Nextant Aerospace Accelerates Schedule For Beechjet Upgrade Package

Adds Rockwell Collins Venue Cabin Management System To 400NXT Options List

Nextant Aerospace announced this week it plans to accelerate deliveries of the Nextant 400NXT to the first quarter of 2010. In addition, Nextant intends to add the Rockwell Collins Venue High Definition Cabin Management System to the list of options available as part of the 400NXT program.

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Wanna Buy A Moller Skycar? Really? Well... Now You Can...

Flying Dud Billed As 'Piece Of Aviation History'

Hoping to prove the timeless adage there's a sucker born every minute -- er, that there's a buyer for practically anything -- Moller International announced Tuesday it will offer its M200X for sale on eBay.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.08)

Aero-Linx!

Pilot Class 43-D was one of the largest to enter training during World War 2. The designation "43-D" came from the year of graduation, the "D" being the fourth letter of the alphabet, signifying April. In April 1943, 5,275 members graduated from 29 Advanced Flying Schools, and received their wings. Many of our these pilots were lost in World War 2, many were discharged after WW2, and many went on to serve proudly, again, during the Korea conflict and Vietnam.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.08): Execute Missed Approach

Aero-Terms!

Instructions issued to a pilot making an instrument approach which means continue inbound to the missed approach point and execute the missed approach procedure as described on the Instrument Approach Procedure Chart or as previously assigned by ATC.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.01.08)

"We conclude that FAA may not auction slots under its property disposition authority, user fee authority, or any other authority, and thus also may not retain or use proceeds of any such auctions."

Source: Gary Kepplinger, general counsel for the Government Accountability Office. The GAO issued a legal opinion Tuesday, stating the Federal Aviation Administration has no legal authority to auction off takeoff and landing slots at the nation's largest airports. But how much weight that ruling actually carries remains murky at best, as GAO decisions are non-binding.

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