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October 26, 2008

Aileron Hinge Inspections Ordered On F/A-18 Hornets

Routine Checks Reveal Stress Cracks On 15 Aircraft

More aging US military aircraft are under investigation for possible airframe fatigue issues. Inspections have been ordered for all US Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets after finding stress cracks in aileron hinges on at least 15 planes.

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AeroMechanical Services Touts New Program To Cut Fuel Bills, Greenhouse Gases

Says Airline Fuel Expenses May Be Reduced 3-5 Percent

Airlines employing technologies developed by AeroMechanical Services, Ltd. are reducing fuel consumption by up to three to five percent through the application of AeroMechanical's proprietary hardware, software and management expertise known as Total Fuel Management Information (TFMI). In addition to cost savings, users of AeroMechanical's TFMI are lowering carbon emissions and greenhouse gases generated by the aviation industry.

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Teamsters Joins Forces With PATCO On Issues Of Concern To Both

Unions Reach Agreement On Strategic Alliance

The Teamsters Airline Division announced today that it has signed an agreement forming an alliance with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) to work together on issues that affect their members and the airline industry as a whole.

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Amateurs Win ARCAA UAV Competition Flying 30-Year-Old R/C Kit

"Team Telemaster" Bests Engineering Students' Entries

Aaron Donaldson and Simeon O'Neill entered and won the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation 2008 UAV Outback Rescue Challenge in Queensland, Australia last month with a Hobby-Lobby Senior Telemaster kit purchased over 30 years ago by Aaron's dad.

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C172 Transporting Four Airmen Down On Okinawa, One Injured

Japanese Police Investigators Blame Fuel Starvation

All four US Airmen aboard a Cessna 172 walked away from a forced landing Friday night on Okinawa, Japan.

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Copenhagen Suborbitals Developing One-Man Spacecraft

Privately-Funded Danish Group Successfully Tests Booster Rocket

A privately-funded suborbital space endeavor took another step toward its goal to launch a one-manned spacecraft into space with the October 19 test-firing of a hybrid rocket booster engine.

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General Atomics Lynx Radar Test Demonstrates Abilities Along US/Mexico Border

Area Search Mode Excels Identifies Illegal Border Crossing Activity

Unmanned aerial systems and tactical reconnaissance radar manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems recently announced its Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor successfully identified suspected areas of illegal crossing activity along the US/Mexico border during recent border patrol operations conducted by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) out of Fort Huachuca, AZ.

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Eurocopter Delivers First EC120 B Colibri To HeliDax

Company Selected Last Year To Provide Training

Eurocopter recently delivered the first EC120 B Colibri helicopter to HeliDax, the company selected by the French Ministry of Defense in 2007 to provide up to 22,000 helicopter flight hours for the Army's light aviation (EA.ALAT) school in Dax located in the southwest of France.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.26.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Citizens for Space Exploration mission is to promote awareness of the benefits of human space exploration and support for NASA and the Vision for Space Exploration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.26.08): Wing Fences

Aero-Terms!

Vertical vanes that extend chordwise across the upper surface of an airplane wing to prevent spanwise airflow.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.26.08)

"Those aircraft that do not pass inspection criteria will be grounded or flight restricted until failed material is replaced."

Source: US Navy spokesman Lt. Clay Doss. Inspections have been ordered for all US Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets after finding stress cracks in aileron hinges on at least 15 planes.

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