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November 14, 2008

Endeavour Lifts Off From KSC On Mission To Expand ISS

15-Day Mission Will Include Four Spacewalks

STS-126 is heading to the International Space Station, following a successful liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Aero-News Alert: Eclipse Employees WILL Be Paid

Sources: Last-Minute Funding Deal Comes Through

Aero-News has learned Eclipse Aviation has apparently pulled its umpteenth rabbit out of a hat... and has obtained last minute funding that, at the very least, will cover payroll for Eclipse workers in New Mexico, New York, and Florida.

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Couple Lost In Tallahassee SR22 Downing

Plane Flew Low, Slow Minutes Before Accident

Police in Tallahassee, FL have confirmed the identities of a man and woman killed when their Cirrus SR22 crashed in a residential neighborhood Thursday night.

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Geneva Aviation Receives Transport Canada Approval For Video Equipment

Provides TV, Video And Microwave Routing On AS350, Bell 206/407 Helos

Geneva Aviation, a member of the DART Helicopter Services family of companies, recently received Transport Canada approval for its Video System for Eurocopter AS350/AS355/BO-105 and Bell 206/ 407 helicopters. FAA approval has been previously received and EASA approval is pending.

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Viva Reno! Dassault Falcon To Open Service Center At RNO

Facility Will Serve Falcon Owners Throughout Western US

Dassault Falcon recently announced plans for a new factory-owned service center at the Reno-Tahoe Airport in Nevada. The new facility will open by the end of the first quarter of 2009, and will help to support a rapidly-expanding Falcon fleet in the western United States.

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Air Arabia Signs For 10 More Airbus A320s

Follows 34-Plane Deal Announced Last Year

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has signed a firm contract for 10 additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract follows one for 34 Airbus A320s signed at the end of 2007.

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Continental Pilots To Protest DOT Slot Auction Plan

Will Meet Next Week With Congressional Leaders

Continental Airlines pilots will send their union leaders to Washington DC early next week, to meet with Congressional leaders. The union is protesting the Department of Transportation's planned slot auctions at New York/New Jersey airports.

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Alteon Graduates First Class of MPL Students

Six Multi-Crew Rated Pilots Head To Chinese Carriers

Boeing commercial aviation training unit Alteon announced this week the first graduating class of MPL ( multi-crew pilot licensing program) students. Six cadet pilots, from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, completed the beta test of the MPL program at Alteon's Brisbane Campus.

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First Phenom 100 Customers Conclude Pilot Training

Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) Completes Inaugural Program

The first Phenom 100 customers have successfully passed the practical test with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the new Embraer entry level executive jet, at Alliance Airport, in Fort Worth, TX.

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BTS Numbers Show Continued Decline In Airline Traffic

Passenger Numbers Plummet 5.1 Percent In August

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on US airlines during the first eight months of 2008 declined by 1.4 percent from the same period in 2007, dropping to 516.2 million, 7.3 million fewer than a year earlier, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported Friday.

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Boeing Delays 747-8 Schedule Following IAM Strike

Freighter Deliveries To Being Q3 2010, Intercontinental Q2 2011

There's no question that ripples from a two-month strike by machinists at Boeing are affecting the planemaker's future programs... but that's not the only reason why Boeing announced Friday an adjusted schedule for production and delivery of the 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental airplanes.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.14.08

Q3 Delivery Numbers, With GAMA President And CEO Pete Bunce

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.14.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.14.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Q3 Delivery Numbers For GA: 11.14.08 (ANN Special Report, with GAMA President And CEO Pete Bunce.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.14.08

Eclipse employees are told to wait at home for news.
Strong general aviation sales are not expected to last.
And Cessna cuts 665 jobs.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.14.08

Eclipse employees are told to wait at home for news.
Strong general aviation sales are not expected to last.
And Cessna cuts 665 jobs.


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ANN Special Feature: Pete Bunce, GAMA - 11.14.08

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell discusses the General Aviation Manufacturers Association's 2008 3Q industry report with Pete Bunce, GAMA's President and CEO.

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Next Stop Dubai: Aero-TV Checks Out Emirates' LONG-Distance LAX Route (Part 2)

Thanks To The B777-200LR, Emirates Flies Non-Stop From LAX To Dubai

International airline travel is a function these days of the old "feast or famine" principle... what's good is VERY good and what isn't... well, we really do not want go/fly there. One of the brightest of the shining stars in the International Airline sweepstakes is an amazing airline based in the Middle East, Emirates.

Next Stop Dubai: Aero-TV Checks Out Emirates' LONG-Distance LAX Route (Part 2)

Thanks To The B777-200LR, Emirates Flies Non-Stop From LAX To Dubai

International airline travel is a function these days of the old "feast or famine" principle... what's good is VERY good and what isn't... well, we really do not want go/fly there. One of the brightest of the shining stars in the International Airline sweepstakes is an amazing airline based in the Middle East, Emirates.

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Report Casts Doubt On Professionalism Of FAMS Officers

Says 'Hundreds' Accused Of Misconduct

A disturbing report by a non-profit journalism watchdog organization paints a frightening picture of the state of the Federal Air Marshal Service.

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Ambassador Says No Evidence Of Foul Play In Mexico Lear 45 Downing

Wake Turbulence Among Possible Causes Being Investigated

The US ambassador to Mexico says investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board found no evidence the November 4 downing of a Learjet 45 transporting two controversial officials in the Mexican government was anything other than an unfortunate accident... but that's not likely to appease citizens who are convinced it was a drug cartel-backed conspiracy.

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UAL To Demonstrate Fuel-Saving Techniques On Trans-Pacific Run

11 Fuel Reduction Initiatives Create Substantial Carbon Emissions Savings

United Airlines will become the first US carrier to demonstrate how next-generation technologies could save more than two thousand gallons of fuel and cut up to 55,000 pounds of carbon emissions on a single, trans-Pacific flight.

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Klyde Morris (11.14.08)

Ya Just KNOW This One Hits Close To The Truth...

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Saint Louis University's Parks College Orders Diamond DA20-C1s

Nine New Planes Ordered For Flight Training Department

Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology has announced the addition of nine new Diamond DA20 airplanes to its flight training department.

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NASA's IBEX Spacecraft Reaches High Orbit

SwRI-Led Team Begins Instrument Commissioning

Just over three weeks since its October 19 launch, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft -- the first mission designed to image the interaction at the edge of the solar system -- concluded its orbit-raising phase and is beginning instrument commissioning in preparation to start science observations.

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CAE Receives Orders For Five FFS Trainers

Contracts Worth A Combined $52 Million US

CAE announced this week it has received orders to design and manufacture five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and associated training devices, in contracts valued at C$63 million (US$52 million) at list prices.

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JetBlue Pilots File NMB Petition For Sole Bargaining Agent Authority

Stress Non-Adversarial Relationship With Airline Management

Officials with the JetBlue Pilots Association filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) this week, to gain recognition as the sole bargaining agent for the nearly 2,000 pilots of JetBlue.

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Executive Beechcraft Celebrates 70 Years

'Change' Isn't Exactly A New Idea...

A lot can happen in 70 years. The price of a new car, for example, averaged $763 in 1938. Fueling that car cost about twenty cents per gallon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.14.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to eballoon.org -- the online ballooning encyclopedia. This site is an extensive resource about everything to do with hot air balloons.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.14.08): Inferior Conjunction

Aero-Terms!

Alignment of Earth, sun, and an inferior planet on the same side of the sun.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.14.08)

"We can reassure the public that these dedicated professionals go out there every day and put their lives on the line to make sure that everyone is safe. I don't want them to be tarred by ... a few allegations from a few years ago."

Source: Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service. A disturbing report by a non-profit journalism watchdog organization paints a frightening picture of the state of FAMS. USA Today reports an investigation by ProPublica revealed over three dozen air marshals have been charged with crimes -- including drunken driving, unauthorized use of firearms, sexual misconduct with a minor and attempted smuggling of explosives. Hundreds more have been accused of misconduct, according to the report.

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