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November 26, 2008

NTSB Releases Prelim On Tallahassee SR22 Fatal

Plane Fell Over 200 Feet Within Seconds Before Impact

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on the November 13 downing of a Cirrus SR22 in Tallahassee, FL. As ANN reported, the two persons onboard the aircraft were killed when the plane impacted a residential neighborhood two miles from Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) while on an instrument approach to the airport; three persons on the ground were also injured.

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DOT Awards US Airways Akron-DCA Route

Will Come Up For Review In Two Years

US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Tuesday the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded US Airways the right to begin a new daily round trip between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Akron/Canton, OH that will provide the state’s communities with their only nonstop service to Washington.

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North American Airlines Adds Another Widebody To Fleet

Just In Time For Bowl Season!

North American Airlines, a subsidiary of Global Aero Logistics Inc., is growing its fleet of charter jets just in time for this season's college football bowl games. North American has entered into an agreement with aircraft lessor AerCap Group to take delivery of its sixth Boeing 767-300ER in December 2008.

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ESMA Aviation Academy Orders Mechtronix Flight Trainers

Two Ascent Systems To Be Configured For DA-42

Mechtronix Systems is proud of its place as the fastest growing and third leading provider of flight training equipment in the world... and the company continues to look higher. This week, the company announced the purchase by ESMA Aviation Academy for two Ascent Flight Trainers.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.26.08

A Look Ahead To Airshows In 2009, With ICAS President John Cudahy

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.26.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.26.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Look Ahead To Airshows In 2009: 11.26.08 (ANN Special Report, with ICAS President John Cudahy.)

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Virgin American CEO Sees Hedging Opportunities In Low Oil Prices

Economy Has Cut Back Airline's Growth, Profitability Forecasts

Fuel prices have recently plummeted to levels not seen in over three years... but if the record high prices seen this summer are any indication, they won't stay there for long. That's why a number of airlines are now looking to shore up their fuel hedges.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.26.08

It's official - Eclipse is in Chapter 11.
Diamond responds to ExxonMobil's Jet-A tantrum.
And AAI gets creative in finding work for its senior engineers.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.26.08

It's official - Eclipse is in Chapter 11.
Diamond responds to ExxonMobil's Jet-A tantrum.
And AAI gets creative in finding work for its senior engineers.


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ANN Special Feature: John Cudahy, President, ICAS - 11.26.08

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell looks back at the the issues which faced air shows during the 2008 season, and looks ahead to 2009 and beyond, with John Cudahy, President of the International Coun

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Aero-TV: Leadership by Example -- Barrington Irving Inspires

Where Will The Aviators Of Tomorrow Come From? Here's One Flyer Trying to Affect Our Future... Positively

He's made quite a name for himself in his 25 years... and we surely haven't heard the last of this aviator. Barrington Irving is reportedly the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo. He is also the first African American and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. He accomplished his amazing adventure in a Columbia 400 named the "Inspiration."

How Screwed Are They? Eclipse Cuts Responsibilities To Many Creditors/Customers

News and Analysis by Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C  Briefly; we have to tell you that the following document, sent to Eclipse customers Tuesday, is a bit of a shocker. While bankruptcy can absolve a company of a number of liabilities; the extent to which Eclipse (post-Raburn), is willing to alienate its suppliers, customers and the industry (overall) is breathtaking in scope... if not foolishness.

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Aero-TV: Leadership by Example -- Barrington Irving Inspires

Where Will The Aviators Of Tomorrow Come From? Here's One Flyer Trying to Affect Our Future... Positively

He's made quite a name for himself in his 25 years... and we surely haven't heard the last of this aviator. Barrington Irving is reportedly the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo. He is also the first African American and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. He accomplished his amazing adventure in a Columbia 400 named the "Inspiration."

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Cirrus Furloughs Workers Through End Of Year

Production 'Significantly Reduced' Ahead Of 2009

The tough times continue for workers at Cirrus Design... but there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The Duluth, MN-based planemaker told employees Tuesday that total aircraft production for the month of December would be significantly reduced. As a result, a number of production-line employees will be subject to short-term furloughs at its Duluth, MN, and Grand Forks, ND facilities.

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AOPA's Incoming President Meets With Obama Transition Team

Urges Administration To Take Action On Key GA Issues

During a November 24 meeting with President-elect Barack Obama's Department of Transportation transition team, AOPA President-elect Craig Fuller wasted no time letting the incoming administration know that aviation needs to be a top priority.

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Protesters Seize Control Of Bangkok Airport

Departing Flights Unable To Leave, Passengers Stranded

While it's possible we'll see a number of delays this week as holiday travelers flock to US airports... things could be much, much worse. Consider the sad case of travelers attempting to leave Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport... which was effectively shut down by protesters Tuesday night, and remains in a lockdown situation at this writing.

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Obama Could Boost NASA Budget, Ares Development

Agency Already Planning What To Do With Extra $2 Billion

President-elect Barack Obama put a scare into residents of Florida's Space Coast early in his presidential campaign, when he talked of a five-year delay in NASA's Constellation project to allow increased federal funding for education. By the end of the campaign, he'd done a 180-degree turn, and promised an extra $2 billion to shorten the gap between the retirement of the US shuttle fleet and mission-readiness for the Ares I rocket and Orion crew capsule.

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TSA To Implement Focus Group Ideas

News Flash: Passengers Think Screeners Are Overrated!

The Transportation Security Administration knows it has public perception issues, and has turned to time-tested tools to better define its problems -- a consulting company and focus groups!

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Australia Won't See Wedgetails Until Late 2009

Modified 737s Over 28 Months Late

Boeing has suffered a series of embarrassing delays in developing some of its civilian aircraft. But Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is not immune from embarrassment, either.

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Woman Killed In Bizarre Hangar Door Accident

Metal Section Falls While Closing

An employee with a Gainesville, FL fixed-base operator was killed Monday, when a sliding metal hangar door apparently separated from its tracks as she was closing it.

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NWA Flight Attendants Sue Delta

Want More Time To Convince FAs To Support Union

When unionized pilots for Delta and Northwest reached an agreement with Delta management on a post-merger contract, that agreement called for the Air Line Pilots Association to submit an application to the National Mediation Board, seeking a determination that Delta and Northwest now constitute a single carrier.

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Japanese Troops Conduct Successful Patriot Firings At Fort Bliss

Annual Practice Overseen By Raytheon

Two Japanese Patriot crews recently engaged targets in a successful practice firing at Fort Bliss, TX. Raytheon provided operational support for the annual service practice conducted by Japan Air Self-Defense Force troops.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.08)

Aero-Linx!

A private collection of flying and semi-derelict airplanes (aka projects), including a Ryan Sport Coupe, a Bellanca, a pre-WWII Cessna Airmaster, a Rearwin Sportster, a Fairchild 22, a St. Louis Cardinal, a Kinner Sportster, a Harlow PJC-2, and a Waco cabin biplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.08): Opposition

Aero-Terms!

Configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another in the sky. A planet is in opposition when it is 180 degrees away from the sun as viewed from another planet (such as Earth). For example, Saturn is at opposition when it is directly overhead at midnight on Earth.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.26.08)

"Cirrus is fortunate to be well-positioned competitively and we see great opportunity as we look further ahead. Our focused commitment to the Vision Jet program, ongoing innovation in our piston products, and our flexible lean-manufacturing capabilities are just a few reasons for our optimistic view."

Source: Cirrus Design Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier. Cirrus announced Tuesday it would furlough a number of workers through the end of the year, due to a significant reduction in production rates. The planemaker says all furloughed workers will be provided full medical and other key benefits, and that Cirrus is coordinating with state government offices regarding available programs to supplement traditional compensation benefits for its employe

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AD NUMBER: 2008-24-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2008-24-04 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-04 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) model helicopters.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2008-24-06 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-06 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified AgustaS.p.A. (Agusta) model helicopters.

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