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November 03, 2008

Avidyne Receives TSO For MLX770 Satellite Datalink Weather Transceiver

Plans To Add More Weather Products Down The Line

Avionics manufacturer Avidyne announced Monday its new MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval, opening up a new worldwide market for datalink weather display systems and services-- a market presently unserved by anyone in general aviation.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 11.03.08

IFR Without The Rating, And The NAFI Crisis... With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- IFR Without The Rating: 11.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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NASA Awards Contract For Post-Shuttle ISS Crew Support

United Space Alliance Wins $206.5 Million Deal

NASA has awarded a $206.5 million contract to United Space Alliance of Houston to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and human space exploration activities after the space shuttle is retired.

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EADS Reaches Final Agreement With Daher On Socata

French Manufacturing Group Will Take Majority Stake In Planemaker

An ongoing attempt by EADS to divest itself of general aviation planemaker Socata appears to have borne fruit. On Monday, the European aerospace consortium announced a final agreement has been reached with the Daher group, for Daher to take a majority interest in EADS Socata.

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Boeing Engineer Wins New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest

Czech Artist Klara Hobza Reprises 1967 Competition

The New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest and corresponding book by Klara Hobza is a multifaceted interactive artwork inspired by the 1967 International Paper Airplane Competition. The historic contest took place at the Great Hall in what is now the New York Hall of Science, and has become legendary among many paper airplane enthusiasts.

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Zenair Expresses 'Surprise' At European CH601 XL Groundings

ADs State Accident May Have Been Caused By Wing-Structure Break-Up

As a result of an investigation into the September 14 crash of a Zodiac CH 601 XL, the Dutch CAA has released an emergency Airworthiness Directive grounding the type, effective October 24, 2008.

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Both Pilots Survive NC Midair Collision

Only Minor Injuries Reported

Both pilots survived a midair collision of their planes and subsequent crashes Saturday morning near Plymouth, NC with only minor injuries.

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FAA Proposes New Boeing 737 Inspections

Improper Engine-Mount Installation Could Lead To In-Flight Separation

'Enhanced' inspections have been proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration on approximately 500 Boeing 737 jets operated by US airlines, hoping to detect slip-ups in the manufacturing process that at worst could result in an in-flight separation of engines from the wings of the aircraft.

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TWU Ratifies Long-Term Agreement With Frontier

Dispatchers Agree To Extended Wage, Benefits Concessions

Call it the high cost of keeping their jobs. Dispatchers represented by the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) at Frontier Airlines ratified a long-term labor agreement this weekend with the airline.

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Air Europa 737 Skids Off End Of Runway At Lanzarote

Chartered Flight Nearly Ends At The Beach

A chartered Air Europa flight, landing at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands on Sunday, skidded off the end of the runway and down a small embankment, finally coming to a halt next to a perimeter fence overlooking the beach.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.03.08

Boeing's production resumes today, but perhaps not for long.
NBAA and AOPA join to request more time to comment on TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program.
And an NTSB report angers Con

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.03.08

Boeing's production resumes today, but perhaps not for long.
NBAA and AOPA join to request more time to comment on TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program.
And an NTSB report angers Con

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, IFR Without The Rating, NAFI - 11.03.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about a recent fatal accident involving two pilots who filed an instrument flight plan without holding instrument ratings, and about

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Aero-TV At NBAA 2008: Heavy Discussions... About Very Light Jets (Part 1)

Four Industry Hopefuls Weigh In On State Of Small Jets At NBAA Panel Discussion

The current state of the very-light jet segment -- as well as its uncertain future -- were the subjects of a well-attended forum at last month's NBAA 2008 Convention. Four industry leaders hoping to see their companies profit from the sale of small jets offered their thoughts on the matter, while sweating out an economic forecast that was looking more dour with the hour.

Aero-TV At NBAA '08: Heavy Discussions... About Very Light Jets (Part 1)

Four Industry Hopefuls Weigh In On State Of Small Jets At NBAA Panel Discussion

The current state of the very-light jet segment -- as well as its uncertain future -- were the subjects of a well-attended forum at last month's NBAA 2008 Convention. Four industry leaders hoping to see their companies profit from the sale of small jets offered their thoughts on the matter, while sweating out an economic forecast that was looking more dour with the hour.

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Bylaws Rewrite Causing More Friction Between NAFI, TBO NAFI

Situation Reaching An Impasse?

In a release to the National Association of Flight Instructors members on Friday, the NAFI Board of Directors outlined its intention to address the concerns of a number of members "centered on the NAFI By-laws in general and member involvement in the governance in particular."

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More Remains Found Near Fossett Accident Site

Bones, Shoes, Credit Cards Discovered

The continuing search for more of the remains of adventurer Steve Fossett's body has yielded two large human bones, which have been sent to a lab for DNA testing.

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Bonhomme Wins Final Red Bull Air Race, But Arch Takes 2008 Championship

Sets Up A "Who's The Better Pilot?" Battle For Next Year

Britain's Paul Bonhomme scored a stylish victory in the final race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Perth on Sunday, in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 spectators... while Hannes Arch was crowned 2008 World Champion after finishing third.

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Aeroflot-Nord Pilots Reported To Have Used Fake Papers

Pilot Error And Lack Of Experience Led To Fatal Crash

A Russian aviation safety inspector said Thursday the pilots of the Aeroflot-Nord jetliner that crashed during its approach to the Perm airport last month had falsified documentation of their qualifications.

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New Zealanders Come To USAF's Rescue

C-17 Globemaster Stranded On Antarctic Ice

The Royal New Zealand Air Force was called on last week to assist a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster that had been stranded for several days in Antarctica by mechanical problems.

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Klyde Morris (11.03.08)

Finally... A Presidential Change We Could ALL Believe In!

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Delta Finalizes Officer Team In Wake Of NWA Merger

World's Largest Airline To Be Run Largely By Former DAL Execs

Delta Air Lines' CEO Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian released a memo Friday to its 75,000 employees, announcing extensive restructuring of leadership following the company's recent merger with Northwest Airlines.

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Airplane Parts Salvage Yard At XFL Facing Eviction

County Commissioners Inflexible About Options

The operator of an airplane parts salvage yard is being pushed out of the way by the county to make room for new hangars at a Florida airport, but vows not to give up without a fight.

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Cheetah Gets Loose On Delta Flight

Baggage Handler Finds A Surprise In Cargo Hold

A Delta Air Lines baggage handler received an unwelcome surprise Thursday when she opened an airliner's cargo door and discovered a cheetah had escaped its cage and was loose in the cargo hold.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to Bookie's Focke-Wulf 190 and Ta 152 page. This page is the result of a number of years of research into the aircraft featured, Kurt Tank's Focke-Wulf 190 / Ta 152. This aircraft performed outstandingly throughout World War II, serving in large numbers with the Luftwaffe, and also in a handful of smaller nation's air forces.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.03.08): Equinox

Aero-Terms!

The equinoxes are times at which the center of the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator. The day and night would be of equal length at that time, if the Sun were a point and not a disc, and if there were no atmospheric refraction.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.03.08)

"'By the next Board meeting' is an unacceptable timeline. Furthermore, the lack of inclusion of the entire TBO NAFI Governance Subcommittee (ten members, plus three advisors) in the rewrite process is unacceptable and further demonstrates NAFI's lack of transparency.

"It is unconvincing that NAFI can or will respond effectively and timely. In contrast, TBO NAFI's Interim Governance Subcommittee can produce working drafts of core governance documents quickly and efficiently.

"The rewrite of the By-Laws must include provisions for the entire Board of Directors to be elected expeditiously by the membership. Anything less is unacceptable.

"The entire existing Board must tender its resignation upon enac

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