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December 29, 2008

Pilot Lost In North Carolina Harrier II Downing

Believed To Be Harrier, Though Unconfirmed

The Marine Corps pilot of a single-seat AV-8B Harrier II that crashed Monday in eastern North Carolina was killed in the accident, USMC officials confirmed.

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Two Hurt In Australia Lake Amphib Downing

Wing Clips Water Tank During Forced Landing

Two persons were injured when a Lake Buccaneer amphibian crashed shortly after takeoff near Brisbane Monday.

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Asian Carriers Face Bleak Outlook For 2009

Much Of Region Already In Record Slump

For the past several years, strong bookings in the Asia-Pacific region spearheaded generally healthy numbers for the global airline industry as a whole... but if recent trends are any indication, those heady times have been over for awhile now.

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Pilots Admit Napping On go! Hilo Flight

Job Stress, Warm Sun Combined To Lull Crew To Sleep

A frenzied effort to get back on schedule, combined with a warm cockpit, are the reasons cited by one former go! Airlines pilot why he and his first officer fell asleep on a flight to Hilo, HI in February.

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Lovell Says NASA Is 'Strapped For Cash,' Needs Funding Now

Compares Bank Bailouts To Need For $2 Billion In Add'l Money

The Coalition for Space Exploration, a collaboration of space industry businesses and advocacy groups, announced last week the release of a statement by James Lovell, who served as part of the crew of Apollo 8 -- the first human voyage to a celestial body in December 1968.

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Forced Aeromotive Technologies Earns STC For SR22 Supercharger

Superior Climb Performance Compared With Turbo, With Less Fuel Burn

Forced Aeromotive Technologies of Englewood, CO tells ANN it was recently issued Supplemental Type Certificate # SA10925SC (US Patent #6,328,023) for installation of its supercharger system on Cirrus SR22 aircraft. 

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Eurocopter Tiger Variants Earn OCCAR Approvals

HAP, UHT Certs Pave Way For Entry Into Service

OCCAR, the European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation managing the Tiger combat helicopter program, issued its final qualification of the HAP (Hélicoptère d’Appui Protection) and UHT (Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger) versions for France and Germany, respectively. The OCCAR certifications were issued jointly with the DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) and the BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung.)

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B/E Aerospace To Convert Airbus A300-600 To Freighters

New Lives For Old Widebodies

B/E Aerospace announced last week it has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA which authorizes the company to convert Airbus A300-600 passenger aircraft to freighters. The STC was awarded to B/E Aerospace's Flight Structures unit (FSI).

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Gone West: Air Racer Lefty Gardner

CAF Co-Founder, Former Chief Check Pilot Was 87

Aero-News has received word of the passing of a legendary aviator and Reno air racer. Lefty Gardner, whose P-38 "White Lightnin" was a staple at Reno as well as at air shows throughout the country, passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 87.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.29.08

AirVenture is worth more to Oshkosh than even EAA thought.
A lawsuit against the FAA by New England towns may be falling apart.
And if you're going to be stranded on Christmas Eve, yo

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.29.08

AirVenture is worth more to Oshkosh than even EAA thought.
A lawsuit against the FAA by New England towns may be falling apart.
And if you're going to be stranded on Christmas Eve, yo

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Aero-TV Visits With Rod Machado For A Serious Talk About Flight Safety (Part 1)

Rod Talks About In-Flight Emergencies

One of the better reasons to attend the popular aviation events around the nation is the opportunity to enjoy the wit and wisdom of some of aviation's true experts... but no one plays as well to an aviation crowd as aviation humorist, flight instructor and safety advocate, Rod Machado.

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Aero-TV Visits With Rod Machado For A Serious Talk About Flight Safety (Part 1)

Rod Talks About In-Flight Emergencies

One of the better reasons to attend the popular aviation events around the nation is the opportunity to enjoy the wit and wisdom of some of aviation's true experts... but no one plays as well to an aviation crowd as aviation humorist, flight instructor and safety advocate, Rod Machado.

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The Numbers Have It: Holiday Travel Was Truly Awful

"Nearly 8800 Flights Canceled" -- FlightStats

We knew it would be bad... but according to numbers released Sunday by airline performance watchdog FlightStats.com, on-time statistics during the recent holiday travel season were truly awful.

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Continental Flight 1404 Pilot Released From Hospital

Two Passengers Still Hospitalized, In 'Fair' Condition

The captain of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 has been released from the hospital, Continental spokeswoman Kelly Cripe announced on Friday, while a University of Colorado Hospital spokeswoman reported that two of the injured remain and are in fair condition.

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German Navy Helo Chases Away Pirates Off Somalian Coast

Egyptian Ship Was Under Attack, One Injured

A German Navy helicopter came to the rescue Thursday of an Egyptian ship that was attacked by Somali armed pirates in a speedboat.

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2008 In Review: The Year In Sport Aviation

The preceding year saw a number of stories of inspiration in sport aviation, and of loss... while the clouds of impending legislation and anti-homebuilder sentiment in one large metropolitan area hung over the community as a whole. What these portents may spell for sport aviation in 2009 remains to be seen.

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Circumstances Surrounding Air NZ A320 Downing Trouble Airlines

Investigation's Slow Pace 'Troublesome'

The global airline community anxiously awaits investigators' findings in the November 27 crash of an Air New Zealand Airbus 320 on approach to Perpignon, France. Although Airbus has refused to speculate on the cause of the accident, The New Zealand Herald reports the incident may be the third in three months stemming from a defective flight control computer.

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Klyde Morris (12.29.08)

And Those Who Forget History Are Condemned To Pay Carbon Offsets...

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Helo Operator Reprimanded By FAA

Banned From Carrying Pax Following Crash Investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration said Interstate Helicopters was not licensed to carry passengers in fixed-wing aircraft, such as the Citation 500 that crashed March 4, and issued an emergency order September 12 revoking the Bethany, OK operator's Air Carrier on Demand certificate.

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Dueling Aerial Advertising Companies Head To Court

Competition Not Only In The Air, Also On The Ground For Hangar Space

Competing for a lease on the same hangar space, two St. Petersburg, FL-based banner-towing companies are at odds... again.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.29.08)

Aero-Linx!

In August 1945 while on weather patrol, the aging Halifax bomber LW170 sprung a fuel leak and, while trying to return to base, was forced to ditch off the Hebrides Islands west of Ireland.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.29.08): TRACON

Aero-Terms!

Terminal Radar Control Facility. A terminal ATC facility that uses radar and nonradar capabilities to provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting airspace controlled by the facility.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.29.08)

"By our count, nearly 8800 flights have been canceled at major US airports between Friday, December 19th and Sunday afternoon on December 28 seriously disrupting holiday travel for over 1 million passengers. With capacity cuts and high estimated load factors, travelers subject to cancellations have had an awful time with 2-3 day waits for a seat on another flight commonplace."

Source: Airline performance watchdog FlightStats.com, which adds on the six busiest travel days in that 10-day holiday travel period, less than half of the scheduled flights arrived on time. December 21 was the worst of those, with only 39% of flights arriving with 15 minutes of their schedule. Oy...

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